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So far Phil Barber has created 110 blog entries.

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

Kyle Shanahan gives lowdown on backpack heist

Kyle Shanahan graced the media with the lowdown on his brush with sportswriter Art Spander, who accidentally wandered off with the coach's backpack.

By | February 9th, 2017|1 Comment

History not on Kyle Shanahan’s side

Kyle Shanahan spent years shagging balls at practice alongside his dad, Mike. But the record of previous second-generation NFL coaches is dubious.

By | February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Tom Cable? Are you serious, 49ers?

The 49ers’ options seem to have narrowed to a trio of coaching candidates: Kyle Shanahan, Josh McDaniels and Tom Cable. Yes, one of those names stands out like a broken jaw.

By | January 13th, 2017|1 Comment