If you live in San Francisco, there are certain places in San Francisco you simply will not go. North Beach on a Saturday night, Candlestick Park when the 49ers are playing the Raiders, and now add to the list the eastern end of Golden Gate Park on 4/20. We've heard "horror" stories of the ravages ... More >>
The Niners' NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons features a rarity in football gambling: the Falcons, the home team and the NFC's number one seed, will play the game as the underdog. When the line opened on Monday morning, San Francisco was a 3-point favorite. By Tuesday evening, the ... More >>
So 2012 was a bad year for you -- you lost your job or your home, or maybe you lost both your job and your home -- in that order. But here's your chance to end the year on a good note and do something great for everyone, yourself included. You can start by donating some new toys to San Francisco's ... More >>
San Francisco police arrested two men who they say are responsible for attacking and stabbing some Dallas Cowboys football fans near Candlestick Park on Sunday. Kristopher Viana, 22, and Alexandro F Arguelles, 30, both of San Francisco, were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and ... More >>
Sunday was about as glorious an afternoon as San Francisco ever hosted. The sun shone brightly and the weather was Northern California perfect. Beautiful people and their dogs were everywhere. That there was an America's Cup World Series race taking place was almost an auxiliary pleasure. ... More >>
Some controversy has erupted over the selection of Giants ace Matt Cain to start tonight's All-Star Game over New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. This is a transcendentally stupid matter to get worked up over. If this game was meaningful and important, it wouldn't be held in Kansas City.Major L ... More >>
Medical authorities identified the motorcyclist who died in a solo crash on Monday night as 26-year-old Fernando Sanchez-Sanchez. Police told reporters that officers attempted to stop Sanchez-Sanchez who was allegedly speeding on Highway 101 near Candlestick Park at about 8:10 p.m. CHP officers chas ... More >>
The 49ers' pending move to Santa Clara feels a bit like losing one's spouse to a rich, superficial cad. But the analogy breaks down quickly. Ideally, loving and intimate relationships between two people do not require a cost-benefit analysis as the ultimate arbiter of feasibility. Relationships betw ... More >>
ESPN television broadcastIf John Madden were calling this clip, no doubt he'd say "Boom!" When Mayor Ed Lee told gathered throngs of media that the multiple power failures during Monday Night Football were a "national embarrassment," he used strong -- and curious -- language. San Francisco's infr ... More >>
Loyal readers of this page -- and, perhaps, no one else -- are familiar with eccentric mayoral candidate Harold Miller. His position statements include impressing Jerry Rice into coaching an expansion football team at Candlestick Park; setting up an 800 number so streetcorner beggars can be impre ... More >>
What we'll remember from the year in S.F. music.
Brad ManginMickey Pfleger in his natural environmentIf serendipity had a human form, it had to be Mickey Pfleger. You may not remember Pfleger's name, but you may well remember his story. A series of events that led the ace freelance sports photographer to dub himself 'the luckiest person in the ... More >>
Not happening in San Francisco. At least not on the field. Today's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively, to Russia and Qatar -- yes, Qatar! -- comes as cold comfort for San Francisco. We learned all the way back in January that, even if the United States succeeded in its C ... More >>
Begone, critters.Following Tuesday's election, San Francisco may seem like a political island in a sea of shellacking states. Judging from a recent report from the Department of Environment's Integrated Pest Management Plan, we're an island under constant attack.Last year San Francisco bought 2,2 ... More >>
Jerry Garcia Tribute NightAT&T ParkPre-game tribute performance at home plate at 6:30; game at 7:15Even after his death, Jerry Garcia is still on a long, strange trip, which will make a stop at the Giants/Cubs game at AT&T Park tonight. Aligned with the 15th anniversary of his passing, Je ... More >>
Not long ago, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd had an idea that was either wonderful or terrible or wonderful because it was so terrible. Since 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the first Giants game at Candlestick Park, why not have a game there to commemorate it? At first blush, the notion of giving up a ... More >>
Joe EskenaziDon't bother asking how much that doggie in the window is...This morning, we wrote about a proposal to ban the sale of any pets (other than fish) within city limits. The suggestion seemed a little extreme to us. But, then, we never had to sign the papers condemning countless doggies, ... More >>
Vance CardellCal topped Miami, 24-17, in the 2008 Emerald Bowl at AT&T ParkLike many folks with a media e-mail account, your humble narrator received the word Monday that Cal will be playing its home football games at AT&T Park in 2011 -- or whatever Pacific Bell/SBC/AT&T Park is call ... More >>
Back in 1987 your humble narrator's father had a breakthrough realization. If he managed to buy the cheapest and worst tickets for the National League Championship Series between the Giants and Cardinals, he discovered he could waltz right into the jury-rigged Candlestick Park media overflow sect ... More >>
Tom TracySteve Mahoney and Meridith spur the home side to victoryWas it the tenacious defense? Perhaps. Frank Gore rumbling through the 'Stick like a runaway train? Could be. Steve Mahoney leading the 49ers out of the gate on his custom Niners Harley? You can't scientifically prove otherwise. In ... More >>
We've written a little bit about Eugene Caldwell, the 78-year-old 49ers fan killed by a runaway police horse last year at Candlestick Park. According to court records, Caldwell's widow and grown children filed suit against a bevy of defendants on April 17; yesterday the Examiner ran a story in wh ... More >>
Tom TracyHave a cup of joe with 49ers 'Harleyman' Steve Mahoney before the game this SundayBarring a miracle, you will not get the chance to play on the field with the San Francisco 49ers. But if you wish to ride the roads with the team's Harley-mounted figurehead -- well, that could happen. Stev ... More >>
The SFPD Web Page induces nostalgia for the 1990sWhen Police Chief George Gascon today announces San Francisco cops will soon have the ability to engage in real-time text message conversations with people who have witnessed -- or are witnessing -- a crime, it will be more than a technologically u ... More >>
Tom TracyThe leader of the Pack ... er, the 49ersLast week we reported that Steve Mahoney, a Department of Public Works steam-cleaner and motorcycle enthusiast, was stoked to be tentatively named the team's new on-field leader. All that was between Mahoney and a gig leading the 49ers onto the fie ... More >>
Tom TracySteve Mahoney has Niners fandom in his blood (as well as ink)With hopes high that the San Francisco 49ers can, once again, provide as much or more entertainment as the Piccolo Pete's sandwich and clandestine booze fans smuggle into Candlestick Park, the jury is out on who will be the tea ... More >>
It's against the law -- or is it?A soft toss away from the high-legged kick of the Juan Marichal monument outside AT&T Park, an attention-grabbing sign blows in the gentle breeze. In large, alarming letters, the sign warns of the dangers of purchasing scalped tickets -- and notes that both the b ... More >>
Joe EskenaziQuarterback Dion Pickett, formerly of College of San Mateo, drops back to pass at a Bay Area Buccaneers practice in San Francisco's Hamilton SquareFrom a distance you could hear them laughing and shouting -- a bunch of kids playing football in the park. But with every step closer to Hami ... More >>
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