Table of Contents

 

Sharks' Teeth Soon Could Be 

Sharper Than Ever 

by Andy Dolich

 

Remembering Kenny Stabler

by Dave Newhouse


Sports
Today
A handy list of games involving San Francisco Bay Area teams and
their dates and times and a Memorable Sports Moment or Sports Pulse
Monday, July 13 through Sunday, July 19
Issue No. 76

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Monday, July 13

San Jose Giants @ Modesto Nuts, 7:05 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Lake Elsinore Storm, 7:10 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics v. Sonoma Stompers, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14

San Jose Earthquakes v. Club America, 7:30 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics @ Pittsburgh Diamonds,

     7:05 p.m.

Sonoma Stompers @ Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15
San Jose Giants v. Stockton Ports, 7 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics @ Pittsburgh Diamonds,

     7:05 p.m.

Sonoma Stompers @ Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.

Thursday, July 16

Nashville Sounds v. Omaha Storm Chasers,
     7:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Tacoma Rainiers,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants v. Stockton Ports, 7 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics @ Pittsburgh Diamonds,

     7:05 p.m.

Sonoma Stompers @ Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.

Friday, July 17

San Francisco @ Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Minnesota Twins, 7:05 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes @ Los Angeles Galaxy,

     8 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Omaha Storm Chasers,

     7:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Tacoma Rainiers,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants v. Stockton Ports, 7 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburgh Diamonds,

     7:05 p.m.

Sonoma Stompers @ Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, July 18

San Francisco @ Arizona Diamondbacks, 5:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Minnesota Twins, 6:05 p.m.

San Jose SaberCats v. Portland Thunder, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Omaha Storm Chasers,

     6:35 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Tacoma Rainiers,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants v. Lancaster JetHawks, 6 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Bakersfield Blaze, 7:10 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburgh Diamonds,

     5:05 p.m.

Sonoma Stompers @ Vallejo Admirals, 5:05 p.m.

Sunday, July 19
San Francisco @ Arizona Diamondbacks,
     1:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Minnesota Twins, 1:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Omaha Storm Chasers,

     6:35 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Tacoma Rainiers,

     1:35 p.m.

San Jose Giants v. Lancaster JetHawks, 5 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Bakersfield Blaze, 6:10 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburgh Diamonds,

     1:05 p.m.

Sonoma Stompers @ Vallejo Admirals,

     1:05 p.m. 


 

Minor League Team Affiliations

Nashville Sounds, (Oakland A's) -- AAA,

     Pacific Coast League

Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants) --

     AAA, Pacific Coast League

San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants) --    

     Advanced A, California League

Stockton Ports (Oakland A's) -- Advanced A,

     California League

 

Legend 

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

 

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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: KDOW 1220 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

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Kenny Stabler -- Al Golub

Kenny "The Snake" Stabler, the great Oakland Raiders quarterback (1970-1979), died July 8 at the age of 69 from colon cancer. In this image, Stabler (left) and Jim Plunkett (right) pay tribute to the passing of friend and fellow Raider Gene Upshaw at a Raiders-Jets game at McAfee Coliseum (now O.Co Coliseum) in Oakland on Oct. 19, 2008. Over his 15-year NFL career Stabler was a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback as well as the NFL's MVP in 1974. He led the Raiders to a lopsided victory over Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton and the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI (Jan. 9, 1977).  Photo by Al Golub, Golub Photography. 

 


Hunter at bat - NY Mets - 7-7-15 - Ed Jay

No one exerts more energy or enthusiasm than Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, shown here taking off on another mad dash around the bases. Since his return to the lineup, Pence's contributions have been significant, including a grand slam against the Phillies Friday night, highlighting a 15-2 rout. To view a photo album of a recent Giants-Mets game, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Ed Jay. 

 


Bruce Lee - 7-7-2015 - Ed Jay

The Giants held their fourth annual Bruce Lee Tribute Night July 7. In attendance were members of the Lee family, including wife Linda Lee Cadwell (right), daughter Shannon Lee (left) and granddaughter Wren Keasler. Though he died 42 years ago, Lee and his films continue to inspire generations of fans and martial artists of all ethnicities. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Ed Jay 

 


Buster - ProCamps - 2015

Make me a star! The Giants' All-Star catcher Buster Posey hosted the Buster Posey Baseball ProCamp July 7 at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. The camp, for boys and girls grades 1-8, offered baseball instruction and fun. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.

 


Fuld and Vogt - A's - 2015 - Zagaris

Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld and All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt mug for the camera. Vogt and A's pitcher Sonny Gray will be representing the Oakland A's Tuesday in Cincinnati. Photo by Michael Zagaris.

 


Serena Williams - 7-15 - Ed Jay

Serena Williams defeated Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 at Wimbledon to complete the "Serena Slam," winning four straight majors for the second time, duplicating her feat of 2002-03. Above, Williams at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford last year. Photo by Ed Jay.

 


Your de France - 2015 - Ed Jay

At press time, American Tejay Van Garderen, above, was in second place in the overall standings of the 2015 Tour de France and 12 seconds behind the leader, Chris Fromme, after over 31 hours of racing. This year's course will take cyclists along 2,016 miles of roads through three countries. Van Garderen raced in the Amgen Tour of California earlier this year. Photo by Ed Jay.

 


SaberCats - 7-11-2015 - KW

The San Jose SaberCats (14-1) cruised past the New Orleans VooDoo (2-12) by a score of 56-35 at the SAP Center in San Jose Friday night. Above, wide receiver Reggie Gray dives in for a touchdown. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong. 

 


SaberCats Cherleader - 7-11-15 - KW

SaberCats games provide great viewing both on and off the field. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong. 

 


SaberCats fan - 7-11-15 - KW

Comic-Con? Raiders Nation? Nope! Try a SaberCats game, where fans are getting their freak on! To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.

 


Sacramento RiverCats - 2015

The Sacramento River Cats Giant Race Training Run brought eager runners to the sold out event at Raley Field. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page shortly and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Rich Yee.

 

  

A player who conjugates a verb in the first person singular cannot be part of the squad; he has to conjugate the verb in the first person plural:  We. We want to conquer. We are going to conquer. Using the word "I" when you're in a group makes things complicated.

 ~Wanderley Luxemburgo

Brazilian football manager and former football player

Winner of five league titles

 
Sports Pulse
Barracuda logo - SJ Sharks
GoPro logo
San Jose Sharks logo

Andy Dolich - head shot  

Sharks' Teeth Soon Could Be Sharper Than Ever 

 

by Andy Dolich


 

Without ever having a Stanley Cup parade in San Jose, even the most avid fans of Los Tiburones are wondering if the Sharks have lost their teeth.

 

No matter what happens on or off the ice in the off-season, next year promises significant excitement. The franchise will be celebrating its 25th-anniversary season in the Bay Area. That's right, 25 years!

 

The schedule of events for the 25th anniversary will please those who were on hand at the Cow Palace in 1991 for the Sharks' debut. Many of those fans have watched as the team chomped through six division championships. Now they have an opportunity to celebrate a group of players who helped launch and grow the franchise's success in Northern California.

     

New team in the Shark Tank

San Jose is getting another pro sports team. The Barracudas are coming! The Sharks' top minor-league affiliate will move from Worcester, Mass., change names and skate on Sharks ice at SAP Center as part of the new Pacific Division of the American Hockey League. The California-based division will include the minor-league teams of the Calgary Flames in Stockton, Edmonton Oilers in Bakersfield, L.A. Kings in Ontario and the Anaheim Ducks in San Diego.

 

There are few instances of pro franchises sharing venues and markets with affiliates. Two hockey teams playing at the same arena and practicing at the same site in San Jose will challenge the operations department. Additional dressing rooms will be built at both rinks because the Sharks will schedule several Saturday doubleheaders, with the AHL team playing on Saturday afternoons and the Sharks the same evening.

 

Sharks COO John Tortora recently described three main business reasons for the relocation: "Appealing to the ever-growing hockey market in the Bay Area, investing in the city of San Jose, and increasing the fan base with outside-the-box ideas that may not be practical to do at the NHL level."

 

The Sharks plan on limiting seating at SAP Center for the AHL games, bringing down a curtain on the upper level and capping capacity at 8,072. Tortora estimates crowds of 3,000-5,000 fans, with tickets starting at $12 and 45 percent of seating available at under $20. The San Jose Barracudas keep the marine biology theme alive in the Tank; it's the perfect name considering the Sharks are corporately partnered with Barracuda Networks.

 

Lights, cameras, hockey: In-your-face action

Let's say you're the head of marketing for the Sharks and the team fails to make the playoffs. Your job is going to be difficult, even with the 25th-anniversary celebration and having the Barracudas baring their blades at SAP. I believe the Sharks have a precedent-setting opportunity right in front of their face masks, especially after thinking about what occurred at last year's NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.

 

Press release from the NHL ...

The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) today announced a North American partnership with GoPro, the maker of the world's most versatile camera and enabler of some of today's most immersive and engaging content. The agreement is GoPro's first with a major professional sports league. As part of this unprecedented partnership, the NHL will use GoPro's innovative equipment and expertise to deliver hockey fans never-before-seen perspectives of the game and the talents of the top players in high-definition video content during national and regional game broadcasts and across the digital and social media platforms of the NHLPA, NHL and GoPro.

 

When I read this press release, it gave me an idea on how the Sharks can get back their mojo by going GoPro. They showcased the technology at last season's All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game. The NHL will use GoPro cameras to show fans breathtaking, heretofore unimaginable views of the game.

 

I'm suggesting that the Sharks petition the NHL to become the first team in major professional sports to have every player wear a GoPro during the pre-season and regular season in 2015-16. Going to a Sharks game at SAP is one of the most exciting in-person fan experiences in sports. This in-your-face technology will enhance the in-arena experience, and Sharks TV broadcasts will be must-see TV.

 

Andy Dolich has worked as an executive in all four major sports leagues, including the Oakland A's, Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers. He is the managing director and head of U.S. sports practice for Odgers Berndstson, the UK's leading executive search firm, and director of career development for the University of San Francisco's online master's program in the business of

collegiate athletics.

 

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Remembering 

Kenny Stabler

 

by Dave Newhouse

Every devotee in Raider Nation, costumed or otherwise, should raise a glass to Ken Stabler. The Snake would love to join you in such a toast, but, unfortunately, he has sat on his last bar stool.


But football lovers everywhere who prefer swashbuckling, ad-libbing heroes to computerized, by-the-book stars are in mourning today, for the Oakland Raiders and the National Football League have lost one of the game's curfew-breaking, history-making legends.

It would be wrong to say that Stabler was one-of-a-kind -- not as long as anyone remembers Bobby Layne. No NFL quarterbacks partied harder while winning more games than the left-handed Stabler and the right-handed Layne, both of whom drank with either hand.

Stabler, 69, who loved to say that he studied his playbook by the light of the jukebox, died July 8 in Gulfport, Miss., of stage four colon cancer. This was one last-minute victory he couldn't pull off at the end.

Stabler, as he did on the football field, kept the game of life interesting until its conclusion. His obituary appeared in the Tuscaloosa [Ala.] News and was picked up by Twitter, then pulled back before his family finally confirmed his death.

An obituary on Stabler that captured his full identity would be complicated to write, because his football career and his conflicted personality had so many components. Swashbucklers aren't easily captured in 10 to 15 paragraphs. A novel makes more sense.

Stabler isn't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but none of its quarterbacks produced more heart-stopping victories, or even a more heartbreaking defeat, than the Snake, who earned his nickname after a broken-field punt return for a touchdown in high school in Foley, Ala.

Stabler threw the "Sea of Hands" touchdown pass to Clarence Davis to give Oakland a 28-26 win over Miami in the 1974 playoffs. Stabler threw the "Ghost to the Post" pass to Dave Casper that led to a 37-31 overtime win in Baltimore in the 1977 playoffs. And Stabler initiated a "Holy Roller" in San Diego in 1978, when in the grasp of linebacker Woodrow Lowe, he pitched the ball forward, and halfback Pete Banaszak kicked it into the end zone, where Casper fell on it for an improbable 21-20 victory. (That play led to a rule change.)

Stabler was part of name-making history even in defeat. He ran 30 yards for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 7-6 lead in Pittsburgh with 1:13 left in a 1972 playoff game. But, then, Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris combined on the "Immaculate Reception" that gave the Steelers a thrilling, heartbreaking 13-7 victory.

No other NFL quarterback has participated in more italicized, immortalized finishes as Stabler, which should give him strong consideration for the pro football hall in Canton, Ohio. He was down but never out, which became his trademark. On a Monday night in New Orleans in 1979, the Saints led the Raiders 35-7 at halftime. Jim Plunkett came on the field to replace Stabler, who waved him back to the sideline before engineering a 42-35 comeback victory. Classic Snake.

"Kenny had a great sense of when to go after people and cut their throats," said Raiders Hall of Fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff. "He had that kind of presence."

Stabler and Biletnikoff teamed to give the Raiders their first Super Bowl victory, 32-14 over Minnesota in Pasadena, during the 1976 season. Biletnikoff was voted the game's MVP.

"I played with great teams, with great players. So good things happened," Stabler said. "The Raiders had a great deal of heart, perseverance and talent. Those plays at the end of games defined who we were. We will find a way."

Sometimes Stabler crafted wins without getting any sleep the evening before. He loved the night life with good-timin' friends, then he created his own party right there on the gridiron.

"I always liked that we worked hard and we played hard," he said. "That was my lifestyle, and I never tried to hide it. But I was a victim of circumstance. I couldn't let my teammates go out alone. I was in charge of curfew."

Stabler broke enough curfews, just as he broke passing records, during his storied career, which included being named the NFL's MVP in 1974.

"I know my limit," he said of his carousing. "I've just never reached it."

Layne would have smiled at that remark. He was Stabler before Stabler as a Hall of Fame quarterback for Detroit and Pittsburgh during the 1950s and '60s. Is there a bar up in heaven? Layne and Stabler might be sitting there right now.

While Stabler caused defenses no end of trouble during his time with Oakland (1970-79), Houston (1980-81) and New Orleans (1982-84), he was a source of off-the-field trouble to himself.

He led Alabama to an 11-0 record in 1966, while playing for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who then kicked Stabler off the team for a while for breaking team rules. Imagine that.

The Raiders drafted him in the second round in 1968, but he didn't play that year because of a domestic issue back home. He then signed with the Spokane Shockers of the Continental Football League before drifting back to Oakland in 1970. He had two quarterbacks ahead of him, Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda, and didn't become a full-time starter until 1973, when he led the NFL with a 62.7 completion percentage.

By then, knee damage limited his mobility, so the Snake didn't slither anymore. But with great protection, and talented pass catchers in Biletnikoff, Cliff Branch, Raymond Chester and Casper, he carved up opponents with precise passes often thrown before his receivers made their break.

He led the Raiders to five straight AFC title games, 1973-77, with the one Super Bowl win. Oakland's timing wasn't the best. "We were the victim of a great, great team in the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Miami Dolphins' 17-0 team (1972)," Stabler said. "We were supposed to win, and we didn't. But the team persevered."

After losing in Denver 20-17 in the 1977 AFC title game, the Raiders were just 9-7 in 1978. Owner Al Davis placed the blame largely on the nocturnal Stabler, saying, "He's like a 25-7 pitcher who's having a 17-12 year." That created a rift between the two men, who stopped talking to each other. Asked at one point if he was ready to bury the hatchet with Davis, Stabler replied, "I'd like to bury the hatchet, right in his neck."

In 1979, I became a full-time sports columnist for the Oakland Tribune. My first column resulted from an article in a cheap magazine that was even unfit for a barber shop. The article included photos of Stabler nuzzling with a bare-chested Carol Doda, queen of the topless bars in San Francisco. These photos were taken in Stabler's motel room at the Raiders' summer training site in Santa Rosa. My column questioned why Stabler would subject himself to such sleaze.
 

And in 1979, Sacramento Bee sportswriter Bob Padecky twice went to Stabler's home base in Gulf Shores, Ala., to interview Stabler's friends, including "Wonderfully Wicked Wanda" and the quarterback himself. Padecky was arrested when police found a key case filled with cocaine inside the fender well of his rental car. Stabler denied that he or his friends had set up Padecky, with whom Stabler had been feuding. Padecky wasn't charged with any offense, but was told to leave town - fast. The incident remains under suspicion to this day.     

 

In 1980, he was traded to Houston for quarterback Dan Pastorini. Of Oilers coach Bum Phillips, Stabler said, "He and I are as country as two piles of manure in the barn." Pastorini broke his leg, Jim Plunkett replaced him and led the '80 Raiders to their second Super Bowl win, 27-10 over Philadelphia in New Orleans -- after first beating Stabler and the Oilers, 27-7, in a wild-card game.

After his NFL career ended, Stabler bounced around, doing some football commentary. During a televised college game he was shown only in profile on camera as he had gotten into a fight the night before the game, bruising one side of his face. In 1995, he was jailed on a drunken-driving charge.

"I still do break curfew once in a while," he explained. "I haven't raised the white flag."

At the end of the century, he was picked by the Alameda Newspaper Group, headed by the Oakland Tribune, as No. 50 on its list of "The Fifty Most Significant Bay Area Sports Figures of the 20th Century." He also was inducted in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Two deserved honors.

Stabler had a 69-26-1 record with the Raiders, and made four Pro Bowl appearances. Overall, with three teams, he passed for 27,938 yards, 194 touchdowns and 222 interceptions, the last statistic a sign that he wasn't afraid to gamble early, knowing that a game was 60 minutes long.

"I've often said that if I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had one quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny," John Madden, Stabler's Raiders coach, said in a statement.

Stabler said that in later years he patched up his differences with Davis, whose son, current Raiders owner Mark Davis, said in a statement: "The Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ken Stabler. He was a cherished member of the Raider family and personified what it means to be a Raider."

Today's Raiders are not Stabler's Raiders. But what would they have been, considering their revolving quarterback system this century, with a young Stabler at the controls? If he had the protection he had in the 1970s, which no longer exists, he'd be cutting up defenses as usual.

But it's sad that those old colorful, successful Oakland Raiders are leaving us: Al Davis, Blanda, Jack "The Assassin" Tatum, Skip "Dr. Death" Thomas, John "The Tooz" Matuszak, Gene "The Senator" Upshaw, Dave "Double D" Dalby, Ben "The Handlebar" Davidson, Tom Keating, kicker Errol Mann, and now Ken "The Snake" Stabler. Without their like, the once-dominant Raiders are now the oft-dominated Raiders, winless for what seems like ... forever.

At Stabler's request, his brain and spinal cord were donated to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center to support research for degenerative brain disease in athletes.

Stabler is survived by three daughters and a longtime partner. A memorial service is pending.

But, in the meantime, let's raise a glass to The Snake. He's hard to forget.

 

Retired Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse will have two new books

published this year: Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty, due out in July, and an as yet untitled Hoosiers-like basketball book,

due out mid-fall.

 

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49ers Schedule

Preseason

Date                  Opponent      Time                   TV

Sat., Aug. 15       @ Houston       5:00 p.m.             KPIX 5

Sun., Aug. 23       Dallas                5:00 p.m.            KPIX 5   

Sat., Aug. 29       @ Denver          6:00 p.m.            KPIX 

Thu., Sep. 3         San Diego         7:00 p.m.            KPIX 5   


Regular Season

Date                    Opponent      Time                 TV

Mon., Sep. 14       Minnesota       7:20 p.m.         ESPN

Sun., Sep. 20        @ Pittsburgh    10:00 a.m.        FOX

Sun., Sep. 27        @ Arizona         1:05 p.m.         
FOX

Sun., Oct. 4           Green Bay        1:25 p.m.        

FOX

Sun., Oct. 11        @ NY Giants      5:30 p.m.         NBC

Sun., Oct. 18        Baltimore          1:25 p.m.         CBS        

Thu., Oct. 22        Seattle               5:25 p.m.       CBS/NFLN

Sun., Nov. 1         @ St. Louis       10:00 a.m.         FOX

Sun., Nov. 8         Atlanta              1:05 p.m.           FOX        

Sun., Nov. 15       BYE

Sun., Nov. 22      @ Seattle         1:25 p.m.            FOX

Sun., Nov. 29       Arizona            1:05 p.m.            FOX        

Sun., Dec. 6         @ Chicago        10:00 a.m.         FOX

Sun., Dec. 13       @ Cleveland    10:00 a.m.         FOX        

Sun., Dec. 20       Cincinnati         5:30 p.m.           NBC

Sun., Dec. 27       @ Detroit        10:00 a.m.          FOX

Sun., Jan. 3          St. Louis           1:25 p.m.            FOX        

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Raiders Schedule

Preseason

Date                Opponent        Time                TV

Fri.,  Aug 14       St. Louis           7:00 p.m.         KTVU/KICU

Sat., Aug. 22     @ Minnesota   5:00 p.m.         KTVU/KICU 

Sun., Aug. 30    Arizona              5:00 p.m.            NBC

Thu., Sep. 3       @ Seattle          7:00 p.m.         KTVU/KICU 

 

Regular Season

Date                Opponent          Time               TV

Sun., Sep. 13   Cincinnati            1:25 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Sep. 20   Baltimore            1:05 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Sep. 27   @ Cleveland       10:00 a.m.          CBS   

Sun., Oct. 4      @ Chicago          10:00 a.m.          CBS

Sun., Oct. 11    Denver                1:25 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Oct. 18    BYE                

Sun., Oct. 25   @ San Diego       1:05 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Nov. 1    NY Jets                 1:05 p.m.            CBS

Sun. Nov. 8     @ Pittsburgh       10:00 a.m.         CBS

Sun., Nov. 15  Minnesota           1:05 p.m.           FOX

Sun., Nov. 22  @ Detroit            10:00 a.m.          CBS

Sun., Nov. 29  @ Tennessee      10:00 a.m.          CBS

Sun., Dec. 6    Kansas City          1:05 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Dec. 13  @ Denver            1:05 p.m.            CBS   

Sun., Dec. 20  Green Bay           1:05 p.m.             FOX

Thu., Dec. 24  San Diego            5:25 p.m.           NFLN

Sun., Jan. 3     @ Kansas City    10:00 a.m.            CBS

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Below is a list of sports bars we recommend for all your sports viewing needs. Each is a worthy institution and they have the added distinction of also being longtime 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

City Beach, 4020 Technology Place, Fremont

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 Clara

City Beach, 2911 Mead Avenue

 

Santa Cruz 

One Double Oh Seven Club, 1007 Soquel Avenue    

 

Vacaville 

Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway

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