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, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 15
Issue No. 54

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Monday, Feb. 9 

Golden State Warriors @ Philadelphia 76ers,

     4 p.m.

San Jose Sharks v. Calgary Flames, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 

Sacramento Kings @ Chicago Bulls, 5 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes v. Portland Timbers,  

     9:30 a.m. (Tucson, preseason)

Fresno State (M) BB @ UNLV, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 
Golden State Warriors @ Minnesota
     Timberwolves, 5 p.m.

Sacramento Kings @ Milwaukee Bucks, 5 p.m.

San Jose Sharks v. Washington Capitals,  

     7:30 p.m.

Fresno State (W) BB v. UNLV, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12 

Cal (M) BB @ Colorado, 6 p.m.

Stanford (M) BB @ Utah, 6 p.m.

Saint Mary's (M) BB @ BYU, 6 p.m.

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

USF (M) BB v. Santa Clara, 8 p.m.

Sacramento State (M) BB @ Eastern

     Washington, 6:05 p.m.

Cal (W) BB v. UCLA, 8 p.m.

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

UC Davis (W) BB @ Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

Sacramento State (W) BB v. Eastern

     Washington, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13 
San Jose Sharks @ Arizona Coyotes, 6 p.m.

CSUEB (M) BB @ Cal State Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma State (M) BB v. Cal Poly Pomona,

     7:30 p.m.

Stanford (W) BB v. USC, 6 p.m.

CSUEB (W) BB @ Cal State Los Angeles, 5:30 p.m.

Sonoma State (W) BB v. Cal Poly Pomona,

     5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14 
Saint Mary's (M) BB @ San Diego, 1 p.m.

San Jose State (M) BB @ Wyoming, 3 p.m.

CSUEB (M) BB @ Cal State Dominguez Hills,

     7:30 p.m.

Sonoma State (M) BB v. UC San Diego, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento State (M) BB @ Idaho, 7:05 p.m.

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

Santa Clara (W) BB v. USF, 2 p.m.

Saint Mary's (W) BB v. San Diego, 1 p.m.

San Jose State (W) BB v. Wyoming, 2 p.m.

CSUEB (W) BB @ Cal State Dominguez Hills,

     5:30 p.m.

Sonoma State (W) BB v. UC San Diego, 5:30 p.m.

Sacramento State (W) BB v. Idaho, 2 p.m.

Fresno State (W) BB @ Boise State, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 15 

64th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square

     Garden, New York City, NY, 5:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks v. Tampa Bay Lightning, 5 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes v. Colorado Rapids,

     7 p.m., (Las Vegas, preseason)

Cal (M) BB @ Utah, 5:30 p.m.

Stanford (M) BB @ Colorado, 1 p.m.

Cal (W) BB v. USC, 6:30 p.m.

Stanford (W) BB v. UCLA, 4:30 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




"I always wanted to win the Super Bowl so I could take it and hold it and see what lies beyond it. I think it may be the sun."

~Pete Gent

NFL wide receiver, novelist (including North Dallas Forty)



For your viewing pleasure

Comcast - Trophies - 2-2015

All 18 championship trophies won by Bay Area teams -- including eight Super Bowl trophies -- were displayed at the inaugural Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards reception at the  Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The trophies were assembled from the Bay Area's professional football, basketball and baseball teams. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area served as host and provided TV coverage the following evening. Photo by William Yee.


Comcast - 2-2015 - Griggs & Wally
Ted Griggs, president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California (left) and Wally Haas, Coaching Corps founder and board president. To view a photo album of the reception, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure
to LIKE us. Photo by William Yee.


Comcast - Flores - 2-2015

Honored guests surround former Raiders head coach Tom Flores (center) at the Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards reception on Thursday evening at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. To view a photo album of the reception, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by William Yee.


 Jay dela Cruz, senior director of communications, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, holds one of several Super Bowl trophies on display at the Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards, filmed Thursday night at the Ritz-Carlton. The 90-minute program will re-air Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. Visit CSNBayArea.com for additional air dates and times.
Photo by William Yee.


Larry Bear - Giants FanFest - 2-2015

San Francisco Giants president and CEO Larry Baer found himself in multiple selfies at the Giants FanFest, held on Saturday at AT&T Park. To view a photo album of the FanFest, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.


Buster Posey - Giants FanFest - 2015
Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey brightened the day of this Giants fan. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by William Yee.


Hunter Pence at 2015 FanFest

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was a crowd favorite. To view a photo album of the FanFest, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.


Budweiser girls as A's fan fest.

Early showers did not keep fans away from the Oakland A's FanFest on Sunday at O.co Coliseum as players, coaches, executives and broadcasters talked Baseball 101 and much more. Above, the Budweiser Girls (and sponsors of Sports Today) greeted fans as well.


Aaron, Chloe & Sadie - A's Fanfest - 2015

Avid A's fans (left to right) Aaron Perdue, Sadie Kit Sprenkle and Chloe Satterlee take a break during the A's FanFest before heading out to their season-ticket seats.


A's FanFest - 2-2015

A field of dreams awaits. O.co Coliseum, having survived monster truck jams and Supercross racing events earlier this year, is about to be transformed into a baseball magnet with the start of the A's new season. (Note the scoreboard at the top, gutted for renovation.)


Arif - Hall of Fame 2-2015
The 15th annual Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fall induction ceremony took place on Friday at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, inducting an array of distinguish athletes. Inductees included, left to right, Warren Edmonson (track and field), Carney Lansford (baseball), Arif Khatib (Hall of Fame founder and president), coach Jethro McIntyre (Outstanding Coaching Award), Tommy Hart (football), coach Darren Arbet (football), and coach John Beam (football). To view a photo album of the induction ceremony, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.


Arif - Hall of Fame - 2-2015

Winners of the Youth Advocate Award were Mareen (Peanut) Louie Harper (left) and her husband, Tim Harper. Olympian Tommie Smith (center) served as their presenter. To view a photo album of the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.


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"Do you know what happens after you lose the Super Bowl? The world ends. It just stops."

~Joe Kapp
NFL and Canadian quarterback, multiple Hall of Fame awards

Cal coach and football star

Pete Carroll
Dave Newhouse - USE


 Pete Carroll  now a baseball fan  


Dave Newhouse 


Pete Carroll can't wait to hear bats rattling around the bat rack, and baseballs shuffling in the ball bag. Baseball is just around the corner, and Carroll is its newest most devoted fan. 

Spring training starts this month, though not soon enough for Carroll, who's looking for anything to deflect attention from his Super Bowl meltdown, the worst football meltdown, pro or college, ever.

That's a huge statement, but the magnitude of it can't be overstated. This Super Bowl was the most watched television show in history. And with that large an audience, the controversial play call that determined the game's outcome quickly expanded in scope into the "unforgettable" category.

I have covered sports as a journalist for 57 years, and I can't ever remember a worse play call in football at any level than the one sent in from the Seattle Seahawks sideline that turned defeat into a 28-24 victory for the stunned, but grateful, New England Patriots.

The immensity of Russell Wilson's ill-fated pass will make it difficult for the Seahawks to recover for a number or reasons, some obvious, some hidden. But let's get started.

It's nearly impossible for one NFL team to make it to the Super Bowl three successive seasons. Buffalo is the only team to have done it, and the Bills actually pulled off that feat four straight years - although they lost all four games.


There's too much parity in football these days, thus too many surprises. For all we know, Arizona may play Indianapolis in the next Super Bowl.

Even if Seattle had won its second straight Super Bowl, its dynasty hopes may have ended. Players come, players go, players grow old over the offseason, and player contracts become an issue. And not handing Marshawn Lynch the football from the 1-yard line will have far-reaching complications.

Carroll is taking full responsibility for that illogical pass play, when he's more likely protecting his offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, who actually made the call. Bevell, ironically, has a proven track record as an excellent play caller. But in the heat of the moment, he had a brain freeze and succumbed to coaching over-think.

Bevell has the best power runner in football in Lynch, plus there were 26 seconds left on the clock, with Seattle still possessing a timeout. Thus there was time for three more plays, and the shortest, safest choice from the 1-yard line - actually 2-foot line - was a running play.

The worst choice was a throw over the middle. Here you have 22 football players compressed in an 11-yard area, from the 1 to the back of the end zone. So why throw into a crowd? Any number of things could go wrong: The pass gets tipped, the receiver either trips or gets bumped at the line of scrimmage, the quarterback gets sacked, or his pass gets intercepted. Right, Malcolm Butler?

Only a pass into the flat makes sense; that's how the Seahawks scored in the closing seconds of the first half, knowing there would be one-on-one coverage. A pass over the middle makes absolutely no sense. Carroll can explain that call until he's blue in the face, but I haven't heard one football coach yet who has agreed with his decision.

And that decision isn't going away anytime soon. Doomsday has descended on Seattle. Carroll and his staff can utter all the "We'll be back stronger than ever" declarations they want, but don't think the Seahawk players haven't lost confidence in their coaching staff. A second Super Bowl victory paycheck was in their pocket, barring a Lynch fumble, the only risk with running the ball. But after that stupefying pass call, how can the Seattle coaches face those players again?

Look, they went to training camp in July, they started off the season in a rut, then they caught fire and made it back to the Super Bowl - barely. If a Green Bay player hadn't fumbled that onside kick, the Packers would have played the Patriots. The Seahawks were lucky; now their luck has run out.

Not only their players, but their loyal "12th man" fans, and even general manager John Schneider and owner Paul Allen may question Bevell's returning as offensive coordinator after losing so much respect so quickly. Carroll may have to fire him just to save face.

For the Seahawks didn't just lose a game; they lost their way. They should worry about Lynch, too. He rushed for 102 yards against New England, but he wanted that 103rd yard most of all, and he was denied the opportunity. Perhaps now he would prefer employment elsewhere. And he's the linchpin to Seattle's success.

Seattle interception - 2-2015
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson attempted a one-yard TD pass to receiver Ricardo Lockette but was intercepted by New England Patriot Malcolm Butler. The most dominant runner in the NFL, Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, did not have his number called. 

The Seahawks will be a different team in 2015, a team that may be on the downslide. The window of opportunity just started closing. And we'll find out, win or lose, if they carry themselves with class.

If they don't cut wide receiver Doug Baldwin, they're devoid of class. In the most pitiful example of on-field behavior at a sporting event, Baldwin caught a touchdown pass against New England and then mimicked pulling down his pants over the football as if going to the toilet. NBC-TV refused to show that mindless act, thank goodness, and Baldwin was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, when he should have been kicked out of the game.

If Paul Allen is any kind of owner, or Carroll any kind of coach, Baldwin should be kicked off the team. He embarrassed the Seahawks, and the NFL, not to mention his family, and his school (Stanford). And, clueless, he doesn't yet believe he did anything wrong.

Bringing back Baldwin would make Seattle's Super Bowl meltdown complete.

Hurry up, baseball. 


 Retired Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse will have two books published this year: Founding 49ers: The Dark Days before the Dynasty, coming out in late-August, and an as yet untitled Hoosiers-like basketball book,

due out mid-fall.


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There are 363 days left until the Golden Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara,

on Feb. 7, 2016.   


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