Get your popcorn ready: Terrell Owens to face 49ers twice in 2012


Get your popcorn ready: Terrell Owens to face 49ers twice in 2012

Mark your calendars, uncap your Sharpies, find your pom-pomsand, yes, stock up on your Orville Redenbachers.On Oct. 18, nearly nine years after he left, Terrell Owenswill make his first return to Candlestick Park.Owens, who reportedly signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, will play his first game in San Francisco since leaving the 49ers after the 2003season when the Seahawks come to Candlestick in Week 7.RELATED: Report: T.O. agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks
If youve studied the schedule closely, then you alreadyknow that means Owens homecoming will be in a Thursday game broadcastnationally in primetime.Would he have it any other way?Since taking off his scarlet and gold, Owens has faced the49ers just twice but to great success for the six-time Pro Bowler.Owens torched the 49ers for 143 receiving yards and twotouchdowns in a 42-3 Eagles beatdown in Philadelphiain 2005. On just the third play from scrimmage, Owens burned the coverage deepfor a 68-yard touchdown reception. He repeated the feat early in the secondquarter for a 42-yard score.Fast forwarding three years, Owens continued to stick it to the49ers as he helped the Cowboys top San Francisco 35-22 in a 2008 matchup in Dallas. Owens racked upseven receptions for 213 yards and a touchdown, the third-most receiving yardsin a game in his career. Owens second-quarter score gave the Cowboys a lead theywould never relinquish.Although with a sample size of just two games, Owens average of 178yards per game against the 49ers is his best against any team in the NFL.Owens will face the 49ers twice in 2012, the home game inWeek 7 followed by a Week 16 matchup in Seattle.It is hard to predict what we can expect from the 49ersthird-round selection in the 1996 NFL Draft.The 38-year-old hasnt played in the NFL since 2010,competing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League last season. Hecaught 35 passes for 420 yards with 10 touchdowns in eight games as a Wrangler.In 14 games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, Owens picked up 983 receivingyards and nine touchdowns.Colin Becht is an intern for CSNBayArea.com and a senior at Northwestern University.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'


Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem


Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”