Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Orange smokey skies for Bay Area baseball; Fans fear Covid spread NFL ticket sales down; plus more

View of Oakland Coliseum during Houston Astros and Oakland A’s Wednesday night during batting practice as a smokey orange sky from the California fires hangs over the park (photo from @MLByahoosports)

Headline Sports podcast with Tony R

#1 Washington, Oregon and California fires have made California the worst air quality in the nation. With California’s huge sports teams college and pro and with a the nation’s largest pandemic combined how long will it be safe to continue sports in California?

#2 Both Bay Area teams played Wednesday under orange smokey skies the Houston Astros and Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum in the fourth of their five game series and the Seattle Mariners at San Francisco Giants for a Wednesday night game.

#3 The Super Bowl Champion Kansas Chiefs have said that their ticket sales for their opener have been down due to fears of the pandemic and too many fans gathering in one place will tickets sales also be down in other NFL cities?

#4 This is opening week for the San Francisco 49ers who are hosting the Arizona Cardinals at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. During camp 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopplo and the offense were missing some plays and a number of ball were intercepted in practice. That said how do you see the 49ers heading into this first game with Arizona?

#5 The Las Vegas Raiders are in Carolina to face the Panthers in the Raiders very first game representing Las Vegas. The Panthers have only two injuries guard Dennis Daley will be out of Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and Eli Apple with a hamstring.

#6 Also Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota is out with pectoral strain, Raider head coach Jon Gruden said that Mariota was not damaged goods when the Raiders signed him.

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports every other Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Can 49ers keep it going against Seattle on Monday Night Football?

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On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Monday Night Football at Levi’s Stadium next week is expected to bring lots of excitement as the 49ers face what could be their biggest challenge of the 2019 season against the Seattle Seahawks.

#2 How banged up can a team get as the 49ers played against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 27th and turned around and played just four short days later against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 31st?

Listen to David’s 49ers podcasts every Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: No one is doubting the 49ers now

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa runs with the ball after making an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 No doubt that the 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense killed it on Sunday 51-13 against Carolina Panthers to improve to 7-0.

#2 The defense just handled the Panthers allowing the only 13 points. It got to point where the 49ers bench had to get into the game.

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Niners Dominate Panthers 51-13, Improve to 7-0

photo from sfgate.com: Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen is sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

By: Joe Lami

SANTA CLARA — For the second time in franchise history, the San Francisco 49ers have started a season 7-0, thanks to a historic 51-13 beat down of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It’s the first time since 2003 the Niners put up 50 and just the 12th time in franchise history.

It’s hard to believe that when a team drops a 50-burger, the defense is the first thing that should be mentioned, but that’s the case. No one had a better day than Nick Bosa, who had three sacks and an interception. It marks the first-time in 49ers’ history that a player had accomplished it and the first time since 2017 anyone has done so.

Bosa continues to strengthen his case as a lock for the Defensive Rookie of the Year, but now should be in consideration of Defensive Player of the Year. His teammate, Richard Sherman, agrees, “he’s playing like he’s been in the league for ten years. With what he’s shown so far, he should be in line for the defensive MVP.”

“Since the first day he’s gotten here, he hasn’t changed. No matter how everyone looks at him or how he plays or if he’s hurt or not. He’s always very even-keeled. I think people like that are very impressive. He’s just very confident in himselff. The more he plays, the better he’ll get, as long as he can stay healthy. He’s a special player, definitely hasn’t arrived yet. He has a lot more to go, but he’s been playing extremely well,” added Shanahan.

He was the driving force behind the defense’s incredible performance that included seven combined sacks, nine tackles for loss, nine QB hits, three interceptions, and seven pass break-ups.

Tevin Coleman powered the offense with one receiving and three rushing touchdowns on 118 all-purpose yards. He became the first Niner to score four TDs in a game since Jerry Rice in 1993 and just the third to total four in a single-game.

The offense looked electric on the first drive of the game, where they marched down the field on an 11-play 75-yard drive and wouldn’t look back. Emmanuel Sanders capped off the opening drive with his first touchdown as a member of the 49ers. He finished with three receptions for 19 yards and the touchdown.

“I ran a five-yard out route. The ball was tipped, but it ended up falling right into my hands. It was probably one of the easiest touchdowns I’ve had. It was awesome to get on the opening drive to be a newcomer on this team and be able to open up like that is awesome,” added Sanders.

Sanders’ new addition to the room gives a different perspective of how special this run truly is. “The locker room is just amazing with a great group of players and great personalities. I showed up today, expecting the same results in personality. I’ll never forget going out into the tunnel with these guys. Everybody was laughing and smiling. This is football; this is fun. I’m blessed to be here”.

Deebo Samuel and Raheem Mostert added to the scoring, both with rushing touchdowns.

Jimmy Garoppolo was nearly perfect, throwing 18/22 for 175 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception to Luke Keuchly. He was also sacked three times, including a safety. Following the game, he blamed the pick on a mental error trying to hit George Kittle. Kittle was his primary target, per usual, catching six balls for 86 yards.

Garoppolo continues to spread the ball around incredibly within Shanahan’s offense, as he’s thrown nine touchdowns to nine different receivers on the year.

Christian McCaffrey had the lone touchdown for the Panthers and was one of their only bright spots. He rushed for 117 yards on 14 carries and the score.

Kyle Allen entered the contest undefeated on the season but was quickly outmatched. He was held to just 4.3 yards per attempt, going for 158 yards, completing 19 of 37.

The Niners have to quickly recover and get ready for Thursday, where they will face the 3-4 Cardinals at 5:20 p.m. It won’t be a cakewalk either for San Francisco, as they’ve struggled mightily against Arizona. The Cardinals have owned the series recently, winning the last eight contests and nine of the last ten.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: Can Garoppolo throw for some scores against Carolina this Sunday?

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On the 49ers podcast with Joe:

#1 The 49ers are coming off another win from last week in Washington in a muddy, rainy game. The Niners got three field goals out of kicker Robbie Gould. Good enough for the 9-0 victory.

#2 In spite of the win, there were some things that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would have like to accomplish like throwing a couple touchdowns. Was it the rainy conditions that prevented that or were Washington’s pass rushers not giving him enough time?

#3 Talk about the acquisition of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who has 30 catches, 367 yards and two touchdowns. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said “Emmanuel is the man” at wide receiver.

#4 Sanders doesn’t come to Santa Clara without some nuances. While in Denver, he had a fight with a teammate Courtland Sutton in practice. Sanders said Denver was “like living in a world of suck” and finally, Denver general manager John Elway said of Sanders: “Emmanuel had issues and we had issues that’s why it was a good time for us to go in a different directions.”

#5 The 49ers host the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. Can Garoppolo have a better day throwing against the Panthers than he did against Washington in this one coming up?

Joe Lami does the 49ers podcasts each Friday on http://www.sportsradioservice.com

49ers Can Win Ugly Too; Beat Washington 9-0, Improve to 6-0

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Mike Person walks on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against Washington at Landover MD

By: Joe Lami

The 49ers continue to prove that they win no matter the circumstance, improving their undefeated record to 6-0. Sunday was the most extreme example of the yet as San Francisco brawled out a muddy 9-0 victory in the rain-drenched nation’s capital. The shutout marks the first under the Kyle Shanahan era and brings the 49ers to 6-0 for the third time in their history and the first since 1990.

The defense continues to be the backbone of this team. Washington totaled 156 yards with the Niners completely shut them down in the second half, allowing just 36 yards. Washington also struggled to do much on third down, going three of nine to extend drives.

Adrian Peterson was a workhorse for Washington, picking up 81 yards on 20 carries, including 49 yards on eight carries in the opening drive. Washington was able to copy LA’s opening drive by marching right down the field on the Niners, but the defense was able to make a stand. Dustin Hopkins was no good from 39 yards.

Nick Bosa led the team with seven combined tackles. He also finished off the game to his fourth sack of the season to a slip and slide styled celebration. The defense got to Case Keenum three times with Dee Ford and Arik Armstead joining the fun.

Kwon Alexander made the play of the day, punching out the ball in the middle of a promising Washington drive for the only forced turnover the Niners had.

The offense also improved as the game went on, as Kyle Shanahan started to get more aggressive. 215 of their 283 yards came in the second half. More importantly, the Niners were able to stay on the field, converting 7-of-16 third downs and totaling 17 first downs.

Jimmy Garoppolo was responsible for nine of them, and in a sloppy game, that’s all it takes sometimes. He threw for 151 yards on 12 of 21 passing, but more importantly, he scrambled for 20 yards in crucial situations.

Robbie Gould was three of four, missing his first attempt of the game. The miss marked the seventh of the early season and immediately brought concern about how serious of an issue it’s becoming. Fortunately, he was able to settle into the game, knocking in three-straight.

The Niners’ next test will be next week at home against the 4-2 Carolina Panthers who will have the extra week to prepare coming off their bye.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks can hit .500 tonight in first of home at home series with Buffalo at SAP

photo from sfgate.com: Buffalo Sabres’ Victor Olofsson (68) is defended by Los Angeles Kings’ Alex Iafallo (19) and Alec Martinez, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles.

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 After Evander Kane came back from his three game suspension he played like his hair was on fire or better said Kane beats the Canes almost like a one man wrecking crew scoring three goals for a first period hat trick in the San Jose Sharks 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes last Wednesday night at SAP Center.

#2 The 2019-20 season didn’t get off to a great start for the Sharks or Kane, the Sharks went 0-4 and Kane had been suspended for shoving a official for three games during a pre season game.

#3 Then there was the game in Chicago on Thursday 10th and the arrival of Patrick Marleau and the Sharks were back on track with a win. The Sharks haven’t looked back since now on a three game win streak and with a shot at getting to .500 tonight in the first of a home at home series against the Buffalo Sabers

#4 Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said that in making for a shortage of natural right wings using Patrick Marleau, on the right side with Logan Couture, and Timo Meier.

#5 The Sharks (3-4-0) like the Hurricane (6-3) will face another formidable team the Buffalo Sabers (6-1-1) will this game be looked at as another test for the Sharks and after handling one of the NHL’s best the Canes should this one go down as another team that the Sharks can handle on home ice?

Mary Lisa does the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NFL Sunday: Recipients for Week 3 Game Balls

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By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

With the Chicago Bears visiting the Nation’s capitol to take on Washington to close out Week 3 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Sunday’s games had some big-time performances that stood out to me headlined by a rookie quarterback, a dynamic running back, and a vastly improved defense.

Here are my game ball recipients for Week 3:

Offensive game balls – QB: Daniel Jones, New York Giants; RB: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

The Giants needed a spark after dropping their first two games of the season.

The decision to bench two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning in favor for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones could prove to be the right one that saves the Big Blue’s season.

Jones, the sixth overall pick by the Giants in this year’s NFL draft, threw for 336 and two touchdowns and also ran for two more scores, including the go-ahead score with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter to give New York its much needed first win of the year, 32-31, on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New York rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit with Jones at the controls of the Giants’ comeback. He scored on a 7-yard run in the second quarter that gave the Giants the lead, then he put New York ahead with another 7-yard run on fourth-and-goal.

As well as he ran the football, it was his arm that Jones really made his mark. Jones would hookup with tight end Evan Engram for a 75-yard TD on New York’s first play of the second half. Then, the former Duke signal-caller would find wide receiver Sterling Shepard for a 7-yard score midway through the fourth quarter.

One word to describe Jones’s demeanor throughout the game: poised.

Jones didn’t let the moment get too big for him in his debut, finishing 23 of 36 passes with no interceptions.

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey racked up a Week 3 high 153 yards on yards on 24 carries, which aided hugely in Carolina’s 38-20 road victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday without starting quarterback Cam Newton.

Like the Giants earning their first win of the year, the Panthers earned their first win of 2019 behind a strong showing by McCaffrey.

With the Panthers clinging to a 21-20 lead midway in the third quarter, McCaffrey’s 76-yard TD run through the middle of Arizona’s defense kept Carolina in complete control of the game.

Through three games this year, McCaffrey ranks second in rushing behind Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (375 yards and 4 TDs) with 318 yards and three TDs.

Defensive game ball – The entire San Francisco 49ers defense.

Listen, when your offense committed five turnovers (including three fumbles inside your own 25-yard line), and only allowed six points off those turnovers?

Credit the defense.

San Francisco’s offense gave everything away but the game, committing four turnovers in the first half alone then lost a fumble in the fourth quarter before holding on to a 24-20 win at Levi’s Stadium thanks to its vastly improved defense.

The 49ers spoiled rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph’s first career start in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger for the winless Steelers (0-3). San Francisco limited Pittsburgh to 3 of 12 on third downs and held the Steelers to just 79 yards rushing.

Sure wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (76-yard TD in the third quarter) and Diontae Johnson (39-yard TD in the fourth quarter) stunned the 49ers, but San Francisco’s defense did force two takeaways (an interception and fumble recovery) leading to 14 points by its much maligned offense, including the go-ahead TD from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to wide receiver Dante Pettis with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter.

For the first time since 1998, the 49ers (3-0) are undefeated through the first quarter of the season.

The Fantasy Football Doctors Thanksgiving Weekend Show: Finish off the holiday a winner!

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Your hosts: Dr. Vasu Vaddiparty & Dr. Charlie O

  • Fitzmagic is over. Is Winston a good play this week?

  • Tom Brady is nursing his knee. Should you still start the “O.G.”?

  • How well will Russell Wilson play in Carolina?

  • How will Cam Newton fare vs. the Seahawks at home in Carolina?

  • Can “Big Ben” keep it going in Denver against the Broncos?

  • Is Eli Manning the sleeper QB play of the week?

  • Matt Breida is a must start at RB vs. the Bucs

  • Peyton Barber may be a strong start in the backfield vs. the 49ers

  • The Pats’ Sony Michel could be a big play with Brady having a bum knee

  • Look for Doug Baldwin to be a prime target for Russell Wilson

  • What will Josh Gordon do on Sunday for the Pats vs. the Jets?

  • DJ Moore should see lots of targets from Cam Newton

  • The Steelers’ Vance McDonald will have another productive game at TE in Denver

  • The Broncos’ TE Jeff Heuerman is expected to do well versus the Steelers

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NFL Playoffs Podcast with David Zizmor: A look at eight teams that’s battling it out for the Super Bowl

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NFL Playoff Podcast with David Zizmor:

Sunday’s game AFC: Jacksonville 10 Buffalo 3

AFC Divisional Round

Saturday: Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots

Sunday: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday’s game NFC: New Orleans 31 vs. Carolina 26

NFC: Divisional Round

Saturday: Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday: New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings

David goes through the NFL Playoff schedule for this weekend at http://www.sportsradioservice.com