Table of Contents
 
Introducing the National Avatar League
by Andy Dolich
 
Oakland Warriors Forever
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, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 23
Issue No. 81

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Monday, Aug. 17
San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals,
     5:15 p.m.
Oakland A's @ Baltimore Orioles, 4:05 p.m.
Nashville Sounds v. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats v. Round Rock Express,
     7:05 p.m.
San Jose Giants @ Stockton Ports, 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18
San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals,
     5:15 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.
Nashville Sounds v. El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats v. Round Rock Express,
      7:05 p.m.
San Jose Giants @ Stockton Ports, 7:10 p.m.
San Rafael Pacifics @ Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.
Sonoma Stompers v. Pittsburg Diamonds,
     6:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 19
San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals,
     4:15 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Los Angeles Dodgers, 12:35 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes @ Sporting KC, 5:30 p.m.
Nashville Sounds v. Albuquerque Isotopes,
     7:05 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats v. New Orleans Zephyrs,
      7:05 p.m.
San Jose Giants @ Stockton Ports, 7:10 p.m.
San Rafael Pacifics @ Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.
Sonoma Stompers v. Pittsburg Diamonds,
     6:05 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 20
San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates,
     4:05 p.m.
Nashville Sounds v. Albuquerque Isotopes,
     7:05 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats v. New Orleans Zephyrs,
     7:05 p.m.
San Jose Giants v. Bakersfield Blaze, 7 p.m.
Stockton Ports @ Modesto Nuts, 7:05 p.m.
San Rafael Pacifics @ Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.
Sonoma Stompers v. Pittsburg Diamonds,
     6:05 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 21
San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates,
     4:05 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Tampa Bay Rays, 7:05 p.m.
Nashville Sounds v. Albuquerque Isotopes,
     7:05 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats v. New Orleans Zephyrs,
     7:05 p.m.
San Jose Giants v. Bakersfield Blaze, 7 p.m.
Stockton Ports @ Modesto Nuts, 7:05 p.m.
San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburg Diamonds,
     7:05 p.m.
Sonoma Stompers @ Vallejo Admirals, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22
Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota Vikings, 5 p.m.
San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates,
     1:05 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Tampa Bay Rays, 6:05 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes @ D.C. United, 4 p.m.
Nashville Sounds v. Albuquerque Isotopes,
     6:35 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats v. New Orleans Zephyrs,
     7:05 p.m.
San Jose Giants v. Bakersfield Blaze, 5 p.m.
Stockton Ports @ Modesto Nuts, 7:05 p.m.
San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburg Diamonds,
     5:05 p.m.
Sonoma Stompers @ Vallejo Admirals, 5:05 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23
San Francisco 49ers v. Dallas Cowboys, 5 p.m.
San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates,
     5:08 p.m.
Oakland A's v. Tampa Bay Rays, 1:05 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats @ Omaha Storm
     Chasers, 3:05 p.m.
Nashville Sounds @ Reno Aces, 8:05 p.m.
San Jose Giants v. Bakersfield Blaze, 1 p.m.
Stockton Ports @ Modesto Nuts, 6:05 p.m.
San Rafael Pacifics v. Pittsburg 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 
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(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,
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San Jose State football: KLIV 1590 AM
Stanford BB (M): KNBR 1050 AM, TBS (TV)
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Garrett Celek - 8-15-15
San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek hauls in a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the second quarter of the 49ers-Houston exhibition game Saturday night. The 49ers fell to the Texans 23-10. The next preseason game is Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys, 5 p.m. at Levi's Stadium.


Raiders - 8-14-15 - Ed Jay
Rookie Amari Cooper (No. 89) catches a 22-yard pass in the Raiders' 18-3 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Cooper, the fourth player picked in the NFL draft, started the game at wide receiver and made three receptions. The Raiders travel to Minnesota for a preseason game against the Vikings Saturday night. To view a photo album shortly, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Raiderettes - 8-14-16 - Ed Jay
A sure sign that football is around the corner: The Raiderettes, Football's Fabulous Females, perform at the Raiders-Rams preseason game Friday night. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


The Carr family attended the Raiders' first preseason game to support Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and the team. That's Derek's mother, Sheryl, in the foreground, holding her grandson Dallas. Directly behind her is Derek's wife, Heather, standing next to Derek's father, Rodger. Photo by Ed Jay.


Giants - 8-16-15 - Kenny Karst
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (14-6) pitched a three-hit complete-game 5-0 shutout of the Washington Nationals Sunday at AT&T Park. MadBum struck out 14 batters and hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenny Karst.


Bryce Harper - 8-16-15 - Kenny Karst
Washington Nationals All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper was 0-4 with three strikeouts against Madison Bumgarner on Sunday. The Giants swept the four-game series with Washington to remain 2.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West standings. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenny Karst.


Posey out at home - 8-13-15 Ed Jay
Buster Posey is cut down at the plate to end the third inning of Thursday's game by a bullet from Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. The Giants would prevail 3-1. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Bill Walton - 8-13-15 - Ed Jay
It was Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park on Thursday. In attendance were band members and their families, and a check for $23,000 was donated to fund Grateful Dead charities. Receiving the check were Sunshine Becker, singer of the national anthem, band member Mickey Hart and longtime Deadhead and NBA great Bill Walton. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Danny Valencia's bases-loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th ninth inning scored Josh Phegley and sent the A's to a dramatic 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Aug. 9. Valencia also homered in the fourth. Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Mizz George - 8-15  Ed Jay
"I'm Mizz Georgia Hase and don't you forget it!" Georgia Hase, the legendary and tenacious roller derby luminary, died earlier this month. For 50 years she struck fear in the hearts of reporters, skaters and fans, both as a coach and player, and competed professionally in the 1960s. To view a photo album of Mizz Georgia, visit our  Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and the future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.
~George A. Sheehan
Track star, author and cardiologist
(1918-1993)

Sports Pulse
Eddie Gaedel
Master promoter Bill Veeck once sent 3-foot-7-inch Eddie Gaedel to the plate. Gaedel walked on four pitches. 

Avatar - 8-17-2015
Ready to own and manage your own sports franchise? Your wait might be over sooner than you think.  
Andy Dolich - head shot  
Introducing the National Avatar League


by Andy Dolich


This past week, in a minor-league baseball game, the Vallejo Admirals visited the San Rafael Pacifics at Albert Park in Marin. It was the first time in professional baseball that an umpire wasn't calling balls and strikes. The Pitchf/x automated system designed by Fremont-based Sportvision handled the game.
 
Several years ago in Minnesota, the St. Paul Saints beat the visiting Gary SouthShore RailCats 4-3 in a minor-league game without umpires. The "umpireless game" concept came from the mind of baseball executive Mike Veeck, who possesses the zany promotional DNA of his famous father, Bill.
 
Bill Veeck's most famous promotional stunt occurred on Aug. 19, 1951, when he sent 3-foot-7-inch Eddie Gaedel up to bat in a game between Veeck's St. Louis Browns and the Philadelphia A's.
 
Five days later Veeck staged Grandstand Managers Day: the fans in attendance got to make decisions on game strategy using "Yes" and "No" cards they received entering the park.
 
Sixty-two years later, Mike Veeck created a variation on his dad's theme with his umpless game in St. Paul. Local little-leaguers sat in jury boxes along the first-base and third-base lines. They decided close plays by raising "Safe"or "Out" placards. The team's catchers called balls and strikes. A robed judge settled disputes. The game was played without major brouhahas, with the Saints winning 4-3 in 2 hours and 58 minutes.
 
It's only a matter of time before technology, ingenuity, rising cost of tickets, increasing ownership debt load and pure unadulterated greed lead to the formation of a professional sports league where the umpires aren't the only live bodies missing in action. The players for this new league won't be coming from the assembly line of the original factory.
 
Why would any reasonable group of people think about creating a league that doesn't have actual players, umpires, coaches, GMs, business-operations suits, agents and other assorted actual human beings? As one pro sports franchise executive told me, "Just think how much money we would make if I didn't have to pay players."
 
An avatar is an electronic stand-in for a great athlete. Why should a real pitcher get a contract for $100 million now that there are avatars?
 
Think I'm nuts? Read on to review a list of arguments in favor of the National Avatar League.
 
The O'Bannon-NCAA class action lawsuit
According to lawyers for Ed O'Bannon, the former UCLA star and NBA player, video game manufacturer Electronic Arts went to great lengths to make sure the avatars in its college football and college basketball games resembled actual student-athletes. High-ranking NCAA officials allegedly knew about and approved of the practice. Lawyers for the plaintiffs in an antitrust suit against Electronic Arts, the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Co. wrote this in portions of documents unsealed on June 19.
 
The plaintiffs' attorneys used common evidence, primarily the Electronic Arts development database and spreadsheets, along with EA employees' testimony, to show that EA developed its NCAA-themed basketball and football video games by modeling every single avatar in the games on real student-athletes.
 
Attorneys showed that game avatars closely resembled dozens of real student-athletes in areas like jersey number, position played, hometown, years of eligibility, athletic ability, physical characteristics and actual game gear worn. This winning strategy changed the landscape of college sports.
 
Labor wars
The NHL has had two contentious labor interruptions. One season was canceled and a major chunk of another was lost. One of the golden rules of the NAL is that there will never be a labor interruption. No avatar lawyers need apply.
 
Player conduct
Can you say Aaron Hernandez? In the NAL you can instantly delete all knuckleheads or murderers from your roster.
 
The oxymoron of free agency
In the NAL all players are free. In real-life sports, free agency isn't free.
 
Career-ending injuries
Through the wonders of virtual-reality surgery to avatars, no player will ever miss a game for your team.
 
Cost of venues
In Northern California alone, the costs of new and planned stadiums for the 49ers, Earthquakes, Warriors, Kings, Raiders and A's add up to 4.5 billion bucks. In the NAL a few good graphic designers can create your state-of-the-art sports palace for $137.50. No politics, no lawyers, no environmental-impact reports, no NIMBYs, no problem!
 
Team expenses
It costs millions of dollars to fly teams all across the country on cushy charters, along with stays in five-star hotels and hundreds of dollars a day in per diems. Avatars don't eat.
 
I wanna play!
Every fan wants to be a star for a day or more, and some adrenaline junkies want to feel what's it like to throw down a power slam in Dwight Howard's mug or shoot the gap and knock out an NFL QB. How about slamming a drive 345 yards down the fairway on Master's Sunday or turning on a 100-mph heater and slamming it into McCovey Cove?
 
Plug and play with PEDS
No steroids, HGH, coke, weed, blood doping or anything else artificial, especially since all the players are artificial to begin with.
 
Salaries
In the NAL there are no salaries. No headaches with aging superstars.
 
The future is already here
Think of the level of fan connectivity and how much eye time is focused on the field vis-a-vis a mobile device. The 60-yard-long HD video board at Cowboys Stadium has changed the way fans are eyeballing live action. Hewlett Packard is predicting that 3-D holographic video boards will be installed at sports venues within 10 years.
 
Growth of gaming
Fantasy gaming has tens of millions of players who are already living their life in the world of make believe. With the advent of legalized betting on sports, which will happen in the future, what better way to get ready then running your own team in the NAL?
 
Globalization
The world is shrinking, especially in sports. You can beam your team anywhere at any time in the NAL.
 
Word has it that multimillionaire movie maker James Cameron (you may remember his hugely successful cinematic effort addressing the Avatar movement) has already put down a deposit to become the first team owner in the NAL. He will name his team the Pasadena Pandoras. QB Nuke Na'Vi is already signed to a contract that pays him no money over the next 10 years in a $1.8 billion stadium that will be built for free.

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
Warriors Championship Parade
Even before the massive turnout for the Warriors championship parade, passionate and devoted fans sold out Oracle Arena for years. Photo by Ed Jay.

Dave Newhouse in cap
Newhouse models his Oakland Warriors cap.


Oakland Warriors Forever

by Dave Newhouse

I'm writing this Oakland Warriors column while wearing my new Oakland Warriors cap. It's black with gold lettering, and it fits perfectly. Looks perfect too, even on this old head.

I decided to celebrate the Oakland Warriors' wrapping up their second NBA title in 40 years. So I went to Montclair Sports in Oakland, bought the cap and took it to my new favorite seamstress, Cecilia, at Sew Images in Oakland. And she created a masterpiece, just as Steve Kerr created a masterpiece.

I'm so proud of the Oakland Warriors that I just had to have this cap made. And I wear it as often as I can, for I'm even more proud of Oakland, which now has accumulated seven world championships among its three sports franchises, while they were based in Oakland.

That's four titles for the A's, two for the Raiders, and two for the Warriors -- a remarkable feat considering that Oakland's only had major-league sports teams since 1960. And all three teams, sadly, have either threatened to move or have decided to move. They obviously don't like Oakland as much as I do. My Oakland cap is a thumb in each of their eyes.

I do like my cap for sartorial reasons, but I must admit it's also my own little protest against the arrogance of Oakland's three sports ownerships, and their vagabond hearts. I'm not using my cap for commercial gain, so the Oakland Warriors can't sue me. If there is any justice in this world, they are the ones who should be sued, for lack of common decency.

To give them credit, they did turn around a moribund franchise. But that's all the credit I'm giving them, because they've treated Oakland with all the courtesy of a thief. Joe Lacob and Peter Guber never gave Oakland a chance; they were moving to San Francisco from the day they bought the team. Or the day, week, month before.

When Lacob was booed on Chris Mullin Night, it wasn't because Monta Ellis had just been traded. This was the first chance Oakland fans had to see Lacob out in public, and they let him have it. Too bad Guber wasn't there too.

But I also wear my Oakland Warriors cap as a protest against Mark Davis of the Raiders and Lew Wolff and John Fisher of the A's. Those three don't like Oakland either, regardless of what they say. If you don't think they'd leave in a hurry, remember Davis' father, Al Davis, did leave in a hurry, then hurried back to Oakland when his franchise went south, literally and figuratively, in Los Angeles. Wolff and Fisher are legally blocked from getting to San Jose -- the nicest thing the San Francisco Giants ever did for Oakland.

The Raiders and A's should worry more about putting a decent product on the field. Yet their fan bases are amazing, just like the Warriors' fan base, showing up for games knowing that their owners really could not care less about them. Remember how Wolff initially sat behind the A's dugout? He had to move behind the backstop to escape the jeers.

I truly believe that Oakland teams have the most extraordinary fans in America. Why they turn out in droves is beyond me, considering the way they are mistreated. But they do show up, even though their owners disappoint them, as do their teams. The Raiders haven't had a winning season in forever, and they still sell out. The Warriors were losers recently for twice as long as the Raiders are losers now, and Warriors fans packed Oracle Arena regardless. A's attendance would jump dramatically if only Billy Beane would stop trading players faster than Donald Trump trades insults.

But it's the Warriors' owners who rankle me the most, because they refuse to call their team by the name on my cap. Franklin Mieuli was the first to refuse when he moved the franchise from San Francisco to Oakland in 1971. Subsequent owners Dan Finnane and Jim Fitzgerald also refused, while looking to return San Francisco. It's difficult to know what Chris Cohan was thinking, but at least he enlarged the arena's seating, and he built the Warriors a decent practice facility.

Nonetheless, the Warriors are, indeed, heading back to San Francisco, barring a miracle. And they will become, you know as well as I do, the San Francisco Warriors once again. But mark my word, their Mission Bay location next to a hospital could become a major issue. For if an ambulance is blocked from getting to the hospital because of Warriors game traffic, and a death occurs as a result, there is going to be a humungous lawsuit filed against Lacob and Guber.

I'll let those two ingrates ruminate on that possibility. I'm comfortable as always pulling hard for Oakland, while comfortably wearing my Oakland Warriors cap. But if Lacob and Guber would like the identical cap for themselves I'd be glad to pay for it, on one condition -- that they wear it at every Warriors home game.

Retired Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse will have two new books
published this year: Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty, now available, and an as yet untitled Hoosiers-like basketball book, due out mid-fall.

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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

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San Francisco Giants v. Washington Nationals. Giants win 3-1, Aug. 13, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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Bank of the West Classic, Aug. 13, 2015. Photos by Ed Jay.

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San Francisco 49ers scrimmage, Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Kenneth Wong.

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San Jose Spiders defeat Madison Radicals for AUDL championship, Aug, 8-9, 2015. Photos by Ron Sellers.

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San Jose Spiders win AUDL championship, Aug. 8-9, 2015. Photos by Darren Yamashita.

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Bay Area College Football Media Day, Aug., 3, 2015. Photos by Ann Cooke.

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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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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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