The NFL is back with a bang, which of course means it’s open season on coaches, quarterbacks and victories that don’t pass the beauty test.
Jim Harbaugh is already on the defensive about claims his play-calling was too conservative in Sunday’s win against the Seattle Seahawks. This after Harbaugh himself said the 49ers went into a “blue-collar” mode after building a 16-0 halftime lead.
“We’re attacking and I think we’re playing to win, that’s what I live by,” he said. Read More
When Devinder Dhesi and his family left their Yuba City home Sunday morning to attend the 49ers’ home opener at Candlestick Park, they didn’t expect their fun to be cut short.
But the recent violence at Candlestick Park football games — including the Aug. 20 shooting of two men following the 49ers’ victory over the Raiders — prompted the 49ers to stop all tailgating 15 minutes before kickoff. Read More
Transit riders and ballpark fans may see additional security this weekend for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Officials say there have been no specific threats in San Francisco, where several public events commemorating 9/11 are planned, including at the Civic Center on Saturday, and Sunday afternoon at the 49ers Opening Day game, the Giants-Dodgers game and Opera in the Park in Golden Gate Park. Read More
The first two practice games have been meaningless, but 49ers fans should get some idea of how fast players are assimilating Jim Harbaugh’s offense in Saturday night’s game against the Houston Texans.
The problem with evaluating a team in the first two exhibitions — and the fourth one, when the starters hardly play — is that coaches are calling plays to see how they work in specific situations, not to win that specific game. Read More
Police released a sketch Thursday of the suspect wanted in a cowardly Candlestick Park bathroom assault.The suspect beat a 26-year-old San Rafael man into unconsciousness during Saturday’s particularly rowdy preseason game between the 49ers and Raiders that saw more battles in the stands than on the field, police said.The vicious fan fighting has league officials considering ending the preseason matchup dubbed “Battle of the Bay.” Read More
So now what do we tell L.A.? That we have as many thugs at our sporting events as they do? That Candlestick Park is every bit as dangerous as Dodger Stadium? That the scofflaws and punks have imposed their will on society, just like in Southern California?
Fans entering NFL games are patted down. As if it does any good. Fights — brawls, really — were prevalent in the stands in the second half of the Raiders-49ers game Saturday. There were shootings in the parking lot. Read More
After a rash of fan violence marred Saturday’s game, 49ers President Jed York said Monday that the team will impose an array of stricter security measures, including banning tailgating during games and asking the NFL to postpone further preseason games with the Raiders. Read More
Reports of rowdy fights and shootings at Candlestick Park after Saturday’s 49ers-Raiders exhibition game keep coming in, and video of some of the incidents have surfaced on YouTube. Read More
The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders annual preseason game will be ended by the NFL after the violence that erupted at Candlestick Park on Saturday night, according to news reports. Read More
The two men who were most seriously injured in Saturday’s violence inside and outside the 49ers-Raiders preseason game at Candlestick Park are improving, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. Read More