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CLARK: Branford Jones provides everything you want in a bench player

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

February 17, 2014

Filed under Commentary, Men's Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Thursday evening at the Walter Pyramid, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team was trailing UC Santa Barbara by 10 in the middle of the second half. It looked as if the 49ers were headed toward another double-digit loss at the hands of the Gauchos, who had already won the previous meeting by 13. Five minutes later, with 4:35 remaining on the clock, the 49ers and Gauchos were tied at 60. The difference? Branford Jones. Jones...

10 THINGS we learned from sports this weekend

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

February 10, 2014

Filed under Commentary, Sports

1. For the United States, the Sochi Olympics won’t be what Vancouver was. With Bode Miller failing to medal in the men’s downhill and Hannah Kearney settling for bronze in the women’s mogul, it’s clear that luck isn’t on the Americans’ side in the same way it was in Vancouver four years ago. 2. It wasn’t just the media hotel accomodations that Sochi wasn’t prepared for. The fifth Olympic ring failing to light...

Super Bowl Commentary: Seattle will prove that defense wins championships by slowing down Denver’s prolific offense

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

January 27, 2014

Filed under Commentary, Sports

If I were a betting man, I would not bet on this year’s Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks have such different strengths that the only way to know which is stronger is to play the game. For the purposes of today’s Daily 49er sports section, though, I’m going all in on the Seahawks. Here’s why. OFFENSE Russell Wilson is no Peyton Manning, but the Seahawks won’t need him to be. With the New Jer...

Super Bowl Commentary: The Broncos are more than a one-man team, and they will show it against Seattle

Andrew Turner, Assistant Sports Editor

January 27, 2014

Filed under Commentary, Sports

Brace yourselves! You knew the moment the Pro Bowl passed that you were going to be bombarded with a stream of Super Bowl conscience. How right you are. I’m not going to bore you with debate over Peyton Manning’s legacy … yet. This one’s for all the Vegas hopefuls. Here’s why the Denver Broncos deserve your pick on Sunday. OFFENSE Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Demaryius Thomas...

CLARK: 49er basketball teams aligning with expectations

CLARK: 49er basketball teams aligning with expectations

January 21, 2014

In a way, Saturday’s men’s and women’s basketball games against Cal Poly were representative of how their seasons have gone. For the men, a close win was marked by inconsistency in the first half...

MORRIS: Lakers’ extension of Bryant will do more harm than good

Michael Morris, Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are doomed. At least for as long as Kobe Bryant’s on the team. When the Lakers inked a two-year extension with Bryant this weekend, the Lakers promised themselves another three years without a championship. For a player that hasn’t played a single possession in his 17th season and won’t be back until later this month, the Black Mamba’s new $48.5 million deal came as a surprise for many....

ASTLE: Looking back, football should not have been played the week after JFK’s death

Daniel Astle, Assistant Sports Editor

November 20, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Showcase, Sports

As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination this Friday, schedules around pro sports will continue uninterrupted as they do any other weekend. But 50 years ago, after the president was killed on the Friday precluding Sunday football, retaining normalcy in pro sports was anything but possible. Seven NFL games were scheduled for that Sunday following the assassination, and in hindsight,...

PIRDY: 49ers in position for big 2014 season

Spencer Pirdy, Assistant Sports Editor

November 18, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Men's Water Polo, Sports

They say that good things come to those who wait. Well, after patiently watching the Long Beach State men’s water polo team make a slow rise in the rankings over the past six years, 49er fans can rest easy knowing that the program’s best days are just beyond the horizon. Coming off of a surprise fifth-place finish in 2012, the 49ers began the 2013 season with ambitions of repeating their strong finish from a year before. However,...