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From the gridiron to US Congress, former NFL players win congressional seats

November 7, 2018 Latest News Sports 0 Comments

Former NFL players Colin Allred (D) and Anthony Gonzalez (R) landed congressional seats after winning at the polls on Nov. 6. Allred, former linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, unseated longtime Republican congressman Pete Sessions, who held onto Texas’ 32nd congressional district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. With 100 percent of precincts ...

Colin Kaepernick, my hometown hero

September 13, 2018 Opinion

Just do it. Three days prior to the start of the NFL season, Nike did just that. Nike revealed their 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign featuring the NFL’s most controversial face, Colin Kaepernick. What Nike did was more than a well-crafted marketing strategy, it was a political statement. The campaign image is a black-and-white portrait ...

Super Bowl coach back to SF beginnings

April 25, 2018 Sports

A college National Championship, Rose Bowl titles, two NFC Championships and a Super Bowl title are on the resume of SF State alum Gil Haskell. With all those accomplishments, his greatest honor will be May 19 when he is inducted into the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame for his work as a high school ...

OP-ED: Dynasties are forever

February 7, 2018 Opinion Sports

The Super Bowl came and went this weekend and for the eighth time in the last 17 years, the New England Patriots were involved. The Patriots sustained success that has never been seen in NFL history. The word ‘dynasty’ is defined as a powerful group or family that maintains its positions for a considerable time, ...

Trump tweets

December 13, 2017 Sports

President Trump has broken tradition on more than one occasion since taking office. Some of the most notable traditions have been sports-based, like the long term tradition of throwing out the first pitch on MLB opening day and a more recent Obama tradition of filling out a NCAA basketball tournament bracket. This leads some to ...

Why the NFL and MLB anthem protests are not about the flag

October 2, 2017 Sports

“Get the son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” These were President Donald Trump’s words last Friday, Sept. 22 in Huntsville, Alabama, regarding what he would like to hear NFL owners say to their players who do not stand for the national anthem. In response to Trump’s statement, ...

The Jose & Ivan Show: Episode 1 (Sports culture through the eyes of two college guys)

September 28, 2017 Multimedia Sports

https://soundcloud.com/xpressfall2017/the-jose-and-ivan-show-ep1   The Jose & Ivan Show, a podcast about San Francisco State University’s sports, some news and other topics that may arise. Created by Golden Gate Xpress reporters Jose Jimenez from the Bay Area and Ivan Corona from Southern California, both will occasionally fight over which part of California is best. Sports being both ...

Is NFL team relocation beneficial? Ask a Raiders fan

August 23, 2017 Opinion Sports

After a 19-year break, the NFL has planned and relocated the Oakland Raiders as well as two other teams. In addition to this, the 49ers moved from San Francisco to Santa Clara in 2014 in order to have a more modern stadium while still remaining in the Bay Area. So why all this movement? Seeing ...

NFL draft picks perpetuate negative treatment of women

May 9, 2017 Opinion Sports

The NFL has proven itself to be a hard-hitting sport both on and off the field. Just as viewers have become accustomed to the innate aggression of the game, they have also become all-too complacent with the frequency of sexual assault and domestic violence allegations brought against the league’s players. In 2014, the relative NFL ...

Fantasy gambling threatens America’s game

October 27, 2015 Opinion

I’ve had my ups and downs with sports gambling. I’ve sulked about the over-under even when my favorite teams were winning, almost had my ass kicked by a bar full of Manny Pacquiao fans and leaped off my couch because of meaningless touchdowns or home runs more times than I care to admit. What I haven’t ...

NFL denial about concussions turning me off the game

September 23, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

[media-credit name=”(Harlan Frost / Xpress)” align=”alignright” width=”725″][/media-credit] Football has been the choice opiate of the American masses for a long time and for good reason. There is something pretty unique about a sport that features the best athletes in the world trying to destroy each other every Sunday. Sundays are sacred in America, and it ...

49ers to rebuild team with NFL Draft

May 1, 2015 Sports

The San Francisco 49ers come into the 2015 season after a meltdown offseason headed by the mutual parting of head coach Jim Harbaugh and owner Jed York. The once proud franchise has seen its window of opportunity for a Super Bowl appearance shut immediately and it does not look like it’s opening up anytime soon. Looking ...

Oakland Raiders look to build through draft

April 30, 2015 Sports

Last season the Oakland Raiders once again finished with a losing record of 3-13, but something was different. They produced five starters from their 2014 draft class: Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson, Justin Eliis and T.J Carrie. Mack and Ellis earned a place in the NFL’s All-Rookie team for 2014, something that has not been done by ...

Scandals come just in time to fuel Super Bowl hype

February 1, 2015 Opinion

Self-deprecation as a source of comedy has been the basis of many of the most acclaimed acts and shows of all time. The  “look at how internally corrupt I am” schtick has given the entertainment world some of its best characters, from Seinfeld’s George Costanza to comedian Louis C.K. In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl ...

NFL: from childhood dream to today’s nightmare

September 17, 2014 Opinion

The NFL is my heroin, and I got started on football early. Fandom is a genetic disease, and mine started a lot like yours probably did. Maybe your brother gave you your first hit at the Oakland Coliseum. Maybe it was with some cousins at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. My 49ers fandom was a ...