Urban: The MLB All-Star experience

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Urban: The MLB All-Star experience

July 11, 2011

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PHOENIX -- Giants Insider Mychael Urban is in Arizona following all the hot topics in the 2011 MLB All-Star game. Let Urban bring you to the desert with his live stream of tweets, depicting all the goings-on with MLB's best.

7:18 p.m.: AZ has been a blast until my computer decided to go on half-day DL today. All good now. No complaints. Lots more work to do today.

5:47 p.m.: Fans DO want to see Lincecum, but Bochy has to prioritize SFGiants' season. You still arguing Tim's not a legit All-Star? Uncle.

4:50 p.m.: Not as crazy hot today in Arizona. Bearable. Doesn't matter either way, though. Perfect inside Chase Field. Wilson: "I predict spectacular weather."

2:08 p.m.: A's Gio is clearly in seventh heaven. Family is here for one, and said when he saw his All-Star jersey it was like, "Whoa. Unreal."

1:48 p.m.: Q asked of Wilson: "Ever think of dying the beard orange?" Brian: "Not until right now when you said that. Brilliant." sarcasm

1:05 p.m.: Big Papi never disappoints. True All-Star look. Gio low-keyed it. Young buck didn't wanna make waves. He can't stop smiling, tho.

12:55 p.m.: Time to go talk to Gio. Hope he's rocking some Miami freakiness.
12:17 p.m.: Wilson says of ring: "I wear it in my heart." Cain: "we're just not the type of team to flaunt stuff like that."

12:14 p.m.: Carlos Beltran says Lincecum one most "uncomfortable" at-bats for him. Easy solution there.
12:11 p.m.: No WS rings for Cain, Wilson. Pablo, Lincecum, yes. Great flip-cam stuff from all of em. Real funny. Vogey, too. Later on CSNBayArea.com

12:06 p.m.: VERY disappointed in lack of flash displayed by NL All Stars. Wilson only guy rocking shades, and half of em wearing checkedflannel shirts!
11:03 a.m.: Fertile flip-cam grounds here. Playermedia cattle call starts soon. Expecting to see some serious stunna shades on MLB All Stars.
11:00 a.m.: Autograph hounds in force at player hotel, some not that smart. I just got asked to sign. Thought I was Heath Bell. Time to drop more lbs.!
10:00 a.m.: OK, time to get to work, and the gods are sending me off with another gem: "Funky Enough" by The D.O.C. ... Life is good!

A's, Raiders team up to raise money for those affected by Oakland fire

A's, Raiders team up to raise money for those affected by Oakland fire

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have teamed up with the Oakland A’s to aid those affected by Friday’s Oakland warehouse fire. The Raiders have pledged to match up to $30,000 in contributions through the YouCaring.com page established by the A’s. 
 
The Raiders will also observe a moment of silence in recognition of the victims and their families prior to tomorrow’s game against the Buffalo Bills at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
 
To join the A’s and Raiders in making a donation, please visit: https://www.youcaring.com/oaklandfirevictimsfrom130531staveinoakland-706680#mlb-oakland

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Steve Kerr expands on marijuana, problems with painkillers in sports

Steve Kerr expands on marijuana, problems with painkillers in sports

OAKLAND – Having stirred widespread discussion after his comments Friday regarding his use of marijuana to treat chronic pain, Warriors coach Steve Kerr took a few minutes Saturday to expand on the subject.

“It was interesting, because the way the world works and the way the media works now, what is a very serious discussion about pain relief turns into the headline: ‘Kerr smokes pot,’ “ Kerr said during his news conference before the Suns-Warriors game at Oracle Arena. “I guess that’s the world we live in. That’s fine.

“But I’m actually kind of glad that it became an issue because I think it’s a very important issue to talk about.”

The overriding issue, Kerr said, is that dangerous prescription painkillers are more widely accepted than marijuana, despite research to the contrary.

“I do find it ironic that had I said that I’ve used OxyContin for relief from my back pain, it would not have been a headline,” he said. “So that’s all. I just urge people to do your research before you start taking the stuff that we’re all encouraged to take.”

Kerr’s initial comments were made Friday in response to a question on The Warriors Insider Podcast. Asked if he could visualize a time when marijuana would be accepted, much as alcohol or prescription drugs, he said he hoped so and added that he had experimented with it in hopes of alleviating his pain.

“I’m disappointed it didn’t work,” he said Saturday. “I really wanted some relief and I didn’t get it.”

With 26 states having voted in laws allowing use of marijuana, the stigma continues to shrink. That’s not true, not yet, of sports leagues, which will follow the research and better understand and apply and findings.

“Having gone through a tough spell over the last year with my own recovery from back surgery, a lot of pain, a lot of chronic pain, I had to do a lot of research,” he said. “You get handed prescriptions for Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet . . . NFL players, that’s what they’re given. That stuff is awful. That stuff is dangerous, the addiction possibility, what it can lead to, the long-term health risks. The issue that’s really important is how do we do what’s best for the players.

“But I understand that it’s a perception issue around the country,” he added. “The NFL, the NBA, it’s a business. So you don’t want your customers thinking, ‘These guys are a bunch of potheads.’ That’s what it is.

“But to me, it’s only a matter of time before medicinal marijuana is allowed in sports leagues because the education will overwhelm the perception. If you do any research at all, the stuff they’re prescribing is really bad for you and the stuff that they’re banning is fine."

Kerr stressed that he was not advocating for recreational use of marijuana but urging consideration for medicinal use where it applies.