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49ers talking Super Bowl in offseason training

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49ers talking Super Bowl in offseason training

Throughout the 49ers’ State of the Franchise event, which served this week as a pep rally, fans in attendance routinely and randomly shouted their expectations for the 2018 season.

“Super Bowl!”

As it turns out, that goal is being expressed within the 49ers’ locker room during the offseason program, too.

When asked on The 49ers Insider Podcast about what he and his teammates talk about four months before the start of the regular season, new 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon said the conversation is centered on posting a victory on the first Sunday of February.

“The Super Bowl,” McKinnon said. “That’s what the eyes are on. That’s the prize. That’s the ultimate goal.

“The whole team has talked about it. We had a thing with the Navy SEALS. They were asking us, ‘What’s the goal?’ It was equally collaborated on: 'Win the Super Bowl.'”

Early in the 49ers’ offseason program, coach Kyle Shanahan brought a NAVY SEALS program to the team’s training facility to foster camaraderie and work on team-building exercises.

Left tackle Joe Staley, the longest-tenured 49ers player, spoke enthusiastically Wednesday night in front of a crowd of approximately 1,100 fans in downtown San Jose about the upcoming season.

"I've never been more excited for a football season to get here,” Staley said. “The locker room, the energy, not only do we all get along, it's all built on respect of work. I'm really excited.”

McKinnon, whom the 49ers targeted as an upgrade over Carlos Hyde for coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme, was mostly a third-down back during his four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

McKinnon came to within one win of the Super Bowl last season, as the Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. He believes it is important to set high goals with a long season ahead.

"In the season, you're going to have ups and downs," McKinnon said. "That's just part of a 17-week NFL season. But at the end of it, you've just got to keep the eye on the prize, and that's the Super Bowl. So whatever it is that happens, we have to stick together as a team to get to that common goal."

Why the NFL doesn't need San Francisco (or Santa Clara) for the Super Bowl

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Why the NFL doesn't need San Francisco (or Santa Clara) for the Super Bowl

It’s now been three years since we congratulated ourselves about hosting Super Bowl L, it’s now going to be at least six years until it comes back, and the smartest money says that it won’t be back until the 49ers build a new new stadium to replace their old new stadium.
 
This was the argument one humble typist (well, me) made at the time to must finger-wagging and shame-on-you-ing, and the obvious evidence is bearing that out.
 
The San FranClara Super Bowl was clearly a one-off eased into the momentary vacuum of suitable West Coast Super Bowl sites. And now, as we re-survey the landscape, the West Coast is lousy with Super Bowl sites. So, unless the Raiders move again, Las Vegas is a disaster, or the cost overruns in Los Angeles start to rival the space program, the NFL doesn’t need San Francisco at all. Or for that matter, particularly want it.
 
Barring massive glitches, Las Vegas will be an automatic Super Bowl rotation regular, and the same for Los Angeles. Arizona has a growing amount of history on its side as a preferred place to hold a corporate bacchanal, New Orleans is everyone’s ideal of the perfect place for said bacchanal, plus there’s Dallas, plus there’s Atlanta and/or Miami, plus there is the next new stadium game to be played in other cities.
 
And, we should mention this, Jed York is not a power broker among the owners. He is too young, not rich enough (relatively speaking, of course), and is also considered by the powerful and hardliners among the owners having been too conciliatory on the Great Kaepernick AgonyFest.
 
This last point matters because the owners have no earthly notion of what to do about social justice or what the league’s position should be on employee protest, but they are excellent at delegating blame. That’s why Kaepernick has no job, and why owners are being deposed, and why they are gathering at meetings to figure out ways to punish players without having the right to deport them. The other owners won’t say so publicly, and maybe not even to York personally, but they think to themselves that a stronger owner would have stopped the Kaepernick train before it got started.
 
This is not the main reason San Francisco won’t get the Super Bowl, though. It’s money, and there is more money to be made and fewer complications to endure in all those other venues. The Bay Area is the one thing it cannot stand being – insufficiently desirable to billionaires.
 
But that’s the landscape in the post-modern NFL – an aging and increasingly reactionary world in which the San Francisco geography, the Silicon Valley caricature, even Oakland’s dismissive rejection of the NFL’s take-it-and-leave-it offers viz. the Raiders all work against getting perks like a Super Bowl.
 
And the same almost certainly will prove to be true for the college football national championship as well. Santa Clara is getting this one, but when L.A.’s stadium is done and the NCAA comes to peace with the money fountains of Las Vegas, San Francisco will have seen the last of those as well.
 
This is not a tragedy, either, but the reality of a sporting landscape that no longer even tries to pretend that the business serves the games rather than the other way around. This is evolution, kids, and evolution wins every time . . . at least until the meteor hits and the best available Super Bowl site will be a tar pit.

Nick Young pays Draymond Green for Super Bowl bet, 'I'm rich!!!!!'

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Nick Young pays Draymond Green for Super Bowl bet, 'I'm rich!!!!!'

Draymond Green just paid a $50,000 fine. On the same day, he received another technical foul, grabbing another chunk out of his wallet. 

Nick Young can help with that. 

The two Warriors teammates bet on the Super Bowl and Green came out as the winner thanks to taking the Eagles. On Friday, Young paid up. 

Asking repeatedly for the money, Young handed it over to Green and said, "Take your punk--- money, god ----!" while laughing. Draymond's response? "I'm rich! I'm rich! I'm rich! I'm rich!" 

A Swaggy always pays his debts. via: @money23green

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Green won $2,000 from Young with the Eagles beating the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.