Super Bowl 2013

Super Bowl XLVII
1:04 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

'Dry Run' Gives Harbaughs Idea of What to Expect

Jack and Jackie Harbaugh still don't know where they'll be sitting during the Super Bowl.

They do know where they'll be after the game.

The parents of John and Jim Harbaugh say they'll visit with each of their sons after the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens play in Sunday's Super Bowl. But while their victorious son will be elated and surrounded by well-wishers, the Harbaughs say it will be the son on the losing end who is likely to need his parents more.

Super Bowl XLVII
12:53 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Quotes from the San Francisco 49ers Media Session: Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr.

San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr.

On what it feels like to be at the Super Bowl:

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity to have a playoff run and to go to the Super Bowl. It’s great.”

On if he ever thought he would get to the Super Bowl:

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:46 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NFL Outlines Super Bowl Security and Game Day Plans

Security screening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be significantly heightened for the Super Bowl. The National Football League is strongly recommending that spectators minimize the number and size of all items carried into the stadium.

Items carried by spectators will be carefully inspected. Everyone entering the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday will be subject to security screenings, including metal detectors, pat-downs, and other special security checks. Spectators choosing not to consent to the NFL's security requirements will be refused admission. 

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:37 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

After Anti-Gay Comments, 49ers Chris Culliver Says 'I Have Gay Relatives'

Chris Culliver of the San Francisco 49ers addresses the media at the New Orleans Marriott on Thursday.
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Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:26 pm

A Media Day interview has turned into a maelstrom for Super-Bowl-bound Chris Culliver, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback.

Wednesday, during a short interview with radio host Artie Lange, Culliver was asked if there were any gay players on his team.

"Nah," he answered. "We ain't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. Nah, can't be in the locker room."

Lange went on to ask if players should stay in the closet.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Stop Ignoring Head Trauma: Turn Off The Super Bowl

The brain of former NFL star Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, showed signs of the kind of neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma.
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Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:44 am

The grim headlines just keep coming. This week it's former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey. Age 66, Dempsey suffers from dementia. During his football career he endured three diagnosed concussions and, almost certainly, several undiagnosed ones. As The New York Times notes, his neurologist was "astonished by the amount of damage" visible on Dempsey's brain scans.

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:31 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

49ers CB Chris Culliver Makes Anti-Gay Comments

The San Francisco 49ers say they have addressed anti-gay remarks made by cornerback Chris Culliver during aSuper Bowl media day interview. The team didn't say whether the second-year player will face disciplinary action or a fine.

During an interview Tuesday at the Superdome, Culliver responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldn't welcome a gay player in the locker room. He also said the 49ers didn't have any homosexual players and, if they did, those players should leave.

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:28 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ravens: Lewis Report Won't be a Distraction

The Baltimore Ravens say a report linking linebacker Ray Lewis to performance-enhancing drugs won't be a distraction in their preparation for the Super Bowl.

An article in Sports Illustrated said Lewis sought help from a company that says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a banned product connected to human growth hormone.

Lewis on Wednesday denied ever using the drugs in his effort to return from a torn right triceps.

The Ravens and the 37-year-old linebacker are preparing to face San Francisco in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVII
12:25 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Brees Wants to Bury Bounty Probe, Help New Orleans

Drew Brees says the Saints are ready to put the bounty scandal "to bed," be gracious Super Bowl hosts and look forward to next season.

Brees has been an ambassador for New Orleans since he arrived in 2006, and is maintaining that role with a busy schedule this week as the Big Easy prepares to host its first Super Bowl in more than a decade on Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVII
12:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NFL to Honor Richard Dent During Super Bowl

The NFL announced it will salute former Chicago Bears legend and Super Bowl XX MVP Richard Dent during Super Bowl XLVII.

Dent, who played the majority of his 14-year career with the Bears at defensive end, will participate in the Vince Lombardi Trophy ceremony at the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVII. Dent will carry the trophy to the stage and deliver it to Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will present it to the Super Bowl champion.

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:07 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Long Snappers: Looking at Football Upside Down

They make a living looking upside down between their legs.

The only time they get noticed is when they mess up.

Such is life for a long snapper.

In Sunday's Super Bowl, Brian Jennings of the 49ers and Morgan Cox of the Ravens will be the guys doing the snapping for punts, field goals and extra points. They have the same goal: stay completely anonymous.

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