A new red and gold standard

It’s been about two weeks since I drove by Levi’s Stadium for the first time. My vision was impaired by a blurry car window and concrete fences petulantly guarding the San Francisco 49ers’ new home, but I could see the massive white logo crawling into the corner of my eye.
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The appeal of ambiguity

I leaped up off the living room floor, wide-eyed in joyous disbelief at the sight of over 20,000 stunned BYU basketball fans plastered on the TV screen before me. It was Jan. 16, 2013, and former Saint Mary’s point guard Matthew Dellavedova had just nailed a double-clutch 40-foot basket to
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Lakers deserved top-3 pick

As Mark Tatum continued to open the envelopes that would determine the 2014 draft order, my heart raced faster and faster as the pool of available teams got smaller. The Lakers were slotted for the No. 6 pick, but thanks to a screwed-up lottery system to prevent tanking (tell that
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How baseball keeps me close to home

Instead of Mother Goose and Cinderella, my bedtime stories mostly consisted of Randy Johnson and Will Clark. I love baseball because the strategy is fascinating and because failing seven times out of ten is bizarrely acceptable — but mostly because it’s the foundation of my relationship with my dad. Going
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This is the moment that you know

It’s the most devastating moment of my eight-year-old life. I’m sitting cross-legged and crying in front of my tiny TV in the living room. My mom tells me it’s bedtime, but I don’t want to believe. Game five of the 2001 American League Championship Series and we’re down 6-0 in
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Jonathan Martin situation shows NFL needs to change its ways

The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga has exploded into a national story this week, eliciting strong reactions from NFL pundits and stay-at-home moms alike. And that’s to be expected when you combine a topic that has received as much attention recently as bullying has in America’s highest-profile professional sports league. But
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Torn between entertained and fearful

I could feel my heart stop. Eric Reid, the 49ers’ shiny first round pick out of LSU, was lying motionless on CenturyLink Field after a hard hit on Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice. As I watched Reid dig his fists into the grass, I realized I was an awful person.
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