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The real reason 49ers are benching Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is headed to the bench, a move that was preceded, and followed, by waves of debate. As it turns out, we were asking the wrong questions.

By | November 3rd, 2015|1 Comment

What Mark Davis said at the Raiders relocation hearing

The NFL’s public hearing in downtown Oakland on Thursday night was, for the most part, a sad spectacle. But one man deserves credit: Raiders owner Mark Davis.

By | October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Is it time to ban the Indians?

"Indians" is not the equivalent of "Redskins." But it's easy to understand why it offends people.

By | October 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Baseball treasure, purchased for a nickel

And then I saw them: baseball cards. These were different. They were old. Really old, like from a dim era of wool uniforms and athletes nicknamed “Pinkey.”

By | October 20th, 2015|2 Comments

Jeff Gordon’s first car is out there somewhere

It’s not like John Bickford spends his days sleuthing. But for years he has kept an eye out for his stepson's first Quarter Midget racer.

By | September 23rd, 2015|6 Comments

The Tom Kelly Files

Sometimes the best anecdotes just don’t fit the story you’re working on. Like these Tom Kelly stories.

By | September 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Welcome Aldon Smith, the lawless Raider we’ve been waiting for

Hallelujah. Aldon Smith is in Oakland, and the Raiders are back in the reclamation business.

By | September 11th, 2015|4 Comments

Take a lap with me in a McLaren race car

One of the great perks of sportswriting is the occasional speedway fast lap.

By | August 30th, 2015|0 Comments

They’re coming for your participation trophy

Like gluten-free food and the selfie stick, the youth participation trophy has become a symbol of all that is wrong with our culture.

By | August 20th, 2015|9 Comments

Of Rattlers and Cougars

When I hear of the North Bay Rattlers, I can’t help but think of the Twin Cities Cougars, the football team that expanded my small universe in the late 1970s.

By | August 13th, 2015|0 Comments