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March Madness: what’s in your bracket?

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

March 17, 2014

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

It’s that time of year again. That time of year when even the most casual of sports fans go crazy over teams they’ve never heard of, when college basketball junkies try to figure out the formula to a perfect bracket. Why wouldn’t you? It’s fun, keeps you interested and this time perfection can win you a billion dollars courtesy of Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans (just Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking...

CLARK: Nick Shepherd can be a defensive weapon for LBSU

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

March 12, 2014

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

In a nutshell, the career Nick Shepherd has had at Long Beach State has been defined by unrealized potential, false hype and unmet expectations. The 49ers faithful have caught glimpses of the talent that head coach Dan Monson once declared the future of the program, but never the consistent light of a superstar he was once projected to be. Every season we have wondered, will this be Shepherd’s breakout year? The 6-foot-9...

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 2, 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....