NFL Sends Harbaugh Letter To Stop Discussing Free Agents

If Jim Harbaugh wants to discuss players on the 49ers roster, then that’s fine. However, the NFL is not happy about him talking openly about free agents during the lockout. As you know he’s gone on and on about Alex Smith, how he thinks he’ll resign, how he has a playbook, how Alex’s kids are doing, and what underwear he’s wearing.

Here’s more on that and other 49er notes.

May 31, 2011 at 11:36 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Brandon Belt Blogs About His Return To The Giants

Brandon Belt has posted a blog about being called back up to the Giants. Basically, he’s been running on fumes the last couple of days. He talks about heading for bed around 12:30am the other night, only to get a call from the Giants. They picked him up at 6am.

Read the post.

May 27, 2011 at 10:46 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Make Your Catcher Proud…

The furious, dramatic rally the Giants pulled off to tie the game seemed like an afterthought.  The soul of their team, young Buster Posey, was writhing in pain after a devastating collision at the plate.  The sellout crowd fell silent, as if a black cloud had descended on the park…as if Buster was the only thing that mattered…. because he was.  As someone in the clubhouse was heard to say..”It’s way serious.”  There’s no denying it… Buster Posey won’t be catching for the Giants any time soon.  So what now?  Do you kiss off the rest of the season?  Only losers do that.  It’s time for the players… and the fans… to suck it up.  Panda will return soon… maybe he continues to pound the ball.  Brandon Belt has to contribute, just as Buster did exactly a year ago as an unproven rookie.  Better at-bats… clutch hitting… keep the line moving.  No time to hang your heads.  Rededicate yourself.   Win this for your catcher…. the soul of your team.

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May 26, 2011 at 11:51 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Warriors Bring In “The Logo…”

So the Warriors have brought in a guy.  Not just any guy.  They’ve secured the services of Hall of Famer Jerry West, who’ll now join their executive board.  Yeah, there’s a reason Jerry West is the model for the NBA logo..  he’s a badass.  I know he’s had a long career as an exec, but in ancient times, oh he could play.  I was shocked that his bio lists him as 6’ 2”… because he was a giant on the court.   When he starred with the Lakers, I once saw him cross half court, take a dribble and hit nothing but net.  Then he did it again.  In those days, there was no three-point line… and I wonder how many points he would have accumulated had there been one.  So Jerry West is a Warrior.  Sounds weird.  They’ll get used to it.

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May 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Crabtree Is Working Out With Other 49ers

The news that Michael Crabtree is working out with his fellow 49ers is good news. Maybe he felt pressured by the group of players who are gathered in Santa Clara. Working out in Dallas by yourself doesn’t exactly endear you to your teammates. Besides, when you’re seen as a guy that doesn’t want to put the time in, and wants to squeak out an injury for as long as you can, you better change your mindset. Otherwise, Vernon Davis might show up and confront you again. I don’t think anybody who’s halfway sane would want any part of that again.

May 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Too Many Heart Stoppers…

Every team has the talent to come from behind and steal a win.  But come on… The Giants have been doing it practically every night.  Nate Schierholtz, Darren Ford, Manny Burriss, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff… coming through when all hope seems to be lost.  And speaking of talent, let’s face it…’s not like the Giants are stacked with an All-Star caliber lineup.  Maybe that’s why so few “experts” pick this team to even make the playoffs.  They’re still being underestimated… and that’s why we love ‘em.  The Misfits are back.  Oh, and to that person who’s inventing a revolutionary catcher’s helmet…  please roll one out for Buster.

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May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Nate Is Money…

Nate Schierholtz showed off his rifle arm the other night by throwing out a guy at second, but last night’s game-ending catch against the Dodgers was unreal… maybe the defensive play of the year.  Stop what you’re doing check it out here. Aubrey Huff said, “Thank God that wasn’t me.”  No kidding.  Is there any doubt as to who ought to be patrolling right field?  And the stellar play preserved Madison Bumgarner’s first win of the year.  Coming into the game 0-6, had Bum let another one get away, he would have gone straight to South America and joined the priesthood.

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May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

It’s Official-Jerry West Joining The Golden State Warriors As Board Member

Jerry West being added to the Golden State Warriors could be the key to moving them to a playoff contender. Although it’s being billed as “Executive board member” his role has been described as functioning in a “wide-ranging capacity.”

Here’s the press release below.

The Golden State Warriors have added Jerry West as one of the club’s Executive Board members, the team announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

West, who will be introduced to the Bay Area media on Tuesday, joins Joe Lacob, Peter Guber, Vivek Ranadivé, Erika Glazer, Fred Harman, Bob Piccinini and Bruce Karsh on the club’s Executive Board.

West, 72, will assist the Warriors’ ownership group and represent the organization in a wide variety of team-related functions in his role with the club.

The position will encompass various areas and responsibilities, ranging from basketball operations to business, sponsorship and marketing endeavors.

He will report directly to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and will travel to the Bay Area frequently while maintaining his Los Angeles-based residence.

“We are elated to add Jerry West and his incredible list of credentials to our Executive Board,” said Warriors Owner Joe Lacob.  “His accomplishments in this business as both a player and executive are almost beyond comprehension and certainly well-documented.  He’s simply a winner and, quite honestly, you can never have too many of those in your organization.  After spending time with him in recent weeks, including a terrific meeting two weeks ago that included Peter Guber, Larry Riley, Bob Myers and our entire Basketball Operations staff, it’s quite evident that he still has an unrelenting passion for the game and the business.  His vast experiences, knowledge, credibility and intuition will benefit our organization on many different levels.  We’re fortunate that we will have the ability to tap into his expertise on a wide-array of subjects on both the basketball and business side of the operation and I would expect that he will be a valuable representative on many fronts.”

“I’m really pleased that we were able to add someone the caliber of Jerry West to our organization,” said Warriors’ Co-Owner Peter Guber.  “He has earned great respect in all circles, including the entire entertainment field, and his business savvy will serve us well and prove invaluable.  Overall, his career has been nothing short of remarkable and his name alone has become synonymous with winning and success.  I could sense his love for the game and tremendous passion during our meetings in recent weeks and I think his attitude will be infectious.  He will be a tremendous resource for us in this particular role and it is also a position that suits Jerry very well at this stage of his life.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity and, quite frankly, humbled that the new ownership group with the Warriors inquired about my interest in joining the organization in this capacity,” said West.  “I’ve had the good fortune to work for two wonderful owners, Dr. Jerry Buss and Michael Heisley,  as an executive and I know that you must have a commitment at the top to succeed.  I sense that is certainly the case with the Warriors or I would not have made this decision.  This role is appealing at this particular time because it will provide me an opportunity to remain close to the game and contribute to an organization in a meaningful, all-encompassing manner.  It had to be the right situation with the right group of people and this opportunity certainly meets those criteria.  I’ve been extremely impressed with Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the members of the Basketball Operations staff during our conversations and I’m looking forward to working with them and other members of the Warriors’ organization as we move forward.”

A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, West was a 14-time NBA All-Star during his illustrious 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.  He is one of only seven players in NBA history to play at least 14 seasons in the league and be selected as a member of the All-Star team every year.  Additionally, he ranks 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (25,192 points) and guided the Lakers to nine (9) trips to the NBA Finals and one NBA Championship (1972) as a player.  Overall, he averaged 27.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds during his 14-year NBA career.

Following his playing career, West spent a successful three-year period as the head coach of the Lakers (1976-79, .589 winning percentage) and a brief three-year tenure as a consultant (1979-82, two NBA titles) with the team before transitioning full-time into the front office, where he spent a total of 18 years with the Lakers as General Manager/Executive VP of Basketball Operations.  During his tenure at the helm of Basketball Operations in Los Angeles, the Lakers captured four (4) NBA Championships (1985, 1987, 1988, 2000) and appeared in the playoffs in 17 of 18 seasons.  West’s most recent foray with an NBA team occurred in Memphis from 2002-2007, when he led the Grizzlies, who had previously never made the playoffs, to three consecutive post-season appearances (2004, 2005, 2006) as the team’s President of Basketball Operations.

May 20, 2011 at 9:27 am | Uncategorized | No comment

Local Athletes Of The Year Named

As proud partners with the community, we’re excited to share this news from SureWest Sports Show.  You can here the hour-long youth sports program, “SureWest Sports Radio Show,” with Mike Finnerty and SacBee’s Joe Davidson, Saturday mornings 9:00a-10:00a on ESPN 1320.



ROSEVILLE, CA – May 19, 2011 – SureWest Communications (NASDAQ: SURW) today announced the third annual SureWest Sports Show Athletes of the Year recipients. Winners selected for the 2010-11 season were:



Highlights and interviews with the winners will air on the May 25, 2011 episode of the SureWest Sports Show; a 30-minute program spotlighting local youth and high school sports. The SureWest Sports Show broadcasts each Wednesday on SureWest channel 702 at 7 p.m. and can also be viewed online at The SureWest Sports Show is the only Sacramento area program to showcase both youth and high school sports featuring scores, highlights and interviews. Fans can view new and archived shows, sign up Facebook for Twitter and alerts, and find out where the show will be next at


SureWest Sports Show Female Athlete of the Year Belle Obert was captain for the Del Oro High School girl’s varsity volleyball program and was named co-MVP of the Sierra Foothill League, First Team All-Metro and MaxPreps Second Team All-State. She helped lead the Golden Eagles to the CIF Division II Semi-Finals. Obert also played basketball for Del Oro, helping them capture the Sierra Foothill League title for the seventh consecutive year. As team captain, Obert was selected league co-MVP, First Team All-League and First Team All-Metro while leading the team to both the Division II and NorCal championship basketball games. Obert was also selected to play in the basketball and volleyball Optimist All-Star games. Outside of athletics, Obert held a 4.2 GPA and was involved in community programs such as “Crutches to Haiti” and “Soles 4 Souls.” She will attend Butler University this spring on a volleyball scholarship.


“Belle was a great leader for our volleyball team, both on and off the court,” said Del Oro Girl’s Volleyball Head Coach Stuart Kageta. “She has amazing concentration on the court and made positive things happen no matter what the circumstance.”


SureWest Sports Show Male Athlete of the Year Kyle Howarth was an All-League First Team selection in three sports at Granite Bay High School in 2010-11. In soccer, he earned First Team All-League honors for the third consecutive year and helped lead the Grizzlies to a #5 national ranking as they captured the Sierra Foothill League Championship and Division II CIF Championship. Howarth also excelled in basketball, leading the Sierra Foothill League with 8.6 rebounds per game. Lastly, Howarth shined in volleyball, leading the Grizzlies to the SFL co-league championship as the team’s Offensive MVP. In the classroom, Howarth held a 4.2 GPA and will attend the University of Davis as a pre-med student.


“Kyle Howarth is an outstanding young man, and in all my years of coaching, I have never come across a better all-around athlete, student and person,” said Granite Bay Boy’s Volleyball Head Coach Bruce Honberger. “He exemplifies the student athlete.”


Read Joe Davidson’s blog, here:

May 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Brian Lopez's Blog | No comment

San Francisco Giants Named Professional Sports Team of the Year

For what it’s worth, Sports Business Journal has named the San Francisco Giants the Professional Sports Team of the Year. How can you not give it to them? They scrapped their lineup together off the waiver wire and everything clicked.

“We are pleased to honor the visionaries who are driving the sports industry with our fourth annual Sports Business Awards,” says Richard Weiss, publisher of the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. “The winners and nominees being honored tonight are pushing innovation with smart thinking and creative approaches.”

May 19, 2011 at 9:54 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

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