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Editorial Staff

Maggie Pilloton, editor

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Maggie Pilloton plays basketball, tennis, soccer, flag football, and pretty much any other sport, and is a passionate Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, and San Francisco 49ers fan. She's loved sports all her life, and she's full of opinions. She is the youngest of three sisters and recently graduated from UC Davis. Check out her own sports blog:

Aaron Candelaria, editor

Born and raised die hard Bay Area sports fan. My first love is hockey and as such bleed black and teal, but I'm also a 9ers, Giants, and Warriors fan. I've always wanted to try sport writing, so when the opportunity arose I just dove right in!

Nick Hjeltness, Staff Writer

Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors diehard. NFL and NBA Draft junkie. Fantasy Football aficionado. Follow me on twitter @nickhjeltness

Neil Povio, Staff Writer

My name is Neil, and I've been a Giants fan since birth in 1989. I was born into a baseball family where my parents were season ticket holders at Candlestick Park for years where I spent a lot of my childhood, and got a huge portion of my very first childhood memories from. I've played baseball (and now softball) my entire life. I've always been on winning teams from little league to Babe Ruth to high school. Almost all of those teams being championship winners. I was lucky to be on a high school baseball team that won the State Championship all four years I was there, which helped to open the door for me to play one year of college ball before I started having to work full time, then went on to playing softball (where I met the love of my life), started writing my own personal blog, then I "got discovered" and now I write about the Giants for Golden Gate Sports and Around the Foghorn.

Sean Bialaszek, Staff Writer

Hey everyone, I'm Sean. If you're looking for me, check in front of a TV with a game on.

Sean McMahon, Editor

Sean McMahon is an avid sports fan obsessed with the 49ers, Giants, and Sacramento Kings. He's here to answer all questions. He also believes that writing third-person bios is awkward. Make him feel better with an uplifting comment today.

David Ochoa, Staff Writer

David was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and still resides there today. Although he lives in Southern California, he developed a love for the 49ers at a young age. Now he loves writing and talking about them with whoever will listen. Follow him on Twitter at

Angelo Mendoza, Staff Writer

First and Foremost a Member of #DubNation. Bay Area Native. SFSU. Aspiring Sports Journalist and Analyst. Basketball Coach. Blogger. Contributor to Newly Christened Writer for Golden Gate Sports.

Paul Delos Santos, Staff Writer

Born and educated in Las Vegas, but raised in the Bay Area, Paul Delos Santos has always been involved in sports. Too bad, he was always too short, out of shape and slow to actually play them. He loves the A's, 49ers and Sharks, while having a love-hate relationship with the Giants. A former sports writer for a small newspaper in Utah and Las Vegas, Paul couldn't stay away from sports writing for too long and found his way to Golden Gate Sports. Follow him on Twitter @PaulieDelos.

Marc Grandi, Staff Writer

After recently graduating from high school, Marc Grandi will attend the University of Oregon starting in the fall of 2014. There, he will study journalism and communications, hoping that his studies help him fulfill his dream of becoming a sports broadcaster. Raised in the Bay Area, Marc is a huge fan of the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors, but supports all Bay Area sports. If you ever want to talk sports, he's your guy!

Jason Burke, Staff Writer

I am interested in trends and making projections. Baseball is the sport I love, but I follow all of the major ones. I write for both Swingin' A's and Golden Gate Sports. Follow me on Twitter for snarky Bay Area coverage.

Brendan Kennealy, Staff Writer

Born in Denver, Colorado, but raised in the great Bay Area. Brendan Kennealy is a student at Arizona State University studying journalism and mass communications. He is a huge Giants, 49ers, Warriors, and Sharks fan. You can follow Brendan on Twitter at @TheBKing4

Jamie Faue, Staff Writer

My name is Jamie Faue I grew up in the Bay Area in Hayward, CA. I grew up with season tickets to the Golden State Warriors and Oakland A's. Would go to Giants games here and there and an occasional Raider game. I would classify myself as a die hard fan for all four teams. I currently go to school at Portland State University and work for the Portland Trail Blazers as a Sports VU Operator.

Jason Fierros, Staff Writer

Currently a full time student with a passion for sports writing. I have always been a fan of the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors. Along with my life that consists mostly of watching sports, I am also serving in the U.S. Marines as a reservist.

Chirag Jhatakia, Staff Writer

Chirag was born and raised in San Jose, where he currently lives. His love for the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors began early in life. A Pharmacist by career, he feels his other job in life is to follow Bay Area sports.

Cody Pasby, Staff Writer

Ben Greenberg, Staff Writer

Ben is the proverbial fish out of water. He grew up a diehard Raiders fan in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies just outside Denver. His parents had him tested, but the doctors found nothing abnormal about rooting for far and away the greatest NFL franchise. Ben tries to express himself with words, though when watching games, he is frequently reduced to guttural moans and banshee wails. In his free time, Ben enjoys a wide variety of stuff and things. You can contact him at [email protected]

Patrick Hanifen, Staff Writer

Sports personality coming out of Arizona State University. Huge Oakland A's fan, as well as the Golden State Warriors.

Brian Banifatemi, Staff Writer

Brian is a zealous sports fanatic who currently resides in San Francisco. He is a keen follower of all of the Bay Area's sports teams and loves to share his opinions on them. Be sure to follow him on Twitter as he loves to chat with readers and feel free to reach out to him about any questions or comments that you may have.

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