Super Bowl 50

Vernon Davis fields questions from the media during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night on Monday in San Jose. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Ex-49er Davis: Kap has ‘obstacles’ to overcome

The 49ers have until April Fool’s Day to make a decision on…

Vernon Davis fields questions from the media during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night on Monday in San Jose. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Cam Newton clarified his past comments about being a black quarterback in the NFL during a Tuesday news conference in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Newton grows up before our eyes

While attending elementary school in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, near…

Cam Newton clarified his past comments about being a black quarterback in the NFL during a Tuesday news conference in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Peyton Manning answers questions during Opening Night for Super Bowl 50 on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Jose. (David J. Phillip/AP)

For Manning, Sunday no laughing matter

When a bug-eyed purple puppet was mocking him a few feet away,…

Peyton Manning answers questions during Opening Night for Super Bowl 50 on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Jose. (David J. Phillip/AP)
Derek Loville, pictured in 1995 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, is accused of participating in a violent sports gambling and international drug-trafficking ring. (Lacy Atkins/1995 AP)

Loville on drug charges: ‘It’s all bullshit’

Derek Loville is out of jail and on the phone from Arizona,…

Derek Loville, pictured in 1995 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, is accused of participating in a violent sports gambling and international drug-trafficking ring. (Lacy Atkins/1995 AP)
Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton answers a question during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Serious Newton now all business

Anyone who thought Cam Newton might flunk his first test on the…

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton answers a question during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Fans take pictures of a Vince Lombardi trophy displayed at the NFL Experience exhibit in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Better to play in big game than host

By all accounts, the Super Bowl 50 celebration is off to a…

Fans take pictures of a Vince Lombardi trophy displayed at the NFL Experience exhibit in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Digital art projection will celebrate Bay Area landmarks, football

Thirty-four high-watt projectors at Super Bowl City in San Francisco will project…

Carolina Panthers' Thomas Davis warms up before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

Panthers’ Davis is hurtin,’ but never more certain

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis isn’t sure how many screws are in…

Carolina Panthers' Thomas Davis warms up before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
Panthers’ Luke Kuechly, left, pictured with teammate A.J. Klein, has been one of the most dominant linebackers in the NFL this season. (Mike McCarn/AP)

Kuechly too good to be true, but is

No one questions that quarterback Cam Newton is the face of the…

Panthers’ Luke Kuechly, left, pictured with teammate A.J. Klein, has been one of the most dominant linebackers in the NFL this season. (Mike McCarn/AP)
Joe Montana is still as cool as ever, which is valuable to the NFL, a league with identity issues. (Jay Mariotti/S.F. Examiner)

Montana still reigns over a city, a sport

His hair is silver now, the color of four Vince Lombardi Trophies,…

Joe Montana is still as cool as ever, which is valuable to the NFL, a league with identity issues. (Jay Mariotti/S.F. Examiner)
Super Bowl City along The Embarcadero was spread throughout Justin Herman Plaza and Sue Bierman Park. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco welcomes first Super Bowl celebration in more than three decades

San Francisco is known for its Golden Gate Bridge, but this week…

Super Bowl City along The Embarcadero was spread throughout Justin Herman Plaza and Sue Bierman Park. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young may not be playing in Super Bowl 50, but he’s center stage when it comes to his involvement in the Big Game. (Billy Hurst/AP)

Young living good life as Super Bowl host

He’s never been shy with an opinion, which is to be expected…

Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young may not be playing in Super Bowl 50, but he’s center stage when it comes to his involvement in the Big Game. (Billy Hurst/AP)
Nick Kasa was just an ordinary Denver Broncos fan when he was called by the team to sign before Super Bowl 50.  (David Zalubowski/2012 AP)

Broncos sign free agent to help prepare for Greg Olsen

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Last Sunday, Nick Kasa was like any other fan of…

Nick Kasa was just an ordinary Denver Broncos fan when he was called by the team to sign before Super Bowl 50.  (David Zalubowski/2012 AP)
Super Bowl 50 Host Committee chairman Daniel Lurie, left, welcomes Mayor Ed Lee, center, to a preview tour of the Super Bowl City fan attraction on Friday. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Ed Lee yelling, suites aren’t selling, forecast telling

Are you ready for some ... El Niño? Or maybe, in a…

Super Bowl 50 Host Committee chairman Daniel Lurie, left, welcomes Mayor Ed Lee, center, to a preview tour of the Super Bowl City fan attraction on Friday. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning watches the AFC championship trophy presentation following the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

Peytongate places Manning under seige

A year ago it was Deflategate. This time it’s what, Peytongate? The…

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning watches the AFC championship trophy presentation following the NFL football AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. (Joe Mahoney/AP)
Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., right, speaks to reporters before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings. (Eric Risberg/2015 AP)

Time right for DeBartolo in Hall

He says he doesn’t “want to get crazy about this,” but clearly,…

Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., right, speaks to reporters before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings. (Eric Risberg/2015 AP)
Cam Newton celebrates after a touchdown run during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory over the Arizona Cardinals. (David J. Phillip/AP)

As we admire him, Newton injects race

Scared? The only people who should be scared of Cam Newton are…

Cam Newton celebrates after a touchdown run during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory over the Arizona Cardinals. (David J. Phillip/AP)
(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Protest tackles homelessness

The tent village on the border of SoMa and the Mission stretches…

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh is hoisted on the shoulders of his team after defeating the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford, Stadium on Jan. 20, 1985. (1985 AP)

Super Bowl in Silicon, leaving The City with silicone

So it’s another Not-in-San-Francisco Super Bowl to be played in a city…

Former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh is hoisted on the shoulders of his team after defeating the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford, Stadium on Jan. 20, 1985. (1985 AP)
The Carolina Panthers celebrate after winning the NFC Championship against the Arizona Cardinals. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Superman could rule Super Bowl

He flies. He dives. He scores. He shimmies. He shakes. He smiles.…

The Carolina Panthers celebrate after winning the NFC Championship against the Arizona Cardinals. (Chuck Burton/AP)