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Monday, October 29, 2012

World Series: San Francisco Goes Crazy After Giants Win (Video)

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 7:17 AM

If you were in the East Bay last night watching the Giants sweep the World Series, you missed the mega street party across the bay. San Franciscans poured into the streets by the thousands in almost every neighborhood, blocking traffic and unleashing their excitement in whatever way it felt right.

See also: Photos: Giants Fans Go on a Tear

World Series: Everything We Ever Wanted -- and More

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Obama Says He Kinda Hopes the Tigers Win the World Series

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Political suicide?
  • Political suicide?

President Obama appeared on the Tonight Show last night where he admitted that he's leaning toward rooting for the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. And what a real slap in the face this is to San Francisco, which has practically bankrolled his 2012 presidential campaign.

His words exactly:

"I will say, I've spent a lot of time in Detroit lately, and I didn't want to let Detroit go bankrupt. So in this particular World Series, I

might be a little partial," Obama said in comments taped before the

Tigers lost the opening game of the series to the San Francisco


Clearly, the president isn't worried about losing the Bay Area vote.

See also: Take a Glimpse at Obama's Trip to San Francisco

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pablo Sandoval Will Not Be Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

A happy Pablo
  • A happy Pablo

It's been a good week for Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval. On Tuesday, he helped lead the National League to a Giant blowout in the All-Star game, and today, investigators say there is insufficient evidence to arrest him for alleged sexual assault.

On June 1, a 21-year-old Santa Cruz native filed a sexual assault complaint against Sandoval. She told investigators that she had met with a small group of people, including Sandoval, in downtown Santa Cruz on May 31. Later, they went to the Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, where she claimed that he sexually assaulted her.

Deputies questioned a cooperative Sandoval at the Aptos resort and later at the Sheriff's Office with his attorneys present.

Sandoval's lawyer, Eric Geffon, previously said that the sex was consensual.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SFPD to Go Undercover in Dodger Blue

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Not literally!
  • Not literally!
The Giants-Dodgers rivalry is arguably one of the largest in the MLB. And after last year's tragic beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, it only makes sense that San Francisco would call on more cops this week when Dodgers will be in town.

During the three-day series between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, you can expect the usual trash-talk and peanut-spilling around the stadium. That's all innocent fun, but what cops will be on the lookout for are the rowdy and violent fans.

So far, these patrols have helped keep the peace.

SFPD Officer Gordon Shyy told us that yesterday, during the first of three games this week, "nothing violent" happened, which he attributes to public awareness of this increased and incognito police presence. If troublemakers know more officers are milling around, "they may think twice," he said.

Now for the burning question: How do presumably pro-Giants police feel about sporting Dodger blue?

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Bryan Stow Attack: Witnesses Can't ID Alleged Suspects

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Bryan Stow with his two kids
  • Bryan Stow with his two kids

Witnesses in the Bryan Stow attack took the stand yesterday, giving jurors gruesome details of what they saw: Blood gushing from Stow's ears, and a loud echo when his head hit the pavement.

But what they they didn't see was perhaps the most important: the attackers, according to our sister paper, LA Weekly. The preliminary hearing for Stow's accused attackers -- Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood -- resumed today in Los Angeles. Both have been charged with mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury linked to the March 31, 2011, attack on Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic and Giants fan.

Stow had driven to Los Angeles to watch this hometown team play against its rival Dodgers for the 2011 opener. But the rivalry turned violent when Norwood and Sanchez allegedly attacked Stow in the parking lot outside Dodger Stadium, leaving him with permanent brain damage.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Bisexual Ballers Don't Have to Worry About Not Being Gay Enough

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Make no mistake ... this is gay!
  • Make no mistake ... this is gay!

The bizarre story of three San Francisco softball players who were shamed off the field four years ago and stripped of their second-place medal for not being homo enough has finally come to a resolution.

Our sister paper Seattle Weekly reports that the three players -- Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles, and Jon Russ of the San Francisco-based team D2 -- won an undisclosed amount of money from the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance's Gay Softball World Series, and even better, they get their trophy back.

Ultimately, the settlement also means that bisexual players are indeed homo enough to play on the amateur softball league.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bryan Stow Update: Speaks, Asks to See His Children

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM

With his children, Tyler and Tabitha
  • With his children, Tyler and Tabitha
After being in a coma for months with "ups and downs" in recovery, Giants fan Bryan Stow was able to speak, recite his birthday, and ask to see his two children on Wednesday.

According to his family's blog, Stow's recovery in recent days has included more range of motion in his left arm as well as changes addressing blood clot management.

But one week after a major surgery, Stow spoke to his family, told them he loved them, and when showed a picture of his two children, Tyler and Tabitha, he said, "I would like to see them."

According to the website, "Literally one day we got some facial responses and the next, he's talking.... Right now, Bryan is more awake and more responsive then ever."
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Billy Chamberlain, Longtime Giants Fan, Missing from AT&T Park

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM

  • Billy

Police issued a missing person bulletin today for Billy Chamberlain, the 43-year-old disabled Giants fan who is famous for greeting fans, coaches, and players during Giants home games.

The team grew worried after Chamberlain failed to show up at his regular spot --Second and King Streets at AT&T Park -- for several weeks. Since Chamberlain, better known to the players as "Billy," has been loyally greeting fans at home games for decades, his absence was all that more curious.

The team was worried and contacted police, while others checked nearby hospitals for Chamberlain, who is taking medication. 

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Franchise Season Finale Recap: Out with a Whimper

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Last night marked the end of The Franchise, so it's time to take stock of the series. In many ways, it was a success, providing a most-access look into the Giants while also doing a serviceable job of telling the story of the team. On the other hand, it was often rudimentary and repetitive, recapping some of the team's games in broad strokes while not fully explaining just how bad the team has been over the past month.

Maybe the producers at Showtime and MLB Productions didn't get quite what they bargained for with this squad.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Franchise Episode 7 Recap: Keeping Up with the Poseys

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 8:05 AM


Of the many Giants that have been felled by injury this season, few have elicited reactions different than Buster Posey and Barry Zito.

The former is a beloved young star the likes of which the franchise hadn't seen in two decades; the latter is commonly regarded as an overpaid sissy who would have been released several seasons ago if not for his monstrous contract. Fans are predisposed to sympathize with one and demonize the other.

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