Table of Contents

Photo Gallery:
49ers, Raiders, Rose Bowl, Cal, Soccer, 
San Jose Barracuda, Brazen Racing

Last Bah Humbug for 2015
By Dave Newhouse

Oakland Raiders Fan Profile:
Kirk Bronsord, aka Kingsford Kirk

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, Jan. 4 through Sunday, Jan. 10
Issue No. 101

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Monday, Jan. 4
Golden State Warriors v. Charlotte Hornets,
     7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Kings @ Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.
Cal (W) BB @ Arizona, 7 p.m.
Stanford (W) BB @ Arizona State, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 5
Golden State Warriors @ LA Lakers, 7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Kings @ Dallas Mavericks, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 6
San Jose Barracuda v. Stockton Heat, 7:30 p.m.
Cal (M) BB @ Oregon, 6 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB @ Oregon State, 8 p.m.
Fresno State (M) BB v. Nevada, 7 p.m.
San Jose State (M) BB @ San Diego State, 7 p.m.
San Jose State (W) BB v. San Diego State, 7 p.m.
Fresno State (W) BB @ Nevada, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 7
Sacramento Kings v. LA Lakers, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose Sharks v. Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Cal State East Bay (M) BB @ Cal State San Marcos,
     7:30 p.m.
Santa Clara (M) BB @ BYU, 8 p.m.
Saint Mary's (M) BB @ Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m.
USF (M) BB @ San Diego, 7 p.m.
SF State (M) BB v. UC San Diego, 7:30 p.m.
UC Davis (M) BB @ UC Irvine, 7:30 p.m.
UOP (M) BB @ Pepperdine, 7 p.m.
Sacramento State (M) BB @ Montana State,
     6:05 p.m.
Santa Clara (W) BB v. BYU, 6 p.m.
Saint Mary's (W) BB v. Loyola Marymount,
     6:30 p.m.
UOP (W) BB v. Pepperdine 7 p.m.
USF (W) BB v. San Diego, 7 p.m.
SF State (W) BB v. UC San Diego, 5:30 p.m.
UC Davis (W) BB @ Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.
Sacramento State (W) BB v. Montana State,
     7:05 p.m.
Cal State East Bay (W) BB @ Cal State San Marcos,
     5:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. Jan. 8
Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trailblazers,
     7 p.m.
Stockton Heat @ Ontario Reign, 7 p.m.
Cal State East Bay (M) BB @ Cal State L.A.,
     7:30 p.m.
Sonoma State (M) BB v. Cal State San Bernardino,
     7:30 p.m.
Cal State East Bay (W) BB @ Cal State L.A.,
     5:30 p.m.
Cal (W) BB v. Colorado, 7 p.m.
Stanford (W) BB v. Utah, 7 p.m.
Sonoma State (W) BB v. Cal State San Bernardino,
     5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9
Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans, 1:35 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals,
     5:15 p.m.
Golden State Warriors @ Sacramento Kings,
     7 p.m.
San Jose Sharks v. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda v. San Antonio Rampage,
     8:30 p.m.
Cal (M) BB @ Oregon State, 6:30 p.m.
Santa Clara (M) BB @ San Diego, 7 p.m.
Saint Mary's (M) BB @ Pepperdine, 1 p.m.
UOP (M) BB @ Loyola Marymount, 3 p.m.
USF (M) BB @ BYU, 6 p.m.
San Jose State (M) BB v. Colorado State, 2 p.m.
SF State (M) BB v. Cal State San Bernardino,
     7:30 p.m.
Sonoma State (M) BB v. Cal State Dominguez Hills,
     7:30 p.m.
Fresno State (M) BB @ Boise State, 3 p.m.
Sacramento State (M) BB @ Montana, 6:05 p.m.
UC Davis (M) BB @ Long Beach State, 4 p.m.
Santa Clara (W) BB v. San Diego, 2 p.m.
Saint Mary's (W) BB v. Pepperdine, 1 p.m.
USF (W) BB v. BYU, 2 p.m.
San Jose State (W) BB @ Colorado State, 2 p.m.
UOP (W) BB v. Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.
SF State (W) BB v. Cal State San Bernardino, 
     5:30 p.m.
Sonoma State (W) BB v. Cal State Dominguez Hills,
     5:30 p.m.
UC Davis (W) BB v. Hawai'i, 2 p.m.
Sacramento State (W) BB v. Montana, 2:05 p.m.
Fresno State (W) BB v. Boise State, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10
Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings,
    10:05 a.m.
Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins,
     1:40 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda v. San Antonio Rampage,
     3:00 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB @ Oregon, 7 p.m.
Cal (W) BB v. Utah, 2 p.m.
Stanford (W) BB v. Colorado, 12 p.m.

Minor League Team Affiliations (Hockey)
San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks) -- AHL,  
     American Hockey League
Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) -- AHL, 
     American Hockey League

Minor League Team Affiliations
(Baseball)
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, KFOX
     102.1/98.5 FM
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 Barracuda: KDOW 1220 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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49ers v. Rams - 1-3-16 - Michael Zagaris
The San Francisco 49ers react with jubilation as a 23-yard field goal by Phil Dawson in overtime sails through the uprights, earning the team a hard-fought 19-16 victory over the visiting St. Louis Rams at Levi's Stadium. Shortly after the game, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula would be fired, ending his first season with an under-achieving record of 5-11. Photo by Michael Zagaris.


49ers v. Rams - 1-3-16 - Kenny Karst
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) straight-arms
St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod after a critical fourth quarter catch for a first down. The 49ers would win in overtime on a Phil Dawson 23-yard field goal, 19-16, at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 3.


49ers v. Rams - 1-3-16 - Kenny Karst
Tied 16-16 in overtime, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson (36) blocks a field goal attempt by St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerline (far left), enabling the 49ers to muster an offensive drive of their own to win the game on a Phil Dawson 23-yard field goal at Levi's Stadium. Photo by Kenny Karst.


49ers v. Rams - 1-3-16 - Kenny Karst
San Francisco 49ers running back DuJuan Harris eludes the sideline tackle of St. Louis Rams defensive back Lamarcus Joyner late in the fourth quarter. The 49ers defeated the division rival St. Louis Rams, 19-16, in overtime on Sunday, Jan. 3. Photo by Kenny Karst.


49ers v. Rams - 1-3-16 - Kenny Karst
San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush cheerleader Aleena dances on the sideline at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara during the game. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us.


Charles Woodson - 12-27-15 - Ed Jay
At the conclusion of the Oakland Raiders victory over the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 27, Raiders safety Charles Woodson announced his retirement at the end of the season to a national audience. The former Heisman Trophy winner played 18 years in the NFL. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us.


Oakland Raiderette - 12-27-15 - Ed Jay
Mandy of the Oakland Raiderettes continues a long tradition of enhancing every Raiders home game. Photo by Ed Jay.


Reggie McKenzie - 12-28-15 - Ed Jay
At their final meeting of the year at Ricky's Sports Theatre in San Leandro, the Oakland Raiders Booster Club awarded Charles Woodson a plaque for being named their 2015 Player of the Year. Hosting the event was Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie (left). To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us.


Oakland Raiderette - 12-27-15 - Ed Jay
Oakland Raiderette Amanda is one of 35 Raiderettes who carries on
a proud tradition. Photo by Ed Jay.


Rose Bowl - McCaffrey - 1-1-16 - Kenny Karst
Stanford Cardinal sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey is caught in a Heisman Trophy pose during the first play of the 102nd Rose Bowl Game, a 75-yard touchdown catch of a Kevin Hogan pass, as Iowa Hawkeyes outside linebacker Cole Fisher pursues in vain. A capacity crowd of 94,268 watched the #6-ranked Cardinal upset and rout the #5-ranked Hawkeyes, 45-16, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday, Jan 1. Photo by Kenny Karst.


Rose Bowl - Quenton Meeks - 1-1-16 - Kenny Karst
Stanford freshman cornerback Quenton Meeks (24) steps in front of Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg (89), intercepts the pass off of Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard, and runs untouched 66 yards for Stanford's third touchdown of the first quarter, setting a Rose Bowl record for first quarter points (21). Stanford defeated Iowa, 45-16, in the 102nd Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena on Jan. 1.


Rose Bowl - Remound Wright - 1-1-16 - Kenny Karst
Stanford running back Remound Wright leaps high over the center of the Iowa defense for a short-yardage first down during the 102nd Rose Bowl Game on Friday, Jan. 1. Stanford built a 35-0 halftime lead and never looked back, winning 45-16 in Pasadena for their third Rose Bowl win in four years. Photo by Kenny Karst.


McCaffrey - Rose Bowl - 1-1-16 - Kenny Karst
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey holds up his award for Player of the Game-Offense, on the victory stand of the 102nd Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena. McCaffrey set two Rose Bowl records: most all-purpose yards (368), and became the first person in Rose Bowl history to have 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenny Karst.


Monarcas v. Xolo - 1-3-16 - Rich Yee
On Sunday afternoon Monarcas Morelia (yellow jerseys) defeated Xoloitzcuintles de Tijuana, 2-1, as they faced off in a friendly at
Avaya Stadium. Photo by Rich Yee.


Monarcas v. Xolo - 1-3-16 - Rich Yee
The match marked Miguel Herrera's debut at the helm of Xolos de Tijuana, after having guided Mexico to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.


SJ Barracuda - 12-28-15 - Darren Yamashita
Fans line up to high-five starting goalie Aaron Dell (30) as he leads the San Jose Barracuda onto the ice before last Monday's game against the visiting Charlotte CheckersPhoto by Darren Yamashita.


SJ Barracuda - 12-28-15 - Darren Yamashita
San Jose Barracuda forward John McCarthy (17) brings the puck up ice as Michael Haley (38) sprints from behind. Giving up 4 goals in the final quarter, the Barracuda would drop a 1-4 decision to the CheckersPhoto by Darren Yamashita.


SJ Barracuda - 12-28-15 - Darren Yamashita
Ryan Carpenter (40) of the San Jose Barracuda eludes Charlotte Checkers center David Wohlberg (38) as he drives to the puck.  To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us.


Cal v. Colorado - 1-1-16 - Darren Yamashita
Cal freshman Jalen Brown (0) rises up for 2 of his 17 points as the Bears opened Pac-12 conference play with a 79-65 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Friday evening. Photo by Darren Yamashita.


Cal v. Colorado - 1-1-16 - Darren Yamashita
Cal center Kingsley Okoroh (22) powers inside for a dunk during the first half of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes on


Cal v. Colorado - 1-1-16 - Darren Yamashita
Jordan Matthews (24) of Cal fires a three-pointer over the defense of Colorado's Dominique Collier (15).  Matthews hit five three-pointers and led all scorers with 22 points. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Darren Yamashita.


Cal v. Davidson - 12-28-15 - Ron Sellers
In a prelude to the opening of the Pac-12 play, Cal freshman and forward Jaylen Brown (0) added 17 points and seven rebounds as Cal thumped Davidson 86-60 on Monday night, Dec. 28 at Haas pavilion. Photo by Ron Sellers.


Cal v. Davidson - 12-28-15 - Ron Sellers
Cal junior and guard Jabari Bird (23) sails high for an uncontested rebound. The convincing win over Davidson left Cal with a 9-0 record at home this season. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ron Sellers.


Brazen Racing - 12-27-2016 - Rich Yee
Brazen Racing held its Almost New Year's Eve Race at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley on a chilly Dec. 27 morning prior to the New Year. For more racing information, visit BrazenRacing.com. Photo by Rich Yee.


Brazen Racing - 12-27-2015 - Rich Yee
Chilly weather and an early morning wake-up call could not hold down this happy camper. Photo by Rich Yee.


Brazen Racing - 12-27-2015 - Rich Yee
A fleet family displays their hardware. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.


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Photo of Alta at an Oakland A's game, summer of 2015, by Linda Joslin.
California poet Alta is inspired by athletes.
Her book, Another Moment: Living Well with a Dread Disease & Everything that Grows Can Also Shrink, details how she fights MS and has been healing from breast cancer. 

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2016 Happy New Year
Dave Newhouse - 2015

Last Bah Humbug for 2015 
                
By Dave Newhouse
 
Raiders owner Mark Davis must have flunked history. His father moved the Raiders to Los Angeles, which kicked them back to Oakland. Now Mark wants to try it again, forgetting that L.A. or its environs do not tolerate losers. After 13 straight non-winning seasons, the Raiders are, indeed, losers. And so to Mark: Just win first, baby.
 
The best local sport story of 2015: The Warriors winning the NBA title, of course. The second best story: The firing of Jim Harbaugh, the dumbest sports decision in decades. Choose an average general manager over a winning coach? Idiotic. As the University of Michigan soars, the 49ers are plummeting, and their fans are trying to bail. Fans often are smarter than owners.
 
Good luck to Jared Goff, the Cal junior quarterback who's off to the NFL. But his leaving is yet another blow to the fading concept of the true student-athlete. That's why I'll always appreciate Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan more. He stayed four years, and that means more to the purists than how well he does in the pros.
 
Stanford's Christian McCaffrey deserved the Heisman Trophy over Alabama's Derrick Henry. College football hasn't seen a football player like McCaffrey ever. Stanford coach David Shaw put it best after the Rose Bowl win over Iowa: The country hardly saw McCaffrey because of the all those night games in the Pac-12. Its commissioner, Larry Scott, cost McCaffrey the Heisman.
 
Would all the screaming public address announcers please shut up? Your shouting does nothing to help your teams win games. The Warriors won the championship without you.
 
I said last season that Stephen Curry is the best shooter I've ever seen. Turning his back on a made 3-pointer is the final proof.
 
The best player I've seen? Sorry, Michael Jordan, but Bill Russell is, hands down, the greatest. Nobody won more college and pro championships over the course of one career.
 
The Giants made off-season moves, while the A's made no moves of consequence. Well, with Billy Beane's water bill, the club is short on finances.
 
All the bleeding hearts who think Barry Bonds belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his accomplishments prior to his taking steroids, overlooking that he clearly cheated the game. A cheater is a cheater is a cheater, and shouldn't be rewarded for cheating.
 
Speaking of Cooperstown, it's a crying shame that Steve Garvey hasn't been inducted. His records and awards surpass any number of inductees. It's a clear case of the voters disliking him, even though he played the game cleanly.
 
Roger Goodell makes $44 million a year, which is creative financing at its best since he demonstrates no power as NFL commissioner.
 
The 49ers kicked out Harbaugh, then they made Colin Kaepernick the fall guy. And so Blaine Gabbert will save the franchise? Bill Walsh must be turning in his grave.
 
Forty-Niner coach Jim Tomsula seems a nice guy, but he doesn't speak in coherent sentences. How did he get this job anyway? No wonder owner Jed York remained invisible the entire season.
 
This is what happens when kids who haven't really worked a day in their lives are handed the keys to daddy's kingdom. Jed York meet Mark Davis.
 
Who's the most unrecognized superstar locally. That's easy: Russell Baze. He's won more races than any jockey in history, but you wouldn't know him walking down the street.
 
Luke Walton has handled himself so maturely as the Warriors' emergency head coach, you sense that he'll be a fine coach one day elsewhere in the NBA. What's striking: He's just the opposite of his talking-head father, Bill Walton.
 
Happy New Year to Oakland sports fans. The most abused fans in America, yet the most loyal. You are so much more heroic than the three sports teams which are trying to abandon you.

Retired Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse published two books
in 2015: Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty,
 and Dare To Dream: How James Madison University Became Coed and Shocked the Basketball World. Both are now available at bookstores and Amazon.

Sports Pulse
Bad Boyz and Marc Badain - 12-6-15 - Ed Jay
"Kingsford Kirk" Bronsord (left), head of the Bad Boyz of BBQ, and Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain, await the start of the Oakland Raiders versus Kansas City Chiefs game on Dec. 6. Photo by Ed Jay.

Kirk Bronsord, aka Kingsford Kirk,
Raider Fan to Tailgate Legend
 
It started in August of 1969 as a 10-year-old kid who just moved from the woods of Connecticut to the city of San Leandro, California. There was this team called the Oakland Raiders, with a pirate-like logo all the neighborhood kids talked about. As the new kid I wanted to fit in but as I watched this team and got to go to a game, it was like, "Wow, this is awesome." From that moment on I was a Raider fan.
 
I was lucky. My next door neighbor had season tickets and I got to go to some games with him in the early 70s. It was quite a different time back then: The players would walk through the parking lot, eating and drinking with fans. Not like today's players.
 
It was 1976 when the Raiders played the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Championship game and I was there. I was only 18 at the time and it was quite a game. When the Raiders won the stadium went wild, with fans running on the field, tearing down the goal posts, ripping up the grass from the field and throwing chunks into the stands.
 
The Raiders went on to win their first Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings. I will always remember that day. I attended many more games, partying under the bleachers in the 70s. It was a wild time. I went to as many games as I could until they moved to Los Angeles. It was a sad time for many of us. Al Davis was known as the Oakland Traitor but still I remained a Raiders fan. I only went to a couple games in Los Angeles as I didn't like it down there. Like most of us Bay Area fans watched them on TV.
 
In 1995 the Raiders came home! It was all out crazy trying to get season tickets from the OFMA (Oakland Football Marketing Association) but somehow we got them. There was so much excitement, that the team was home. People were acting crazy the first few years but the team just couldn't get it together. Then came John Gruden and great players. We became a force, like the old Raiders and made the playoffs. I was 18 when they won their first championship. I was there with my son, Marcus, as they won again as the Oakland Raiders. Not many have had that kind of life experience. My son and I have been here for the last 20 years, starting when he was 3-years-old and now he's 23.  
 
Our tailgate, which started with just 3 guys in 1995, has become the most extreme tailgate in the NFL. At one tailgate we knew the guys next to us and they joined us. The tailgate started to grow, from a small Weber grill and minivan and got bigger. We added a motor home and started to outgrow it. Then came the first trailer.
 
As it grew, things didn't always go so well so I decided it was time to make a change in the way the tailgate was run. That's when the Tailgaters Barbecue Party was started in 2005. It continued to grow in 2008 when we filmed Diners, Drive Inns and Dives with Guy Fieri. He said, "I'm here in Oakland, with the Bad Boyz of BBQ."
 
We took that name and as they say, the rest is history. The Bad Boyz of BBQ has become the place to be when tailgating in Oakland. People come from all over the world and the USA to tailgate with the Bad Boyz of BBQ. We are now hosting 200 to 300 fans at every home game and it has become quite the party, with upscale food and a great atmosphere, where everyone is welcome.  I'm thankful for all the people that we have met and places we've been over the years. All this because of a team called the Oakland Raiders.

As they say, "Being a Raider fan is a lifestyle, not just something you do on Sunday afternoon."
 
 Kirk  Bronsord is among a number of Oakland Raiders fans who make attending games such a special experience. Photo by Ed Jay.

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16th annual MESHOF Induction Ceremony, January 28, 2016

Football fans, here is the news you have been waiting for.

In association with the NFL Alumni and as part of the Super Bowl festivities to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area next year, the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (MESHOF) will present its 16th annual Induction Ceremony at the Double Tree Hotel Newark--Fremont on Thursday, January 28. The ceremony is dedicated to former members of the San Francisco 49ers.

The oldest professional team in the Bay Area, the San Francisco 49ers have also been the area's most successful. This is your chance to meet and mingle with many of the players.

Inducted and honored will be players from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. Team owners, doctors, and former players who have positively impacted the community will be honored. Also honored will be those who contributed to the organization since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1946.

Class of 2016: Dana Stubblefield, Ray Wersching, Willie Harper, Ted Kwalick, Jeremy Newberry and Allan Kennedy.

Community Honoree: Eason Ramson -- Distinguished Service Award; Carolyn Hoskins -- Distinguished Service Award; Dr. Jamie Williams*

For more information, visit the MESHOF website at www.afrosportshall.com or call 510-629-2895. Or visit the NFL Alumni's site at www.nflalumninoca.org, or call 510-258-3555.

Purchase your tickets now because this event will sell out!

*Not confirmed
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Super Bowl Breakfast Logo

2016 Super Bowl Breakfast, Feb. 6
 
The 29th annual NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast is coming to the Bay Area!  It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.
 
Tony Dungy, Brent Jones, Benjamin Watson, Tim Brown, Jerry Kramer, Roger Staubach, Mike Ditka and others will be on hand to celebrate Super Bowl 50!
  
The Super Bowl Breakfast features the presentation of the  Bart Starr Award to a current NFL player, voted on by his peers, for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. Winners in recent years include Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Highlights of the program will include interviews with Super Bowl players via video, exciting NFL Films highlights, interviews, humor, personal stories, testimonies and a faith-based message.
 
Visit www.superbowlbreakfast.com for more information or call 800-416-9472.
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Super Fan Chase, Feb. 3-6, 2016
 
The Super Fan Chase will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area on Feb. 3-6, the week before Super Bowl 50. It will involve up to 50 businesses providing sports-themed entertainment for contestants who will receive a passport that each business stamps before contestants move to the next destination. The first team delivering the most stamps within the allotted time wins a VIP viewing experience to the Big Game.

Participating businesses include the Taplands Taproom, Bottle Shop & Neighborhood Brewery of Santa Clara, Adobe Road Winery of Sonoma/TRG-Aston Martin Racing, Visionary Moments of Santa Clara, Russell City Sports Bar & Grill in Hayward, 7D Experience of PIER 39 in San Francisco, WimZr (at your app store), SF Drone School of San Francisco, Sports Basement, and DJI flying and camera stabilization systems. For fan and/or sponsorship details, visit www.SuperFanChase.com, www.Facebook.com/SuperFanChase, Twitter @SuperFanChase or info@SuperFanChase.com.

Super Fan Chase - 2015  

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Cue & Brew

Danny Coyle's

Dave's

Dr. Alex DeVigal, D.D.S.

Diamond Sports Bar &

     Grill

East Bay Computer

     Services

Eco Framing

Ed Jay Photography

Ed's Mudville Grill

El Pollo

Empowerlif

The Englander Sports

      Pub & Restaurant

EON Technologies

Evie's

Gerard A. Falzone,

     Attorney at Law

FamFest 2015

Farrington's

Fast Signs

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Francesco's

Franks Saloon & Sports

     Bar

Freeman Insurance

     Services

Funky Monkey

George & Walt's

Grand Oaks Sports

     Lounge

Go Sports Bar

Harry Hartman Insurance Services

Half Moon Bay Brewing

     Company

Half Moon Bay RV Park

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Hotel Durant

Il Pirata

Imstandinghere.com

Jake's Steaks

Jillians San Francisco

Juan's Place

Keller Williams -- Harvey

     & Pat Cohen

The Kezar Pub

Kingfish Pub & Cafe

KNBR 680 AM

KGO 810 AM

Knuckles Historical
    Sports Bar

Koehler Auto Body

Linguini's Pizza & Brew

Livermore Casino Sports

     Bar

Mad Dog in the Fog

Metropolitan Golf Links

McCovey's Restaurant

Minami Sushi

Mr. Plastic

Mucky Duck

Nickies Bar & Grill

Oakland Moose Lodge

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Oakland Raiders Booster Club

Oaks Card Club

Oaks Corner

One Double Oh Seven

     Club

Orozco's Tires

Otaez Mexican

     Restaurant

Pacific Coast Brewing

     Company

Party Green

Pasta Pelican Waterfront Restaurant

Patriot House

Pete's 881 Card Room *

     Restaurant

Pete's Place

Players Sports Pub &

     Grill, Fair Oaks

Rames Consulting

Rancho Sports Bar

Recology

Ricky's Sports Theatre &

     Grill

Rinetti & Co.

Russell Doi, Reverse

     Mortgage Consultant

Ruth Stroup Insurance

     Agency

San Mateo Jockey Club

Siegel & Yee

Sports Edition Bar

Stadium Pub

Stars Recreation Center

Sundance The

     Steakhouse

Tierney's Sports Bar

Toyota Material

     Handling

Visit Oakland

Waterfront Hotel

Wild Planet

WPLJ's

 

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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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