Jay Mariotti

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, left, and Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose are just two examples of the widespread hypocrisy that pervades professional sports in America.

Beckham, Rose and shameful hypocrisy

They dress in the finest business suits, communicate with polished elocution and…

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, left, and Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose are just two examples of the widespread hypocrisy that pervades professional sports in America.
Linebacker Khalil Mack’s recent flurry of sacks has coincided with new hope that the Raiders remain in Oakland at the end of the season. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Mack Truck hauls new Raiders era

It may be sweet coincidence, right? We’ve seen new political momentum that…

Linebacker Khalil Mack’s recent flurry of sacks has coincided with new hope that the Raiders remain in Oakland at the end of the season. (Tony Avelar/AP)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto smiles while doing an interview for social media Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Cueto must do more than ‘fool around’

His floppy dreads are bigger than he is, which is 5-10 going…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto smiles while doing an interview for social media Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Draymond Green likes to engage opponents in verbal spats, but he must draw a line to avoid fights and suspensions. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Rules for Green: Talking OK, scuffling not

So there was Draymond Green, emotional leader of the most celebrated sports…

Draymond Green likes to engage opponents in verbal spats, but he must draw a line to avoid fights and suspensions. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Since relocating to a state-of-the-art facility in Santa Clara, the 49ers have been woeful - both on and off the field. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

If John York ‘loves’ 49ers, he’ll fire Jed

At an “informal, relaxing luncheon” in Redwood City, John York will discuss…

Since relocating to a state-of-the-art facility in Santa Clara, the 49ers have been woeful - both on and off the field. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Johnny Cueto will receive $130 million over the next six years as a member of the San Francisco Giants. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Cueto no sure fit for desperate Giants

There is a perfectly plausible reason, of course, why Buster Posey ignored…

Johnny Cueto will receive $130 million over the next six years as a member of the San Francisco Giants. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Andre Iguodala (9) throws down a dunk as the Celtics’ James Young (13) trails during the Warriors’ 124-119 double OT win on Friday.  (Charles Krupa/AP)

24-0: Warriors beautiful in their grit

The number that matters is not 33 or 70 or 72 or…

Andre Iguodala (9) throws down a dunk as the Celtics’ James Young (13) trails during the Warriors’ 124-119 double OT win on Friday.  (Charles Krupa/AP)
Leading the Golden State Warriors to an unprecedented 23 wins to start a season, Stephen Curry says he’s “pretty motivated” to overtake Michael Jordan’s legacy as the greatest NBA player of all time. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Don’t cheapen streak: It’s 23, not 27

As a self-designated protector of The Streak, The Steph and All Things…

Leading the Golden State Warriors to an unprecedented 23 wins to start a season, Stephen Curry says he’s “pretty motivated” to overtake Michael Jordan’s legacy as the greatest NBA player of all time. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
From left, Giants president and CEO Larry Baer, vice president and general manager Bobby Evans and manager Bruce Bochy speak at a news conference on Oct. 5 in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Smug Giants D-backed against the wall

What exactly are the Giants doing, anyway? They play in a ballpark…

From left, Giants president and CEO Larry Baer, vice president and general manager Bobby Evans and manager Bruce Bochy speak at a news conference on Oct. 5 in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Andre Iguodala likely wishes he could retract his comments about how to stop the red-hot Warriors. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Verbal misfire by Iguodala, but we get point

When the topic is shooting, it turns out the Warriors do miss…

Andre Iguodala likely wishes he could retract his comments about how to stop the red-hot Warriors. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Stephen Curry drives past Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker during the Warriors' 116-99 win Wednesday to advance to 20-0 on the season. (Nell Redmond/AP)

Now 20-0, Curry sends message to Jordan

The ultimate defensive stopper — last name Time, first name Father —…

Stephen Curry drives past Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker during the Warriors' 116-99 win Wednesday to advance to 20-0 on the season. (Nell Redmond/AP)
Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds will become the new hitting coach of the Miami Marlins. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Perfect place for Bonds: 3,000 miles away

The needle once moved for Barry Bonds in this city, so to…

Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds will become the new hitting coach of the Miami Marlins. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) high-fives Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Warriors won 106-103. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Until they lose, Warriors can talk and dab

SALT LAKE CITY — If anybody in this overmatched, tyrannized, Warriors-numb league…

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) high-fives Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Warriors won 106-103. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
To continue down the path of an NBA dynasty, the Warriors must recognize their current chemistry and resist the urge to sign Kevin Durant over the summer. (Alex Brandon/AP)

A rant against Durant: Say no, Joe

Joe Lacob, the owner who says he had a threesome with his…

To continue down the path of an NBA dynasty, the Warriors must recognize their current chemistry and resist the urge to sign Kevin Durant over the summer. (Alex Brandon/AP)
The Golden State Warriors will look to make NBA history by becoming the first team to win 16 consecutive games to start a season. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

As history calls, chill over chatter

The only sensation better than perfection is when it’s done with swag…

The Golden State Warriors will look to make NBA history by becoming the first team to win 16 consecutive games to start a season. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
If the Giants prioritize starting pitching this offseason, shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, and former Los Angeles Dodgers starter Zack Greinke could become teammates. (Alex Gallardo/David Zalubowski/AP)

Crawford cool, but job one is Greinke

The first time I encountered Brandon Crawford this year, he was staring…

If the Giants prioritize starting pitching this offseason, shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, and former Los Angeles Dodgers starter Zack Greinke could become teammates. (Alex Gallardo/David Zalubowski/AP)
Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith, pictured on the sidelines during a Sept. 20 game against the Baltimore Ravens, was suspended by the NFL for one calendar year for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Phony morality: Raiders want Smith back

So here was a chance for Mark Davis to keep delivering on…

Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith, pictured on the sidelines during a Sept. 20 game against the Baltimore Ravens, was suspended by the NFL for one calendar year for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Planes perform a flyover at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara before a game between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

As Super Bowl hosts, are we vulnerable?

The game is just 81 days away, with the hours, minutes and…

Planes perform a flyover at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara before a game between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Raiders owner Mark Davis smiles as he speaks to fans during a hearing hosted by the NFL at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Lies and Hypocrisy: Union of Davis, Iger

Was it not just two weeks ago when Raiders owner Mark Davis,…

Raiders owner Mark Davis smiles as he speaks to fans during a hearing hosted by the NFL at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Dusty Baker poses for a picture on the field after a news conference to present him as the new manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Johnnie B. Good? Dusty’s last chance

About now, I’d have pictured Dusty Baker over on Pier 7 with…

Dusty Baker poses for a picture on the field after a news conference to present him as the new manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)