Bay Area Sports Beat: What You Need to Know Right Now


If you can’t beat them, steal them?

On the heels of the San Francisco 49ers’ 34-31 Super Bowl loss, the locals have already put their best foot forward in the hope to put last season’s bitter ending to rest.

This week, the 49ers exchanged a sixth-round draft pick for Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin in an effort to make a Super-Bowl return, albeit, with a better outcome than last time around. Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

He was also a longtime tormentor of San Francisco, spending 2003-2009 as a member of NFC West rivals, the Arizona Cardinals.

And lo and behold, rivalry notwithstanding, Boldin is a longtime 49ers fan.

“As a kid I grew up a 49ers fan, by growing up watching Joe Montana, Steve Young, (Jerry) Rice and John Taylor, Ronnie Lott and those guys,” Boldin told the 49ers official website. “I’ve always been a fan of the 49ers. For me, I’m happy to be a part of an organization like that.”

Surely, the 49ers will be ecstatic to pluck someone who burned them in their last competitive game. San Francisco is also rumored to be in pursuit of longtime Raven Ed Reed along with former Raider and Cal standout, Nnamdi Asomugha.

Either would be quite the coup for the 49ers’ secondary. That, coupled with 14 (!) draft picks in April’s NFL draft, life is tough in the 49ers’ world…

Just as easy as ABC, that’s how we make it right…

Yep, Cal’s doing the D.A.N.C.E.

Even after unceremoniously being knocked out of the Pac-12 Tournament by upstart Utah, the Bears were always confident that they would still land in college basketball’s most prestigious tournament.

Cal fell to a No. 12 seed, but still play on Thursday against No. 5 UNLV in a pseudo home game in San Jose against a team it only lost to 76-75 on a fluke final play.

And if you can't make Thursday's action or escape the office to see the action, holler at kick-ass March Madness app Pickmoto for your tourney-related needs...

The one(s) that got away…

Baseball was back in the Bay Area this weekend but the Americans were nowhere to be seen.

Bounced, again, from the World Baseball Classic, the USA was absent as the baseball-watching world diverged upon AT&T Park. The United States was knocked out of the WBC by nature of a 4-3 defeat to Puerto Rico in the semifinal round.  

Still, Americans absent or not, there were still local faces at AT&T Park. Giants standout Angel Pagan led off for Puerto Rico on Sunday night as Puerto Rico took on Japan in the championship round of the WBC.

Relief pitcher Santiago Casillas stars for the Dominican Republic team that takes on the Netherlands tonight at AT&T Park…

Stuff and things: @seanswaby

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