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

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: How much blame will be put on Garoppolo; Can Cal put some more wins together; plus more

photo from boston.com: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looking glum after the 49ers loss in Super Bowl LIV in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium Sun Feb 2

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 Talk has been who to blame for the 49ers loss and collapse does some of that blame fall on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopplo?

#2 The Cal Bears have put some some win together they have won two of their last three games with wins over Stanford and Oregon State it won’t put them in the big dance in March but the Bears certainly executed their game to pick up the wins

#3 How serious is it that Tom Brady could come to Las Vegas, there have been a lot of scenarios considered where Brady could go and the Raiders were one of those teams considered.

#4 We had a chance to ask talk Oakland A’s Spanish radio broadcaster Amaury Pi Gonzalez about Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas who is looking forward to the 2020 season how much has Montas put the PED suspension behind him

#5 The San Francisco Giants are starting the season without a lot of the familiar faces but a lot of young players and even their coaching staff has little or no Major League coaching experience how do you see this for the Giants going into the season.

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Collapse in Super Bowl LIV

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) stands on the field, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs’, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla

By: Joe Lami

This one is going to sting the faithful for quite some time. The Kansas City Chiefs completed their third double-digit comeback of the postseason to blow past the Niners 31-20 in the closing minutes of Super Bowl LIV to capture the franchises’ second Lombardi Trophy, and first in 50 years.

Epic collapses are becoming a common theme for Kyle Shanahan in big games, as the 49ers coach has been the offensive play-caller for two of the largest blown leads in Super Bowl history. 10-point, fourth-quarter leads have been blown three times, with Shanahan now operating the offenses of two of them.

ESPN’s Ed Werder later pointed out that the Niners had 14 snaps with the lead, and Garoppolo drop backed to pass on nine of them, a higher dropback percentage than his first Super Bowl mishap with the Falcons.

His misfortune becomes Andy Reid’s celebration as the future Hall of Famer finally captures his first Lombardi Trophy. Patrick Mahomes was named MVP, solidifying his position as the face of the league. His electric playmaking ability was just too much for a tired-looking 49ers’ defense to hang on at the end.

The Niners played great up until the fourth. The run-game was dominant, with Deebo Samuel leading the way with three carries for 52 yards, while hauling in five catches for 39 yards. Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD and an interception, completing 17 of 20 passes for 183 yards.

Then, Shanahan began to out-think himself with shotty playcalling, with a tired defense on the other end that held Mahomes to what would have been a career-low 10 points. After intercepting a pass on Kansas City’s first drive in the fourth, the offense stalled with what should’ve been the dagger.

The Niners started to get pass-happy on the drive, dropping back on three of the five plays with two being incompletions and one turning into a Jimmy G scramble. After just taking three minutes off the clock, it quickly gave the ball back to K.C. as they jump-started their comeback.

There was no need to pass the ball; they were averaging 6.4 yards-per-carry and dashing the Chiefs every time they ran to the right, finishing with eight carries for 79 yards. Instead, they coughed up momentum to the NFL’s best player with a championship on the line.

The Niners’ next shot to end it came on the ensuing possession. They even forced Kansas City into a 3rd and 15, but Mahomes found Tyreek Hill on a 44-yard bomb, (that was set up by an obvious non-holding call), thanks to Emmanuel Moseley biting off of his Cover 3 zone to an underneath route. Later a defensive P.I. Call set up the Chiefs on the one-yard-line for an easy score, making it 20-17.

Shanahan then turned to the dull, run, pass, pass for a quick three and out, only taking 1:03 off the clock, allowing Mahomes ample time with 5:03 to go to set up the victory. He quickly marched down the field, picking up a huge chunk of their 65-yard drive on a pass to Sammy Watkins that burned Richard Sherman in one-on-one coverage, eventually setting up the score.

Thanks to the quick score, they were given another chance with 2:44 to operate, down 24-20. After advancing the ball to midfield, thanks to a 17-yard rush by Mostert (to the right side), and a quick pass over the middle to Kenrick Bourne, they decided to take their chance. Garoppolo fired one deep to Emmanuel Sanders, attempting to cement his name in the record books alongside Joe Montana and Steve Young, but overthrew the wide-open target by five yards.

Instead, the Niners turned the ball over on downs and the Super Bowl to Kansas City.

It’s unfair to point all of the blame for this collapse solely on Shanahan. The defense didn’t step up when it needed like it had most of the season, and Garoppolo misfired a couple of crucial throws. But then again, it was Shanahan that forced them into that situation due to poor clock management and only running the ball three times with the lead in the fourth.

Chiefs end 50-year title drought, knock off Niners in Super Bowl LIV 31-20

chinapost.nownews.com photo: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes (15) is jubilant as the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl since 1970 at The Hard Rock Café Stadium in Miami on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Going into Super Bowl LIV, Kansas City coach Andy Reid had the most coaching wins without winning the NFL championship.

That status changed Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla., after the Chiefs came from behind to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. It was the Chiefs’ first championship triumph since their win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV in January 1970.

Kansas City outscored the 49ers 21-0 in the fourth quarter to complete their comeback from a 20-10 deficit.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, selected as the game’s most valuable player, completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran nine times for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Other leaders for Kansas City included Damien Williams, who rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill caught nine passes for 105 yards, and Sammy Watkins caught five passes for 98 yards.

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 20 of 31 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. Raheem Mostert led 49er ball carriers with 58 yards on 12 carries. Deebo Samuel caught five passes for 39 yards.

At 9:29 of the third quarter, Gould’s 42-yard field goal put the 49ers up 13-10. Four minutes later, Fred Warner’s interception of a Mahomes pass set up the next 49ers score, a 1-yard run by Mostert made it a two-possession game at 20-10.

Mahomes threw his second pick, this one to Tavarius Moore on a pass intended for Hill at 12:04 of the fourth quarter.

Kansas City closed its deficit to 20-17 at 6:13 of the fourth quarter when Mahomes found Travis Kelce open for a 1-yard TD pass.

Mahomes engineered a 10-play, 83-yard drive that included converting two third-and-long situations. After a 6-yard run by Mahomes to the San Francisco 5, he flipped a go-ahead scoring pass to Damien Williams, who held the ball over the right pylon on the goal line.

The play was reviewed, and officials upheld the original call. Butker’s PAT kick gave the Chiefs a 24-20 at 2:44 of the fourth.

Then, the Chiefs defense held San Francisco on downs with 1:33 remaining, when Frank Clark sacked Garoppolo for an 11-yard loss on fourth down. While running out the clock, KC tacked on an insurance touchdown pass from Mahomes to Williams for 38 yards with 1:12 to play.

An interception by Kansas City’s Bashaud Breeland in the final minute sealed the win.

San Francisco fell short in its bid to win its sixth Super Bowl. The 49ers previously won in the 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995 seasons.

San Francisco opened the scoring with a 38-yard Robbie Gould field goal at 7:57 of the first quarter. The Chiefs took their first lead of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the opening period when Mahomes ran in from a yard out, putting Kansas City up 7-3.

After Harrison Butker booted a 31-yard field goal to give KC at 10-3 lead, Garoppolo responded with a game-tying touchdown pass to Kyle Juszcyk at 5:05 of the second quarter. The halftime score was 10-10.

The Chiefs franchise won three American Football League titles and appeared in two of the first four Super Bowls. The ends a 50-year drought.

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez provided the energetic halftime entertainment, emphasizing the musical contributions of the Latina community to the entertainment industry.

Super Bowl LIV/NFL podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers should expect Chiefs Mahomes to come out throwing all game long

nfl logo photo: San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LIV logo

Super Bowl LIV/NFL podcast with Joe Hawkes:

#1 What is one of the things that you look forward to in watching Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He is expected to be throwing all day and he is one of the best being mobile and getting rid of the ball.

#2 In Mahomes last game against the Tennessee Titans he threw for 23 for 35 and 294 yards and three touchdowns

#3 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was only six for eight 77 yards against the Green Bay Packers last week and still won. Can Garoppolo throw that way again and get away with it.

#4 Mahomes has been lights out all season long and the oddsmakers say this Sunday Mahomes should be no different

#5 J Hawkes takes a look at how this game shakes out and his pick for Super Bowl LIV Joe says he has the 49ers winning this game 35-28.

Joe Hawkes did NFL analysis all season long for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Super Bowl LIV/San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: Taking a look at quarterbacks Garoppolo and Mahomes for Super Bowl LIV

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan addresses the press on media day in Miami before Super Bowl LIV (photo by Shawn McCullough Sports Radio Service )

On the Super Bowl LIV/San Francisco 49ers podcast:

#1 San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was noted to said he spoke to a Navy Seal that told him don’t let the enemy reach the surface for any air and a good example of that was when the 49ers didn’t give an inch to the Green Bay Packers in their last game in their NFC Championship victory 37-20.

#2 There’s a lot of comparisons that the 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will not get nearly as many completions as Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Sunday and that Mahomes can move the pocket or carry in either case.

#3 Patrick Mahomes during media day said that his biggest influence was former teammate and quarterback Alex Smith who took Mahomes under his wing and show him plays and the way around quarterbacking in the NFL

#4 Some critics say that current San Francisco 49er Dee Ford who was with the Chiefs last season was call for lining up in the neutral zone that nullified a interception that some say led to the Chiefs loss. Head coach Andy Reid said it wasn’t Dee’s fault and that it was everybody’s fault the Chiefs were just four inches short

#5 Sad news Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49er Chris Doleman died at age 58, Doleman a had brain cancer that was similar to former Senator John McCain. Doleman played for the 49ers between 1996-98.

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

 

San Francisco 49ers report: Six Keys to the Sixth Lombardi

dujour.com photo: NFL Vince Lombardi Trophy

By: Joe Lami

The Niners’ Quest for Six may conclude on Sunday, as the Niners face-off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in Miami. It’s only been eight years since San Francisco last competed in America’s biggest game. Yet, it feels like an eternity full of locker room division and incompetence until John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan took the reigns. Since then, they have led the red and gold to one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history since Bill Walsh did the exact same thing with San Francisco in 1982.

Meanwhile, Kansas City heads into their first Super Bowl in over 50 years, still hunting for Andy Reid’s first-ever Lombardi. Reid enters as the most winningest head coach in NFL history without a Super Bowl ring. San Francisco faces a tall task, but if they’re able to do these six things, they’ll bring home their first title back to the Bay since 1995.

Limit Patrick Mahomes

Limiting Patrick Mahomes is easier said than done. Since the electric second-year-starter took over, Kansas City’s offense has been explosive. The Chiefs have only been held to under 20 points once in that span, earlier this season. There was chatter of the Colts printing the blueprint on how to beat K.C. using man defense, but they were without speedsters Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins that game. However, the Colts were able to sack him a season-high four times.

The secret will come down to the pass rush, and if Saleh’s front four can pressure Mahomes into mistakes that the secondary can take advantage of. San Francisco meanwhile creates the most pressure, sacking the QB 14.3% of the time, when they’re in Cover 1, a man defense. This could bode well if the Colts game wasn’t just a fluke, and Mahomes’ weakness proves to be man coverage.

The Niners ranked second, will be the toughest test Mahomes has faced since week 14 in New England, the NFL’s top-rated defense. In that game against New England, Mahomes completed 65% of his passes for 283 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a 23-16 victory. It was the Chiefs’ second-lowest point total of the year, and much was thanks to the Pats’ sixth-rated pass-rush, sacking QBs on 8.77% of plays. San Francisco’s sack rate proves to be a better challenge at 9.25%, good for third in the league, while they created pressure on almost 25% of all plays.

Continue to Dominate on the Ground; Own Time of Possession

The Niners blew through the NFC playoffs thanks to a ground and pound game that has old-school football fans salivating at the mouth. The Niners have owned the ground game, averaging 235 yards per game through the first two games. Raheem Mostert carried the red and gold to their seventh Super Bowl with the second-best running performance in playoff history, dashing the Packers for 220 yards and four touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs have been averaging 89.5 yards allowed on the ground thus far. Part of the which is their explosive offense scores quick and often on teams, erasing the considerable deficit and forces teams to start airing the ball out. If the Niners can control the ground game, they’ll be able to keep the ball out of the hands out of Patrick Mahomes for as long as possible to avoid a shootout.

No runner this year for San Francisco has owned the workload throughout the season. Expect the running game by committee to continue for Shanahan, with Mostert, Matt Breida, and Tevin Coleman at his disposal. Also, expect Deebo Samuel to turn into a threat from the backfield. Samuel has quickly turned into a go-to threat for the Niners offense, exploding for 43 yards in the win over Green Bay.

Jimmy Garoppolo Balls Out & Protects the Football

Garoppolo has received all the hate this week leading up to the big game for his lack of protection thus far in the playoffs. The national media is trying to create a narrative that completing 17 of 27 passes for 208 yards, a touchdown, and an interception doesn’t warrant him the spot in the Super Bowl. But, the Niners simply haven’t needed Jimmy yet to win.

That could all change on Sunday if the defense isn’t able to maintain K.C.’s explosiveness, and the game turns into a shootout. But we’ve seen Garoppolo ball out in a shootout this season when San Francisco bested New Orleans in a 48-46 thriller. In that game, Garoppolo completed 26 of 35 passes for 349 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception.

That was in the middle of Garoppolo’s red-hot stretch against four of five straight playoff-caliber opponents in which he played the best football of his career. In the five-week stretch, Garoppolo completed 67% of his passes for 1,439 yards, 12 touchdowns, and only four interceptions for a 108.3 passer rating. If Garoppolo can repeat that performance in the most significant start of his career, the Niners’ chances of leaving Miami with the Lombardi will be astronomical.

Jimmy G’s biggest knock is, of course, bad Jimmy’s love of interceptions. While Garoppolo tossed 27 TDs this season, he also threw 13 passes to his opponents. Cutting out the costly pick has been the Faithful’s biggest wish of their young-(ish) gunslinger. Garoppolo has only thrown one pick losses this year, thanks to the outstanding defense stepping up when given the challenge. But this is not something to test against K.C.

Win the Final Play

The Niners have been in every contest they’ve played this year and have found multiple ways to leave victorious, yet have only found one way to lose. That’s come on the last play of the game. It happened in overtime against the Seahawks, it happened on a last-second field goal against the Ravens, and it happened on a failed goal-line stand against the Falcons. The Niners then reversed the curse when they won the division on a goal-line stand, thanks to Dre Greenlaw.

If the Super Bowl comes down to the last play of the game, San Francisco must find a way to win that final play to earn the franchise’s sixth ring.

Super Bowl LIV prediction: 49ers edge Chiefs in thriller behind 49ers MVP Raheem Mostert

photo from mercurynews.com: San Francisco 49iers running back Raheem Mostert celebrates the NFC Championship victory at Levis Stadium on Sun Jan 19th 

By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

Call me a homer if you want, but I truly believe that the San Francisco 49ers will win Super Bowl LIV over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Score? 35-28, 49ers.

Why?

Simple, behind the play of their stud defensive line powered by rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, and their solid running game centered around running back Raheem Mostert. In fact, Mostert is my pick to walk away with the MVP award of the game.

Mostert, who single-handily punched San Francisco’s ticket to Miami, FL after his four-touchdown, 220-yard rushing performance on 29 carries in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, has become an overnight sensation and a key piece in the 49ers’ run to Super Bowl LIV. After being cut by six teams before latching on with San Francisco in 2016, Mostert became the first player to rush for at least 200 yards and four touchdowns in a playoff game.

For all the talk that the 49ers’ chances to win their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy rests on the right arm of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and possibly so, but Mostert will be the guy that the bulk of the offense will flow through when the ball is kicked off on Sunday at 6:38 p.m. ET (3:38 p.m. PT) from Hard Rock Stadium.

The game will be tightly contested for three quarters as both Garoppolo and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will trade touchdown scoring drives heading into the fourth quarter to tie the score at 28-28.

After San Francisco forces Kansas City into a 3-and-out, Mostert will punctuate a 12-play, 75-yard drive with his second touchdown run of the game at the four-minute mark giving the 49ers a 35-28 lead. In turn, San Francisco’s offense will anxiously watch its defense get them across the finish line which its done for most of the 2019 season.

The defense, who has exhibited such a herculean effort in trying to slow down Mahomes and Kansas City’s high-powered offense, the aforementioned Bosa will come up with a crucial sack on fourth down to secure the win.

Mostert, who will finish with a stat line of 22 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns, will be just the eighth running back named MVP of the Super Bowl joining Larry Csonka (Super Bowl VIII), Franco Harris (Super Bowl IX), John Riggins (Super Bowl XVII), Marcus Allen (Super Bowl XVIII), Ottis Anderson (Super Bowl XXV), Emmitt Smith (Super Bowl XXVIII), and Terrell Davis (XXXII).

Everyone but Anderson is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: In Super Bowl LIV it’s a toss up and Tony tells you why

The San Francisco 49ers Richard Sherman answers questions with a smile at the opening media day on Tuesday at Super Bowl LIV in Miami ( photo from: Shawn McCullough Sports Radio Service)

On the Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a huge win in their last game in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers 37-20 now facing the Kansas City Chiefs they are not expected to have anything close to a margin like that in the Super Bowl

#2 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw six for eight passes and 77 yards against the Packers some people are concerned he’s going to have to do a lot better than that to win this game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

#3 Talk about how much the 49ers really depend on running back Raheem Mostert who ran for 220 yards in 29 carries against Green Bay

#4 For the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes can run and throw all day he went 23 for 35 for 294 yards against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship

#5 Game day is this Sunday Tony who do you like, why and whats your point spread

Tony R does Headline Sports each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Super Bowl LIV/San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: What a difference a year makes from 4-12 to 13-3

Kwon Alexander (56) San Francisco 49ers linebacker in this Oct 31st file photo against the Arizona Cardinals returned to practice on Jan 2 after suffering a pectoral muscle pull mid season

On the 49ers podcast with Joe Lami:

#1 Joe what a difference a year makes the 49ers at this time last season finished at 4-12 and this season a incredible 13-3.

#2 They also at one point during the season looked as if they could have gone perfect that’s how dominating they were

#3 Talk about some of the important acquisitions the 49ers made to improve the team for this season in Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford, Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, Nick Bosa, and Deebo Samuel.

#4 Joe talk about the great job that Kansas City head coach Andy Reid has done for the Kansas City Chiefs as the Chiefs enter their first Super Bowl in 50 years

#5 Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes has been throwing lights out all season 4,031 yards, 26 touchdowns, 5 interceptions. Led the team under center to the AFC Championship and into the Super Bowl.

Join Joe each Friday for the 49ers podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com