Monday, September 12, 2011
A first-year head coach, desperate quarterback and one-time disgruntled running back and wide receiver turned into a 33-17 win in Week 1 of the NFL season.
The biggest jolt of Week 1 was the composure of Alex Smith, who went 15 of 20 for 124 yards. The biggest stat, though, was the fact Smith had zero turnovers -- a rarity in 49er Land.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Like I said, it was tale of four different quarters for this team. The first quarter started with a rough first defensive drive and ended with a 49er fumble and recovery in Seattle territory.
The second quarter was centered around the third down play, which the 49ers could by no means execute. That lack of execution led to four trips
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The position that needs to be filled is a third or fourth line player, preferably a winger. Currently, San Jose will start the season with Torrey Mitchell, Michal Handzus and Jamie McGinn on the third line, and any combination of Andrew Murray, James Sheppard, Andrew Desjardins and Benn Ferriero on the fourth line.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Villalona had been charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic in 2009. The charges were dismissed earlier this summer.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Maybe it was the orange jerseys, orange rags waving or the sell-out crowd living and dying with every pitch thrown, but the crowd knew and both teams knew it -- this was a game with meaning.
Suddenly, the Giants of 2011 were the Giants of 2010. Cody Ross hit a home run and made a diving catch, Aubrey Huff was playing first base, Mark DeRosa was the first one on the dugout step, a misfit like Jeff Keppinger had an RBI double and manager Bruce Bochy was making moves -- and they were working.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Zero Stanley Cups and zero Stanley Cup Finals appearances will lead to the coaching situation discussion getting a little hotter if San Jose does not sniff the Cup this season. As for Todd McLellan, any
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Darren Ford would be called up, as would Brandon Crawford and many others who could fill the void for the list of DL casualties this season.
Maybe "new-look" is a bad term. The team still has the same core of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle. They even have the same young stars like Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture.
However, the average Sharks fan may not know who the rest of the supporting players on the roster are, with all the moves that have happened this offseason.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Instead, he stood dressed on the sidelines with a bit of a disgruntled look on his face.
It needs to be understood that Gore's mean-looking mug is just the way he was made, so maybe there was nothing wrong. However, the 49ers' offense did look flightless on Saturday night, which is why the talks of Gore's contract must be a top priority in Niner Land.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
For the Sharks, they needed to address two problems they encountered last season: Speed and defense.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
You know how I know?
The defending World Series champions, and a team in the middle of a competitive playoff race, are in danger of being swept by the worst team in baseball.
Do you cringe when you watch Giants baseball these days? How about turn away from the television once the opposing team scores over three runs?
You're not alone.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Giants are a mess. It think we will all agree to that. A few late-inning throw-aways, slew of injuries and the surging Diamondbacks prove that.
Still, San Francisco remains just 2.5 games back after all that with a whole lot of baseball yet to be played.
Monday, August 15, 2011
To recap: The Sharks traded Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley to the Minnesota Wild for Brent Burns and Martin Havlat in two separate deals. Also, San Jose acquired Jim Vandermeer and Colin White to help bolster the defense, and they acquired Andrew Murray, James Sheppard and Michal Handzus to fill the open spaces in the third and fourth lines.
However, what the Sharks currently lack is depth.
While many teams would be content with making it to the third round of the NHL playoffs two years in a row, GM Doug Wilson evidently was not. He made that clear when he traded sniper Dany Heatley and young talent Devin Setoguchi to the Wild this past offseason.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
It is true that fans must immediately put the preseason out of their minds once the regular season begins. Last year, the 49ers went 4-0 during the preseason, then proceeded to lose their first five games of the regular season.
The preseason simply does not matter -- success or failure.