Super Bowl 50

A Super Bowl 50 sculpture sign located on Larkin Street in front of San Francisco City Hall, Monday. January 11, 2016. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special  to S.F. Examiner)

Thousands of SFMTA employees urged to ‘volunteer’ for Super Bowl City during work hours

At last count, San Francisco is spending roughly $5 million on Super…

A Super Bowl 50 sculpture sign located on Larkin Street in front of San Francisco City Hall, Monday. January 11, 2016. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special  to S.F. Examiner)
Teammates of DeMarcus Ware say the Broncos’ defensive end delivered an inspiring speech prior to Denver’s victory over the New England Patriots last weekend. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

Ware’s speech inspired Broncos

DENVER — Before playing the game of his life, DeMarcus Ware gave…

Teammates of DeMarcus Ware say the Broncos’ defensive end delivered an inspiring speech prior to Denver’s victory over the New England Patriots last weekend. (Joe Mahoney/AP)
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is demanding the "illegal" Verizon ad on the side of Four Embarcadero be removed. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

City attorney demands removal of Super Bowl Verizon ad signs at Four Embarcadero

The Verizon advertising signs installed as part of Super Bowl City on…

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is demanding the "illegal" Verizon ad on the side of Four Embarcadero be removed. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The scoreboard at Levi’s Stadium showed a graphic of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who certainly won’t be playing in Santa Clara come Super Bowl Sunday. (Art Spander/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Super Bowl Primer: Expect anything, everything

There will be blunders. Already we’ve seen two, each tame when considering…

The scoreboard at Levi’s Stadium showed a graphic of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who certainly won’t be playing in Santa Clara come Super Bowl Sunday. (Art Spander/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Keith Bruce, CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, says he expects this year’s big game — and the accompanying events — to be the biggest in NFL history. (Jeff Chiu/2014 AP)

Bruce is super man on the spot

There are a few things that Keith Bruce wants known about Super…

Keith Bruce, CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, says he expects this year’s big game — and the accompanying events — to be the biggest in NFL history. (Jeff Chiu/2014 AP)
The Super Bowl may be played nearly 45 miles away in Santa Clara, but San Francisco will host everything else that matters during the two-week leadup to the Game. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special  to S.F. Examiner)

It’s your show, San Francisco … until Game Day

So Super Bowl 50 is finally here. Wait, no, Super Bowl 50…

The Super Bowl may be played nearly 45 miles away in Santa Clara, but San Francisco will host everything else that matters during the two-week leadup to the Game. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special  to S.F. Examiner)
Gary Kubiak. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Kubiak cools down Denver hot seat

Two seasons ago, Gary Kubiak collapsed while walking off a field at…

Gary Kubiak. (Jack Dempsey/AP)
Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) receives an on-side kick from the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers won 31-24. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Panthers’ Davis will play after surgery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis had surgery Monday morning on…

Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) receives an on-side kick from the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers won 31-24. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Ron Rivera. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Rivera comes home to settle scores, make history

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is on the verge of the biggest…

Ron Rivera. (Chuck Burton/AP)
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will be competing against the Denver Broncos — and the predicted inclement weather a.k.a. El Nino — in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Chuck Burton/AP)

The bigger force: Cam Newton or El Niño?

Here in the bosom of innovation, where tech executives microdose LSD to…

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will be competing against the Denver Broncos — and the predicted inclement weather a.k.a. El Nino — in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Chuck Burton/AP)
NFL field director Ed Mangan holds up a piece of sod as he prepares for Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Weather or not, Levi’s is dressed up, ready to go

At first blush, Levi’s Stadium appears to be a substantial upgrade over…

NFL field director Ed Mangan holds up a piece of sod as he prepares for Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Protesters have indicated that they will protest Super Bowl City and other Super Bowl related festivities until the mayor fires the police chief in connection with the fatal shooting of Mario Woods by police in December. (Connor Hunt/Special to SF Examiner)

Woods protesters aim to disrupt Super Bowl

Mayor Ed Lee’s public headaches are about to enter the national spotlight.…

Protesters have indicated that they will protest Super Bowl City and other Super Bowl related festivities until the mayor fires the police chief in connection with the fatal shooting of Mario Woods by police in December. (Connor Hunt/Special to SF Examiner)
Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton leaps in the end zone for a touchdown run during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Newton gets Denver ‘D’ after crushing Cards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Superman is headed for the Super Bowl. He’s taking…

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton leaps in the end zone for a touchdown run during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
New England quarterback Tom Brady shouts during the Patriots’ divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The NFL wants Brady to return to the Super Bowl because it’s what will make the league the most money. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Brady, Patriots trigger scorn — and buzz

DENVER — The new conspiracy theory is Son Of Deflategate, a bastard son…

New England quarterback Tom Brady shouts during the Patriots’ divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The NFL wants Brady to return to the Super Bowl because it’s what will make the league the most money. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Former Heisman trophy winners Carson Palmer and Cam Newton will face off in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. (File AP photo)

Newton, Palmer will decide NFC title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton and Carson Palmer have a few things in…

Former Heisman trophy winners Carson Palmer and Cam Newton will face off in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. (File AP photo)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates with fans after their divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Panthers won 31-24.  (Bob Leverone/AP)

Cam Newton’s Law: ‘I don’t get nervous’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In the waning moments of a strange 35-35 game…

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates with fans after their divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Panthers won 31-24.  (Bob Leverone/AP)

Four teams, four lessons to follow

Every team in the second round of the NFL playoffs learned some…

Stan Roth, Market Street food cart operator, joins Supervisors Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin and John Avalos for a news conference at the foot of Market Street demanding that the Super Bowl Host Committee fully reimburse The City for costs and to address the impacts to street artists and small business owners. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Supes to call for Super Bowl 50 cost reimbursement

Like any good athletic contest, the two opposing sides battle until the…

Stan Roth, Market Street food cart operator, joins Supervisors Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin and John Avalos for a news conference at the foot of Market Street demanding that the Super Bowl Host Committee fully reimburse The City for costs and to address the impacts to street artists and small business owners. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
The City is set to spend more than $4 million on events related to Super Bowl 50, while Santa Clara will be reimbursed for its costs.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Santa Clara won’t pay for Super Bowl 50, but San Francisco will

San Francisco’s taxpayers will foot the bill to host a weeklong celebration…

The City is set to spend more than $4 million on events related to Super Bowl 50, while Santa Clara will be reimbursed for its costs.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs against the Chiefs during New England's 27-20 win over Kansas City in the AFC playoffs on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)

Brady one step from Super Bowl homecoming

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took off for the end zone and…

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs against the Chiefs during New England's 27-20 win over Kansas City in the AFC playoffs on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)