- Ray Ratto
Ray Ratto, 53, has been a Bay Area sportswriter for approximately 30 years and a sports columnist for approximately 20. Beginning his column-writing career for two now-defunct newspapers,
The National (newspaper)and the Peninsula Times Tribune, Ratto then became a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, and now opines for the San Francisco Chronicle. (He had started out his career as a staff reporter for these two SF papers.) He also has written national columns for [http://ESPN.Com/ espn.com] and currently does same at CBS' [http://cbs.sportsline.com/ sportsline.com] . Ratto is one of 65 sports writers whose ranking of college football teams makes of the AP Poll.
As a comedian, Ratto the column-writer celebrates (sort of) the absurdities of sports. In an
August 14, 2006column for CBS Sportsline ("Seventh-inning stretch or seventh sign of the apocalypse?"), he argues that with all the turmoil in today's sports world, people will eventually "move to more reputable forms of entertainment, like celebrities eating bees for charity, or Little League cleaver-juggling." He is also teasingly dismissive of both himself and his readers, whom he envisions parked either on couches in front of televisions or at stools at the local tavern, all of them collectively using sports-fandom to avoid life's more-serious responsibilities.
Ratto's criticism of public figures tends to be more blunt, serious, and controversial. Sports-team owners and executives are most-likely to come under attack, while Ratto is usually the last to criticize on-the-field managers. Ratto's criticisms of
Oakland AthleticsGM Billy Beanehave made him a persona non grata at Athletics Nation, an A's-fan website where Beane is a regular and celebrated guest.
Outside the Column
Ratto is Class of 1971 alum of Saint Joseph's Boys High in Alameda, CA and later graduated from San Francisco State University. Outside of journalism, he formerly was a high school basketball referee. (Source: Glenn Schwarz, Chronicle Sports Editor)
* [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/search/columnists.cgi?waisdbname=/web/wais-indexes/chronicle/&byline=ray+ratto/ Ratto's page at the Chronicle web site] With column archives from the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner dating back to 1995.
* [http://www.sportsline.com/columns/writers/ratto/ CBS Sportsline Ray Ratto page] With his seven most recent national columns.
* [http://feeds.sfgate.com/sfgate/rss/feeds/rratto Ray Ratto SFGate.com RSS Feed]
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