49ers OTAs: End of Week Link Dump

Now that the Arnaz Battle situation has been seemingly cleared up, things have quieted down a little bit at 49ers organized team activities.  I didn't really have anything in mind to discuss for now so I thought I'd throw out a general link dump for the weekend.  Feel free to dump any interesting links you may find in here.

  • One of the more interesting stories is the 49ers decision to skip out on the normal kickoff luncheon at the Chamber of Commerce.  Last year's luncheon turned into a bit of a fiasco as Senator Dianne Feinstein and SF Mayor Gavin Newsom turned it into a pitch to keep the 49ers in San Francisco.  In place of the luncheon, the 49ers are hosting 49ers Family Day at Candlestick Park Saturday (today for most of your reading this) from 10am to 2pm.  It's a free event and plenty of players and cheerleaders will be on hand as well as games for the kids.
  • Another interesting tidbit comes from the Chronicle.  Kevin Lynch apparently spoke with Ashley Lelie, who made some interesting comments about Arnaz Battle's absence:

Fifth, I talked to wide receiver Ashley Lelie, who held out of training camp with Denver after he was demoted to a third receiver when the Broncos signed Javon Walker. I asked him if he had talked to Battle and he said yes. I asked if it was similar to what happened to him in Denver and he said yes. Then he said that when it came to business matters, it was up to the player to do what he thinks is best.

I didn't think Battle would be a guy to feel disrespected, but I suppose anything is possible.  Hopefully it's a situation that can be quickly rectified next week.  I would imagine Mike Martz will be able to explain to Battle how important he will be in the offense this season.

  • Matt Barrows made some interesting comments about the passage of Proposition G and the holdups still in place for the 49ers remaining in San Francisco.  The Santa Clara stadium issue is supposed to go to the ballot in November, so hopefully that will clear things up.
  • In the midst of all this stadium talk, stories are popping up about how the 49ers (and other teams) could end up in LA.  Once again, just get something done soon.
  • A Vacaville paper did a feature on J.T. O'Sullivan earlier this week.  Brash, cocky and arrogance are three words that come up in articles about O'Sullivan.  You want a guy to step up and take the reigns, but I'm curious how that would work with a 3rd string quarterback.
  • John Clayton had an interesting article up a couple weeks ago that I just came across today.  Apparently the NFL has considered adding a 17th game to the regular season schedule.  The NFL is now hoping to possibly use that as a bargaining chip in their dealings with the players.  Clayton goes into the pros and cons of adding the 17th game.
  • Earlier this week, former 49ers linebacker Keena Turner was named Vice President of Football Affairs.  He'll be in charge of all programs related to player well-being and success, which includes counseling, faith-based and player-development programs.
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