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, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 1
Issue No. 52

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Monday, Jan. 6

Sacramento Kings @ New York Knicks, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Golden State Warriors v. Chicago Bulls,

     7:30 p.m.

Fresno State (M) BB @ San Diego State, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Sacramento Kings @ Toronto Raptors, 4:30 p.m.

Stanford (M) BB @ Washington, 8 p.m.

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

San Jose State (W) BB @ Air Force, 6 p.m.

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

Thursday, Jan. 29
San Jose Sharks v. Anaheim Ducks, 7:00 p.m.

Cal (M) BB @ Washington State, 8 p.m.

USF (M) BB @ BYU, 9 p.m.

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

     7 p.m.

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

     7:30 p.m.

Sonoma State (M) BB @ Humboldt State,

     7:30 p.m.

UC Davis (M) BB v. UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Sacramento State (M) BB v. Montana State,

     7:05 p.m.

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

Santa Clara (W) BB v. University of San Diego,

     7 p.m.

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

     7 p.m.

Sonoma State (W) BB @ Humboldt State,

     5:30 p.m.

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

Sacramento State (W) BB @ Montana State,

     6 p.m.

Friday, Jan, 30

Golden State Warriors @ Utah Jazz, 6 p.m.

Sacramento Kings @ Cleveland Cavaliers,

     4:30 p.m.

CSUEB (M) BB @ UC San Diego, 7:30 p.m.

CSUEB (W) BB @UC San Diego, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Golden State Warriors v. Phoenix Suns,
     7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings @ Indiana Pacers, 4:00 p.m.

San Jose Sharks v. Chicago Blackhawks,

     7:30 p.m.

Stanford (M) BB @ Washington State, 5 p.m.

USF (M) BB @ San Diego, 7 p.m.

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

Saint Mary's (M) BB v. Pepperdine, 3 p.m.

San Jose State (M) BB @ New Mexico, 5 p.m.

CSUEB (M) BB @ Cal Poly Pomona, 7:30 p.m.

Sonoma State (M) BB @ Cal State San

      Bernardino, 7:30 p.m.

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

Fresno State (M) BB @ Colorado State, 3 p.m.

Sacramento State (M) BB v. Montana, 7:05 p.m.

Cal (W) BB v. Washington, 2:30 p.m.

Stanford (W) BB v. Washington State, 12:30 p.m.

USF (W) BB v. San Diego, 2 p.m.

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

Saint Mary's (W) BB @ Pepperdine, noon

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

Sonoma State (W) BB @ Cal State San

      Bernardino, 5:30 p.m.

UC Davis (W) BB @ UC Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.

Sacramento State (W) BB @ Montana, 1 p.m.

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

CSUEB (W) BB @ Cal Poly Pomona, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 1
Cal (M) BB @ Washington, noon
(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
Super Bowl XLIX
University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
Sunday, Feb. 1
(NFC) Seattle Seahawks, 1st seed (14-4) vs.
(AFC) New England Patriots, 1st Seed (14-4),

3:30 p.m., (NBC)




"The (Super Bowl) score belongs on the society pages. To preserve the spirit of the occasion, the teams should have played in tuxes or swallowtail coats and corsages. It's not an athletic event anymore, it's a carnival. Mardi Gras with first downs."

~Jim Murray

Sportswriter, Los Angeles Times, Pulitzer Prize, 1989

Baseball Hall of Fame, Spink award, 1987



For your viewing pleasure

Ed Jay - football - 1-2015

New England's lopsided win in the Jan. 18 AFC Championship Game led to the Great Deflate Debate. Does this little piggy look underfed to you? 

Photo by Ed Jay.


Ron Seller - Klay Thompson

On Jan. 23, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson wrote his name into the NBA's record books with a performance that four of the greatest scorers in the game -- George Gervin, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain -- never did, and that was to score 37 point in one quarter. Against the Sacramento Kings, Thompson attempted 13 field goals and made them all. (Thompson is shown above in an earlier game against the Houston Rockets, draining yet another basket.)

Photo by Ron Sellers.


Tim Lincecum - Kenny Karst - 2014

Pitchers and catchers for the San Francisco Giants report to Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 18, with the first spring training game scheduled for Mar. 3 versus the Oakland A's. Above, pitcher Tim Lincecum dealing last July at AT&T Park.  

Photo by Kenny Karst.


Michael Zagaris - Spring Training - 2013

Newly renovated Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., will now serve as spring training headquarters for the Oakland A's. In 1977 the A's opened Hohokam Stadium, and 37 years later they return to make it their home. The A's open against the San Francisco Giants on Mar. 3 in Mesa.

Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Rich Yee - Cal gymnasts - 1-25-2015
The No. 17 California Golden Bears women's gymnastics team is off to its best start in program history with a 195.900 victory in its home opener at a quad meet in Haas Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. Cal is now 10-0 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 action. To view a photo album of the competition, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.


Kenneth Wong - gymnast - 1-16-2015

The Cal women's gymnastics team scored a 194.875 on Jan. 16, defeating San Jose State by 0.125 as the Golden Bears came away with a close victory. Wisconsin-La Crosse scored a season-best 188.850 at the Event Center on the San Jose State University campus. To view a photo album of the meet, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photos by Kenneth Wong.


Rich Yee - Super motorcross -124-2015

The fourth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Western Regional 250SX Championship series, held at Oracle Arena on Jan. 24, provided fans with some of the most intense racing action the class has seen in years. For a photo album of the competition, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure

to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.


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Memorable Sports Moment
Terrell Owens
After catching a 37-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Garcia for what was the game-winning touchdown, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens pulled a Sharpie out of his sock and
autographed the ball.
Michael Altfest  
Rooting for two dynasties
Michael Altfest

You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger San Francisco Giants fan than me. I know -- a lot of Bay Area residents will make that claim and mean it. But for me it's the truth.


Being a Giants fan is practically in my DNA. My dad grew up playing stickball in the shadow of the Polo Grounds. He moved to California shortly after the Giants did, and then raised his kids as Giants fans. My childhood memories are littered with otherwise obscure names like Mike LaCoss, Rob Deer and Kelly Downs. Backward mesh hats still conjure images in my head of Jeffrey Leonard's 1985 Topps All-Star card. My first game at Candlestick was Game 4 of the 1987 NLCS.


I could go on and on about my Giants memories but one day that sticks out among most others was Oct. 14, 2002.


Giants fans know the day. Kenny Lofton. Two outs. Bottom of the ninth. Single. David Bell sliding headfirst into home. Bring on the Rally Monkey.


Here's the thing: I didn't see it. No, I missed watching the most exciting Giants moment in my life at that point. Instead, I was following the game on my phone (as well as one could in 2002). And I was doing so at the Monday Night Football game between the 49ers and the Seahawks, in Seattle.


Here's the other thing: I wasn't there to cheer for the 49ers. Because I'm a huge Seahawks fan -- with front-row end zone tickets, no less. (See photo below.)


Full disclosure: I was working for the Seahawks, so attending the game was otherwise my job. Working for an NFL team hosting Monday Night Football, you must understand, is a thing. The entire world convenes at your office for an evening. Supermax-meets-Secret Service-level security. Important people are everywhere.


Any other night and I would have been on my couch. But on this night I was at Seahawks Stadium (second only to AT&T Park among the world's greatest sporting venues) for a front-row seat to the event ranked No. 18 on ESPN's Monday Night Football Moments.


With the Seahawks up 21-20 in the fourth and in possession of the ball, a much-needed signature win was within reach. That is, of course, until quarterback Trent Dilfer -- looking into his own future as a 49er -- threw a perfect pass ... into the arms of 49er Ahmed Plummer.


The following few plays were your typical, unremarkable 35-yard-march into opponent territory.


And then ... well, then the next thing I remember was Terrell Owens standing almost directly below me, pulling a Sharpie out of his sock, using said Sharpie to sign the ball he just scored a touchdown with, and handing the autographed ball to a fan sitting in Shawn Springs' on-field luxury box.


Yes, the same Shawn Springs that T.O. had just burned for a touchdown. You couldn't have scripted it better. The recipient of the ball turned out to be Greg Eastman, Shawn and Terrell's financial adviser.


Time has since blurred the order of events from that evening but it felt like they happened right on top of each other: Owens christening Seahawks Stadium and then my mobile phone, on the umpteenth refresh of the night, showing a final score: 2-1, Giants.


At that moment I did the only logical thing I could do, and that was find the nearest 49ers fan to celebrate with. Imagine the scene: me in my Seahawks jersey holding my phone in the air, pointing to the screen and screaming, "They won! They won!" to a 49ers fan I'd never met. It was reciprocated by the strangest glances I'd received before -- or since. Can't imagine why.


A week later I traveled down to San Francisco to attend the Giants-Angels World Series. Eight months later, I relocated to the Bay Area. A mere 2,678 days after that, I was at Zeke's hugging my wife, brother and countless more amenable strangers after Brian Wilson struck out Nelson Cruz and the San Francisco Giants won their first-ever World Series.


Sure, there's a contradiction here. But just as I did for the Giants when I lived in Seattle, I pull hard for the Seahawks from here. I still have my season tickets. I love Richard Sherman (you would too if he were on your team). 


I watched last year's Super Bowl from a friend's house in the Mission. I'm still friends with many of my old colleagues and I'll spend the next six days more nervous for them than I am for Russell Wilson or Earl Thomas.


It's all cool. Because after Super Bowl Sunday my two favorite teams will both be dynasties!



Michael Altfest - stadium pix

CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Here is a panoramic picture I took from my seat several years back. It doesn't nearly do justice to the view, as you feel like 

you're practically hanging over the back cone of the end zone!


Michael Altfest was raised a Giants fan in Padres territory. He first became a Seahawks fan because Chris Warren was on his dad's fantasy team, and at the age of 2 he could recite the entire roster (with uniform numbers) of the San Diego Clippers. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle and spent three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before relocating to the Bay Area. A marketing and communications professional with more than 15 years experience, Michael now devotes his career to the nonprofit sector.

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Sky Is Falling
Andy Dolich - head shot


 Chicken Little

is loose!


Andy Dolich


Hi, I'm your host Steve "Chicken" Little on KNUT sports radio, and today's hot topic is the reaction to the new football coaches on both sides of the bay. A level of hysteria is sweeping through the minds of franchise followers from Alviso to Yountville.


As we learned in elementary school, a chick believed the "sky was falling" when a golf ball fell on his head. The chick decided to tell the king, and on his journey to the palace, he met other animals or, in this updated version, sports fans of the same persuasion. They seemed to have passed into a hysterical belief that competitive disaster was imminent for their favorite teams.


If you have been listening to local sports talk radio, many regular callers with names such as Henny Penny from Pinole, Cocky Locky from Lafayette, Ducky Lucky from Los Altos, Goosey Loosey from Greenbrae, Turkey Lurkey from the Mission and Foxy Loxy from Oaktown are freaking out. The name "Chicken Little" -- and the fable's central phrase, The sky is falling! -- have been applied to people accused of being unreasonably afraid or to those trying to incite an unreasonable fear in those around them.


Let's take a look at some of the recent sports Sky is Falling fables right here in our own chicken coop.


Jim Harbaugh out: The sky is really falling!

Mark Jackson out: Sky was falling. Now the sun is shining.

Giants' 2014 midseason swoon: Sky was falling ... ending with a World

      Series victory.

Billy Beane trading everyone: The sky is falling!

Jim Tomsula hiring and press conference: The sky is falling!

Jack Del Rio hiring and press conference: The sky might not be falling.


The moral of our fairy tale sports stories is that we don't know what will happen in the future. We aren't the team owners, GMs, coaches, executives or players. In today's world of nanosecond affirmation or even more rapid deconstruction, the sky always seems to be falling. Check how Seattle's 12th Man contingent felt after three quarters of the NFC championship game.


Let's reconvene on the air on the Monday after game eight of the 2015 NFL season and see what the Del Rio Raiders' and the Tomsula 49ers' records are. Will Jack, Reggie and Mark have the Silver and Black back on the road to excellence? Will Jim, Trent and Jed have the 49ers positioned to play host for Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi's stadium in Santa Clara?


Will there be a happy ending to these stories and many more in the months to come? Who knows? The moral is not to be a Chicken Little but to have the courage of a real fan and know that the sun will come up tomorrow or on some other date in the not too distant future.


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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Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame 15th annual Bay Area induction ceremony
set  for Feb. 6

At its 15th annual Bay Area induction ceremony, the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (MESHOF) will induct Chris Speier, baseball; Tommy Hart, football; Jim Otto, football; coach Darren Arbet, football; Carney Lansford, baseball; coach John Beam, football; and Warren Edmondson, track and field. The event will be held at the Waterfront Hotel, Jack London Square, in Oakland on Feb. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m.


MESHOF will also honor the following outstanding community leaders with special awards at the event: Dr. J. Alfred Smith Sr. Humanitarian Award; California Waste Solutions, Sense of Community Award; Oakland Pride, Community Advocate Award; coach Jethro McIntyre, Outstanding Coaching Award; Ron McClain, Community Support Award; and Harper for Kids, Youth Advocate Award.


The no-host cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7p.m. and the ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 for dinner and ceremony. Tables of 10 are also available, as are community partner sponsorship opportunities. For tickets and more information, visit afrosportshall.com.


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