Dec 20, 2013, 2:00 PM PST
Critics of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might point out that he lacks pocket presence. The athletically gifted signal caller easily compensates by scrambling. As a result, his skill set torments opposing defenses. What most people don’t know, is that his game day techniques are identical to the ones he uses in the locker room once a week with the media.
Dec 6, 2013, 3:59 PM PST
Oakland Athletics pitchers A.J. Griffin and Sean Doolittle helped spread holiday cheer to humans and animals alike on Thursday. During the A’s annual holiday caravan, the two big league pitchers spent their day giving back to the community in Oakland. The day started at the Oakland Zoo, where they spent two hours signing autographs, taking…
Nov 22, 2013, 3:00 PM PST
A lot of professional athletes post pictures of cars, their kids, or inspirational quotes on Instagram. The Oakland Raiders post pictures of predacious animals. A new social media trend is developing inside the Raiders locker room on game days. It started with defensive end Lamarr Houston, who fills his Instagram photo feed with images of wolves…
Nov 15, 2013, 4:38 PM PST
Five-year-old Mile has been fighting Leukemia since the age of 1. As a result, taking down the Penguin and saving San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal wasn’t much of a challenge. See Batkid save the day as the lil’ Dark Knight became a shining beacon of light.
Nov 8, 2013, 5:13 PM PST
Professional athletes are expected to function at superhuman levels on game day. How players fuel their body can be very important. Sports teams have their own chefs that carefully plan out meals, but each person’s preference for their pre game cuisine can come down to superstition, ritual, or familiarity. With that in mind, we asked…
Oct 30, 2013, 1:20 PM PST
The average length of an NFL player’s career is between three to six years. In a league where rosters are constantly manipulated, and career-threatening injuries can be right around the corner, there has always been one constant with the Oakland Raiders — the Romanski family. In the entire history of the franchise, there have only…
Oct 25, 2013, 1:36 PM PST
Fresh off a bye week, the Oakland Raiders needed a little tuneup for the Pittsburgh Steelers, so they stopped by Westlake Middle School in Oakland on Tuesday and competed with some youngsters. To make things interesting, fullback Marcel Reece and running back Darren McFadden each captained a team of students and started at quarterback for their…
Oct 18, 2013, 12:37 PM PST
In a shocking development, the Golden State Warriors bumped into their former mascot, Thunder, before they departed Shanghai, China. The absurdly buff blue hype man with lightning bolts protruding from his head hadn’t been seen since he was given the pink slip prior to the 2008-2009 NBA season. He was let go because the new Oklahoma City…
Sep 27, 2013, 5:12 PM PST
Being a legend has its burdens. Field of Teams learned that lesson the hard way. When the first A’s Hall of Fame race took place on August 3, an innocent comment turned into a daily discussion. What would it be like if a certain reporter suited up and ran in the race? Surely, everyone would…
Sep 21, 2013, 1:45 PM PST
Jerseys are too temporary and tattoos are too permanent. With that in mind, Chris Eliares has found the perfect medium. The Dublin-based barber has refined the art of cutting any design into a subject’s hair. His latest work is to commemorate Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts, in which coach Jim…
Sep 19, 2013, 4:37 PM PST
If you’ve ever wondered what baseball on psychedelics would be like, sit in section 149 of the Oakland Coliseum. It’s sort of like Woodstock in the stands. There are musical instruments — ranging from cowbells to drums — flying flags, popcorn and dive-bombing birds, singsong chants, people hand feeding each other, immeasurable enthusiasm, and a…
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…
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…
Sep 5, 2013, 2:18 PM PST
The story of how 49ers running back Anthony Dixon politely declined a $24,000 offer from cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha for his no. 24 jersey was wildly popular on Wednesday. Jersey numbers can mean everything to a professional athlete and in the Bay Area especially, no. 24 is priceless. “I worked hard to get that number when…
Aug 30, 2013, 2:34 PM PST
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Kendall Simmons sat on the trainer’s table fighting back tears. The massive 6-foot-3, 315-pound athlete was shaking. He was 23, and had just learned that he had type 1 diabetes — a disease typically diagnosed as a child. Fortunately, he had an important ally. Sitting next to him was Steelers owner…
Aug 16, 2013, 3:34 PM PST
The smiles weren’t limited to those in attendance when the A’s wives and girlfriends hopped on a treadmill positioned in the left field BBQ Terrace at the Oakland Coliseum. The ladies weren’t merely showing off their fitness, they were running miles for smiles. On July 26, the first ladies of the A’s raised $23,400 for Smile…
Aug 9, 2013, 11:24 AM PST
Josh Cribbs is a many of many talents. The Raiders’ new All-Pro kick returner plays both sides of the ball and is a musician that can write, produce, edit, and rap.
Aug 2, 2013, 7:06 PM PST
“They are so ugly, but they are so awesome. Awesomely ugly.” Ever wonder how Zubaz became the newest trend in the A’s clubhouse?
Aug 2, 2013, 1:22 PM PST
New Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe could be on the forefront of a massive shift in the way sports television is viewed.
Jul 31, 2013, 10:55 AM PST
The story of how several Sharks greats and the San Jose community rallied around one former teammate.
Jul 27, 2013, 12:46 PM PST
The A’s turned back the clock to 1969. Find out what songs the A’s young players chose to walk out to.
Jul 25, 2013, 8:55 PM PST
New Raiders running back Rashad Jennings shares his healing secret. Find out why his healing techniques make him an undesirable roommate.
Jul 21, 2013, 8:47 PM PST
Have you ever wondered how an MLB dugout is prepared for a game? Here’s a behind the scenes look.
Jul 12, 2013, 9:39 AM PST
Why a Mets fans is trying to prove the point that all baseball fans should be supporting Bryan Stow, not just San Francisco Giants fans. Find out what he’s doing to help out.
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