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2012 Draft disaster gets worse: LaMichael James asks to be released, 49ers grant his request
September 08, 20148

2012 Draft disaster gets worse: LaMichael James asks to be released, 49ers grant his request

LaMichael James carried the ball twice yesterday and gained zero yards. Today his agent, Jeff Sperbeck, announced that James asked for and

PFF grades look great for Kaepernick, Smith … not so much for Brooks, Wilhoite
September 08, 20141

PFF grades look great for Kaepernick, Smith … not so much for Brooks, Wilhoite

The scores provided by Pro Football Focus are thoroughly done and very interesting. The whole shebang is also a paid service, so it doesn’t seem

49ers take advantage of “vintage Romo,” stomp sloppy Cowboys
September 07, 20148

49ers take advantage of “vintage Romo,” stomp sloppy Cowboys

The idea going into this season was that a weakened 49ers defense would force the offense to open things up in hopes

Raiders defense failing at the basics, can’t even tackle
September 07, 20145

Raiders defense failing at the basics, can’t even tackle

The Oakland Raiders made Chris Johnson look like a punishing short yardage back with the way they allowed him to break tackles

Dennis the Menace keeps Carr in the garage
September 07, 20142

Dennis the Menace keeps Carr in the garage

Dennis Allen and the Raiders coaching staff insisted on taking surface streets across town when they had plenty of freeways available, and

49ers announce active roster to face Cowboys, and it’s loaded with rookies
September 07, 20140

49ers announce active roster to face Cowboys, and it’s loaded with rookies

The 49ers released their list of inactives at noon: QB Josh Johnson CB Chris Cook RT Anthony Davis (injured) G/C Marcus Martin (injured)

No pressure, Derek Carr – the hopes of Raiders fans are resting on your right arm, that’s all
September 07, 20141

No pressure, Derek Carr – the hopes of Raiders fans are resting on your right arm, that’s all

If you say “It doesn’t matter much, it’s only the first game of the season”, you are liar and a fatmouth. The

Posey makes MVP case, Bumgarner battles for win No. 17
September 06, 20144

Posey makes MVP case, Bumgarner battles for win No. 17

Despite Miguel Cabrera getting revenge against Sergio Romo with a home run on a first-pitch slider that stood instead of slid in

Giants run winning streak against Tigers to five games
September 05, 20141

Giants run winning streak against Tigers to five games

The Giants are the hottest team in baseball, which seems weird considering they checked out of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies in

Here’s what the ranked Pac-12 teams are up to this weekend
September 05, 20140

Here’s what the ranked Pac-12 teams are up to this weekend

Who’s not surprised that the only Pac-12 teams to lose in week one were Colorado and Washington State? Oh. Everybody. Who’s not

Jim Harbaugh: Ray McDonald will play on Sunday
September 05, 20145

Jim Harbaugh: Ray McDonald will play on Sunday

On Wednesday, Jim Harbaugh repeatedly said the 49ers would utilize “information and fact” to determine the right course of action with Ray

Anthony Davis still not practicing, but is Jonathan Martin a lock to start?
September 05, 20140

Anthony Davis still not practicing, but is Jonathan Martin a lock to start?

Every instinct is telling me not to write this. But that usually makes writing something more fun, so what the hell. Let’s grab some potato

Seattle Seahawks first impressions (yeah, they’re still really good)
September 05, 201410

Seattle Seahawks first impressions (yeah, they’re still really good)

A ton of money was wagered on the Packers in the hours leading up, dropping the spread to 4/4.5, but Seattle ended

Does Stanford have the QB, RBs, and defense to avenge last year’s loss to USC?
September 05, 20140

Does Stanford have the QB, RBs, and defense to avenge last year’s loss to USC?

I learned nothing about Stanford football last week. I already knew they were miles better than UC Davis, and the only question

Cal hopes to earn first winning streak since 2012
September 04, 20140

Cal hopes to earn first winning streak since 2012

Well, the Bears won a game, so they’ve got that going for them. This week they try for win No. 2, and

Determining the “right way” to handle Ray McDonald
September 04, 201418

Determining the “right way” to handle Ray McDonald

I’ve stayed mostly silent on the Ray McDonald case, save for one snarky comment and a paragraph or three where I lamented the 49ers’ increasingly

2014 NFL predictions: regular season records and playoff picks through the Super Bowl
September 04, 201411

2014 NFL predictions: regular season records and playoff picks through the Super Bowl

Finally, the games begin. Feels good, doesn’t it? The NFL forces OFFSEASON TIME down our throats, with daily headlines filled with stories both

Raiders hope solid front seven can mask poor secondary
September 04, 20145

Raiders hope solid front seven can mask poor secondary

More than half of the starting 11 on defense are new faces. The Raiders replaced three-quarters of the starting defensive line, both starting corners and

August sports talk ratings look like July ratings, and June ratings …
September 03, 201453

August sports talk ratings look like July ratings, and June ratings …

The Nielsen numbers were released yesterday, and once again I’m at a loss. I briefly stopped covering the monthly numbers a year or so

BASGcast (Ep. 107): Eric Branch talks Ray McDonald, 49ers vs. Cowboys
September 03, 20140

BASGcast (Ep. 107): Eric Branch talks Ray McDonald, 49ers vs. Cowboys

San Francisco Chronicle 49ers beat writer Eric Branch (a Cowboys fan as a kid!) joins Bay Area Duck Guy and Bay Area

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