The odd 49ers number font during the 1996 season

I was only 10 when the 1996 season rolled around. The 49ers adopted this completely new uniform design for the season. They changed the facemask from gray to red, introduced a new logo with a darker red, implemented a dropshadow number font, brought in white pants and a moved the TV numbers to the shoulders.

But what I couldn’t really figure out was the number font. Based on photos, I always assumed the 49ers kept this new number font for one season. The following tweet got me wondering. Notice how thick the number is on Steve Young’s jersey.

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#TBT with me at my first season as a 49ers reporter

I was reminded on Facebook about this photo I had taken during my first season covering the 49ers. I cannot remember if it was my first game (it probably wasn’t) but I remember that season very well.

That 2009 season was a tough one for the team but it allowed me to get a first taste of what it was like to be a reporter and doing serious work. I cherish my time covering the team in those three seasons.

I miss Candlestick Park also. I wish I could go back and watch a game there. But times have changed now. I hope the 49ers get back to their winnings ways.

My thoughts on these new Color Rush uniforms

It is here! The Color Rush uniforms are unveiled. Some teams will not be wearing their designated Color Rush uniforms because of a color clash. Well that’s good planning, isn’t it? Here are some quick thoughts and notes.

Nothing new for Buffalo, that’s fine. The Jets will be playing the Bills so in reality, these green uniforms won’t return. With last year color blindness fiasco, this is the wise call.

The Patriots one looks real nice. It’s the template of their Pat the Patriot design but with their modern colors and number font. I like it. And the Dolphins’ current set lacked orange. This new set is all orange and I don’t mind it at all.

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My 2016 NFL season predictions

Cardinals vs Patriots is my Super Bowl matchup prediction.

Cardinals vs Patriots is my Super Bowl matchup prediction.

Here are my predictions for the 2016 NFL season. Of course, like all other predictions out there, it’s just my guess and you can argue with it as much as you want. I could be right or I could be very wrong.

Here it is.

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Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during national anthem: Both sides are right and wrong

So here is the controversy from last night that has spilled over into Saturday.

During the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick did not stand while the rest of his team did. Kaepernick explained that he couldn’t stand for the national anthem and support a country who oppresses black people and minorities. As you can see above, the NFL has responded.

And there we have two sides of this situation. One side believes that Kaepernick has the right to voice his feelings in this way and it’s well within his constitutional rights. Others believe that it’s disrespectful to what the flag and all those who have served our country mean to the nation.

And I think both sides are right.

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Nike using the NFL to help with their NBA transition’s merchandise sales

We all know that Nike will be taking over the NBA’s uniform and merchandising after this season. Nike isn’t new to the NBA. They used to have a deal with them and they have been all over the college basketball scene.

But the other week I saw that they are adopting a basketball-cut style jersey for the NFL. A little weird but it makes sense. After all, with Nike going to the NBA, let’s see how they transition back to the pros. They have some experience in it but venturing out into this was a very smart move. It’s a little odd and I doubt many fans would get a basketball jersey for the NFL. But this helps Nike.

They can get a glimpse of the market, test out if they want to use new templates or fabrics. Or in the end, it’s just Nike taking this chance to once again show that they are back on top in the NBA.

Either way, it’s a very interesting way for Nike to seek out a small market of basketball jerseys in the NFL. They might learn something new from this and use it for their NBA contract.

Eddie DeBartolo’s Hall of Fame speech was special

This is Eddie DeBartolo’s Hall of Fame speech. This was a speech we have been waiting for a long time.

I personally love all the talk about family and that is what made Eddie D so beloved.

But it’s that final story about how Bill Walsh prepared a gift for Eddie D for his induction into the Hall of Fame. It just showed how wonderful that bond was. It was spectacular.

Watch the entire speech above.