Four important developments from the first 49er game at Candlestick II:
The crowd was smaller (announced at 68,500, though about 8,000-10,000 smaller in reality) because it was an exhibition game, and they have to work out the kinks.
The noise level was lower because it was an exhibition game and they have to work out the kinks.
The lines were long and slow and the wireless access for fans was spotty because it was an exhibition game, and they have to work out the kinks.
On the other hand, the prices were in regular season form because wallet-choking, unlike football, never needs time to prepare for a regular season, and a pricing gun is always in midseason fitness.
[RATTO: First game at Levi's, 49ers fans channel Dodgers counterparts]
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Oh, and Blaine Gabbert will almost surely not play a meaningful down for this team this season, because the moment Colin Kaepernick goes down, the season is over before Gabbert can find his helmet. In other words, calm the hell down.
You’ve got Josh Johnson.
[RELATED: 49ers will not seek outside help at quarterback]
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The Seattle Times just broke the story about how new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer turned a modest little Seattle-area school called Lakeside into an athletic powerhouse – by sacrificing academics and using his financial throw-weight to transform the school into a basketball factory.
In other words, he has finally found his sporting milieu, so there will be no after-school reading programs at Staples Center this year.
Or, as he explained to a fan rally in Los Angeles last week, “I will be hard core.”
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Toronto FC forward and Nigerian international Bright Dike saw the problem his team was having against Sporting KC (FC lost to KC, 4-1), and did the only thing a self-respecting player could do. He kicked his shoe into the Sporting goal from 24 yards. Stunningly, the officials failed to blow the call.
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Jedd Gyorko became the first San Diego Padres second baseman to hit 30 home runs, which is quite the accomplishment.
That’s 30 CAREER home runs, by the way, which is actually a staggering accomplishment when you consider that the Padres have had 65 second basemen, including Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.
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A big weekend for fans on the field. First, at West Ham United, where a fan raced onto the field to take a free kick when nobody but an entire stadium, 22 players and a lot of security could see (the shot went over the top). Then, a fan ran onto the field at the Real Madrid-Fiorentina friendly earlier this week to join the Real defense before being apprehended, and then one appeared at the Oakland-Atlanta game Saturday night.
The difference? The fan in Atlanta did not perform any sport-related feats, as the West Ham and Real fans did. In addition, the West Ham fan was clothed in civvies, the Real fan was wearing a full Cristiano Ronaldo uniform, and the Atlanta fan was totally bollocks-free starkers.
Nice look – if you’re into shooting skeet, anyway.
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And finally, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema held an open scrimmage for fans Saturday, but warned against anyone taping the super-secret plays that everyone was getting to see.
“If you see someone videotaping, tell them that ain’t right,” Bielema said to great cheering. “Especially if they’re wearing an Auburn shirt, knock the s--- out of them.”
We suspect he’ll be offering such heartfelt sportsmanlike advice to his players a week from Saturday.
Now you all go out and knock the s--- out of work this week. Your work will thank you.