Table of Contents

 

Time for the Return of the Multi-Use

Sports Stadium?

by Andy Dolich

 

Southpaw: A Knockout

by Michael Berkowitz

 

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, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 9
Issue No. 79

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Monday, Aug. 3

San Francisco Giants @ Atlanta Braves, 4:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Omaha Storm Chasers,

     7:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Salt Lake Bees, 6:05 p.m.

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

Stockton Ports @ Visalia Rawhide, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

San Francisco Giants @ Atlanta Braves, 4:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Omaha Storm Chasers,

     12:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Salt Lake Bees, 6:05 p.m.

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

Stockton Ports @ Visalia Rawhide, 7 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics @ Pittsburg Diamonds,

     7:05 p.m.

Sonoma Crushers v. Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5
San Francisco Giants @ Atlanta Braves, 4:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Baltimore Orioles, 12:35 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Fresno Grizzlies,

     7:05 p.m.

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

Stockton Ports @ Visalia Rawhide, 7 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics @ Pittsburg Diamonds,

     7:05 p.m.

Sonoma Crushers v. Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.

Thursday, Aug 6

San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs, 5:05 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Houston Astros, 7:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Fresno Grizzlies,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Lake Elsinore Storm, 7 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes,

     7:10 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics @ Pittsburg Diamonds,

     7:05 p.m.

Sonoma Crushers v. Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 7

San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Houston Astros, 7:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Fresno Grizzlies,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Lake Elsinore Storm, 7 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes,

     7:10 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburg Diamonds,

     7:05 p.m.

Sonoma Crushers v. Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8

San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Houston Astros, 1:05 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes @ Houston Dynamo, 6 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Memphis Redbirds, 6:35 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Fresno Grizzlies,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Lake Elsinore Storm, 6 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes,

     7:10 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburg Diamonds,

     5:05 p.m.

Sonoma Crushers v. Vallejo Admirals, 5:05 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 9
San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs, 
     11:20 a.m.

Oakland A's v. Houston Astros, 1:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Memphis Redbirds,

     6:35 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Fresno Grizzlies,

     6:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Lake Elsinore Storm, 5 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes,

     6:10 p.m.

San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburg Diamonds,

     1:05 p.m.

Sonoma Crushers v. 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

 

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: 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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For Your Viewing Pleasure


Raiders quarterback Derek Carr enjoys himself at the Raiders' practice in front of invited Raider Nation fans in Napa on Saturday. To view a photo album of the practice, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay

 


Raiders - 8-1-15 - Ed Jay

Fancy footwork is required for NFL-worthy talent, and Raiders Michael Crabtree (No. 15), Amari Cooper (89) and T.J. Carrie (38) don't miss a beat. To view a photo album of the practice, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.

 


Colin Kaepernick - 8-1-2015 - Darren Yamashita

Looking relaxed and exuding confidence, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led a workout and scrimmage Saturday following the Charlie Wedemeyer Football All-Star Game at Levi's Stadium. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

 


San Francisco 49rs cheerleaders - 2015

Christmas in July? Yes, Virginia, and in August as well. Last winter Ultimate Sports Guide photographer Kenny Karst shot the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders as they performed at halftime of the 49ers-Chargers game. The 49ers' opening preseason game is versus the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Aug. 23. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us.

 


SF 49ers Cheerleaders -- 2015

The 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders welcomed in the holiday season late last year. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenny Karst Photography.

 


Hunter Pence gets ready to unload in a game this season at AT&T Park. Pence broke a 7-7 tie in the top of the 11th inning against the host Texas Rangers Saturday night with a dramatic line-drive solo home run into the left field bleachers. The Giants prevailed in a thrilling 9-7 victory. Photo by Kenny Karst Photography.

 


Brandon Crawford - 7-26-15 - Michael Zagaris

The Giants' Brandon Crawford is about to tag out a sliding Ben Zobrist at second base. Zobrist (subsequently dealt to the K.C. Royals for two pitching prospects) was called out and the Giants would hang on for a 4-3 win over the A's. Photo by Michael Zagaris.

 


A's - 7-26-25 - Rich Yee

Josh Reddick slides safely into home, scoring on a wild pitch as pitcher Tim Hudson reaches for a throw. The Giants would win 4-3 and sweep the Bay Bridge Series. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee

 


Sue Young - 2015

Mother's Day at AT&T Park: Richmond resident Sue Young is welcomed by the Giants' Gregor Blanco as the 2015 Giants Honorary Bat Girl, part of MLB's campaign to promote breast cancer awareness on Mother's Day. Young was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012, but she says watching the Giants' World Series run helped her fight through. Young finished treatment in August 2012 and is in remission.

 


Sonoma Nationals - 2015 - Kenneth Wong

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series blasted onto the Sonoma drag strip over the weekend. Above, a Top Fuel Dragster accelerates with a burst, emanating visible heat waves. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Kenneth Wong.

 


Sonoma Nationals - 2015 - Kenneth Wong
Representatives of the Toyota racing team smile for the camera. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.

 


BOTW - Julia Boserup - 2015 - Ed Jay
On the second day of qualifiers at the Bank of the West Classic, Misaki Doi defeated Julia Boserup (pictured above). The tournament, held at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University, runs though through Sunday, Aug. 9. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.

 


Sunbelt Rentals - #79 - Kenneth Wong

Former 49ers J.J. Stokes (left) and Jeremy Newberry (far right) were on hand last Thursday along with several Gold Rush Cheerleaders and Tim Hodson for the grand opening of Sunbelt Rentals in Gilroy.The players and cheerleaders socialized and signed autographs for the visitors and fans. Photo by Kenneth Wong.

 

 

A game of great charm in the adoption of mathematical measurements to the timing of human movements, the exactitudes and adjustments of physical ability to hazardous chance. The speed of the legs, the dexterity of the body, the grace of the swing, the elusiveness of the slide -- these are the features that make Americans everywhere forget the last syllable of a man's last name or the pigmentation of his skin.

~Branch Rickey, MLB catcher, manager, executive (1881-1965)

Broke Major League Baseball's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson, the first African American major-leaguer;  later signed Puerto Rican superstar outfielder Roberto Clemente

Baseball Hall of Fame, 1967



Sports Pulse
AT&T Park
One of the crown jewels of modern-era stadiums, the Giants' AT&T Park has become a destination unto itself.

Oakland Coliseum
Many feel that O.Co Coliseum, a multi-use stadium serving both the A's and the Raiders, has outlived its usefulness. But what will replace it? 
Andy Dolich - head shot  

 

Time for the Return of the

Multi-Use Sports Stadium?



by Andy Dolich

If you look at the history of stadiums in the United States, the venues of the early 20th century showed the following characteristics:

 

* They were close to the center of the city.

They had roofs and overhangs supported by steel beams.

Most of them were symmetrical.

All of them were named "Field" or "Park."

Most of them had unique nooks and crannies in the outfield.

All had natural-grass fields.

Most underwent major expansions in the 1920s and '30s.

They were home to more than one sport.

 

The early '60s saw the advent of circular stadiums, many of them in the suburbs:

Eight of the 15 stadiums had artificial turf.

Five of them were domed.

Ten of them were multipurpose - housing MLB, NFL, pro soccer, concerts and other entertainment events.

Most of them were largely financed by public money.

 

Trends in the stadium-building boom of the '80s and '90s:

Stadiums moved back to the cities from the suburbs.

All of them had natural grass.

Most of them had asymmetrical outfields.

The venue names went back to "Field," "Park" or "Ballpark."

All but one of them (AT&T Park) were primarily supported by taxpayers, who provided over 60 percent of the funds for construction.

 

The lack of public funding has negatively affected new stadium deal-making. No state has been more affected than California. Levi's Stadium, the new home of the 49ers, was the first one built in California since San Diego's Petco Park opened in 2004. The 49ers were responsible for the majority of the current $1.4 billion price tag. The Giants had to privately finance their jewel of a ballpark in China Basin 15 years ago.

 

Take a look at the current stadium-building scorecard in the Golden State.

 

The San Diego Chargers have been attempting to build for 11 years. There is no deal in place, and they are moving forward on two negotiating fronts: Carson and downtown San Diego.

 

The Oakland A's pined for San Jose for seven years. MLB has told the Green and Gold no. Now the A's are exploring the complexities of building a new stadium in the midst of the confusing construction future of sports venues in Oakland. Think of it as a Rubik's cube, only with tons of concrete, steel and heavy machinery.

 

The city of Los Angeles has been trying to lure an NFL team and build a new stadium since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1996. The major players and complex negotiating road map are ever-changing. One keeps hearing the rumor that the Raiders are moving to L.A. Kim Kardashian will win a Nobel Prize before that occurs.

 

The Sacramento Kings have broken ground on a new $500 million downtown arena, which is scheduled to open in 2016. Kings ownership and Mayor Kevin "I can dunk over any mayor in America" Johnson led a miraculous fast-break effort to keep the team in the Capital and fast-track a new arena. Former ownership had been trying to build a new arena downtown since 2003.

 

The San Jose Earthquakes privately financed and built a new soccer-specific stadium, Avaya stadium, which will host the MLS All-Star game in San Jose next July.  

 

The most significant conundrum exists at the Oakland Coliseum site. It underscores a major problem for which new thinking must be brought to the process. The perfect laboratory for a revolutionary solution is at the 66th Avenue exit off 880 in Oakland.

 

The Raiders and the A's are trying to develop traction for new single-use stadiums. As Levi's was being built, the NFL urged both Bay Area football teams to share it. The Raiders decided to go their own way, even though the sharing model in the New York metro area is working well for the Jets and Giants.  

 

There have been numerous stadium proposals for the teams, promoted by a long list of elected officials, developers, investors, league officials and the teams themselves. Coliseum City, Victory Court, the Concord Naval Weapons depot, Downtown Oakland, Inglewood, Carson, Coliseum Swap Meet, 580-680 nexus, San Antonio, Howard Terminal and Fremont.

 

A new multipurpose stadium on the existing Oakland Coliseum site could be home to the Raiders and A's.

 

The price tag for all three single-use venues in Oakland is:

A's: $600 million.

Raiders: $900 million.

Warriors: $900 million. The team is planning to move to San Francisco's Mission Bay by 2018.

Total: $2.4. billion. Where is that pile of cash coming from? Most of it from the bank accounts and the financing programs of the team owners, along with naming rights, presenting sponsorships, premium seating, luxury suites and seat licenses.

 

The cities, counties and the state of California will provide little or no funding for any of these efforts. In the midst of the agonizingly drawn-out process of teams and communities attempting to turn their stadium plans from perception to reality, a blind spot exists. It's called the multi-use stadium.

 

Advances in architectural design, construction materials, modular manipulation, hydraulics, computer-driven infrastructure, convertible capabilities, field maintenance and LED technology, coupled with the necessity of new and creative funding mechanisms, have created an opportunity to explore a brave new era of multi-use sports stadiums. We are on the path to stadiums that can morph from one sport or event to another without compromising the fan experience. Think of these stadiums as giant "Transformers."

 

For example:

ANZ stadium in Sydney, Australia, has a movable grandstand to allow for a change of playing-field shape. It can accommodate, cricket, Aussie-rules football, rugby, soccer, American football and baseball.

University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, has two football fields that can be moved in and out of the stadium using a hydraulic track.

The new Meadowlands stadium, housing two NFL teams, has state-of-the art LED technology that can change branding, colors and sponsor-look with a touch of a computer key. One week it's the green and gold of the Jets, and a few days later it's the blue and red of the Giants.

Stadium roofs now open and close in a matter of minutes.

The new Dallas Cowboys stadium has the world's largest HD video board, which has changed the way fans consume live sports and entertainment.

 

Single-use sports stadiums will be more controversial and complex to finance. Implementation will require significant regional support from business, political and civic leadership. The long-term regional benefits will have to be easily explained and make bottom-line sense.

 

Now is the perfect time to go "Back to the Future" and create the new multipurpose stadium that is dictated in these challenging economic times. That opportunity exists in our own market on the current footprint of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

 

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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Sports Pulse
Southpaw

Released last week, Southpaw was directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter. The film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams, follows a fighter's painful fall and attempted comeback.


 Southpaw: A Knockout

 

by Michael Berkowitz


 
Southpaw begins and ends with boxing matches. The two hours between are filled with life's battles. Some spill into the boxing ring. But the battles of daily life are not so cleanly configured, nor can life's other cut men stop the bleeding of the soul. That may be a more personal struggle.

 

There are few spoiler alerts for Southpaw. Jake Gyllenhaal's Billy "the Great" Hope's path is well worn. Director Antoine Fuqua doesn't so much avoid clichés as pump greater life into familiar fight film themes. We meet Billy Hope as reigning undisputed and undefeated World Light Heavyweight champion. When tragedy befalls Billy, the fall from grace is pitted with betrayals, deprivation, tests of character, found friendship and, of course, the opportunity for redemption. As Rachel McAdams, Billy's wife, warns him: when the bubble bursts, his entourage will scatter like roaches. It bursts. They scatter. Billy's fall is taken alone.

 

Films about boxing are almost always about conflict and difficult fits. Boxing is overwhelmingly the story of the underclass, the poor struggling to rise. Successive waves of immigrants have tried to use boxing to escape poverty -- Germans, Irish, Italians, Jews and African Americans. But even when successful, there is seldom a story book ending. It's a landscape of wasted wealth, failed families and broken bodies. Fighters ill equipped to deal with financial success are primed for social failure. The much publicized crashes of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield obscure the legions of contenders like Benny "Kid" Paret and Davey Moore, who were beaten to death or brain damaged Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson who was reduced to shining shoes. Even the physical depredations of the sport's patron saint, Muhammad Ali, cast a sad shadow.

Billy Hope is no different. His success in the ring patches over his inability to manage his life. The great wealth that fighting confers insulates rather than prepares him for life. Gyllenhaal takes these punches full on, just as he captures the camera directly squeezing his emotions out through cuts, blood and stubble. After last year's brilliant but unrewarded performance in Nightcrawler, Gillenhaal has shared another vastly different, though just as quintessentially American success story.

 

Director Fuqua returns to the sure hand of his success with Training Day, providing the balance of room and framework for stellar performances from McAdams, trainer Forest Whitaker, daughter Oona Laurence, manager Curtis Jackson and nemsis Miguel Gomez. Kurt Sutter's writing captures rather than over writes the genre. The film is dedicated to the late James Horner who wrote the score before his untimely recent death in a plane crash. As well as still containing his music, the film was originally to star Eminem relating through the boxing metaphor some of the rapper's own struggles.

 

But beyond recounting personal struggles, the best films about boxing -- and Southpaw is one of the very best -- are about class and social structure in the United States. And what better view of such than from a southpaw . . . a lefty.

 

Michael Berkowitz is a veteran of various movements for social change in America. He has been a land use planning consultant to the government of China for the last 18 years.  

 

Berkowitz also served as a supernumerary with the San Francisco Opera for 17 years without singing a single note on stage.

 

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Dave Newhouse Book Signing

 On Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dave Newhouse will be signing copies of his new book, Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty, ($20), at the NFL Alumni Building, 1311 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Former Niners stopping by will include Dennis Brown, Tim Anderson, Delvin Williams, Eason Ramson, Tommy Hart and Frank Nunley. There will be entertainment, memorabilia, vendors, BBQ, and beverages and games for the kids. For more information or to order books, contact Carolyn Hoskins at 650-921-4191 or Carolyn_Hoskins@yahoo.com.

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Readers will be rocked by Dave Newhouse's warts-and-all history of the 49ers' pre-DeBartolo years, 1946-76. The book can be ordered at Amazon.com and at bookstores.  

 

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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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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

For Your Viewing Pleasure, Part II
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Bank of the West Classic, Stanford. Aug. 2, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay. 

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Oakland Raiders Training Camp, Napa. Aug. 1, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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San Francisco 49ers Cheerleaders -- Christmas in July, July 31, 2015. Photos by Kenny Karst.

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Giants versus the A's, AT&T Park. Giants win, 4-3. July 26, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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Giants versus the A's, AT&T Park. Giants win, 2-1. July 25, 2015. Photos by Kenny Karst.

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FCB Studio App Launch -- FC Barcelona and Tawasol Studio at Levi's Stadium, July 24, 2015. Photos by Yvette Gasca.

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Girls Inc. at Oakland Raiders headquarters. July 22, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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San Francisco FlameThrowers vs. San Jose Spiders. SF wins 32-18. Photos by Darren Yamashita.

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Pacific Nations Cup -- Rugby at Avaya Stadium, July 18, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. July 17-19, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong and Rich Yee.

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San Jose SaberCats defeat New Orleans Voodoo, 56-35. July 10. 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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Buster Posey ProCamp. July 7, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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San Francisco Giants defeat New York Mets, 3-0. Bruce Lee Night. July 7, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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MX high-octane performances at the Alameda County Fair. June 30, 2015 . Photos by Randy Millares.

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USGA Girls Junior Amateur Qualifier at Sequoyah Country Club. June 30. Photos by Randy Millares.

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20th annual Keena Turner Golf Tournament. June 22, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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Colin Kaepernick ProCamp.  June 20, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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Andre Ward defeats Paul Smith. June 20, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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Golden State Warriors Championship Parade. June 19, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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San Jose Earthquakes defeat Sacramento Republic FC on penalty kicks. June 16, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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San Francisco Giants lose to Seattle Mariners, 5-1. June 15, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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GRID and San Francisco Fire (large file). June 13-14, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers.

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GRID and San Francisco Fire, San Jose. June 13-14, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers.

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TheFitExpo, San Jose. June 13-14, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Yee.

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San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 0-0. June 7, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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San Jose Giants Race,  June 6, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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San Francisco Giants lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-4. June 2, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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San Francisco FlameThrowers defeat Los Angeles Aviators, 24-17. May 31, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers.

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San Francisco Giants defeat Atlanta Braves, 7-0. May 28, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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San Jose Earthquakes draws with Orlando City SC, 1-1. May 24, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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San Francisco FlameThrowers lose to San Diego Growlers, 21-18. May 16, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers.

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BASHOF Enshrinement Banquet, May 11, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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Amgen Tour of California, Stage One, Sacramento, May 10, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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San Francisco Giants lost to Miami Marlins, 6-2. May 9, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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San Francisco FlameThrowers lose to San Jose Spiders, 20-18. May 9, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers.

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San Francisco Bay Bombers feast on Brooklyn Red Devils, May 9, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers. 

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World Golf Championship -- Cadillac Match Play, May 3, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay. 

 

Amari Cooper Press Conference at Oakland Raiders HQ, May 1, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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NFL Draft Day with the Oakland Raiders, April 30, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, April 23-26, 2015. Photos Ed Jay.

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Oakland A's lose to Houston Astros, 5-4. April 24, 2015. Photos by Kenny Karst.

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Stanford Cardinal 6, UCLA Bruins 1, men's baseball, April 24, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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Cal Bears Spring Scrimmages, April 18, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers.

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Cal Bear 57, Navy Midshipmen 15, men's rugby, April 18, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers.

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San Jose Giants Opening Day loss to Bakersfield Blaze, 6-0. April 16, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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Sports bars we recommend visiting or living in

 

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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