The future home of the San Francisco 49ers will be called Levi’s Stadium.
The 49ers and Levi Strauss & Co. announced an agreement Wednesday for a $220 million, 20-year naming rights deal for the team’s stadium in Santa Clara.
While the stadium will be in the heart of technology-rich Silicon Valley, the San Francisco-based apparel company best known for its jeans will hold the name. The proposal, which also has an option to be extended for an additional five years, will be submitted to the Santa Clara Stadium Authority for approval Thursday.
“Levi’s jeans were designed for the 49ers during the gold rush,” Jed York said. “It was a good fit for them then and it’s a good fit today.”
The upcoming season will be the 49ers’ last at historic Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The team is planning to move to the new $1.2 billion stadium, about 45 miles south in Santa Clara and adjacent to the 49ers practice facility, for the 2014 season.
Long journey awaits but still rooting for newly San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore.
Even First Lady Michelle Obama has bought into the “Kaepernicking” craze.
On Tuesday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback uploaded the picture you see above to his Instagram account. It features he and Mrs. Obama striking his signature pose. You know, the one he made famous while leading the 49ers through the playoffs and on to Super Bowl glory.
It appears that the NFL Network was not okay with the results from Super Bowl XXLVII and preferred that the San Francisco 49ers would be the Super Bowl winners rather than the Baltimore Ravens. It’s okay, it’s only the biggest game of your league.
A San Francisco 49ers super fan fell victim to a Super Bowl ticket scam, only to have her dream come true when local media outlets picked up on her plight.
Sharon Osgood, a 49ers season ticket holder from the Bay Area, arranged to pay $5,900 for four tickets advertised online. The seller claimed to be a Baltimore Ravens season ticket holder missing the championship because his wife was pregnant, the Mercury News reports.
But when the tickets came via FedEx, Osgood was stunned to find only a piece of paper that read:
ENJOY THE GAME!!!! GOO RAVENS!!! LOL
Kwame Harris, a former NFL offensive tackle, made a pretrial appearance in court Monday on charges that he assaulted a former boyfriend in a disagreement over soy sauce and underwear. Harris, who played five seasons for the San Francisco 49ers (2003-07) and one for the Oakland Raiders (2008), is charged with felony counts of domestic violence causing great bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury from an incident which occurred in August.
The victim, Dimitri Geier, who was romantically involved with Harris prior to the altercation but not when it occurred, also has filed a civil suit.
According to court documents, Harris and Geier were at Su Hong restaurant in Menlo Park when “Plaintiff (Geier) put soy sauce on a plate of rice, which upset Defendant (Harris).”
The documents continue to state the following:
“Defendant argued with Plaintiff over the incident for approximately seven minutes and then proceeded to exit the restaurant. Plaintiff stayed inside the restaurant and continued eating. A few minutes later, Defendant returned and informed Plaintiff he would not drive him to the airport and informed Plaintiff that he was going to throw Plaintiff’sbelongings out of his (Defendants’) car. Plaintiff agreed to take a cab to the airport and informed Defendant that he would remove his belongings from Defendant’scar.While exiting the restaurant, Defendant began to push Plaintiff and tried to pull Plaintiff’s pants down, accusing Plaintiff of stealing his (Defendant’s) underwear. Plaintiff tried to leave the restaurant and Defendant followed Plaintiff into the parking lot outside, where the Defendant continued to push Plaintiff and attempted to pull Plaintiff’s pants down.”The document also states that Harris is accused of punching Geier in the head as well, breaking several bones in his face.
Harris faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
An Atlanta Falcons fan was stabbed in the neck during an altercation outside the Georgia Dome following Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta reported.
The victim, a 35-year-old male, was stabbed after punching a San Francisco 49ers fan, witnesses told Channel 2 Action News. After being punched, the 49ers fan stabbed the Falcons fan in the throat area, according to the report. The Falcons fan was transported to nearby Grady Hospital.
Georgia Dome spokesman Jason Kirksey emailed a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday saying an altercation occurred in a parking lot outside the dome at 6:40 p.m. ET.
Rick and Teresa Kaepernick were are at the Georgia Dome watching their son play in Sunday’s NFC championship but on their way into the stadium, the Kaepernicks saw an oversized display of a muscle-bound Falcons player giving a representation of their son a wedgie. They proudly posed next to it and then their son sent them tickets to watch him play in the Super Bowl.
Police were busy during Saturday night’s National Football League Divisional playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.
A police spokesman says 92 people were ejected as the 49ers beat the Packers 45-31. Another 25 people were arrested for public intoxication during the soldout game at Candlestick Park.
Officers also arrested two other people on suspicion of auto burglary.
Another 62 people had to be looked at by medical staff at the stadium, but police did not provide details of their injuries.
Following the San Francisco 49ers 45-31 drubbing of the Green Bay Packers Michael Crabtree got photobombed by someone other than a teammate. Check out 2 Chainz with his fantastic photobomb of the Niners wide receiver.
The last time there was a tie in the NFL, Donovan McNabb made headlines when he admitted he wasn’t aware games could end that way.
St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola joined the club on Sunday, after his team’s 24-24 tie against the San Francisco 49ers.
He made the admission to Peter King of NBC.
“Amendola just told me he thought there was going to be a second overtime,” King tweeted Sunday night. “Didn’t know it was over till he heard from an official.”
When McNabb made the admission, other players celebrated their lack of knowledge of the rules as well. So the law of averages say there were a few other players on the field Sunday who didn’t know how overtimes end either. For now, they are lurking in the shadows, keeping their tie ignorance to themselves and letting Amendola take the brunt of the Internet mocking alone. Good call, dudes. Take that secret to the grave.
If a player doesn’t know that there’s no such thing as double overtime in the regular season, it makes sense that he wouldn’t learn about it during a game. Who would think to mention it? Teammates and coaches just assume everyone knows it. Sam Bradford isn’t going over basic rules in the huddle. “Red 42, joker, joker — Also, we have three downs to get 10 yards. If we don’t, we’ll be forced to punt. Break!”
For the sake of posterity and hilarity, here are McNabb’s quotes from 2008.
“I’ve never been a part of a tie. I never even knew that was in the rule book. It’s part of the rules, and we have to go with it. I was looking forward to getting the opportunity to get out there and try to drive to win the game. But unfortunately, with the rules, we settled with a tie. I guess we’re aware of it now. In college, there are multiple overtimes, and in high school and Pop Warner. I never knew in the professional ranks it would end that way. I hate to see what would happen in the Super Bowl and in the playoffs.”
San Francisco safety Dashon Golden didn’t know either. “I didn’t know you could tie,” he said, according to Bay Area News group. “When I saw both sides walking onto the field, I was like, ‘Where’s everybody going?’”
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher prior to his team’s game against San Francisco 49ers Sunday forced rookies Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens, who were both deactivated from the contest for violating team rules (reportedly missing team curfew) to sprint stadium stairs at Candlestick Park while the rest of the team warmed up on the field.
“It was two-fold,” said Fisher. “They weren’t going to play, so they needed a workout. And I guess you can say it was part punitive. We still have to sort some things out about what happened, but hopefully this helps them get the message.”
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear before we dive into the madness that took place at the end of Thursday night’s divisional showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks: Jim Harbaugh made the right call.
That being said, San Francisco bettors will take little comfort in knowing that the Niners boss made the correct tactical decision when he declined a last-minute safety that would have given his team a 15-6 lead and a point spread cover for gamblers who backed the favorites at -7.5 or -8.
Trailing 13-6 with less than a minute to play and facing a fourth-and-17 from their own four-yard line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed a 16-yard pass to wideout Ben Obamanu. But the officials called a chop block on Seattle that occurred in the end zone and resulted in a safety, giving San Francisco a 15-6 lead and bettors a backdoor cover.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh might be in line for a call from the NFL office this week regarding his comments after the teams 20-9 exhibition loss to the Houston Texans.
Harbaugh was finishing his postgame news conference when he drifted into volatile territory: his displeasure with replacement officials.
“I don’t have the pulse on this game,” he said. What was it exactly? Was it us? Them? You know, some crazy, wild calls.
“Were they accurate? Weren’t they? We’ll see.”I have a headache, though. I’ve got a darn headache.”A lot of them didn’t seem like they were in the ballpark.”
Asked if he had a cold, Harbaugh said he didn’t, that his head was pounding from all the “screaming due to the officials.”
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been stabbed, according to the Sacramento Bee. The 49ers confirmed that Smith suffered from “minor” injuries and was taken to the hospital after an incident that occurred at a house party near San Jose, Calif. where two others suffered gunshot wounds.
“We are in contact with Aldon, and thankful that his injuries were not more serious and that he is recovering comfortably,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “The 49ers are also in communication with local authorities as they gather information regarding the incident, and will reserve further comment at this time.”
A California county has surprised both the San Francisco 49ers and city of Santa Clara leaders by pulling $30 million in tax funds from the new 49ers stadium.
Santa Clara County officials told the San Jose Mercury News Sunday that they would rather spend the money on teachers.
The team and the city said voters had specifically earmarked redevelopment money to help build the $1.2 billion stadium and that the county has no right to keep it.
The 49ers and Santa Clara officials will craft an official response this week. Lawsuits are likely, according the newspaper.
The revocation occurred Friday by a new board that oversees property tax from redevelopment zones.
The move was so unexpected that Santa Clara leaders claim it was done in violation of public notice laws.
Santa Clara voters approved a 2010 measure that allocated $40 million in redevelopment funds for the stadium, which is set to open in 2014.
A 49ers spokesman declined to comment when asked whether the decision could affect stadium construction, which began in April. Officials have said the team would simply absorb the cost if it loses the funds, which amount to less than three percent of the stadium’s total price tag.
Brandon Jacobs was released this offseason by the New York Giants, but one fan is opening up the piggy bank to get the running back to return to the Big Apple.
Jacobs, who has signed with the San Francisco 49ers, posted a letter to Twitter on Tuesday night he received from a 6-year-old boy named Joe. At the start of the letter, Joe’s mom explains how her son became a fan of the team and how he was disappointed to see Jacobs depart to San Francisco. The mother had to explain that the Giants “didn’t have enough money” to keep Jacobs, who was owed $5 million.
In the letter, Joe writes:
“Dear Brandon Jacobs,
So you could go to the Giants, here is my money.
Attached is a plastic bag of singles and change totaling $3.36.
Jacobs later tweeted, “I almost cried, I am still trying to hold it in. I may have to pay him a surprise visit.”
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will grace the cover of Electronic Arts Sports Madden NFL 13 video game. Johnson was revealed as the winner by ESPN’s “SportsNation” on Wednesday, beating out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
Johnson received 52 percent of the 649,510 online votes cast to edge Newton. They emerged as the two finalists on April 18, the penultimate step in a process that began on March 21.
Johnson and Newton were in the initial field of 32 players in a bracket setup, with each NFL team having one representative. In the semifinal voting last week, Johnson “defeated” Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers by a wide margin, 67 percent to 33 percent. Newton had gotten to the final by beating out San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, 53 percent to 47 percent.
Johnson succeeds last year’s surprise winner for the Madden 12 cover, former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis. The man nicknamed Megatron will look to shake the megacurse tied to the EA Sports’ honor, one that continued with Hillis.
Hillis battled through an injury-riddled season in Cleveland and wasn’t re-signed as a free agent, landing with the Kansas City Chiefs. Since former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George was the first NFL player to appear solo on the game cover (without now retired TV analyst John Madden) in the 2000 edition, many of the dozen previous “winners” have been plagued by injury or other disappointments on the field.
Johnson is the first wide receiver to earn the cover but fans will need to wait until the end of the preseason to get their hands on the game. Madden 13 is set to be released for Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
One of the reasons the New York Giants decided to cut Brandon Jacobs on March 9, along with saving on the $5 million that was due him in 201, was his lack of recent effectiveness as a short-yardage and goal-line back.
Once his specialty with the Giants as a 6-4, 256-pounder who scored 15 rushing touchdowns in 2008, Jacobs struggled mightily to pick up the tough yards between the tackles last season. With Ahmad Bradshaw becoming solid near paydirt, they could afford to let him go.
Now that he’s signed with the 49ers, Jacobs told San Francisco radio station KNBR he’s confident the situation will work out better as he works to complement Niners feature back Frank Gore.
“When I was with the Giants, we had issues down the line,” Jacobs said. “Of course I took the blame for those (as I was) holding the ball.
After muffing one punt and fumbling a second in an overtime loss last weekend, San Francisco 49ers Kyle Williams was subjected to several death threats. Compare that two members of the winning New York Giants boasting after the game they went after Williams because of his history of concussions.
“The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him outta the game,” said Jacquian Williams, who forced the second fumble, in overtime, to set up New York’s game-winning field goal.
“He’s had a lot of concussions,” said Devin Thomas, who recovered both fumbles. “We were just like, `We gotta put a hit on that guy.’”
Later in the same interview, he said that teammate safety Tyler Sash “did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it up.”
However after the news circulated about the comments from Williams and Thomas, Justin Tuck started to sign a different tune.
“I never had that conversation. Obviously we consider ourselves to be a physical group that wants to hit everyone. I don’t think we’ve ever talked about knocking someone out, concussion-wise. We want to hit everybody hard, but we stay away from that.”
Williams missed the 49ers last regular-season game because of a concussion.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to San Francisco 49ers return man Kyle Williams who fumbled twice in the NFC Championship game. Williams two turnovers lead to ten points for the New York Giants and the win. Williams two fumbles lead to him being the 49ers scapegoat and death threats he received on Twitter. The Giants are on their way to Super Bowl 46.
Every Tuesday Sports Grind Entertainment presents you with the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player of the Week. This week the recipient of this prestigious honor goes to the New England Patriots and the New York Giants for making Rudy J and myself look like geniuses in our predictions picks and for advancing to play in Super Bowl 46, a rematch of Super Bowl 42. The Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-23 and the Giants beating the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime to win the AFC & NFC conference titles.
Congratulations New England Patriots and New York Giants you are this weeks Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player.
Donald Ayro, a New Orleans Saints fan shot two men rooting for the San Francisco 49ers in the parking lot of an Applebee’s restaurant in Duluth, Ga. shortly after San Francisco eliminated New Orleans in the NFC Divisional playoff on Saturday.
Christopher Middleton was shot in the stomach and is in critical condition, while his friend Corey Adams suffered a minor wound to the head. Adams was treated at the scene and then was taken to identify Ayro, who police apprehended driving south away from the scene. Police arrested Ayro, 31, after he fled the scene. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Braylon Edwards was a big playoff contributor with the New York Jets the past two seasons before signing as a free agent with San Francisco this past offseason. However he won’t be getting an opportunity to help the NFC West-winning 49ers in the playoffs. Edwards, on his official website, braylonedwards.com, announced Tuesday that he’s been waived from the team.
“I was released today by the 49ers due to my injury that required more time to rehab and hasn’t allowed me to re-sync with the offense,” Edwards’ statement read. “I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the Playoffs. I will be working hard this off season to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support and for being such loyal fans.”
Because of his banged-up knee, Edwards was able to play in only nine games for the 49ers, who finish their 2011 NFL regular season against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. He produced just 15 catches for 181 yards and no touchdowns.