1. San Francisco Giants: All I Want for Christmas Is Some Pop!

    This just in, San Francisco Giants General Manager Brian Sabean is gun-shy. Over a year ago, the Giants GM signed shortstop Edgar Renteria to a two-year 18 million dollar deal before the free-agent market fully developed...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 1,821 reads 14 comments

  2. San Jose Sharks Get Back To Basics, Snap Five-Game Skid

    From youth hockey to the NHL, when a team is struggling, almost every hockey coach will stress the three basics to winning hockey. Move your feet, shoot the puck and drive the net. Sometimes, it's almost as simple as that...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 177 reads 6 comments

  3. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith's Future To Be Determined in Philly

    When the San Francisco 49ers step foot between the white lines at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, they will be facing the biggest test the team has had in over five years. Back in 2005, the 49ers drafted Alex Smith with the No...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 1,732 reads 29 comments

  4. What If Darryl Sutter Coached This Year's San Jose Sharks?

    Whether it is the easygoing culture brought over from Boston by Joe Thornton, or the lack of urgency from Patrick Marleau in the playoffs, the San Jose Sharks always seem to get complacent...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 478 reads 2 comments

  5. San Francisco 49ers: Wild Card Still a Major Possibility

    While the San Francisco 49ers still need a lot of matchups to go their way if they want to make the playoffs, the remaining schedules of competing wild-card teams are much tougher than that of the division-leading Cardinals...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 2,021 reads 9 comments

  6. San Francisco Giants: Five Under-the-Radar Players To Watch For in 2010

    The San Francisco Giants were one of the big surprises that nobody talked about last season. After finishing the 2008 season with an abysmal 72-90 record, the Giants bounced back with a 16 game ...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 2,058 reads 4 comments

  7. Advice for Jed York: Make Mike Holmgren 49ers GM

    The San Francisco 49ers finally have a head coach, finally have a capable quarterback, and finally have defensive stars to build around. First off, the head coaching spot has been solidified by Mike Singletary...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 979 reads 24 comments

  8. San Francisco Giants: The Difficulty of Signing Two Free-Agent Hitters

    It is no secret that the San Francisco Giants are looking to bolster their offense this offseason. But with both center fielder Aaron Rowand and shortstop Edgar Renteria holding down lineup spots ...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 1,306 reads 10 comments

  9. Can a Three Finned Attack Get the San Jose Sharks Out of Their Slump?

    When the San Jose Sharks traded for Dany Heatley this offseason, the feeling around the Bay Area was that while paired up with Joe Thornton, the two superstars would be impossible to defend...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 1,955 reads 6 comments

  10. A Forgotten Man: Why Walt Harris' Absence Looms Large for the 49ers

    When the 49ers' veteran cornerback Walt Harris tore his ACL during OTAs (organized team activities) over the offseason, most media members and Niner fans hardly even blinked...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 519 reads 0 comments

  11. San Jose Sharks: Why the Dany Heatley Deal Wasn't So One-Sided

    For those Sharks fans out there that were big Milan Michalek fans, I have two things to say to you. First, your worst fears appear to be coming true as Michalek is on pace for a 40+ goal season...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 737 reads 6 comments

  12. San Francisco Giants: The Case for Throwing Buster Posey To the Wolves

    From 2008-2009, the San Francisco Giants had their starting catcher Bengie Molina hit cleanup. Now despite being the most lackluster everyday cleanup hitter in the entire league, Molina was San ...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 832 reads 15 comments

  13. San Jose Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov Needs to Point the Finger at Himself

    Over the last decade in the NHL, the list of truly elite goaltenders in the league has always included a select few players...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 760 reads 12 comments

  14. San Francisco 49ers Facing Make or Break Game vs Seattle Seahawks

    If there was ever a game to define the future of the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday's week 13 matchup in Seattle against the Seahawks is that game...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 707 reads 4 comments

  15. San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval Can't Do It By Himself

    If you follow the San Francisco Giants, you're probably hoping that budding super-star Pablo Sandoval won't be the only threat in the Giants lineup next season...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 558 reads 14 comments

  16. San Francisco Giants: Why GM Brian Sabean Should Re-Sign Brad Penny

    Intimidation can be utilized in any sport and when it comes to baseball, there is no player that brings the intimidation factor better than starting pitcher Brad Penny...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 472 reads 4 comments

  17. The Not So Top 10 San Jose Sharks of All Time

    About a month ago, I delved into the 18 year history of the San Jose Sharks and came up with a Top 25 performers to don the various teal colored sweaters...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 2,181 reads 2 comments

  18. Rolling Four Lines: Why the San Jose Sharks are Scarier Than Ever

    The San Jose Sharks have always been talented over the last decade, making the playoffs in 10 of the past 11 seasons including five straight. However, there has always been a clear system to beat them in the postseason...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 1,114 reads 10 comments

  19. San Francisco 49ers: One Win Doesn't Get Alex Smith Off the Hook

    As apart of the San Francisco "faithful", watching the 49ers win on Sunday makes my day. Even though I may not be the biggest fan of their current quarterback Alex Smith, he did lead the team to victory...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 768 reads 5 comments

  20. San Jose Sharks: Defense in Need of an Upgrade

    Despite squeaking out a 5-4 shootout victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, the San Jose Sharks experienced many of the same problems that enabled the Chicago Blackhawks to embarrass them on their home ice just two days prior...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 409 reads 5 comments

  21. San Jose Sharks: 7-2 Loss Reminds Fans of April Showers

    When a club scores three short-handed goals in a single game, the opposing team isn't going to win. But when the three "shorties" build a 3-0 lead and the second two come on the same power-play, the morale of the opposing team can sink no lower...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 235 reads 5 comments

  22. San Francisco 49er Quarterbacks Are Exactly Who We Thought They Were

    The San Francisco 49ers 2009 season has been the tale of two quarterbacks. Through the first six games, Shaun Hill was the starter...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 984 reads 12 comments

  23. San Jose Sharks: No Rob Blake? No Problem. Derek Joslin is Stepping Up

    If there is one weakness on the league leading San Jose Sharks roster, most people would say it's their depth on defense...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 287 reads 8 comments

  24. A Loss in Green Bay: Why the 49ers Didn't Beat the Packers

    Everyone involved in football—the players, coaches, management personnel, and owners—knows what the San Francisco 49ers want to be. They want to be a team that wins in the trenches...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 534 reads 7 comments

  25. San Jose Sharks: Does a Stanley Cup Make Doug Wilson the Best GM Ever?

    The San Jose Sharks are currently known as playoff "chokers" by the majority of NHL fans. Every year for the past four seasons the Sharks are picked as a Stanley Cup favorite, but each year they fail to get past the second round...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 5 years ago 446 reads 5 comments