Milestones awaiting Quakes?


Milestones awaiting Quakes?

October 21st, 2012 could easily be seen as thegreatest day in Earthquakes history -- and that's even if they weren't playing for thesupporters shield for being the best team in the league.

But considering both possibilities that day, it has thechance to be epic.The day will be full. At noon, the Earthquakes will be attempting to set a world record forthe largest gathering to participate in a ground breaking ceremony.
The club purchased 6,000 shovels todistribute to fans who signed up to break the world groundbreaking record which stands at 4,532 for an event in Japan. As of now, the Quakes have over 5,500 people signed up, and areasking people to bring their own shovels in case they get more people than theyhave, well, shovels.Then, at 4pm, the Quakes will host their heated rival, the LA Galaxy. The game has been sold out for weeks, so ifyou dont have tickets, you'll have to catch it on CSN California.
San Joses Chris Wondolowski needs two goalsto tie Roy Lassiters season record of 27, which has stood for 16 years. Wondolowski, in particular, has a flair for the dramatic.
So muchso, a Wondo hat-trick to break the record and clinch the supporters shield onthe same day the club sets a record for the largest ground breaking in thehistory of the world would seem almost appropriate.
Its not as crazyas it sounds, especially considering the storybook way the June 30thmeeting with the Galaxy went at Stanford Stadium. One of the ironies is the increased capacity of the new stadiumis this: It may be the source of income the team is going to need to be able to retain theservices of the leagues most prolific scorer the last three years in Wondolowski.
Amidst all of the clutter of baseball playoffs, NFL regularseason and the coming of the NBA season, do yourself a favor and watch theamazing momentum this organization is building as a model franchise with afoundation for prolonged success.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.