Are we expected to be in a merry, melancholy state of mind knowing that Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers since 1971, will stage its last NFL regular-season game, using the “Monday Night Football” stage for its grand exit strategy before the playoffs begin?
It’s a big enough deal that Chris Berman feels a need to be there, in person, for the network coverage. To add his own personal remembrances. Because he’s just that kind of a giving guy.
How do we draw upon our remembrance of Candlestickery? Is it “The Catch” …. or a particularly bad day that L.A. Rams quarterback Jim Everett may have had there once?
After the NFL season, the place gets torn down and an $8 billion concert hall, housing and shopping district is going on the property.
If only Hollywood Park’s future site had such grand plans.
The team has been selling off those cruddy orange seats (use the promo code GO49ERS) to anyone willing to fork out about $749 a pair (not the $649 as originally quoted). It’s a bargain of sorts. But look at what you get.
And you can’t get them until just before Christmas 2014 — seems they may need them if the 49ers host a playoff game.
And what are the odds of that? We’ll know more after this weekend:
== 10 a.m., Channel 2: = Denver (11-3) at Houston (2-12) (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts). The Broncos have already clinched a playoff spot and could lock up the AFC West. Just another chance to show off a Peyton Manning game.
The rest of CBS’ games in this window:
= Indianapolis (9-5) at Kansas City (11-3) (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf) AFC South champion Colts already clinched their division; the Chiefs have clinched a playoff spot.
= Cleveland (4-10) at N.Y. Jets (6-8) (Marv Albert, Rich Gannon)
= Miami (8-6) at Buffalo (5-9) (Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein)
= Tennessee (5-9) at Jacksonville (4-10) (Andrew Catalon, Adam Archuleta)
== 10 a.m., Channel 11: New Orleans (10-4) at Carolina (10-4) (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver) NFC South champion Saints already has won tie breaker against the Panthers.
The rest of Fox’s games in this window:
= Dallas (7-7) at Washington (3-11) (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews)
= Minnesota (4-9-1) at Cincinnati (9-5) (Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden)
= Tampa Bay (4-10) at St. Louis (6-8) (Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Molly McGrath)
== 1:25 p.m., Channel 2: Oakland (4-10) at San Diego (7-7) (Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker) If the Chargers don’t sell this out by Thursday, then expect to see one of the more intriguing games this weekend:
= New England (10-4) at Baltimore (8-6) (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms) AFC East champion Patriots faces Ravens team holding down last playoff spot based on tie-breaker against Dolphins.
CBS also has in this window:
= Pittsburgh (6-8) at Green Bay (7-6-1) (Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots)
Fox also has in this window, not going to L.A.:
= Arizona (9-5) at Seattle (12-2) (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin) NFC West champ Seahawks have clinched a playoff spot.
= N.Y. Giants (5-9) at Detroit (7-7) (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa)
== 5:30 p.m., Channel 4: Chicago (8-6) at Philadelphia (8-6) (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
== 5:40 p.m., ESPN: Atlanta (4-10) at San Francisco (10-4) (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)