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Super Bowl ads have already kicked off
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…Upvote Share Tweet
49ersgab.com Updated Jan 29, 2013There’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 saidUpvote Share Tweet
49ers players discuss facing Lewis, Rice and moreMembers of the San Francisco 49ers discuss facing Ray Lewis and the Baltimore 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.Upvote Share Tweet
Fagan: Podium or not, San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith handles media dayHow 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.Upvote Share Tweet49ersgab.com Updated Jan 29, 2013Alex 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.Upvote Share Tweet
49ers' 'hometown' mayors staying home49ers' '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…Upvote Share TweetSuper 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Alex Smith recasting himself for teams?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…Upvote Share TweetSome 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 isUpvote Share TweetWe 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 illuminatiUpvote Share Tweet
The 49ers' Quarterback Drama? Steve Bono Has Been ThereSteve 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.Upvote Share Tweet
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 Updated Jan 29, 2013Last 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Chad Jones will work out for SaintsThe 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 …Upvote Share Tweet49ers 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,Upvote Share TweetPFT 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Tips for organizing Super Bowl partiesTips 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Wersching - kicking around for workRay 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetOn 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Answers to Readers' Questions: Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Rex RyanJudy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.Upvote Share Tweet
The Vernon Davis Gun Show takes over Media DayLook, 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh sheds light on his Sharpie, the latest in a line of famous coach accessoriesThe 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 …Upvote Share TweetFor 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?Upvote Share TweetToday 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 RaveUpvote Share TweetAfter 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 truUpvote Share Tweet
Media Day Live: We have our ESPN.com NFL experts on the field in …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…Upvote Share TweetAs 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…Upvote Share TweetNEW 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 4Upvote Share TweetNEW 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Can the Ravens Learn Anything From 42-13?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.Upvote Share TweetPatrick 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…Upvote Share Tweet49ers' 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Go slowly on the 49ers' victory paradeGo 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
What is a San Francisco 49er?Jan 29Do various players on the San Francisco 49ers know the meaning of their team name? Dave Dameshek interviews some players to find out.
Playing It SafeJan 2949ers, Ravens, and former players react to the growing concern over safety in the NFL.
Super Bowl Preview: Ray Lewis Controversy and Randy MossJan 29John Clayton delivers the latest news from Super Bowl XLVII
Rapoport: 'Alex Smith will not be a 49er next year'Jan 29Ian Rapoport reports that San Francisco 49ers will look to trade quarterback Alex Smith after the Super Bowl.
Don Banks: Oher's story still resonating with Ravens; more Media Day SnapsJan 29NEW 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 29Nothing 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, mailJan 29NEW 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: