Golden Days 

What "City" would that be?

TUE 12/23

When the Warriors moved to the East Bay in the early '70s, the club adopted the moniker "Golden State" -- the only major sports franchise to claim a home that technically doesn't exist on a map. Someone must have figured a team named "Oakland" would never be successful. During its last five seasons in SF (1966-72), the team embroidered "The City" on its uniforms -- a truly iconic look, complete with the Golden Gate Bridge on the front and a cable car on the back.Although the only NBA title the team ever won (1974-75) came during its Oakland, er, Golden State years, the Warriors have chosen to sport the "City" look during their "Hardwood Classic" games this season (including Tuesday vs. the Lakers). Could owner and "City" resident Chris Cohan be open to moving back to SF? Whatever, while vintage Warriors Nate Thurmond and Rick Barry would never wear their golden uniforms eight sizes too big like today's players, it's kind of fun watching the Warriors play in a color the team was named after. Tickets: Warriors.com -- A.J. Hayes

MON 12/22

Say Cheese

Raiders play out the string

Mickey the Mook says if you take the Raiders against the Packers, you should demand at least two touchdowns if you don't want to end up in a black hole. With all due respect to the Mook, fourteen points might not be enough. Now that the local eleven have blown all hopes of a playoff berth and their season has been reduced to a pitiful proposition of cover-the-spread, the question is: What more can the Raiders do to disappoint their fans? Learn the awful truth Monday night, when Brett Favre and the Cheese Head hordes invade the Net (6 p.m.) for another blacked-out game. Green Bay (8-6) is looking to eke out a post-season ticket from the ho-hum NFC Central behind Favre's fourth-rated passing and the black-and-blue rushing of running back Ahman Green, who leads the NFC in scoring with 16 TDs. A caution to points-givers: the Silver and Black are 36-19-1 in Monday Night Football contests.-- Kelly Vance

SAT 12/20

Please Bear with Us

The holidays mean hoops aplenty, mostly on TV, but college basketball fans curious about all the Leon Powe hoopla can catch a live, in-your-face showcase glimpse of Cal's intriguing men's team at the Pete Newell Challenge, this weekend at the Oakland Arena. Named after the legendary former Cal Bears coach who led them to an NCAA title in 1959, the four-team invitational features Stanford, Gonzaga, and St. Joseph's. Stanford meets Gonzaga Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by Cal vs. St. Joseph's at 8. Keep your eye on Cal's freshmen, especially highly touted forward Powe and guard Ayinde Ubaka. Returning center Amit Tamir also is having a fine season for coach Ben Braun. Tickets: 510-762-2277. Info: CalBears.ocsn.com -- Kelly Vance

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