The Hollywood producers blew it. Completely.
Perhaps you saw “Moneyball” a few years ago, the movie about the 2002 Oakland Athletics team supposedly composed of inferior players that shocked the baseball world with the killer combination of creative strategic thinking and Brad Pitt’s extremely evocative close-ups.
Mundane stuff, compared with 2013.
The current A’s team is the one that really deserves to have a film made about it. Maybe that will happen if the month of October becomes a rousing final reel.
- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
Sitting at his desk at the 49ers’ Silicon Valley headquarters, the din of a nearby construction project almost 20 years in the making reverberating into his second-floor office, Jed York holds two cuff links and begins to cry. He catches himself, though, his eyes red and glassy. He always catches himself. York — by title the 49ers CEO, by inheritance the owner, by his own characterization the steward — isn’t a crier. He’s an almost crier, and he seems to almost cry when talking about two things, usually when they intersect: his family and his stadium.
- Seth Wickersham, ESPN the Magazine
Despite so much uncertainty regarding location and time and an ultimate switch in kickoff time to 11:35 p.m. ET/8:35 p.m. PT, the Oakland Raiders announced Thursday that Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers has sold out and a local television blackout will be lifted.
The game will be televised locally on KRON Channel 4, as well as the NFL Network.
That makes sellouts in 18 of the past 19 games for the Raiders, 38 of 59 since the team assumed ticket sales in 2006.
- Paul Guttierez, ESPN