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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo absorbs Joe Montana's wisdom about winning

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo absorbs Joe Montana's wisdom about winning

Throughout NFL history, of quarterbacks to start at least 100 career games, only Tom Brady (.773) and Roger Staubach (.746) have posted better regular-season winning percentages than 49ers legend Joe Montana (.713). So, when it comes to knowing the secrets to victory, he's a pretty good source of advice.

Montana won 117 of his 164 career regular-season starts, precisely 100 victories of which came with San Francisco. On Wednesday, he posted a photo on Instagram from the final one of those wins with the 49ers, in which he offered up a secret to his success.

"Winners, I am convinced, imagine their dreams first," Montana wrote. "They want it with all their heart and expect it to come true. There is, I believe, no other way to live."
As of the time of this writing, that post had received 15,685 likes, one of which came from another 49ers quarterback who happens to have a knack for winning as well -- Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Jimmy G, of course, displayed his penchant for winning immediately upon joining the 49ers, winning his first five starts after San Francisco acquired him midway through the 2017 season. Across 24 regular-season starts with the 49ers, he has posted a 19-5 record (.792). Not to mention, he arguably was one missed completion away from winning Super Bowl LIV.

Garoppolo might have his own secrets to his success, but it certainly can't hurt if he picks up a thing or two from Joe Cool.

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Ranking Raiders fans' most hated players, coaches from recent history

Ranking Raiders fans' most hated players, coaches from recent history

In their heyday, the Raiders were the wild renegades of the NFL with Al Davis unafraid to challenge or confront any and all.

That will earn you a lot of enemies. And it did. Raiders history is filled with opposing players and coaches who got a dose of vitriol and anger flung at them from Raider Nation.

Of course, Pittsburgh legend Franco Harris would be atop the list with the "Immaculate Reception" proving to be a forever dagger in the hearts of the Silver and Black. One that sparked a Raiders-Steelers rivalry whose embers still flicker.

But let's focus on the past 25 years and take a trip down memory lane to look at opponents and former Raiders who drew the ire of Raider fans from Los Angeles to Canada and Oakland to Australia.

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5. John Elway and Mike Shanahan, Denver Broncos

The first on our list of opponents is a dual AFC West threat which bruised the Raiders for almost two decades.

While Elway's career 13-15 record against the Raiders isn't a big issue, the golden boy still diced up plenty of Raiders' defenses and finally got over the hump with Shanahan when they won back-to-back Super Bowls in the late 90s.

Of course, Elway was meant to be a Raider. The Silver and Black were primed to send three first-round picks and two second-round picks to the Baltimore Colts to draft Elway in 1983, but NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle vetoed the deal.

Almost two decades later, Shanahan, a former Raiders head coach who had a long, ugly history with Davis, helped get the monkey off Elway and the Broncos' back. Salt in the wound all around.

4. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

We don't need to spend too much time on Kelce. His personality itself is one that will draw the ire of opposing fans everywhere.

Add to it that the Raiders see Kelce twice a season, and he constantly carves them up and never lets them forget it and you have a very hated division rival. He's the type of player who gets into a beef with the opposing punter (shoutout Marquette King) and has a reality television show in which he tries to find love. No one outside of Kansas City is going to be a huge fan.

Imagine Kelce could move hire as his career draws on.

3. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers/Indianapolis Colts

Newer Raider fans might look at the past two seasons and see a washed quarterback whose arm had fallen off and wonder why he makes the list.

Long-time Raider fans know the pain Rivers brought to the Silver and Black during his prime with the Bolts. Rivers is 18-10 against the Raiders in his career and an impressive 9-5 at the Coliseum. Like a gnat at a barbecue buzzing around your head, Rivers never failed to talk as much trash as possible whether the score was 34-3 or 17-16. Couple that with the "golly gee whillikers" and the "gosh darn its" that replaced normal swear words (Rivers doesn't cuss), and you've got one annoying division rival who owns you.

2. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

LT ran all over the Raiders during his time as a Bolt, and he wasn't shy about letting the folks in the Black Hole know about his dominance.

He ran for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns against the Raiders while his teams went 14-5 against the Silver and Black. Tomlinson is an all-time great, and those are fun to have on your side. Less so when they are tearing your defense apart on two Sundays every season.

1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Some hatred is born from familiarity and 1,000 cuts. With the division rivals listed above, you're forced to see them twice a year and born to hate htem.

Others are born from circumstance. The Raiders have only faced Brady six times in his legendary career, but once was more than enough.

The 2001 AFC Divisional Round game between the Patriots and Raiders, more aptly known as "The Tuck Rule Game," helped spark the NFL's next dynasty and kept the Raiders from what they believe was a trip to the Super Bowl.

Brady, as dorky as he might be on social media, never will let the Raiders forget the play either. Last time the Raiders arrived in Foxboro, Mass., Brady posted a cheeky jab at the Silver and Black over a play that still pains their loyal followers and Jon Gruden.

"The Tuck Rule," much like "The Immaculate Reception" is a play that will always live in Raiders lore with Brady playing the role of the central villain.

Now, we transition to former members of the Silver and Black who Raider Nation might not be so fond of. This list was a lot easier to make than the above one, for obvious reasons (You probably know No. 1).

5. Lane Kiffin

The dislike for Kiffin might stem from the fact that he was the only one in the building who didn't want to draft JaMarcus Russell, or from the fact that he was just the wrong guy for the job.

Regardless, a 5-15 record was enough for Al Davis to send Kiffin packing and put him on Raider Nation's bad side.

4. Rolando McClain

Hatred for former players normally comes from two places. They either underperformed given their ability or gave the impression they didn't care.

McClain was the latter. While his stats weren't awful, the Alabama product had motivation issues that stopped him from growing into the type of player a top-10 pick is expected to be. Couple that with some legal troubles, and McClain is seen as one of the Raiders' worst draft busts who sent them into a linebacker hell that they are just digging themselves out of.

3. Randy Moss

One of the greatest receivers of all-time had a solid year for the Silver and Black in 2005. Then, 2006 came around and Moss completely mailed it in.

In a career filled with impressive numbers, Moss caught 42 passes for 553 yards and three touchdowns. He was traded to the New England Patriots in the offseason and promptly put up historic numbers, catching 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns.

The Raiders acquired the legendary receiver for a first-round pick, and he quit on them before turning into a touchdown machine in New England.

Like Roger Clemens getting in shape after he left the Boston Red Sox, Moss' clear disinterest in trying with the Raiders still burns those who bleed Silver and Black.

2. JaMarcus Russell

Russell might be the biggest draft bust in NFL history and even that might be forgiven if he seemed to put an ounce of effort into being a good NFL quarterback.

The Raiders drafted Russell over Calvin Johnson (ouch). Russell cared so little about becoming a good quarterback that Raiders coaches famously sent him home with blank film tapes to see if he would watch them and then would call on him the next day to see what he thought. He claimed he had watched the film. Bruce Gradkowski, Russell's former backup, has said he had to bribe Russell with 10 Wendy's cheeseburgers to get him to go to film study.

In 2009, Russell had the lowest quarterback rating, lowed completion percentage, fewest touchdowns and fewest yards of any qualified quarterback.

He went 7-18 as Raiders starter and was released after the 2009 season.

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1. Antonio Brown

Maybe it's just because this one is fresh, or maybe it's because the antics and insanity were so far off the board it remains hard to believe.

There were the frostbitten feet. There was the helmet grievance where Brown painted his own lid to fool the training staff and got made when they took it from him. There was the second helmet grievance and the altercation with general manager Mike Mayock. Don't forget the illegal recording of Gruden that got turned into a guerilla marketing video on Instagram. Oh, and the clearly choreographed celebratory post when he finally was released.

It has to be among the most insane tenures any athlete has had for a franchise and never suited up for the club.

The venom from Raider Nation was on display during their Week 1 win over the Broncos when chants of "f--k AB" rang out across the Coliseum.

Safe to say he's not welcome in the Bay, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or anywhere Raider Nation has a strong foothold.

Phil Mickelson has Steph Curry, Michael Jordan on list for next 'The Match'

Phil Mickelson has Steph Curry, Michael Jordan on list for next 'The Match'

Steph Curry wants in on "The Match III" and he's certainly one of the names that comes to Phil Mickelson's mind for the next installment of the golf battle with Tiger Woods.

The Warriors star was one of the 5.8 million who watched Woods and Peyton Manning defeat Mickelson and Tom Brady on Sunday in "The Match: Champions for Charity." The event was a huge hit with Brady struggling through the first six holes before holing out from 125 and talking trash to Charles Barkley through his earpiece. Woods was dialed in, Mickelson was his usual self and Manning brought his joke book and his golf game.

Mickelson has already started thinking of potential pairings for the third installment, and Curry is one of the names atop the list.

“I think you could showcase guys like Steph Curry and Michael Jordan or Tony Romo and Patrick Mahomes, who are all good golfers, elite talents and have great personalities," Mickelson told Arash Markazi of The Los Angeles Times. "Those personalities are going to come out with this event. Or you could have someone who loves the game and is competitive but is really entertaining like Larry David and Bill Murray. I think that could shine.”

Woods and Mickelson signed on to do three events but due to the success of "The Match II," they now are in talks to do one every year with different celebrities as partners.

The first one -- a one-on-one match in Las Vegas saw some good golf but the entertainment value was low for casual fans. Producer Bryan Zuriff, who thought of the idea and first brought it to Woods and Mickelson, wanted to add something to the second version. According to Zuriff, the original idea for "The Match: Champions for Charity" was to have Brady and Curry be the two amateurs.

“At the time I was thinking Tom and Steph Curry because Steph had just signed a deal with Callaway and he was into golf,” Zuriff said.

But since Manning is repped by the same agency as Woods and there is the obvious rivalry with Brady, the two-time Super Bowl champion got the nod.

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"The Match II" was supposed to be held in June on the same day as Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic moved it up and added a charitable aspect to the event. All in all, the event raised $20 million for relief and Zuriff plans to keep the charitable aspect of the event going forward with a plan to hold it on Thanksgiving weekend as long as health and time allow.

Sports are mainly on pause right now, but "The Match: Champions for Charity" showed a blueprint for how access to the athletes can offset the lack of fans at live events during the pandemic. Sunday's match at Medalist Golf Club had something for the casual fan and the diehard golfer.

Curry was locked in from the opening tee shot, and it sounds like there's a good chance he could be teeing it up in the next installment alongside Woods, Mickelson and perhaps Jordan.

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