It’s t-minus one hours, 59 minutes to kickoff, and shockingly, I’ve already made a mess of my workspace.
Before I get into my first pre-game entry, let me introduce our first pre-game podcast of 2007, which you can access by clicking here. Just some guys talking football from the press box — myself, Kyle Sonneman and our in-house stats guru, Patrick Smyth. Take a listen. Hope you like it.
Anyhow, fond greetings from Monster Park at Bill Walsh Field — or is it Bill Walsh Field at Monster Park? To make it additionally complicated, I could add “Candlestick Point” to the deal as an homage to this stadium’s former name. Monster Park at Bill Walsh Field on Candlestick Point. Typing that cornucopia of words isn’t pleasant when you’ve got an ingrown thumbnail.
It’s t-minus two hours to kickoff, and a small smattering of players is warming up on the field. It’s too early to tell whether any names will be added to the roster of Broncos not taking part tonight, a bulbous list that included Matt Lepsis, Ben Hamilton, Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler and Rod Smith.
The afternoon here is glorious. As I write, the temperature is 70 degrees, the skies are clear and the conditions generally glorious. No wonder it costs so much to live here — it is a textbook case of supply and demand — for some of the finest weather known to man. San Francisco remains among the world’s most wonderful cities, and I treasure any trip I can make here — even if it is as brief as this one.