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  • Murph: McCaffrey toeing dangerous line by not playing Sun Bowl

    Murph: McCaffrey toeing dangerous line by not playing Sun Bowl

    These days, the older generation derisively calls the new generation the “participation trophy era”, mocking today’s kids who get a trophy for just participating in sports. And then Christian McCaffrey, Stanford’s star running back, won’t even participate. No trophy for Christian!


  • Murph: Resting players becoming an ‘epidemic in modern NBA’

    Murph: Resting players becoming an ‘epidemic in modern NBA’

    Resting players is the NBA’s equivalent of the “safe space”, and it’s got to stop. It’s an insult to the paying customer, and in today’s NBA, that means paying a *lot*.And on top of everything else, it’s a bad look. Nobody likes bad looks.


  • Murph: My cheesy, Thanksgiving, sports list of gratitude

    Murph: My cheesy, Thanksgiving, sports list of gratitude

    There is nothing cheesier than a Thanksgiving-themed “What I’m Thankful For in Sports” column. So, let’s dive in with a Thanksgiving-themed “What I’m Thankful For in Sports” column. I like cheese.


  • Murph: Casilla is the easy target, but Bochy’s bats have let him down

    Murph: Casilla is the easy target, but Bochy’s bats have let him down

    As the Giants, five games back of the Dodgers in the West, 13 to play, arrive at Dodger Stadium tonight, the angel on the shoulder says: “Play it out! Let’s see what happens after 162! Let’s all stand back and enjoy Marty Lurie’s mosaic!”


  • Murph: Kershaw’s return looms as X-factor in Giants-Dodgers race

    Murph: Kershaw’s return looms as X-factor in Giants-Dodgers race

    The Giants and Dodgers are in a virtual neck-and-neck race for the NL West crown. And while the good guys definitely have the better rotation, the bad guys have an ace up their sleeve.


  • Murph: Kap’s football flaws will likely prevent protest from sparking progress

    Murph: Kap’s football flaws will likely prevent protest from sparking progress

    While the questions Colin Kaepernick raises are good ones worthy of meaningful discourse, his regression as a football player — coupled with the controversy — might lead to an early exit from the NFL.


  • Murph: Losing Duffy hurts, but Giants undoubtedly improved through trades

    Murph: Losing Duffy hurts, but Giants undoubtedly improved through trades

    As I write this, it’s been 24 hours since Matt Duffy and all that he represents — homegrown talent, Willie Mac Award qualities, an everyman’s appeal that reaffirms America’s greatness — was traded to Tampa Bay. That means the mourning period for Duffy — for his vacuum cleaner glove at third, for the memory of…


  • Murph: Is the sky falling on the 2016 Giants? Not so fast…

    Murph: Is the sky falling on the 2016 Giants? Not so fast…

    Is the sky falling on the 2016 Giants, or is it time to keep calm and not panic? The answer is an emphatic YES. That’s what this post-All Star Break haze has done to Giants fans. It has the nattering nabobs of lunatic fringe-ism screaming that this was bound to happen; that three-fifths of the…


  • Murph: MLB-best Giants still have unanswered questions

    Murph: MLB-best Giants still have unanswered questions

    Why, hello first-place San Francisco Giants. Apologies for the absence in contact. We here at KNBR have been away; swept up in a tsunami of 73 wins, 3 games to 1 comebacks, 3 games to 1 collapses and a trip to the Hamptons to see a guy named Kevin Durant. Feels like the start of…


  • Murph: Durant helps Dub Nation turn page from ‘The Collapse’ to ‘The Future’

    Murph: Durant helps Dub Nation turn page from ‘The Collapse’ to ‘The Future’

    Don’t thank Kevin Durant for bringing his eye-popping resume or his staggering talent set or his limitless shooting range to the Golden State Warriors. Thank him, mostly, for changing the way we think about the Bay Area’s basketball team at its very core. By verifying that he will be a Warrior for years to come…