Good morning everyone -- hope your Thursday was especially awesome, whether you did anything for Christmas or any other holiday. I did Christmas yesterday and it was a great time, made my mom cry with a present and then ... I had to watch and cover a Thursday Night Football game between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.
Now, I'm a rare breed of San Francisco 49ers fan which doesn't outwardly hate the Raiders on principle, and I actually like a lot of their young talent. Derek Carr is going to be an excellent quarterback and I'm more than happy to see Michael Crabtree playing well with his new team. But good lord, there was nothing about that game that was exciting.
A rush for a loss of yards by Charles Woodson in overtime was the most exciting aspect of that game. A drive that saw two holding calls, two false starts, a delay of game and an unnecessary roughness penalty was the most exciting drive of the game. Yeesh.
Anyway, the 49ers will play football this week and I hope they win. Well ... I hope they play well. I hope the young talent plays well -- let's go with that. Onto your links for the day!
Bowman: "I miss Candlestick; different type of feeling" (CSN Bay Area)
49ers lose fourth practice squad player this season (Maiocco)
Tomsula declines to talk about in-limbo tackle Anthony Davis (Barrows)
Jim Tomsula looking more and more like he's sticking around (Cohn)
49ers mimicking 80's team's road methods (Maiocco)
Practice report: Smith, Brooks "back" in action, Tomsula downplays Baalke's practice-field presence (Inman)
Niners Offense Could Be Historically Bad (NBC Bay Area)
The biggest offseason need? All of the above (Barrows)
Jimmie Ward rated NFL's best cornerback over past three weeks (Maiocco)
On cusp of 1,000th catch, Boldin says he's a "football player," not merely a "receiver" (Inman)
Anquan Boldin Approached 1,000-catch Milestone and Free Agency (49ers)