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

Decent basketball genes in the Curry family. (Image courtesy of the New York Daily News) 

Because as if there wasn’t already enough love in the Bay Area for one Curry, might as well bring another one on to keep the Curry affair strong.

Seth Curry, the former Duke standout and brother of all-everything Warriors star Stephen Curry, signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Oakland outfit as a bid to earn a spot on the team alongside his older brother.

Steph, of course, dazzled the NBA with his infectious smile and uncanny long-range shooting ability. His antics re-invigorated a long-suffering Warriors fanbase therefore becoming more popular than a fogless San Francisco day around these parts.

While it remains to be seen as to whether or not Seth will land a roster spot on a crowded backcourt, in impressive training camp performance could give him an opportunity to win the adulation of the region much like his older brother has.

Like Steph, Seth is a sharpshooter: he shot 44 percent from behind the three-point line during his senior campaign at Duke while averaging 17.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

And according to a tweet by big bro, Seth received the news on his birthday, too. “Happy birthday to my favorite little brother @sdotcurry. Have to say that’s a pretty nice bday gift to yourself Man!” Curry tweeted.  

Quarterbacking follies in Oakland

The Great Matt Flynn Experiment of 2013 so far isn’t inspiring much, if any, confidence for the middling Raiders. Then again, the Raiders haven’t inspired much confidence for a myriad of reasons in recent seasons, but Flynn’s addition was supposed to be a small step for a franchise hoping to inch back toward respectability.

After another ho-hum preseason performance against the Chicago Bears where Flynn hurled two interceptions, coach Dennis Allen has been unsurprisingly standoffish about naming a starter and conceded that assumed backup Tarrelle Pryor will begin taking snaps with the starting unit this week. 

Fans began to clamor for Pryor, the former Ohio State phenom, after he threw and ran for a touchdown during the 34-26 loss to Chicago. Under Flynn’s guidance, the Raiders have only scored ten points on 13 drives.

“I just think I competed,” Pryor told The San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s the first thing coach said … that he was looking for guys to compete. All I want to do is get better. I love this game more than anything.”

Pryor and Flynn will have one last preseason audition to give a favorable impression during the Raiders’ preseason finale on Thursday night in Seattle.

No quarterback controversy here

Two guys who aren’t concerned about any type of quarterbacking competition, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Seattle's Russell Wilson, starred in a new commercial for the popular Madden football video game series.

According to the clever commercial (see it here via Bleacher Report), their on-field rivalry stems to their childhood.

Competitors on the field and clearly friends off of it, they will be expected to battle each other for NFC West supremacy this season.

Kaepernick, was in the news again this week for doing…what exactly? Thanks, ESPN!

Lin's homecoming

Former Warrior and Palo Alto native Jeremy Lin will be making a Bay Area return on September 7th for an evangelistic conference, “Identity Unleashed.”

The event is free and will be held at the Cow Palace in Daly City. See here for additional information. 

Things: @seanswaby