He remembers the spoon being tossed into the metal sink at 4:30 a.m. Keith Smart’s father had finished his coffee and was leaving for work in Baton Rouge, La. Another day had begun, and for a boy, so had an understanding of what life was all about.
Now that he has his dream job, now that Smart is coach of the very NBA team that drafted him, the Warriors, he says he has no need for gifts this holiday season. Read More
Before Jed York breaks out his, “I Told You So” bumper stickers, the 49ers must do something they haven’t done this season Sunday in St. Louis: win a road game with Alex Smith at quarterback — unless Mike Singletary flip flops and goes back to Troy Smith. Read More
There are many reasons Jeff Tedford suffered his first losing season at Cal this fall, but none so big as the quarterback problem.
So the most important goal is finding a quarterback who can return the Bears to a bowl, where they are notably absent for the first time in eight years.
“We’re going to concentrate on finding that one guy in the spring, so we can work with him for the season,” Tedford said in a recent interview. Read More
A little of this, and a lot of that ...- I’m not saying that God takes a rooting interest in the outcome of games, but I’ve got it on good authority that The Almighty had a cloud reserved directly above the 50-yard-line to watch his favorite player make his first start at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday. Read More
In my book, the air has been choked out of the 49ers’ balloon, which struggled to get off the ground the entire season.
While the 49ers are still mathmatically alive for the playoffs thanks to the dreadful NFC West, this team already appears all but done. Thanks to the Chargers for that.
This Niners team should be put out of their fans’ misery. Forget what the mathematicians say. Read More
The NFL is getting serious about concussions, which is a good thing, but it’s not doing anything serious about steroids, which are one of the prime causes of the concussions.
The new rule assessing automatic 15-yard personal fouls for helmet-to-helmet hits has been very controversial because it can affect games. Read More
It’s been decided. Alex Smith will not be playing for the 49ers next season unless he’s playing for the 49ers next season. Mike Singletary is going to be replaced as coach unless he’s retained as coach. Anything else you need?
“This is a game for madmen,” said the great Vince Lombardi. “In football, we’re all mad.” Are we ever.
Coaches, players, journalists and particularly fans, a group which knows what it doesn’t want — Alex, Singletary — but is unsure of what it does want, other than the return of Joe Montana or Steve Young. Read More
As the NFL continues to soar in popularity, I can’t decide whether Roger Goodell should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize or an Oscar for Best Actor.
While the commissioner has cracked down on vicious blows to defenseless players and advocated new rules against hitting quarterbacks, today’s NFL is still increasingly more dangerous. Reported concussions are up 21 percent from the 2009 season. Hardly a game goes by when a player isn’t carried off the field with a serious injury. Read More
Alex Smith justified Mike Singletary’s decision to start him and made a strong case to stay in San Francisco as the 49ers trounccd the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Singletary’s decision was roundly criticized by the know-nothings in the Bay Area media. One pointed to Troy Smith’s winning record as a starter, without noting that the wins came over the 3-10 Broncos, 4-9 Cardinals and 6-7 Rams. Whoop-dee-doo.
Another media critic said Singletary might have to make a change at halftime against Seattle. Not with a 30-7 lead. Read More
‘The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.”Take note of the final word in that sentence. You may never see it again. At least not in the same sentence as the words “college sports.”The sentence above is the very first line of the Heisman Trust’s mission statement, and it was once recognized as an important criterion when evaluating potential recipients of the trophy. Not anymore. Read More