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February 1, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
TURLOCK, Calif. - A gas station in this Central Valley town used to sell souvenir hats that read: "Turlock - Known for Absolutely Nothing. " That was before hometown boy Colin Kaepernick went from being a third-string quarterback to leading the San Francisco 49ers into Sunday's Super Bowl. Now Turlock is swarming with tourists. They are dropping into Christina's Coffeehouse for a Kaep of Joe, eating Kaepernick Dogs (chili, coleslaw, jalapenos and special sauce) at Footers on Main Street and ordering a No. 7 Kaepernick Special at the Dust Bowl - a jalapeno burger served with a red-gold ale. At Lisa's Cookie Jar, they are buying dozens and dozens of red, football jersey-shaped cookies with the quarterback's name in white icing.
January 31, 2013 | BILL PLASCHKE
Barely two months ago, Alex Smith stood alone under center as the NFL's hottest starting quarterback for one of its best teams. One concussion later, he is lost in the crowd. At the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl media day this week, the hardest thing about talking to Smith was finding Smith. While the team's stars spoke on stages set up on the Superdome field, Smith had no assigned spot and thus wandered through the media hordes on the sidelines, nearly invisible and seemingly irrelevant.
January 28, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Alex Smith is expected to ask for his release from the San Francisco 49ers before the start of free agency, according to a report Monday by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. What could possibly make Smith want to leave a team that is just days away from playing in the Super Bowl and looks to be the makings of an NFL powerhouse for years to come? Just a hunch, but it might have something to do with the fact that the former starting quarterback was benched midseason despite taking the 49ers to the brink of the Super Bowl last year and had completed 70% of his passes in leading the team to a 6-2-1 record this season.
January 21, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - John Harbaugh has an appreciation of history, and also a sense of perspective. So the Baltimore Ravens coach chuckled Monday at the notion that he and his brother, San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh, will be making history in Super Bowl XLVII when they become the first sibling coaches to face each other in a major professional sports championship. "I guess it's pretty neat," Harbaugh said. "Is it really going to be written about? It's not exactly like Churchill and Roosevelt or anything.
January 21, 2013
Which Harbaugh brother would you want to coach your team? Reporters from around the Tribune family tackle the question of the day. Ron Fritz, Baltimore Sun Which brother would I want? Neither. I want their dad, Jack Harbaugh, to coach my team. I'd pay whatever I had to so he would leave the comfy confines of his basement in Wisconsin to return to this sideline. It probably wouldn't take much to get him back in the game, either. Then he'd hire Jim as offensive coordinator and John as defensive coordinator/associate head coach (since he's older)
January 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
It's not every day you get to see a giant statue of son getting a wedgie from an even bigger statue, but that is what happened to Colin Kaepernick's parents on Sunday. Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, parents of the 49ers quarterback, were walking into the Georgia Dome to watch their son's team take on the Atlanta Falcons when they noticed something strange.  They took a photo of it and posted it on Twitter. As you can see, it's an Atlanta Falcons statue giving their son a wedgie.
January 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
ATLANTA - Moments after scoring his second touchdown in Sunday's NFC championship game, Frank Gore stood in the back of the end zone, turned to face the deflated Georgia Dome crowd and began the first few steps of the "Dirty Bird," the celebration dance popularized by the hometown Falcons in the late 1990s. Then, in a move he'd practiced many times, Gore stopped and gave the crowd a dismissive wave, as if to say, "Never mind. " "I thought about that all week," Gore said after San Francisco's 28-24 victory, one that sends the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since the 1994 season.
January 19, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
San Francisco and Atlanta both passed significant milestones last Sunday. The 49ers won a divisional game with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, getting just as far as the benched Alex Smith got them last season. So now we'll see whether the second-year Kaepernick can take the club the next step, getting it to its sixth Super Bowl. The Falcons, who had been 0-3 in postseason games under Coach Mike Smith, finally picked up their first playoff victory under his tutelage, and now have a chance to prove wrong all their doubters.
January 19, 2013 | Sam Farmer
ATLANTA - Twenty years ago, Jerry Glanville, then the goofball coach of the Atlanta Falcons, concocted a way to get under the skin of the San Francisco 49ers. Seeing as his team the year before had swept the 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, along with beating the L.A. Raiders and San Diego, Glanville lugged an enormous trophy on the Falcons sideline at Candlestick Park for a 1992 regular-season game. He called the hardware the California State Championship Trophy. "It drove me crazy," former 49ers tight end Brent Jones told the San Francisco Chronicle this week, recalling the trophy and the 56-17 thrashing his team put on the Falcons that day. "I was so angry at the time.
January 17, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - There are all sorts of benefits to having a kid brother who's playing quarterback in the NFC championship game. For the older brother of San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick, there's also been an unexpected perk. "People know how to pronounce our last name now," said Kyle Kaepernick (KAP-er-nick), who is 10 years older than Colin. "My whole life, I've heard a lot of 'CAY-per-nick,' because of the E, and for some reason, a lot of 'KAP-er-NACK,' but I don't know why. Now people know.
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