Jay Mariotti

Second-year quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders have received high praises across the country, but only time will tell if there success is sustainable. (David Richard/AP)

Dare we say, America’s Team?

To describe the Raiders as likeable is to venture through some parallel…

Second-year quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders have received high praises across the country, but only time will tell if there success is sustainable. (David Richard/AP)
Head coach Jim Tomsula led the San Francisco 49ers to victory in his NFL debut on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Maybe he’s Tom-fooling us

As yet, the team store at Levi’s Stadium hasn’t re-arranged racks to…

Head coach Jim Tomsula led the San Francisco 49ers to victory in his NFL debut on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. (Tony Avelar/AP)
After having surgery Thursday on his left hip, Tim Lincecum’s career with the Giants could be done. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

As Lincecum fades, so does a dynasty

It isn’t coincidental that the end of Tim Lincecum, the most beloved…

After having surgery Thursday on his left hip, Tim Lincecum’s career with the Giants could be done. (Alex Gallardo/AP)
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh coordinates his players  inside Michigan Stadium during NCAA media day on Aug. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Tony Ding/AP)

Harbaugh will conquer haters

SALT LAKE CITY — He hardly looks the part in his black…

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh coordinates his players  inside Michigan Stadium during NCAA media day on Aug. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Tony Ding/AP)
The Giants’ Alejandro De Aza reacts in disbelief to a controversial called third strike in Los Angeles on Tuesday.(Chris Carlson/AP)

Not about the umps, Bruce

LOS ANGELES — You can take the romantic view and deem it…

The Giants’ Alejandro De Aza reacts in disbelief to a controversial called third strike in Los Angeles on Tuesday.(Chris Carlson/AP)
The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick has done nothing to quiet doubts this postseason. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Kaepernick at crossroads

Somewhere beneath his self-armored, media-phobic, tatted-up crust, there is a joy for…

The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick has done nothing to quiet doubts this postseason. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
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Mariotti: The Kerr-ect Decision

CLEVELAND — It was the obvious tactical move, intended to jolt his…

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr answers a question during a press conference  following Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 to tie the best-of-seven game series at 2-2. AP PHOTO/TONY DEJAK

The Kerr-ect Decision

It was the obvious tactical move, intended to jolt his team from…

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr answers a question during a press conference  following Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 to tie the best-of-seven game series at 2-2. AP PHOTO/TONY DEJAK
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Mariotti: Immortality vs. Immaturity

CLEVELAND — He claims to be oblivious, withholding any acknowledgment that a…

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Mariotti: Warriors, Curry not ready for this moment

CLEVELAND — Championship basketball, this is not. The Warriors are playing like…

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Mariotti: Warriors have themselves to blame for feeding Cleveland hysteria

CLEVELAND — Like the city itself, the arena here is drab and…

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Warriors have themselves to blame for feeding Cleveland hysteria

Like the city itself, the arena here is drab and unremarkable, just…

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COURTESY RENDERING

Give Lacob his props — and his new S.F. arena

Carlos Santana was warming up for his Game 2 national-anthem gig, hopefully…

COURTESY RENDERING
Ben Margot/APWarriors’ guard Stephen Curry was harassed by the Cavaliers defense during Game 2 on Sunday

Mariotti: MVP goes AWOL

OAKLAND — Is he exhausted from all the interviews, the TV commercials,…

Ben Margot/APWarriors’ guard Stephen Curry was harassed by the Cavaliers defense during Game 2 on Sunday
The Warriors plan to build an arena at 16th and Third streets in Mission Bay. (Courtesy rendering)

Mariotti: Give Lacob his props — and his new S.F. arena

Carlos Santana was warming up for his Game 2 national-anthem gig, hopefully…

The Warriors plan to build an arena at 16th and Third streets in Mission Bay. (Courtesy rendering)
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Mariotti: One-man James gang has zero chance

OAKLAND — There it was, the Larry O'Brien Trophy, on display during…

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Mariotti: The King and The Heir

Love? You can't say America ever has felt extreme, unbridled affection for…

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Mariotti: Cleared to play, but clear of mind?

OAKLAND — It's meant as levity, this inside joke around the Warriors…

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Mariotti: No-distraction Jackson

Through the baiting, we keep waiting. Is this the day Mark Jackson…