Category Archives: COMMENTARY

The Jim Harbaugh Game: The coach and his world of contradictions

Here is my Monday column on Jim Harbaugh. SANTA CLARA – Here’s how you play The Jim Harbaugh Game: Listen to his next interview. Write down the exact time he sets himself up for future contradiction. Then, predict how long it will take for the contradiction to occur – a year, a month, a day, […]

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Raiders will go as far as McFadden can carry them

Here is my Wednesday column on Darren McFadden. Darren McFadden is the most important player on the Raiders this season. If they have any shot to make the postseason, McFadden must carry them. That’s because the Raiders’ defense has at least eight new starters and the passing game has more holes than Swiss cheese. The […]

49ers facing a summer of questions

This is my Monday column on the top-five questions the 49ers face this summer. Even though the 49ers are among the odds-on favorites to win the Super Bowl, like any other team, they confront certain issues. Two of their best players – Justin Smith and Frank Gore – are in their 30s and declining. The […]

Coach or QB? You make the call

Here is my Thursday column on play calling in the NFL. It won’t happen, but I wish it would: NFL coaches should throw away the headsets and let quarterbacks call their own plays. Football has become more like a chess match or a military campaign than a sport. Coaches orchestrate the entire game from the […]

The case for baseball’s best player

This is my Monday column on the best position player in Major League Baseball. In honor of Tuesday’s All Star Game and all the great players participating in it, answer this question: Who is the best position player in baseball? I don’t mean the player having the best month or season or season and a […]

Iguodala fits the Warriors’ needs

Here is my Thursday column on Andre Iguodala and Bob Myers. OAKLAND – Thursday afternoon in the Warriors’ practice facility, Bob Myers, the best general manager in the Bay Area, introduced his signature acquisition – Andre Iguodala. Myers and Iguodala wore suits and ties and they smiled. Iguodala wore a blue vest and gray socks […]

Big decision time on Pablo Sandoval

Here is my Monday column on Pablo Sandoval. SAN FRANCISCO – Here’s the question of the year for the Giants: What should they do with Pablo Sandoval? Entering Monday night’s game against the Mets, the 26-year-old All-Star third baseman was 3-for-his-past-37. And he looks way overweight, more so than usual. The mechanics of his swing […]

How will 49ers react to Ahmad Brooks situation?

Here is my Wednesday column on Ahmad Brooks. Dear Jed York, We understand the population of NFL players is no different from the general population. There are people who do bad things. One of your players did a bad thing around 2 a.m June 8. Two of your rookies, Lawrence Okoye and Michael Purcell, according […]

D12 dreams, other flights of fancy

This is my Monday column on the Warriors, Dwight Howard and LeBron James. We’re about to find out if the Warriors are the hottest franchise in the NBA. On July 10, free agent center Dwight Howard, the best center in basketball, will decide if he wants to sign with the Lakers, the Rockets, the Mavericks, […]

Who should be on the 49ers’ Mt. Rushmore?

This is my Friday column on the 49ers’ Mt. Rushmore. Let’s play the Mt. Rushmore Game for the 49ers. Who are the four greatest figures in 49ers history? I’m talking players, coaches or owners. You pick. Who would you carve onto the 49ers’ own Mt. Rushmore? We can agree on three people right off the […]

What Roman needs to be head-coaching timber

Here is my Monday column on Greg Roman. We’re in a football lull right now, but the 49ers are always in season. So, let’s dissect their most recent move, signing their promising offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, to a two-year extension through 2015. Roman is a good offensive coordinator. From 2011 to 2012, the 49ers’ offense […]

Giants play-by-play voice Kuiper calls it fun

Here is my Wednesday column on Duane Kuiper. SAN FRANCISCO – You know Duane Kuiper. He’s the play-by-play announcer for the Giants, one of the best play-by-play announcers in baseball. If you’re younger than 30, you may not know he used to play in the majors, too. He was a second baseman for the Indians […]