San Francisco Giants writer Jeremy Kahn Tribute: Opening day would have been JJ’s 20th year as beat reporter

Former San Francisco Giants and Oakland Raider beat writer Jeremy Kahn, who would have started his 20th season for us as a reporter on Opening Day, is celebrated here. Listen to Jeremy one more time via a selection of some of his past podcasts (photo from JJ Kahn’s facebook page)

Jeremy would have been covering the San Francisco Giants opener as the Giants beat writer at Oracle Park this Fri, Apr 8th, vs. the Miami Marlins.

Jeremy passed away Feb 9th. He did numerous podcasts and game recaps for Sports Radio Service over the years. Below are just a few samples of his work. He was also an Oakland Raiders beat reporter before the Raiders left for Las Vegas.

Jeremy is deeply missed, not only by us, but also his colleagues in the press box and the many network in-air talents he provided support for. Fortunately, his voice lives on forever, and as a tribute, here is a sample of his past podcast work (keep scrolling down):

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Adams medication was cut off by doctor; Triggered murder spree at doctor’s home

Former San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider defensive back Phillip Adams (left) who killed five people and himself on Thu Apr 8, 2021 in Rock Hill SC his father Alonzo (right) said “football messed him up” and that Adams “was a good kid” (WCNC NBC TV Charlotte image)

#1 Former San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider defensive back Phillip Adams 32, who killed five people on Thursday morning in Rock Hill South Carolina, Dr. Robert Leslie 70, his wife Barbara Leslie 69, grandchildren Adah Leslie 9, Noah Leslie 5, air conditioner repairmen James Lewis 38, and seriously injured Robert Shook and died later on Saturday.

#2 Adams died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head at 2:30AM on Thursday after the Leslie killings. A motive has not been established.

#3 The police went to Adams parents home where Adams was staying where they found Adams dead at the home. Adams father Alonzo said, “he’s a good kid, football messed him up”

#4 NFL agent Scott Casterline who represented Adams said he was shocked that Adams would do such of a thing but knew that Adams recently was not in his right mind.

#5 The Adams’ family has given the medical community permission to check for CTE in Adams brain and they will reveal results when they come available. Adams played 31 games in Oakland during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and suffered two concussions during that time.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason: Raiders big win over Chiefs was indication after close loss to Bills

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) scores on a seven yard carry in the first half of Sun Oct 11th’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara how much of an indicator was the Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) game with the Buffalo Bills (4-0) in week 4 when they lost by just a touchdown against a then 3-0 team that they would go onto do well against a tough Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) team in week 5.

#2 How much credit does this Raiders defense deserve after shutting out the Chiefs in the third quarter and then quarterback Derek Carr and the offense went to work in the fourth quarter and scored 16 points for insurance points and the 40-32 win.

#3 Carr’s line for Sunday in a great afternoon throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns the Chiefs no doubt have a Super Bowl caliber pass rush and that speaks to the Raiders offensive line.

#4 The Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was no slouch either he threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns it was just that the Raiders defense was able to control more the of the Chiefs offense in the second half and the Raiders had a successful offense that took advantage to block for Carr and gave him time to throw.

#5 The Raiders have a bye next Sunday before they play their next game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sun Oct 25th as this will be a quick month for the Raiders.

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Poor Offensive Effort Hand Forty Niners A 43-17 Loss

No one from the San Francisco 49ers defense really got in the way of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who threw for three touchdowns at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara on Sun Oct 11, 2020 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Sunday afternoon the San Francisco 49ers (2-2) took on the Miami Dolphins (1-3) at Levi Stadium. The team welcomed back quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who had missed the past two games due to a sprained ankle. He is coming off a full week of practice and the hope is that this will get the team back on the winning track after dropping one to the Philadelphia Eagles 25-20.

Despite being underdogs the Dolphins put up two touchdowns in the first quarter. Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Adam Shaheen for three yards and the touchdown for the early lead 7-0. At 4:14 in the first quarter Myles Gaskin had a one yard rush to extend Miami’s lead 14-0 with San Francisco yet to get anything going.

San Francisco would finally get on the board with a seven yard rush by Kyle Juszcyzk. The Forty Niners had the opportunity to get back into this game. That opportunity vanished when the Dolphins answered with three unanswered scores, the first a DeVante Parker 22 yard pass from Fitzpatrick followed by two field goals.

The first was a 26 yard field goal and the second one a long 50 yard attempt that was good for a 27-7 lead. Jimmy Garoppolo threw his first interception of the season in the second quarter that led to a Miami score. With 14 seconds left in the half Garoppolo threw his second interception of the game. The long anticipated return of Garoppolo showed a struggling quarterback who didn’t look at all ready to return to action. The halftime score was 30-7 in favor of the Miami Dolphins. Garoppolo finished the half seven of 17 for 77 yards and two interceptions.

The opening drive of the third quarter showed a fired up San Francisco defense but the question remained; could the San Francisco offense take advantage. As expected Beathard took over at quarterback in San Francisco’s first possession of the third quarter. Thanks in part to two Miami penalties and a 12 yard pass completion followed by a 19 yard pass for the touchdown, San Francisco was finally getting something going defensively and offensively although that came to an abrupt end in the second half.

Trailing by the score of 30-14 the worst was yet to come for the Forty Niners. Fitzpatrick would throw a 32 yard touchdown to Preston Williams and the Miami quarterback was having a banner day. San Francisco’s Robbie Gould would kick a 37 yard field goal and going into the fourth quarter San Francisco trailed by the score of 37-17.

San Francisco had a lackluster fourth quarter and Miami would kick a 31 yard and a 49 yard field goal. There was not much that Miami was unable to do. They won this game by the score of 43-17 in an unexpected turn outplaying San Francisco on offense and defense. Despite having some of their key players returning to the field it did absolutely nothing for the team. The Forty Niners have a lot of questions moving forward, the most pressing at the position of quarterback.


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.

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Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: The advantage Cal had playing in Santa Clara for the Red Box Bowl; Have Sharks snapped out of it?; plus more

photo from California quarterback Chase Garbers (7) scrabbles away from Illinois defensive lineman Ayo Shogbonyo (52) during the first half of the Redbox Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 How important, how big was it for Cal to get to the Red Box Bowl and get to stay in the Bay Area and play the game against the Illinois Illini as the Bears defeated the Illini 35-20.

#2 It has to be a relief for the San Jose Sharks to win a game after losing ten of their last 11 on Saturday they got to break the glass ceiling or ice below with a five goal 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers

#3 Talk about the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks in a game that was built and called “The NFC West Championship” played on Sunday afternoon

#4 The Oakland Raiders on Sunday had to beat the Broncos, then the Texans needed to beat the Titans and the Ravens needed to beat the Steelers, and the Colts needed to beat the Jaguars, and a victory by at least one of these teams Bears, Lions, Chiefs or Patriots in order to make the AFC Wild Card Playoffs it was quite a bit to ask for wasn’t of the Raiders?

#5 The Sacramento Kings last two loses were narrow in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves they lost by just one in overtime but coughed up a lead in the 105-104 loss, then on Saturday they dropped another game at home by two 112-110 to the Phoenix Suns. The Kings have lost six straight games.

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Season comes to an end after heartbreaking loss in Denver 16-15 photo: Oakland Raider quarterback Derek Carr (4) after he tried to throw for a two point conversion in the fourth quarter

By Jeremy Kahn

With their playoff hopes on the line, the Oakland Raiders went for two points and the win instead of one point and the chance at overtime.

Shelby Harris knocked down Derek Carrs pass attempt to Hunter Renfrow, as the Denver Broncos held on to defeat the Raiders 16-15 at Empower Field at Mile High.

Carr and Renfrow hooked up for a three-yard touchdown pass on 2-and-goal, and gave the Raiders their first red zone touchdown in five trips on the afternoon.

On the other side of things, Drew Lock won for the fourth time in five starts, as the Broncos and Raiders tied for second place in the AFC West, five games behind AFC Western Division Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Like the Broncos, the Raiders season comes to an end, as they lost five of their last six games and missed the playoffs for the second time in as many years in the second stint with Jon Gruden as head coach of the Raiders.

This is the fourth straight season that the Broncos will miss the playoffs with their playoff win coming in Super Bowl 50 at Levis Stadium on February 7, 2016.

Daniel Carlson saw the Raiders first drive come to an end, as he missed a 39-yard field goal that went left.

Carlson did get the Raiders on the board when the Broncos held them in tact at the five-yard line, and Carlson hit a 23-yard field goal to get the Raiders on the board.

Brandon McManus tied up the game, as he hit a 43-yard field goal.

It looked like the Raiders took the lead on their next series, as Carr found Renfrow for a five-yard touchdown; however, like scoring plays, the play was reviewed and reversed by instant replay and the ball was about a yard shy of the goal line.

Von Miller then stopped Alec Ingold on fourth-and-goal, and Gruden continued to steam after his challenge was denied.

This was the first time that the Broncos completed a fourth-and-goal for the first time since October 22, 2017 against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

Lock gave the Broncos the lead for good, as he found Andrew Beck for a 1-yard touchdown pass and the Broncos went into the locker room with a 10-3 lead.

McManus gave the Broncos a 10-point lead, as he kicked a 49-yard field goal for the only points of the third quarter. He then extended the lead up to 13 points when he nailed a 51-yarder with just four seconds gone in the fourth quarter.

Carlson then got the Raiders within striking range, as he hit a 33-yarder and a 28-yarder to get the Raiders within seven.

The biggest play of the game came when the Broncos were called for Unnecessary Roughness penalty, and McManus missed a 57-yard field goal wide right that would have essentially clinched the game.

Carr then drove the Raiders down the field, as he found Renfrow for the touchdown; however, the two-point conversion was batted down.

NOTES: Josh Jacobs missed the season finale due to a shoulder injury and an illness.

UP NEXT: When the 2020 season begins, the Oakland Raiders will be no more and they will be known as the Las Vegas Raiders.

Oakland Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes: Combination of things have to happen for Raiders to make AFC Playoffs photo: Oakland Raiders wide receiver DeAndre Washington (33) scores a touchdown also had 23 receptions for 85 yards

On the Raiders podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The Oakland Raiders  are coming off a victory against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday it was a hairline victory for the Raiders who got a winning field goal from kicker Daniel Carlson in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.

#2 The Raiders who lost four straight games until the game in Los Angeles what did the Raiders do differently from the last four games which they lost.

#3 DeAndre Washington provided some good catches for 85 yards on 23 receptions and one touchdown

#4 The Raiders will depend on their receivers in this one wide receiver Hunter Renfrow last Sunday tallied seven receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown.

#5 The Raiders (7-8) are in Denver to face the Broncos (6-9) this Sunday they have to beat the Broncos next Sunday, then the Texans need to beat the Titans and the Ravens need to beat the Steelers, and the Colts need to beat the Jaguars, and a victory by at least one of these teams Bears, Lions, Chiefs or Patriots in order to make the AFC Wild Card Playoffs.

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Oakland Raiders preview: With viable chance at the playoffs, the Raiders must win regular season-finale in Denver

UPI file photo: Oakland Raiders Josh Jacobs (28) carries against the Denver Broncos in the Oakland Coliseum Sep 9th during the Raiders home opener. It was the time the two teams met. 

By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

OAKLAND — After opening up the 2019 regular season series against each other on Monday Night Football in Week 1 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Raiders and Broncos close out their regular season season in Week 17 at Empower Field at Mile High. In the first matchup, the Raiders defeated the Broncos, 24-16, giving Oakland its second-straight win over Denver. Oakland is looking for its first victory in Denver since 2015, and leads the all-time series 64-52-2.

Sunday’s AFC West divisional matchup will kickoff at 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS with Andrew Catalon and James Lofton with the call.

In Week 16, the Raiders kept their playoff chances alive after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-17 to improve to 7-8 on the year and 3-2 in the AFC West. Quarterback Derek Carr played tremendous, completing 26-of-30 attempts for 291 yards while throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another. Carr’s touchdown throw, which went for 56 yards on the Raiders’ opening possession, was hauled in by rookie wide receiver Hunter Renfrow who returned to the field after missing the last three games with a rib injury.

Renfrow recorded his first career 100-yard game, reeled in a career- and team-high seven catches (five of which were on third down) against the Chargers.

Defensively, linebacker Will Compton register 12 tackles (10 solo) and rookie defensive end Clelin Ferrell recorded a sack giving him 4.5 for the season. Oakland has a league-best 13 sacks by rookies in 2019.

The Broncos are coming off a 27-17 victory at home against the visiting Detroit Lions to improve to 6-9 on the year. Denver has won three of their last four games since inserting rookie quarterback Drew Lock under center.

Lock completed 25-of-33 for 192 yards and one touchdown, while running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 109 yards on 19 attempts. Lindsay’s 27-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the game for Denver, who were leading 20-17 at the time.

For Oakland to make the postseason, not only would they need to defeat the Broncos but they would need wins by Cleveland (over Cincinnati), Baltimore (over Pittsburgh), Houston (over Tennessee), and Indianapolis (over Jacksonville).

With homefield and the AFC’s No. 1 seed locked up, Baltimore has already said it’s going to sit a bunch of starters which includes MVP front-runner in quarterback Lamar Jackson against the Steelers, while Houston has won the AFC South and could improve its playoff positioning. Houston is currently the fourth seed.

The Raiders need to take care of their own business against the Broncos instead of scoreboard watching in Week 17.


Headline Sports podcast Barbara Mason: Raiders hanging onto playoff hopes by their fingernails; 49ers in mourning over Beathard’s brother’s murder; plus more photo: Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is all smiles after throwing a second half touchdown to D’Andre Washington against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sun Dec 22

On Headline Sports with Barbara Mason:

#1 The odds are slim but the Oakland Raiders kept their playoff hopes alive with a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in the Southland on Sunday afternoon 24-17

#2 The Raiders are in a must win situation as they have to beat the Broncos next Sunday, then the Texans need to beat the Titans and the Ravens need to beat the Steelers, and the Colts need to beat the Jaguars, and a victory by at least one of these teams Bears, Lions, Chiefs or Patriots

#3 The murder of 49er quarterback CJ Beathard’s brother Clayton stunned not only Beathard but the entire team and they had to prepare for a game the morning they found out about Clayton’s murder and pull off a win and dedicated the game ball to CJ.

#4 The San Jose Sharks now have lost nine of their last ten games. Their latest loss on Sunday to the Vegas Golden Knights a two goal lost 3-1 on home ice.

#5 Golden State Warrior head coach Steve Kerr said that Stephen Curry should be back traveling and helping out the younger players with tips as his hand is improving after having surgery. Curry is expected to get back into the line up by February.

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