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Fitz: How did 49ers, Raiders get here?

Fitz: How did 49ers, Raiders get here?

We live in an instantaneous society where there’s zero patience and very rarely any perspective for the time it takes to build something. Or understand how it crumbled. Welcome to 2016, 49ers and Raiders fans!

Fitz: Baseball has a money problem that needs to be addressed

Fitz: Baseball has a money problem that needs to be addressed

Baseball is a terrific game. It’s difficult to play, yet wonderful to watch. It’s full of history, strategy, thoughtful, patient, occasionally exhilarating and fun to follow for months. But the business of baseball is completely idiotic. Particularly in comparison to the other three major sports. Football has a hard salary cap of $156 million; all…

Fitz: Second-half schedule will test lucky and good Giants

Fitz: Second-half schedule will test lucky and good Giants

It is always better to be good AND lucky. And 90 games through the MLB marathon the Giants are both. Amazing pitching by Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto. Solid seasons by Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford. Nice pickups in Jeff Samardjzia and Denard Span. They put up baseball’s best record despite a swath of…

Fitz: Seven keys to Game 7 as Warriors, Cavs duke it out

Fitz: Seven keys to Game 7 as Warriors, Cavs duke it out

1. FINALLY the Warriors clearly address the playoff elephant in the room. Steph Curry has been treated like a piñata over the past 13 playoff games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers. Clearly the game plan is to foul him, tackle him, grab him, hold him and crash into him over and over.…

Fitz: With Cavs able to shoot 3s, Warriors must maintain edge on defense

Fitz: With Cavs able to shoot 3s, Warriors must maintain edge on defense

Programming note: Bob Fitzgerald will do the play-by-play alongside Tom Tolbert on KNBR 680’s call of Game 1 between the Warriors and Cavs. So here we go with the Warriors trying to put an exclamation mark on an historic season. Good time to pause and appreciate that the Warriors have won 140 games the past…

Fitz: OKC has Warriors on the ropes, but don’t discount Dubs’ ability to counter

Fitz: OKC has Warriors on the ropes, but don’t discount Dubs’ ability to counter

So the Oklahoma City Thunder are up 3-1 over the Warriors and they absolutely deserve to be in this position. They have played at a higher level for longer stretches of these four games than Golden State and have the commanding lead in the series. But the narratives attempting to describe or rationalize Oklahoma City’s success have…

Fitz: Prematurely grading the 49ers’ draft haul is a fool’s errand

Fitz: Prematurely grading the 49ers’ draft haul is a fool’s errand

The NFL Draft is one of the most curious events on the sports calendar. It’s full of grand proclamations, many people claiming expertise, all kinds of predictions and zero follow up to track accuracy. Why is this? First, many talent evaluators apparently throw out four years (or now three) of players actually PLAYING FOOTBALL, replacing…