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Stan Bunger & Steve Bitker

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How To Fix Replay

A week into the Major League Baseball season, it's already clear that the new replay rules need some work. From the bizarre wait in Oakland while Coco Crisp's walkoff homer was confirmed, to the travesty in Phoenix where an obviously blown call at the plate couldn't be challenged because Bruce Bochy had already lost an appeal, to the uneven ap

Not "Jerry Maguire"

%name Stan Bunger & Steve Bitker The headlines scream about State Senator Leland Yee and Chinatown mobster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. But there's a fascinating--and perhaps horrifying--story deeper in the massive criminal case unfolding in San Francisco. It's the tale of a young man named Marlon Sullivan. On the one hand, there's the Marlon Sullivan who became one o

The Dodger Experiment

Much of the attention the Los Angeles Dodgers have been getting focuses on their drunken-sailor-level spending.  The Dodgers will enter the 2014 season with the biggest payroll in the big leagues at over $220 million. That's $75 million more than the Giants and a staggering $160 million more than the A's. But a much bigger story about money may be

Nothing To See Here, Move Along

One athlete came off the bench to nearly foul out while scoring zero points in 10 minutes of playing time in an NBA game. The other wasn't even playing a game; he'd shown up for the increasingly-weird spectacle known as the NFL Scouting Combine. Yet both Jason Collins and Michael Sam made history over the weekend. Now, let's hope what they rep

Earth to NFL: Time To Get Serious

Let's not kid ourselves here: football is dangerous, and the NFL brand is very dangerous. But if the NFL really and truly wanted to make it less dangerous, it would get more serious about the rules surrounding headhunting. Sure, the "targeting" rule gets enforced and 15-yard penalties and fines get handed out. But all too often, the headhunter

The Hits Keep Coming

America's two biggest professional sports are facing the same problem: they've become too violent. It's a real quandary for the NFL, which has marketed its brand of sanctioned mayhem for many a year. Now, the league is trying to ease away from the madness a bit, imposing heavier fines on players who deliver blows to the head. The unintended co

Not So Hard, Was It?

Baseball is joining the headlong rush toward video replay. But the Beantown Blooper in Game 1 of the World Series is proof that many, if not most, of the bad calls in baseball don't require replay to resolve.  All they require is a quick meeting of the umpires. When Dana DeMuth missed the call at second base (Cards shortstop Pete Kozma dropped a feed wh

This Should Be An Easy Call

Anywhere else on Earth, the chance to host a world-class event like the America's Cup would have the civic leaders abuzz. But in case you haven't been paying attention, San Francisco may or may not be on the same planet as the rest of us. Side story that says a lot about the political realities of San Francisco: let's go back to 1983. Mayor Di

How To Make a Problem Worse

Look, everyone agrees that football needs to do something about the head injuries. But I think that pretty soon, everyone is going to agree that the NCAA's new "targeting" rule is a complete disaster. The first weekend of the college season brought a number of penalties for violation of the new rule, put in place this season in an attempt to m

Dempster Achieves The Impossible

I didn't see this coming: I'm sitting down to write a piece defending Alex Rodriguez. While the Lords of Baseball (and certainly the New York Yankees) wish A-Rod would just go away, the boneheads of Boston have managed to render him at least a mildly sympathetic figure. Numerous members of the Red Sox issued public complaints about Rodriguez'