This team, though, is closer to the basketball norm – above average offensively, slightly below average though dramatically better defensively and a very good rebounding team. These are three things the Warriors rarely are, so they are reduced to “Man, Curry sure can shoot,” and “Hey, they’re new, aren’t they?”
This is about to end, starting Saturday. They are about to collide with the Denver Nuggets, and the Nuggets with them, and enough times so that their national mysteries will be solved, and their national identity will be formed.
– Ray Ratto, CSN Bay Area
While the 49ers have stated they’re internally handling Chris Culliver’s latest offensive comments, could Culliver soon be sent packing?
Culliver, a third-year cornerback, found controversy again Thursday with an Instagram post featuring derogatory comments about women on a text-message screenshot.
Former Raiders and Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha recently signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal to compete for what conceivably is Culliver’s role.
– Can Inman, San Jose Mercury News
The San Francisco Giants have had immense success on the field of late, including two World Series championships in the past three years. Fans want to be at the stadium to witness the team’s on-field success and those in the community have filled every seat at Giants home games since the beginning of the 2013 MLB season. But the Giants are also a top notch franchise off the field. The team is extremely engaged online, with more than two million followers on Facebook and Twitter combined, trailing only the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. A great portion of the Giants’ online success should be attributed to Bryan Srabian (@srabe), who serves as Director of Social Media for the team.
– Darren Heitner, Forbes
There are a couple of interesting tidbits on this schedule, starting with the AFC West showdowns that are sprinkled in the first six weeks and are also the final three games on the slate. The Raiders also play twice in prime time: Week 3 against the Broncos on Monday night and then Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys.
The first crucial game for Oakland comes in the second week when Jacksonville visits the Bay Area. This game may end up deciding who will wind up with the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, as both teams have two of the worst rosters in the league. The game is in Oakland so that should be an advantage for the Raiders, and it is nice that the home opener is such a winnable game.
– Josh Walfish, Rant Sports