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  • Murph: After losing the press conference, Giants must prove they can win the offseason
    Oct 1, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) gives a speech to the fans after defeating the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

    Murph: After losing the press conference, Giants must prove they can win the offseason

    The offseason is out there, gents. Go win it, or face the wrath of KNBR callers.


  • Murph: Cain’s retirement another reminder the Giants’ window is closed
    May 26, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) throws to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

    Murph: Cain’s retirement another reminder the Giants’ window is closed

    As if the Giants needed any more reminders that a roster and identity makeover is the direction they must travel, the announcement of Matt Cain’s retirement comes along to serve as a big, fat reminder.


  • A’s Laney College site the newest in a changing Bay Area sports skyline

    A’s Laney College site the newest in a changing Bay Area sports skyline

    The news that the Oakland A’s have selected the Laney College site near Lake Merritt is large for the Bay Area sports scene. Everything’s changing in the 21st century, right before our eyes, and the new landscape by 2025 will leave us with a very odd thought: AT&T Park will be the oldest home park…


  • Murph: Giancarlo Stanton to the Giants? Yes!
    Jul 7, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

    Murph: Giancarlo Stanton to the Giants? Yes!

    Muscle-bound sluggers are winning games by studying launch angles, while heat-throwing pitchers are providing the power. The Giants, led by Brandon Belt’s 18 home runs, are not keeping up. This is where Stanton comes in.


  • A note of 49ers caution amid early buzz
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    A note of 49ers caution amid early buzz

    In August, the familiar allure of the NFL — speed, power, grace, all capped by those helmets we adored on bedsheets as kids — is intoxicating.


  • Murph: The nicknames we’d like to see on the Giants’ jerseys

    Murph: The nicknames we’d like to see on the Giants’ jerseys

    If only frustrated Giants fans could have stitched nicknames on the 2017 squad to exhaust rage over a season gone wrong! A partial list might go as follows


  • The top 10 most unexpected highlight in sports, inspired by Javy Baez and Carlos Moncrief

    The top 10 most unexpected highlight in sports, inspired by Javy Baez and Carlos Moncrief

    In honor of Javier Baez’s inside-the-park home run and Carlos Moncrief’s bullet throw, Brian Murphy looks back at some of the wildest and highly enticing pleasures in sports: the unexpected thrill.


  • Murph: 49ers questions and answers heading into training camp

    Murph: 49ers questions and answers heading into training camp

    Like a life preserver thrown to Bay Area sports fans, the NFL season is here to save us from drowning in Giants lousiness.


  • Murph: We come to praise, not bury, the Giants’ sellout streak

    Murph: We come to praise, not bury, the Giants’ sellout streak

    The Giants’ sellout streak at AT&T Park is over, and the riffs are flying. “Sellout streak? The only thing sold out was Larry Baer’s imaginary world!”


  • Murph: Warriors foil the haters again

    Murph: Warriors foil the haters again

    Any rumors of the Warriors demise have been greatly exaggerated. Or, did not exist at all. These are the salad days. The Warriors are champs, are in their prime, and are ready for more.