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  • 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…


  • Murph: Red-hot Giants have that familiar Bochy Era sheen

    Murph: Red-hot Giants have that familiar Bochy Era sheen

    Riddle me this, baseball Batman: How does a team that rolls out a lineup with Mac Williamson at the 3 hole, Trevor Brown in the 5 hole, a left side of the infield of Conor Gillaspie and Ramiro Pena, all featuring Albert Suarez on the hill — your basic Scottsdale split-squad special — skate out…


  • Murph: Streaking Giants don’t need new closer or Braun

    Murph: Streaking Giants don’t need new closer or Braun

    Trade for Ryan Braun! Dump Santiago Casilla as closer! The back end of the rotation is an inferno waiting to happen! There. Had to throw some red meat to the more voracious and angst-ridden Giants fans out there. Because there are other storylines, you know: The Giants open a road trip Friday with a nifty…


  • Murph: Bonds’ revelation shows shrewdness and introspection

    Murph: Bonds’ revelation shows shrewdness and introspection

    It’s always a good idea to learn from those before you, so I once kneeled at the foot of the great Bay Area sportswriter Art Spander. He noted that famous curmudgeonly golfer Nick Faldo was retiring and embarking on a broadcasting career. Sir Arthur said: “Like they always say, ‘when it’s time to say goodbye,…