Fred Thompson was 18 when I met him, and I had never seen a body so large move so fast, and with such agility. He was what makes quarterbacks wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night. Sunday would have been his 20th birthday.
The Oakland Marathon will get off to a running start on Sunday, March 27 with a handful of other race events and activities on Saturday preceding the principal competition, as part of the second annual Oakland Running Festival.
On February 11, Oakland-based Pandora, the popular internet radio program, filed for its initial public offering, or IPO, and the influx of money will bolster the company’s position at the forefront of the booming online music industry. In this video we hear from a musician and an industry attorney on what Pandora’s success means for online music.
The famed Harlem Globetrotters are rolling through Oakland for two games this weekend and will bring all of their trademark basketball skills and antics with them, as well as their distinctive messages of fun, kindness, and inclusion.
The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers faced off in an offensive slugfest on Wednesday night, but despite being ahead most of the game, the home team was unable to secure the lead when it mattered most, eventually succumbing to the more widely popular California team, 115-110.
The first round of the professional football playoffs kicked off this weekend, and for the eighth consecutive year, the Oakland Raiders were nowhere to be found. In perhaps a symbol of a franchise fallen on hard times, the local Oakland bars lacked any noticeable presence from the generally boisterous fan base as well.
The San Francisco 49ers officially announced the hiring of highly sought after candidate Jim Harbaugh, formerly of Stanford University, as their new head coach on Friday afternoon.
“It’s the perfect, competitive opportunity for me and the rest of the San Francisco organization to be a part of a team,” said Harbaugh at the midday press conference.
Although fencing is often thought of as an East Coast sport for the elite, the East Bay Fencers Gym in downtown Oakland is helping to disprove this long-held understanding of this somewhat obscure sport.
On Saturday afternoon in Oakland, a small group of dedicated dog owners got together to show off their primped pups for a good cause. Participants in the Do You Look Like Your Dog? Fashion Show brought their holiday adorned pooches to Pride and Pedigree, a dog academy that can house as many as 40 canines located at 437 25th St., to try and take home bragging rights.
The Oakland Raiders got off to an incredibly quick start on Sunday afternoon, scoring just 13 seconds into the game on Jacoby Ford’s 101-yard kickoff return, but were unable to overcome a well-balanced Miami offensive attack, and fell to the Dolphins, 33-17.
Monday night’s Golden State Warriors game at Oracle Arena against the visiting Denver Nuggets got off to a sluggish start for both teams, with each shooting just better than 33 percent from the floor. The tight game improved with help from players off the bench, but key starters on both sides shot poorly, and by the end it was Golden State that couldn’t find the mark, losing 106-89.
That left the Warriors staring at a .500 record this season. Although their opening weeks had them 4-1 this year, the Bay Area team now lost six of their last nine games.
The University of California football team hosted the 113th edition of the Big Game—the storied bout between Cal and Stanford University—on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, but for Cal, this will be a memory to soon forget.
In a game that was never close, the No. 6-ranked Stanford Cardinal took down the unranked Golden Bears, 48-14, the largest victory for Stanford over their chief rival in 80 years. Under Head Coach Jeff Tedford, Cal had actually won seven of the previous eight games between the two universities, which are located just 31 miles apart.
The San Francisco Goaldiggers, a recreational league hockey team that plays at Oakland Ice Center, is out to win games, as well as change minds. Otvos says his hope was always to simply show that the sport of hockey is for everyone, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
In celebration of the official transfer of ownership, new Golden State Warriors managing partner Joe Lacob and associate Peter Guber invited fans to the game to enjoy half-price tickets, food and drinks. They pulled in a crowd of 19,123, their largest crowd of the season so far. The Warriors’ 101-97 win over the Detroit Pistons, with its exhilarating ending, only added to the value.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for … Guns N’ Hoses!” On Sunday, the Oakland Ice Center will host the third annual charity police versus firefighters hockey match between some of Oakland’s finest, titled “Guns N’ Hoses.”