| Oct 5, 2011
| 5:00 PM
This week marks the midway point of the 2011 prep football regular season and because of a rare oddity in scheduling, five of the six local teams are off.
The lone local taking the field this week is Brethren Christian, which on Saturday travels north to...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 10:45 AM
Years ago, I wrote a column about “whom” and the dangers of using it wrong. What happened next remains one of the weirdest moments in my writing career.
A reader sent an email to scold me, but not for anything to do with the word “...
| Nov 19, 2011
| 8:22 PM
Marvin Lewis and Mike Smith talk nearly every week, discussing football and family and continuing a friendship that started more than a decade ago in Baltimore while coaching a championship defense.
Jim Schwartz, who brags about having the lowest phone...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 11:59 PM
In 1950, the San Francisco 49ers traded Paul Salata to the Baltimore Colts. He doesn't hold any remorse toward the team because of it, far from it.
The 49ers have always held a special place in Salata's heart. They gave him his shot at the NFL....
| Jan 29, 2013
| 9:00 AM
On Sunday, pretty much everyone in Baltimore will be rooting for the Ravens. Likewise in San Francisco with the 49ers. But the rest of the nation’s football fans? Most will just be rooting for another entertaining Super Bowl.
Each of the last five...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 1:50 PM
PHILADELPHIA -- In the offseason, Dave Toub of the Chicago Bears, Joe Decamillis of the Dallas Cowboys and Brad Seely of the San Francisco 49ers were candidates for head-coaching vacancies in the NFL, and all of them are special teams coordinators....
| Oct 2, 2012
| 9:01 AM
Last week, in an apparent excess of frustration that I recognize, Bill Walsh (@TheSlot) tweeted: "Limited-time offer for cop reporters: For only $500, I will teach you the meaning of the word "suspect.'"
By now the limited time has surely expired and Mr....
| Jun 24, 2012
R.C. Owens had an up-and-down career as a receiver for the San Francisco 49ers.
The ball went up, and Owens routinely came down with it.
Owens, whose leaping catches became his signature and introduced the term "alley oop" into the sports lexicon,...
| Jul 14, 2012
| 2:16 PM
The numbers are staggering, like a stiff arm to the face mask.
Ray Rice rushed for 4,377 yards in his first four NFL seasons, all before the Ravens running back had celebrated his 25th birthday. His 2,068 yards from scrimmage led the league in 2011. He...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 11:37 PM
There's a part of a mission statement for a local youth basketball club that reads: OC Vision Basketball is dedicated to offering each member in our program the unique opportunity to enhance and build their talents, character, and confidence through...
| May 31, 2011
It was a who's who of basketball -- former Laker Jerry West, former Celtics center Bill Russell, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, former Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes among them -- and amid their laughter, arguments and playful ribbing, it became...