Jed York . . . Jed York, courtesy telephone, please . . . Mr. Jed York, phone call for you. Just press “0” . . . Paging Jed York . . .
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We speculated yesterday that Bruce Levenson, the Atlanta Hawks majority owner who sent out an E-mail that blamed black folks for the Hawks not being more profitable and popular, got a real break by having the E-mail leaked on the opening day of NFL football.
Then came Ray Rice. Then came the Baltimore Ravens reaction to Ray Rice. Then came the NFL reaction to Ray Rice. Then came Penn State. Then came June Jones. Then came the death of Marvin Barnes. At dusk, nobody remembered Bruce Levenson at all – even as his idiotic I-reported-myself cover story was unraveled as the transparent lie it was.
Sometimes I hate the 24-hour news cycle.
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The Houston Texans field is being blamed for rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney’s blown knee, which of course caused the Texans to circle the wagons in defense of a grounds that has been routinely criticized for being below NFL standard.
On the other hand, the 49ers’ new turf will be given its first true test Sunday night. In other words, grounds crews, it’s on like that annoying Glaswegian guy in the Scott’s Turf Builder commercials.
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USC athletic director/referee whisperer Pat Haden “suggested” his $25K fine for acting the fool during Southern Cal’s win over Stanford be sent to a charity of his choosing. That he “suggested” a donation is good. That he thought he should be able to dictate where it goes is laughable.
Then after some study of the Children’s Hospital autism research center in Los Angeles, where the check is designed to go, I stopped laughing and decided this one time to let the perp pick the punishment.
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Uhh, Jed? Anyone seen Jed? Jed, we need some guidance here. Jed?
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Good news to 49ers fans: Sunday’s game doesn’t matter.
At least not based on Steve Rosenbloom’s lede from Sunday’s Chicago Bears loss to Buffalo, and here it is:
“And so ends the Bears’ 2014 season. Thanks for coming, everybody.”
He cited all the Bears’ many failures in losing in overtime to a seemingly miserable Buffalo team, including, of course, quarterback Jay Cutler, to with:
“Jay Cutler stunk. Brandon Marshall stunk. The run defense stunk. The pass rush stunk. Against one of the worst teams you could imagine. At home.
“Beep, beep, drive home safely.
“Nice job all the way around of reacting to the down and distance and the game situation by the disaster of a supposed franchise quarterback who supposedly has grown as a man and a player. Maybe $54 million guaranteed doesn’t grow a man and a player as much as you might think.”
In other words, save the aggravation, all those of you heading to Santa Clara Sunday evening. There is no game to be played.
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And finally, given what else happened Monday, should we be surprised that there is record flooding in PHOENIX, for God’s sake? Someone’s deity is very unhappy. Very unhappy indeed.
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And double finally, Jed is making himself available Tuesday. KNBR in the morning, CSN Bay Area later. All we can say is, “What kept you, and this better be good.”