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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – In a KCBS discussion among players from two teams that didn’t make the playoffs, there was a lot of complaining about the results in the annual Madden-Mariucci Battle of the Bay Charity Bocce tournament Wednesday.

Everyone agreed that with a 1-3 record, the KCBS Adams Pool team didn’t belong in the playoffs. John Madden complained that a new “point differential” rule kept his team out of the playoffs, even though they beat the team in their bracket that did advance.

The Raiders team complained that they were stuck on the wet outdoors courts more often than the 49ers team.

“I guess there still is a little something there,” Madden said, referring to the cross Bay rivalry.

No one seemed to like the fact that the Dogs of War team won for the second year in a row.

“You go to one of these charity tournaments, the worst thing you can do is win it,” said Madden. “Everyone calls you sand bagger, cheater… You got to put up with ridicule.”

“If nothing else,” Madden said, “that was the best playing that I’ve seen by all the teams…I thought it was pretty good bocce.”

But he said he wasn’t impressed by the play of the other former coach who co-sponsors the tournament, Steve Mariucci.

“Probably a pretty good high school athlete in his day,” Madden said. (8:40)

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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