Ray Ratto

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After the 49ers rode Ted Ginn to a win, the Raiders similarly depended on a special teams star to pull off a road victory. But for fans getting too excited about 1-0 starts, Ray Ratto is here to bring you back down to Earth.

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Jim Harbaugh's first win as 49ers head coach didn't include much razzle-dazzle. Ray Ratto writes that the rookie NFL head coach's lackluster play-calling was a product of Mike Singletary's lingering personnel.

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Every week, our intrepid jackass . . . sorry, senior insider Ray Ratto votes in the Associated Press College Football Poll. This is this weeks repeated stab at perfection.

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It has been a dark month and a half for Bruce Bochy. Since July 28 the Giants are 14-25 and have averaged a dismal 2.74 runs per game, and Ray Ratto offers that the Giants are now fighting to finish 2011 above .500.

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Heres the deal. You dont have anything new to say about Alex Smith. We know this because weve been at it for seven years and we dont have anything new to say about Alex Smith.

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While youre liquoring up for a long weekend of ignoring your familys pleas for you to become more involved in their lives, here are ten things to look for in Week One of the NFLs Post-Lockout Extravaganza.

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Hockey is a community that's unique in its unity. The fate of Daniil Sobchenko will affect the Sharks and the entire NHL community -- just as Wade Belak's death and Rick Rypien's and Derek Boogaard's deaths for different reasons did earlier this summer.

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Our Senior Insider is a longtime voter in the Top 25 college football poll. We'll reveal his weekly ballot throughout the season. Here's a look at Week 1.

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This isnt going to end up with the punch line being Andrew Luck. It just isnt, so dont get your hopes up. Or down, as the case might be.

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For the most part, though, we are hidebound conservatives when it comes to our teams and their garb, so were in no position to mock Maryland for getting wacky with its flag shoulder patches.

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David Shaw led Stanford to a 57-3 victory in their season opener on Saturday against San Jose State. Ray Ratto offers that things will get much more difficult for Shaw but that he is ready for the challenge.

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"The park had a different feel to it," Matt Cain said after shoving eight strong innings on Arizona. Senior Insider Ray Ratto agrees, tentatively; Friday's win was the series start Bochy's boys had to have.

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In an entire month of This is the biggest series of the year, the upcoming Giants' series with the Dbacks is the biggest series of the year.

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So ends the Aaron Rowand Era in Giants baseball history seven months before it was supposed to, and 24 months after it went wrong.

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Tim Lincecums last chance passed Monday night, and with it the last chance for the Giants pitching staff to unload a years worth of imprecations toward their teammates. But Lincecum held his tongue as a good teammate would.

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