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Austin Jackson, Mario Edwards Jr. and one big old chain

The Giants' Austin Jackson is looking forward to bumping into the Raiders' Mario Edwards Jr. The kid made a pretty big impression on his fellow Billy Ryan High School alumnus the first time.

By | February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Johan Santana, YouTube and the making of Sean Manaea

A lot of us watched our favorite baseball players when we were kids. Sean Manaea became sort of obsessive about it.

By | January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

14 minutes with Raiders O-line coach Mike Tice

After the Raiders practiced Thursday, I got a chance to stand around and talk with Mike Tice, the team's offensive line coach. Here's the full transcript.

By | October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

A’s Cotton agrees: Baseballs to blame for blisters

Giants manager Bruce Bochy and pitcher Johnny Cueto joined a national debate when they suggested Cueto’s blister problems are related to MLB baseballs. You can add Jharel Cotton to the chorus.

By | July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

[Your team here] could beat the Warriors!

That long line wasn’t fans queuing up to buy tickets for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. It was former NBA players lining up to say their old team(s) could beat the Warriors.

By | June 9th, 2017|2 Comments

Kawhi Leonard, and 10 other fallen MVP candidates

I identified players who missed playoff games in a year in which they finished 1,2 or 3 in MVP voting. It’s a rare occurrence, but Kawhi Leonard isn't the first.

By | May 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Drawing Warriors’ family tree in SLC

I was at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, so I figured I'd snoop around some of the Warriors’ genealogical records. What I found may shock you.

By | May 8th, 2017|0 Comments

The least desirable signs at Candlestick Point

The only reasonable option is to name the streets after the least popular men ever to play at Candlestick Park. You know, like this:

By | April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Why is NFL up in arms over Las Vegas?

In the early 1990s I made several pilgrimages to Las Vegas to watch (and cover, sort of) NFL arm wrestling.

By | April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Draymond’s secret? ‘He’s always wide open.’

Eddie Johnson seems to think Draymond Green is overrated. Or at least he doesn’t buy the idea that Green is the secret behind the Warriors’ success.

By | March 1st, 2017|0 Comments