A Better Performance, But The Same Result, By Chuck Strom

To anyone who saw the Seattle Seahawks beat down the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of the recently concluded NFC Championship Game, the surprise was not that the 49ers lost, but that they came so close to sending the 12th Man home to an off-season of wailing and gnashing of teeth. Instead, . . . → Read More: A Better Performance, But The Same Result, By Chuck Strom

A Tribute to Candlestick From An Unlikely Niner Fan, by Chuck Strom

The online magazine Grantland featured a farewell essay to Candlestick Park, where the San Francisco 49ers played their final game on Week 16 before winning three more games on the road to earn themselves their third straight trip to the NFC Championship Game. The essay, titled “Closing the Cave of the Winds,” is notable . . . → Read More: A Tribute to Candlestick From An Unlikely Niner Fan, by Chuck Strom

Thoughts on the 49er/Packer Game, by Chuck Strom

Watched the whole game yesterday. A few observations:

1. The cold didn’t impact the game as much as people thought it might. Not a lot of slipping or sliding going on, and both teams were able to throw and catch the ball. The kicking game was affected, though. Kickoffs were noticeably shorter even on . . . → Read More: Thoughts on the 49er/Packer Game, by Chuck Strom

49ers/Packers Playoff Preview, by Chuck Strom

If there never was a reason before to eliminate divisions in the NFL conferences and go to a playoff structure seeding teams strictly by their regular season record, there is now. There is something unjust about a team tied for the second-best record in the NFC being rewarded by a first-round playoff game in . . . → Read More: 49ers/Packers Playoff Preview, by Chuck Strom

Two Days before September 11, By Chuck Strom

A couple of years ago, National Public Radio ran a story about people recalling what they had done on the day before September 11, 2001. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the story is that people actually recalled in detail what had happened that day, as opposed to September 11th itself. A few people, . . . → Read More: Two Days before September 11, By Chuck Strom

Too Many Wrong Mistakes, and Yet Almost a Sixth Lombardi Trophy, By Chuck Strom

Thinking to get an early start to this Super Bowl post, I wrote the following two paragraphs prior to the game:

The National Football League requires its fans to wait two full weeks after the conclusion of its conference playoffs for the Super Bowl to take place. This is an ungodly amount of time . . . → Read More: Too Many Wrong Mistakes, and Yet Almost a Sixth Lombardi Trophy, By Chuck Strom

Going to a Super Bowl: What It Takes to Cross This Item off Your Bucket List, By Chuck Strom

When a big game is about to be played, it is fun to go online and scan for tickets, even if you don’t plan to attend. It is an effective way to see how the business of sports works, and it can be a pleasant reminder of how far short most of us . . . → Read More: Going to a Super Bowl: What It Takes to Cross This Item off Your Bucket List, By Chuck Strom

The Quest for Six: The 49ers Are Back to the Super Bowl, By Chuck Strom

Going into this season’s playoffs, the biggest weakness of Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers seemed to be an inability to play from behind. This had rarely been a problem over the last two years, as the 49ers usually combined their defense with a strong running game to keep control of the ball, avoid . . . → Read More: The Quest for Six: The 49ers Are Back to the Super Bowl, By Chuck Strom

Note to Alex Smith: Call Your Agent, By Chuck Strom

If anyone still harbored doubts about Colin Kaepernick—I at least will admit to it—he has effectively put them to rest tonight, and barring serious injury he has established himself as the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers for the next decade. The statistics—45 points, 2 touchdown passes, 2 rushing touchdowns, and 183 yards . . . → Read More: Note to Alex Smith: Call Your Agent, By Chuck Strom

Colin Kaepernick – The Turlock Tornado Touches Down in San Francisco, By Chuck Strom

Until a couple of weeks ago I could hardly be bothered with the NFL. The 49ers were playing well, but Orange October baseball had upstaged them and temporarily reversed the general preference for football in the hearts and minds of fans and media schedulers, at least in San Francisco. Once the Giants disbanded . . . → Read More: Colin Kaepernick – The Turlock Tornado Touches Down in San Francisco, By Chuck Strom

Not Quite Good Enough: A Postscript on the 49ers, By Chuck Strom

As most of you are aware, the San Francisco 49ers ended their season in dramatic fashion, losing the NFC Championship Game in overtime to the New York Giants due to a turnover on special teams and a subsequent field goal . Since the 49ers had won many of their games in the same . . . → Read More: Not Quite Good Enough: A Postscript on the 49ers, By Chuck Strom

The 49ers Are Back, and They Have Saved the NFL (At Least For Me) By Chuck Strom

When it comes to sports, it’s the NFL’s world. All the other leagues just live in it. While the NBA and MLB hope and pray that at least one East Coast big-market team goes deep into their playoffs in order to generate fan interest, the NFL can match up bottom-feeders from such trendy cities . . . → Read More: The 49ers Are Back, and They Have Saved the NFL (At Least For Me) By Chuck Strom

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