Thursday, November 29, 2012

49ers: Feeling Sorry For Alex Smith

Thursday seemed to be "Feel Sorry For Alex Smith Day" not just in the Bay Area, but across the country. The prim and proper quarterback that overcame such hardships in his first few seasons finally came around once he was given a chance to succeed ......... then was replaced by the better quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Report: Dodgers Are Brian Wilson's First Choice in Free Agency

The San Francisco Giants have shown no indication they would like to re-sign former closer and two-time Tommy John surgery victim Brian Wilson to a contract by the Friday deadline. It sounds like Wilson has no intention, either.

Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown tweeted Wednesday that Wilson's first choice for a new team would be with the Los Angeles Dodgers because of the team's

Golden State Warriors: Andrew Bogut on 'Indefinite Leave'

The Andrew Bogut injury saga continues to get worse for the Golden State Warriors. On Wednesday, Bogut answered questions from the media regarding a timetable for his return, and it most definitely will not be Saturday.

Report: Bogut Will Not Return to Warriors on Saturday

Despite last week's report stating that Andrew Bogut would return to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, the fact is he will not be ready by then -- this according to the man, himself.

Bogut sat out Monday's practice, but participated in a limited practice on Tuesday after rehabbing in L.A. since he was shut down by coach Mark Jackson for the now lengthened 7-10 days.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

49ers Looking For New Kicker To Replace Akers

It did not seem like long ago that David Akers was deemed the 49ers' best offseason pick-up on their way to a NFC Championship appearance. Now, the 49ers are in the market for a new kicker to replace Akers, after his reliability took another major hit on Sunday in New Orleans with a missed field goal from 50 yards and a blocked field goal from 33 yards.

Report: Brian Wilson Headed For MLB Free Agency

San Francisco Giants' former closer Brian Wilson will be headed for free agency if the teams does not tender his contract by Friday, the deadline to tender all unsigned players on the roster.

According to the SF Chronicle's Henry Schulman, the Giants and Wilson are not seeing eye-to-eye on the mandatory $6.8 million that would have to come Wilson's way.

Monday, November 26, 2012

49ers' Vernon Davis: 'Alex Is Still the Man'

Clearly, the 49ers have found something in changing quarterback at 6-2-1 on the season. With Colin Kaepernick at the helm, they are now 2-0 and now among the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

However, not everyone agrees. Vernon Davis told reporters this after Sunday's gritty win over the Saints on the road.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

49ers Injury Report: Williams, Hunter Likely Out

The 49ers lost two key supporting players on one play Sunday in New Orleans. Kendall Hunter and Kyle Williams both were injured on the same running play to the left side of the defense during the second half of the 49ers' gritty win on the road, 31-21.

The team announced that Williams injured his knee, while Hunter injured his ankle, but nothing more -- as per usual from Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Report: Giants, Pagan Not on Same Page in Contract Talks

Angel Pagan wants long-term commitment from a team during his free agency, and the San Francisco Giants are not sure he is worth it.

ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Giants and Pagan are not on the same page whatsoever when it comes to re-signing the World Series champion.

Report: Bogut Targeting Saturday for Return to Golden State Warriors

What was supposed to be 7-10 days of rest for Andrew Bogut's ankle became almost three weeks of a much-debated set-back.

The Golden State Warriors have managed to stay afloat, record-wise, while being without their big man underneath the basket. However, there is the feeling of a stand-still with the team until he returns to the floor.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Harbaugh, 49ers' Antics Made Kaepernick Start vs. Saints Inevitable

Wednesday's festivities at the 49ers' practice facility in Santa Clara made it blatantly obvious that Colin Kaepernick would be the starter against the Saints on Sunday, despite the 49ers' intentions.

Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter reported Wednesday night that Jim Harbaugh has told Kaepernick that he will be the starter vs. the Saints. Even worse for the other end of the quarterback controversy -- Alex Smith -- Trotter is

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

49ers: Harbaugh's Teleconference Cancelled, Back to Hospital for Evaluations

Jim Harbaugh never got a chance to clear up the comments he made about his current quarterback situation after Monday night's thrashing of the Bears.

If you remember, Colin Kaepernick lit up the Bears' defense in Alex Smith's absence, and Harbaugh's postgame press conference after the game did

Monday, November 19, 2012

Harbaugh Noncommittal on 49ers' QB vs. Saints; QB Controversy Underway

According to Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have two red-hot quarterbacks on their roster right now, and a decision will be made this week to determine who will be starting on Sunday vs. the Saints.

Colin Kaepernick blew the pregame expectations out of the water on Monday night in front of a nationally televised audience, and that will be

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Locking Up Buster Posey: How Much Is Too Much For the San Francisco Giants?

Buster Posey's historic 2012 season earned him a box full of accolades, and with the Giants looking to spend money to lock up their respective free agents, this offseason may be the best time to lock up Posey as well.

How much do the Giants pay Posey? Probably the farm and then some -- but the years will be the most significant part of one of the biggest contracts offered in the MLB.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Holliday Calls Cain's NLCS Plunking 'Less Than Tough'

Matt Holliday's controversial slide into Marco Scutaro in the NLCS is still drawing headlines, even during the offseason.

Holliday had some choice words for the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, singling out Matt Cain's retaliatory plunk job of Holliday in Game 7 of the NLCS.

Selig on A's to San Jose: 'You're Not Going To Get A F%^&*#@ Answer'

Can you blame the media for wanting to know if the Oakland Athletics will be moving from Oakland to San Jose, or even anywhere for that matter?

MLB commissioner Bud Selig is, although he understands the urgent nature of the topic. On Thursday, Selig did not seem in the mood to mess around with the topic or even give a blanket answer, as has been his custom since the issue became national news.

49ers: Is Brandon Jacobs On His Way Out of San Francisco?

Brandon Jacobs has not received a carry this season, and it may all be coming to a head.

Jacobs was reportedly unhappy about the situation earlier this season, after he was declared fully healthy yet did not play a single down for the 49ers.  But he shook off the reports in favor of being ready for the team in the long run -- the playoffs.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mark Jackson Responds to Charles Barkley's Criticism of Golden State Warriors

TNT's Charles Barkley is not afraid to run his mouth on national television, and he directed his attention towards the Golden State Warriors as his next target this week.

Barkley went on 95.7 The Game Tuesday and talked with Brandon Tierney and Ric Bucher about the Warriors' culture.

Steve Young on Rick Reilly: 'You Didn't Just Say That'

Rick Reilly's ego-driven antics on Monday Night Football created the now infamous Steve Young "death stare" that has captivated the sports world over the past 24 hours.

Young was simply doing what we all were thinking at the moment -- "Bro, really?"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

San Jose Sharks' Marleau Responds to Roenick's Bashing in New Book

At this point, it is pretty obvious Jeremy Roenick has a personal vendetta against San Jose Sharks' former captain Patrick Marleau.

Roenick's book "J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey" took some shots at Marleau once again, after the two have shared some words in the past.

First of all, if that title does not scream "look at me," I do not know what does.  Second of all, here is what Roenick's book had to say about Marleau.

Report: San Francisco Giants Interested in Hunter, Victorino

The San Francisco Giants are looking elsewhere to fill their void in the outfield presumably left by Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman, the Giants have shown interest in free agents Torii Hunter and Shane Victorino. The interest is presumably in response to

Monday, November 12, 2012

Report: 49ers' Alex Smith Expected to Start Monday vs. Bears

Expect Alex Smith back under center for the San Francisco 49ers Monday night game against the Bears, despite the concussion he sustained in Sunday's tie vs. the Rams.

According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, if Smith is cleared to play he will start for the 49ers, and all indications point to Smith being cleared to play.

Report: San Francisco Giants Interested in Nick Swisher

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly shown interest in Yankees' free agent outfielder Nick Swisher, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Swisher is considered one of the bigger targets in a very weak free agent market this offseason that includes the likes of Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton, among others.

San Francisco Giants, Jeremy Affeldt Agree to Three-Year Deal

After days of rumors and speculation, the San Francisco Giants have made the deal with reliever Jeremy Affeldt official, as first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

The deal is reportedly for three years and $18 million.

Affeldt did not give up a run in 10.1 innings of relief in the entire 2012 postseason on the Giants' way to a World Series title.

Golden State Warriors' New San Francisco Arena Could Make Millions for City

Estimates that San Francisco city coffers would receive almost $54 million in one-time revenue and up to $19 million a year from a new waterfront arena that the Golden State Warriors want to build are "reasonable" projections, according to an analysis released Friday.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Report: Multiple Teams Interested in Melky Cabrera

If the unhappy Giants players' reactions from after Melky Cabrera was suspended was not enough, and the fact the Giants left him off the postseason roster wasn't either, teams' high interest in Cabrera should be.

Melky Cabrera is looking more and more like he will not be with the San Francisco Giants next season.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Golden State Warriors: Andrew Bogut Likely To Miss More Time Than Expected

Andrew Bogut will be sidelined for 7-10 days, according to Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, and thus begins the season we all expected but never wanted to see come to fruition.

Through five games this season, the Warriors have three wins, two losses and two players injured and out for significant time. That is 0.4 players injured per game -- not a good start to the season, by any means.

Raiders: #PalmersFault Gets Trending on Twitter

I am writing this post and it is all #PalmersFault, at least according to some knowledgable Raiders fans this past week.

The Raiders lost to the Buccaneers, and the fans responded with a hashtag that set the Twitter world ablaze -- in sort of a sarcastic manner.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sabean: San Francisco Giants Keeping Hunter Pence, Brian Wilson A 'Wait-and-See'

San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean has some decisions to make between now and Opening Day 2013.

With the accolades of a World Series victory also comes the burden of players with newly-acquired World Series rings that want money now. Angel Pagan fits into that category rather nicely this offseason.

However, Hunter Pence is another story as he heads into arbitration with the Giants. The arbitration year could score him nearly $13 million next season, after rather disappointing production since the move to San Francisco.

Giants Prospect Andrew Susac Goes on Republican Rant After Presidential Election

We all know catching prospect Andrew Susac is a good player -- or is expected to be in the near future -- but what we may have missed it that Susac is severely right wing and not afraid to be vocal about it, as was evident by a borderline Republican rant on Tuesday night.

Report: San Francisco Giants World Series Parade Cost $225K

Rest assured, residents of the Bay Area, you were not affected by the San Francisco Giants' World Series parade that swept down the streets of San Francisco last week.

According to the SF Examiner, the total cost of putting on the parade was $225,000. However, the hoopla that went on around the parade was the most significant cost of the day. The confetti and

Thursday, November 1, 2012

San Francisco Giants Redefine Baseball's Winning Formula

If 2010 was special, then 2012 was special-er.

The ultimate smack in the face is the San Francisco Giants going into every round of the 2010 playoffs as underdogs, then going into the playoffs two years later as underdogs once again.

In 2012, the Giants smacked back and won their second World Series title in three years --  a feat not accomplished by a National League team since the Cincinnati Reds' Big Red Machine.

Major League Baseball, take notice -- the Giants know something the rest of you do not.

If 2010 hinted at the new winning formula in baseball, then in 2012 it made its definitive case.