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, Jan 5 through Sunday, Jan. 11
Issue No. 49

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Monday, Jan. 5
Golden State Warriors v. Oklahoma City
      Thunder, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks @ Winnipeg Jets, 5 p.m.

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

Stanford (W) BB v. Utah, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6
San Jose Sharks @ Minnesota Wild, 5 p.m.

Saint Mary's (M) BB v. Morgan State, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7
Golden State Warriors v. Indiana Pacers,
     7:30 p.m.

Sacramento King v. Oklahoma City Thunder,

     7 p.m.

Cal (M) BB @ USC, 8 p.m.

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

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

Fresno State (M) BB v. Utah State, 8 p.m.

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

Fresno State (W) BB @ Utah State, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8
San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues, 5 p.m.

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

Santa Clara (M) BB @ University of Portland,

     7 p.m.

USF (M) BB @ Gonzaga, 7 p.m.

Sacramento State (M) BB @ North Dakota,

     5:05 p.m.

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

Santa Clara (W) BB v. University of Portland,

     7 p.m.

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

Sacramento State (W) BB v. North Dakota,

     7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9
Golden State Warriors v. Cleveland Cavaliers,
     7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings v. Denver Nuggets, 7 p.m.

CSUEB (M) BB v. Cal State Dominguez Hills,

     7:30 p.m.

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

Cal (W) BB @ Washington State, 5 p.m.

Stanford (W) BB @ Washington, 7 p.m.

CSUEB (W) BB v. Cal State Dominguez Hills,

     5:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, Jan. 10
San Jose Sharks v. New York Rangers,
     7 p.m.

Santa Clara (M) BB @ Gonzaga, 1 p.m.

Saint Mary's (M) BB @ Pacific, 8 p.m.

USF (M) BB @ Portland, 7 p.m.

San Jose State (M) BB @ UNLV, 7 p.m.

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

Sonoma State (M) BB @ Cal Poly Ponoma,

     7:30 p.m.

UC Davis (M) BB v. Long Beach State, 8 p.m.

Sacramento State (M) BB @ Northern Colorado,

     6 p.m.

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

USF (W) BB v. Portland, 2 p.m.

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

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

San Jose State (W) BB v. UNLV, 1 p.m.

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

Sonoma State (W) BB @ Cal Poly Ponoma,

     5:30 p.m.

UC Davis (W) BB @ Long Beach State, 4 p.m.

Sacramento State (W) BB v. Northern Colorado,

     2 p.m.

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

Sunday, Jan. 11
Sacramento Kings v. Cleveland Cavaliers, 6 p.m.

Cal (M) BB @ UCLA, 4:30 p.m.

Stanford (M) BB @ USC, 7 p.m.

Cal (W) BB @ Washington, 3 p.m.

Stanford (W) BB @ Washington State, 1 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. 10
(AFC) Baltimore Ravens, 6th Seed (11-6-0) 
     @ New England Patriots, 1st Seed (12-4-0),
     1:35 p.m., (NBC)

(NFC) Carolina Panthers, 4th Seed (8-8-1)

     @ Seattle Seahawks, 1st Seed (12-4-0), 

     5:15 p.m., (FOX)

Sunday, Jan. 11
(NFC) Dallas Cowboys, 3rd Seed (13-4-0)
     @ Green Bay Packers, 2nd Seed (12-4-0),
     10 a.m., (FOX)

(AFC) Indianapolis Colts, 4th Seed (12-5-0)

     @ Denver Broncos, 2nd Seed (12-4-0)

    1:40 p.m., (CBS)





For your viewing pleasure

Steph Curry by Ed Jay - 12-30-2014

The Golden State Warriors scorched the Philadelphia 76ers 126-86 on Dec. 30 at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry, who scored 13 points, has dialed up his defense this year, leading the NBA in steals (2.10 per game). To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Ed Jay.


Ed Jay - Warriors - Half Time - 2014

During a timeout at the Warriors-76ers game, fans were encouraged to vote for their favorite Warriors All-Star. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Ed Jay - Warriors - Mo - 12-30-14
  Marreese (Mo) Speights (top) scored 23 points, going 9 for 13 from the floor and matching his season high of four assists as Golden State won going away, 126-86. To view a photo album of the game, visit our
Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Ed Jay - Raiderettes - 12-21-14

Football's Fabulous Females, the Oakland Raiderettes, perform during a time out during the Raiders-Buffalo Bills game Dec. 21 at O.co Coliseum. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page and be sure

to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Ed Jay - Raiders Nation - 12-21-14

Members of Pro Football's Ultimate Fan Association (PFUFA), gather prior to the Raiders-Bills game in Oakland on Dec. 21. PFUFA's mission is to "promote the fellowship of all fans, encourage sportsmanship and support charitable activities." To view a photo album of the game, visit our

Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.


Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson (80) and goalie Antti Niemi (31) track the puck along with St. Louis Blues right winger T.J. Oshie. The Sharks, however, needed to keep a closer eye on Oshie, who scored three goals to collect his second career hat trick as St. Louis snapped a five-game road losing streak and prevailed 7-2. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.


Kenneth - Sharks - 1-3-2015

Linesman Brad Kovachik gets ready to drop the puck between San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture and Jori Lehtera of the St. Louis Blues during St. Louis' 7-2 win over San Jose in front of a sold-out crowd at SAP Center on Saturday night. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenneth Wong.


Kenny - Foster Farms Bowl - 2014

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey straight-arms Maryland defensive back Anthony Nixon during a long run in the first quarter of the inaugural Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Dec. 30.  Stanford (8-5) routed Maryland (7-6) by a score of 45-21 before a crowd of 34,780, who braved the cold weather. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Kenny Karst Photography.


Kenny - Francis - 1-30-14

Stanford wide receiver Francis Owusu is tackled after the catch from the bottom and the top, the latter by Maryland defensive lineman Keith Bowers.  Stanford routed Maryland 45-21 in the Dec. 30 Foster Farms Bowl at 

Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. 

Photo by Kenny Karst Photography.


Kenny - Kyle - 1-30-14

Stanford Cardinal free safety Kyle Olugbode runs back an interception for 18 yards in the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. The Cardinal beat the Maryland Terrapins 45-21. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us.

 Photo by Kenny Karst Photography.


Kenny - cheerleader - 1-30-14

A Maryland Terrapins cheerleader smiles during the first half of the Dec 30 Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Maryland fell to Stanford 45-21. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook Page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenny Karst Photography.


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Memorable Sports Moment
In this issue ...


Nick Curran: Sy Berger

Sy Berger
Sy Berger's vision led to the success of NBA trading cards.


Nick Curran  
Sy Berger,
trading card maven
-- Nick Curran

In the 1950s and '60s, kids across America were collecting baseball and football cards with a passion.
They looked for their favorite players in the small packs from the Topps company, including a stick of gum. They tried to build sets card by card. They traded them. They stashed them in their closets.
But during all those years, there were no cards of the National Basketball Association players. Topps tried a set in 1958. Fleer experimented in 1962. Neither set sold very well.
That meant there were no cards of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Nate Thurmond, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing, to name a few.
But during the 1968-69 season, the New York Knicks acquired Dave DeBusschere from Detroit, moved Willis Reed from forward to center, and became a championship contender in the nation's largest city.
The Topps Chewing Gum Company of Brooklyn decided it was time to try again.
Well, it wasn't exactly Topps. It was Sy Berger.
Berger, who died Dec. 14 at the age of 91, deserves all the credit. He was a visionary, a pioneer, a one-man sales force for the sports trading-card industry for five glorious decades.
I picked up the phone one day in the summer of 1969. I had just taken over as director of public relations for the NBA. The caller at the other end said he was Sy Berger of the Topps company. He wanted to see me.
I had remembered as a kid being mesmerized by Topps baseball cards, especially the 1952 set. Each of my friends in the Boston suburb where I grew up was an avid collector. The cards were magic, and Berger wanted to bring back NBA cards.
He sat in my office and excitedly anticipated three things: First, with Bill Russell retiring that year after winning 11 championships with Boston, several teams looked ready to win it all. Second, the Knicks were already revered by their fans, and basketball cards would sell big in New York and on the East Coast. Third, the NBA had improved its network TV package with ABC, so the extra exposure would help basketball card sales.
He sold me immediately. I went to my boss, Commissioner Walter Kennedy. Down deep, Kennedy was a fan too, and he gladly endorsed the idea. There was very little money involved. Our motive was rebuilding fan interest in basketball cards and promoting the sport in a special way.
I notified all 14 teams that Topps photographers were authorized to enter all arenas during practices or preseason games and shoot selected player photos at their discretion.
Then the trouble started. Two teams notified us they wouldn't let Topps photographers into their buildings. Two other teams didn't want players wearing their game jerseys with the team logos showing unless the compensation was expanded. The commissioner called these team owners and told them to let the Topps people in. But the team-jersey issue was a stalemate.
That's why, basketball fans, if you look closely at any of the 99 cards in the 1969-70 Topps NBA set, players are wearing their jerseys backward, showing their last name instead of their team. (See the picture above of Dave DeBusschere.) And some players chose to wear their warm-up sweats with no team inscription showing. In later years this was resolved.
As Berger predicted, the NBA cards were a big hit. It was a proud moment when he took the subway in from Brooklyn to present a 99-card set to the commissioner and one to me. You can still purchase or peruse this first-year set or individual cards on eBay and elsewhere. The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rookie card is the most valuable single card in the 1969-1970 Topps NBA set.
No longer was the NBA a stepchild in the sports trading-card industry. Each successive year, Berger would oversee the production of the NBA set with great pride - so when Larry Bird, then Magic Johnson, then Michael Jordan came into the league, their rookie cards were instantly revered.
Then other card companies were created, and NBA card sales skyrocketed.
Sy Berger was a man ahead of his time. He will be missed by all in the sports world who had the privilege of knowing him.

Nick Curran was the NBA's director of public relations from 1969-76. He later became a vice president and financial adviser for 28 years with Morgan Stanley, and its predecessor firm, Dean Witter Reynolds. He and his wife, 

Eileen, are retired and live in Santa Barbara.

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In this issue ...


Dave Newhouse:

A 49ers history lesson

Michael Zagaris - York and Harbaugh - 2014
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh confer on the sidelines prior to their Dec. 28 game versus the Arizona Cardinals. This would be Harbaugh's last game as coach of the team. The following Tuesday he became the head coach for the University of Michigan. Photo by Michael Zagaris.
Dave Newhouse - USE  
What have
they done?
-- Dave Newhouse

Well, they've done it before.

I'm referring to the San Francisco 49ers' troubled history of acquiring and firing head coaches - the number is now up to 18, not counting Jim Harbaugh's successor.   

The 49ers' relationships with their head coaches, from 1946 to 2014, range from optimistic to disruptive, embracing to embattled, antagonistic to amusing.
Harbaugh's highly successful four-year run is only the latest, and possibly the most glaring, of the 49ers' fractious relationships with their head coaches. The feeble explanations of 49ers owner Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke as to why Harbaugh was dismissed only amplify the idiocy of such a decision.
York and Baalke stress the urge to bring in a "teacher" as head coach, when all Harbaugh did was teach the 49ers how to win. Was he difficult to deal with? Remember the story about Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, when complaints of his excessive drinking during the Civil War reached President Abraham Lincoln's desk? Honest Abe's reply: Send him a case of whiskey. You live with winners.
For York to place Baalke's importance above Harbaugh's was a major mistake that the 49ers will live to regret, though there is long precedence of discord between 49ers management and coaches.
The 49ers' first coach, Lawrence T. "Buck" Shaw, had a record of 72-40-4, including playoffs, but Shaw was fired after an injury-riddled 1954 season by owner Tony Morabito because he hadn't won a league title. Shaw resurfaced with the Philadelphia Eagles, and won the NFL title in 1960.
Norman "Red" Strader was working construction when Morabito hired him to replace Shaw. Strader lasted one season with a 4-8 record. His replacement, Frankie Albert, the ex-quarterback and the franchise's first superstar, didn't even want the coaching job. He stayed three years and quit with a 19-17 record after his wife was repeatedly verbally abused in a grocery store.
His replacement in 1959, Howard "Red" Hickey, inventor of the "shotgun" offense, was the most disliked 49ers coach in history by the players. There was open hostility in the locker room between Hickey and the team. He was let go during the 1963 season with a 27-27-1 record and succeeded by Jack Christiansen, who coached as if he'd rather play.
The 49ers finally gained respectability when Dick Nolan became coach in 1968. During his reign, the 49ers reached the playoffs three straight years, 1970 to '72, but he was fired after the 1975 season. Monte Clark took over in 1976, showing promise with an 8-6 record in spite of shaky quarterbacking and place kicking.
When the DeBartolo family ended the Morabito ownership era in 1977, Clark decided he couldn't work with the ill-suited new general manager, Joe Thomas, and bolted after one season. Three head coaches combined for a 7-23 record in two seasons before Bill Walsh arrived in 1979.
A 49ers dynasty was in the making, but even at the height of success, Walsh and his successor, George Seifert, clashed with owner Eddie DeBartolo. Nothing short of the Super Bowl would please DeBartolo, and Walsh (102-63-1) and Seifert (108-35) combined for five Super Bowl titles. Walsh retired as a coach, temporarily, and Seifert was forced out, replaced by Steve Mariucci, who was pushed out himself with a 60-43 record because he couldn't get to the Super Bowl.
The 49ers then disappeared from the NFL's hierarchy while coached by Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary, whose combined eight-year record was 45-82 (Jim Tomsula was 1-0 after replacing Singletary in 2010).
Harbaugh returned the 49ers to respectability in unprecedented fashion, becoming the first NFL coach to reach the conference championship game in his first three seasons, plus one Super Bowl. But York and Baalke couldn't live with success, or Harbaugh, and "agreed mutually" to separate, if you can believe such a hollow management explanation.
What have the 49ers done?
They've done it forever.
Retired Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse will have two books published in 2015: Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty, and a yet untitled Hoosiers-like basketball book involving former Cal coach Lou Campanelli's previous coaching stay at James Madison University in Virginia.

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