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KCBS Sports Fans

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KCBS Sports Fans: Revisiting Tony La Russa’s Legacy

The whole notion of “going out on top” sounds good, but it doesn’t happen often enough. Too many athletes, coaches, and managers stick around hoping for one more trip to the top of the hill–one that seldom comes.

12/09/2013

Michael Griffin #33 of the Tennessee Titans hits Mychal Rivera #81 of the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum on November 24, 2013 in Oakland, California. Griffin was penalized for the helmet-to-helmet hit. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Earth to NFL – Time To Get Serious

KCBS News Anchor Stan Bunger (who along with KCBS Sports Anchor Steve Bitker are the on-air duo known as KCBS Sports Fans) offers his unique sports analysis.    (KCBS) – Let’s not kid ourselves here: football is dangerous, and the […]

11/25/2013

In this 2008 photo former Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards suffers a concussion while playing for the Buffalo Bills. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Pro Sports Paying The Price For Legacy Of Violence

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 consequence may be more injuries to the knees of players as tacklers aim lower.

11/13/2013

Pete Kozma #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals drops the ball as Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox slides into second base during Game One of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: World Series Umps Get It Right Without Instant Replay

As baseball joins the headlong rush toward video replay, 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.

10/24/2013

Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill crosses the finish line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during race 18 of the America's Cup Finals on September 24, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Team USA swept two races today against Team New Zealand to tie the series at 8, settiing up a winner-take-all race tomorrow. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: America’s Cup Return To SF Should Be 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.

09/26/2013

Yasiel Puig's theatrics continue.  (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Puig Changing The Identity Of The Dodgers

Giants fans, it’s pretty bad right now. That sweep at the hands of the Cubs–all one-run losses, all marked by painful moments of failure–is the low point of 2013. For now.

07/29/2013

Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics hits an RBI triple driving in Coco Crisp #4 against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park on May 29, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Best Of Times, Worst Of Times For Bay Area Baseball

The A’s have gone from plucky to scary and lead the AL West again (with the league’s second-best record). The Giants? Well, they’re summoning up memories of the Bad Old Days.

07/11/2013

Umpires (L-R) Angel Hernandez, Doug Eddings, Adrian Johnson and Dana DeMuth discuss a call and decide to go and use video replay to confirm the call on the field of a foul ball during the sixth inning of a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 22, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Baseball’s Replay Mess

As I’ve written before, I’m not in the replay camp. I’m just fine with umps blowing calls (after all, the players screw up and don’t get re-do’s), but I recognize that I’m in the minority.

06/14/2013

Jason Collins #98 of the Boston Celtics in a game against the Golden State Warriors on December 29, 2012 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Jason Collins And The Big Out

It’s tempting to compare Jason Collins with Jackie Robinson; after all, the biopic about Robinson, “42″, is a hot movie ticket right now and both are pioneers.

04/29/2013

Tiger Woods of the United States prepares to hit a shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. (Harry How/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Golf’s Goof At The Masters

Take nothing away from Adam Scott. His playoff win over Angel Cabrera at the Masters was gripping drama and Australians are rightfully celebrating the first-ever Augusta win by one of their own.

04/15/2013

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