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49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals: It's gametime

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Date: September 7, 2008
Time: 1:15pm PST
Location: Bill Walsh Field @ Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Records (2007): 49ers (5-11) Cardinals (8-8) Spread: 49ers +3; Over/Under 42; Money Line: 49ers +115, Cardinals -135 - It's officially alright to start betting on football.
Weather: 76 degrees, 10% chance of showers, wind W 8 mph
TV Broadcast: Fox - Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 680/1050 KNBR - Joe Starkey, Gary Plummer, Rod Brooks
Spanish Radio: KIQI 1010-AM, KATD 990-AM - Fernando Arias and Ambrosio Rico
Cardinals Coverage: Revenge of the Birds

49ers: Probable - DT Aubrayo Franklin, OLB Parys Haralson, SS Michael Lewis, TE Delanie Walker; Doubtful - QB Alex Smith

Cardinals: Probable - TE Ben Patrick, OT Mike Gandy; Questionable - TE Jerame Tuman; Doubtful - DT Gabe Watson, DT Alan Branch; Out - C Al Johnson (placed on IT)

Inactives (Updated 12:15pm)
49ers: QB Alex Smith, CB Marcus Hudson, CB Tarell Brown, CB Reggie Smith, C Cody Wallace, LB Tully Banta-Cain, G Chilo Rachal, LB Ahmad Brooks

Cardinals: QB Brian St. Pierre, RB J.J. Arrington, T Brandon Keith, DT Alan Branch, WR Early Doucet, TE Jerame Tuman, DT Gabe Watson

First off, I thought I'd get this opened up now so people can discuss both the 49ers-Cardinals match-up and the morning games. If the thread gets filled with pre-game commentary I might open up a separate thread for earlier games next week. For now we'll play it by ear.

More importantly, after months of waiting and months of analysis on everything under the sun, it's finally game day. The national media continues to consider the 49ers a joke. Out here there are plenty of questions we've been hoping to get answered. Will Mike Martz and J.T. O'Sullivan be the answer to what ails the offense? Will Bamm Bamm continue his rise to greatness? How long will Mike Nolan last? Starting today we'll finally begin to get some answers. Good or bad, answers are answers.

For the lurkers out there who would like to discuss the game, either click on "Sign Up" on the top left side of the front page or follow the directions at the bottom of the comments section of the thread. Whether you're just cruising through or are a long time reader, everybody is welcome.

Future open threads will include some more last minute analysis, but for this one, let's just enjoy the beginning of another NFL season.

And if you're still trying to find a sports bar, it sounds like some folks will be heading to Aces on Sutter and Hyde. Hopefully people will keep using the sports bar thread to find places in SF and around the world to watch the 49ers.