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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, 201454

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

More than Mack: several Raiders rookies already making impact
September 03, 20141

More than Mack: several Raiders rookies already making impact

When the Oakland Raiders drafted Khalil Mack with the No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft, it was expected that he would

Giants come back from 6-0 deficit, rout listless Rockies 12-7
September 02, 20142

Giants come back from 6-0 deficit, rout listless Rockies 12-7

All at once, the Rockies showed the Giants the downtrodden team the rest of the National League has enjoyed facing throughout the

Derek Carr is the Raiders starting QB – here’s who’ll support him in Week 1
September 02, 20142

Derek Carr is the Raiders starting QB – here’s who’ll support him in Week 1

With the preseason over and the regular season just around the corner, the Oakland Raiders have a much better idea of what

Desmond Hague gets kicked to the curb: Centerplate to announce resignation of dog-abusing CEO on Tuesday
September 02, 20145

Desmond Hague gets kicked to the curb: Centerplate to announce resignation of dog-abusing CEO on Tuesday

It turned out that 1,000 hours of community service and a charitable donation wasn’t enough. Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague, who kicked a

Labor Day roundup: Boone’s back, ANOTHER 49ers arrest, more Huff stuff, Giants & A’s heading in opposite directions
September 01, 201411

Labor Day roundup: Boone’s back, ANOTHER 49ers arrest, more Huff stuff, Giants & A’s heading in opposite directions

We just got back from a mini-road trip that started in Mendocino and ended this afternoon at a pool at a swanky hotel in Sonoma

Here’s the door, Matts – Raiders will start Derek Carr in Week 1
September 01, 20145

Here’s the door, Matts – Raiders will start Derek Carr in Week 1

Dennis Allen has confirmed that second round draft pick Derek Carr is the starting quarterback. “We made the decision to go with Derek

Peavy takes no-hitter into 8th, Giants clinch series against winning team for first time since June 1
August 30, 20141

Peavy takes no-hitter into 8th, Giants clinch series against winning team for first time since June 1

Jake Peavy took a perfect game into the seventh in New York, but the Giants lost. He pitched well on Monday against the

Thoughts on the 49ers 53-man roster
August 30, 20142

Thoughts on the 49ers 53-man roster

The actual 53-man roster was set today, which once again proved something I’ve known for a long time: I’m much better at

49ers made some cuts, so here’s another roster projection
August 30, 20141

49ers made some cuts, so here’s another roster projection

I wrote a final 53-man roster projection late last night, but forgot to publish and now it’s irrelevant because the 49ers made several cuts.

Panik’s four hits doesn’t lead team in Giants’ most lopsided win of the season
August 30, 20140

Panik’s four hits doesn’t lead team in Giants’ most lopsided win of the season

Little River, CA I’ve decided I’m going to include datelines when I write stuff in towns other than San Francisco. I might stick

2014 Pac-12 football preview
August 29, 20140

2014 Pac-12 football preview

The most inexperienced Pac-12 head coach is Mark Helfrich, and he’s in charge of the Oregon Ducks, the team many are picking

49ers OLB Aldon Smith suspended nine games without pay
August 29, 20144

49ers OLB Aldon Smith suspended nine games without pay

The NFL sent us into our three-day weekend with a wonderful bit of news for the Cowboys, Bears, Cardinals, Eagles, Chiefs, Rams,

Derek Carr could do no wrong vs. Seahawks, deserves to start Week 1
August 29, 20142

Derek Carr could do no wrong vs. Seahawks, deserves to start Week 1

With Matt Schaub missing the final preseason tilt, Derek Carr was given a big opportunity and he made the most of it. He

When the going gets tough, the Huff gets going (on a permanent vacation): Aubrey Huff quits 95.7 The Game’s morning show
August 29, 201457

When the going gets tough, the Huff gets going (on a permanent vacation): Aubrey Huff quits 95.7 The Game’s morning show

If you had “a little over four months” in your “how long will Aubrey Huff last as a morning show host” office pool,

Cal’s climb back to respectability starts Saturday at Northwestern
August 29, 20143

Cal’s climb back to respectability starts Saturday at Northwestern

The last time Cal played in the Rose Bowl, they lost to Northwestern. That’s also the last time Northwestern actually won the

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