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Wake of the Week archive: Trouble for local hero 10 years ago

Bud Geracie's archived column from 2004 that takes a sideways look back at the local and national sports scene 
Wake of the Week archive: An irreverent look at sports 10 years ago
Bud Geracie's archived column in 2004 that takes a sideways look back at the year in sport in 2003. 

Tim Kawakami
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Kawakami: Giants are Bumgarner's team now

San Francisco Giants will win World Series because it's Madison Bumgarner's time, his team, his World Series, and there's no reason to deny any of that now. 
Mark Purdy
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Purdy: Royals will use speed to beat Giants in six

The Kansas City Royals and manager Ned Yost will use the speedy Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon to gain an advantage over Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy and the rest of the San Francisco Giants 
M. Thompson II
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Thompson: Depleted 49ers had no chance

San Francisco 49ers' embarrassing loss to Denver Broncos confirms that they're nowhere close to being an elite team, especially without all their horses.
 
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Review: 'Birdman' soars with innovative brilliance

With a cast that includes Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, this surreal head-tripper is one of 2014's most innovative movies, an energetic and exciting existential black comedy that's challenging yet accessible and wildly successful in the risks it takes.