NEW ORLEANS — Any questions of how Jack and Jackie Harbaugh were feeling as their two sons prepare to lead their respective teams into Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday were answered before the media could even fire off a question Wednesday. The parents sat down and quickly took the mics and Jack asked, “Who has it better than us?” Both shouted: “Noooobody.” Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance-enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he “never, ever took” the stuff.
Lewis described himself as “agitated,” not angry, that the story has become part of the Super Bowl-week prelude to Baltimore’s game against the 49ers on Sunday. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans police force famed for its crowd control prowess is getting help from state and federal authorities as the city hosts an estimated 150,000 Super Bowl fans while preparing for the raucous buildup to Mardi Gras, which also draws thousands to the historic French Quarter and its restaurants, bars and strip clubs. Read More
It was a mere four years ago when 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio coached under the rule of another man surnamed Harbaugh.
The 2008 NFL season was just about to kick off, and linebackers coach Fangio was in Baltimore. It was then when he took note of a player — but it wasn’t a linebacker.
“I said to John Harbaugh, ‘You’ve got your horse to ride here for 10 years — at least,’” Fangio said of then-rookie quarterback Joe Flacco. “I really felt that he could be a really good quarterback in the NFL. I’ve felt that from that day, and I still feel that way.” Read More
Leading up to the Super Bowl, all anyone has wanted to talk about is the Harbaugh brothers — Jim and John coach the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, respectively. Much has been made of what they have in common and what makes them different.
Asking them about it reveals one thing in common, though that’s not what they might have intended with their answers: They both want to make sure this game is about the players on the field. Read More
Check out what our staff and columnists predict will happen in this year's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
NEW ORLEANS — Making the game safer is making NFL players unsure what’s a legal hit.
Players on both Super Bowl teams say they are confused about which hits are considered clean and which ones could lead to a fine. And it’s not just the guys on defense who are wondering about the future of pro football.
“I think the rules will change a lot,” 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said Tuesday. “There’s already no helmet to helmet. Might be flag football, maybe.” Read More
NEW ORLEANS — It’s not often you get a superhero, a king and a samurai all under the same roof. But that was the case at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday at the Superdome, where wacky outfits and outlandish questions are the norm.
Nickelodeon’s Pick Boy was the first to arrive, decked out in a cape, mask and all the fixings. The King of Mardi Gras, beads and all, Super Bowl Samurai and a lucha libre duo later joined the party. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Ray Lewis’ “last ride” hit a bump in the road Tuesday. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker was forced to answer questions about alleged use of deer-antler spray, which contains the banned substance IGF-1, during Super Bowl Media Day after a report by Sports Illustrated hit the Internet.
The report claims Lewis contacted the company Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.) to help him recover from his torn triceps injury he suffered Oct. 14, and deer-antler spray was part of what was recommended. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Well, check another item off the bucket list: police escort.
The hordes of reporters, photographers and cameramen attending Media Day on Tuesday were stuffed into buses and whisked away from the media center via police escort to the Superdome, roughly 1½ miles away. Read More