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2013 September

  1. A’s fans will have to pass through metal detectors going forward

    Sep 16, 2013, 12:49 PM PST

    The only heavy metal allowed inside the Oakland Coliseum will be blaring through the speakers when the A’s headbanging relievers take the mound. Starting Thursday, the Oakland Athletics will be implementing airport-style metal detectors at the gates of the Oakland Coliseum. Fans will have to empty their pockets and pass through the detectors to gain…

  2. A Case of the Mondays: Tummy trouble can’t stop the A’s, Kap’s trademark stolen, Raiders drive Jags to a dark place

    Sep 16, 2013, 9:41 AM PST

    Tummy trouble can’t stop the A’s from toppling Texas, Kaepernicking hijacked by Johnny Football, the Raiders drive the Jaguars to a dark place, and find out which Bay Area star had the best play of the weekend. Click now to relieve your Case of the Mondays.

  3. Ever wonder what MLB players talk about at 1B?

    Sep 13, 2013, 5:50 PM PST

    It doesn’t matter if it’s a single, a walk, or a hit by pitch, when the runner gets to first base he can almost always be seen talking to the opposing team’s first baseman. The conversations usually carry on until the runner breaks for second. At times, the runner gets stranded there and a lot…

  4. The corniest Colin Kaepernick tribute ever

    Sep 13, 2013, 1:35 PM PST

    His likeness has been shaved into people’s heads and created out of Rubik’s cubes, but this may be the most corny tribute for the 49ers starting quarterback to date. Starting September 28, at Fantozzi Farms and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson, Ca., you can get lost in a Colin Kaepernick corn maze. Tickets cost $9 for…

  5. Field of Links: A’s-Rangers set to collide with huge implications

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:40 AM PST

    It sort of feels like this is it. If the Oakland Athletics can win this road series against the Texas Rangers, odds are they will once again don the American League West crown. The Rangers’ last stand will be on their turf. They won’t go down easy. This tough Texas team will be playing with…

  6. 49ers rookies go back to school

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:39 PM PST

    The San Francisco 49ers went back to school on Monday. This time they were the ones doing the teaching. It’s not often that a student athlete gets to see all of their goals embodied. On Monday, members of the Santa Clara High School junior varsity football team were given that opportunity. 49ers rookies and members of…

  7. TBT: Rick Langford tosses his 22nd consecutive complete game

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:13 PM PST

    Right now, the Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff leads Major League Baseball with eight complete games. In 1980, Oakland Athletics pitcher Rick Langford went the distance 28 times. On this day in 1980, Langford, a right-handed pitcher, tossed his 22nd consecutive complete game for the A’s to defeat the Kansas City Royals 9-5. Langford’s complete…

  8. Analyzing NFL’s social media standings after Week 1

    Sep 12, 2013, 1:05 PM PST

    The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers played in the most-watched telecast of any kind since the Academy Awards in February. But according to a study by ViralHeat.com, the matchup didn’t make as big of an impact on the social media landscape. The 49ers-Packers game didn’t crack the top-three most mentioned games in social…

  9. Why Seattle police will be wearing 49ers jerseys on Sunday

    Sep 12, 2013, 11:24 AM PST

    Seattle’s Finest will be donning 49ers jerseys on Sunday. No, it’s not a renegade showing of support for San Francisco’s football team, it’s merely a law enforcement tactic. Police officers at CenturyLink Field will be undercover posing as 49ers fans in an effort to make sure the “12th man” isn’t being too hostile during the…

  10. Field of Links: Are the A’s a lock to make the postseason?

    Sep 12, 2013, 9:54 AM PST

    Last year, baseball fans learned that anything can happen in a playoff chase, but according to Baseball Prospectus’ playoff probability charts, the Oakland Athletics currently have a 100 percent chance to make the postseason. That hardly seems foolproof, but it’s a good sign. The A’s made a statement on Wednesday by clobbering the Twins 18-3 at Target Field in…

  11. Brow Bowl Update: Don’t expect Kap or Wilson to lose an eyebrow

    Sep 11, 2013, 4:15 PM PST

    The Brow Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks is nothing more than bravado. It appears Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson’s eyebrow-shaving wager is merely a publicity stunt. The 49ers quarterback met with the media on Wednesday and downplayed the possibility that he’d buzz off a brow if his team lost on Sunday.…

  12. Pirates sweep the ice-cold Rangers in Texas, A’s on deck

    Sep 11, 2013, 2:49 PM PST

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed a sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 7-5 victory. Since August 24, the Rangers have plummeted six games in the A.L. West standings. The Rangers are on a three-game losing streak and have lose nine of the last 11 games. They take on the division-leading Oakland Athletics on Friday. …

  13. Banana-tossing Giants fan arrested

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:27 PM PST

    Throwing a banana onto the field at AT&T Park may have been one of the least dastardly things that Alexander Poulides has done recently. According to a report from Philly.com, the Willits native was arrested on the Jersey Shore last Saturday and thrown in the Cape May County (N.J.) Correctional Center. Poulides, 37, claimed he had innocent…

  14. Field of Links: Great Glove Granny makes the catch of a lifetime

    Sep 11, 2013, 10:04 AM PST

    Who’d have thought the San Francisco Giants’ play of the year would come from a great grandmother in the stands? Santa Rosa resident Virginia Smith, a great grandmother that has played softball for 39 years, stole the show on Tuesday night after making a slick catch on a foul ball at AT&T Park. Smith told…

  15. Jim Harbaugh screams at children in a new commercial

    Sep 10, 2013, 3:09 PM PST

    Only 53 men have the privilege of getting yelled at by 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh on a daily basis. Now, Harbaugh could bring his enthusiastic brand of coaching to your kids’ football team as well. In a new Visa commercial, the 49ers’ head coach is shown giving a spirited lecture to a group of…

  16. Was Elvis a Giants fan?

    Sep 10, 2013, 1:08 PM PST

    There were thousands of little Elvi‘ at AT&T Park on Monday night for Elvis Presley tribute night. The Giants gave away bobbleheads and posters to a select number of fans in attendance. The game was announced as a sellout, but it looked like there were plenty of low-traffic places in the crowd to avoid getting your…

  17. Kaepernick vs. Wilson — loser shaves an eyebrow

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:24 AM PST

    The marquee matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football could be dubbed “The Brow Bowl.” Apparently, much more than a 2-0 record and pride is on the line when these two NFC West rivals square off this weekend. During the filming of Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick’s EA Sports…

  18. A’s increase their division lead over the Rangers

    Sep 9, 2013, 8:35 PM PST

    The Oakland Athletics further distanced themselves from the Texas Rangers on Monday and they didn’t even have to pick up a bat or throw a ball. The Pittsburgh Pirates did all the work for them by defeating the Rangers 1-0 in Texas. The A’s now hold a two-game lead in the American League West. With…

  19. UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. walks out on press conference

    Sep 9, 2013, 7:43 PM PST

    Early Sunday morning, UCLA wide receiver Nick Pasquale was killed in an automobile accident. Head coach Jim Mora Jr. met with the media on Monday in the wake of the heartbreaking news and was doing a good job keeping his emotions in check — until a phone rang. The call was to a media member…

  20. Erin Andrews’ videobombing guy is at it again

    Sep 9, 2013, 1:15 PM PST

    After the 49ers victory over the Packers on Sunday, they cut to their postgame show in New York. That was when we first laid eyes on this magnificent bearded specimen of man. The entire time Erin Andrews was on camera, his face never moved. His sidekick with dreadlocks kept his face locked as well. As…

  21. A case of the Mondays: Flying clotheslines, raccoons and funny faces. Football is back!

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:07 AM PST

    Welcome to A case of the Mondays. There’s always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here.

  22. This picture is worth a thousand words about the A’s and Astros in 2013

    Sep 6, 2013, 8:58 PM PST

    This picture is worth a thousand words about the A’s and Astros this season. We’ll keep it much shorter than that, though. The Oakland Athletics are the defending American League West champs. The Houston Astros are AL West newcomers. The A’s are fighting for another division crown. The Astros are fighting to finish the season.…

  23. Here’s a 2 minute clip of a Giants fan trying to hang a K sign

    Sep 6, 2013, 5:41 PM PST

    On Thursday at AT&T Park a Giants fan had a whole heap of trouble hanging a mini K sign. Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong struck out Gerardo Parra for the first out of the inning prompting this fan’s effort.  There were two outs when the video begins, so in reality this fan’s struggles lasted more…

  24. 2,000 cans of soup will be donated each time Matthews sacks Kaepernick

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:43 PM PST

    Needy people in San Francisco will get food if Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews sacks 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this Sunday. Just how much food they get, will be determined by how many times Kaepernick goes down. Campbell’s Chunky Soup is donating 1,000 cans of soup to the San Francisco Food Bank, and 1,000…

  25. Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is paying it forward

    Sep 6, 2013, 12:57 PM PST

    Harrison Barnes is an NBA forward that’s paying it forward. The Golden State Warriors’ first-round pick last season has emerged as one of the league’s top rookies, but he hasn’t forgotten what helped make him an up-and-coming star. Prior to embarking on his second season with the Warriors, Barnes spent some time at Boys & Girls…

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