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New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest.
This means is that 49ers fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis to also become THE face of the 49ers.
The contest is live at www.speakwithyourcap.com and through New Era’s Facebook page. Quite simply, all you need to do is submit photos of yourself showcasing how you as a 49ers fan personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
One of the final photos I took for Exmainer.com. I still hope to see A.J. Jenkins make an impact with the team.
This time one year ago, I finished my final assignment for Examiner.com and moved on to the NFL Network. The NFL Draft has always been the toughest part of the year for me in terms of writing but it was also the most exciting.
With a year gone by, it holds on to a new meaning to me. It means that I’ve been living in Los Angeles for a year and I have also grown so much in my career since then. Also, it reminds me of where I’ve come from and how much I miss covering the 49ers.
But with the new change, I am better off for it. But I can’t forget the great beat writers I’ve befriended and all the players I’ve enjoyed interviewing. The 2011 season and the following NFL Draft will always be the last memory I have of the beat and it was such a great time.
I look forward to what’s to come in the next year.
Chris Culliver is active on Twitter and his Instagram.
One of the things I love about Twitter is that you can interact with people that you normally would never get the chance to. Getting a response from a famous music artist or an athlete is pretty nice and it allows that celebrity to appear “real” instead of someone we see on TV or in magazines.
But Twitter also gives the avenue for people to act a certain way that I don’t think they normally would.
This morning, 49ers CB Chris Culliver tweeted out a simple message to his fans. Given that he has had a rough several months with his homophobic comments before the Super Bowl and his recent tweet about degrading women, it’s expected that people have a disliking towards him. Also, his performance in the Super Bowl was very poor.
Alex Smith follows the likes of Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono, Steve DeBerg and Joe Montana as former 49ers quarterbacks to end up in Kansas City.
The word is out now. Alex Smith will be on his way to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers have a deal in place to send the eight-year veteran to the Chiefs for draft picks. The report right now is that it’s likely to be a second-round pick this year and a conditional one next year.
Is that a good deal?
The Chiefs traded a second round pick several years ago to acquire Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel. Without a good consistent quarterback for so long, a second round pick at the time seemed fair enough to the Chiefs. Now that Cassel has not worked, Andy Reid has decided that a second round pick is worth it for a quarterback that’s still young (28) and most recently was leading the league in completion percentage.
If the above report is true, then Alex Smith’s tenure with the 49ers is coming to an end on March 12. Even if the report isn’t true, there is very little chance Smith still remains as a 49ers quarterback going into the 2013 season.
With that said, I think it’s time for me to say farewell to Alex Smith. After eight seasons with the 49ers, it’s time for me to really say what needs to be said to the team’s face of the franchise for so many years.
So if this is goodbye, then let this be my goodbye.
Having covered the San Francisco 49ers as a beat writer for three seasons and having also cheered for them since my childhood, it’s sad for me to see them get this far, but fall short of the Super Bowl win.
It’s harder for me because in those three years, I met a lot of great players, coaches and staff members. I feel for them because I see them work hard every single day to get to their ultimate goal.
Even though I am emotionally invested in this team, it’s been almost half a day since the game ended and I don’t feel all too bad or sad. In fact, I feel OK. I am disappointed, but I’m not moping around.
Got enough of these two? Well, you’re going to get more!
Here it is, folks. After two weeks of nonsense, the game is finally here. The Ravens and 49ers will face off in the Super Bowl today!
This isn’t going to be a long analysis of every aspect of the game or anything like that. In fact I want to keep this as simple as possible. After all, I am not John or Jim Harbaugh, so it’s not my job to analyze a game to the core. Instead, I am going to point out 10 things that stand out to me in this game.
And who knows? I could be completely wrong, but this is the fun of it, right?
“I became mayor in November of `78 under very difficult circumstances with the assassinations of my predecessor George Moscone and Harvey Milk. There was hatred like I have never seen. San Francisco had some very, very dark days.
“Into this very disparate situation came the Niners and began to win. People took great pride in something going right.
“I can truly say, the first Super Bowl victory united a fractured city. It’s a sense of fulfillment in the wake of the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk, the Niners helped a broken city heal.”
– Former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein on the 49ers’ impact on the city
Every so often I get asked which professional sports team means more to the city of San Francisco. Even with the Giants winning two World Series in recent years, the answer always comes back to the 49ers.
Earl Cooper’s iconic touchdown spike in the team’s first Super Bowl.
Even if you look at the Bay Area as a whole, the 49ers are one of two teams to be born in the Bay and have never left. You can include the Sharks in the conversation, but they don’t have a long history like the 49ers. The 49ers have always been a part of the city of San Francisco and because of that, the entire community will always hold them dear.
New cleats for the 49ers and Ravens.
Nike has just unveiled the new cleats and gloves the players have the option of wearing for the Super Bowl this Sunday.
CHECK OUT THE NEW GEAR RIGHT HERE
The uniforms remain the same except for the Super Bowl patch. As confirmed last week, the 49ers are the home team and will wear their red jerseys. The Ravens are in the whites.
Let’s get a closer look at what the two teams will be wearing.