While the 49ers’ Super Bowl run has caused joy for residents and San Francisco city officials, the current mayor and his predecessor on Wednesday both expressed tempered excitement about the team’s impending move to the South Bay.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was mayor when the 49ers first announced their intentions to relocate to Santa Clara, called the moment “bittersweet” because of the 49ers’ plans to start the 2014 season in a new home. Read More
NFL coaching has changed enormously since Bill Walsh started the run of 49ers Super Bowl championships and the ability of the 49ers coaching staff to adapt to the changes has been a big factor in their success.
Walsh was his own offensive coordinator, running an offense that was unique in the NFL when he started. Similarly, George Seifert, who became defensive coordinator in 1983, made all the calls on defense. Read More
Colin Kaepernick’s favorite tattoo is on the inside of his arm and reads, “my gift is my curse.”
Relating that to his sudden rise to stardom as a quarterback preparing to play in the Super Bowl, Kaepernick is staying grounded by realizing that with fame comes scrutiny.
Every play is scrutinized, every word is dissected. He’s recognized everywhere he goes in public, and he has more ticket requests for Super Bowl XLVII than he can fulfill. Read More
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh produced a little prank during his parents’ NFL-organized conference call Thursday morning.
“John in Baltimore,” the moderator said, announcing the next person up for a turn to ask a question.
“Is it true that both of you like Jim better than John?” John chirped, before getting figured out fast by his sister, Joani.
Jackie had begun speaking with, “We do not.”
“Hey, John, how are you?” Joani replied. Read More
Jack Harbaugh usually breaks down game tape for his sons, Jim and John Harbaugh, prior to their NFL contests each week, just to give them an extra set of eyes. But as the brothers prepare for their meeting in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, the eldest Harbaugh is tossing away his coaching hat. Read More
Giants fans flocked to Civic Center Plaza in 2010 and 2012 to watch the team win the World Series. But for the Super Bowl, as of now there are no plans to broadcast the
Feb. 3 game outside City Hall.
“I don’t think we are permitted to do one,” Mayor Ed Lee said of showing the 49ers game. “No Jumbotron for the Super Bowl.”
The NFL on Wednesday did not respond to questions about why San Francisco would not be able to show the game to a crowd of nonpaying viewers. Read More
Niners running back Frank Gore has been fined $10,500 for wearing his socks too low during the NFC Championship Game.
Gore was fined for “failure to conform” due to his socks being too low in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN.
NFL players are required to wear their socks high to meet with the bottom of the uniform pants. Gore wore his socks about a foot too low down his leg. Read More
Over the next week and a half leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s story will be told a nauseating amount of times. And frankly, it should be. The turnaround he has engineered in two short years to restore a once-proud franchise to all its glory has been nothing short of miraculous.
But in all the Harbowl buzz, it’s easy to overlook the puppeteer behind the scenes: Niners general manager Trent Baalke. Read More
The only reason why Matt Birk brought his aching knees and battered body to training camp for a 15th NFL season was to get to the Super Bowl.
The 36-year-old Birk was bothered by neck, elbow and knee injuries during his previous three years with the Baltimore Ravens, yet he never missed a start. During the offseason, the six-time Pro Bowl center underwent surgery to repair varicose veins in his legs. Read More
The team of the 1980s is back, at last.
The 49ers, one of the great franchises of the NFL, will finally return to the Super Bowl in search of a record-tying sixth Lombardi Trophy when they face the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. Read More