Senior Insider and longtime Bay Area constituent Ray Ratto's top three stays the same, but he doesn't give Stanford the same credit as the national media in this week's AP Rankings.
Stanford put on the best show of its season against Arizona, but a lackluster crowd is one of many factors that may keep Jim Harbaugh's Cardinal out of the elite bowl games.
Giant fans will probably scratch their heads today. The Sporting News, through a vote of 24 team executives, handed Walt Jocketty of Cincinnati the Executive of the Year award.
The Season That Dare Not Speak Its Name finally shouted to the heavens, and the Giants are finally, finally, the champions of the baseball-speaking world.
In a game which would essentially decide the fate of the World Series, Madison Bumgarner was unmoved, untwitched, un-everything. Nobody had to sweat a moment in Game 4.
Pat Burrell has been the one persistently absent Giant in this postseason, and he capped it off in magnificently grotesque style in Game 3 of the World Series.
Bruce Bochy has been making smart moves from the dugout for years. But his players are finally executing for him at the exact right times, giving the Giants' skipper reason to smile as he strolls around Arlington.
The Giants didn't hit for the better part of six-plus months. Two games into the World Series, they're forming a conga line around the bases, and the Rangers look lost.
Freddy Sanchez set a World Series record at the plate, but Game 1 was not about his line in the boxscore. It was about lifting his teammates and shutting up the naysayers.
Ron Washington hasn't always said the right thing, or made the right choices. But the ex-A's coach has transformed a once-moribund franchise with dignity and purpose.
The Yorks' greatest failing, both father and son -- is underestimating the need for someone to be in charge of the 49ers' football department without interference from the non-football department.
Giants fans love to lament their frustration. They've rallied around the "Torture" slogan like prison camp escapees. But compared to the Rangers, it's been wine and roses.
You're free to cheer for the Giants as you see fit, or to represent, as the kids say. But seeing as how we're on the national stage, a few tips are in order.
The last time San Francisco was in a World Series, Tsuyoshi Shinjo was the designated hitter. So which 2010 Giant fits the bill for Bruce Bochy? Pablo Sandoval, Aaron Rowand ... Brian Wilson?
Nobody thought this ... these Giants, this World Series. But the manager was a gambler, the GM shrewd and the roster greater than the sum of its parts. Now buckle in.