Ratto: 10 of '10

Ratto: 10 of '10


So its another cruddy year for Bay Area sports except for the stuff that went well. Really, really, improbably, really well. Except of course for the obnoxious new fetish in town, referring to players by as many initials as you can cram into their names (DMF, DHB, JMR, blah blah blah).To wit:1. The Giants.Yeah, big surprise there. Win a World Series once every 52 years and people get all drooly and giggly. But this is the part youll see nowhere else heres to Dustin Eli Whiteside, the backup catcher who went 2-for-4 with a double in a 9-7 win over Arizona August 29, got one more start and five more plate appearances the rest of the year and not only never complained but got a playoff share that is nearly 80 percent of his annual salary. That may not mean much to you folks dazzled by the big names, but thats a nice hunk of change for DEW.2. The Stanford Womens Basketball Team.Not the pick most of you would make, but TVD (Tara Van Derveer) took the Cardinal to yet another title game, and it really isnt her fault that the Connecticut womens team is actually the Kansas mens team.3. The Stanford Mens Football TeamAAL (Andrew Austen Luck) helped make himself, his school and his coach very very rich en route to hanging the best record in school history in the trophy room.4. The Perfect Game For The Perfect ReasonDLB (Dallas Lee Braden, not Darrius Leyward-Bey) made a Mothers Day hell have an even harder time forgetting than usual, only two weeks after getting crossways with the New York tabloid culture for getting jiggy with Alex Rodriguez inner calm. Braden became then highlight in an As year that could used a few more, but he is now part of a pitching nucleus that could make Oakland a place to enjoy baseball again soon.5. COACH MIKEY ON THE HOT SQUATThe 49ers took all your hopes and fantasies and expectations and blew their noses on them again, putting both ADS (Alex D. Smith) and SMS (Samurai Mike Singletary sorry, no known middle name) on the endangered list and JEY (John Edward Jed York) back in the same tenuous public place as his father, the redoubtable JCY (John C. York) and his lovely wife MDDB (Marie Denise DeBartolo), have known.(See how obnoxious the initials are)6. The Warriors In Megaflux 3-DThe GSW (oh, come on, this ones easy) finally got a new owner (JSL, Joseph S. Lacob, from CJC, Christopher J. Cohan), although not the new owner (LJE, Larry Ellison) everyone thought theyd get. They also replaced the record-breaking DAN (Donald Arvin Nelson) with a new coach, JKS (Jonathan Keith Smart) and a new FOTF (Face Of The Franchise) in WSC (Wardell Stephen Curry). No improvement seen yet, but give it a decade or so.7. Closer, But Still The Butt Of The CigarThe SJS (Sharks) got within a round of the SCF (Stanley Cup Finals) before losing to the CBH (Chicago Black Hawks, like they used to be known), which still doesnt get the boys over the jump but gets them as close to the hump as theyve ever been.8. Dont Worry, Were Nearly At The EndSMC (Yep, St. Marys College) finally made a name for itself beyond the place Rick Majerus wanted to retire, through the auspices of OSS (Omar Something-or-other Samhan) and the usual army of Australians, getting to the round of 16 for the first time in school history. Samhan went on to seek his fortune in Lithuania with BCZ (Basketball Club Zalgiris honest).9. Hello, We Must Be GoingFCGP (FC Gold Pride) won the WPS (Womens Professional Soccer)title, and then did what teams that win soccer championships in the Bay Area do. They disappeared, folding for lack of investors. Still, a title is a title, and even if it didnt matter to you, it mattered to them.10. JLR in the HOF, And Thats Enough Of ThatRice went to Canton, as though there was any doubt at all.

And for you negative types, these 10 also found the radar, flying low and mean.1. Tiger Woods not a local story, but the former Stanforder is a citizen of the world, one Perkins at a time.
2. JaMarcus Russell, blowing up his career.
3. Cal shaving sports to keep the debt from swamping the athletic department.
4. The 49ers making a playoff run seem like a case of ricketts.
5. The Machine, a contrivance which is now just sort of stupid.
6. The Stadiums That Never Will Be: San Jose and Santa Clara look less likely with every passing day, a reminder that when the state says Were broke, the state means Were broke.
7. Ellison at the altar, a jilted buyer who probably wont stand still for being made a dupe by Cohan. Make of that what you will.
8. Jerry Rice the golfer. No embellishment needed.
9. The gator that went after the kayak in The Cove. Does it make me a bad person if I say I was rooting for a little red in the water?
10. Comcast hiring me. They really have no idea what theyve done to the brand.What'syour take? EmailRayand let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip


NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.


Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.