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  1. Field of Links: Canseco’s goat violation, Two Cal greats hanging up their cleats

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:44 AM PDT

    It feels like just yesterday we were documenting Jose Canseco’s fainting goat adventure. The eccentric former Oakland Athletics slugger purchased goats, put diapers on them, and placed them in the car only to be pulled over by the police. After being let off with a warning and a certain chuckle, Canseco took the goats home.…

  2. Collinsworth: 49ers a legitimate contender, Dennis Allen deserves another year

    Dec 19, 2013, 1:44 PM PDT

    The San Francisco 49ers, as they say in Hunger Games, have the odds ever in their favor. In the most recent update from Bovada.lv, the oddsmakers still think it’s highly likely the 49ers could win the Super Bowl. The only teams with shorter odds to win it all are the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.…

  3. Football could be an Olympic sport by 2024

    Dec 10, 2013, 4:49 PM PDT

    American Football could become an Olympic sport as soon as 2024. On Tuesday, the International Federation of American Football was granted provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee, in a meeting that took place in Lausanne, Switzerland. The provisional recognition paves the way for a vote that could take place as early as 2017. If it’s…

  4. Seahawks fans plan to fly a ‘Go Hawks’ banner over Candlestick Park on Sunday

    Dec 3, 2013, 1:09 PM PDT

    Seattle Seahawks fans have hatched a plan to fly a banner over Candlestick Park this Sunday. A group consisting of 100 contributors have pooled together $1,809 to fly the banner that will read, “GO HAWKS-12” for 15 minutes. The airplane towing the banner is expected to reach Candlestick Park 10 minutes prior to kickoff of the…

  5. 49ers’ Whitner forced to withdraw ‘Hitner’ name change application

    Nov 19, 2013, 1:10 PM PDT

    “Hitner” is no more — for now. The 49ers safety will remain with his given name of Donte Whitner until the NFL offseason. I had to withdraw the name change until after the season. Judge wouldn't allow it without me being present… — DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) November 19, 2013 Whitner is still very committed to the…

  6. Video: Harbaugh re-enacts his popular commercial

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:28 PM PDT

    Jim Harbaugh brings enthusiasm unknown to mankind to the football field. But does that approach work on kids? In September, the 49ers’ coach first appeared in a Visa commercial that showed him yelling at a group of disinterested youth football players. The high-strung coach’s NFL approach contrasted with the sweet innocent style of the youth football…

  7. A rare glimpse inside the Raiders’ Equipment Room

    Oct 30, 2013, 1:20 PM PDT

    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…

  8. SportsNet Central Podcast — Episode 2

    Oct 25, 2013, 2:47 PM PDT

    The inaugural SportsNet Central podcast went so well that we let them do another one. It’s time for episode two with your hosts Ahmed Fareed and Dave Feldman. Listen as the guys attempt to offer one reason why the 49ers should be worried about the Jaguars in London. On the heels of the Brett Favre…

  9. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs says he’ll own an NFL team

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:15 PM PDT

    Sean “Diddy” Combs wants to become the first African-American majority owner in the National Football League. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Combs said that he has aspirations to buy a team and believes he will be able to make it happen. “A majority of the players that are in the NFL are African-American, but…

  10. Anquan Boldin believes Thursday games lead to player safety issues

    Oct 15, 2013, 5:00 PM PDT

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin doesn’t think the NFL takes player safety seriously. He is citing Thursday Night Football as his prime example. Having seen a lot in his 11-year NFL career, Boldin didn’t hesitate to speak his mind when asked about player safety during a Google+ Hangout hosted by Bay Area News Group.…

  11. Harbaugh says the 49ers would be open to doing HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

    Oct 9, 2013, 3:16 PM PDT

    You’ve seen 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on “Judge Judy” and “Saved By The Bell.” Could “Hard Knocks” be next? Getting information out of Harbaugh can be like getting blood from a stone. That’s why it’s surprising to hear the secretive leader of the 49ers say he wouldn’t mind allowing HBO’s “Hard Knocks” production crew to…

  12. Field of Links: Hertl Power and the most epic GIFs and links of the day

    Oct 9, 2013, 9:05 AM PDT

    After a gut-wrenching loss by the Oakland Athletics in Detroit, the San Jose Sharks soothed the vicious sting with an epic 9-2 win over the Rangers. Tomas Hertl, 19, doesn’t even own a car, but he drove the Sharks’ offense. The 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft became a household name by scoring four goals…

  13. Oakland Coliseum’s MLB to NFL conversion in one time-lapse video

    Oct 7, 2013, 3:39 PM PDT

    The specific details of the work were shared in a release from O.co Coliseum director of marketing, Kate Girotti: At 9:31 PM a crew of more than 400 workers began the task of reconfiguring O.co Coliseum from back to back baseball games to an NFL ready stadium.  The conversion was deemed “complete” at 3:00 PM and…

  14. Which Bay Area football team charges the most for beer?

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:20 PM PDT

    People in the Bay Area pretty much accept that cost of living will be higher. But what about the cost of beer? According to a list from The Street, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers games are two of the most expensive places to buy beer in the NFL. The Oakland Raiders ranked fourth-highest on…

  15. Seat installation set to begin at 49ers’ new stadium

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:35 PM PDT

    You’ll soon be able to take a seat in the 49ers’ new home. On Tuesday, the first seats will be installed inside Levi’s Stadium. They will be installed in the lower bowl of the stadium, where roughly two-thirds of the venue’s 68,500 seats will be located. It is expected to take over 17,000 man-hours to…

  16. Why Raider Rusher is a good idea

    Sep 25, 2013, 5:09 PM PDT

    Whether you agree with it or not, Raider Rusher is here. The goofy mascot emerged straight from the frames of NFL RUSH ZONE, a kids cartoon co-produced by the NFL and Nickelodeon, to make its official debut at Raiders headquarters on Tuesday. When an image of the mascot first leaked online, the Raiders fan base was…

  17. Kaepernick is favoriting your filthy feedback

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:59 PM PDT

    Things aren’t going too well for the San Francisco 49ers. They have lost their last two games and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has zero touchdowns, four interceptions and two fumbles in those losses. After immediate success in the National Football League and all the spoils that go with it, Kaepernick is now being introduced to the…

  18. The Raider Rusher is very real, will debut Tuesday

    Sep 23, 2013, 3:33 PM PDT

    He’s big, powerful, and speaks with a raspy voice. He’s the Raider Rusher. The Oakland Raiders will be introducing a new member of the team on Tuesday. No, he won’t be threatening anyone’s playing time, but he is expected to be an effective player in community relations. The Twitterverse was up in arms over the…

  19. Letter to the editor about Seahawks crowd noise sparks internet firestorm

    Sep 18, 2013, 4:15 PM PDT

    Since writing a letter to the editor essentially asking Seahawks fans to quiet down, a Bay Area couple says they have received many “nasty” phone calls and emails from Seahawks fans and inquiries from several media outlets. “Personally, most of the responses have been pretty bad,” Schiller said on the phone. “We got some nasty calls — quite a few of them. We had to unplug our phone last night.”

  20. 49ers rookies go back to school

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:39 PM PDT

    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…

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

    Sep 12, 2013, 11:24 AM PDT

    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…

  22. Betcha’ didn’t know this about NFL kickers

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:39 PM PDT

    National Football League kickers never make headlines unless they screw something up. It’s one of the most unforgiving roles in professional sports. So, how do NFL punters and kickers make sure they stay out from under the microscope of the fans and media? Preparation. And way more than you’d think. Did you know NFL kickers spend…

  23. A case of the Mondays: Candlestick Craziness, Barton, recalled Pill-to-thrill

    Aug 26, 2013, 10:28 AM PDT

    Here are the top-5 things you may have missed this weekend. Get caught up in one convenient place. Lavelle Hawkins headlines a day of craziness at Candlestick Park, the A’s fight fire with fire by calling up Daric Barton to fix their struggling offense, Brett Pill find a mentor in “The Thrill” and Peyton Manning runs “The Play.”

  24. Field of Links: Raiders rookie talent show leaves coach Allen unimpressed

    Aug 22, 2013, 8:54 AM PDT

    Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen hopes his players are far more talented than they looked during the annual rookie talent show. Allen has been coaching in the NFL since 2002, and he couldn’t believe what he saw when the Raiders’ rookies took the stage to showcase their “talents.” “They were terrible,” Allen said. “In…

  25. New iPad playbooks enhance communication for Raiders

    Aug 14, 2013, 3:20 PM PDT

    New iPad playbooks have revolutionized the way the Oakland Raiders are communicating.

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