From Comcast SportsNet Monday, August 8, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL is showing appreciation for its fans after the lockout by having each team present a personalized jersey to 90 supporters. Some teams will have the 90 fans run through the tunnel flanked by players and coaches during a preseason game. Other clubs will hold a pregame ceremony before an exhibition. The Green Bay Packers kicked off the program Saturday during a special practice and scrimmage at Lambeau Field. When the agreement to end the lockout was reached last month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that "we have some work to do to make sure (fans) understand we are sorry for the frustration we put them through over the last six months." "We have to make sure we understand our bond with our fans is probably the primary issue all of us need to focus on, whether you're a player or you're an owner," he added. In a release announcing the program Monday, Goodell said: "This is an opportunity to recognize the millions of fans for their dedication and passion for the NFL, its teams and players throughout the year." The NFL worked with Reebok to create special team jerseys with player numbers but with the nameplate left blank. Players, coaches and owners will personalize a message to each fan in that space.
OAKLAND -- Arriving at Oakland International Airport roughly two hours before tipoff Wednesday night, Klay Thompson hustled over to Oracle Arena and will be in the starting lineup for the Warriors against the Oklahoma City.
Thompson missed the team’s morning shootaround because he was visiting his gravely ill maternal grandfather in Portland, source told CSNBayArea.com.
Initially listed as missing the game, Thompson reached out to Warriors general manager Bob Myers late Wednesday morning and indicated he might make it back to Oakland in time for the game.
Thompson is the team’s third leading scorer, averaging 21.4 points per game.
His availability is particularly significant, as he’ll be the primary defender on Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who is averaging triple-double numbers this season.
It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.
After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.
But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.
Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.
“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.
“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”
The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.