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So far Phil Barber has created 117 blog entries.

West final is here. Does Houston care?

Even today there are Game 1 tickets for sale, and not just via resale sites like StubHub.

By | May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

News from New Orleans: Pelicans aren’t shaking in their sneakers

There are many reasons to discount the Pelicans’ chances in this series, now that the Warriors are up 2-0 and Stephen Curry is pretending he never left. But PANIC does not appear to be one of those reasons.

By | May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

GameBreaker: A podcast recommendation for you

I listened to six of the 10 GameBreaker episodes, and I liked them a lot. These are layered, audio magazine-style features, and there is depth and creativity in the subjects.

By | March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Warriors-Rockets rivalry could produce another record

This year, the Warriors could become the best of the second-best. That is, they could finish with the top record ever among teams that failed to complete a regular season as the NBA’s best.

By | March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

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