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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that his city is pushing back many Mardi Gras events to next week so they won't clash with the Super Bowl and further stress an already thin police force. That's a good idea. Name another city where the Super Bowl would receive second billing.
The father carried a chip on his shoulder on the football field. The son carries a ton of cool. Dennis Pitta II, the tight end of the Baltimore Ravens, steps with measured calm into Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. But did you know Dennis Pitta, his father, merely was Davis High's first great football player?
I can't imagine how the Harbaugh family will survive Sunday. Last year was bad enough when both coaching brothers, Jim of the 49ers and John of the Ravens, lost heartbreaking championship games on the same day.
To 49ers quarterbacks coach George Patrick "Geep" Chryst, the overnight-sensation portion of the Colin Kaepernick story is legitimate if somewhat misleading.
Colin Kaepernick nearly needed a crowbar to wedge himself through the cluster of gathered media. His place was reserved in the eye of the storm.
The world stands in line for Colin Kaepernick, from TV networks to fans to those anxious moms, and all his parents can do is watch amused if also slightly alarmed from a distance. It's a fact not lost on his parents, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick.
Friday at the Super Bowl began with a joint press conference featuring the Harbaugh brothers Baltimore coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh.
Colin Kaepernick walked into the New Orleans Downtown Marriott for Wednesday morning's media session and saw this: A huge close-up photo of himself preparing to throw, an illustration so large it covered the wall of the hotel lobby.
Tuesday of Super Bowl Week, in all its sociological impact, often means the end of all media as we know it. The questions are asked of the combatants gems such as "What kind of tree would you be?" or "Are you ticklish?" by salaried employees who may or may not know a first down from 10 Downing St.
A collection of all of Ron Agostini's video as he reports from New Orleans, site of the Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
Update, 7:15 p.m.: My hand quits scribbling and I shut down my tape recorder nearly every time my interviewee refers to God. It's not that I doubt the person's sincerity, but it's none of my business. And I know my audience spans the entire spectrum.
I got into New Orleans on Monday night. It was a quiet night, the quiet before the storm, but the vibe already was good. After all, I was feeling great and flew in on the same plane as Deion Sanders ... without the police escort.
Finding the Kaepernick clan at Super Bowl XLVII won't be difficult they'll all be wearing Colin's No. 7 jerseys. They're the fortunate ones, the lucky few after the family dealt with one of the headaches for every Super Bowl participant ticket allocation.
John Brodie dodged a handheld TV camera, detoured around a bag on the floor and leaned forward toward Colin Kaepernick's locker. Brodie had to get there. Arguably the San Francisco 49ers' most productive quarterback not to win a Super Bowl, Brodie simply wanted to touch the hand of Kaepernick and congratulate him.
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