Eighteen sports happenings that make it time to consider dual citizenship


Eighteen sports happenings that make it time to consider dual citizenship

You know it’s time to consider dual citizenship when:

·     Two rival pizza chains decide to get into a Twitter beef over whether the NFL is bad for business or not.

·     When you find out the likeliest reason Papa John’s founder John Schnatter decided to complain that freedom of expression is killing the NFL is because Jerry Jones owns a huge chunk of the company.

·     When the fan base of a team that lost its 63rd game on November 1 is getting Twitter slag from the fan base of a team that lost its 63rd game on July 24.

·     When the head coach of a team that just made its most significant trade in years suggests the significant player the team traded for might not play until next year.

·     But still has him listed as active for Sunday’s game.

·     When a World Series victory sparks a proposal and a firm wedding date, meaning that Charlie Morton and George Springer are better than Match.com.

·     When we spend time trying to figure out how Ezekiel Elliott can still be suspended from playing football but not by the NFL, so that nobody wins.

·     When this headline appears on a credible web site: “The Magic Are The New Warriors.”

·     When Brian Hoyer is cut by the second-worst team in football on a Monday and has a massive promotion waiting for him from the best team in football the next day.

·     When the NFL decides that a 45-game suspension has cured Josh Gordon, but a lifetime ban for Colin Kaepernick is insufficient.

·     When people still think Kaepernick is going to be signed by any team for any but the most cynical lawsuit-negating reasons.

·     When the smartest people in football have decided to make their long-term plans contingent on a human being never aging.

·     When two teams trying to decide to trade two draft choices for a backup quarterback can’t understand E-mail.

·     When the backup quarterback is suddenly the most coveted player in the market.

·     When “bullpenning” is considered a word.

·     When a Warrior (okay, Shaun Livingston) calls this the team’s hardest season eight games into it.

·     When the Philadelphia 76ers have a .500 record other than 0-0 for the first time in 206 weeks.

·     And finally, when the Republican tax plan invokes Stephen Curry to distinguish him and his salary from a mythical bike shop owner – because there is no greater Bolshevik in this country than Stephen Curry.

Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'


Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

The 49ers’ coaching staff made its feelings known to center Daniel Kilgore throughout the season.

But, in the past, that would not have necessarily meant everyone in the organization had the same thoughts about Kilgore, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

“The whole season, coaches and I had a good relationship,” Kilgore said Wednesday on conference call with Bay Area reporters. “Just talking and having one-on-ones with various coaches, I had a positive outlook for the future.

“But that’s just one thing. The coaches have an opinion of you, but then there’s also the front office. That’s two totally different things. And I think for the first time in a long time, our coaches and the front office are on the same page.”

Kilgore was working out back home in Tennessee on Wednesday when he signed a three-year contract to avoid hitting the free-agent market. Kilgore, 30, a seven-year NFL veteran, described the contract as a team-friendly deal.

The 49ers presented Kilgore with a contract offer during the season but negotiations did not get serious until just recently. While the 49ers expressed interest in retaining Kilgore, he said he did not know what the future held for him when he packed his belongings from the locker room on the day after the season ended.

“It kind of makes you nervous because in this profession, people like the younger guys,” Kilgore said. “You just never know what will happen at any time, any given day, in the NFL. So toward the end, that last day of clearing out the locker, I didn’t know if I’d be back. I didn’t know if the Niners would want me back.”

Kilgore was named the winner of the organization’s top honor for an offensive lineman. Kilgore won the Bobb McKittrick Award for best exemplifying the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time 49ers offensive line coach. Kilgore started all 29 games in which he appeared the past two seasons, including a career-high 16 games last season.

"I've been here seven years and I consider the Bay Area my second home,” Kilgore said. “To be able to extend my career wearing the 49ers jersey was special to me. This team is heading in the right direction, I wanted to be a part of it."

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

Matt Maiocco

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

When Jimmy Garoppolo signed a contract that could pay him up to $137.5 million over the next five years, he was asked what convinced him during his nine weeks with the organization that he wanted to be with the 49ers for the long term.

“I think it was a number of things,” Garoppolo said last week. “The team, the acceptance that they had of me when I first got here from the get-go, the coaching staff, Kyle and Rich. It was a very welcoming environment, and I really liked that. We had some success down the stretch, and you could see that pieces were falling into place. We've got a long way to go, but I think we're moving in the right direction.”

Kyle, of course, is head coach Kyle Shanahan. Rich Scagarello is the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach, and the person from whom Garoppolo spent the most time after arriving in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 after a trade with the New England Patriots.

Garoppolo earned $3.5 million in his first four NFL seasons. His new contract makes him the NFL’s highest-paid player, making an average of $27.5 million per season, with $48.7 million fully guaranteed.

Scangarello, appearing this week on The 49ers Insider Podcast, talked about what he learned about Garoppolo from working so closely with him to teach him Shanahan's offense. Scangarello said there is no question in his mind the money will not change Garoppolo’s approach to his work.

“That’s why it was easy for the organization and everyone to invest in somebody like Jimmy Garoppolo,” Scangarello said. “I just think that’s not the kind of person he is. If you met his family, you know where he comes from, what he’s about. His brothers, his parents, are just good, solid people people. He’s made of the right stuff and I just don’t see that affecting him in that way.

“It’s just not who he is. That’s the fun part of working with somebody like that every day. When they’re really talented and they appreciate everything and they work at it, you have a chance to be a successful organization and they can be a great player. And I don’t think those things will ever affect him.”