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Golden Nuggets: 49ers travel to Houston for final preseason game

Thursday, August 28, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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Good morning everyone. Sorry about the lack of links, we are a little low on content because most of the roster questions have already been answered. As far as I can tell, the only big one still left unanswered is the starting job next to Patrick Willis, and that is set to be decided after the game. The good news is that after tonight, we won't have to watch anymore terrible preseason games for just about a calender year. The game itself will be in Houston against the Texans and lets be honest, it probably won't tell us much. The last preseason game never does. The starters probably won't play, and I would bet almost anything that the coaching staff already knows who they want to keep. The wildcard, of course, is players cut from other teams.

Over the last few weeks, I have made no secret of my disdain for the preseason. In fact, I am not sure if I will even watch tonight. In the grand scheme of things, this weighs a little light on the scale of importance, but I still feel it should be addressed. On one hand, I enjoy seeing what the bottom of the roster guys can do. But on the other, I feel that the preseason is basically five weeks of garbage that the NFL can profit off of. At this point, I really don't want to contribute to that anymore. Two weeks is fine, keep the Hall of Fame game for all I care, but five weeks is too long, and the NFL won't change until viewers give them a reason to. To the links!

Centerplate’s dog-kicking CEO Desmond Hague gets wrist slapped (BASG)

BASGcast (Ep. 106): David Fucillo discusses Centerplate CEO dog abuse scandal, 49ers 53-man roster battles (BASG)

Competition will be minimal for the 49ers' last exhibition vs. Houston (Gin)

For some 49ers players, tonight’s game is a chance to show off – for other teams (Barrows)

Amazing Quote Alert. Patrick Willis on the 49ers’ title expectations this season: "If it’s easy, we’ll take it; if not, then we’ll earn it" (Kawakami)

Forget everything you’ve seen this summer, focus on the playoffs: The 49ers will win Super Bowl XLIX, yes, that’s what I’m saying (Kawakami)

Who to Pay? The Answer Might Be Neither (49erswebzone)

Fit for the job? Lynch has made strides after awful opening (Branch)

*Ten 49ers to watch in Houston (Barrows)

Stevie Johnson not 'clicking' with Colin Kaepernick (NFL)

Chemistry lesson: Kaepernick, Stevie Johnson admit their connection isn’t "clicking" yet (Barrows)

Don’t mess with Texas? 49ers will try twice: in exhibition finale at Houston, then opener at Dallas (Inman)

Bowman's replacement will be established after Thursday (Maiocco)