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KCBS Sports Fans

Head coach Mike Rice of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights directs his players in the first half against the DePaul Blue Demons at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2013 in New York City. ( Elsa/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Coaching, But Not Teaching

It’s been a bit amusing to watch the handwringing and indignation surrounding the Mike Rice story.

04/04/2013

Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two-run single against the St Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on May 17, 2012. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Sitting Out The Fantasy Baseball Frenzy

It’s that time of year: workplaces and campuses everywhere are abuzz with the frenzy of the fantasy baseball draft. Fantasy-league managers are scouring various sources, looking for the hidden gems that will give them bragging rights all summer long.

03/27/2013

United States' Adam Jones (10) celebrates his run scored against Team Canada with teammate Jimmy Rollins (11) in the 8th inning during a World Baseball Classic game on March 10, 2013 in Phoeniz, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

KCBS Sports Fans: A Classic In Name Only

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s bombast to the contrary, the World Baseball Classic is little more than a transparent attempt to add some hype to the normally-lazy days of spring training (and you’ll note, I refuse to use the capital letters–Spring Training–that baseball has adopted in yet another effort to aggrandize itself).

03/11/2013

San Francisco Giants infielder Angel Villalona fields a ball as spring training prospect Ricky Oropesa jogs in the background at Scottsdale Stadium, February 18, 2013. (Stan Bunger/KCBS)

KCBS Sports Fans: Subtle Charms Of Spring Training

There is still a way for real fans to have a meaningful (and reasonably priced) spring training experience. It’s simple: show up before the teams start playing exhibition games.

02/20/2013

San Diego Chargers v Oakland Raiders

KCBS Sports Fans: Raiders Now Bargain Of The Century

Long ago, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell famously said, “on any given Sunday, any team in the NFL can beat any other team.” It’s worth noting that Bell died in 1959, long before the current edition of the Oakland Raiders took the field.

02/07/2013

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is surrounded by reporters during Super Bowl XLVII Media Availability at the New Orleans Marriott, January 31, 2012. (CBS)

KCBS Sports Fans: Culliver Remarks Not Surprising

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m having a hard time getting all worked up about what Chris Culliver said.

01/31/2013

San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, speaks with the media during a media availability session for Super Bowl XLVII at the New Orleans Marriot on January 28, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Jim Harbaugh, Comedy Star

Ever since he burst on the Bay Area’s collective radar as Stanford’s head coach, Jim Harbaugh has been a bit of a puzzle to many people.

01/29/2013

Jim Harbaugh, John Madden (Jeff Zelevansky/Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Caught Between Two Geniuses

I’ll say it right up front: I have a great job. I’m the grown-up version of the kid who was curious about everything, read every scrap of paper he could get his hands on, and never stopped asking questions.

01/25/2013

Chad Hall (NFL/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: The Littlest, Unlikeliest 49er

You could easily walk past Chad Hall on the street and never guess at his occupation: NFL player. As the photo he Tweeted while flying to the NFC Championship game shows, Hall looks more like a snowboarder or the young guy working at your local sporting goods store.

01/24/2013

Kicker David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after he misses a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: The Lonely Life Of The Placekicker

The reality of pro football is that the little guy has a huge role. That’s why there’s so much concern surrounding the 49ers’ David Akers.

01/23/2013

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