AFC West

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    July 18, 2014

    The NFL Really Wants The Raiders To Play In The 49ers' Santa Clara Stadium

    Like ice cream cones or fish tacos, Raiders fans just don't travel well. A rash of violence following the Raiders-49ers game at Candlestick Park in August 2011 -- a preseason game, people -- led the NFL to essentially ban the annual trans-bay tilt between the two teams. The Bay Area's two pro fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Oakland Raiders Super Fan, Dr. Death, Starts Petition to Keep Team in Oakland

    Oakland Raiders fans were crushed when their beloved team moved to Los Angeles in 1982. In fact many of them did not return to the Coliseum when the team came back 12 years later. Now the threat of the team possibly going back to Southern California again is creating anxiety for Raider Nation as Los ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Chris Kluwe, Raiders Punter and Gay Rights Activist, Won't Skip Practice for White House Invitation

    Chris Kluwe is an old-school kind of Raider. A rebel. A badass. A pirate swaggering boisterously. He doesn't knock the shit out of receivers like Jack Tatum. Nor smack his head against the locker room wall before games like Phil Villapiano. Nor rip off and throw opponents' helmets like Lyle Alzado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Carson Palmer Traded in Exchange for Three Magic Beans

    Carson Palmer's value has dropped more precipitously than that of a new convertible or an old laptop -- which is fitting enough, because he ran slower than either. The Oakland Raiders today sent the quarterback packing to Arizona -- along with a seventh-round draft pick -- in exchange for a sixth-ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Ten of the Raiders' Last 12 First Round Picks Are no Longer on the Team

    In the 2000 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders used their first-round pick to select Sebastian Janikowski, a damn kicker. People laughed. People taunted. People thought the Raiders were crazy. And that would turn out to be one of the team's smarter first-round picks. This week, the Raiders released D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Here's Your 49ers Super Bowl XLVII Drinking Game

    What a time to be in San Francisco. On Sunday, the world's eyes will be on The City's team. The Super Bowl is America's favorite unofficial holiday, and San Francisco will be right in the middle of national party. A day of greasy foods, shouting, and general indulgence; a day for revelry and drink ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Jerry Rice and Tim Brown Claim Bill Callahan Sabotaged Super Bowl XXXVII

    It's that wonderful time of the year again. Super Bowl double week. Time to reflect upon Super Bowls past, basking in the NFL Films nostalgia of legendary performances and epic games. Remember Marcus Allen swerving around the Redskins defense before hitting light speed for 74 yards? Remember Montana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Football Fan Falls From Railing at Raiders Game

    A man attending the Oakland Raiders game last night remains hospitalized this morning after falling from a concourse at the Coliseum, authorities said. According to the press, shortly after kickoff at about 5:30 p.m., the man, who has not been identified, climbed over the wall on the concourse outs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    The 49ers Lost on Sunday, but at Least Their Cars Weren't Stolen

    It was the 49ers' most lopsided loss of the Jim Harbaugh-era. The New York Giants ran the ball effectively and made Alex Smith look like the old Alex Smith, all the while closing the always-trivial Power Rankings gap with the Falcons (dominant 26-3 win in SF > close 23-20 home win over the Raider ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2012
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    September 4, 2012

    49ers Fan Heckles Charger Fans Who Happen To Be Cops

    Updated 2:35 p.m. to show man's identity.Here's a cautionary tale for all prospective sporting agitators.One allegedly drunken San Francisco 49ers fan must have felt a surge of football-fueled hostility as he saw the group of San Diego Chargers fans stroll by in the Candlestick Park parking lot befo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Police Chief Asks 49ers Fans Not to Beat, Kill Each Other at Sunday's Game

    ​Football is a sport notorious for causing life-long injuries  -- and we're not only talking about the players. Fans can be just as brutal, as evidenced by the barbaric behavior we saw during the 49ers and Raiders pregame showdown at Candlestick Park earlier this year. So we think it's fair t ... More >>

  • News

    January 18, 2012
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    December 22, 2011

    49ers, Raiders Booting NFL Records

    Bombs away...​It warranted a mention, deep within local newspapers' sporting sections, that 49ers punter Andy Lee was named Special Teams Player of The Week. This is about as much mention as punters usually get. It's somewhat akin to being named outstanding McDonald's manager for your sub-region. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Raiders Accuse Nation's Burgers of Unsavory Advertising Practices

    The Raiders want Nation's to pay them, and not in burgers​The Oakland Raiders are taking Nation's Giant Hamburgers to court, claiming the Northern California food chain has .... uhh raided the team's famous trademark: Raider Nation. Now the question is will the Raiders "Just win, baby?"According t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Beefcake Football Players Serve You Drinks for Charity!

    ​What: 2011 NFL Celebrity Servers Event Where: MATRIX Fillmore When: Fri., November 11, 7:30 p.m. Cost: Donation The rundown: The Matrix Fillmore adds a side of beefcake to their menu for the 10th annual NFL Celebrity Servers party. You show up, you buy drinks, football players bring them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    49ers' Michael Crabtree Says Raiders-Loving Cop Pulled Him Over

    Being a Niner's fan (or player) is apparently violating the penal code ​It's not unheard of for officials to exercise their sporting allegiances where they can. Remember how broadcasters would claim the Giants were delayed until well after midnight by Canadian customs officials back when the Expos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Al Davis, Steve Jobs, and the Deaths of Difficult Men

    ​When Albert Schweitzer passed into the great beyond, the obituary writer's task was relatively straightforward. That's not to say it was easy -- but penning a remembrance for a man whose name has become synonymous with benevolence is a unique endeavor. More indicative of the challenges of blendin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Daunte Culpepper Horrifies 49er Fans

    The Ghost of Excellent Quarterbacking Past...​The notion of Daunte Culpepper being offered a contract -- or even being remotely considered as quarterback material -- caused millions of sphincters to tighten among 49ers fans throughout the realm. "Has it come to this?" was likely the thought of man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Donald Rumsfeld Calls Oakland Raiders 'Evil'

    Is this the face of evil?​In a recent interview that just so happened to take place on Super Bowl Sunday, Donald Rumsfeld -- who was notoriously regarded as callous during his term as Defense Secretary during George W. Bush's Iraq War -- dropped another "evildoer" reference. But this time he was t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Leave Jay Cutler Alone!

    Maybe not for long...​It's hard to believe, but Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler -- one of the most reviled men in sports -- has given people yet another reason to dislike him. After coming out of Sunday's championship game with a nondescript knee injury, players and fans alike excoriated the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Will NFC West Champ Be Worst Playoff Team Ever?

    BrokenSphereCoach Mike Singeltary famously stated 'I want winners.' He's not getting them.​No one who watched the San Francisco 49ers get themselves folded, spindled, and mutilated last night in San Diego probably stopped to think, "Hey, that looks like a playoff team there." And yet, due to the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    49ers-Broncos 'Spygate' Story Boggles the Mind

    Sadly, not even cheating allowed the Denver Broncos to slap these on with pride...​The revelation that the Denver Broncos saw fit to clandestinely record the San Francisco 49ers practice sessions -- yet still lost -- is a story that truly makes not one bit of sense. First of all, even the Niners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    49ers-Broncos Game in London Shaping Up to Be Epic Stinkbomb

    No matter what, a Smith will be the 49ers' QB​The announcement that Troy Smith will be under center for the 49ers in their forthcoming "home" contest vs. the Denver Broncos in London seals the deal: This may be the worst thing we've ever done to the British since convincing them to join us on our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Oakland's Mistah Fab: 'My City Needs Me'

    He's still mad at Al Davis​It's been a dark year for Oakland hip-hop -- at least judging from the videos. The latest in a string of WTF-is-going-on-in-this-town rhymes comes from none other than the former prince of hyphy, Mistah Fab. Over dramatic strings and a stuttering beat, his "My City Needs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Is Football Without Brain Damage Possible?

    Chris Brymer, far left, pictured with XFL teammates​Last month we reported in a cover story on the case of Chris Brymer, a former star lineman at USC who has been charged with hate-crime assault in San Francisco. Interviews with medical experts and with Brymer's friends and relatives indicated he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Bruce Gradkowski Is Raiders Starting QB. But He Isn't a 'Member of the Tribe.'

    ​Moments after the Oakland Raiders tabbed journeyman Bruce Gradkowski their starting quarterback, the tweets and the e-mails started coming. Even people who despise the Raiders or can't tell a football from a matzo ball were suddenly delighted that the team's new signal caller is a "Member of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Good, Bad, and Ugly of Sporting Weekend

    Smile and the world smiles with you, Tim​With college and professional football kicking off and baseball's pennant races rounding third, 'tis the season for sports junkies to never leave the couch. By the way, here are a few phone numbers for local divorce attorneys -- if, you know, this is a prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    JaMarcus Russell Admits He's a Codeine Guy

    JaMarcus Russell reveals the number of arrests he's suffered for alleged codeine possession​JaMarcus Russell, the departed Raiders quarterback who has staked a solid claim on being the biggest bust in National Football League history, has made a startling admission: He's used cough syrup in the pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Greg Skrepenak, Former Oakland Raider, Jailed for Corruption

    Greg Skrepenak, during happier days at Michigan​If ever an opponent blasted past former Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Greg Skrepenak a little too easily and flattened the quarterback -- maybe it all makes a bit more sense now. The former football player was today sentenced to two years in jail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    United Football League Fashion Show!

    Jon Dion OwensIs it really better to look good than to feel good? ​There is no old-timers day in modeling. Twiggy and Cheryl Tiegs do not prance down the catwalk after the cruel standards of their industry deem them old and unsuitable. There is an old-timers day, however, for the men who model foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Oakland Faders' DJ Platurn on Why Song Requests Suck and the Rise of Bottle Service Hip-Hop​Have you ever wondered just how much it pisses off a DJ when you request your favorite guilty pleasures all night? What actually happened to the hyphy movement? What sets Drake out from all the rest? DJ Platurn of the Oakland Faders gave us his candid thoughts on these topics and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    JaMarcus Russell Lawyers Up

    ​Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, busted last week for allegedly stocking up on codeine, has hired a blue-chip lawyer to handle his "purple drank" case. And attorney Donald Briskman talks a good game. "I think at the end of the day, JaMarcus is going to be acquitted and will go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz!

    Cops intercept JaMarcus Russell...​You know the drill, friends. Send me all the correct answers here, win a prize. Here you go: 1. Which of these was the statement Bay to Breakers spokesman Sam Singer gave SF Weekly regarding the race's latest announcement that it would no longer tolerate any booz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    The Most Peculiar Athlete Arrests of All-Time​ Following a police sting operation, epic NFL bust JaMarcus Russell added himself to the list of famous figures, including Lil' Wayne, who've been nailed for possession of codeine cough syrup -- the key ingredient of "purple drank."Russell's Monday arrest on a Nyquil rap got us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Week in Gay: Carrie Prejean to Wed 'Jesus in Cleats'

    Her prince has come!​On Thursday, members of the LGBT media were invited to participate in some kind of weird press conference at the White House. Was it a show of good faith (this is a first for queer journalists) or just another attempt to appear attentive? An administration official named Melod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Daunte Culpepper Fulfills Destiny, Signs With Sacramento Mountain Lions Football Team

    ​Former star NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper, having already fulfilled his karmic fate by playing for the Oakland Raiders, has now continued upon his predetermined sports destiny by inking a contract with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    JaMarcus Russell: Big Bust or Biggest Bust?

    JaMarcus Russell is now No. 1 on a most unenviable list...​The proper monument to Oakland's just-concluded JaMarcus Russell era would be a hole in the ground. Perhaps it would be a hole large enough to accommodate the $39 million the Oakland Raiders squandered on the historically underachieving qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz!

    Now that's a good one!​Being smart and fast isn't just its own reward. The first to send back a perfect score on this quiz -- send it here, friends -- gets a prize. What poor soul with local ties just signed a contract to play quarterback for the woebegone Oakland Raiders? A. Kyle BollerB. Jeff Ga ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2010

    No Way Out

    Inmate Lonnie Morris is a role model, antiviolence program leader, and darling of the media. But will the parole board see past his crime?

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    San Francisco Does NOT Win 'Most Photo-Friendly City' Contest -- So We'll Denigrate the Poll (It's a Coping Mechanism)

    This is not pee-wee soccer. There are winners and losers in life. In the immortal words of Reese Bobby, "If you ain't first, you're last." So, we're chagrined to announce that San Francisco has been named first loser by Popular Photography Magazine in its "Most Photo-Friendly City" contest (that'd b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    The City of Industry 49ers? Don't Laugh -- The Team has Done Stranger Things (See: Smith, Alex)

    Most San Franciscans know City of Industry as the oddly named Los Angeles suburb where we send the monthly checks for our Capital One cards. But, in the near future, we may be sending them something else -- the 49ers. If anyone spat a mouthful of coffee on the monitor just now, we're sorry (but not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    'Economic Revitalization' Plan Pushed by Raiders, Oakland Officials Is Delusional -- And Should Not Be Reported on Uncritically

    If Oakland politicos and Raiders officials earnestly reported that the sun rotates around the earth or that the world is shaped like a yam, we would expect something other than a cursory retelling in the next day's papers. So why, when the city and team announce that they hope to bring about "econom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    For a Football Coach, a Family Is a Wonderful Thing -- You Can Blame Them for Everything

    Over the weekend, Scott Linehan, the 49ers' preferred choice to coordinate the team's once-proud (read: Not so proud anymore) offense surprised the team by offering the thanks-but-no-thanks. Turning down the job was an eyebrow-raiser -- but not so much as the excuse he offered: "The timing isn't rig ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008
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    September 25, 2007

    RaidersSuckNinersSuck: Week 3

    Every Monday Tuesday, this football season the SF Weekly news blog 'The Snitch' features "RaidersSuckNinersSuck", because let's face it, they do. Let us continue with Week 3. -ed Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns OK, so the boys in black managed to beat the worst team in football. So maybe they aren’ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2007

    RaidersSuckNinersSuck: Week1

    Every Tuesday this football season the SF Weekly news blog is running a segment we call, "RaidersSuckNinersSuck", because let's face it, they do. Each week we will also award one of our crap NFL teams the award of "Most Suckiest." At the end of the year the team with the most Sucky Trophies will get ... More >>

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    The Sporting Life

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    August 29, 2001

    Electric Avenue

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