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Bryan Stow Case Shines a Light on Sports Rivalries

LOS ANGELES (KRON) — The two men who attacked Dodgers fan Bryan Stow are heading to state prison after pleading guilty to mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury charges.

Under the terms of the plea agreement 31-year old Louie Sanchez will serve eight years in state prison. 30-year old Marvin Norwood will get four years.

Both could have faced up to eleven years if a jury had convicted them of assaulting Stow, a South Bay paramedic who was wearing a Giants jersey at Dodger’s Stadium during the Opening Day game in 2011.

Witnesses at a preliminary hearing testified Stow was sucker punched then and kicked in the ribs. He suffered traumatic brain injuries when he fell and hit his head on the pavement.

In victim impact statements read before sentences were handed down, Stow’s father called the defendant’s “cretins.” David Stow said the time the two spend in prison “is insignificant compared to what Bryan must endure.”

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This case certainly did get a ton of media attention. Poor guy is never gonna be the same, and he will have to raise his daughters with brain damage. It’s horrible to hear news like this, and I hope these to thugs learn a lesson in prison. Whether or not Stow was running his mouth to these guys, both sides gotta realize that when it push comes to shove, they are not the ones making millions of dollars. They are simply fans. I understand that fans can be “diehard”, but that doesn’t mean you have to go beat someone or kill someone because they are wearing rival colors. The Dodgers and Giants rivalry has been around since both the teams were in New York in the late 19th century. Yes it is one of the most historic rivalries in baseball and I can understand the bitterness between fans. I hate LA fans and LA fans hate SF fans. That’s how it is and how it will always be.

But, I realize I’m not a player, and I’m not making the big bucks. There’s absolutely no need to fight over this shit. I’m not in a gang and I don’t represent black & orange as my “colors”. People take it to that level and that’s when shit gets bad. This past season a 24 year old Dodger fan was stabbed to death in San Francisco, and the case didn’t get half as much media attention. It’s weird that both parties were from Northern California, and it’s very unfortunate someone lost their life over being a fan.

Same shit happens when the Niners and Raiders play each other. People getting stabbed left and right. It’s so fuckin stupid. Raiders season tickets have been in my family since the 60’s and growing up in  the 90’s, I can say that I seriously did feel bad for fans wearing opposing colors. During tailgates and games, they faced all kinds of harassment, from beers being thrown at them to defending themselves in fights. It was ugly and it was pure trashy. Nowadays, the tables have turned. Raiders fans are a lot classier (I’m not talking about the idiots who dress up like it’s Halloween and don’t know the difference between Pistol formation and Power-I). I’m saying that all of the harassment and bullshit that used to happen doesn’t happen so much anymore. Nowadays, it’s nice to go to games and see smokes in yoga pants from Danville, Walnut Creek, and Alamo playing beer pong and flip cup at tailgates. It’s also nice not seeing fights during the games. I can’t tell you how many fights I saw as a little kid at Raiders games. It never made sense to me seeing Raiders fans fighting other Raiders fans. Glad that doesn’t happen anymore. It’s probably because ticket prices have increased, keeping all the trash at home to watch the games.

Candlestick on the other hand, turned into a Norteno rally over the past decade. I’m not saying all of the Niners fans at the Stick were gang affiliated but a lot of them used Niners jerseys as disguise. They were the exact same as Raiders fans in the 90’s, pure trash. Picking fights with their own fans and trash talking elders who have had season tickets for decades. There is a reason why the lights when out during the Niners Monday Night Game at the Stick two seasons ago. It wasn’t on accident. It was to show the entire nation that it was time for the Niners to move to a new stadium. By doing so, it gives the organization an entire new look and fan base. Why the Niners moved outta the city? I have no idea. But, at least the players will have nicer facilities and the fan base will completely shift from gang bangers to techy nerds and rich peninsula corporations. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, and the rest of the tech companies will make up the new Niners fan base at Levi Stadium. It’s gonna be funny, but at least fans won’t have to deal with the bullshit they had to deal with while at The Stick.

A few years ago, the NFL said the Raiders and Niners will never play again in regular season. That was a crock of shit because we play the Niners at home next season and it’s guaranteed that all of the trashy fans from both sides of the Bay will come out just to start shit. I’ll set the over/under of stabbings at 5.

By: Dago Joe

Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 2014

1. Tony LaRussa, A’s manager 1986-1995

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2. Owen Nolan, Sharks Captain 1998-2003

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3. Jim Hines, 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist

4. Bob Lurie, Giants Owner 1976-1993

5. Bob Ladoucer, De LA Salle Coach,151-straight wins

All 5 of these Bay Area legends will be inducted on May 7, and two months later, Tony will join Cooperstown. I can say that I grew up watching Tony and the A’s, and Owen Nolan, while I witnessed De La Salle RB/LB DJ Williams run over SoCal squids from Mater Dei under coach Ladoucer. The other two, well, congrats. Tony LaRussa led the A’s to 3 straight World Series from 1988-1990. Losing to the Dodgers and Reds, he won the 1989 title in the Battle of the Bay Series over the Giants. The 1989 earthquake at The Stick was absolutely crazy and may or may not have helped the A’s out. Regardless, Tony was a great manager, and as his years progressed with the A’s, he had to deal with winning on a low budget (as does every A’s manager). The A’s are now broker than Vince Young, well not that broke, but close. The Coliseum is a dump and they really need to get the A’s outta Oakland. In the last season, the Coliseum flooded with sewage 3 different times:

The bigger issue, though, was in the A’s coaches’ shower and bathroom area, where sewage tends to back up during storms. The runoff drains and pipes to the coaches’ room apparently cross at one point, leading to semiannual problems, plus the playing field is 22 feet below sea level and the clubhouse is 13 feet below.

On Saturday, that meant a flood in the coaches’ bathroom and showers.

“It’s flowing like lava,” catcher Kurt Suzuki said. “The sound it makes is amazing.”

At one point, sewage was flowing out of the faucets, Suzuki said.

One A’s employee said it sounds as if the plumbing is “possessed” when sewage starts coming back up. “Glub, glub, glub,” he said.

“This is bad,” coach Mike Gallego said, shaking his head.

It was the third time this season the Coliseum has had sewage issues; the A’s and Mariners had to share the Raiders’ locker room to shower in June when flooding rendered both teams’ clubhouses unusable, and at the start of this homestand, the A’s dugout was flooded after a toilet backed up.

Is this a third world country for fuck sake? These guys are major league baseball players! Get em a new stadium. NOW. If I was Tony, I woulda left Oakland too. The place is a dump and they need to get the A’s a new stadium.

With that said, I don’t want the Raiders to move. Tailgates in the Coliseum parking lot are awesome and so is watching football in that dump. Football is meant to be played in a stadium like that. I am still in shock that the Niners are moving to Santa Clara. The City moved one of the most historic teams in the country to Santa Clara…Santa Clara? The fans will be tailgating with wine and cheese and during the game they will be tweeting on their iPads about how cool they are because they are at a football game. “Yay Niners, yay #Ninersaresocool #Ilovefootball #imadouchebagtweetingduringafootballgame.” All of the peninsula techy nerds are going to ruin the Niners fan base (well not ruin it, but geek it up). Sucks for them. #RaiderNation.

That was a bit of a tangent but that needed to be said.  “Take it easy man.”

Moving onto Owen Nolan. Perhaps one of the greatest Sharks of all time. Everyone who has loved the Sharks as long as I have remembers Owen and The Tuck. He rocked The Tuck better than anyone.owen4

I’ll never forget his years under Daryl Sutter and his teammates: Jeff Friesen, Tony Granato, Mike Vernon, Vinny Damphousse, and of course, Mike Ricci. Ricci was the best workhorse on the team and he defined the hockey smile….

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…and he definitely didn’t have a hard time getting the ladies.

What was great about Nolan is that he was a tough sonovabitch. He loved to hit and he certainly wasn’t afraid to fight. There aren’t too many Captains similar to Nolan these days.

And for the record, fuck Eddie Belfour…

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Hey Eddie, don’t fight the hotel security when you have a hooker in your room! Pepper spray looks good on you…

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When Owen announced his retirement in 2012, he was ranked 71st on the NHL list of career goals, 33rd in power play goals, and 100th in points.owen5

He will always be remembered as one of the toughest and most skilled Sharks of all time. Thanks for the great years and Happy 42nd birthday, Owen! And lets not forget when he called his goal for a hat trick in the 1997 All Star Game on his home ice.

Cited: Susan Slusser              <—–Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

By: Dago Joe

Jerry Rice: A Football Life

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After watching NFL Network’s, A Football Life, I can honestly see why Jerry Rice was the Greatest of All Time. I’ll put my hatred of the Niners aside for the next hour…

Early Years

What I learned about Jerry is that he grew up outside a small town in Mississippi known as Crawford, his Dad was the local mason, and he loved to chase horses. Jerry would spend up to 45 minutes chasing and then catching the fastest horse in town, Petey. When he wasn’t chasing horses, he was working with his brothers and his father, catching bricks all day. No wonder Jerry was the best receiver of all time. The guy grew up chasing horses and catching bricks. Yes, chasing horses and catching fucking bricks. That is how you build the greatest receiver of all time.

As he grew older, he would go on to attend Mississippi Valley State University playing under coach Archie Cooley. Cooley designed a pass heavy offense for Jerry and star QB, Willie Totten. The two paired up nicely and together they earned the nickname “The Satellite Express”. At MVSU, Jerry broke 18 Division 1 records and recorded 28 TD’s during his senior year. Due to the small-school factor, almost every coach in the NFL looked beyond him, except Bill Walsh.

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Rookie Years

Jerry only ran a 4.7/40 yd dash, but he still caught the eye of Bill Walsh, head coach of the 49ers. I can’t believe he only ran a 4.7. The best receiver of all time ran a 4.7? Absolutely crazy. However, football genius, Bill Walsh noticed Rice’s explosiveness and knew he would be a great fit for his West Coast offense. In fact he was drawing up plays for Jerry before they drafted him. During the 1985 draft, the Niners made a deal with the Pats to jump up to #16 in order to draft him. As soon as Jerry showed up to training camp with the Niners he was in awe. Small town guy now in a big city, go figure. In his 1st season, he dropped a lot of balls. While he felt like a complete failure, he still recorded 49 catches for 927 yards and earned the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Late in the season in a Monday Night game against the Rams on December 9, 1985, Jerry set the single game franchise record for receiving yards with the help of Joe Montana.

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Joe is quoted, “Jerry wasn’t the fastest guy, but he had a knack to get behind defenders, if he saw the football in the air he would go get it because he knew it was his. I remember when he scored 5 TD’s on Atlanta in his 2nd season because nobody could guard him 1 on 1.”

Jerry learned a hard work ethic from his father at a young age, and he never lost it. He was known for his intense work out regimen which was centered around a 2 1/2 mile sprint up a mountain. Terrell Owens said he had to stop and rest a few times, while stating about Jerry, “that man is no joke, the man is a beast.” Jerry’s fear of failure is what kept him on his toes and he defined “strong work ethic” to many of his teammates.

Superbowl Years

Joe Montana and Jerry would lead the Niners to victory in Superbowl 23. Jerry had 11 catches for 215 yards and a TD beating the Bengals 20-16 and earning the Superbowl MVP. After the game, the media was more so focused on Joe Montana instead of Jerry, so Jerry spoke out. Not affecting his relationship with Joe whatsoever, the two would guide their team to the Superbowl the following year. The Niners beat the Broncos 15-10 and Jerry dominated the game with 7 catches, 148 yards, and 3 TD’s. Unfortunately, 3 of the team leaders: Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott, and Montana would leave the Niners during the offseason.

The stormin’ Mormon, Steve Young, joined the Niners that year, and Jerry wasn’t used to catching balls from a lefty. It took a lot of practice until the 2 clicked, but when they finally did, they were unstoppable. They reached the NFC Championship two years in a row, in 92′ and 93′, but lost both times to the Cowboys. America’s team? Ya right, fuck  Jerry Jones and the cowdicks. Then “Primetime” Deion Sanders joined the other side…

While Deion may have been cocky, he backed it up, winning the 1994 defensive player of the year. The Niners played the Cowboys again in the NFC Championship, this time, coming out victorious 38-28. In preparation for the Superbowl, Jerry wanted his teammates to stay in and stay focused. Deion, of course, wanted to party. A few nights before the game, the two got into a heated argument, which almost ended up in a fist fight. That would be some fight, huh? I would take angry Jerry over Deion any day. I would even bet a G that he would knock out Deion within 30 seconds of the fight.

The Niners ended up smoking the Chargers 49-26 and took the Lombardi Trophy back to San Francisco. Jerry had an outstanding game: 10 catches, 149 yards, 3 TD’s. Over the course of 3 Superbowls, Jerry had: 28 receptions, 512 yards, and 7 TD’s. OUTFUCKINSTANDING.

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Later Years

Jerry was always known to be the best dressed player on his team on or off the field. He would even comb his hair before putting on his helmet. He was a perfectionist and he defined the motto of “look good, feel good, play good.” During the late 90s, the “play good” portion of his creed became unseen by his coaches. He was no longer viewed as an elite wideout after the Niners acquired young stars, Terrell Owens and JJ Stokes. He was certainly aging but his tough work ethic never faded away. His daughter, Jacqui (smokeshow) found him sawing off his cast the night before a Monday Night game at The Stick against the Broncos. How did he perform? He caught a TD with a bum knee.

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In his final home game at The Stick against the Bears on December 17, 2000, coach Steve Mariucci wanted Rice to be Jeff Garcia’s #1 target. In the first 30 plays, Jerry was targeted on 15 of them. So the Bears began to double-team him, leaving Terrell Owens in single coverage. Garcia and TO took advantage of this, and TO went on to break the all time NFL record for most receptions in a game with 20 (Brandon Marshall now holds the record with 21). Jerry was quite upset that the day wasn’t focused on him anymore, so he asked Mariucci to put him back in with 1 minute left. Garcia aired out a deep ball to him over the middle of the field, and the crowd went crazy. The Niners carried Jerry off the field in his historic last home game at The Stick.

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In 2001, at age 39, Jerry was picked up by the Oakland Raiders and pulled in 175 passes in 2 seasons from Rich Gannon. The Raiders met the Bucs in Superbowl 37 and got smoked. Why did the Raiders get smoked? 1. Gruden knew the entire playbook because dumbfuck coach Bill Callahan didn’t change a thing. 2. Rich Gannon was a baby squid and didn’t throw the ball over the wide open middle (when he finally did, Rice scored a TD).

Rice joined the Seahawks at age 42, and at 43, he wasn’t able to earn a starting spot with the Broncos, so he finally retired.

Jerry Rice truly is the Greatest of All Time. He holds a plethora of NFL records including: most career receptions (1,549), most career receiving yards (22,895), and most career TD receptions (197). Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010, Jerry was the King of YAC and there will never be another GOAT.

By: Dago Joe

Kaepernick rips Sherman

By   @BrianMFloyd on Jan 30 2014, 1:39p

Colin Kaeprnick responded to Richard Sherman during Super Bowl media week and fought back with some fire. The Seahawks-49ers rivalry is the best in the NFL, and this is just another chapter in it.

Colin Kaeprnick responded to Richard Sherman during Super Bowl media week and fought back with some fire. The Seahawks-49ers rivalry is the best in the NFL, and this is just another chapter in it.

It’s no secret that the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers hate each other. Even if one only tuned in for the NFC Championship, it’d be apparent. But this is a budding NFL rivalry — one of, if not the, best — that goes beyond just Richard Sherman, Michael Crabtree and Colin Kaepernick, even if those three have had the spotlight lately.

The latest chapter in this story involves Kaepernick, who is in New York for Super Bowl week and making the media rounds. After all the attention was on Sherman following his post-game rant live on FOX, it’s Kaepernick’s turn. And hoooo boy he mad (via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post):

“As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really?” Kaepernick added. “If you have to go on national TV and try to say you’re the best cornerback in the league, then you’ve got your own insecurities.”

“I don’t care who’s out there,” Kaepernick said. “I had Crabtree one-on-one with half of the field to himself, and I’m going to take that every single time. He made a good play on that ball, but if I throw it a foot farther, it’s a touchdown and now you’re the goat, Richard Sherman.”

Kaep, YOU choked. You didn’t have to throw that ball and you did. Don’t say you would make that throw any day because 1. He was not open and 2. Sherman is a tall, talented CB, so why risk it? You did, and you lost. Instead of going on national TV and saying you are the best quarterback, you went on national TV and choked your chances of winning the Superbowl for the 3rd year in a row. You were on the bench in the NFC Championship against the Giants in 2012 (cough Kyle Williams cough), Superbowl last year? That’s more on Harbaugh than you. Regardless you guys wouldn’t have had a shot if Eddie Debartolo didn’t pay someone to shut off the power for an hour. This year against Seattle? All on you Kaep. All on you (and the refs, you guys almost got hosed worse than the Raiders and the “Tuck Rule”).

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Is Sherman a cocky piece of shit? Yes. But, he’s also the guy responsible for winning that game for his team. He stepped up and made a play. Don’t say “if I threw that ball 1 foot farther it would’ve been a TD” because hey Kaep, you DIDN’T, so you lost. Your team lost for the 3rd year in a row. What’s even worse is that the entire nation had to listen to this dumbass 24 year old from Stanford brag about how he is the best corner in the league because you didn’t throw the ball 1 ft further. Like you Kaep, my pops gave me advice as a kid…

“Hey look everybody, crossing guard is grabbing 8 year old’s asses over here!”

By: Dago Joe