1. San Francisco 49ers Ground Game: Grinding Gears in Gaps With Frank Gore

    Frank Gore, Anthony Dixon, Brian Westbrook. Ladies and gentlemen, your one-two-three-punch combination. Okay, so Gore is more like a Joe Frazier left hook than an Ali jab, but he is the big punch the offense relies on...

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  2. NFL Preseason 2010: Ranking the San Francisco 49ers Rookie Performances

    Mike Singletary has an 'eye' for talent: it's said he reads a young players attitude through said prospect's proverbial windows to the soul...

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  3. 49ers Passing Attack: Starters, Players, and Roster Contenders

    There's a lot to like about the 49ers passing attack coming into this year. This is hard to describe, given the passing legends the 49ers featured in decades past—compounded with their new run-first mentality...

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  4. San Francisco 49ers: Lessons of the Heart From an Action-Packed Week

    It became instantly obvious that 49ers head coach Mike Singletary's training camp was no joking matter. There were far more pressing issues for players besides hazing haircuts and carrying pads...

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  5. San Francisco 49ers Rookie Hazing (Or Lack Thereof ) May Be a Good Thing

    We've seen Tim Tebow's monk-halo haircut. We heard about Dez Bryant being told to carry pads. There have, however, been zero reports of rookie hazing at the 49ers training camp. 49ers kicker Joe Nedney told the Lamont and Tonelli Morning Show on 107...

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  6. 49ers Training Camp: Injuries, Early Cuts, And Growing Pains

    As we know, the pads have come on. The hits have begun. The 2010 San Francisco 49ers' training camp is underway. Did anyone really think the 49ers would come out of training camp unscathed? This is football...

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  7. The Top 10 NFC West Position Battles

    There's competition in the air. Much of the NFC West has been shaken up like an etch-a-sketch, as there is now one team (St...

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  8. San Francisco 49ers Training Camp: Is a Breath of Fresh Air in Order?

    Training camp is not just around the corner anymore; a week away, it's well in sight. This camp could well be the most attended in 49ers history, as once dormant fans are starting ...

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  9. Personality Counts: The Five Most Colorful 49ers Characters for 2010

    Colorful characters aid in reminding all us sinners that the NFL, like any sport, is a game. Sure it's a physical, dangerous, intense, game; but it's a game nonetheless...

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  10. San Francisco 49ers Training Camp: Less is More?

    Football is a physical game, and to prepare for the crunching damage teams incur over the NFL season, a physical training camp only makes sense...

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  11. San Francisco 49ers' 2010 Draft Class: Predicting Their Impact

    The 2010 Draft saw the 49ers pick eight players with potential impact. From their highlight reels, to their combine numbers, to their on-field performances, the red and gold has selected a serious group of young, tough talent...

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  12. Tom Brady in Red and Gold: A San Francisco 49ers What-If Scenario

    It's always fun to say, "What if the 49ers had drafted Tom Brady back in 2000?" It's a scenario 49ers fans used as a crutch during the dark, mid-decade decay of the franchise...

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  13. San Francisco 49ers Pre-Camp Preview: Looming Competitions By Position

    There are going to be a few battles when the San Francisco 49ers open training camp this year. Iron will sharpen iron, and starters will be chiseled from stone. Some of the ore that's left behind will be forged into backups or practice squad members...

    Joseph Burkey Written by Joseph Burkey about over 4 years ago 1,258 reads 24 comments

  14. Ten 49ers To Target For Your Fantasy Football Team—June Edition

    Obviously, different leagues keep different statistics. Some penalize more for picks and fumbles, others don't penalize for them at all. Some award points for every 10 yards rushing, some bump it up to 25, and some only count touchdowns...

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  15. What Canton Is Missing: A Case for Roger Craig's HOF Enshrinement

    The 49ers West Coast offense was exceptionally innovative in the 1980s. Is anybody going to argue? There was Joe Montana, a super cool quarterback hurling clutch passes as reliably as eruptions from Yellow Stone's Old Faithful...

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  16. San Francisco 49ers Training Camp Countdown: The Calm Before the Storm

    With organized team activities in the books for 2010, there will be a lull in the action until training camp opens in mid July...

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  17. Roger Craig Optimistic about San Francisco 49ers' 2010 Prospects

    Roger Craig, the legendary 49ers running back from the golden years of San Francisco football, recently confirmed that his glass is half full. Nancy Gay reported via fanhouse...

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  18. The Gulf Coast Oil Disaster's Effect on the Sports World: A Meditation

    The world of sports does not exist in a vacuum. It shares the planet with politics, economics, religion, sociology, and just about every other 'ology' mankind knows. That planet is not well these days; the earth is bleeding...

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  19. 49ers Week Two Coming Out Party: Targeting the Incumbent Champion Saints

    Mid June is an awkward time to think about a football game that's not going to happen until late September...

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  20. 10 Reasons for the 49er Faithful to Believe

    When describing one's allegiance to the ailing 49er franchise over the last eight years, I can only half paraphrase Søren Kierkegaard when he discusses a "Leap of Faith...

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  21. San Francisco 49ers' New Stadium: The Vernon Davis Effect

    Two years ago, many 49er fans would not have cared much Vernon Davis stayed with the 49ers. Averaging three touchdowns a year and just over 375 yards a season, Davis was looking like a solid blocking tight end—and nothing else...

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  22. Big 12 Breakup and Its Rippling Effects On The NFL Draft: Brief Thoughts

    The splash may seem small today, but the ripples from the Big 12 and its dispersal are going to be felt around the sporting world—and the 2011 NFL Draft will be among the first beaches these ripples hit shore on...

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  23. College Football Conference Expansion: A BCS Meditation Over the Big Red Exodus

    Perhaps the keystone team of the Big 12, the Nebraska Corn Huskers, stand to break a lot of hearts as the conference collapses into itself over the next several weeks...

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  24. 2010 49ers Pass Defense: Operation Obfuscated Onslaught

    The roller coaster of the 2009 49ers' defense went around the track violently last year. There were so many ups and downs, that fans who took the ride really didn't know what to expect from week to week...

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  25. Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather: May The Best Fans Win

    The stage is set, and the gloves are off (does that expression even work in boxing?) for what's become a particularly ugly form of drawn-out hype. Manny Pacquiao can't get past Floyd Mayweather's defense...

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