Jay Mariotti

Members of the black student protest group, Concerned Student 1950, raise their arms while addressing a crowd following the announcement University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The power of football activism

They rape. They steal. They commit academic fraud. They drink and drive.…

Members of the black student protest group, Concerned Student 1950, raise their arms while addressing a crowd following the announcement University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
While the Warriors await Steve Kerr's return, Luke Walton has handled the transition to interim coach as well as possible. (Ben Margot/AP)

No Kerr? Trust Cool Head Luke

So here it was, the dreaded blindspot, the first time Steve Kerr’s…

While the Warriors await Steve Kerr's return, Luke Walton has handled the transition to interim coach as well as possible. (Ben Margot/AP)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of Wednesday's game in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 112-108. (Ben Margot/AP)

Warriors treat adversity as fun

Does it even matter at this point if Steve Kerr, as whispers…

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of Wednesday's game in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 112-108. (Ben Margot/AP)
The only way CEO Jed York can save the 49ers is to cut his losses in coach Jim Tomsula and general manager Trent Baalke, seek out the advice of his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and stop meddling in football matters. (Richard Drew/AP)

Jed created debacle that he can’t fix

Other than finding a general manager, a head coach, two coordinators, a…

The only way CEO Jed York can save the 49ers is to cut his losses in coach Jim Tomsula and general manager Trent Baalke, seek out the advice of his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and stop meddling in football matters. (Richard Drew/AP)
Jim Tomsula insists he isn’t a puppet

Tomsula’s seat should be hot

If ticket prices were cheap and the stadium was in Golden Gate…

Jim Tomsula insists he isn’t a puppet
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert warm up before last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Ben Margot/AP)

Kap should be traded, not smeared

How do you think people become CEOs in life? They snitch and…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert warm up before last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Ben Margot/AP)
Warriors' Stephen Curry reacts after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Curry raises a banner, then the roof

Speaking to the adoring crowd, his people in his cathedral, he mentioned…

Warriors' Stephen Curry reacts after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans during the game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Fresh off an NBA championship, reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will have to put together another special season — and stay healthy — if they hope to defend their title.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Here’s where MVP must be MVP

It looks like your mother’s jewel box, this vintage building where the…

Fresh off an NBA championship, reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will have to put together another special season — and stay healthy — if they hope to defend their title.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the sideline during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Fans should sue, heads should roll

If this was a prime-time referendum on Jim Tomsula, Trent Baalke, Colin…

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the sideline during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
The 49ers franchise can establish a new home-field advantage at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with a win over the Seattle Seahawks tonight. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Cure Levi’s Blues? Simply, Win

There is nothing in your Stadium Builder’s License, not even some sneaky…

The 49ers franchise can establish a new home-field advantage at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with a win over the Seattle Seahawks tonight. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been able to get under the skin of the Warriors as of late, characterizing the team’s success as luck. But if the Dubs hope to repeat as champions, they’ll need to tune out the noise and focus on winning games. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

To avoid playoff ‘L,’ ignore L-word

If the Warriors don’t realize it by now, Doc Rivers was put…

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been able to get under the skin of the Warriors as of late, characterizing the team’s success as luck. But if the Dubs hope to repeat as champions, they’ll need to tune out the noise and focus on winning games. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
As college football programs across the country are losing their coaches, David Shaw is calmly leading Stanford to contend for the Pac-12 Championship. (Timothy J. Gonzalez/AP)

In sea of Sarks, Shaw a rock

College football, I’m disgusted to say, is more professional these days than…

As college football programs across the country are losing their coaches, David Shaw is calmly leading Stanford to contend for the Pac-12 Championship. (Timothy J. Gonzalez/AP)
Draymond Green needs to ignore outside comments and let his on-court play do the talking if he and the Warriors hope to repeat. (Ben Margot/AP)

Dub Drama: Green mad, Barnes hurt

You don’t want spinal fluid to become “Spinal Tap.” Almost predictably, that’s…

Draymond Green needs to ignore outside comments and let his on-court play do the talking if he and the Warriors hope to repeat. (Ben Margot/AP)
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) glances at teammate Chase Utley (26) as the crowd boos Utley during baseline introductions for Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Karma answers Utley’s dirty tackle

If the deed was dirty, late, malicious and illegal on a football…

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) glances at teammate Chase Utley (26) as the crowd boos Utley during baseline introductions for Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr smiles as he talks to his teammates on the sideline during a game against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 4, 2015. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Carr can make statement … to Manning

To describe Sunday as a monumental event or some passing of a…

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr smiles as he talks to his teammates on the sideline during a game against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 4, 2015. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
The daily fantasy sports industry is eyeing a breakout season as NFL games begin. And its two dominant companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are touting lucrative opening week prizes to try to draw more customers as more competitors pop up. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Sports must reject fantasy sleaze

As you read my commentaries, you’ll quickly realize that I loathe companies…

The daily fantasy sports industry is eyeing a breakout season as NFL games begin. And its two dominant companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are touting lucrative opening week prizes to try to draw more customers as more competitors pop up. (Stephan Savoia/AP)
Head coach Sonny Dykes has brought a previously dismal CAl football team into the national discussion. (Ben Margot/AP)

Dykes restores big-game vibe

SALT LAKE CITY — Not that he needs a Kickstarter campaign or…

Head coach Sonny Dykes has brought a previously dismal CAl football team into the national discussion. (Ben Margot/AP)
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the sideline during the game against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won 17-3. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Succession plan: Kap out, Goff in

His limited-edition headphones are lathered in gold, but nothing else about Colin…

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the sideline during the game against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers won 17-3. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
From left, Billy Beane, the new executive vice president of baseball operations for the Oakland A's, and San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer exemplify the have-and-have-not disparity in Major League Baseball. (Associated Press)

Baer wants more, Beane eyes door

It was a day that reminded us who plays baseball on a…

From left, Billy Beane, the new executive vice president of baseball operations for the Oakland A's, and San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer exemplify the have-and-have-not disparity in Major League Baseball. (Associated Press)
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is expected to return from his severe back injury in three weeks, on Opening Night at Oracle Arena. Luke Walton will serve as the team’s interim coach until Kerr returns. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Kerr health deadline: Opening night

He may look young and act even younger, such as the day…

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is expected to return from his severe back injury in three weeks, on Opening Night at Oracle Arena. Luke Walton will serve as the team’s interim coach until Kerr returns. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)