Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and friends spotted at 2019 Kentucky Derby


Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and friends spotted at 2019 Kentucky Derby

I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for what people attending the Kentucky Derby are wearing. Give me big hats and mint juleps any day of the week.

But I'm an even bigger sucker for seeing athletes trading in their uniforms for dapper gear fit for the racetrack.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and friends arrived at the 145th year of the event Saturday at Churchill Downs, and they all looked amazing.

Yes, plenty of Twitter folk responded with GIFs of him yelling the phrase, but he's surrounded by some pretty big names. 

Brady was joined by 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Colts signal-caller Jacoby Brissett (they were teammates on the Patriots’ 2016 Super Bowl-winning team), alongside Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, to name a few. And they followed the rules by wearing white before Labor Day.

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Glad to see Brady and Jimmy G reunited, with photographic evidence to prove it. 

Looking good, gentlemen. Looking good. 

The story behind the George Kittle-Joe Staley comedy sketch


The story behind the George Kittle-Joe Staley comedy sketch

SANTA CLARA – Tight end George Kittle was discussing the movie “Joker” with a reporter Thursday near his locker when the conversation turned to his own recent theatrical performance.

NFL Films on Sunday captured video and audio of Kittle and Joe Staley engaging in humorous ad-libbed conversation on the 49ers’ sideline. Kittle said it was an impromptu moment.

Kittle said the comedy sketch took place right before the start of the second half of the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. The score might have been tied, 7-7, but you would have had no idea it was a high-pressure moment.

“We were just having a good time,” Kittle said. “I saw a microphone, so I got Staley to start talking. And I threw a Canadian accent in there, and he just went with it.”

Kittle said he has pulled out his Canadian accent from time to time since his college days at Iowa.


Mike McGlinchey had tough time watching 49ers beat Rams from home

Mike McGlinchey had tough time watching 49ers beat Rams from home

Watching the 49ers roll over the Rams last Sunday was a lot of fun for everyone.

Well, almost everyone.

For the first time in his NFL career, right tackle Mike McGlinchey was forced to miss a game after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery that will keep him sidelined for four-to-six weeks. 

The win was a huge one for the now 5-0 49ers and McGlinchey loved watching his guys work their division rival, but it was hard to view from at home on the couch.

“Yeah, this is a pretty tough deal,” McGlinchey told KNBR. “I had to sit home with my mom this weekend. Watch my team on TV, which sucked. But you know, at least they’re showing up and showing out and kicking a--, so that’s all I can ask for."

The 49ers racking up a 20-7 win over the two-time defending NFC West champion Rams did help ease McGlinchey's uneasiness.

“It would have been a lot harder had the game not gone the way it did,” McGlinchey said. “But it’s tough. Not only just not playing but not even traveling with the team, it does a little bit to your psyche, you know, sit there and boredom all weekend and then you’re watching the job that you’re supposed to be doing. You’re just watching and you’re just you’re as equal to a fan at that point. So, it’s tough but it’s, you know, it’s a process. It’s a humbling experience…You know, s--t happens.”

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With McGlinchey still out, Daniel Brunskill once again will get the nod at right tackle when the 49ers face Washington in Week 7. 

The Notre Dame product isn't the only key piece missing up front, as left tackle Joe Staley has been out since fracturing his fibula in Week 2.

Still, the 49ers haven't missed a beat in their absence, and appear to be the class of the NFC as we near the halfway point.

They'll only get better once McGlinchey is off his couch.