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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Amid His Other Troubles, Newsom's Fantasy Football Team Tanks

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 5:30 AM

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You may remember a cute little story from the summer in which local mayors Gavin Newsom and Ron Dellums participated in a Yahoo fantasy football league -- with the winning mayor to receive a healthy little donation to the charity of his or her choosing.

Newsom -- and his right-hand men -- won our praise for thinking of the best name in the league (The Barbary Coast Bombers) and coming up with cool, city-related imagery for the team's Web page. But style is easier to master than substance.

Career-wise, this has worked out to be the winter of Newsom's discontent. In addition to his setbacks on the local, state, and national political stage, the city teetering on a financial abyss, and Chris Daly leaving that flaming bag of shit on the Newsoms' front porch -- The Barbary Coast Bombers have dropped three straight games.

Things were different for Newsom in Week 7 of the NFL season; he was a candidate for governor and his fantasy football team was 4-2-1. Lo, how the mighty have fallen. Even Newsom's Twitter page now acknowledges that he is no longer a gubernatorial candidate. And he has suffered a trio of ignominious defeats: a 115-72 setback to the mayor of Tampa; a 84-83 clipping by the mayor of Orlando; and this week's 96-79 pounding by Pittsburgh's mayor.

Meanwhile, across the bay, Ron Dellums' team has won four of its last five and is sitting pretty at 6-4 -- and you can afford to raise a family there.

It remains to be seen whether Newsom will be able to put his mistakes behind him and succeed in his current job. Because San Francisco has real problems -- and so do the Barbary Coast Bombers. Seriously, Robert Meachem and Percy Harvin are not satisfactory starting wideouts.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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