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  • Feinstein unveils legislation to keep 49ers in SF

    01/11/2007 10:38:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 228+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/11/7 | Edward Epstein
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation today aimed at blocking the 49ers from leaving San Francisco by giving National Football League owners the right to vote on all franchise moves. The measure, called the Football Fan Protection Act, would require an anti-trust law exemption. Baseball has a much broader anti-trust exemption and has had only one franchise move, the switch of the Montreal Expos to Washington, D.C., in the past 25 years. In a similar period, the NFL has had seven franchise moves, Feinstein noted, including the Raiders, who moved from Oakland to Los Angeles and then back...
  • San Francisco 49ers Announce Opposition to Senator Carole Migden’s SB 49

    01/05/2007 9:27:26 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 76 replies · 1,618+ views
    Sports Business News ^ | January 5, 2007
    The San Francisco 49ers Thursday announced their strong opposition to legislation introduced in Sacramento by California State Senator Carole Migden. The team’s opposition was joined by California State Senator Elaine Alquist, who represents most of Silicon Valley. Her 13th Senate district covers the cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, and Gilroy. “The 49ers are a Bay Area team and an important regional asset. I strongly oppose this legislation because it hurts our chances of keeping the team in the Bay Area.” The legislation, entitled SB 49, is designed to limit the team’s ability to build a new...
  • SANTA CLARA: 49ers set 'principles' for new stadium

    01/05/2007 7:55:51 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 252+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/5/7 | Patrick Hoge
    Team to meet with Santa Clara officials, but Migden bill throws wrench into potential move - The San Francisco 49ers next week will ask the city of Santa Clara to spend six months studying the possibility of jointly building a 68,000-seat stadium. Team officials pledged Thursday that building the $600 million to $800 million project won't cost taxpayers, but they insisted they have no firm ideas on how the stadium will ultimately be financed. They said the potential South Bay stadium site -- currently used as the parking lot for the Great America amusement park -- solves parking concerns that...
  • S.F. offers new plan to hold on to 49ers - TEAM'S OWNER SKEPTICAL OF HUNTERS POINT PROPOSAL

    01/03/2007 7:48:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 237+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/3/7 | Mike Swift
    In a bid to keep the San Francisco 49ers in the city of their birth, a suddenly conciliatory Mayor Gavin Newsom has offered the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard as an alternative stadium site -- a location the team rejected two years ago amid concerns over toxic waste and freeway access. 49ers owner John York's response to the city's latest gambit to keep the team from moving to Santa Clara was less friendly. He said the team had ranked Hunters Point well below other sites, and he blasted a recent opinion article in which Newsom said the team ``had made a...
  • [Detroit] Lions news is bad news

    12/12/2006 10:07:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 321 replies · 3,799+ views
    realfootball365.com ^ | December 12, 2006 | Os Davis
    ...With a record of 2-11, the silver-and-Honolulu blue are firmly entrenched at No. 32 on any power poll in this spiral arm of the galaxy. Entrenched, that is, until another loss drops them behind Ohio State, Florida and the Hamburg Sea Devils. Think it can't get worse? Hey, this is the Lions. NFL schedule makers saw fit to arrange the endgame Kitty Cats' so, so long season likewise: at the Green Bay Packers where the Lions haven't won since a guy named Brett Favre took over there (that's right, 1992); against the Chicago Bears in a game which figures to...
  • Turf war over 49ers' future fought on bicoastal political battlefield

    12/03/2006 8:39:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 335+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/3/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The fight to keep the 49ers from leaving San Francisco is quickly expanding to Sacramento and Washington -- with both the city and the team arming themselves for a full-blown political and public relations war. The Niners got an early jump on the slugfest. As far back as mid-October -- some three weeks before 49ers owner John York announced he was dropping plans for a stadium at Candlestick Point to concentrate on a "backup'' site in Santa Clara -- the team signed up veteran consultant Ed McGovern to start lobbying local politicians and community groups to rally behind the South...
  • NINERS SECRETLY WOOED SANTA CLARA FOR A YEAR

    11/30/2006 11:56:34 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 333+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/30/6 | Cecilia M. Vega
    Newsom aides say paper trail shows the team was not honest with S.F. The San Francisco 49ers engaged in detailed talks with South Bay officials about the possibility of relocating the team to Santa Clara for more than a year before the team actually announced its intention to move there, records show. Written correspondence between the 49ers and South Bay officials obtained by The Chronicle indicate that talks had taken place since at least October 2005 and remained active through this fall while the team simultaneously worked on brokering a deal to build a new $600 million to $800 million...
  • Hunters Point could be in play for the Niners

    11/20/2006 7:50:27 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 215+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/20/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    With the 49ers' plan for a new stadium at Candlestick Point sunk in the mud, insiders at San Francisco City Hall are revisiting the idea of building at Hunters Point -- in an area that could be paved over with lots of parking. Here's why. Cut through all the double talk, and the 49ers' problems come down to two key points. One: All the Niners are really interested in is a new stadium and a parking lot. Despite all the smiles and public pronouncements over the years, they are not comfortable with the mega housing and retail development deal they...
  • Dr. York might deserve thanks {moving 49ers out of San Francisco}

    11/16/2006 7:40:34 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 192+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/16/6 | Gwen Knapp
    Before John York absorbs one more cheap hit over the dissolution of San Francisco's Olympic dream, let's consider the possibility that the 49ers' owner did an enormous favor for the city. When his wavering commitment to a new stadium at Candlestick Point unraveled the bid for the 2016 Olympics, he might have saved San Francisco from a vanity project that often leaves ugly blemishes on a community's bottom line. A year after the Athens Olympics, the ledger still showed a pool of red ink deep enough to support platform diving. Estimates from Australia set the debt for the Sydney Games...
  • NFL:Dress to impress: Nolan, Del Rio get OK to wear suits

    11/16/2006 4:06:03 AM PST · by llevrok · 17 replies · 619+ views
    AP via ESPN ^ | 11/16/06
    Mike Nolan and Jack Del Rio are ready to suit up. The San Francisco coach and his Jacksonville counterpart have the NFL's permission to wear dress suits designed by Reebok during two games this season. You might find this outfit at your local second-hand store. 49ers head coach Mike Nolan is shedding his old sideline gear in favor of a suit. Nolan is expected to debut his old-school outfit -- a black suit, a white shirt and a red-and-gold-striped tie -- at the 49ers' home game against Seattle on Sunday. Del Rio also will wear a suit-and-tie ensemble in Monday...
  • 49ers insist they'll keep 'San Francisco' - City leaders upset, say the name won't move with team

    11/14/2006 7:40:16 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 385+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/14/6 | Cecilia M. Vega
    What's in a name? If you are the San Francisco 49ers, a lot, apparently. A Super-Bowl-size battle is brewing over the fate of the team's name and whether it would still be allowed to call itself the San Francisco 49ers if it relocates to Santa Clara. Team officials say that any move would involve bringing along the San Francisco name. But in the city by the bay, where leaders are furious over last week's surprise announcement that the 49ers want to leave their Candlestick Point home, officials already are arguing that, if the team goes, the name stays. Legal experts,...
  • FAMILY: Denise DeBartolo York speaks of honor, co-ownership, pride in the 49ers

    11/12/2006 9:58:39 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 243+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/12/6 | Nancy Gay
    While her husband John York held a news conference in Santa Clara on Thursday to say the 49ers had plans to move out of San Francisco, Denise DeBartolo York remained at the family's home base in Youngstown, Ohio. "I had made a commitment a long time ago to do something and I had to honor it," DeBartolo York explained, saying she wasn't just trying to avoid the spotlight. Her duty? The co-owner of the 49ers, a businesswoman who has been profiled in Forbes magazine and sits as a director of Simon Property Group, North America's largest publicly traded real estate...
  • Huddle over 49ers' pending move unlikely to save game for S.F.

    11/11/2006 9:23:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 281+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/12/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and 49ers co-owner John York sit down and try to clear the air over the collapse of the team's Candlestick Point stadium deal, it's likely to be a very stiff affair. That's because in the two days between York's 11th-hour call to Newsom to deliver the news that he was going to try to move to Santa Clara and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's call for a time-out, a lot of water went under the bridge -- none of it very pretty. That was evident when Newsom emerged from Friday's meeting in Feinstein's office and declared,...
  • 49ers agree to talk to S.F. on stadium - Feinstein, Pelosi pressure team's owner to reopen decision

    11/11/2006 6:59:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 224+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/11/6 | Cecilia M. Vega and John Coté
    Negotiations to keep the 49ers in San Francisco will officially resume next week after two of California's most powerful politicians intervened, officials on both sides of the talks told The Chronicle. Two days after the team abruptly announced its plans to move to Santa Clara, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday gathered Mayor Gavin Newsom, his chief of staff and 49ers co-owner John York and his son, Jed, in her San Francisco office for a morning meeting. House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi also phoned John York and left him a message expressing her disappointment and telling him it is "unacceptable for the...
  • Stunned mayor vows to fight for team {SF 49ers}

    11/10/2006 10:20:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 401+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/10/6 | Cecilia M. Vega
    NOT A DONE DEAL: Newsom hints at suit over lease or to keep city's name - The San Francisco 49ers may think they're packing up and moving to Santa Clara, but not if Mayor Gavin Newsom gets his way. Still reeling from the blow of what he called a surprise announcement, Newsom said Thursday that the team's effort to trade in Candlestick Point for the South Bay is hardly a done deal and hinted that there could be legal challenges to come. "It just seems to me that you can't close down this discussion with the city on the 5-yard...
  • 49ers tell S.F. they're leaving

    11/09/2006 7:41:20 AM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies · 528+ views
    MediaNews ^ | 11/9/6 | Dennis Georgatos
    The 49ers broke off negotiations with San Francisco city officials aimed at securing a new stadium at Candlestick Point and hope to build a home for the team in Santa Clara, MediaNews has learned. Team owner John York informed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom of the team's decision Wednesday. The 49ers' decision could have a substantial impact on the San Francisco's bid for the 2016 Olympics, of which the stadium was to play a key part. "We're going to have to make some assessments," said Peter Ragone, a spokesman for Newsom. York said in a statement that after a year...
  • Eddie D's Sin City soiree to recollect 49ers' glory days

    03/20/2006 8:03:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 243+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/20/6 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Montana, Rice, many more will hit Paris Las Vegas Hotel Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo has always enjoyed a good party -- but this time he's about to outdo himself. DeBartolo has invited a few hundred of his closest friends -- and just about anybody who had anything to do with the five Super Bowl championship glory days -- to a three-day, three-night party this week at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. It is billed in the invite as "the most exclusive event in the history of professional football.'' Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Bill Walsh and George Seifert...
  • Coroner: 49ers' Herrion died of heart disease

    09/06/2005 4:36:07 PM PDT · by MikefromOhio · 12 replies · 371+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | 6 September 2005 | apeee
    <p>DENVER -- San Francisco 49ers lineman Thomas Herrion died from heart disease when he collapsed after a preseason game in Denver on Aug. 20, the Denver County coroner said Tuesday.</p> <p>The 49ers paid tribute to Thomas Herrion on Friday, Aug. 26.</p>
  • Jerry Rice retires from football

    09/05/2005 11:50:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 279+ views
    AP ^ | 9/5/5 | EDDIE PELLS
    DENVER -- Unwilling to be a bit player with the Broncos, Jerry Rice retired Monday, closing a 20-year career for the most productive receiver in NFL history. Rice, 42, made his decision over the weekend at home in San Francisco, then returned to Broncos headquarters and met with coach Mike Shanahan. He played 20 NFL seasons. "This is a happy day," he said. "I think the tears that you see basically is that I have really enjoyed this ride." Shanahan confirmed what Rice already knew — that he would be a fourth or fifth receiver, at best this season —...
  • Former NFL back allegedly rams three teens

    08/21/2005 7:56:58 PM PDT · by mark502inf · 19 replies · 987+ views
    Associated Press ^ | The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, who was wanted by police for domestic violence, was arrested Sunday after allegedly running his car into three teenagers who argued with him during a pickup football game, police said. Police had been seeking Phillips since earlier this month for allegedly attacking his girlfriend twice, once choking her into unconsciousness. Phillips joined a group of 16- and 17-year-olds in a pickup football game in Exposition Park on Sunday and got into an argument with several of the teens, said Los Angeles police officer Sandra Escalante. He left the park, but...
  • Lineman collapses, dies after preseason game

    08/21/2005 5:53:15 AM PDT · by al_again · 10 replies · 1,311+ views
    AP ^ | 08/21/2005 | EDDIE PELLS
    DENVER (AP) -- San Francisco offensive lineman Thomas Herrion collapsed in the locker room and died Sunday morning, shortly after the 49ers played the Denver Broncos in a preseason game. He was 23. Herrion, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard, was on the field for San Francisco's 14-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a touchdown with 2 seconds left. Players had finished listening to coach Mike Nolan address them in a postgame meeting when Herrion collapsed. Medics administered CPR on him and took him to an ambulance that rushed him to a nearby hospital. About three hours later, 49ers spokesman Aaron Salkin...
  • IN THE NFL TODAY: Preseason Week 1 scores & the NFL NewsWire

    08/14/2005 11:15:02 AM PDT · by cgk · 19 replies · 1,109+ views
    ESPN & Various ^ | 8-14-04 | misc
    National Football League News Wire The following stories are the most recent transmissions from ESPN.com wire sources Sunday, August 14, 2005Ex-NFL player Robbins arrested on marijuana charge - AP (1:47 PM ET)Panthers, at almost 100 percent, are excited after preseason win - AP (1:25 PM ET) Raiders assistant taken to hospital after fainting on sideline - AP (2:08 AM ET)UNDATED: yards receiving. - AP (1:39 AM ET) Saturday, August 13, 2005NFL Preseason Capsules - AP (11:38 PM ET) Schottenheimer sticking with errant kicker Kaeding - AP (10:15 PM ET)Panthers retire Mills' jersey at halftime - AP (9:50 PM ET)Without Owens,...
  • Children's Village closer to reality (Joe Montana's family boosts effort for foster kids)

    07/25/2005 1:32:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 925+ views
    San Frnacisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, July 25, 2005 | Jim Doyle
    It was a simple, passionate idea: create nurturing, secure homes for abused, neglected, and abandoned children trapped in California's foster care system. The goal: to end the instability that many face when they are tossed from one family to the next. But turning this inspired vision into the Children's Village of Sonoma County has taken nearly eight years of toil by the project's founder, Lia Rowley, and legions of volunteers, including ex-49ers quarterback Joe Montana, his wife, Jennifer, and their two teenage daughters. Groundbreaking for the Children's Village, a cross between a group home and foster care, is planned this...
  • Training video prequel: 49ers apologize anew - Earlier tape made by outgoing PR director

    06/08/2005 7:59:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 598+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/8/5 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The prequel to the now-infamous 49ers Gone Wild video hit the airwaves Tuesday night, and while it's not nearly as risque or racially charged as the one that gave the team a national black eye last week, the inspiration for that disaster is plain to see. This video, made nearly two years ago and obtained by television station KRON, includes a dose of bathroom humor, a lap dancer burying a Niners staffer's head in her bosom and the team's outgoing public relations chief and producer of both tapes, Kirk Reynolds, with a protuberance in his pants. Reynolds made both the...
  • York could have avoided humiliating team over video

    06/02/2005 7:52:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 1,029+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/2/5 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    49ers owner viewed tape 5 months ago but didn't take action - The San Francisco 49ers' humiliation over their sex-drenched "training" video was a public-relations disaster that the team had plenty of time to see coming. But, coincidentally or not, it wasn't until the time that a "Deep Throat" mailed the explosive tape to The Chronicle and the San Francisco mayor's office -- and threatened to send it along to the National Football League -- that the team got off the dime. Five long months passed from when owner John York saw a piece of the video until the day...
  • 49ers' personal foul

    06/01/2005 7:50:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 47 replies · 1,509+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/1/5 | Phillip Matier
    Team's in-house training video includes lesbian porn, racial slurs, barbs at Newsom. It was meant to be funny -- but no one is laughing now in the San Francisco 49ers' front office over an in-house training film that featured off- color racial jokes, lesbian porn, a spoof of gay marriage and a trio of buxom, topless blondes frolicking with team public relations director Kirk Reynolds. The 15-minute video, some of which was filmed in the City Hall office of Mayor Gavin Newsom -- who comes in for a few unsubtle swipes -- was intended as a primer on how players...
  • 49ERS NOTEBOOK

    05/09/2005 8:36:29 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 40 replies · 1,245+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, May 8, 2005 | Kevin Lynch
    Coach Mike Nolan recently petitioned the NFL to allow him to wear a suit on the sidelines during game days.
  • Will someone please pull these I'm so stupid, I signed up and got the Zot threads

    01/17/2005 10:21:53 PM PST · by BJungNan · 86 replies · 1,869+ views
    Vanity Me | January 17, 2005 | me
    Enough already. Where are the moderators that are letting these dang threads from this Zot wanna bees going on and on and on. The one up now is at 7,000 plus. Another one was at over 64,000 the last I looked. Don't just boot the idiots, pull the threads they start too!
  • 49ers fire head coach, general manager (Dennis Erickson and Terry Donahue)

    01/05/2005 6:47:44 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 9 replies · 452+ views
    ap ^ | 1-5-04 | Greg Beacham
    49ers fire head coach, general manager 1/5/2005, 9:18 p.m. ET By GREG BEACHAM The Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Dennis Erickson and general manager Terry Donahue presided over some of the darkest days in the proud history of the San Francisco 49ers, who lost games, good players and incalculable respect in recent years. They insisted they had a plan to restore the franchise to glory, but owner John York decided it's time for a whole new plan. York fired Erickson and dismissed Donahue on Wednesday, just three days after the 49ers finished with the NFL's worst record....
  • 49ers fire head coach, general manager

    01/05/2005 4:53:08 PM PST · by RedBloodedAmerican · 49 replies · 581+ views
    AP via NJOnline ^ | 01.05.05 | By GREG BEACHAM
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers fired coach Dennis Erickson and dismissed general manager Terry Donahue on Wednesday, cleaning house just three days after the once-proud franchise finished with the NFL's worst record.Owner John York announced the changes to his team, which went 2-14 to match the worst record in San Francisco history.Erickson went 9-23 in two seasons as Steve Mariucci's successor, never reaching the postseason. He won two national championships at the University of Miami during a successful college coaching career, but is 40-56 in six seasons as an NFL head coach in San Francisco...
  • Ripping York a bad idea for Ellison

    12/10/2004 7:41:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 160+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/10/4 | Ray Ratto
    We all peaked too early, and now we're stuck. We all figured out, pretty quickly as these things go, the 49ers are the most ridiculous franchise in the National Football League because the people who run it don't much care they run the most ridiculous franchise in the National Football League. So, now where do we go? How do we keep explaining the obvious without seeming as if we're just re-explaining the obvious? I mean, this is the murder mystery in which the murderer is identified in the fifth paragraph, so there now isn't a whole lot of reason to...
  • Oracle's Ellison taunts 49ers owners

    12/09/2004 7:45:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 942+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/9/4 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison aimed his famously barbed tongue outside the technology industry Wednesday, taunting the owners of the San Francisco 49ers for refusing to sell the "worst team in football." Ellison, renowned for ridiculing Oracle's rivals, made the off-the-cuff remarks in response to a question from a 49ers fan attending Oracle's annual customer conference in San Francisco. The fan, wearing a 49ers cap, asked Ellison -- one of the world's richest man -- to consider buying the NFL team. Echoing remarks he made at Oracle's annual shareholder meeting in October, Ellison lamented that he can't...
  • Unnngh..

    10/05/2004 11:42:29 AM PDT · by sam_whiskey · 3,834 replies · 73,100+ views
    unnngh...
  • Garcia refutes Owens' comment about sexuality

    08/12/2004 6:53:03 AM PDT · by Area Freeper · 33 replies · 2,354+ views
    Sports Illustrated ^ | Wednesday August 11, 2004
    Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia says a comment made by ex-teammate Terrell Owens implying that he is gay is ridiculous and untrue. In an interview with Playboy magazine that hits newsstands Friday, Owens was asked if he thinks Garcia is gay. Owens responded: "Like my boy tells me: If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat." Garcia responded to Owens' comment after practice Wednesday without mentioning the wide receiver by name. "It is really a waste of my time to sit here and to have to answer to such ridiculous, untrue comments...
  • Football-playing beau [Gene Washington] for Condoleezza [Rice]?

    06/06/2003 9:23:58 AM PDT · by GraniteStateConservative · 39 replies · 19,344+ views
    Times of India ^ | 6-1-03 | Times of India
    NEW YORK: As a girl, she vowed that she would marry an American footballer, but she has ended up helping to run the country instead. Now there is speculation that Condoleezza Rice may fulfil both ambitions after she invited a handsome sportsman not once but twice to the White House as her date. The gossip began when Gene Washington, a former player with the San Francisco 49ers, turned up at a formal dinner for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines just over a week ago. Noticeably, Rice, the US national security adviser, had also invited him to dine with the...
  • Let the Hate Begin (Yankees-Red Sox Style)

    03/28/2003 1:51:40 PM PST · by WaveThatFlag · 76 replies · 968+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/28/3 | By RUSS SMITH
    <p>Granted, there is upheaval in the world and there are battles where a great deal is at stake -- life itself. All the more precious, then, the minor skirmishes on the home front that mean a great deal in a small way and remind us of how lucky we are to feel innocent hatreds, from summer to summer, at the ballpark.</p>
  • Mariucci Canned by 49ers

    01/15/2003 11:12:54 AM PST · by Doomonyou · 246 replies · 555+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | 1-15-03 | n/a
    Wednesday, January 15 49ers release Mariucci from final year of contract -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ESPN.com Steve Mariucci is out as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. 49ers general manager Terry Donahue told ESPN.com's John Clayton today that Mariucci has been released from the final year of his contract and no longer is the team's head coach. Sources told Clayton that there were philosophical differences between Mariucci and John York, the owner's representative, about Mariucci's role within the organization. Sources said that Mariucci had been asking for the title of vice president of football operations. Former Vikings coach Dennis Green and 49ers...
  • NFL Predictions - Playoff Thread

    01/11/2003 9:35:13 AM PST · by doosee · 937 replies · 719+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 1-11-03 | Gerry Dulac
    <p>The Steelers have lost eight of their past 10 meetings with Tennessee and were physically manhandled -- Bill Cowher's words -- by the Titans during the regular season.</p> <p>And they are playing just six days after their emotional playoff victory against the Browns with a secondary that has injuries and other problems. No team had a better finish to the regular season than the Titans, who won 10 of their final 11 games after a 1-4 start. But the Steelers have never lost a playoff game to a division team (OK, the Titans qualify are a former division mate). After coming back from 11- and 17-point deficits in their past two games, they are not about to panic against the Titans. OK, the Steelers have yet to win a road playoff game under Cowher (0-2). But they seem to respond when nobody gives them a chance.</p>
  • Diplomatic Mariucci has a word for NFL's admission: Bummer

    01/07/2003 1:39:55 PM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 21 replies · 265+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/7/03 | Ray Ratto
    <p>GEORGE BUSH never saw the final vote totals from Florida and said, "Bummer."</p> <p>The Soviet basketball team members didn't think about how they won their 1972 Olympic gold-medal game over the U.S. and said, "Bummer."</p> <p>Bill Belichick after the Tuck Game, or Chuck Noll after the Immaculate Reception? Are you kidding?</p>
  • To err is human (49'ers v. Giants)

    01/07/2003 9:53:14 AM PST · by blabs · 111 replies · 452+ views
    Personal | 12/07/02 | Blabs
    To err is human.. Having watched football for many years, I can recall on numerous occasions where a team was placed in a 3rd down position to kick a game winning field goal. Many of these games were won, and many were lost, but never has so much controversy erupted as in the 2002 playoff game involving the San Fransisco 49’ers versus the New York Giants. In case you did not have an opportunity to watch or listen to the game, or have been living in a different country, I will include a brief recap of the final ensuing moments....
  • NFL Football Discussion Thread ~ Final Week of Regular Season

    12/28/2002 10:07:35 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 595 replies · 1,818+ views
    *** USELESS VANITY THREAD *** And thus begins the official end to the season of 20 NFL teams as the 12 survivors jockey for their post-season slots this weekend. AFC East Team W L T Miami 9 6 0 N.Y. Jets 8 7 0 New England 8 7 0 Buffalo 7 8 0 AFC North Team W L T y-Pittsburgh 9 5 1 Cleveland 8 7 0 Baltimore 7 8 0 Cincinnati 2 13 0 AFC South Team W L T y-Tennessee 10 5 0 Indianapolis 9 6 0 Jacksonville 6 9 0 Houston 4 11 0 AFC West Team...
  • NFL Too Homophobic, Needs to Learn Sensititivy (gag alert)

    11/25/2002 6:43:53 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 24 replies · 373+ views
    <p>Mike Haynes remembers when he would have sounded a lot like Garrison Hearst.</p> <p>There was the day Haynes swore at his mother, the first time he dared to treat her so disrespectfully. They were arguing about a homophobic insult he had tossed at one her co-workers, a gay man she considered a friend. She insisted that her son apologize. He refused. He was 14.</p>