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Oakland Athletics Cap off Magical Regular Season with AL West Title

How could I not write about this Oakland Athletics team? I mean, after overcoming so many obstacles—including a 13-game deficit on June 30—to win the AL West, it’s impossible not to. So this post, albeit brief, is dedicated to their magical ... (Continue reading)

Picks for Each Week 1 Game of the NFL Regular Season

Here we are, folks, the opening week of the NFL regular season. Didn't think you'd make it, huh? Neither did I. Thank goodness for the draft, rookie minicamps, training camps, preseason and Madden 2013 for being the granola bars and ... (Continue reading)

San Francisco 49ers: Bold, Bolder and Boldest Predictions for Upcoming Season

What's Jim Harbaugh smiling about?Possible answers include (and feel free to add your own in the comment section below) the following: Alex Smith just delivered an accurate deep ball, then blew a kiss and winked in his direction.Maroon 5's "Payphone" is ... (Continue reading)

San Francisco 49ers: 5 Biggest Questions Heading into the 2012 Season

The San Francisco 49ers enter training camp with realistic Super Bowl expectations—a far cry from a year ago—but are not without questions. The following questions—and their respective answers—will ultimately determine whether or not the team reaches its high expectations.Feel free ... (Continue reading)

NFL Predictions: 10 ‘Who-to-Hoot’ Candidates in 2012

As countless rookies pile into training camps across the NFL, several veterans—and even those just entering their sophomore campaign—become forgotten men.I call them the "who's" of the NFL.And each season, a number of those "who's" blossom into household names. Celebrated ... (Continue reading)

NFL Feuds to Watch in 2012

Those wanting to watch Alex Smith and Cam Newton—with guest appearances by Patrick Willis and Jon Beason, of course—settle their "feud" on the field will have to wait for a potential playoff matchup. Until then, the NFL will keep us ... (Continue reading)

San Francisco 49ers: How the Team Will Handle an Increase in Expectations

Aside from a few roster moves, the most notable difference with the San Francisco 49ers heading into this season is expectations—much, much higher expectations. There's a scent of "Super Bowl or bust" around the facility these days. It's a far ... (Continue reading)

10 Undrafted Free Agents Who Will Shine in Training Camp

Wide receiver Chris Owusu, a Stanford product and former player under coach Jim Harbaugh, was impressive throughout the San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp. Looking like a first-rounder, he ran fluid routes and showed off top-end speed—even beating A.J. Jenkins, the ... (Continue reading)

San Francisco 49ers: Previewing and Ranking the Offensive Units

This is the first of a two-part series. Today, I will break down each offensive unit for the San Francisco 49ers and rank them from best to worst—based on a recipe combining past production and 2012 projections.  Tight EndsWho: Vernon Davis, ... (Continue reading)

San Francisco 49ers: An Open Letter to a Doubtful Fan

As a sports fan, debates can happen at any moment—at any place. This is an open letter to a fellow San Francisco 49ers fan I encountered one memorable evening.     Dear Mr. Full of Doubts,It's been almost two years since ... (Continue reading)