Stories By Rod Benson

  • These new NBA throwbacks are the worst I've ever seen Another case of rebooting something that is neither good nor old.
  • Why this SF music fest is better than Coachella Columnist Rod Benson thinks even the music at Outside Lands has the edge.
  • The best and worst of Outside Lands 2022 The festival was a success, but with room for improvement.
  • Fan rushes onstage during Outside Lands performance Lil Uzi Vert greeted the fan kindly, but the security wasn't as gentle.
  • What it's like to be the only Bay Area rapper at Outside Lands "I don't care if there's 100 people in my set, I just keep pushing."
  • Adam Sandler just made the best basketball movie of all time LeBron James executive produced it, and nearly half the league make cameos.
  • As a former player, Boston fans can get to you "Boston fans, for whatever reason, are the league leaders in subhuman disrespect."
  • This is what Tim Anderson means by 'I don't play like that' SFGATE's Rod Benson clears up any confusion Josh Donaldson might have while appealing his suspension.
  • LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva is bad, but that's a good thing "I’m not here to list every single thing Villanueva has done wrong or lied about. I’m actually here to thank him."
  • I was a line-stepper like Dubs' Draymond. He needs to pull back. SFGATE columnist Rod Benson was a pro hooper who also excelled at pushing others' buttons. But there are limits, he says.
  • I'll never renounce my hottest take: Curry is better than Durant SFGATE columnist Rod Benson explains why he's been Team Curry since 2013, before the dynasty started.
  • A former Cal hooper's behind-the-scenes March Madness assessment SFGATE columnist Rod Benson on the adrenaline rush and profound sadness of the NCAA tournament.
  • Brian Flores reveals the high cost of integrity in white spaces SFGATE columnist Rod Benson on the short- and long-term implications of the Flores lawsuit.
  • What really explains the enthusiasm gap between 49ers, Rams fans? SFGATE columnist Rod Benson, who's lived in the bay and now, LA, assesses the state of Rams fandom.
  • This NBC hit hearkens back to great Black TV shows of the '90s 'Grand Crew' may be the next 'Living Single.'
  • It’s 10:31 a.m. and I just took a shot of vodka 'I read the news and hit that moment of grief.'
  • Today's Disneyland is a price gouge, not a magical experience With VIPs and app-only experiences, the park feels like the club. 
  • A very tall person on why it's tougher being tall than short SFGATE columnist Rod Benson, 6-foot-10, has a hot take... depending on your perspective.
  • Every team I played on had a Kyrie. Why that's a gift and curse. Rod Benson on why Irving's 'mask off' tweets, reportedly unvaccinated status are so concerning.
  • Why the Draymond-KD interview was more than just good gossip Rod Benson was once blackballed over a blog. Now, he says, NBA players have a media stranglehold.