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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That’s ‘Madam Commissioner’ to You

Now that Bud Selig is finally stepping down as commissioner of Major League Baseball, he is leaving behind a sport that is being watched less than football and even basketball. It’s time to find an innovative and forceful replacement. That would be me. First of all, it’s time a woman
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Revisiting the format of NCAA sports

Faced with a number of recent public controversies, such as the assorted indiscretions of Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny “Football” Manziel, NCAA President Mark Emmert held a press conference to address possible changes to his organization. Although he didn’t announce which specific aspects of the association would
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The five stages of grief for a sports fan

At the start of the season, fans have big eyes and even bigger hopes for their team. We’re all so sure that this season is going to be different from the last, that this is the year that our team is going to hoist that championship trophy. What we don’t
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Revisiting the legacy of Jeff Tedford

There are a million talking points about Sonny Dykes standing between now and Saturday’s season debut against Northwestern. But what about Jeff Tedford — remember him? He was the head coach of the Cal football team for 11 years, leading the Bears to an 82-57 record. He ushered the long-decrepit
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Saying bye to the little guy, AI

“Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!” At times, Allen Iverson was superhuman. Of course, Jay Morton didn’t coin those words for Allen Iverson. No, those words were meant for Superman himself. But Allen Iverson was as
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The new era of Cal football is the real deal

A new era in Cal football really has begun. For months, the talk has been about how open new Cal coach Sonny Dykes is. How he’s committed to transparency. How he wants to instill a sense of community in the team. How he wants to revitalize academics. My response? “I’ll
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