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"Mega-agent"
by Leland Faust
 
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PRESENTS
Sports
Today!
A handy list of games involving San Francisco Bay Area teams and
their dates and times and a Memorable Sports Moment or SportsPulse
Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29
Issue No. 60

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Monday, March 23
Golden State Warriors v. Washington Wizards,
     7:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks @ Ottawa Senators, 4:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Kansas City Royals,

     1:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium

Oakland A's @ Cleveland Indians, 1:05 p.m.,

     Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear

Stanford (W) BB v. Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trailblazers,
     7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings v. Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Cleveland Indians, 7:05 p.m.,

     Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear

Oakland A's v. Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m., Hohokam

      Stadium, Mesa

Stanford (M) BB v. Vanderbilt, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25
Sacramento Kings @ Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies, 1:10 p.m.,

      Talking Stick

Oakland A's @ Milwaukee Brewers, 1:05 p.m.,

      Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix

Thursday, March 26

San Jose Sharks @ Detroit Red Wings, 4:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Oakland A's, 7:05 p.m.,

      Scottsdale Stadium

Friday, March 27
Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies, 5 p.m.

Sacramento Kings @ New Orleans Pelicans, 5 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m., Glendale

Oakland A's v. Texas Rangers, 1:05 p.m., Hohokam Stadium, Mesa

Saturday. March 28

Golden State Warriors @ Milwaukee Bucks,

     5:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks @ Philadelphia Flyers, 10 a.m.

San Jose Earthquakes @ New England Revolution,

     12:00 noon

San Francisco Giants Futures

      (split squad), 1:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium

San Francisco Giants @ Seattle Mariners (split

      squad), 1:05 p.m., Peoria

Oakland A's @ Chicago White Sox, 1:05 p.m.,

     Camelback Ranch

Sunday, March 29
San Jose Sharks @ Pittsburgh Penguins, 4:30 p.m.
San Francisco Giants v. Los Angeles Dodgers,
     1:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium

Oakland A's v. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:05 p.m.,

     Hohokam Stadium, Mesa

 

Legend 

(BB): Basketball
(M): Men
(W): Women

 

Media 

Cal BB (M): KGO 810 AM
Cal BB (W): Pac-12 Network
Cal football: KGO 810 AM
Fresno Grizzlies: KYNO 1430  AM
Fresno State football: 940 AM ESPN Radio
Golden State Warriors: KNBR 680 AM
Oakland A's: 95.7 FM The Game
Oakland Raiders: 95.7 FM The Game
Sacramento Kings: KHTK 1140 AM
Sacramento River Cats: Talk 650 AM KSTE 
San Francisco 49ers: KNBR 680/1050 AM, KGO
     810 AM, KSAN 107.7 FM
San Francisco Giants: KNBR 680 AM
San Jose Earthquakes: 1590 KLIV  AM,
      1370 KZSF AM (Spanish)
San Jose Giants: MiLB Gameday Audio
San Jose SaberCats: KNBR 1050 AM
San Jose Sharks, KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose,
       102.1 FM San Francisco
San Jose State football: KLIV 1590 AM
Stanford BB (M): KNBR 1050 AM, TBS (TV)
Stanford BB (W): KZSU 90.1 FM
Stanford football: KNBR 1050 AM
Stockton Ports: KWSX 1280 AM
UC Davis football: KTHK 1140 AM

For Your Viewing Pleasure


Stephen Curry - 3-20-2015 - Rich Yee

Despite an off-night from All-Star guard Stephen Curry, who finished with 16 points with 11 assists, the Golden State Warriors cruised to a methodical dismantling of the New Orleans Pelicans 112-96 on Friday night. Golden State's record at home is now a staggering 32-2, the NBA-best record. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.

 


Santa Cruz Warriors - 3-22-15 KW

The Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA Developmental League team of the Golden State Warriors, tip off on Friday night versus the Los Angeles Defenders. Santa Cruz (31-14) would win 99-92 and has qualified for the postseason. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.

 



J Quakes - 3-22-15 Kenneth Wong

 

SJ Quakes - 3-22-15 - Kenneth Wong

The San Jose Earthquakes christened their new Avaya Stadium with a home-opening victory over the Chicago Fire 2-1 yesterday afternoon before a sell-out crowd of 18,000 joyous fans. The Quakes look to extend their win streak to three when they visit the New England Revolution this coming Saturday. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.

 


Oakland Marathon -- 3-22-15

The 2015 Oakland Running Festival flooded Oakland with thousands of runners on Sunday who enjoyed a marathon, half-marathon, four-person team relay, 5k and Kids' Fun Run. The full 26.2-mile marathon, which took runners throughout the city and involved the coordinated efforts of thousands, was again a big success. To view a photo album of the event, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Rich Yee.

 


Oakland Marathon - March 20 - 2015 Tim Reynolds

On the eve of the Oakland Marathon, its organizer, Corrigan Sports Enterprises, held a press conference and luncheon at the Terrace Room Restaurant in Oakland on Thursday afternoon prior to the event-filled weekend. Above, Jim MacIlvaine, Art & Soul festival director (left); Gene Brtalik, Oakland Running Festival race director (center); and Lupita Peimbert, editor and publisher of Lipitanews.com. To view a photo album of the press conference, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Timothy E Reynolds.

 


Erdinger - Marathon - 3-22-15

Erdinger non-alcoholic served as the official beer at the Oakland Running Festival and was the title sponsor for the event's Celebration Village. Above, Erdinger representatives gather for a quick photo op. For more information, visit erdinger-alkoholfrei.com. Photo by Rich Yee.

 


Hector Sanchez - Kenny - 2014

Giants catcher Hector Sanchez stares down Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke last July at AT&T Park.  The regular season starts just two weeks from today on April 6, when the Giants will take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Photo by Kenny Karst.

 


Billy Burns - triple - Michael Zagaris

In early spring training action, A's outfielder Billy Burns slides in safely for a triple and would later score. The A's host the Texas Rangers on April 6 to open the season. Photo by Michael Zagaris.

 


7on7 - 3-14-2015 - Rich Yee

Passing Down High School Elite 7on7 is a statewide high school elite football tournament where the top qualifying teams are invited to compete in the Passing Down Best of the West tournament finals. The Nor Cal Passing Down competition was held at Robertson Sports Park in Livermore recently. The tournament is open to all football athletes who are currently in the 9th-11th grade. Registration is available only to 7on7 teams and not individual players in search of a team. For more information, write PassingDown.com. To view a photo album of the competition, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Rich Yee Photography.

 


Stanford baseball - 3-22-15 Rich Yee

Stanford lost to Arizona 6-0 in front of 1,641 fans at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond Sunday afternoon. The victorious Wildcats swept the Cardinal for the first time ever. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Rich Yee Photography.

 


Arif - 2-6-2015 Rich Yee
The 15th annual Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place recently at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, honoring an array of distinguished athletes and community leaders. Michelle Hall (left); Olympian and presenter Dr. John Carlos (second from left); and Amber Todd (middle) were winners of the Oakland Pride Award. Arif Khatib, Hall of Fame founder and president (right), looks on with pride. To view a photo album of the ceremony, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.

 

 

"The Yankees are only interested in one thing,

and I have no idea what that is."

~Yankee outfielder and designated hitter

Luis Polonia

 

Memorable Sports Moment 

Leland Faust

Mega-agent

Leland Faust

   

The story you are about to hear is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. (If you are old enough to remember Dragnet, the popular radio show from the 1940s which became a hit TV show in the 1950s, then you will know I have stolen that line.)

 

Two baseball players, Sam and Frank, high draft picks selected by the same team in the same year, rose through the minor-league system together and became good friends. As luck would have it, both received their first September call-ups to the Show following successful summer seasons at AAA. Both of them had modest stats and on-the-field performances that first September. Even though their first month in the majors was relatively uneventful, obviously they were both thrilled to play on a major-league team and gain valuable experience.

 

Under the collective bargaining agreement governing major-league baseball, the team had the unilateral power to set Frank's and Sam's salaries for the next season. Nevertheless, their agents had to negotiate contracts. Sam's agent, Mr. Straightforward, was also a rookie at his job. He did his homework and researched what the team had paid its previous year's September call-ups for their next season. Straightforward determined that the team paid its September call-ups the major-league minimum plus $5,000 for the next season. He asked the team to pay Sam that amount for the following season.

 

The team negotiator said he would consider the request, talk to the general manager, and then get back to Straightforward. The next day the team's negotiator called back and said he was rejecting the request to pay the major-league minimum plus $5,000. He said the salary would be major-league minimum plus $10,000. Stunned, Straightforward said he accepted the offer on behalf of Sam. He then asked why the team was willing to pay more than he had requested. The team negotiator then explained the team's compensation structure for rookies. Sam had appeared in more than 15 major-league games. The team's policy was to pay those players the major-league minimum plus $10,000. The players who had been called up the year before had played in fewer than 15 major-league games. The team negotiator was not going to punish its top young prospect for his agent's mistake. Straightforward thanked the team negotiator and then told Sam the truth, explaining why the team would pay more than asked.

 

Just a little while later, Sam and Frank reported to spring training and shared stories. Frank had been represented by Mr. Flamboyant, one of the biggest agents in baseball. Frank told Sam that he got a great contract considering how little time he had spent in the majors. Flamboyant had told Frank he got this great deal by using all of his juice to extract the last possible dollar from the team. What had Flamboyant negotiated? Major-league minimum plus $10,000. Sam laughed and told Frank the truth of the matter.

 

Frank, much to his credit, was not amused. He fired Flamboyant and never went back. There was ultimate justice here. Since Frank went on to become a star player with a lengthy career, Flamboyant ultimately lost, big-time.

 

Flamboyant did not alter his approach in trying to impress clients as a result of this learning opportunity. Flamboyant correctly concluded that most of his clients or potential clients preferred to hear nonsense rather than the truth. A little while later, while recruiting an established major-league player (but not a star), Flamboyant assured him he would arrange for a photo on the cover of GQ magazine. The player fell for that come-on, as they say on the bass fishing circuit, "hook, line and sinker." But, alas, it's now about 20 years later and he's still waiting.

 

Leland Faust is an honors graduate from UC Berkeley (economics) and Harvard Law School. He was the founder of CSI Capital Management, where he served as chief investment officer from 1978 through 2011. He has represented hundreds of pro athletes over his career.

 

Barron's has named him four times to its annual list of the top 100 independent investment advisers in the country. He has also been named to the Sporting News' list of the 100 most powerful people in sports, one of only two investment advisers ever to be included in that roster.

 
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Below is a list of sports bars we recommend for March Madness and all your sports viewing needs. Each is a worthy institution and they have the added distinction of also being long-time Ultimate Sports Guide advertisers. When you stop in, please extend our thanks.

 

San Francisco

Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary Street

The Blue Light, 1979 Union Street

Bus Stop, 1901 Union Street

The Chieftain, 198 5th Street

Danny Coyle's, 668 Haight Street

Dave's, 29 Third Street @ Kearny

Final Final, 2990 Baker @ Lombard

The Holding Company, #2 Embarcadro Center

Il Pirata, 2007 16th Street

Jake's Steaks, 3301 Buchanan Street

Jullian's, 101 4th Street

The Kezar Pub, 770 Stanyan Street

Mad Dog in the Fog, 530 Haight Street

Mucky Duck, 1315 9th Avenue

Nickie's Bar, 466 Haight Street

Players Sports Grill, Pier 39, Buildings L & M

Polo Grounds, 747 3rd Street

 

East Bay

Brennan's Restaurant, 4th & University, Berkeley

Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street, Alameda

Crogan's Montclair, 6101 La Salle Avenue, Oakland

Cue & Brew, 1029 Arnold Drive, #6, Martinez

Dan's Irish Sports Bar, 1524 Civic Street, Walnut Creek

Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill, 77 Hegenberger, Oakland

Ed's Mudville Grill, 6200 Center Street, Clayton

The Englander, 101 Parrott Street, San Leandro  

Evie's, 7138 Village Parkway, Dublin

Francesco's Restaurant, 8520 Pardee Drive, Oakland

Frank's Saloon, 2014 Marina Blvd., San Leandro

Funky Monkey, 22554 Main Street, Hayward

George & Walt's, 5445 College Avenue, Oakland

Grand Oaks Restaurant, 3701 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Go Sports Bar, 736 Washington Street, Oakland

Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany

Kingfish, 5227 Claremont, Oakland

Linguini's Pizza & Brew, 1508 Park Street, Alameda

Livermore Casino Sports Bar, 3571 First Street, Livermore

McCovey's Restaurant, 1444 N. California, Walnut Creek

Mr. Lucky's Bar & Grill, 1527 Locust Street. Walnut Creek

Oakland Moose Club, 690 Hegenberger Road

Oaks Corner, 4099 San Pablo, Emeryville

Otaez Mexican Restaurant, 1619 Webster Street, Alameda

Pacific Coast Brewing Co., 906 Washington Street, Oakland

Pasta Pelican, 2455 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda

Pete's Place, 610A San Pablo Avenue, Pinole

Rancho Sports Bar, 3912 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante

Ricky's Sports Grill, 15028 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro

Sports Edition Bar, Hilton Oakland Airport, Oakland

Stadium Pub, 1420 Lincoln Avenue, Walnut Creek

Tierney's Sports Bar, 540 San Pablo Avenue, Albany

WPLJ's Dance Club, 2112 North Main Street, Walnut Creek

 

Brisbane

7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd.

 

Burlingame 

The American Bull Bar & Grill, 1819 El Camino Real

Knuckles Historical Sports Bar, Hyatt Regency, Burlingame

 

Campbell 

Capers Eat & Drink, 1710 West Campbell   

 

Fair Oaks

Players Sports Pub, 4060 Sunrise Blvd.

 

Half Moon Bay 

Cameron's Restaurant Pub & Inn, 1410 South Cabrillo Hwy

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road

 

Foster City 

The Club House Bistro, 1221 Chess Drive  

 

Palo Alto 

Sundance The Steakhouse, 1921 El Camino Real

 

Point Richmond

Up & Under, 2 West Richmond Avenue   

 

San Jose 

Bay 101 Casino, 1801 Bering Drive

Britannia Arms, 5027 Almaden Expressway

Britannia Arms, 173 West Santa Clara

Britannia Arms, 1087 De Anza Blvd.    

 

San Rafael 

Pete's 881, 721 Lincoln Avenue

 

Santa Cruz 

One Double Oh Seven Club, 1007 Soquel Avenue    

 

Vacaville 

Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway

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