Ray Ratto

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Hardware for the trophy case is never unpopular but the Giants and their Rookie of the Year catcher would be wise to avoid making him the Face of the Franchise

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Troy Smith threw for over 300 yards in a win, something Alex Smith never accomplished. Don't ask anyone in the 49ers' organization if that means he's the starting QB.

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Giorgio Tavecchio knows that a kicker needs to have a short memory. But his two game-changing mistakes against No. 1 Oregon won't be easily wiped away.

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Now that his name appears on the checks, Joe Lacob has to fight the temptation to meddle with what he pays Keith Smart and Larry Riley to do for Golden State.

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How does anyone know that Joe Montana was better than John Unitas? They dont. Nobody does. Here's what we do know -- 49er fans will love this list, Raiders fans will hate it.

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Ambivalence surrounds the passing of troubled former NBA player Quintin Dailey as his empowering story was cut short by his untimely death.

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"Out" makes a clear case about the cruelties of a judgmental society. It may even provide hope to the next generation confronted by fear vs. career.

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Popeye had spinach. Jacoby Ford has spaghetti and meatballs. Oakland's rookie receiver broke out Sunday and the Raiders have now won three in a row.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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