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Lynn Swann, Joe Namath, Marcus Allen, Joe Montana, and Peter King on stage at Sports Illustrated’s MVP Night last Thursday in NYC.

Thought the first shot came out great*, and the second one could be a Hanes ad.

Cool night.

* - Much better than the official SI one here, at least.

My good luck accessories for the day.

Top:

  • My lucky 49ers hat. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My dad bought it for me in San Francisco when I was a kid. 
  • My old 49ers pennant. Salvaged it from my parents’ house when they moved last year. Was hanging on the wall for a lot of good wins back in the day. 
  • Retro 49ers logo t-shirt. The Lady’s brother gave it to me for Christmas. I’ve worn it for each of this year’s playoff games so far. Seems to be working.
  • My fuzzy red socks. Wore them during the NFC Championship and they won. Can’t jinx it now.

Bottom:

  • Should the Niners need a boost late in the game, I’m not averse to donning my red onesie (with built-in butt flap!). Hopefully, they don’t need my help, but it’s all laid out and ready to go, if necessary.

Not shown:

  • The red shoes and red sweatshirt I wore during the NFC Championship two weeks ago. The Niners went scoreless until I stripped off each, so they’re staying packed away.
Some amazing facts about San Francisco 49ers running back, and team backbone, Frank Gore:
He’s just 5-foot-9, 217-pounds. (Ed. - That’s a big, powerful dude. When a guy that size gets low, and comes at you full speed, just ouch.)
Gore turned 29 last May, which is typically the age when running backs start slowing down. But this season he ran for 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns, the rushing total the second-most in his career, and the touchdowns tying for second-most. His 8,231 yards rushing over the last seven seasons trail only Adrian Peterson (8,849) and Steven Jackson (8,416). (Ed. - He’s been a sleeper Fantasy gem for years, particularly during the recent dark age for the Niners when they were hardly included in NFL Offensive Juggernaut conversations and he might have been overlooked otherwise.)
He tore the ACL in his left knee during spring ball following a solid freshman season at the University of Miami, but was back on the practice field late that fall. The next year he tore the ACL in his right knee, but returned to run for more than 1,000 yards the following season. Since entering the NFL in 2005 as a third-round choice, he has suffered abdominal strains, ankle and shoulder sprains, a hip pointer, a broken hand and bruised ribs, among other things. Yet he has missed an average of just under 1.5 games a season the last seven years. (Ed. - INSANE.) ”It’s truly remarkable,” says Broncos great Terrell Davis, whose career was cut short by a knee injury. “Guys typically don’t come back to be the same player after that type of knee injury, and you definitely don’t see many bounce back and have the type of career that Frank is having. When he had his second injury, I’m sure people wrote him off and said his career is over, or maybe he’d be just an average back at the next level. Now he’s one of the top three backs in this league.”
Per a comment here, regarding the above point: “A ‘solid’ freshman season? On a team that had Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Najeh Davenport, all future NFL draft picks, he was the best running back on the team. A team of veterans wasn’t quick to play a true freshman but every time he got the ball it was like magic. As the season wore on he got the ball more and more, quickly supplanting future first round draft pick Willis McGahee as the second string running back. Averaging 9.3 yards per carry is more that ‘solid.’ Anyone who saw him run before his first ACL injury knows he was the best back ever to play at Miami.  Although he’s a pro bowl NFL running back and among the top 5 in the league, he is nowhere near what he would have been had he been injury free.  What he has done is astounding especially when you factor in his attitude and approach to the game and to life.”
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Some amazing facts about San Francisco 49ers running back, and team backbone, Frank Gore:

  • He’s just 5-foot-9, 217-pounds. (Ed. - That’s a big, powerful dude. When a guy that size gets low, and comes at you full speed, just ouch.)
  • Gore turned 29 last May, which is typically the age when running backs start slowing down. But this season he ran for 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns, the rushing total the second-most in his career, and the touchdowns tying for second-most. His 8,231 yards rushing over the last seven seasons trail only Adrian Peterson (8,849) and Steven Jackson (8,416). (Ed. - He’s been a sleeper Fantasy gem for years, particularly during the recent dark age for the Niners when they were hardly included in NFL Offensive Juggernaut conversations and he might have been overlooked otherwise.)
  • He tore the ACL in his left knee during spring ball following a solid freshman season at the University of Miami, but was back on the practice field late that fall. The next year he tore the ACL in his right knee, but returned to run for more than 1,000 yards the following season. Since entering the NFL in 2005 as a third-round choice, he has suffered abdominal strains, ankle and shoulder sprains, a hip pointer, a broken hand and bruised ribs, among other things. Yet he has missed an average of just under 1.5 games a season the last seven years. (Ed. - INSANE.) ”It’s truly remarkable,” says Broncos great Terrell Davis, whose career was cut short by a knee injury. “Guys typically don’t come back to be the same player after that type of knee injury, and you definitely don’t see many bounce back and have the type of career that Frank is having. When he had his second injury, I’m sure people wrote him off and said his career is over, or maybe he’d be just an average back at the next level. Now he’s one of the top three backs in this league.”
  • Per a comment here, regarding the above point: “A ‘solid’ freshman season? On a team that had Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Najeh Davenport, all future NFL draft picks, he was the best running back on the team. A team of veterans wasn’t quick to play a true freshman but every time he got the ball it was like magic. As the season wore on he got the ball more and more, quickly supplanting future first round draft pick Willis McGahee as the second string running back. Averaging 9.3 yards per carry is more that ‘solid. Anyone who saw him run before his first ACL injury knows he was the best back ever to play at Miami.  Although he’s a pro bowl NFL running back and among the top 5 in the league, he is nowhere near what he would have been had he been injury free.  What he has done is astounding especially when you factor in his attitude and approach to the game and to life.”

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You know he wasn’t THAT drunk because there were no charges filed.

Kevin Hench on The Adam Carolla Show Friday responding to a caller reporting on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger running up a $1,000 bar tab three days before the Super Bowl in Dallas.

Dave Matthews Band & Taylor Swift to perform prior to the kickoff of the 2010 NFL season

chelsisenor:

Dave Matthews Band will perform at the Superdome in New Orleans on Thursday, September 9, 2010 prior to the kickoff of the NFL’s 91st season! DMB and Taylor Swift are scheduled to perform at the special pregame show leading into the season opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. The show is part of the celebration to honor the Super Bowl Champion, New Orleans Saints, and the city of New Orleans.

Drew Brees “I’m Going To Disney World” Commercial

Talk about A Man In Full…

I always said that from birth to age 18, Disney World is the happiest place on Earth…and from 18 on —- Bourbon Street.

h/t @djsoulsister