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Individual trophies for the Madden-Mariucci Charity Bocce tournament. (Ed Jay)

Daily Madden: John’s Team Takes Bocce Trophy

John Madden and his Ruby Hills team hoisted the trophy with John’s name on it Wednesday, winning the Madden-Mariucci Battle of the Bay Charity Bocce Tournament.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–06/06/2013

Pitcher J.A. Happ #48 of the Toronto Blue Jays lies on the mound after he was hit by a line drive from the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on May 7, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Another Line Drive Shot To Pitcher’s Head

It’s happened again in baseball: a pitcher hit in the head by a line drive, crumpling on the mound as the stadium goes silent.

05/08/2013

Andrew Bogut #12 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after defeating the Denver Nuggets in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2013 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Warriors, Fans Show Their Yellow Courage

I’m not really a fan of the made-for-TV bit of theater in which the home team gets all its fans to wear the same color. White, red, orange, black…we’ve seen it all and it always seems a bit hokey to me.

05/03/2013

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

Nike Lunar MVP Pro Pregame shoes. (Stan Bunger/CBS)

KCBS Sports Fans: Giants’ Shoes Stylish, But Lack Polish

Angel Pagan may want to re-think his selection of cleats as part of his game-day wardrobe.

04/22/2013

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

(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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

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