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Category Archives: Joe Montana

Dwight Clark: The Catch

Entering training camp 1980 the San Francisco 49ers had lost fourteen games two straight seasons and weren’t generating much enthusiasm in central California or anywhere else. Still, even as a temporarily disengaged fan, I wanted to learn a little about the team and didn’t change channels when a Sacramento sportscaster interviewed one of the players. […]

Also posted in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Bill Walsh, Dwight Clark, Football, Lou Gehrig, Ronnie Lott, San Francisco 49ers, Steve Young

Bill Walsh Calls Belichick

Of course I watched the Super Bowl. I’m an admirer of Bill Belichick. I enjoy watching him coach and assume he loved watching me guide the 49ers for ten seasons. Honestly, I don’t feel any competitive fire when I think about him. Oh, there is some tension, I suppose. I’m tired of all these young […]

Also posted in Bill Belichick, Bill Walsh, David Shaw, Football, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Pete Carroll, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Tom Brady, Vince Lombardi

Candlestick by the Bay

On a wet gray day late in December 2015 I was driving north on 101, telling my wife about great childhood adventures in the sixties when our family journeyed to Candlestick Park to watch the San Francisco Giants. We would come in the other way, from Sacramento through the city by the bay, and I […]

Also posted in Al Capone, Alcatraz, Baseball, Bay Area, Bay Bridge, Football, Golden Gate Bridge, Jerry Rice, Marin County, Ronnie Lott, San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers

Objective, Atherton

Don’t misunderstand, I love the plains of Atherton but even more the hills where I can gaze over the Silicon Valley and dream I’ll someday be part of this. I know I’m not now. I live in a Section 8 studio in Modesto and can only drive to the Bay Area once a month for […]

Also posted in Atherton, Baseball, Bay Area, Computers, Football, Larry Ellison, Mental Health, Poverty, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays

Michael Carter’s Historic Launch

I remember Michael Carter’s final shot put, of course, no one present will forget that, but first I felt the wind getting stronger throughout that late afternoon in June 1979. I was wearing a tank top, instead of something more protective and professionally appropriate, and the weather gods lashed me as well as several thousand […]

Also posted in Jerry Rice, Michael Carter, Ronnie Lott, Sacramento, San Francisco 49ers, Shot Put, Track & Field

Walsh Lectures Harbaugh and Kaepernick

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bill Walsh, Colin Kaepernick, Deion Sanders, Football, Jim Harbaugh