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Super Bowl ads have already kicked off

Super Bowl ads have already kicked off

sfgate.com Updated Jan 29, 2013
Super Bowl ads have already kicked off The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens won't kick off Super Bowl XLVII until Sunday afternoon, but the annual blitz of TV advertising on the big game has already begun. Extending a trend that has coincided wi…
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  • Ed Donatell Says He’s Not Ready To Leave The Niners Just Yet

    Ed Donatell Says He’s Not Ready To Leave The Niners Just Yet

    49ersgab.com Jan 29, 2013
    There’s been a lot of chatter about secondary coach Ed Donatell leaving the Niners to become the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator, but Donatell says not so fast. “I definitely aspire to do that, but I also know a good thing,” Donatell said
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  • 49ers players discuss facing Lewis, Rice and more

    49ers players discuss facing Lewis, Rice and more

    CNNSI.com Jan 29, 2013
    Members of the San Francisco 49ers discuss facing Ray Lewis and the Baltimore 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
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  • Fagan: Podium or not, San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith handles m…

    Fagan: Podium or not, San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith handles media day

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    How was media day for 49ers QB Alex Smith's media day? Bittersweet. The former starter continues to adjust to life as Colin Kaepernick's backup.
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  • Smith Says He Has No Regrets About Returning To Niners

    Smith Says He Has No Regrets About Returning To Niners

    49ersgab.com Jan 29, 2013
    Alex Smith is Colin Kaepernick’s backup but still views himself as a starting quarterback after completing 70.2 percent of his passes and compiling a 104.1 passer rating in his nine starts for the 49ers this season, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bayarea reports.
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  • 49ers' 'hometown' mayors staying home

    49ers' 'hometown' mayors staying home

    sfgate.com Jan 29, 2013
    49ers' 'hometown' mayors staying home San Francisco's frugal Mayor Ed Lee, one of the team's biggest boosters, will stay home as well - unless, he says, Niners coach Jim Harbaugh asks him to come down "to keep the lights on." North Beach's Pag…
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  • Feeling The Big Easy

    Feeling The Big Easy

    CNNSI.com Jan 29, 2013
    Super Bowl XLVII's Media Day didn't disappoint, led by Michael Oher's candid chat, a cameo by Juan Castillo and a talkative Terrell Suggs. Don Banks recaps with Snap Judgments.
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  • Alex Smith recasting himself for teams?

    Alex Smith recasting himself for teams?

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst get credit for helping quarterback Alex Smith turn around his career. While they surely played a role, something Smith said T…
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  • LaMichael James: Chip Kelly’s offense is already working in the…

    LaMichael James: Chip Kelly’s offense is already working in the NFL

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    Some people doubt that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly can succeed in the NFL with the same kind of offense he ran at Oregon. But 49ers running back LaMichael James, who played for Kelly at Oregon, has news for those doubters: James says Kelly’s offense is
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  • Moss admits he doesn’t like his role, but not divisive about it

    Moss admits he doesn’t like his role, but not divisive about it

    We mentioned earlier today that 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss declared himself the best wideout in the history of the game. You’ll likely see much more about him in the coming days, in many outlets, because he was so open and forthcoming and illuminati
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  • The 49ers' Quarterback Drama? Steve Bono Has Been There

    The 49ers' Quarterback Drama? Steve Bono Has Been There

    nytimes.com Jan 29, 2013
    Steve Bono, who filled in for an injured Steve Young for the the 49ers in 1991, says he remains a fan of Alex Smith for how he has dealt with losing the starter's job.
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  • 49ers Fan Says She Wired Some Guy $5,900 For Super Bowl Tickets…

    49ers Fan Says She Wired Some Guy $5,900 For Super Bowl Tickets, But All She Got Was A Note That Read, "Go Ravens!!!"

    deadspin.com Jan 29, 2013
    Last week, Sharon Osgood told the San Jose Mercury News she was disappointed that resale prices for tickets to Super Bowl XLVII were averaging more than three grand a pop. The Hayward, Calif., resident kept looking, and eventually she found someone on C…
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  • Report: Chad Jones will work out for Saints

    Report: Chad Jones will work out for Saints

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    The Ravens and 49ers are the football teams getting all the attention in New Orleans this week, but the Saints are taking care of some business as well. According to a report from WWL-TV, one item on their to-do list is to have safety Chad Jones in for …
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  • Kaepernick’s college coach: “He could’ve been a great free safe…

    Kaepernick’s college coach: “He could’ve been a great free safety”

    49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of the biggest stars of this year’s Super Bowl, but he didn’t always look headed for that. Kaepernick’s college coach at Nevada, Chris Ault, contemplated moving Kaepernick to defense. “I thought to myself,
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  • PFT Live: Brian Billick, Jed York

    PFT Live: Brian Billick, Jed York

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    PFT Live rolls your way on Tuesday with a coach who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens and the CEO of the 49ers team trying to keep the Ravens from winning a second title. Mike Florio and Brian Billick of FOX Sports will discuss the matchup coming our way…
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  • Tips for organizing Super Bowl parties

    Tips for organizing Super Bowl parties

    sfgate.com Jan 29, 2013
    Tips for organizing Super Bowl parties First things first, though. Imagine the chaos that would ensue if there are five seconds left in the game, a field goal would win it, the ball is kicked ... and suddenly the channel changes to Nickelodeon after som…
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  • Ray Wersching - kicking around for work

    Ray Wersching - kicking around for work

    sfgate.com Jan 29, 2013
    Ray Wersching - kicking around for work A placekicker is always a step from unemployment, even a long-retired one. When Ray Wersching gets up in the morning, he goes by a wall of photos representing career highlights that include four field goals in the…
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  • ESPN snafu allows audience to see Hannah Storm and Mark Schlere…

    ESPN snafu allows audience to see Hannah Storm and Mark Schlereth doubt Tim Tebow’s future

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    The country's sporting attention may be focused on the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens as the two teams prepare to square off in New Orleans on Sunday. It shouldn't come as a surprise, however, to find that ESPN's talking heads still have Tim T…
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  • Alex Smith on wanting release: Don’t know where that’s from

    Alex Smith on wanting release: Don’t know where that’s from

    On Sunday, Mike Florio of PFT reported that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was expected to seek his release from the 49ers rather than moving to a new team via a trade. Smith was asked about that report during Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday and said that…
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  • 49ers, Ravens tweet from media day

    49ers, Ravens tweet from media day

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    The press isn't the only group having fun on media day, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers players also had a blast. The players hit Twitter with their reaction and photos from Super Bowl XLVII media day and we've compiled it for you. Enjoy.
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  • Answers to Readers' Questions: Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Rex Ryan

    Answers to Readers' Questions: Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Rex Ryan

    nytimes.com Jan 29, 2013
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.
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  • The Vernon Davis Gun Show takes over Media Day

    The Vernon Davis Gun Show takes over Media Day

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    Look, if we had arms like 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, we'd roll up our sleeves everywhere we went, do the whole Chris Farley "Do you know where the weight room is?" deal, all of that. Yet, when Davis came on the NFL Network for his turn answ…
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  • Jim Harbaugh sheds light on his Sharpie, the latest in a line o…

    Jim Harbaugh sheds light on his Sharpie, the latest in a line of famous coach accessories

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    The weird thing about 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's omnipresent red Sharpie pen around his neck during games is that nobody seems to remember seeing him actually use it. "No, I've never seen him use it. I haven't," fullback Bruce Miller told USA …
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  • Too Much?: For as many people as Ray Lewis has inspired, it ……

    Too Much?: For as many people as Ray Lewis has inspired, it …

    CNNSI.com Jan 29, 2013
    For as many people as Ray Lewis has inspired, it seems an equal number have tired of the Baltimore linebacker's story, writes Peter King. Do Lewis' detractors have a point?
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  • Super Bowl XLVII: Tuesday morning links

    Super Bowl XLVII: Tuesday morning links

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    Today is "Media Day" at Super Bowl XLVII, which gets underway with the San Francisco 49ers at 11 a.m. ET. The Baltimore Ravens portion will commence at 1:15 p.m. ET and you  can follow along via a live stream right here at "Shutdown Corner". • The Rave
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  • Greg Jennings puts Wisconsin home on the market

    Greg Jennings puts Wisconsin home on the market

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    After the Packers lost to the 49ers in the playoffs, wide receiver Greg Jennings said that he was unsure whether he would be back with the team in 2013 and that he was “ready to move wherever” as a free agent. The second half is feeling a bit more tru
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  • Media Day Live: We have our ESPN.com NFL experts on the field i…

    Media Day Live: We have our ESPN.com NFL experts on the field in …

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    We have our ESPN.com NFL experts on the field in New Orleans for the spectacle that is Super Bowl media day. Join us starting at 11 a.m. ET for updates, photos, videos and all the craziness that is sure to come. The San Francisco 49ers will be on the po…
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  • Suggs’ three-sack game vs. 49ers last season a distant memory

    Suggs’ three-sack game vs. 49ers last season a distant memory

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    As the Ravens began preparation for the 49ers last week, Terrell Suggs was uncharacteristically quiet, declining to offer any bulletin-board material for the Super Bowl. Now the Ravens have arrived in New Orleans, and Suggs is being classy and sportsman…
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  • Super Bowl Media Day, live on Shutdown Corner!

    Super Bowl Media Day, live on Shutdown Corner!

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS - We'll be at the NFL circus known as Media Day from the Superdome, and we'd like you to follow along. So, at Shutdown Corner, we'll be popping a live video stream of today's media madness when it all starts this morning. The San Francisco 4
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  • Super Bowl players and coaches debate and discuss Obama’s take …

    Super Bowl players and coaches debate and discuss Obama’s take on football

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- While San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh went comedic when asked about President Obama's recent assertion that he'd have to "think long and hard" before letting his son play football, if he had a son. The concerns about…
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  • Can the Ravens Learn Anything From 42-13?

    Can the Ravens Learn Anything From 42-13?

    nytimes.com Jan 29, 2013
    The 49ers are only one month removed from their last - and worst - loss of the season, a thumping by Seattle that almost cost them a first-round bye.
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  • Patrick Willis: Patrick Willis What more can the 49ers' defensi…

    Patrick Willis: Patrick Willis What more can the 49ers' defensive…

    sfgate.com Jan 29, 2013
    Patrick Willis What more can the 49ers' defensive leader do? Try wining the Super Bowl and replacing retiring Ray Lewis as the NFL's top inside linebacker? 6 Years in the NFL 6 Pro Bowl selections 5 First-team All-Pro selections 4 Times leading the 49er…
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  • 49ers' Gore impressed Vilma in high school

    49ers' Gore impressed Vilma in high school

    sfgate.com Jan 29, 2013
    49ers' Gore impressed Vilma in high school New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma goes way back with 49ers running back Frank Gore - back to their days at Coral Gables (Fla.) High even before they were teammates at the University of Miami. [...] Vilma kn…
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  • Go slowly on the 49ers' victory parade

    Go slowly on the 49ers' victory parade

    sfgate.com Jan 29, 2013
    Go slowly on the 49ers' victory parade San Francisco Chronicle Copyright 2013 San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 10:31 pm, Monday, January 28, 2013 People are …
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  • Video - What is a San Francisco 49er? 01:13

    What is a San Francisco 49er?

    Jan 29
    Do various players on the San Francisco 49ers know the meaning of their team name? Dave Dameshek interviews some players to find out.
  • Video - Playing It Safe 02:19

    Playing It Safe

    Jan 29
    49ers, Ravens, and former players react to the growing concern over safety in the NFL.
  • Video - Super Bowl Preview: Ray Lewis Controversy and Randy Moss 02:35

    Super Bowl Preview: Ray Lewis Controversy and Randy Moss

    Jan 29
    John Clayton delivers the latest news from Super Bowl XLVII
  • Video - Rapoport: 'Alex Smith will not be a 49er next year' 00:43

    Rapoport: 'Alex Smith will not be a 49er next year'

    Jan 29
    Ian Rapoport reports that San Francisco 49ers will look to trade quarterback Alex Smith after the Super Bowl.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Oher's story still resonating with Ravens; more Media Day Snaps

    Jan 29
    NEW ORLEANS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day at the Superdome, always the most inane day on the league's annual calendar...
  • Super Bowl XLVII Hot Read -- Coaches not immune to supersized chaos of big…

    Jan 29
    Nothing can prepare coaches for the chaos and pressure of the Super Bowl, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
  • Peter King: America tires of Ray Lewis, Alex Smith's fate, mail

    Jan 29
    NEW ORLEANS -- One thing, as Super Bowl week kicks off in full Tuesday with Media Day at the Superdome, I think that I should have dropped into Monday Morning Quarterback: