Who cares about decorum? If the people running the 49ers — meaning Jed York — cared about decorum, protocol or manners, they might have hired someone who knew how to shake hands.
Instead, they hired someone who knows how to win football games. Shake that.
Yeah, San Francisco is showing its muscle and its attitude. Jim Harbaugh is the best thing to hit town since Bill Walsh, a man who also poured it on you at the end of a game. As Tony Kornheiser wrote after one of those Niners wins in a Super Bowl, Walsh not only beats you, he picks his teeth with your bones. Read More
The 49ers keep creating milestones. First, it was coming off a 20-point deficit to beat the Eagles in Philadelphia.
Then it was the 45-point slamming of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick. Finally, it was the 25-19 win over the previously undefeated Lions in Detroit on Sunday. Read More
Was it a back slap or a shove?
That is the question that is circling around the Internet and sports talk radio Monday after the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions game.
Watch the videos below and see if you think 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did shove Lions coach Jim Schwartz. If he did, what about the reaction? Read More
Good thing it was a handshake and not a forearm bash, circa 1988.
Jim Schwartz might’ve ended up in intensive care.
To hear him tell it, anyway.
“There’s a protocol in this league,” the Detroit Lions’ coach whined after his club came up on the short end of the scoreboard for the first time this season, a 25-19 decision at the hands of the Niners. “I went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way.”
Wait a second. A “slap on the back” is now a “shove out of the way”? Really?
My, my — some folks just don’t wear losing very well. Read More
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh embellished his growing reputation for tense relations with competing coaches Sunday following a postgame skirmish with Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz. Read More
Admit it, you didn’t want Alex Smith back as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. Not this year. Not last.
Let’s clear the air about the transformation we’ve witnessed. Not just in Smith, but in 49ers fans. Talk about letting bygones be bygones.
When Smith steps under center this morning at Ford Field in Detroit, the Niner Nation will be rooting for him to succeed. That hasn’t always been the case the past few years. Read More
The man knew football. Also football coaches. Al Davis gave Jim Harbaugh his first pro coaching position. Al Davis gave Hue Jackson his first pro head coaching position.
Davis had his well-reported faults, but consider his virtues. Those two gentlemen always will.
“I don’t think there’s a day goes by I don’t try to implement something that I didn’t learn from Mr. Davis,” Harbaugh said. Read More
Do you believe in the 49ers now?
Last week, when I wrote that the comeback win over the Philadelphia Eagles was a turning point for the team, some readers chided me, pointing out that the collective record of the three teams the Niners had beaten was below .500.
But I try to look beyond the numbers for significant signs. Winning on the road, which the 49ers had done twice, is one. Coming back from nearly a three-touchdown deficit on the road, which the 49ers did against the Eagles, is even more significant. Read More
Alex Smith this afternoon or the Giants this offseason both have plenty to prove.
After seven days of the 49er Faithful pushing his bandwagon, Smith has to build upon the “cold-blooded” status he earned during last week’s upset of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Smith showed he can win a big game against a good team. Definitely a step forward. Read More
As if playing at Autzen Stadium against No. 9 Oregon weren’t difficult enough, Cal is heading to Eugene, Ore., for Thursday night’s nationally televised game smack in the middle of midterms. Meanwhile, the Ducks just began their fall classes last week.
It’s noteworthy because football players at universities operating on the quarterly academic calendar spend weeks in training camps without ever having to open a school book. Read More