Joe Montana was injured in a car accident over the weekend, though his attorney says his injuries were minor, it’s enough to keep the former football star from appearing before the Santa Clara City Council Tuesday to discuss a development agreement.Montana suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to his attorney Robert Mezzetti. Details of the crash were unknown — including location — but Mezzetti said he is “out of the hospital.” Read More
It’s an intriguing trend.
Three struggling Bay Area sports franchises: The 49ers, Raiders and Warriors all hired coaches this year with no prior professional head coaching experience.
San Francisco rewarded Jim Harbaugh for his remarkable gamesmanship at Stanford. But it’s still anyone’s guess whether Harbaugh will be able to outsmart his counterparts in the NFL.
Hue Jackson spent 10 years as an NFL assistant before being elevated from offensive coordinator to head coach of the Silver and Black. Read More
The San Francisco 49ers announced a program Monday that will give 100 at-risk schoolboys an opportunity to get off the streets and into a classroom at Stanford University this summer to learn football techniques, as well as language, math and life skills.The Youth Impact Program was founded by three-time Super Bowl champion and former 49ers alum Riki Ellison in 2003 to educate boys between 9 and 12 years old who live in inner cities and are below the poverty line. Read More
As hearings resume in the 8th District Court of Appeals today, the Sports Fans Coalition has filed a brief with the court asking that the NFL lockout be lifted.
The NFL coaches association has also filed a brief. Coaches want to be able to work with players, as they usually do with minicamps in the offseason, but they are hamstrung by the lockout.
The most interesting part of this to me is the involvement of the fans group. Because of social networking, fans are now able to make their voices heard on this issue and others in the NFL that affect them. Read More
The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday will name the first of 16 Bay Area teachers to be honored during the upcoming 2011 NFL season as a classroom hero.Representatives from the 49ers and Washington-based Symetra Financial are gathering at the football team’s East Palo Alto academy to announce plans to bring the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program to the Bay Area.The program honors exceptional K-12 teachers who have shown the ability to achieve long-term success in their students’ education. Read More
Fans have always been convinced they know exactly how to improve their teams, and they express their views in emails and blogs.
Right now, I’m being besieged by A’s fans who bemoan their team’s lack of hitting. One suggested they should pick up Milton Bradley, just released by the Seattle Mariners.
I don’t think so. The A’s had Bradley once, and he helped them in the 2006 postseason. But the team also had Frank Thomas, who could talk to Bradley, and Ken Macha, a manager he respected. They have neither of those components now. Read More
The entirety of the NFL’s offseason came and went in a blink.
There wasn’t enough to it to be anything more than a subplot to the league’s draft.
Players were there and then they were gone, locks securely back in place. However, in that single afternoon where fans were actually free to think about football again, everything about the 2011 season changed for 49ers fans. Alex Smith got a playbook.
And you thought the Giants had cornered the market on torture. Read More
As expected, the 49ers went for defense with their first-round pick in the NFL draft last night, but they threw a bit of a curve in picking Missouri defensive end-outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who had not been mentioned in any of the pre-draft speculation.
Despite all the talk about the team needing a quarterback, pass defense has been the No. 1 problem for the Niners. Opposing teams who are trailing by less than a touchdown with two minutes to go have known that a “W” is pretty much guaranteed if they just throw the ball. The 49ers couldn’t stop that. Read More
The San Francisco 49ers has chosen a company to sell the naming rights for the proposed stadium in Santa Clara, the team announced Wednesday.The 49ers is teaming up with CAA Sports, an entertainment and sports agency, to sell the naming rights for the proposed $937 million stadium. CAA Sports is a division of Creative Artists Agency, which represents more than 650 athletes in baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis and golf, in addition to coaches, on-air broadcasters, and sports personalities. Read More
The commissioner, Roger Goodell, says the NFL Draft is one of his favorite events. “Because,” he told USA Today, “it’s all about football.” Apparently so is the honorable Susan Richard Nelson, who has decided people who play it for a living, well, ought to be able to play it for a living.
Nelson is the U.S. District judge in St. Paul, Minn., who ordered an end to the lockout declared last month by the owners against the players.
For the moment at least, we can think about picks not plaintiffs, defenders not defendants. Read More