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Photo Gallery:
Warriors, Al Hart and John Madden, 49ers, Raiders, Harlem Globetrotters, Rose Bowl, Stanford,  San Jose Spartans,  Cal State East Bay , Race Across America

A Personal Tribute to Monte Irvin
and Jackie Robinson
By Nick Curran 

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. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 24
Issue No. 103

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Monday, Jan. 18
Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers,
     5 p.m.
San Jose Sharks v. Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda v. Bakersfield Condors,
     1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 19
Fresno State (M) BB @ San Diego State, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
Golden State Warriors @ Chicago Bulls, 5 p.m.
Sacramento Kings @ LA Lakers, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose State (M) BB @ Boise State, 7 p.m.
UC Davis (M) BB v. UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
San Jose State (W) BB v. Boise State, 7 p.m.
Fresno State (W) BB v. San Diego State, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 21
Sacramento Kings v. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m.
San Jose Sharks @ Phoenix Coyotes 6 p.m.
Cal (M) BB v. Arizona State, 6 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB v. Arizona, 8 p.m.
Santa Clara (M) BB v. USF, 8 p.m.
Saint Mary's (M) BB v. Gonzaga, 8 p.m.
UOP (M) BB v. Portland, 7 p.m.
Saint Mary's (W) BB @ Gonzaga, 6 p.m.
UOP (W) BB @ Portland, 7 p.m.
UC Davis (W) BB @ UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 22
Golden State Warriors v. Indiana Pacers, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda @ Ontario Reign, 7 p.m.
Stockton Heat v. Manitoba Moose, 7:30 p.m.
Cal (W) BB @ UCLA, 6 p.m.
CSUEB (M) BB @ SF State, 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma State (M) BB v. Cal State Monterey Bay,
     7:30 p.m.
Stanford (W) BB @ USC, 8 p.m.
CSUEB (W) BB @ SF State, 5:30 p.m.
Sonoma State (W) BB v. Cal State Monterey Bay,
     5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23
Sacramento Kings v. Indiana Pacers, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose Sharks v. Minnesota Wild, 1 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda v. Ontario Reign, 7:30 p.m.
Stockton Heat v. Manitoba Moose, 7:30 p.m.
Cal (M) BB v. Arizona, 5:30 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB v. Arizona State, 8 p.m.
Saint Mary's (M) BB v. Portland, 8 p.m.
San Jose State (M) BB v. New Mexico, 2 p.m.
CSUEB (M) BB @ Sonoma State, 7:30 p.m.
SF State (M) BB v. Cal State Monterey Bay,
     7:30 p.m.
UOP (M) BB v. Gonzaga, 1 p.m.
UC Davis (M) BB @ Hawai'i, 9 p.m.
Sacramento State (M) BB v. Portland State,
     7:05 p.m.
Fresno State (M) BB @ Air Force, 11 a.m.
Santa Clara (W) BB v. USF, 2 p.m.
Saint Mary's (W) BB @ Portland, 1 p.m.
San Jose State (W) BB @ New Mexico, 2 p.m.
CSUEB (W) BB @ Sonoma State, 5:30 p.m.
SF State (W) BB v. Cal State Monterey Bay,
     5:30 p.m.
UOP (W) BB @ Gonzaga, 2 p.m.
UC Davis (W) BB @ Cal Poly, 4 p.m.
Sacramento State (W) BB @ Portland State, 
     12 noon
Fresno State (W) BB v. Air Force, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 24
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos,
     12:05 p.m.
Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers,
     3:40 p.m.
San Jose Sharks v. Los Angeles Kings, 7 p.m.
Cal (W) BB @ USC, 2 p.m.
Stanford (W) BB @ UCLA, 6 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
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
(BB): Basketball
(M): Men
(W): Women

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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Warriors - 1-11-16 - Rich Yee
Steph Curry's extraordinary athletic abilities often appear other worldly and were on display last Monday night as he poured in 2 of his 31 points in the Golden State Warriors 111-103 victory over the 

Warriors - 1-11-16 - Rich Yee
Headed to the NBA's Western Conference All-Star team? Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is leaving little doubt he should be selected. In Monday's game against the Miami Heat at Oracle Arena, Green contributed another strong game with 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Photo by Rich Yee.

Warriors - 1-11-16 - Rich Yee
Warriors guard Klay Thompson, a tenacious defender and now an All-Star and an NBA champion, is averaging more than 20 points a game in the current season. Photo by Rich Yee.

Step Curry - 1-11-16 - Rich Yee
Whether shooting from half court or under the basket, Steph Curry will not be denied. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.

John Madden - At Hart - 1-18-16
Radio broadcasting legend and strident Minnesota Golden Gophers booster Al Hart (left, pictured with John Madden at a Madden BBQ), passed away last week at the age of 88. Hart was a fixture on KCBS radio for 35 years and hosted the daily Madden show in its early years. Hart was also a fixture at the annual Madden-Mariucci Bocce Ball Event and the annual Madden BBQ. Said Madden, "I've been lucky in my broadcasting career to work with great partners. I have had Pat Summerall and Al Michaels, and I would put Al Hart in that class as well. Al was a real nice guy, a gentleman, a joy to work with, and along the way he became a good friend. He will be missed by all." Photo by Ed Jay.

Chip Kelly -1-18-16
New San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly was in town on November 3, 2013 as his Philadelphia Eagles took on the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had a career day, throwing for seven touchdowns in a 49-20 win. 
Kelly's salary is $24 million for four years and he is signed through 2019, one year longer than general manager Trent Baalke. 
Kelly becomes the 19th head coach in the history of the 49ers. Photo by Ed Jay.

Mark Davis - 1-18-16 - Ed Jay
As Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis weighs his options, former team counsel Amy Trask, speaking on 95.7 The Game last week, stated that a smaller, 45,000-seat, high-tech stadium on the "magnificent site" of the present Coliseum, would cost several hundred million dollars less than a larger stadium. Photo by Ed Jay.

Larry Ellison - 1-18-16 - Ed Jay
Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle and one of the richest men in the world, has been in discussion with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis about buying a portion of the team, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. Ellison's involvement could give the Raiders an infusion of cash needed to either move or possibly build a stadium in the Bay Area. Photo by Ed Jay.

Globetrotters - 1-16-16 - Rich Yee
Displaying fancy footwork, Fatima TNT Maddox of the Harlem Globetrotters leaves her defender flatfooted. An enthusiastic crowd at Oracle Arena on Saturday enjoyed seeing basketball wizardry unfold before them and the Globetrotters were another wild success.The team performs in San Jose on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24 and returns to Oakland for two performances on Jan. 23. Photo by Rich Yee.

Globetrotters - 1-16-16 - Rich Yee
Taking goal-tending to new heights, Flip of the Harlem Globetrotters scales the basket with a golf club, ensuring that all scoring will be a bit harder. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.

2015 Rose Bowl - 1-1-16 - Kenny Karst
Stanford Cardinal defensive end Aziz Shittu bolts through the offensive line of the Iowa Hawkeyes and sacks quarterback C.J. Beathard during the 102nd Rose Bowl Game on Friday, Jan. 1 in Pasadena.  The #6-ranked Cardinal upset and routed the #5-ranked Hawkeyes, 45-16. Photo by Kenny Karst.

Rose Bowl - 1-1-16 - Kenny Karst
Stanford Cardinal running back Remound Wright runs up the middle of the Iowa Hawkeyes defense during the 102nd Rose Bowl Game.  Stanford's 45-16 rout of Iowa propelled the Cardinal to a #3 ranking in the final 2015 AP (Associated Press) football poll behind #1 Alabama and #2 Clemson. Photo by Kenny Karst.

Rose Bowl 1-1-16 - Kenny Karst
Stanford Cardinal running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey catches a Kevin Hogan pass on the first play from scrimmage of the 102nd Rose Bowl Game and runs untouched 75 yards for a touchdown.  McCaffrey set two Rose Bowl Game records: most all-purpose yards (368), and was the first player in Rose Bowl history to have 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game. Photo by Kenny Karst.

Stanford - 1-15-16 - Rich Yee
Winning nine of the 10 bouts, the 16th-ranked Stanford wrestling team dominated Utah Valley, 37-5, on Friday night at Burnham Pavilion on the Stanford campus. Photo by Rich Yee.

Stanford - 1-15-16 - Rich Yee
The Stanford Cardinal moved to 6-2 on the year, while the Utah Valley Wolverines dropped to 3-4 overall. Stanford's next opponent is Duke, also on The Farm. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.

SJSU - 1-15-16 - Kenneth Wong
A San Jose State Spartan gymnast sails high in the air during their home meet versus Sacramento State on Friday evening at The Event Center on campus. The visiting Hornets would emerge victorious, winning 194.900 to 193.400. Photo by Kenneth Wong.

SJSU - 1-15-16 - Kenneth Wong
Spartan Marissa Unpingco completes her uneven bars routine to a standing "O" in Friday night's women's gymnastics competition. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.

CSUEB - 1-15-16 - Darren Yamashita
Cal State East Bay guard Alex Carmon drives to the basket during their CCAA conference game against #14 UC San Diego. The Pioneers would fall to the Tritons, 64-43, in Hayward on Friday night. 

CSUEB - 1-15-16 - Darren Yamashita
Pioneer forward Jack Pasquini powers his way inside as UC San Diego's Drew Dyer rises to defend. Senior Pasquini paced the squad with five rebounds. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

CSUEB - 1-15-16 - Darren Yamashita
Ryan Okwudibonye shoots a fade-away jumper over the outstretched hand of Chris Hansen during the second half. Okwudibonye led the Pioneers with 12 points, whose record fell to 6-9 for the season and 2-6 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. 

CSUEB 1-15-16 - Darren Yamashita
Cal State East Bay guard Shannon Bland shoots a jumper over the defense of UC San Diego's Beth Mounier. Bland led all scorers with 22 points but the Pioneers fell to the visiting Tritons, 56-54, on Friday night. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

CSUEB - 1-15-16 - Darren Yamashita
Pioneer Bianca Littleton (14) muscles up a shot as UCSD's Farrah Shokoor defends during their CCAA conference match-up in Hayward on Friday night. With the narrow loss, the Pioneers are now 7-1 in conference play and 13-3 overall. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

CSUEB - 1-15-16 - Darren Yamashita
Pioneer Laci Effenberger drives to the basket as Taylor Tanita tries to keep pace. Effenberger finished with nine points and five rebounds. To view a photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

RAAM - 1-18-16
Most Famous Race Across America Cyclist -- She didn't set any records and wasn't on a winning team, but no Race Across America rider has ever garnered as much media attention as Pippa Middleton (sister of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge). She was on a relay team that took 5th in the 8-rider category in 2014. Her team finished the 3020 miles in 6 days, 10 hours and 54 minutes. Photo credit: Vic Armijo / RAAM Media

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Monte Irvin
Monte Irvin entered Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1973.

Hank Aaron - 1-18-16 - ST
Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record.

Monte Irvin - Willie Mays - 2015
Irvin and Willie Mays were received by the White House in 2015, along with the San Francisco Giants.
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson's threat to steal home was often successful.

Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson died of a heart attack
at the age of 53.

Nick Curran
A Personal Tribute to Monte Irvin and Jackie Robinson

By Nick Curran  

Before Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to break major league baseball's color barrier, the Brooklyn Dodgers' executive approached Monte Irvin.

Irvin, an outfielder with the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League, was favorably compared with Joe DiMaggio. But he was drafted into the Army in 1943 and came back from World War II with an inner ear infection. It affected his balance and he was unsure about his baseball skills after two years of inactivity. Rickey later signed Jackie Robinson. 

After a great career in the negro leagues, the New York Giants made Irvin one of the first blacks after Robinson to reach the major leagues in 1949. He was a 30-year-old outfielder, still in his prime, and a new audience marveled at his hitting, fielding, and fearless base running. 

Years later, with his family watching proudly, Irvin exuded gratitude and humility when inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown in 1973. Five years earlier in 1968, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn hired him as the sport's assistant director of public relations. He was the first black front office executive in the major leagues and worked hard to earn the respect of owners, front office executives, and the news media.

Last Monday night, this soft-spoken, gracious role model passed away at his home in Houston. He was 96.  Learning of his death made me flash back to a special moment.

One day in 1972 Monte called my office at NBA headquarters. He wanted to know if I'd like to go with him to a Mets-Braves game that night at Shea Stadium. Who wouldn't? Are you kidding? He said he'd pick me up at 3:30 p.m.

I stood on the curb at Seventh Avenue near 32nd Street in Manhattan. I saw Monte at the wheel of his four-door sedan pulling over to get me and noticed there was someone in the front passenger seat so I jumped in the back seat.

Monte leaned to his right and said to me, "Nick, say hi to Hank Aaron." We shook hands.

I pretended to be relaxed, trying to hide the thrill of meeting the man two years shy of breaking Babe Ruth's seemingly unreachable career 714 home run record.

I listened in awe as these two men spoke candidly of players and managers, past and present.

It was a 45-minute ride to Shea Stadium in Queens and each minute was packed with their baseball insights. To the nation, we were headed for an average weeknight, mid-season game few would remember. Yet for me, it was the thrill of a lifetime. Aaron was doing most of the talking. They commented vividly on the strengths and weaknesses of active and retired players. I am sure they were much more diplomatic when interviewed by reporters.

Monte arranged a field and dressing room pass for me before the Atlanta Braves took on the Mets. We went in to the Braves' dressing room about 4:20 and Monte introduced me to a few of the Braves' players. I tried to think of intelligent questions to ask, but all that came out was, "Pleased to meet you."

Monte took me on to the field to watch batting practice. We stood behind the batting cage where it was safe. Monte engaged in small talk with players, managers and coaches from both teams. Then we made our way to box seats and saw the game.  It was one of the priceless perks of being the National Basketball Association's director of public relations from 1969-76. 

Two months earlier, I was sitting court side at Madison Square Garden surrounded by members of the media. It was halftime of a New York Knicks' game and we received word that Jackie Robinson was in the building.

I remembered the grainy black-and-white TV footage of Jackie on the base paths for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  In 1947 he courageously broke the color line and opened the door forever for athletes in baseball, football and basketball. Later, players of color would also excel in golf, tennis and other major sports.

Jackie's best sport was football, but baseball gave him the opportunity. 

Watching him rattle pitchers and catchers was unforgettable and he altered the tempo of a game by his base running. In those days trying to steal home plate was risky, yet he succeeded time after time. Other times he just danced on the base line, challenging the pitcher, who sometimes lost his focus with the opposing hitter.

Those of us sitting along press row at the Garden that night knew all the stars and would-be stars on NBA rosters. But it was extra special to have a legend from another sport attend.  

As Jackie made his way along press row, the first impression I remember was his size. He looked much taller and muscular on TV in the '50s. It was public knowledge he suffered a heart attack in 1968 and now was battling diabetes. The vision in one eye was gone forever, and he squinted occasionally with the other.

He looked older than 53. His hair was close cropped and now all-white. There was pain in his face if you looked closely, but he tried to hide it with a smile. His voice was strong. He reminded us he played a lot of basketball in his youth, and loved watching the collegians and pros. 

When the Knicks' publicist introduced Jackie to me, I noticed his firm hand shake and polite greeting. All I could think of was to thank him for all he had done for his people. He nodded. That was it.

Seven months later, he suffered another heart attack in his Stamford, Ct., home and crossed the threshold to eternity.

In 1997 a new baseball commissioner ruled that Jackie should be remembered in a unique way. Jackie's jersey number, 42, which had been retired much earlier by the Dodgers, would henceforth be retired by every major league team. Active players wearing 42 could finish their careers with the number. The last was Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, who hung his up in 2013.
Now, each April 15 every major league player dons jersey number 42 to thank Jack Roosevelt Robinson. Monte Irvin and Jackie Robinson touched hundreds of millions of lives, including mine briefly, and the world is a much better place. 
Nick Curran was the NBA's director of public relations from 1969 to 1976. He later became a vice president and financial adviser for 28 years. He and his wife, 
Eileen, are retired and live in Santa Barbara.

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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 this year, the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (MESHOF) will present its 16 th 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 or call 510-629-2895. Or visit the NFL Alumni's site at , or call 510-258-3555.

Purchase your tickets now because this event will sell out!
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2016 Super Bowl Breakfast, Feb. 6
The 29 th 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  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,, Twitter @SuperFanChase or

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Arizona Cardinals     7/2

Denver Broncos  4/1

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Charles Woodson Tribute. Jan. 3, 2016. Photos by Ed Jay.

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San Francisco 49ers 13 vs. Arizona Cardinals 19. Nov. 29, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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Grand National Rodeo. Oct. 24, 2015. Photos by Rich Yee.

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Cal Bears 34 v. Washington State Cougars 28. Oct. 3, 2015. Photo 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



7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd.



The American Bull Bar & Grill, 1819 El Camino Real

Knuckles Historical Sports Bar, Hyatt Regency, Burlingame



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    



Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway

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