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January 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

What I sent to a San Francisco Chronicle writer after the Seahawks-49ers NFC game

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

What Marshall Kilduff of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board sent The Seattle Times. (Photo by Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times)

Leading up to the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and the 49ers, San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Marshall Kilduff sent me a 49ers T-shirt. He and I had both argued over which team was better and which city was superior.

After the red tee showed up, I asked readers in a blog post what I should send back to Kilduff.

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0 Comments | Topics: seahawks, sports

October 14, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Would you let your son play football?

Sorry to bring everyone down from their Sunday Seahawks high, but the question must be asked in light of mounting evidence that football is a dangerous game: Would you let your son play football?

Whether you have a kid or want to answer this hypothetically, here’s a quick poll:

Regardless of your answer, the NFL is here to stay. Americans adore football despite dire warnings from scientists that football has caused long-term brain damage in some players.

  • Last week, PBS’s investigative series “Frontline” broadcast a two-hour program on this topic. Here’s a link to a brief, must-see visual interactive explaining how Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy has affected at least 50 players as young as 17. Watch the program below:
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0 Comments | Topics: brain injury, football, frontline

March 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods, Facebook: Stars, they’re just like us

Even though the unveiling of Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods’ relationship on Facebook was as carefully orchestrated as a Broadway musical, announcing the relationship on Facebook actually makes them more like the rest of us. Who hasn’t gone “awwwww” over the Facebook update that a friend “is now in a relationship?” That’s a prompt for me…

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0 Comments | Topics: pop culture, sports

January 31, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Deer antler spray: What’s so weird about that?

Corrected version I was looking forward to a week in which we would read heartwarming stories about the Harbaugh brothers coaching their way to the Super Bowl. Instead, we’re pointing and laughing at Ray Lewis about deer-antler spray. The Ravens linebacker is denying allegations that he uses deer-antler spray, which was reported by Sports Illustrated. Lewis,…

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