Sunday, June 25, 2017

Make your children watch Warriors vs. Spurs Monday Night

They may regret it...you won't. By Andrew J. Pridgen Once upon a time the best NBA teams played team basketball. Auerbach’s Celtics, the Showtime Lakers, the Jordan Bulls, the Motor City Bad Boys—all had one thing in common: They won as a team. Golden-era late 20th century professional basketball featured Russell and Bird and Magic and Jordan—guys so good they took the...

49ers’ Tomsula firing press release reads more like the head coach was killed by a movie villain

Just as things couldn't get worse in Santa Clara, it appears Hans Gruber has taken over the press office. By Andrew Pridgen From making bad draft picks, to misbegotten moves out of San Francisco to coaching decisions gone askance—the 49ers' ownership and front office can’t seem to do anything right. Add writing coach-firing press releases to that list. The announcement that the...

So long Lucky Penny and Tim Lincecum: San Francisco has, at last, surrendered the remainder of its soul

Farewell to that feeling of invincibility and impossibility mixed with the threat of invisibility and impoverishment. Isn’t that, after all, what great cities are made of? By Andrew Pridgen A pair of San Francisco landmarks worth knowing are closing down and leaving town for good this month. They are, Tim Lincecum and the Lucky Penny diner. Both were institutions. Both just...

This year we’re giving San Francisco the greatest gift of all: Its 49ers back

Editor's Note: Each holiday season DPB tries to give a little back to the sports that have given us so much (to write about). Last year it was offering to buy a Candlestick Park urinal off the SF Recreation & Parks Department. This year, well, we're offering to buy the 49ers off the York family...and return them to The...

Why 21 is a magic number for the Warriors

From 1998-2002, the Warriors won no more than 21 games in a single season. Here's to passing that mark in early December. By Andrew Pridgen For those of us who choose to remember the late-’90s, we recall a number of things that in hindsight seem like guilty pleasures: Britney Spears and Christina Aguliera as pre-op jail bait. A poster of Lance...

Luke Walton’s burst into bloom

After the final buzzer of the Golden State Warriors’ record 16th-straight victory to start the NBA season Tuesday, interim head coach Luke Walton went and hugged Lakers guard emeritus and former teammate Kobe Bryant. The embrace was appropriate and real. Luke rubbed Kobe’s head on the dismount and they exchanged a grin as if the following exchange had occurred:...

Cal hasn’t won the Big Game since the invention of Google Glass…will Saturday change that?

Stanford is 12-point (ok fine, 12.5) favorites on The Farm Saturday, but Cal has its best opportunity to take the Axe back to Berkeley this decade. Will they? By Andrew Pridgen The once 5-0 Bears are now 6-4 and losers of 4 of their last 5 hoping for that Vegas Bowl bid/late December matchup with Boise State. Stanford at 8-1 was...

Go get that ring Vernon

That crosswind you feel tickling your neck isn’t the shrill first breath of winter, it’s an exhale of exaltation from a man who was taken from his career depths up to a mile-high-and-beyond season of possibility. That man’s name is Vernon Davis.   By Andrew Pridgen As a former 49er faithful, I can’t wait for Vernon Davis to maul the Lombardi...

Here are 5 things I will miss about Jeremy Affeldt

Baseball’s final weekend is full of implications and the most-anticipated Wild Card matchups...ever may not be determined until the season’s last out is recorded. But before we get to all that, a fond farewell to one of the all-time postseason greats, Jeremy Affeldt. By Andrew Pridgen Jeremy Affeldt was the current former San Francisco Giant I liked most. Could have...

MLB’s wildcard has teams dying to avoid it

Why wildcard entrants in a one-game system instead of a series is baseball’s best idea. By Kyle Magin Stephen Piscotty almost died trying to avoid the MLB wildcard game by expressly not avoiding his teammate. The Cardinals outfielder dove into fellow outfielder Peter Borjous’ knee in an attempt to corral a Pittsburgh Pirates’ pop-fly on Monday and went down in a...

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