Found January 13, 2012 on Niner Insider:
Vic Fangio, the 49ers ' defensive coordinator, wishes that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had stepped in when the Saints signed free-agent running back Darren Sproles in July. "I can't believe they got him for the cheap price that they got him for replacing Reggie Bush," Fangio said. "I think...

49ers think Sproles is so good, it’s almost unfair

Almost immediately after the lockout ended, the Saints traded Reggie Bush to Miami and signed Darren Sproles to replace him, in what may have been the most significant personnel move of the entire 2011 NFL offseason. More than five months later, as 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio prepares to stop Sproles on Saturday, he’s still…

Californiacation: West Coast Curse Could Follow Saints

The West Coast isn’t for everyone this time of year; just ask Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Last year, as the defending Super Bowl champions, the Saints fell to Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard round of the playoffs to the tune of 41-36. This year, they will try to avoid the same fate against a very similar team in the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints offense has propelled...

NFL, NCAA urge states to pass concussion laws

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NCAA President Mark Emmert are urging 19 governors to support legislation this year aimed at cutting down on concussions in youth football. Goodell and Emmert sent letters Thursday to governors of states - such as Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin - they said do not have something akin to Washington state's ''Zackery Lystedt Law,''...

49ers connection to Drew Brees and Darren Sproles

The 49ers might know Saints quarterback Drew Brees and running back Darren Sproles better than people think. Brees maintains his off-season home in San Diego with a group of other NFL players including Sproles, 49ers safety C.J. Spillman and 49ers tight end Justin Peelle. "Brees was on Sproles...

Five turnovers for Saints translates to mere six-point lead

With five turnovers from the Saints (two interceptions, three fumbles), the 49ers arguably should be blowing out the visiting team. Instead, the Niners lead by only six points. The latest miscue, a fumble on a punt return by Darren Sproles, gave the Niners the ball deep in the Saints’ end of the field.  But the…

49ers beat Saints after furious final five minutes

The first 55 minutes of today’s playoff game in San Francisco were good, with both defenses holding their own. The last five minutes were as great as offensive football gets. In the end, the 49ers had won, 36-32. So how did that final five minutes unfold? First we had Drew Brees hitting Darren Sproles for…

Live Update: 49ers hold 20-14 lead after three quarters

David Akers' second field goal of the game was the only scoring in the third quarter, and it came as a result of a Colin Jones fumble recovery of a Darren Sproles fumble on a punt return.

Banned 2012 Doritos Super Bowl Ad

It's about that time where companies burn millions of dollars ($4 million this year) for thirty seconds worth of creatively shoving their product down our collective throat. Some ads are outstandingly good, others are outstandingly bad. Some, like this Doritos spot, don't even make it to the big night. This ad includes the trifecta for a successful Super Bowl ad - tasty...

NFL, NCAA lobby states to pass concussion laws for youth football

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NCAA president Mark Emmert are urging 19 governors to support legislation this year aimed at cutting down on concussions in youth football.
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