| Oct 12, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The most improbable, unbelievable throw by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn't even hit its intended target.
It came last Saturday before Game 1 of the National League division series between the San Francisco...
| Nov 3, 2012
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: I completely understand that you are the biggest USC honk in the land, but . . . the whole rest of the country is jumping on the ND bandwagon and you are being dragged behind in the dust. When are you going to give the...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 7:47 PM
Plenty of NFL tight ends would be happy to switch places with San Francisco's Vernon Davis this season. The 49ers are 6-2 with a two-game lead in the NFC West and look to be in position to make another run deep into the playoffs or beyond.
But this isn't...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 5:02 PM
So, here I am back at the Rose Bowl, when the sweaty mutant fan-blob in the seat next to me leans over and starts talking into my hair as if we're on a fifth date — something about Jerry Rice Jr. — and I'm thinking, 'Where did such a promising...
| Sep 24, 2012
After the first two weeks of the NFL season, we could have surmised:
The San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers were very good.
The Oakland Raiders were very bad.
The Arizona Cardinals were very lucky.
But Sunday, oh, how the West was spun....
| Sep 29, 2012
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: USC hangover? As a Stanford fan, this is painful but familiar.
Answer: You're not kidding. Stanford looked like it spent its bye week after USC wasting away again in Margaritaville.
Blew out my flip-...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 5:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Barely two months ago, Alex Smith stood alone under center as the NFL's hottest starting quarterback for one of its best teams.
One concussion later, he is lost in the crowd.
At the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl media day this...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 5:17 PM
NEW ORLEANS — John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, stepped onto the convention center stage wearing a suit, a tie and a smile.
Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, followed him wearing khakis, sweatshirt and a stare.
| Feb 2, 2013
| 4:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Just when this week's Super Bowl celebration reaches its bourbon-fueled, Cajun-spiced peak, the football player with the most to celebrate will be leaving.
On the 25th anniversary of the game in which he became the first and only...
| Feb 3, 2013
| 11:12 PM
NEW ORLEANS — It began with the light of the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary school, saved children singing "America the Beautiful" in tiny voices that moved the soul.
It was then pitched into 34 minutes of a murky darkness, the power out, the...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 7:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- Seeing as the NFL is a copycat league, teams naturally want to emulate the blueprint of the franchise that wins it all.
So mark this down: Losing at the end of the regular season can be a good thing.
That's what the champion Baltimore...