Ray Ratto

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Sean Cattouse made the mistake of standing in between Andrew Luck and extra yards. In the midst of a long run, Luck made a play that tells the story of the 113th Big Game.

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Senior Insider Ray Ratto talks about Andrew Luck and the Big Game, Jed York and the 49ers, Billy Beane and Brian Sabean, and Todd McClellan's exploding neck vein in this week's chat.

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It's known that Stanford, on paper, is a better team than Cal, with more to play for. But anything can happen in The Big Game, which has always been about the unpredictable and unforeseeable.

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In the Senior Insider's latest entry, there isn't much movement among the Top-10 but a few new sleepers creep into the bottom part of the rankings.

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Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are partners, but Monday's media soiree showed they're vastly different men -- capable of sharing a cold one or going out back and duking it out.

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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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