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Football is back!

imageThe NFL preseason begins this weekend, with the regular season kickoff a month later on September 10th.

Whether they be a rookie or veteran, there are certain players we love to watch and others we’re just curious to see how they’ll turn out.

What players from around the NFL are you most anxious to see perform this year? What players from your favorite team are you most excited to watch?

The top three players from around the NFL I’m interested in:

image3. Johnny Manziel
I am no fan of the man, and since I don’t follow college ball, I know very little about him. What I do know is that he is the Justin Bieber of football. All the hype that surrounded his entrance into the NFL ended up fizzling last year so I am curious to see if he can actually perform, or if the Browns made yet another bad draft choice.
image2. Frank Gore
It was sad to see him depart San Francisco but now he’s in Indianapolis and I wish him the best. I am curious to see how he’ll perform behind a new offensive line and how much gas he still has in his tank. I won’t be rooting for Indianapolis, but I will be rooting for Gore.
image1. Tim Tebow
I’m glad he’s finally getting a chance to play again (after being blacklisted because of his faith). As long as Blaine Gabbert has a job in the NFL, you will never convince me that Tebow isn’t good enough to play pro.

I am a lifelong 49er fan, and of course, I look forward to watching the likes of Tank Carradine, Lawrence Okoye, Colin Kaepernick, and others, but my top three most anticipated players to watch from the 49ers are:

image3. Jarryd Hayne
The Australian rugby player is taking a stab at the NFL for the first time. I am anxious to see how he’ll do playing American football.

image2. Reggie Bush
I welcome Bush to his first year as a 49er. He is a former Heisman trophy winner and ten-year veteran of the NFL. I am excited to see what dynamic plays he will contribute to an offense that struggled last year.

image1. Carlos Hyde
The second year running back will likely receive the bulk of the carries now that Frank Gore is in Indianapolis. I enjoyed watching him in his limited playing time last year and I look forward to big runs from him this year.

Since the devastation of last year’s offseason injuries are eclipsed only by the devastation of this year’s offseason retirements (and Aldon Smith’s most recent arrest), there’s no reasonable expectation of a winning season for the 49ers (especially in the NFC West), but I look forward to the season anyway, with perhaps some pleasant surprises.

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For the love of football and grammar.

Have you ever wondered which NFL team fanbase has the best or worst grasp of grammar? Me neither. But if you did . . . well, wonder no more!

I just happened to stumble across this fascinating article in the WSJ about the grammar skills of the fanbase of all 32 NFL teams.

“[Grammarly] reviewed 150 reader comments that were at least 50 words long from the news section of each NFL team website (12,728 total words, on average, per team).”

To find out where your team’s fanbase ranks, see the image below.


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My opinion of the 49ers new alternative uniform.

imageThe San Francisco 49ers just unveiled their new alternative uniform for the upcoming 2015 season. And as a lifelong fan of the team, I thought I’d share my opinion of the new uniforms in five words: No, no, no, no, no!

What do I mean, you ask? I’ll explain.

No #1: They’re ugly.

No #2: They look cheap.

No #3: The franchise is trying to fix something that’s not broken. The 49ers have one of the best (if not the best) uniform in the league. Don’t mess with it. It’s like waking up one day to find out rainbows are now black and white.

No #4: The red, white, and gold is one of the classics in the NFL. It has represented excellence and is the banner of one of the most successful teams in NFL history. You simply do not toy around with that.

No #5: With the turmoil, chaos, and utter implosion the team suffered this past season, I’d recommend that a uniform change should be the least of their concerns.

There you have it. Although I remain a fathful fan of the team, I am not a fan of the alternate uniform.

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When a blue sea turns red.

imageLook at this shocking picture.

All of those red jerseys are San Francisco 49er fans watching their team take on the Dallas Cowboys in yesterday’s game. But what makes this picture so shocking?

This game was played in Arlington, Texas . . . home of the Cowboys.

Estimates suggest up to 50% of those in attendance were supporting the visiting team. However, judging by this picture, I can’t help but believe that number was higher.

It’s quite obvious that, while San Francisco’s defense was intercepting Tony Romo during the game, San Francisco’s fans had intercepted game tickets before the game.