This being San Francisco, an ambitious bid by the Warriors to install an NBA arena on The City’s waterfront by 2017 will need solid community support to go smoothly. And the community, it seems, is bouncing on the rim. Read More
Last year, 49ers fans were happily surprised by the team’s record. This year, the happy surprise will be a revitalized offense.Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman kept the offense basic last season for two reasons: 1) Quarterback Alex Smith was learning a new system — again! and 2) The 49ers didn’t have the receivers to open up the field. Read More
They didn’t have a prayer.
Or that’s what the “experts” opined.
“We all know [where] they thought we were going to finish last year,” Alex Smith said recently, “and how right they were about that.”
The “they” whom the 49ers quarterback — who will enter his eighth season with San Francisco — was referring to were the slew of media wise guys who predetermined that the 49ers’ 2011 season was one destined for mediocrity.
“They” were proven wrong. Read More
The 49ers got some good news regarding running back Brandon Jacobs when an MRI on Sunday revealed he had sustained “no major damage” to his left knee, a source told NFL.com.It’s unclear how long Jacobs will be sidelined, but it appeared the injury might be serious when Jacobs left Saturday’s 20-9 loss against the Houston Texans after taking a hit from cornerback Kareem Jackson in the first quarter.He had to be taken to the 49ers’ locker room on a cart. Read More
The 49ers’ defense was their strength last season, and could be even more dominant this season, so defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was somewhat disappointed with what he saw in the team’s first exhibition game, a 17-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. Read More
Another eventful weekend in The City will be marked by several large sporting and cultural festivities — and unfortunately, plenty of chaos on the roads.
The three-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival starts tonight in Golden Gate Park and will impact some Muni lines and mean road closures for much of the northwest area of the park. The festival is expecting a daily influx of 60,000 people, 75 percent of whom will come from outside The City. Read More
Santa Clara County is in financial trouble. Read More
The family of former Raiders offensive lineman Chris Riehm filed a lawsuit Friday contending that traumatic brain injury from repeated head injuries was a cause or contributing factor in Riehm’s death, asserting that the NFL “promoted and mythologized” violence.
Riehm, an offensive lineman for the Raiders from 1986 to 1988, died in March in his home state of Ohio at the age of 50, officially of a heart attack. Read More
‘Happy Lincecum Day!” That’s what Giants fans used to say to each other, whether they knew each other or not, as they’d pass on Market Street.
The occasion, of course, would be Tim Lincecum’s scheduled start.
These days, the day on which Lincecum pitches is not so happy. In fact, it’s filled with trepidation. That’s how far Lincecum has fallen in two short months.
And it’s ridiculous. Read More
Defense may have not led to the 49ers prevailing over the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants during this past season’s NFC Championship Game, but it kept San Francisco in the game.
It kept them in every game.
That was why, during this offseason, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke made every effort to retain the possible free agents that made up the vaunted squad of ball-snatchers and hard hitters. Read More