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Dr. Marshall explains how to save pitchers from Tommy John surgery

By TED SILLANPAA Two of my sons were baseball pitchers who underwent Tommy John surgery, an elbow reconstruction process that has become an epidemic in baseball at all levels. My youngest son was an elite, NCAA Division I prospect expected by coaches to, perhaps, be drafted by a Major League baseball organization. The elbow injury and surgery left him with just over one full season of high school baseball competition. I’ve tried harder than most to try to figure out… Read More »

Belt, Giants’ resilience highlight opening night victory

By TED SILLANPAA Brandon Belt picked up where he left off with the bat in 2013 and the San Francisco Giants showed the type resiliency that good teams always need. Buster Posey began a season when the club really needs him to assert himself as a dominant middle-of-the-lineup hitter with a 2-run, game-winning home run. And, it all happened in Arizona against the Diamondbacks? Opening night couldn’t have gone better for the Giants in a comeback, 9-8, win against one… Read More »

Warriors need to focus solely on making NBA playoffs, not where they’re seeded

By TED SILLANPAA Look, the Golden State Warriors are a team that lives and dies by the perimeter jump shot. Stephen Curry is prone to the untimely turnover, which typically comes because he has the weight of carrying the team on his shoulders. Their best bigs, Andrew Bogut and David Lee, are sidelined by injuries that won’t necessarily heal any time soon. Let’s stop there. There’s no reason to panic. Just pump the brakes a little. Try to remember a… Read More »

Stephen Curry’s support of Warriors coach should quiet criticism

By TED SILLANPAA Mark Jackson can take a different look at things today after weeks of rumors concerning how Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is building a case to rid the club of the winningest coach the club’s had in decades. The Bay Area News Group columnist and former Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson, and veteran BANG writer Carl Steward, reported that the Warriors’ leader and biggest star Stephen Curry supports Jackson without question. Curry told BANG’s first-rate crew… Read More »

Warriors’ Mark Jackson delivers, even as ownership tries to undermine his success

By TED SILLANPAA The Warriors are closing in on the Portland Trail Blazers in for the NBA Western Conference’s fifth playoff spot. They can finish this regular season with more victories than any Golden State team in the last 20, 25 seasons. They’ve got a group that seems to get along and accept the way their told to play their brand of exciting and entertaining basketball. Head coach Mark Jackson’s in the news for … what? He doesn’t get along… Read More »

Even with Matt Schaub, Oakland Raiders should draft Bridgewater or Manziel

By TED SILLANPAA The Oakland Raiders’ acquisition of veteran quarterback Matt Schaub in exchange for a late-round draft pick is a good move. A move they needed to make, even if it just gives critics a chance to further mock the organization for falling back on a failed starter who lost his job with the Houston Texans last season. We get it, OK? The Raiders have hit hard times. They haven’t won. They won’t win for awhile. Making fun of… Read More »

A’s Parker Tommy John surgery latest in epidemic

By TED SILLANPAA Lots of people asked me why my youngest son, the elite left-hander who’s in his senior year of high school now, didn’t have Tommy John surgery to replace his ulnar collateral ligament sooner. Dr. Arthur Ting said it better than I can. “People hear about big leaguers and college pitchers having elbow reconstructive surgery making them good as new,” Ting told my son and I. “That’s a possibility. Many do come back healthier than ever. But, we… Read More »

Kaepernick vs. Manziel & NFL combine’s fastest

By TED SILLANPAA This is an interesting look at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick running his 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine — with the Combine 40s of Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Johnny Manziel added to create a computerized race (sort of) between the four fastest quarterbacks in the history of the scouting showcase. The Race We’d Love to See We can take anything we like, or nothing at all, from the four fastest 40s run by quarterbacks… Read More »

Criticism of 49ers’ Kaepernick pure nonsense

Colin Kaepernick  Ryan Pickett

By TED SILLANPAA Look, I understand how easy it is to watch an NFL game and criticize the quarterback play. Even people who should absolutely know better get caught up in thinking the game they see unfold on television is moving at the same speed as the game unfolds from the pocket with a passer under the pressure of a pass rush with defenders disguising coverages in the secondary. So, I understand how even the folks who sit in the… Read More »