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A’s Ballpark Watch 2013: Unnamed Sources Say Something Might Have Happened, Maybe

February 21, 2013 | 8:21 pm

A’s Ballpark Watch 2013: Unnamed Sources Say Something Might Have Happened, Maybe

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Back in the day, MAD magazine had a running joke about movie reviews. “This sorry excuse for a film is so awful,” a review would read, “if I had to watch it again and again I’d consider moving or even being so bold as to change my name, or some other creative way that the […]

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Sacramento Not Giving Up on Kings Despite Seattle Deal

January 23, 2013 | 3:22 pm

Sacramento Not Giving Up on Kings Despite Seattle Deal

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The Maloof family, the majority owners of the Sacramento Kings basketball team, have struck a deal to sell the team to a group that would move it to Seattle. But Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson says his city won’t give up so easily. The NBA must approve any deal. Johnson, who was a three-time All Star […]

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Why ‘White Christmas’ Is Actually a California Song

December 24, 2012 | 3:28 pm

Why ‘White Christmas’ Is Actually a California Song

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Many people don’t realize it, but Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” – the most recorded holiday song of all time, because it’s also the most recorded song of all time – is written from the point of view of a Californian. The part of the song that we all know is the chorus; the verse, which […]

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SF Bulls Hockey Team to Hold ‘End of the World’ Promotion Dec 21

December 19, 2012 | 11:00 pm

SF Bulls Hockey Team to Hold ‘End of the World’ Promotion Dec 21

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Some say the world will end in fire, the San Francisco Bulls say on ice. As anyone who has access to the Internet knows, the end of everything is coming on Dec. 21. (NPR, among others, says this isn’t the case, but you know how they are.) Anyhoo, the San Francisco Bulls hockey team is […]

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Among the Busiest Folks on Thanksgiving? Petsitters

November 21, 2012 | 4:12 pm

Among the Busiest Folks on Thanksgiving? Petsitters

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Many pet owners have family, friends or neighbors who can look after their cats and dogs if they’re going to be gone for a while. But for those who don’t — or whose pets need some extra TLC — there are professional petsitters and even pet “hotels.”

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Sports Roundup: Quakes’ Season Ends; Photo: Dallas Braden and President Obama — Together on the Mound at Last

November 8, 2012 | 3:20 pm

Sports Roundup: Quakes’ Season Ends; Photo: Dallas Braden and President Obama — Together on the Mound at Last

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Soccer The San Jose Earthquakes’ remarkable season ended last night;  the team  fell in the Major League Soccer playoffs to their arch-rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Quakes had beaten the Galaxy on Saturday, 1-0; last night they lost 3-1, and while in other sports that would mean the teams were tied, it’s different in  soccer, […]

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After Giants Victory, A Day to Dry Out and Rest Up

October 23, 2012 | 9:38 am

After Giants Victory, A Day to Dry Out and Rest Up

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The San Francisco Giants have a day to dry out and rest up from the National League Championship Series, which ended in a torrential downpour that hit just before the final outs of the 9-0 victory over the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals. Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was named the Most Valuable Player for […]

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No More Gopher Flesh: Oakland Kids Chow Down on Veggies

October 22, 2012 | 3:19 pm

No More Gopher Flesh: Oakland Kids Chow Down on Veggies

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At my elementary school, and probably at yours, we sang a subversive little song about the cuisine served to us in the lunchroom that involved greasy grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, and oven-fried parakeet.  All of it pretty unappetizing — and probably coincidentally, all of it animal-based. So kids in Oakland schools may have […]

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The Man Who Wrote ‘The Autumn Wind is a Raider’ Dies

September 18, 2012 | 1:29 pm

The Man Who Wrote ‘The Autumn Wind is a Raider’ Dies

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The autumn wind is pretty darn mean in the 1974 poem, “The Autumn Wind.” It rips the leaves off trees and turns people upside down and generally wreaks havoc. In short, it’s imbued with the spirit of the the Oakland Raiders. So thought Al Davis, who quickly enshrined the poem as the unofficial anthem of […]

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September 13, 2012 | 11:31 am

Giants, A’s Chances of Making Play-offs? Good. You Getting Tickets? Anyone’s Guess

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Nothing’s certain until it’s certain, but according to Baseball Prospectus’s Playoff Odds Report, the San Francisco Giants have a 99.4% chance of making the postseason, and the Oakland Athletics are not far behind at 92.9%.  And so, both teams are getting their postseason tickets ready for sale with some degree of confidence.  While season ticket […]

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