Gutierrez: Pro Bowl postcard -- a football luau


Gutierrez: Pro Bowl postcard -- a football luau


KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Aloha, boss,

It took all of about five minutes to realize the hunger Hawaii still has for the NFL, even after being abandoned by it last year. Walking through the Honolulu airport to pick up my luggage, I was inundated with signs welcoming the Pro Bowl back to Oahu.

Driving the rental car to my hotel, I noticed Pro Bowl banners plastered all over Waikiki Beach and adorning every other building on the main drag. Part of me expected to see a helmet atop the statue of surf legend Duke Kahanamoku.

Did I mention how eager Hawaii is to play host to the NFLs all-star game?

Football players are literally walking the streets here. Driving in, I swear I saw Jevon Kearse in a crosswalk. I wanted to yell, Freak! But Tim Lincecum might have popped out and started singing some Hall and Oates, ya dig?

Anywho, it was pretty cool waking up and seeing the sun creep up over Diamond Head, then seeing the Pro Bowlers practice on a high school football field in West Oahu, while school was still in session. Fans parked all over the roads shoulder and they could get no closer than 50 yards or so ... to the buses. Still, they yelled and screamed for autographs. No way could they even see the shorts-and-helmets practices or hear the banter, such as when Ray Lewis protested, as only he can, about the length of practice. As a member of the media, I was able to stand on the sideline. Ill be sure to send in some Flipvids. Cool stuff, methinks.

Tee time, Lewis yelled at Bill Belichick. Dont we have a tee time to get to?

Well, Coach Hoodie, who has seemingly cut the hoodies (as well as the sleeves) off his favorite garments, actually showed some personality.

Youre not going back to (John) Harbaugh and telling him were not working on special teams, Belichick said of the Baltimore coach. How long are special teams meetings with him?

OK, cue up the Beli-cheat should just secretly videotape the Ravens special teams practices jokes. And get a chuckle out of DeAngelo Hall accidentally kicking an NFL Films camera, which was on the ground. LOL at a piece of the camera, which costs thousands of dollars, flying off and Hall simply pointing at his own shin, as if it was all the cameras fault. Then there was poor Roman Harper, who took the practice field with his jersey on backwards.

Well, you know what happened after that. I went to the team hotel, the ridiculously posh Ihilani Resort and Spa, and caught up poolside with Nnamdi Asomugha, who seemed genuinely melancholy about his free agency lot with the Raiders.

I was able to score an invite to the Pro Bowl welcome party on the beach and took in the luau. Not quite the Brady Bunch ending scene with Vincent Price and the taboo tiki idol. Instead, it began with a blow from the conch, continued with fire dances and hula and ended with a massive fireworks show that lit the night sky.

Really, though, this Pro Bowl party is just getting started.

Shaka, brah,

-- Paul.

P.S. And dont worry, I have my sunscreen with me at all times. SPF 25.

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

If the 49ers are active at the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1, the organization figures to be sellers.

With a 1-6 record, mired in a six-game losing streak and seemingly fielding a less-competitive team every week, the 49ers do not figure to be in the buying market with the trade deadline approaching.

Left tackle Joe Staley, 32, one of the team’s few players who would be attractive to a contender, is available for a first-round draft pick, according to Pro Football Talk. The report cited a “source with knowledge of the dynamics.”

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is also on the trade market for a second-round pick, according to the report. The teams mentioned with potential interest in acquiring Staley or Thomas are the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots, reports PFT.

Staley has a base salary of $5.4 million this season. His pay increases to $8.95 million next season, including $8.25 million in base salary. He is signed through the 2019 season.

Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007, has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls.

If the 49ers trade Staley, it could open the way for right tackle Trent Brown to move to the left side. The only other tackle on the roster is rookie John Theus. Veteran guard Zane Beadles is also capable of playing tackle.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. (PT). The 49ers enter their bye week after Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team’s next game is Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints.

Kickers miss short field goals in OT; Seahawks, Cardinals tie


Kickers miss short field goals in OT; Seahawks, Cardinals tie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

The last tie in the NFL came in 2014, when Carolina and Cincinnati tied 37-37.

The Cardinals (3-3-1) dominated the game statistically and looked to be in shape to win it after Carson Palmer's 40-yard pass to J.J. Nelson set up Catanzaro's short kick.

The Seahawks (4-1-1), stuffed throughout regulation by the Arizona defense, took over and Russell Wilson completed passes of 31 yards to Jermaine Kearse and 27 yards to Doug Baldwin to give Houschka his short attempt.

Both kickers made field goals on their teams' first possession of overtime.

Catanzaro, who kicked field goals of 46 and 45 yards, also had a 39-yard field goal blocked by a stunning play by Bobby Wagner.

Until the overtime, the only time the Seahawks crossed midfield came when Tanner McEnvoy blocked Ryan Quigley's punt with 4:33 to play. That gave Seattle the ball on the Arizona 27 and led to Hauschka's 40-yard field goal that tied it at 3 with four minutes to play.

Catanzaro's 46-yard field goal put Arizona up 3-0 with 3:11 left in the first half and the Cardinals nursed that lead until the blocked punt.

On a bruising night, Arizona's David Johnson had a career-high 41 touches. He carried the ball 33 times for 113 yards and caught eight passes for 58 yards. Russell Wilson, obviously slowed by leg problems, complelted 24 of 37 passes for 225 yards, most of the damage coming in the overtime. He carried the ball once for minus-two yards.

Arizona's defense nearly scored halfway through the fourth quarter when Chandler Jones hit Wilson as he was about to pass and the ball bounced toward the Seattle goal line, but Michael Glowinski jumped on it for Seattle and the 4-yard line, a 20-yard loss.


The Cardinals had the first scoring threat. Catanzaro lined up for a 39-yard field goal but 245-pound linebacker Wagner jumped over Arizona long snapper Aaron Brewer like an Olympic hurdler and blocked it. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians argued loudly for a penalty and was charged with a timeout when he challenged a play that is not reviewable. That proved significant when the Cardinals couldn't stop the clock to get off a short field goal attempt as the first half ended.


The Cardinals were without speedster John Brown after doctors diagnosed sickle cell traits that were causing leg pain. The other wide receiver named Brown, Jaron, left the game early with a knee injury, depleting is usually one of the league's deeper wide receiver corps.