2014 Football cover
A handy list of games involving San Francisco Bay Area teams and
their dates and times and a Memorable Sports Moment and/or SportsPulse
Monday, Dec. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 4
Issue No. 48

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Monday, Dec. 29

Sacramento Kings @ Brooklyn Nets, 4:30 p.m.

Stanford (M) BB v. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 8 p.m.

Saint Mary's (M) BB v. USF, 6 p.m.

Santa Clara (M) BB @ UOP, 7 p.m.

Cal (W) BB v. Old Dominion, 6 p.m.

USF (W) BB v. Saint Mary's, 7 p.m.

Santa Clara (W) BB v. UOP, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Golden State Warriors v. Philadelphia 76ers,

     7:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks v. Vancouver Canucks, 7 p.m.

CSUEB (M) BB @ Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

UC Davis (M) BB @ Seattle University, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31
Sacramento Kings @ Boston Celtics, 10 a.m.

San Jose Sharks @ Anaheim Ducks, 5 p.m.

San Jose State (M) BB @ Utah State, 6 p.m.

Fresno State (M) BB @ New Mexico, 4 p.m.

Fresno State (W) BB v. New Mexico, 2 p.m.

San Jose State (W) BB @ Utah State, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1

Sacramento Kings @ Minnesota Timberwolves,

     5 p.m.

Santa Clara (M) BB v. BYU, 2 p.m.

Saint Mary's (M) BB @ Pepperdine, 5 p.m.

USF (M) BB v. University of San Diego, 7 p.m.

Sacramento State (M) BB v. Northern Arizona,

     7:05 p.m.

Santa Clara (W) BB @ BYU, 6 p.m.

Saint Mary's (W) BB v. Pepperdine, 6 p.m.

USF (W) BB @ San Diego, 6 p.m.

Sacramento State (W) BB @ Northern Arizona,

     1 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Golden State Warriors v. Toronto Raptors,

     7:30 p.m.

Cal (M) BB v. Washington, 7 p.m.
Stanford (M) BB v. Washington State, noon 
CSUEB (M) BB @ San Francisco State, 7:30 p.m.
Sonoma State (M) BB v. CalStateMontereyBay,
     7:30 p.m.
Sonoma State (W) BB v. CalStateMontereyBay,
     5:30 p.m.
CSUEB (W) BB @ San Francisco State, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 3

San Jose Sharks v. St. Louis Blues, 7:30 p.m.

Santa Clara (M) BB University of San Diego,

     7 p.m.

Saint Mary's (M) BB @ Loyola Marymount,

     1 p.m.

USF (M) BB v. BYU, 7 p.m.

San Jose State (M) BB v. Wyoming, 7 p.m.

UC Davis (M) BB v. Cal Maritime, 7 p.m.

Sacramento State (M) BB v. Southern Utah,

     7:05 p.m.

Fresno State (M) BB v. San Diego State, 7 p.m.

Sonoma State (M) BB v. CSUEB, 7:30 p.m.

Cal (W) BB v. Utah, 3 p.m.

Stanford (W) BB v. Colorado, 7 p.m.

Santa Clara (W) BB @ University of San Diego,

     2 p.m.

Saint Mary's (W) BB v. Loyola Marymount,

     1 p.m.

USF (W) BB @ BYU, 1 p.m.

San Jose State (W) BB @ Wyoming, 1 p.m.

UC Davis (W) BB v. Menlo College, 2 p.m.

Sacramento State (W) BB @ Southern Utah,

     6 p.m.

Fresno State (W) BB @ San Diego State, 2 p.m.

Sonoma State (W) BB v. CSUEB, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 4

Sacramento Kings @ Detroit Pistons, 3 p.m.

Cal (M) BB v. Washington State, 3 p.m.

Stanford (M) BB v. Washington, 7 p.m. 


(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


NFL Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 3

(NFC) Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers,

     1:35 p.m. (ESPN)

(AFC) Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers,

      5:15 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Jan. 4

(AFC) Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts,

     10:05 a.m. (CBS)

(NFC) Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys, 

     1:40 p.m. (FOX)



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Jim Fitzpatrick - Santa

On Christmas eve Santa visited the house of Jim Fitzpatrick and took a quick break to catch up on all Bay Area sports news with the latest Ultimate Sports Guide. Thoroughly up-to-date, Santa resumed his rounds, bringing gifts to children worldwide. (Jim Fitzpatrick happens to be the general manager of the San Francisco Bay Bombers, who are themselves always in motion.) 


Michael Zagaris - York and Harbaugh - 2014

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh confer on the sidelines prior to their game versus the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. This would be coach Harbaugh's last game as coach of the team as an expected signing on Tuesday has Harbaugh becoming the head coach for the University of Michigan. Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Michael Zagaris - Harbaugh - locker room

Coach Jim Harbarugh enters the 49ers dressing room prior to addressing the team after a hard-fought victory over the Arizona Cardinals, 20-17.

Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Michael Zagaris - gore - 12-28--14
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore achieved a remarkable milestone on this run of 20 yards, having now run for over 11,000 yards. San Francisco is the only team Gore has ever played for during his 10-year NFL career. Photo by Michael Zagaris.  


Michael Zagaris - Gore sign -  12-28-14

The scoreboard at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara pays tribute to Frank Gore's remarkable achievement. He is now one of only 20 NFL players who have ever achieved this plateau and is only the fourth player to ever do so with the same team; the others include Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Jim Brown.

Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Kenny - Cheerleader - 2014

San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush cheerleader Aleena fights back tears of joy on Dec. 20 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.  During the game versus the San Diego Chargers, Aleena was awarded a bouquet of flowers in the 49ers' colors after being named the cheerleader that will represent the Gold Rush at the 2015 Pro Bowl on Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Kenny Karst Photography.


Ed Jay - David Carr - Raiders v. Broncos - 12-21-14

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr met the press after his impressive performance against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 21, at O.co Coliseum. Oakland prevailed 26-24. Carr has provided leadership and a tenacious spirit in leading the Raiders to wins in their last three straight home games. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.  

Photo by Ed Jay.


Ed Jay - Raiderette - 12-21-14

The Oakland Raiderettes, also known as Football's Fabulous Females, never fail to add charm and beauty to each home game. To view a photo album of the Oakland Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Ed Jay - Raiders v. Buffalo - 12-21-14
  The Oakland Raiders notched their third consecutive victory at home on Dec. 21, defeating the Buffalo Bills, 26-24. The team has a true home-field advantage playing at home, in no small part thanks to the boisterous and loyal Raider Nation fans. The relationship between the fans and the team is unique in the NFL and spans decades. While the team's record would discourage less impassioned fans, games have been sold out for years. Such a Raiders Nation stalwart was Oaktown Pirate Azel Wendell Grasty Sr., one of the so-called super fans, who died suddenly a few months ago. Mr. Grasty was also a coach and mentor to many inner-city youth in his role as sports coach. His family, shown above, was at the Raiders' final home game. Fittingly, Mr. Grasty was buried in his Oaktown Pirate attire. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Ed Jay - Pretty Ladies reading USG

Two comley Raiders fans take a quick time-out before the Buffalo game to read the latest Ultimate Sports Guide. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page  and be sure to LIKE us.  Photo by Ed Jay.


Kenny - Ducks - 2014

Oregon Ducks (12-1, 8-1 Pac-12) senior wide receiver Johnathan Loyd runs in the rain after the catch at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara during the Pac-12 championship game.  The No. 2 Oregon Ducks routed the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats 51-13. The Ducks' next challenge will be on Jan 1 against the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (13-0, 8-0 ACC). This semifinal game for the national championship will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, airing on ESPN

at 2 p.m. PDT. Kenny Karst Photography.


Kenny - Stanford - 2014

In a Pac-12 versus Big Ten matchup, the Stanford Cardinal will play the Maryland Terrapins in the Foster Farms Bowl on Tuesday on Dec. 30 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.  The game will be carried live at 7 p.m. on ESPN and the Ultimate Sports Guide will be there! Pictured above versus Cal on Nov. 22, a block from Stanford guard Johnny Caspers allowed Cardinal running back Remound Wright to leap from the one-yard line over the Cal defense and into the end zone for his first of four touchdowns on the afternoon.

Kenny Karst Photography.



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Oracle - Fall 2014

There are 405 days left until the Golden Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara,

on Feb. 7, 2016.

In this issue ...


Andy Dolich: Jim Harbaugh's lateral habenula

Pete Elman: Warriors love

Dave Newhouse: Wayward East Bay teams

Andy Dolich - Jim Harbaugh mind graphics  

Andy Dolich - head shot

Jim Harbaugh's lateral habenula

--Andy Dolich

When I was with the Oakland A's, the team's star pitcher, Mike Norris, was going through arbitration. When asked what he was thinking the night before the decision, he said, "I'm feeling really good because tomorrow I'm going to wake up rich or richer!"

Money and decision-making power in pro sports are key motivating factors, especially when they place you at the peak of your profession.

Please join me on a trip into the gray matter of Jim Harbaugh as he and his very active mind team up to decide what his next chapter as a coaching enfant terrible will look like.

According to a new study, the bulk of human decision-making may occur in one of the smallest parts of the brain. Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered that the tiny lateral habenula plays a crucial role in calculated, cost-benefit decisions. The findings, published in Nature Neuroscience magazine, shed additional light on the neurological processes whereby we make up our mind.

"These findings clarify the brain processes involved in the important decisions that we make on a daily basis, from choosing between job offers to deciding which house or car to buy."

So here we are in the lateral habenula of coach Jim Harbaugh's brain. Shhhh! Let's listen in to what might be going on.

Decision One: I'm staying. I'll honor my contract because I'm an honorable man. In case you forgot, my record since taking over this struggling franchise is 49-22-1, with three visits to the NFC championship and one to the Super Bowl, along with a .690 winning percentage. In college I was a combined 58-27 at the University of San Diego and Stanford. I can't wait to hear team ownership rationalize, saying I'm a good man and a great coach but don't have the right stuff to rebound from one season in the Bermuda Triangle of injuries. I could get the 49ers back to the Super Bowl by 2016, when that mega-event happens to be coming to the Pants Palace in Santa Clara.

Decision Two: OK, even though I was just fired, traded, resigned, reassigned or moved in a new direction, I'm going to become the highest-paid coach in the history of college football at my alma mater, Michigan. My lateral habenula just pointed out that:


1.  I can turn the Wolverines program around in about 12 minutes, and

      we play in front of an appreciative crowd of 110,000 every weekend

      at the Big House.

2.  No owner, GM or front office suits can tell me what I know better

     than they do, which is how to turn mush into mighty men who win

     football games.

3.  I will only have my players for four years or less, so they move on

     before my laser-like focus burns a hole in their youthful psyches.

4.  Pete Carroll went back to school and came back to the NFL to win the

     Big One. I can do the same.

5.  Beating Ohio State? Done!

6.  Although I am a force of nature, taking a few years to live like a

     normal human being and family man with six children isn't such a

     bad assignment.

7.  I can tuck my Wolverine sweatshirt into my khakis without any

     Fashionistas having a cow.


Decision Three: Yes LH (lateral habenula), I know there is no Lombardi trophy in my den. Miami is too hot. New York? No, those jackals in the media will be on me like a decomposing water buffalo.Chicago? Hmm, even I can't turn veal Cutler into prime rib. 

[Jim, Jim, Jim. How about 66th Avenue and the team that plays at O.co and has been in a Black Hole for years? You can be coach, GM, president, minority owner, director of (non)communications and mayor. It will be a daily reminder to your former employers that you are a pretty good football coach who can turn disasters in dreams. You'll also have a brand new Carr to drive and get paid like a petro-producing oligarch.]

Decision Four: I'll take a year off and indulge my interest in history and go back to Piura, Peru, to help the community and build more casas.

Decision Five: Maybe I'll spend some time working on my acting chops. The reviews for my roles on Saved by the Bell and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. were over the top. Judge Judy promised to work with me on method acting.

Decision Six: I could jump into the No. 1 car for my Panther Racing Team and see if I can win Indy before winning the national championship and the Super Bowl.

So please excuse me, because lateral habenula and I have some decisions to make. This week, next week or soon after I'm going to wake up rich or richer.

Happy holidays and enjoy the New Year. It was fun while it lasted.


Longtime sports executive Andy Dolich has more than three decades of experience in the professional sports industry, mostly spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes stints in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. He operates his consulting business, Dolich & Associates, in Los Altos. 

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Eon Sellers - Warroirs - Klay Thompson
Splash Brother No. 2, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, set an NBA record with Steph Curry of 484 combined 3-pointers in one season.
Pete Elman

Across the water, but not out of our hearts

--Pete Elman

God knows it's hard to be an Oakland sports fan these days. What with the A's travails -- both on and off the field -- the uncertainty about the Raiders, and the inevitability of the Warriors moving across the bay, I, like thousands of others, am in a constant state of limbo, my loyalties tested, somewhere between hope and resignation, leaning toward the latter.

As long as they are in the East Bay, the W's are our team, make no mistake. We've had them for 40 years. But let's face it, we will only have them in Oakland a few more short seasons, and then they will be off to the glitz and glamour of San Francisco. I can only hope that the new arena does not turn out be the NBA equivalent of the soul-destroying, for-the-rich-only corporate palace Levi's Stadium, which has taken a richly deserved rookie pummeling in the court of public opinion. But as far as my future allegiance to the Warriors, I doubt it will change.

We all have a history 

I started rooting for the Warriors in 1974, when I transplanted from the East Coast to Santa Cruz, and the very next year they won it all with Al Attles at the helm, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in one of the great upsets in NBA history. They were a sterling example of team basketball, 10 deep, and despite the presence of the mercurial Rick Barry -- or because of it, some might say -- were as unselfish a team as you will find. However, in the past three decades several things have happened to the team - some good, many not so good.

It wasn't until Chris Mullin came aboard in 1985 that the Warriors and their exciting brand of ball began to get noticed. Under Don Nelson they reached the playoffs in 1987 ("Sleepy Floyd is Superman!" was team announcer Greg Papa's assessment of Floyd's legendary 29-point fourth-quarter outburst against the Lakers) and in 1989, actually getting to the second round each time.

In 1991 I stumbled upon the nickname Run TMC in response to a contest in the now-defunct Sunday San Francisco Examiner. The editors has asked the readers to come up with a moniker for the illustrious trio of Mullin, Richmond and Hardaway (a.k.a. Run TMC) which remarkably only played together a little more than two seasons. Oh, but what a glorious two years it was, as they led the Warriors to the postseason in 1991 and '92.

But when 1994 Rookie of the Year Chris Webber selfishly decided that he could not play for Nelson, the team went through a dozen years wandering in the desert, never exceeding 38 wins. The W's went through head coaches like water: Lanier, Adelman, Carlesimo, the Saint, Cowens, Winters, Musselman, even Mike Montgomery. It looked bleak until 2006, when Nellie returned. The "We Believe" group, playing their distinctive brand of run-and-gun Nellie Ball 2.0, managed to make the playoffs, upsetting the top-seeded Mavericks that first year. Hopes were high, but in retrospect that success was a fleeting illusion, as anyone who witnessed the collective act of Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes remembers.

The new ownership came aboard in 2010. In 2011 Mark Jackson brought his sermon to Oracle. In 2012, enter Andrew Bogut, exit Monta Ellis. In 2013 they returned to the playoffs, getting to the second round, and last year they won 51 games. In 2014, exit Jackson, enter Steve Kerr.

This is the Steph Curry era, and now the fans feel that making the playoffs is their right. The crowd at Oracle is the best in the NBA -- endless sellouts, terrific energy, loyal, positive, raucous -- everything a team could want. I anticipate that the sellouts will continue, but I am not sure the rest will translate to the palace Lacob and Gruber are planning in Mission Bay.

But let's face it; how many of us even go to games? I go maybe once a year. Why? It doesn't work with my schedule; it's expensive, especially for a good seat; and I find that as I get older I just don't like crowds. So I enjoy the games from the comfort of my couch, soaking in the soothing insights of Jim Barnett. Will I stop rooting for the Warriors when they move across the Bay? Of course not.  Am I sad -- and mad -- that they're moving? You're damn right I am, and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it. But there are things to like about this situation.

The staff 

The bottom line is this: I am not a big Lacob fan, but hiring Bob Myers -- who, let's not forget, was on the other side of the table as an agent for many years -- was a very smart call. And getting the legendary Jerry West, who's forgotten more about basketball than most GMs ever knew, was a masterstroke. Finally, the pickup of the even-tempered but tough Kerr seems like a brilliant move, along with savvy veteran assistants Ron Adams and Alvin Gentry, who have already made me forget Jackson's troubled staff. So there is an excellent front office and coaching staff in place that should be solid wherever the team plays.

The team

OK, it's been a bit rocky lately, what with the injuries to our big men, but look at the amazing record. Now that the team is finally more than respectable, let's just be thankful we're in the middle of a Bay Area renaissance for NBA basketball. If Curry and Thompson continue to splash, if Harrison continues to grow, if Draymond continues to do everything, and if Andrew Bogut can be healthy in May, we will be that team that nobody wants to meet in the playoffs.

The gym

Although Oracle is undeniably a big part of their success, the Warriors have earned plenty of goodwill the last few years because of their exciting style of basketball, and that should be enough to earn them the entire fan base's continued love, even if they move to S.F. After all, they were the San Francisco Warriors originally, right? For 10 years they toiled mostly at the Cow Palace, a dump that made the old Coliseum look like the Taj Mahal. (Full disclaimer: I miss the funky old pre-Oracle version, especially halftime under the steps ...)

The crystal ball is cloudy

So, yes, it's an awful feeling that the Oakland teams may ALL be gone soon, and I am sick about it. But the Warriors aren't gone yet, and I have my fingers crossed that the town's new mayor might be able to pull off some late-inning, fourth-quarter magic to keep the A's and the Raiders here. Only time will tell, but it is possible that the only Oakland team left in the area could be the Golden State Warriors, and they will deserve our appreciation, our support -- and our love.


Pete Elman worked as a sportswriter for the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune from 2000-2011. In 1991 he came up with the popular moniker
"RUN TMC" for the Golden State Warriors of the early 1990s. He is currently publishing a children's picture book with music entitled "Seasons, Rhymes


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Oakland A's logo
Warriors - 4-15-2014
Oakland Raiders logo
Dave Newhouse - USE

Great fans,

ideal location ... Get me outta here!

-- Dave Newhouse

No sports fans are more abused than Oakland's sports fans.

In fact, it's not even a contest. Pick any sport, in any country, and in terms of fans' mistreatment, Oakland laps the field.

Where else do you have three sport franchises in one city and all three owners trying to move? Nowhere else. And it's not because there isn't fan support in Oakland.

Let's start with the pro football Raiders, only because they've already moved away and then moved back. Los Angeles is a sports mecca, supposedly, but the Raiders gave up trying to make it there and returned to little old Oakland.

It's been 12 years since the Raiders last made the playoffs, and yet their fan loyalty remains unquestioned. This year's team could be the franchise's worst since the early 1960s, pre-Al Davis, yet sellouts continue right along because of their fans' unequaled, unbridled passion. A Raiders home football game is the closest thing to Mardi Gras in the NFL. There are more costumes and face-paintings than anyone will ever see on Halloween night. It is a remarkable happening, obviously not dependent on winning.

And Raiders owner Mark Davis, Al's only child, keeps threatening to move, when he should be more concerned about assembling a winning football team, a lost art form in Oakland. The Raiders have down-spiraled from dominance to dormant. Quite frankly, who would want them but Oakland?

Of course, they want a new stadium. Who doesn't in professional sports, in this era of stadium roulette, with cities played against other cities? Davis should concern himself with resuscitation instead of trying to revive a comatose football team.

But -- Hallelujah! -- with the chaos across the bay in San Francisco, actually Santa Clara, it's possible the 49ers may part with head coach Jim Harbaugh, as crazy as that sounds since he lifted a dead franchise into three straight conference games, and one Super Bowl, in his first three years on the job. His type-A personality is hard to live with, we're told, and he could be made available to Oakland. Now it's easier to find a general manager than a winning coach, but the 49ers could be willing to sacrifice Harbaugh, who could work next in Oakland if he's given enough power. He's worth the migraines he'll cause if he can bring change, which he's done everywhere else (University of San Diego and Stanford). I'd give him a new contract if I were 49ers owner Jed York, because how are you going to replace him? If it's Mike Holmgren, well OK, but why run the risk that the franchise could go right back into the toilet without Harbaugh?

Meanwhile, the pro basketball Warriors are designing a new arena in San Francisco, their old home. Remember, the Warriors, over a recent 17-year stretch, were the NBA's worst franchise, with one playoff appearance. Yet they played before repeated sellout crowds, and still had the NBA's 10th-best attendance in spite of their ineptitude.

So what happens when the new ownership took over? Out of Joe Lacob's first four press conferences, three were held in San Francisco. And when the Warriors finally announced that they were, indeed, moving to San Francisco, who just happened to attend that event but NBA commissioner David Stern. How special.

Which brings us to Oakland's big problem: the name Oakland. There's something about Oakland that makes its sports owners want to flee. This wanderlust dates back to former A's owner Charles O. Finley, who tried his best to leave in the 1970s, but was denied. The Haas family then turned the A's into a mini-dynasty, with three straight World Series appearances, and rabid fan devotion. And all because A's fans finally were treated as first-class citizens.

Subsequent A's ownership, whether it was Steve Schott or Lew Wolff, carried Bekins business cards in their wallets, trying to get out of Oakland as fast as possible. Oakland won out every time, as Wolff struck out twice, in Fremont and San Jose. Even Wolff's good buddy, Commissioner Bud Selig, couldn't extract the wolf-like Wolff from Oakland.

And why should ANYONE want to leave Oakland? Its coliseum and arena stand smack dab in the middle of the Bay Area. Contra Costa County is to the north, Santa Clara County to the east, San Mateo County to the south, and San Francisco and Marin counties to the west. BART runs by those two sports facilities on one side, and there's a freeway on the other. There is no better sports location in the Bay Area.

In addition, Oakland is going through an economic boon. New restaurants and businesses are opening right and left. Two Art Deco theaters have been restored. Oakland has the most creative symphony in the country. Oakland's art scene is thriving; up to 2,000 people have participated in its first-Friday-of-the-month art stroll. And don't forget artist Mario Chiodo's creative "Remember Them" sculpture, honoring freedom makers, in downtown Oakland. Sure, Oakland has a crime problem, but what big city doesn't? Nonetheless, Oakland is a happening place.

I have lived in Oakland since 1964, when I started working for the Oakland Tribune, so I know Oakland. I'm sure I could give Lew Wolff and the Warriors' most visible owner, Joe Lacob, a tour of the town, since it would be their first such tour. Mark Davis knows Oakland, though he probably knows Los Angeles better. And to think that Oakland renovated the Coliseum to lure his late father back from la-la land, which was a blow to the A's. Oakland renovated the arena for the Warriors, too, but franchise roulette plays no favorites.

I feel sorry for Oakland. It's a great sports town, with Super Bowl, World Series and NBA championships. But it's the most unappreciated sports town anywhere on the planet. Build a new stadium in Oakland? There's plenty of available land on the same property where the Raiders, A's and Warriors now perform. There's no reason for any of them to leave.

Retired Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse has recently completed his 10th and 11th books, set to be published in late summer and midfall of 2015. One book cites the early history of the San Francisco 49ers - Founding 49ers: The Dark Days before the Dynasty - while the other is a basketball fairy tale, as yet untitled, involving former Cal coach Lou Campanelli and his previous job at James Madison University in Virginia.

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