Temperatures have approached triple digits many times this summer at the 49ers facility in Santa Clara, but the sweltering humidity offered by the state of Florida is not something that can be experienced naturally in Northern California.
With a trip to Tampa Bay for Week 1 looming, the 49ers have taken significant measures to prepare their players for what is expected to be a sizzling atmosphere at Raymond James Stadium.
“That’s probably as close as it can get to feeling like Tampa, except for the sun being on you,” said linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, via The Athletic’s Matt Barrows. Al-Shaair is a Tampa native and grew up within a five-mile radius of the Buccaneers’ stadium.
The tent has been carefully monitored by Ben Peterson, the 49ers’ new director of player health and performance. Peterson was hired this offseason in an attempt to curb the 49ers’ struggles with the injury bug over the past two seasons.
“It’s going to be hot," head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s not going to be fun, but it’s hot and not fun almost everywhere right now, so let’s make sure we’re prepared and go try to win a game.”
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No matter how many hours someone spends in a simulated environment, everything will be different when the pads come on and players must endure three hours with no escape from the sun.
We’ll find out just how much that offseason conditioning paid off when the 49ers' 2019 season kicks off at 1:25 PT on Sunday.
49ers fans love to hate Russell Wilson, and he gave them another reason to give him grief Sunday.
A few hours before Tiger Woods teamed up with Peyton Manning to take on Phil Mickelson and Bay Area native Tom Brady in "The Match: Champions for Charity," Wilson took a Twitter shot at Brady.
When Brady got off to an awful start to "The Match," Wilson went at Brady again.
There are a few problems with Wilson's jabs at Brady.
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First, Wilson lost to Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Instead, Seattle's quarterback should have been trolling Manning, whom the Seahawks beat in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Second, Brady redeemed himself and made Wilson look silly when he sank an incredible birdie on hole No. 7.
Yes, Brady is out of his element on the golf course, but Wilson should have known who he was messing with.
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49ers fans certainly won't miss the chance to let Wilson hear about this.
Who would you want to narrate any portion of your life? Samuel L. Jackson could be a top pick for any occasion, especially when some of the greatest athletes of our generation hit the greens.
But he’s not holding back -- not even for charity.
The Match: Champions for Charity debuted on Sunday with golf pros Tiger Woods facing Phil Mickelson in a highly-anticipated event. Woods teamed up with NFL legend Peyton Manning with another NFL superstar, Tom Brady, paired with Mickelson.
During the introductions, being narrated by Jackson, the Bay Area native received a funny quip from Jackson:
“Why do old people always move to Florida?” Jackson said.
We knew the trash talk would happen, but wow.
Brady, of course, just signed a two-year, $60 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March after spending the entirety of his 20-year career with the New England Patriots. And at 42-years-old, Jackson took quite the dig at the three-time MVP quarterback.
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But if you’re going to get trolled by anyone, it might as well be done by someone with as epic of a voice as Jackson.
The entertainment was worth the burn.