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Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:42 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 10:57 pm
 

49ers LB Aldon Smith charged with DUI

By Josh Katzowitz

San Francisco rookie linebacker Aldon Smith has been arrested and charged with DUI, according to KTVU.com out of Oakland. The 49ers have confirmed the report, releasing this statement: "The 49ers are aware of the recent matter involving Aldon Smith. We take these issues very seriously, but will reserve further comment at this time, as this is an ongoing legal matter. The 49ers will continue to gather the facts and monitor the developments closely."

According to police records, Smith was booked into jail at 9:32 a.m. ET Saturday after police stopped his car in Miami Beach.

The bond amount was listed at $1,000.

Smith had a fantastic first season for the 49ers, recording 14 sacks and four passes defended while helping the San Francisco defense lead the team to the NFC title game. Along with Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Smith is a contender to win the NFL rookie defensive player of the year award.

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:57 pm
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Williams

The letter to WilliamsBy Josh Katzowitz

In the aftermath of the NFC championship game, in which 49ers receiver Kyle Williams fumbled on a kick return and a punt return and played a major role in the Giants victory against San Francisco, Williams received reported death threats via Twitter.

And when so-called fans weren’t wishing death on Williams and his non-existent family for losing a sports game, many others were cursing his name.

But not 7-year-old Owen Shure. Yes, Owen was upset after the Giants pulled out the win and yes, Owen cried about the result. But when his father tried to calm down his son, the little boy showed the kind of sympathy and understanding that the people who know better but made threats against Williams anyway should possess.

As the Huffington Post writes, Owen’s father, Michael, asked him, “’If you feel this way, how sad do you think Kyle Williams is?’” Owen paused a second, then asked his dad, ‘Can I write him a letter to make him feel better?; And from that, an old-fashioned letter -- the ultimate anti-Twitter, the un-social media -- was born.”

Here’s what the letter said:
Dear Mr. Williams:

We just watched the Playoff game. I feel really bad for you but I wanted to tell you that you had a great season. you sould be very proud, so I wanted to say thank you.

I am your #1 FAN!

Owen Shure

Los Angeles, CA

p.s. your awsome
The same could be said for Owen and his father.

(H/T to Huffington Post for the photo of the letter)

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:57 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 10:08 pm
 

You decide: Best Super Bowl game-winning finishes

All right, who ya got? (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

We have approximately 290 hours to fill between now and the kickoff for Super Bowl XLVI. Which means that we'll cover every conceivable storyline, probably multiple times, just to make sure you don't miss anything. But before we look ahead, let's take a look back and some of the best finishes in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XXIII, Bengals-49ers

Super Bowl XXXVI, Patriots-Rams

Super Bowl XXXVIII, Panthers-Patriots

Super Bowl XLIII, Steelers-Cardinals


And, of course (don't call it a rematch!)…

Super Bowl XLII, Giants-Patriots


Feel free to vote for your favorite finish in the poll below or let us know what you think in the comments.


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Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:59 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Harbaugh: Bradshaw non-fumble like tuck rule

Harbaugh: 'In my opinion, that was a fumble." (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Head coach Jim Harbaugh has exceeded everyone's expectations in his first year with the 49ers. He led them to a 13-3 record, the NFC West title, and San Francisco was possibly one play away from the Super Bowl. No, not that play, the Ahmad Bradshaw fumble that wasn't.

With 2:29 to go in the fourth quarter and the scored tied 17-17, the Giants running back lost the ball -- except that the officials ruled that Bradshaw's forward progress had already been stopped. The play was blown dead and anything subsequent to that -- including a fumble -- didn't matter.

The Giants would go on to win in overtime.

On Monday, Harbaugh compared the Bradshaw ruling to a four-letter word that the NFL would probably prefer never be uttered again: tuck. As in "tuck rule."

"In my opinion, that was a fumble. I'm sure the league will defend it and the officials will defend it. But to me, that play was still going on," Harbaugh said during his news conference Monday, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Michael Erler. "There was still struggling by Bradshaw. ... I felt like it was analogous with the tuck rule."

Judge for yourself:


Was Bradshaw's forward progress stopped before he fumbled?

The "tuck rule" game turned 10 years old last week and it's still hard for many of the Raiders players and coaches involved to talk about it.

Just like the Raiders-Pats game from January 2001, the NFL confirmed afterwards that the officials made the right call, citing Rule 7, Section 2 (b) of the NFL Rule Book which covers "dead balls": "An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended: (b) when a runner is held or otherwise restrained so that his forward progress ends." That was the immediate ruling yesterday, which is not subject to a replay review."

This isn't tuck-rule magnitude type stuff although we're certain that doesn't make Harbaugh feel any better. The problem with forward progress is that, like most rules, it's not consistently enforced. And that, no doubt, is the source of Harbaugh's frustration.

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:51 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 11:40 am
 

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

K. Williams fumbled twice in San Francisco's loss to New York (AP).

By Josh Katzowitz

After a man makes a couple major mistakes in a game that helps cost his team a victory, it’s refreshing to know that that many fans, through the power of Twitter, can lend that man some much-needed support.

Take 49ers receiver Kyle Williams, for example. He muffed a punt and then lost a fumble in overtime that led to the Giants winning the NFC title and advancing to the Super Bowl. His teammates and many of San Francisco’s fans rallied around the crestfallen Williams, sending him messages of encouragement and love.

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Then, you have the people who, according to the San Jose Mercury News, are tweeting death threats and other heartwarming sentiments to Williams. As one apparent fan wrote, “I hope you, youre (sic) wife, kids and family die, you deserve it.” Wrote another: “Jim Harbaugh, please give @KyleWilliams_10 the game ball. And make sure it explodes when he gets in his car.”

So, that’s nice, huh?

But his 49ers teammates were there to defend him.

"We all lost this game," tight end Delanie Walker said, via CBSSports.com’s Gregg Doyel. "We play as a team -- it's 45 of us out there. It's not Kyle's fault, so don't go over there and act like it is. Cause it's not."

Safety Donte Whitner told reporters: “Hopefully, he doesn't beat himself up too hard. Hopefully, the media's not on him too tough. Because he's still a young player, and he still has a bright future in the National Football League.

"There's just certain things that you can't do in certain situations. We have to protect the ball at all times. I think he learns that now, and he'll be better."

For his part, Williams spoke to reporters after the game, saying he was simply trying to make a play.

“Everybody in here has covered my back and kind of patted me on the back and said, 'It's not all on your shoulders,'" Williams said.

Unfortunately, some of San Francisco’s fans didn’t get that memo.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Report: Ted Ginn not expected to play vs. Giants

Ginn is an integral cog in San Francisco's No. 2 special-teams unit. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The 49ers could be without one of their most explosive players when they face the Giants in Sunday's NFC Championship game. Return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. isn't expected to play, sources tell ProFootballTalk.com.  He is officially listed as a game-time decision after suffering a knee injury in last week's win over the Saints.

Ginn is the former ninth-overall selection of the Dolphins, drafted in 2007 when many Miami fans were hoping for quarterback Brady Quinn. Ginn didn't pan out as a big-play wide receiver and was eventually traded to San Francisco for a 2010 fifth-rounder (145th overall). The Dolphins selected cornerback Nolan Carroll with that pick, who has four starts in two seasons but is best known as "that guy tripped by former Jets assistant coach Sal Alosi."

Like Carroll, Ginn started just three games in 2011 but his most valuable contributions have come on special teams. In Week 1 against the Seahawks, Ginn returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown, and 51 seconds later, he returned a punt 55 yards for another score. In 2009, he scored on kickoff returns of 101 and 102 yards in the same quarter against the Jets, the first player in NFL history to do so.

According to Football Outsiders, the 49ers have the league's No. 2 special teams unit thanks in part to Ginn, kicker David Akers and punter Andy Lee.


After dominating the Green Bay Packers last week, the New York Giants will travel to Candlestick Park to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz as they break down this matchup.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:26 pm
 

49ers safety: We play physical...people get hurt

New York and San Francisco met on January 20, 1991 and Montana and Hostetler both took beatings that day. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

In the days leading up to Sunday's Giants-49ers NFC Championship game, New York running back Brandon Jacobs -- all 6-4, 265 pounds of him -- declared that "I wish like hell they'd hit me in the head. ... A helmet-to-helmet hit. I want one of those. Because that means they're staying high, you know. They're not going to the ground and trying to make tackles at the shoe strings."

Not long after, 49ers safety Donte Whitner, the man who knocked Saints running back Pierre Thomas out of last week's game with a concussion, spoke frankly about San Francisco's defense.

“We play physical,’’ he said according to the New York Post. “Whenever you play physical, people get hurt.’’

Whitner quickly qualified that it's not anyone's plan to injure or maim an opponent but football is a physical enterprise (just ask Joe Montana).

"We don’t want to go out and intentionally hurt anybody," he said. "But when you play this game the way we play, we play fast and carefree, some guys are going to end up getting injured. We are not going to stop playing physical. Guys come out of the game, hopefully it’s not too bad of an injury.’’

The Giants, unlike the Saints, aren't a finesse offense. In fact, they seem to welcome physical play. As we pointed out previously, they have a wide receiver who looks like a tight end (Hakeem Nicks), a tight end who looks like an offensive lineman (Jake Ballard), and a bruising running back who -- shocker -- likes to steamroll any defender unlucky enough to get in his way. (Of course, NFL Network analyst and former NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp has called Jacobs the "tiptoe burglar" for his running style.)

But it's not Jacobs that concerns San Francisco's defense. It's his backfield partner, Ahmad Bradshaw.

“He’s going to be where our focus is this week,” Whitner said. “We have to take him out of the game.’’

Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh, a lock for NFL coach of the year honors, isn't short on confidence. And neither, is sounds, is his team.

“The only thing we have to fear is being unprepared,’’ Harbaugh said via the Post. “Like I’ve always said, you damn sure got to be confident. All these guys are.’’


After dominating the Green Bay Packers last week, the New York Giants will travel to Candlestick Park to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz as they break down this matchup.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:08 am
Edited on: January 22, 2012 10:18 am
 

Expect SF cops dressed as NYG fans at stadium

Undercover officers will be at Candlestick Park Sunday to help keep the peace. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Almost five months ago to the day, two men were shot in the Candlestick Park parking lot following a Raiders-49ers preseason game. One of the victims was reportedly wearing a "F--- the 49ers" shirt. That incident came months after San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men allegedly wearing Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium.

In advance of Sunday's NFC Conference Championship game between the Giants and 49ers. The San Francisco Police Department will dispatch undercover officers throughout the stadium dressed as Giants fans. The plan, according to SFPD Sgt. Mike Andraychak, is to make sure that Giants fans aren't harassed or threatened during a game that's set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local time).

“They asked for additional staffing at the game, also for additional officers in plain clothes so they could be in the stands, where Giants fans are seated,” Andraychak said according to CBS San Francisco.

Undercover officers will serve as observers, Andraychak explained, and if necessary call in uniformed officers to handle situations as they arise.

“The first step would be ejection. If you’re threatening, intimidating or using profanity, you should expect to be ejected from either the parking lot or if you’re inside the game.”

The Giants-49ers rivalry -- especially in the postseason -- goes back decades. One of the most physical games in recent playoff history took place in January 1991 when Lawrence Taylor's Giants met Joe Montana's 49ers in Candlestick.


After dominating the Green Bay Packers last week, the New York Giants will travel to Candlestick Park to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz as they break down this matchup.

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