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Stan Bunger

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

Toney Douglas #15 of the Houston Rockets shoots against the Golden State Warriors on February 5, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: Warriors, Rockets Tangle Over Meaningless Record

Is there a more hollow phrase anymore than “That’s one for the record book”?

02/06/2013

Governor Jerry Brown prepares to start the countdown clock to the opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Signals Official Countdown To Opening Of New Bay Bridge

Let the countdown begin to the opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. It’s set to open the Tuesday after Labor Day 2013.

02/04/2013

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

LaMichael James #23 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a 15-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: 49ers RB James A Sleeper Super Bowl Hero?

If I had to pick one guy most likely to surprise at the Super Bowl, it would be LaMichael James.

01/22/2013

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