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York Claims Niners Can Afford To Keep Alex Smith In 2013
49ersgab.com Updated Jan 31, 2013
Backup quarterback Alex Smith is scheduled next season to make $8.5 million, a figure 49ers CEO Jed York on Thursday said the 49ers can handle, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bayarea reports. “You figure out what’s best for guys, what’s best for the team,” YUpvote Share Tweet
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks will miss Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors with a right adductor strain, yet another blow to a Mavs (19-26) team that has taken its fair share of punishment already this season.Upvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers shared the same practice at the same time Thursday at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to move their team’s practice froUpvote Share TweetOn Thursday morning, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that the 49ers were coming off a perfect Wednesday practice, and he wanted an exact duplicate of that later in the day. On Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh said his players had exceeded his expectations. “IUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- The media throng awaiting San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver in the team hotel Thursday caught some teammates by surprise. Amazed looks crossed their faces as they arrived for the final full-team media session before Super Bowl…Upvote Share Tweet
Three Niners played for BCS title in SuperdomeNEW ORLEANS (AP) San Francisco defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois made one of his greatest football memories to date in the Superdome, where he won a national championship with LSU against Ohio State in January 2008.Upvote Share TweetHall of Famer Jerry Rice has no interest in a back-and-forth debate with Randy Moss during Super Bowl week about who's the greatest NFL wide receiver of all time.Upvote Share Tweet
Terrell Suggs says Ravens would welcome a gay teammateAfter 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver stuck his foot in his mouth when asked what he’d think of having a gay teammate, some words of wisdom during this Super Bowl week came from Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Asked if he would have a problem wUpvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl food spending boosts someSuper Bowl food spending boosts some Specialty markets like Falletti's that cater to the party crowd are among a host of food-and-drink related businesses hoping to cash in on the 49ers' Super Bowl fortunes. Sports bars, grocery stores - even bakeries -…Upvote Share Tweet
Colin Kaepernick gets free Red Robin for life if he wins the Super BowlNEW ORLEANS -- This may be one of the more interesting incentives any football player could receive. Restaurant chain Red Robin, upon hearing that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick really likes its food, decided to throw down the gauntlet…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Greg Cosell, Ravens talk with J. MichaelWe’re drawing ever closer to the Super Bowl and there’s no shortage of things to talk about. Greg Cosell of NFL Films will join Mike Florio to share his insights on the Ravens and 49ers. Cosell has broken down these teams on film for months now, so heUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- Colin Kaepernick might be all the rage at this year's Super Bowl, but the most recent quarterback to beat San Francisco and its wunderkind second-year passer showed up here today with a little buzz of his own attached to his name. Seattle…Upvote Share Tweet
Which Harbaugh Brother Would Philandering Ladies Prefer To Hump? Who Cares, Let's Make Sex Jokesdeadspin.com Updated Jan 31, 2013It's the week before the Super Bowl, which means that our inbox is getting flooded with stupid press releases. One in particular, from someone affiliated with AshleyMadison.com (a website where married people can find other married people to bone), is v…Upvote Share Tweet
A victory the 49ers were eager to claimNEW ORLEANS -- The San Francisco 49ers celebrated a significant victory Thursday. They completed a media schedule far more demanding than players new to the Super Bowl experience could have anticipated. "Thank God," veteran tight end Delanie W…Upvote Share Tweet
Earl Williams, 1971 NL Rookie of Year, dies at 64MLB.com Updated Jan 31, 2013Earl Williams, the 1971 National League Rookie of the Year who played for the Braves, Orioles, Expos and Athletics, died this week at home in Somerset, N.J. The Newark Star-Ledger reported his death, noting that Williams had been diagnosed with acute le…Upvote Share Tweet
Ted Ginn would like more catches, but he won’t complainTed Ginn has done essentially nothing on offense for the 49ers, catching just two passes for one yard during the 2012 regular season. So it’s no surprise that when Ginn was asked today if he’d like to have more of an impact on offense, Ginn answered,Upvote Share Tweet
Here are the uniforms the 49ers and Ravens will be wearing for the Super BowlAnd, well, they're basically the same uniforms that we've seen the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens wear all season. There is a pretty nifty Super Bowl XLVII patch on both. Alas, because the Nike PR folks couldn't just quote Noah Vanderhoff's &q…Upvote Share Tweet
Bo Schembechler looms large over the Super BowlBo Schembechler retired from coaching 23 years ago and died six years ago, but he’s a major presence at this year’s Super Bowl. Jack Harbaugh, the father of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, was an assistant to Schembechler at MUpvote Share Tweet
Steady As He Goes: Twelve years and a host of changes separate the R…Twelve years and a host of changes separate the Ravens from their last title. Yet Ozzie Newsome still presides over one of the NFL's model franchises. Don Banks examines how.Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- In some form or fashion, on multiple fronts, the issue of legacy hangs over every Super Bowl these days. But that discussion at Super Bowl XLVII should start nowhere else but with the singular feat that would be Ozzie Newsome's if his Bal…Upvote Share Tweet
And The Winner Is ...The hype is almost over and the actual Super Bowl game is near. Who will hoist all of the trophies handed out this Sunday night? SI's NFL experts make their picks.Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl XLVII: Thursday morning links• Jack and Jackie Harbaugh met the media on Wednesday. • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti avoids the spotlight, writes Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun. • 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver said an openly gay teammate would not be welcomed in the lockerUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Trotter: In Trent Baalke, the 49ers have a GM whose foundation is built on selflessness and toughnessNEW ORLEANS -- After receiving his first NFL scouting job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991, Lionel Vital was told he should take college coaches to lunch when visiting their schools. Scouts want as much background as possible on draft-eligible prospect…Upvote Share Tweet
Rick Reilly's Column About Colin Kaepernick Is The Smarmiest Story Of Super Bowl Weekdeadspin.com Updated Jan 31, 2013The crux of Rick Reilly's latest column for ESPN.com is this: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should take steps to foster a relationship with his birth mother because Reilly's own adopted daughter has a healthy relationship with her bir…Upvote Share TweetThe good news for the 49ers is that linebacker Ahmad Brooks returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday with a shoulder injury. The bad news for the 49ers is that linebacker Aldon Smith also practiced on a limited basis. Per a league source, Broo…Upvote Share TweetNo matter how weary of "Harbowl" stories NFL fans may have been the last two weeks, the fact remains that it is rather remarkable that when the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens square off in Super Bowl XLVII, the two head coaches once …Upvote Share Tweet
These rankings favor 49ers in big wayNEW ORLEANS -- Thanks to Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information for pointing out a fun (for San Francisco 49ers fans, anyway) Super Bowl prediction model from ACTA Sports. The model shows winning percentages for Super Bowl participants based on wher…Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl Probability: Excellence Versus Momentumnytimes.com Updated Jan 31, 2013The 49ers have been consistently among the best, and the Ravens are hot. We've seen this movie before, but luck can't be counted on to continue.Upvote Share Tweet'Blind Side' questions annoy tackle Oher Oher moved from left to right tackle as Baltimore changed four of its five starting offensive linemen before the playoffs because of injuries. The current combination of Bryant McKinnie, left guard Kelechi Osemel…Upvote Share Tweet
Brad Pitt Houses in New Orleans' 9th WardBrad Pitt Houses in New Orleans' 9th Ward Whenever there is a media event in New Orleans, reporters trek to the Lower Ninth Ward where the worst damage from Hurricane Katrina occurred seven years ago. [...] the devastation is still obvious. [...] there …Upvote Share TweetSuper Bowl, Mardi Gras too much party? The cops police the crazies and the locals know to attend the giant parades in the suburbs and surrounding neighborhoods. "During Mardi Gras everybody is just enjoying the costumes," says Annie Flettrich,…Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Updated Jan 31, 2013"The running game in pro football has gotten so boring," former 49ers coach Bill Walsh remarked some years ago. "There's just four or five plays they ...Upvote Share Tweet
'No Huddle': San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss' place in historyJan 31San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss claimed himself as the greatest receiver to ever play the game. Where does he really rank? The "No Huddle" crew gives their answers.
NFL32OT: Cowboys Look For ImprovementJan 31Episode 260: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss what changes the Cowboys should make in the offseason. Eric Mangini breaks down how the 49ers can defend against Joe Flacco. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would rather have Eli or Peyton.
'No Huddle': Colin Kaepernick too much for Ravens?Jan 31How much trouble will San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick cause for the Baltimore Ravens defense? The "No Huddle" crew discusses the intriguing matchup.
'No Huddle': Which Harbaugh as the advantage?Jan 31In the battle of Harbaugh brothers, will Jim or John prevail? The "No Huddle" crew debates which coach has the edge in Super Bowl XLVII.
Don Banks: Seahawks' Wilson familiar with Super-bound 49ersJan 31NEW ORLEANS -- Colin Kaepernick might be all the rage at this year's Super Bowl, but the most recent quarterback to beat San Francisco and its wunderkind second-year passer showed up here today with a little buzz of his own attached to his name. Seattle…
Don Banks: Ravens' Super Bowl run a testament to skills of Ozzie NewsomeJan 31NEW ORLEANS -- In some form or fashion, on multiple fronts, the issue of legacy hangs over every Super Bowl these days. But that discussion at Super Bowl XLVII should start nowhere else but with the singular feat that would be Ozzie Newsome's if his Bal…