Category Archives: Personal

‘Hawks brilliant blueprint and a fashion faux pas

On Saturday, Vernon Davis received a record contract. Twenty-four later, even before the opening kickoff, Davis received a strong indication that a bullseye will share space with the No. 85 on his jersey this season.

Maiocco to Barber to New Guy

Wow, do we even have time for introductions? Kickoff in Seattle is 102 hours away and I’m arriving, in effect, as a rookie who missed training camp.
Before tracking down a rumor that the Seahawks are on the verge of signing R.C. Owens, though, it’s probably wise to let you know who I am.

More change at the Press Democrat

Ladies and gentlemen and members of the media, I have a difficult announcement to make: I’m stepping down as the Press Democrat’s 49ers beat reporter.
There are a lot of reasons to love this job. Up-and-coming team. Fascinating coach. Solid media access. State-of-the-art stadium (OK, someday maybe). And most of all, a legion of devoted, inquisitive fans.
Unfortunately, my drive from Napa to Santa Clara and back (six or seven times a week during training camp, four or five times during the season) was untenable.

Thank you for a great 11 years

In April 2006, I was asked if I would occasionally write a “web log” to supplement my 49ers newspaper coverage. It sounded interesting enough, but I wondered if anyone would find it, read it and come back.   With a fair amount of skepticism, I agreed to give it a shot. Then, I proceeded to […]

A signing, a look ahead, and many, many thanks

With the signing of sixth-round pick Bear Pascoe, a tight end, to a four-year contract, the 49ers have now gotten four of their seven draft selections under contract.

Remembering a good man

Ernest Loren Maiocco, a Korean War veteran and a damn good person, died late Monday night . . . on Memorial Day.