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Passions and portraits of the Faithful

Passions and portraits of the Faithful

sfgate.com Updated Feb 1, 2013
Passions and portraits of the Faithful Passions and portraits of the Faithful Here's some of what we saw and heard when we visited with 49ers fans at the Stick
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  • Can they just play the darned game?

    Can they just play the darned game?

    sfgate.com Feb 1, 2013
    Can they just play the darned game? Baltimore Sun Copyright 2013 Baltimore Sun. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:53 pm, Friday, February 1, 2013 Endless Har-Bowl hype with memori…
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  • Kaepernick's moment arrives post haste

    Kaepernick's moment arrives post haste

    sfgate.com Feb 1, 2013
    Kaepernick's moment arrives post haste Considering Kaepernick's story - his striking talent, his fortuitous late-season entry into the team narrative, his stunning ascent - it seemed 1,000 feet tall. In one of the film's reflective and tender moments, t…
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  • Harbaugh's deal? We might never know

    Harbaugh's deal? We might never know

    Harbaugh's deal? We might never know Back in the summer of 2010, I had gone down to Stanford to introduce myself to the Cardinal head coach. Harbaugh had turned around a middling program in dramatic fashion, and he was starting his third season at the h…
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  • 49ers' Super Bowl quiz

    49ers' Super Bowl quiz

    49ers' Super Bowl quiz Who scored the first Super Bowl touchdown for the 49ers? (five points) Who holds the 49ers' record for the most rushing yards in a Super Bowl? (five points) Who holds the 49ers' record for the most receiving yards in a Super Bowl?…
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  • 49ers' legends see past in the present

    49ers' legends see past in the present

    sfgate.com Feb 1, 2013
    49ers' legends see past in the present All it took was one 21st century trip to the Super Bowl, one vaguely familiar stampede through January, for many former 49ers greats to start dreaming big. Harbaugh and his coaching staff give these 49ers an edge o…
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  • Much higher stakes in rematch

    Much higher stakes in rematch

    sfgate.com Feb 1, 2013
    Much higher stakes in rematch The most notable of those 11 changes in the starting lineups, of course, is the insertion of Colin Kaepernick as the 49ers' quarterback. In his nine starts, Kaepernick has three runs of at least 50 yards, a 99.8 passer rati…
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  • Chris Johnson hasn’t heard from Titans about contract

    Chris Johnson hasn’t heard from Titans about contract

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Next week is a big one for Titans running back Chris Johnson. Five days after either the Ravens or 49ers are crowned as champions, $9 million of Johnson’s $10 million salary for the 2013 season becomes guaranteed. The Titans haven’t said publicly what
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  • The Super Bowl XLVII injury report has plenty of probables

    The Super Bowl XLVII injury report has plenty of probables

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    The final injury report of the season has been released and we aren’t going to be spending much time Sunday wondering if an injured player is able to make it onto the field. Neither the Ravens nor the 49ers have a player listed as anything but probable
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  • Sando's best guess: Super Bowl prediction

    Sando's best guess: Super Bowl prediction

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- The San Francisco 49ers are my pick to win Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens by a 27-23 score. A first-round playoff bye restored the 49ers following a rough couple weeks to end the regular season. Having another down week bef…
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  • Lions, Chiefs, Jets, UCLA Bruins among teams that missed out on…

    Lions, Chiefs, Jets, UCLA Bruins among teams that missed out on Harbaughs as head coaches

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Everybody has a different set of emotions when they watch the Super Bowl. For some NFL teams, there will be a definite sense of regret and "what might have been." As ESPN's Adam Schefter pointed out on Friday, several teams othe…
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  • Vic Tafur's Super Bowl pick

    Vic Tafur's Super Bowl pick

    sfgate.com Feb 1, 2013
    Vic Tafur's Super Bowl pick [...] Baltimore is an overachieving bunch that did not have a good run defense for most of the season, and San Francisco looks too fast and tricky with Colin Kaepernick and the read-option offense. Frank Gore and LaMichael Ja…
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  • ‘It Gets Better’ movement pulls 49ers video after two players d…

    ‘It Gets Better’ movement pulls 49ers video after two players deny participation in anti-bullying ad

    The San Francisco 49ers earned a lot of goodwill at the start of the season when they became the first NFL team to tape an "It Gets Better" spot. Designed to encourage hope and acceptance among gay teens who are being bullied, the "It Get…
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  • Kaepernick to Crabtree: Rice sees swagger

    Kaepernick to Crabtree: Rice sees swagger

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- There is no statistic for quarterback-receiver chemistry. Jerry Rice knows it when he sees it, however, and the San Francisco 49ers legend definitely does when he watches Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree working together. 2012 Michae…
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  • How You Know the Super Bowl Is Near: Just Look Up

    How You Know the Super Bowl Is Near: Just Look Up

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    The view from New Orleans: Airplanes dragging banners have joined the blimps in signaling to New Orleans that the Super Bowl is only two days away.
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  • 'I haven't seen a whole lot of guys quit'

    'I haven't seen a whole lot of guys quit'

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith tends to shy from the media spotlight. He had no choice during Super Bowl week. I thought Smith exceeded expectations in that setting. He was at times thoughtful, funny and revealing. A s…
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  • DJ Steve Porter Takes on the Harbaughs

    DJ Steve Porter Takes on the Harbaughs

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Harbaugh brothers may be good coaches, but neither of them has much to say in news conferences. DJ Steve Porter took their lack of things to say and turned it into his latest remix.
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  • Unfinished Business: Long ago, Randy Moss and Matt Birk had Sup…

    Unfinished Business: Long ago, Randy Moss and Matt Birk had Super Bowl…

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    Long ago, Randy Moss and Matt Birk had Super Bowl dreams as Vikings teammates. Now the two will vie for the elusive title as opponents. Don Banks details their unique bond.
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  • Don Banks: Moss, Birk reunited in XLVII, but only one will get …

    Don Banks: Moss, Birk reunited in XLVII, but only one will get elusive ring

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Have to admit, I'm a sucker for the sentimental stories that come forth every year during Super Bowl week. Jerome Bettis' quest to ride off into retirement with a ring. John Elway finally getting the big confetti shower for once (and then…
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  • The All-22: San Francisco’s complex offense is about far more t…

    The All-22: San Francisco’s complex offense is about far more than a running quarterback

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- There's been a lot of talk about the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback-based run game, and justifiably so -- Colin Kaepernick has given that offense new life and a host of new options with his dynamic mobility and deep arm. But when you ta…
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  • Leading Off: Breaking from the Super Bowl Script

    Leading Off: Breaking from the Super Bowl Script

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    Players are usually fairly dull during the week before the Super Bowl. But Chris Culliver? Joe Flacco? Randy Moss? Their remarks started a lot of animated conversations.
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  • Game Day Coverage at a Glance

    Game Day Coverage at a Glance

    nytimes.com Feb 1, 2013
    The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will end two weeks of hype when they meet on the Superdome field on Sunday to decide the winner of Super Bowl XLVII, and The Times will offer comprehensive coverage.
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  • Harbaughs: Game win trumps sibling rivalry

    Harbaughs: Game win trumps sibling rivalry

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh took the podium together for Friday's pre-Super Bowl coaches media session.
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  • Dilfer, Schlereth break down the 49ers

    Dilfer, Schlereth break down the 49ers

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- ESPN's Trent Dilfer and Mark Schlereth break down the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, Justin Smith and more in the video analysis above. They also touch on Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin. Enjoy.
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  • Super Bowl XLVII preview: 49ers primed to hoist Lombardi Trophy…

    Super Bowl XLVII preview: 49ers primed to hoist Lombardi Trophy for a sixth time

    yahoo.com Feb 1, 2013
    Super Bowl XLVII Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers 6 p.m. ET, Sunday, Feb. 3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana When the Ravens have the ball: During the regular season, the Ravens were right in the middle of pack offensively, ranking…
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  • Peter King: Ravens-49ers a great, and very unpredictable, match…

    Peter King: Ravens-49ers a great, and very unpredictable, matchup

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- I don't know what kind of game this is going to be, but this Super Bowl really has it all.
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  • Steve Young “jealous” of what Kaepernick has to work with

    Steve Young “jealous” of what Kaepernick has to work with

    profootballtalk.com Feb 1, 2013
    Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young played on a pretty good offense of his own, but he said he was envious of Colin Kaepernick, for getting to run the 49ers current pistol-based system. Coupled with a strong supporting cast, Young said the young quarte…
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  • Around the NFC West: York on QB, more

    Around the NFC West: York on QB, more

    ESPN.com Feb 1, 2013
    Around the NFC West: Jan. 31, 2013 NEW ORLEANS -- Jed York's growth as the face of San Francisco 49ers ownership has played a role in the team reaching Super Bowl XLVII. York tends to keep a lower profile, as owners should, but every so often he emerges…
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  • Super Bowl: DeBartolo, York 'full circle'

    Super Bowl: DeBartolo, York 'full circle'

    sfgate.com Feb 1, 2013
    Super Bowl: DeBartolo, York 'full circle' [...] the chain reaction is ending here, right where Jed York was sitting in his French Quarter hotel on Thursday morning. When his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo, delivered $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwar…
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  • Black ex-coaches feel Rooney Rule is broken

    Black ex-coaches feel Rooney Rule is broken

    CNNSI.com Feb 1, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Three black former NFL head coaches say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after 15 top vacancies - eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions - were all filled by white candidate…
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  • With majority of NFL players sharing the beliefs of San Francis…

    With majority of NFL players sharing the beliefs of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, don't expect coming out annou

    nydailynews.com Feb 1, 2013
    What Chris Culliver said is absolutely the way a majority of NFL players feel. That is why there hasn’t been a single active NFL player to announce that he is gay. That doesn’t mean there aren’t gay players on NFL rosters.
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Ravens-49ers Ready For Super Sunday 03:36

    NFL32OT: Ravens-49ers Ready For Super Sunday

    Feb 1
    Episode 261: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss their keys to Sunday's game. Lomas Brown breaks down which offense will dominate. The NFL32 crew discuss their X factor for the Super Bowl.
  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT 02:48

    NFL Kickoff OT

    Feb 1
    NFL Live predicts the outcome of Super Bowl XLVII.
  • Video - REP Super Bowl Special: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick 06:30

    REP Super Bowl Special: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

    Feb 1
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sits down with Rich Eisen to discuss preparing for football's biggest stage and his earliest gridiron memories.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Super Bowl Week: Friday 10:54

    Countdown Daily Super Bowl Week: Friday

    Feb 1
    Prim Siripipat sits down with AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley and NFC West blogger Mike Sando to break down Super Bowl XLVII

Sports Columnists

  • Super Bowl XLVII -- John Clayton's First and Goal

    Feb 1
    The Harbaugh brothers' lifelong competition moves to a very big stage.
  • Don Banks: Moss, Birk reunited in XLVII, but only one will get elusive rin…

    Feb 1
    NEW ORLEANS -- Have to admit, I'm a sucker for the sentimental stories that come forth every year during Super Bowl week. Jerome Bettis' quest to ride off into retirement with a ring. John Elway finally getting the big confetti shower for once (and then…
  • Peter King: Ravens-49ers a great, and very unpredictable, matchup

    Feb 1
    NEW ORLEANS -- I don't know what kind of game this is going to be, but this Super Bowl really has it all.
  • Super Bowl XLVII - Football will change -- and survive

    Feb 1
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is overseeing a game that is going through change on the surface, but a strong heart beats underneath