NEW ORLEANS - Two weeks of hype, two weeks of wondering if the French Quarter has any monetary value or not and two weeks of learning more about the Harbaugh clan than you could ever ask for. At last, it’s Super Bowl Sunday in the Big Easy again.
New Orleans is hosting the NFL’s crown jewel for the 10th time today. For the 49ers, it’s a site that brings back warm and fuzzy feelings. The Niners annihilated the Denver Broncos 55-10 at the Superdome for their fourth Super Bowl championship in January 1990. Read More
NEW ORLEANS – John and Jim Harbaugh couldn’t have been dressed any differently during their final pre-Super Bowl appearance Friday, a unique joint news conference. John was decked out in a suit, while Jim wore his usual attire of a 49ers hat and black sweater with a Niners logo on it.
But when it comes down to where the focus should be heading into the pinnacle of the NFL, the coaches couldn’t be more in tune with one another. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — The pistol offense has exploded this season thanks to Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III and the Niners’ Colin Kaepernick, among others. But the question that has surfaced is, does the offense have staying power, or will it be a passing fad.
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh for one believes a lot of the success of the formation is predicated on the personnel utilized. Read More
Play time is over. The NFL’s meat-grinder known as the playoffs has left us with the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, a matchup that should yield a competitive and even Super Bowl.
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NEW ORLEANS — I have to admit, I probably can’t name three Beyoncé songs. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — A day after issuing a statement apologizing for anti-gay comments, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was still under fire Thursday and was hounded with more questions about the topic when he and the rest of the teammates met with the media.
After feeling the backlash of the remarks, Culliver indicated he was talking in a “joking manner” and that he “treats everyone equal.” The second-year player said he was aware the comments were especially distasteful because he plays in San Francisco, which is home to a large gay population. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Jim and John Harbaugh hardly needed anything else to bring them closer together. But that was the case Thursday.
The Baltimore Ravens moved their practice from Tulane University to the New Orleans Saints’ facility, where the 49ers are also practicing. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — To the casual observer, the sight of David Akers, Andy Lee, Justin Tucker or Sam Koch waltzing down Bourbon Street this week probably wouldn’t cause too much of a commotion.
The quartet of specialists is more likely to be confused as accountants or attorneys than high-level athletes. But the kickers and punters for the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively, could have as much impact on the outcome of Super Bowl XLVII as Ray Lewis, Frank Gore or either Harbaugh brother. Read More
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 — Niners cornerback Chris Culliver opposed team policy when he made anti-gay remarks during a Tuesday interview.
Speaking with comedian Artie Lang on Super Bowl Media Day, Culliver said when asked about homosexuals in the NFL, “I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that. ... No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
Culliver added that gay players wouldn’t be welcomed in the locker room, and that they shouldn’t come out until 10 years after they retire. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — I can get used to this whole Southern hospitality thing.
Just about everywhere you turn in the Big Easy, you are met with a “Have a nice day,” “How are you?” or a number of other pleasantries. 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
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