Table of Contents
"Play ball"
by Jonathan Siegel

"Santa Cruz fishing story
by Isaac Cronin
2014 Football cover
A handy list of games involving San Francisco Bay Area teams and
their dates and times and a Memorable Sports Moment or SportsPulse
Monday, April 6 through Sunday, April 12
Issue No. 62

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Monday, April 6
San Jose Sharks v. Dallas Stars, 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Arizona Diamondbacks,

     7:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Texas Rangers, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7

Golden State Warriors @ New Orleans Pelicans,
     5:00 p.m.

Sacramento Kings v. Minnesota Timberwolves,

     7 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Arizona Diamondbacks,

     6:40 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Texas Rangers, 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

Sacramento Kings @ Utah Jazz, 6 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Arizona Diamondbacks,

     6:40 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Texas Rangers, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, April 9
Golden State Warriors v. Portland, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers, 6:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres,

     3:40 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Texas Rangers, 12:35 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Colorado Springs Sky Box,

     7:35 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants A Lancaster Jethawks, 6:30 p.m.

Stockton Ports @ Inland Empire 66ers, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, April 10

Sacramento Kings @ Oklahoma City Thunder,
     5 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres,

     7:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Seattle Mariners, 7:05 p.m.

San Jose SaberCats @ Tampa Bay Storm,

     4:30 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Colorado Springs Sky Box,

      7:35 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants A Lancaster Jethawks, 6:30 p.m.

Stockton Ports @ Inland Empire 66ers, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 11

Golden State Warriors v. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres,

     5:40 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Seattle Mariners, 1:05 p.m.

San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings, 12 Noon

San Jose Earthquakes v. Vancouver Whitecaps, FC

Nashville Sounds @ Colorado Springs Sky Box,

     6:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees,

     7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants A Lancaster Jethawks, 6 p.m.

Stockton Ports @ Inland Empire 66ers, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, April 12
Sacramento Kings @ Denver Nuggets, 2 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres, 

     1:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Seattle Mariners, 1:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Colorado Springs Sky Box,

     2:35 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees,

     1:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants A Lancaster Jethawks, 2 p.m.

Stockton Ports @ Inland Empire 66ers,

     2:05 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



(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
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: KNBR 1050 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

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Giants all-star catcher Buster Posey tunes up with a good rip on Thursday night versus the A's at AT&T Park in game one of the Bay Bridge Series, won by Oakland, 8-2. The baseball season officially opens today as the Giants travel to the Diamondbacks and the A's host the Rangers. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


The San Jose Sharks kept their slim playoff hopes alive on Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center but received a major setback Saturday night as host Arizona defeated San Jose, 5-3. The regular season ends in three games, most likely with the Sharks eliminated. To view a photo album of Friday's game, visit our

Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.


San Jose SaberCats - 4-4-15 Rich Yee

The San Jose SaberCats bolted to a 21-0 lead and were never seriously challenged as they upended the Los Angeles Kiss 54-28 in front of 10,175 eager fans Saturday night in their Home Opener. Quarterback Erik Meyer (above) completed 20-of-31 passes for 222 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. The SaberCats are 2-0 in the early season. To view a photo album of the contest, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.


San Jose Quakes - 2015 Kenneth Wong
The San Jose Earthquakes christened their new Avaya Stadium with a home-opening victory recently over the Chicago Fire, 2-1, before a sell-out crowd of 18,000 joyous fans. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us.
Photo by Kenneth Wong.


Brandon Crawford - 2015 - Ed Jay

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford took time out before a recent game to reward lucky fans with autographs. Photo by Ed Jay.


Stanford - 4-4-15 - Rich Yee
The Stanford Cardinal was shutout 5-0 in the series finale versus the Washington Huskies on Saturday evening as the Cardinal slipped to 11-17, 0-9 Pac-12, before a partisan crowd of 1,970. To view a photo album of the contest, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.


49ers cheerleader - 2015
The San Francisco 49ers held tryouts last week to pick their 2015 cheerleading squad for the new season. Known as the "Gold Rush," the team has been featured on many national television shows, performed for numerous USO tours around the world, and have appeared in six Super Bowls. To view a photo album of the competition, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us.
Photo by Kenneth Wong.


Super Run - 2015 - Rich Yee
San Francisco's own Super Run was held recently at Crissy Field at The Presidio as a wide assortment of one's favorite super heroes sprung to life. The Super Run is a national series of events that partners with non-profit organizations to put on superhero-themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. For a photo album of the Super Run, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.
Photo by Rich Yee Photography.



"Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do?"

~George Bernard Shaw

Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics


Sports Pulse 

Billy Butler, the A's designated hitter, had 3 hits in 5 plate appearances in the first game of the Bay Bridge Series. Photo by Ed Jay.

Play ball!

Jonathan Siegel


Last week, having nothing better to do, I decided to check out the A's exhibition game against some team from across the bay. At one point, new shortstop Marcus Semien hit his head on the dugout while celebrating a home run. One of his teammates came over and consoled him with a hug and a head rub.


"Who was that nice guy?" I wondered, but I had no idea, since I don't recognize most of the team's many new players. Later, I was watching with the sound off, and some chubby guy hit another homer. I was certain it was new backup catcher Josh Phegley, since I had seen him earlier in spring training and noticed that he was built like an old-school catcher. Actually, it was new first baseman-DH Billy Butler, who apparently is also built like an old-school catcher.


This off-season the A's were involved in nine transactions involving 27 players. By my best estimate, the A's will open the season with 10 players on the 25-man roster who were not in the organization last year, as well as another four who didn't start last season with them. A's announcers Ray Fosse and Glenn Kuiper were trying to convince us during the broadcast that this is the new normal for the major leagues, but it's not. It's not even normal for the A's, and fans will be challenged to figure out who the players are, let alone bond with them as the season progresses. Fortunately, the A's have used rent money they owed the Coliseum authority on new hi-def scoreboards, so we'll at least get a good look at these guys.


I love baseball, so I am going to do my best to accept this new group and will start the season as I always do: full of hope and optimism. The entirely new infield (Ike Davis or Butler at first, Ben Zobrist at second, Semien at short and Brett Lawrie at third) is actually a clear improvement, even without Josh Donaldson. The pitching looks young, strong and deep. New guys Jesse Hahn and Kendall Gravemen join Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Drew Pomeranz in the rotation, with Jesse Chavez in reserve. The group looked very tough this spring.


I am, however, obsessed with the outfield, and not in a good way. Coco Crisp will start the season on the DL for six to eight weeks, and Josh Reddick is out for at least five games. In the meantime, the A's will start three guys (Billy Burns, Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry) who all scream eighth-inning defensive replacement. The A's need Crisp and Reddick to return to form and Rule 5 guy Mark Canha to continue to display the power he showed all spring for the team to really contend.


I'm sure it'll all work out: the A's had the best record in the Cactus League, and its early April.


Play ball!

Jonathan Siegel is the founding partner of Siegel LeWitter Malkani, an Oakland labor and employment firm which is ranked in the "Best Law Firms in California-- First Tier" by US News. A recovering Yankee fan, when he is not representing unfairly treated employees, he loves rooting for the A's and yearns for the day when the A's management requites the love of the team's passionate fans, commits to Oakland, and comes up with a little more scratch for ball players.


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Santa Cruz fishing story

Isaac Cronin


I blame Ron Berger for my introduction to commercial fishing in the 1960s. It became his lifetime passion. For me it was a romantic interlude that introduced a world of dangerous backbreaking work and a Sicilian American culture that had its own Old World charm.


First Ron convinced me that I would be happier leaving UC Berkeley for UC Santa Cruz, where he knew he could find work as a fisherman. Ron had grown up in Encino, an affluent neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. He had been a track star and all-league tight end at Birmingham High School. A handsome romantic, his head was turned around by the Free Speech Movement and he dropped his pre-law track in favor of English literature. Ron favored work shirts unbuttoned to show his hairy chest, a full beard, tight jeans and sandals. He carried the green box bag that telegraphed progressive politics.  


For me sexual freedom was only an idea, an unrealized promise along with free speech and civil rights. Ron, on the other hand, got plenty of action in Berkeley. He had a parade of thin, long-haired coeds passing through his bedroom, seduced by his good looks and a well-thought-out persona that blended the sensitive, poetry-loving soul (Blake made him swoon) and the urbane connoisseur who served chilled chablis while spinning Miles Davis ballads and smoking a pipe, a la Hugh Hefner. His apartment walls were decorated with paisley Indian bedspreads and Ansel Adams photographs of Yosemite. Patchouli-scented candles, bead curtains and incense from Telegraph Avenue head shops provided atmosphere. Playboy centerfolds in the bedroom betrayed his ties to the old world a few years before the feminist movement made objectification of women taboo. Ron was a man in rapid transition.


We rented a bachelor pad, a two-bedroom cabin in Boulder Creek surrounded by redwoods, with a roaring stream in the backyard and a massive stone fireplace in the wood-beamed living room. We made the 12-mile drive to campus in cars left over from our Los Angeles adolescences - mine a canary yellow Ford Mustang and his a white Chevy Impala. The first week we were in town, Ron announced that we were going to the Santa Cruz harbor to find a fishing boat that would take us on as apprentices. He had been reading the great Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun and had concluded that hard work to the point of suffering, in the eternal battle against nature, was the path to spiritual enlightenment. I wasn't so sure. The most demanding labor I had performed was painting the inside of a couple of houses for beer money.


We went to the marine supply, bought knee-high rubber boots and drove to the docks. A middle aged couple were loading their 42-foot albacore boat as Ron sauntered up. They took one look at his broad shoulders and earnest face and accepted our offer. We headed out of the harbor before they told us this would be a four-day trip and that we were heading out more than 100 miles off Big Sur, where the albacore were running. My spoiled middle-class Jewish heart sank as I looked back at the setting sun to see the pine tree-covered mountains of Santa Cruz dip below the horizon.


The next 96 hours was a nearly sleepless ordeal. The boat tossed like a cork in the 8-foot swells and troughs, which the sea anchors did little to diminish, as we wedged ourselves against the sides of the bunk to keep from being tossed onto the floor. We woke at dawn and worked the hand gurdies and lines strung on outriggers that jerked when the albacore tuna bit. The boat trolled continually until dusk at 5 mph, and we pulled in the fish using rubber pads cut from inner tubes to protect our hands against the taught nylon monofilament. The pull of the 20-pound fish combined with the momentum of the boat created a powerful resistance that cut into our hands, which were bloody and raw within a few hours. We tossed the fish into the refrigerated hold, where they glistened silver and black, like sleek aquatic torpedoes. At trip's end the hold was nearly full with more than 200 albacore. At 18 cents a pound with an average weight of 20 pounds per fish, the boat had earned about $700. Our crew shares amounted to about $100. Depending on how you looked at it, it was either the beginning of a lifelong romance with the sea and its bounty or a damn good reason to stay in school. Walking to the car, I felt the deep relief of solid ground and the nagging doubt that this would not be the last time I would let Ron persuade me to go out into the Pacific.


Ron and I wanted to extend the moment, to bring proletarian reality to the middle-class "city on a hill," so we drove up to campus for the first day of orientation wearing our work clothes, with wool watch caps pulled down on our heads and jeans tucked into rubber boots. We must have smelled ripe as we swaggered through the courtyard. Heads turned momentarily, but we learned quickly that UC Santa Cruz was a bastion of tolerance; a giant marshmallow and stinky fishermen were welcomed along with stoners, Jewish princesses and black nationalists.


Thus another education began.


Isaac Cronin is a writer, marketing consultant and author of six cookbooks, including two on seafood. He was a commercial fisherman in Santa Cruz and Moss Landing from 1966 to 1972, working on net boats with first- and second-generation Italians.


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Ed Jay - Raiderette - 12-21-14

2015 Raiderette auditions set for

April 18


The Oakland Raiders are searching for enthusiastic and talented candidates for their renowned public relations and entertainment team -- The Raiderettes.  Become a part of the prestigious Oakland Raiders by auditioning for the 2015 Oakland Raiderettes Professional Cheerleading Squad.

*  Preliminary audition:  Saturday, April 18, 2015

*  Location:  The East Side Club, O.Co Coliseum, Oakland

*  Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. with the preliminary interviews following


*  There is no dance audition during preliminaries

*  Recommended attire for preliminaries is casual clothing or appropriate athletic


*  You must be 18 years of age or older by date of preliminary audition

*  You also must pre-register for participation in the audition process. Registration

     deadline: April 15, 2015

*  Auditions are closed to the general public


For complete details, visit


Photo by Ed Jay.

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Below is a list of sports bars we recommend for March Madness and all your sports viewing needs. Each is a worthy institution and they have the added distinction of also being long-time 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

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



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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 Cruz 

One Double Oh Seven Club, 1007 Soquel Avenue    



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