So you think you know Bay Area sports? Take the 10-question challenge ...
1. If as Mike Singletary says: “Every work day is critical to building a championship team,” how can longtime holdout Michael Crabtree be ready to play, let alone start in Sunday’s 49ers game in Houston after all of two weeks of practice? Singletary is: A. Delusional, B. Desperate, C. Convinced Crabtree is the next Jerry Rice.
2. True or false: When the 49ers opened the season just one Brett Favre miracle pass away from a 4-0 record, you thought the Atlanta Falcons would come to Candlestick Park and get pounded by Singletary’s vaunted “smash-mouth” defense.
3. True or false: After rejecting San Francisco at every turn, John York will publicly consider a move to Los Angeles if Santa Clara fails to approve a new stadium for the 49ers.
4. After the Raiders lost their third straight game in extra ugly fashion to the New York Giants 44-7, you thought the Silver and Black was: A. In a total free fall, B. You gave up a long time ago and didn’t think the Raiders would ever win again, C. Just waiting for defensive coordinator John Marshall to break with team tradition and serve up a blitz-happy game plan that would rock Donovan McNabb and shock the Eagles.
5. True or false: When Cal started the season with three blowout wins and Jahvid Best was leading the nation with nine touchdowns, you thought all the Rose Bowl and Heisman Trophy hype was legit.
6. True or false: After Cal failed to score a single touchdown in back-to-back losses to Oregon and USC, you expected the Bears to bounce back and rout UCLA 45-26, giving Jeff Tedford his first ever win in L.A.
7. At the end of August when the Giants had a share of the NL wild-card lead did you: A. Clear your October calendar for playoff baseball at AT&T Park, B. Realize San Francisco wasn’t good enough to be truly “In This Thing,” C. Blame Carney Lansford for the September collapse.
8. True or false: The Giants will continue to insist San Jose is off limits to the A’s until Lew Wolff writes them a check for about $50 million to buy back the territorial rights.
9. True or false: After the A’s said goodbye to veterans Matt Holliday, Orlando Cabrera and Jason Giambi midseason you thought the rookie laden pitching staff would carry Oakland to a .500 record after the All-Star break.
10. After the Sharks won the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s winningest team last spring you: A. Remembered the team averaged only two goals a game during the last two months of the season, thus their first round playoff loss to Anaheim wasn’t a big surprise, B. Thought the Sharks would bring the Stanley Cup to San Jose, C. Grew a playoff beard, but kept the razor handy because you knew the Sharks wouldn’t win more than a series or two.
Answers: 1. B, 2. False, 3. True, 4. C, 5. False, 6. True, 7, B, 8. True, 9. True, 10. A
0-3 correct: Pack your bags, you’re being traded for an out-of-town fan.
4-6 correct: Congratulations, you have considerable knowledge and wisdom.
7-10 correct: Get a real job, you’re obviously spending too much time at the ballpark or with your bookie.
KGO (810 AM) Sports Director Rich Walcoff can be heard weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. on the KGO morning news and is also the co-host of “Raiders Gameday” and “Recap” talk shows on KSFO (560 AM). He can be reached at RichWalcoff@gmail.com.