NEW ORLEANS — When the NFL does a big event, they do it B-I-G. Granted, this is my first time attending a Super Bowl and also my first trip to New Orleans, so take it with a grain of salt. Read More
A group that promotes the responsible consumption of alcohol is asking San Francisco not to demonize hard liquor by tying it to rowdiness after sporting events.
Last week, Mayor Ed Lee said that although San Francisco will not ban liquor sales, he is encouraging bars to limit sales or serve it in a responsible manner. The American Beverage Institute responded Monday in a statement that asked The City “to avoid demonizing a perfectly legal product.” Read More
Soon after arriving in New Orleans for the Super Bowl late Monday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens found out exactly why this football game is different from all the rest.
Coach John Harbaugh and several players were surrounded by hundreds of members of the media at the team hotel, and there were still plenty of questions to be asked before Harbaugh, then the players, were whisked away by Ravens officials. Read More
LaMichael James strapped on the pads at 49ers training camp with big expectations for the 2012 season. How could he not? He was college football’s leading rusher as a sophomore at Oregon in 2010 and he collected more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for the Ducks a year later.
But when the season kicked off, the explosive running back watched the action from the sideline in street clothes. Read More
No Tom Brady. No Aaron Rodgers. No Ben Roethlisberger. Not a Manning in sight.
Super Bowl has a pair of fresh faces at quarterback, bona fide nobodies as far as the NFL title game goes. But one will leave New Orleans as football’s newest star.
For Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, this is new territory. And, of course, exactly where they want to be. Read More
Jim Harbaugh stepped to the podium, smirked a bit, and greeted his first news conference as a Super Bowl coach.
“We’re super happy to be here,” he said Sunday night as his NFC champion San Francisco 49ers arrived in the Big Easy for the big game.
“I think this team has the best focus on unity and winning I’ve ever been a part of.” Read More
Alex Smith ran off the field at Candlestick Park two weeks ago to a standing ovation and cheers from the sellout crowd, not much different from the reception last January when he took the 49ers oh so close to a Super Bowl.
Now relegated to a backup role with the NFC champions, Smith’s trip to the Big Easy this week leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl against Baltimore is hardly how he envisioned it.
This used to be his team. Now, he plays Joe Flacco in practice. Read More
Jack and Jackie Harbaugh would do well to practice their impassive faces in front of a mirror before the Super Bowl.
The parents of Baltimore Ravens coach John and the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh will be watched closely during Sunday’s Super Bowl — if anybody finds them — for any visual evidence that mommy and daddy really do love one boy or the other best. Read More
Kyle Williams’ overtime fumble in last year’s NFC Championship Game brought out the worst in Bay Area sports fans.
In the aftermath of the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the New York Giants, teammates like Patrick Willis and Adam Snyder rallied to support Williams. But many fans on Twitter were less forgiving. For example, one wrote: “I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it.” Read More
Eddie DeBartolo Jr. rises at 4 a.m. on his 3,000-acre ranch in Montana and takes his three dogs for a walk in the frigid winter air.
No matter it was minus-3 the other morning. Off he went. Read More