1. Bye-Bye Black Beard: Brian Wilson Might Be Done with Giants and That's Just Fine

    Brian Wilson 's days with the San Francisco Giants appear to be over, as the rehabbing closer is officially a free agent ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 1,434 reads 44 comments

  2. The Steroid Era Has Given Way to the Age of Hypocrisy

    In 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa held the Major League Baseball-watching world captive with their race toward Roger Maris' single-season home run record and beyond...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 460 reads 53 comments

  3. Dallas Cowboys' Mediocrity Is the Inevitable Downside of Being a Media Darling

    The Dallas Cowboys will not contend for another Super Bowl as long as owner Jerry Jones insists on presiding like an emperor over his club...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 3,927 reads 30 comments

  4. Marlins Complete Trade with Blue Jays: A Devil's Advocacy for the Salary Dump

    When you step back from the debacle in Miami, the Marlins' last full year bookends quite neatly. In December of 2011, the franchise made headlines by signing Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, in that order...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 2,229 reads 21 comments

  5. Is Buster Posey's Career off to the Best Start in Major League Baseball History?

    Buster Posey will be a star for years to come if he stays healthy; that much is already Skip-Bayless-is-an-idiot obvious. The youngster has played 308 games and accumulated 1,255 plate appearances over parts of four Major League Baseball seasons...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 11,641 reads 58 comments

  6. The Barry Zito Contract Revisited

    The San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series could wear many different subtitles. You had two improbable returns from the brink of elimination in the National League Division and ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 9,412 reads 20 comments

  7. San Francisco Giants' 2nd World Series Ring in 3 Years Completes Surreal Journey

    The San Francisco Giants ' improbable run to, and sweep through, the 2012 World Series has already been chewed up, merchandised and spit out as the 24-hour news cycle continues to churn...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 4,695 reads 5 comments

  8. Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves Are Going Home, but Umps Aren't to Blame

    The 2012 MLB Playoffs got off to a rip-roaring, bottle-throwing start in Atlanta as baseball fans got their first look at the one-game Wild Card playoff...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 2,541 reads 22 comments

  9. Buster Posey vs. Ryan Braun: The Absurd Hypocrisy of the NL MVP Debate

    The pressure of Major League Baseball's stretch run has boiled the race for the National League Most Valuable Player award down to two realistic options...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 14,808 reads 156 comments

  10. San Francisco Giants: Barry Zito Goes from Punchline to Playoffs in 2012

    Barry Zito won't win another Cy Young Award unless he starts mainlining HGH , synthetic testosterone and virgin tears (at 3:56)...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 3,963 reads 9 comments

  11. NFL Replacement Refs Are Awful, but They're Not the Real Problem

    The NFL replacement referees have gone from bad to putrid to someone-open-a-window-or-I'll-vomit. I originally intended to make the argument that the furor over the replacement officials was largely a media-driven farce...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about 2 years ago 1,625 reads 2 comments

  12. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Is Beyond the Realm of Rational Thought

    UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been something of a divisive figure ever since his hype train left the station in the winter of 2009-10...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 7,268 reads 24 comments

  13. Ring Around the Posey: Buster Getting Help from Unsung Giants on Offense

    The San Francisco Giants are cruising toward the National League West pennant with less than 20 games remaining in the regular season, and they have Buster Posey to thank for much of the propulsion...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 3,712 reads 10 comments

  14. Jon Jones: Bloom Is Officially off the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion's Rose

    There was a time not too long ago when Jon Jones was the perfect UFC star. Those days are, most definitely, over...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 2,138 reads 16 comments

  15. Hitters Getting the Pub, but Josh Beckett Is the Key to Dodgers' Playoff Hopes

    Since the end of July, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been collecting high-priced talent like Mitt Romney collects luxury homes ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 716 reads 1 comments

  16. San Francisco Giants Largely Unfazed by Dodgers' Blockbuster and Rightfully So

    As far as baseball weekends go, the San Francisco Giants and their faithful have had better than the one that unfolded on Aug. 25 and 26...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 3,255 reads 21 comments

  17. Meet Madison Bumgarner, the Most Underrated Pitcher in Major League Baseball

    Madison Bumgarner isn't a household name (yet), but not for lack of bona fides. At the tender age of 23, the enormous southpaw tips the scales at 6'5", 235 pounds and already has three full years of major league service to his credit...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 363 reads 8 comments

  18. Melky Cabrera Tests Positive for PED: It's an MLB Issue, Not an SFG Issue

    Melky Cabrera tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone at some point around the All-Star break, then was suspended by Major League Baseball on August 15. And the baseball world lost its mind on August 16...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 252 reads 35 comments

  19. Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and the Idiocy of Hype

    Bryce Harper is to Major League Baseball what LeBron James is to the NBA. To a lesser and more imperfect extent, he is to baseball what Tim Tebow is to the NFL...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 10,017 reads 102 comments

  20. San Francisco Giants' Biggest 2nd-Half Keys NOT Involving Tim Lincecum

    There's a quiet little story seeping its way out of the San Francisco Giants ' camp this year. If you've been paying attention closely, reading the tea leaves, you might've divined ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 3,243 reads 11 comments

  21. A Tribute to Peter Sauer: Former Stanford Basketball Team Captain Gone Too Soon

    Peter Sauer, captain of the Stanford Men's Basketball team that shocked the college basketball world by advancing to the Final Four in 1998, died tragically over the weekend...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 6,047 reads 2 comments

  22. Silva vs. Sonnen 2 Results: Silva Destroys Sonnen, Restores Order in His Kingdom

    Anderson Silva , the longest-reigning UFC middleweight champion in the organization's history, will reign for a few months longer. Maybe years. Maybe forever. Who knows? His latest title defense extends his record in the category to 10 in a row...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 85,740 reads 243 comments

  23. San Francisco Giants Absorb Cheap Shot from Mets GM, Shellacking from the Nats

    San Francisco Giants fans will have to forgive New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson; I'll make no such plea in regard to the Washington Nationals . But let's deal with the disgruntled GM first...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 2,566 reads 20 comments

  24. MLB All-Star Game 2012: Voting Results Show It's Time to Rein in the Fans

    For those of you who aren't San Francisco Giants fans, the two gentlemen in the picture above are Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 5,048 reads 0 comments

  25. Tim Lincecum's 2012 Season: The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Crooked Inning

    Tim Lincecum 's 2012 season has gone according to neither plan nor historical precedent. The heretofore San Francisco Giants ' ace and two-time Cy Young has looked like anything ...

    Andrew Brining Written by Andrew Brining about over 2 years ago 2,426 reads 8 comments