When San Francisco’s regular season schedule was announced, 49er nation cringed. There is not a single game that screams ‘easy win’; which is not ideal for a team that figures it will be in a dog fight within their very own division just to get into the playoffs.
The one thing on the minds of the NFC champion Niners is bringing home the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy after coming so close in a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens — and Jim Harbaugh’s big brother, John — back in February.
Reggie McKenzie has spent most of his first two years as Oakland Raiders general manager tearing down a team mired in years of struggles. Despite underwhelming prognostications, McKenzie heads into 2013 with optimism about the direction of the franchise.
The San Jose Sharks responded to their quickest playoff exit in a run of eight straight postseason appearances with tinkering instead of a roster overhaul.
San Francisco sure hopes Posey’s presence in the middle of the lineup and behind the plate will go a long way toward bringing the franchise back to the magic it felt during an improbable World Series championship run in 2010.
For all that this club went through this winter watching two starting pitchers traded away along with the All-Star closer, landing Ramirez and outbidding some big spenders for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes means an awful lot to the Athletics.
Two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash.
The A’s got back to .500 last year and, in what would be a remarkably quick turnaround by baseball standards, appear poised to compete again in 2011.