The Dykes era got off to a disappointing start insofar as the Golden Bears failed to achieve victory. That they got so close, however, suggests this team, with even slight improvement, has the potential to surprise those who predict eight and nine losses.
It won’t be a factor in the Pac-12, but it can captivate local fans.
And even if the Golden Bears do no better than 4-8 or 3-9, it will point toward a bright future at Cal. There will be noise at Strawberry Canyon.
As long as the key figures remain healthy and the defense rises to decent, as it can, the first year of the Dykes era will be worth watching.
- Monte Poole, San Jose Mercury News
News that longtime San Francisco 49ers long-snapper Brian Jennings received his release Saturday marked the end of a special-teams era in the NFC West.
Jennings, 36, had been unerringly consistent since 2000 and was the final 49ers player remaining from the Steve Mariucci coaching era. But with the 49ers pinching salary-cap dollars with an eye toward continued roster building, they decided undrafted rookie free agent Kevin McDermott was a better value.
-Mike Sando, ESPN
The A’s saved most of the fireworks for after their game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night, when fans were treated to a pyrotechnics show.
Such is the luxury when rookie right-hander Sonny Gray is on his game, mixing up his pitches, hitting his spots and generally having his way with hitters.
Hence, the only offense the A’s needed came on a Coco Crisp RBI single and solo home run as the A’s beat the Rays for the second straight night, this time 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 35,067 at the Coliseum.
- Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group