This is just too easy. Can of corn. It's like, some of this stuff, I can just pluck right out of last year's column. As baseball season kicks off tonight, here are my predictions for 2014:
Can a gentrification story be squeezed out of ersatz celebrities made out of wax? Possibly, as San Francisco's lone locally owned wax museum is going corporate.Today is is the Wax Museum's last day after its 50-year-run at Fisherman's Wharf's. The Fong family, which has run the museum since before t ... More >>
A rapid conversion from America's foremost cyclist to America's foremost drugged-up fraud hasn't yet lost Lance Armstrong his entire ball of wax. But wax Lance Armstrong is feeling the effects. The torso of the yellow jersey-clad Armstrong figure was spotted this week in the prone position at San Fr ... More >>
Everyone is talking about Lance Armstrong. "Will Armstrong go to prison?" ponders the Guardian [http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2013/01/16/lance-armstrong-and-sf-financier]. "What's the Oprah angle?" bids the New York Times. "Should we forgive Lance Armstrong?" the Chronicle asks of its readers (spoile ... More >>
When we last checked in nearly three weeks ago, supporters and opponents of Proposition 29, which would increase a cigarette tax by $1 per pack, were probably tempted to chain smoke away the nerves from too-close-to-call election results. Now you can dump those ash trays, because the ballot initia ... More >>
It's all gotta be part of Big Tobacco's plan. Tobacco companies pumped more than $46 million into the campaign against Proposition 29, which would increase the tax on cigarette packs by $1.Perhaps they could have donated more money. Instead, they might have struck the exact minimum amount necessary ... More >>
Our critics weigh in on local theater.
Our critics weigh in on local theater.
Matt SmithIt's hard to stop a leak.Attorneys for Lance Armstrong pivoted from demanding an apology for purported inaccuracies in a recent 60 Minutes doping exposé to lambasting the "leakers" who proved that the report was true. Last month, Armstrong hired a San Francisco law firm famed ... More >>
Is used to winning No sooner had Lance Armstrong juiced his legal team last week by adding the San Francisco firm famed for helping ballplayers battle leaks in the BALCO drugs case, than Keker & Van Nest came out swinging, making a public demand that CBS apologize for doping allegat ... More >>
It's all about who owned what and when.Lance Armstrong has added two more San Francisco attorneys to his defense team to help ward off possible charges that he was doping while cycling the Tour de France. Additionally, SF Weekly has more details on the 1996-2004 U.S. Postal Service cycling t ... More >>
It's about the EPO.CBS' 60 Minutes shook the sporting world Sunday with extraordinary doping accusations involving the seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. According to Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong dosed his own teammates post-race with droppers-full of st ... More >>
No Shaven-legged, 2-percent-body-fat Europeans allowed!For the first time in 10 years, the international professional bicycle-racing circuit will bypass San Francisco, while today's stage three of America's biggest cycling event, the Tour of California, is skipping the city with a jaunt from Aubu ... More >>
Look what you've done!! I'm melting, melting. Jeff Novitzky, the USDA investigator famed for pursuing Barry Bonds in the BALCO steroids case, was in Lyon, France this week chasing evidence that cycling star Lance Armstrong doped in violation of multimillion dollar sponsorship agreements with the ... More >>
What, Lance worry?Lance Armstrong's whirlwind publicity tour of San Francisco this week was a textbook example of a damage control strategy in which a public figure faced with scandal strenuously seeks to act as if there aren't any problems, according to PR experts quoted by the Associated Press. ... More >>
Matt SmithI'd better have someone look after that pain in my ass...Lance Armstrong has further lawyered up in the face of possible federal doping allegations by adding former Bill Clinton Whitewater counsel Mark Fabiani to his burgeoning legal team. Fabiani specializes in steering scandal-plagued ... More >>
What's in the cup, Lance? The criminal investigation into the U.S. Postal Service-sponsored team of cycling champion Lance Armstrong took a vast leap forward today with reports that former teammate Tyler Hamilton has agreed to speak with federal investigators. Hamilton, an Olympic gold medal ... More >>
Matt Smith illustrationDoping Investigation Gaining on ArmstrongLance Armstrong today distanced himself from a federal doping fraud investigation by claiming he had no ties to the San Francisco company set up to own and manage the U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team, the New York Times reports.  ... More >>
No, no, not that way. This way...At this point, who isn't investigating Lance Armstrong? The World Anti-Doping Agency has joined the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney's office to look into allegations that directors of Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team conducted ... More >>
Might this affect Lance's concentration?The Wall Street Journal, which for a week has been rumored to be preparing a Game of Shadows-style story detailing doping allegations against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, announced in Friday's paper that it plans to release just such ... More >>
Dennis BuddLance Armstrong and two other Tour of California participants have been accused of being dope-usersSigh of relief for race sponsor Amgen: Drugs Lance Armstrong accused of using made by competing company.The Amgen Tour of California bicycle race was rocked Thursday by accusations from 2 ... More >>
A morning drizzle and a mid-workaday-morning roll-out-time led to scant crowds at the Ocean Beach start of Tuesday's stage of the Tour of California cycling race. Those who attended got a real taste of bicycle racing, big-time European -style, in which teams of athletes who dress (and weigh) like jo ... More >>
BombHipHop.comAvailable in Purple (and other colors, too) Despite your PBR tattoo, pimped-out track bike, and closet full of guayabera shirts and skinny pants, admit it: your life as a hipster was incomplete. You desperately searched for meaning at Kuduro parties, chic art openings, and mons ... More >>
Levi LeipheimerLevi Leipheimer, the petite, bald-headed San Rafael resident who until Thursday was considered a possible dark horse to win the Tour de France, dropped out Friday with a wrist fracture suffered in a crash during Wednesday's stage, according to press reports.Though Leipheimer's Astana ... More >>
Very Nice! Now that Bay Area resident and Lance Armstrong teammate Levi Leiphiemer took Monday's lead in the Tour of California bicycle race, some Snitchophrenics have taken notice of this Big International Sporting Spectacle, and come away confused.Funny clothes, foreign sponsors, misshapen ... More >>
Part II of our explainer of California's new favorite bike race. For Part I, click here. Q: What could beat seeing ballerina-thin American demi-gods Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer prance weightlessly up mountain passes in pursuit of victory in a week-long endurance contest? A: Seeing an actual ... More >>
Who needs money if you have your health?
A close, unflattering look at San Francisco's prospective Olympic Games dance partner
If only baseball would deal with the drug problem instead of cowering in fear
Only this one has to do with a doctor who tried to stop athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs
Week of Wednesday, December 21, 2005
If Lance Armstrong were found to have been on drugs, and his S.F. handlers knew it, sponsors could demand their money back, and perhaps change sports in the U.S. forever
Week of Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Lance Armstrong, Thom Weisel, and questions about anti-doping efforts in American cycling
Celebrate a shoreline renaissance
Party like the islanders in S.F.
S.F. to Half Moon Bay and Back
Homelessness has put the city's image in danger. Our options: Hound the poor. Fine Safeway. Corrupt Lance Armstrong.