Headline Sports with Morris Phillips podcast: MLB owners on conference call today with players to open season July 1st

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and MLB owners will be on a conference call with player representatives to go forward in starting the MLB season on July 1st (New York Daily News file photo)

On Headline Sports with Morris Phillips podcast:

#1 MLB is holding a conference call today regarding opening the regular season on July 1st. The discussion will include where they’ll play, the schedule will be done, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing.

#2 MLBPA executive and St Louis Cardinals pitcher Andrew Miller said that there will be no agreement until MLB can guarantee the safety for it’s players, coaches, umpires and family.

#3 Morris until there is some guarantee for the safety of the players and MLB personnel which also includes the news media covering the events there might not be a baseball season.

#4 Also the players want their a guaranteed salary before they get back on the field. In the event one or more persons are positive during the season and they have to suspend play again the players want a guarantee that they will be paid for the season.

#5 Baseball is proposing playing in regional home parks of the NL East and AL East and AL West and NL West for 80 games with no fans.

Join Morris each Monday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: MLB plans to start on July 1st; NHL Stanley Cup playoffs with 24 team format; plus more

Oakland A’s owner John Fisher and MLB owners will be on a conference call Monday to discuss opening the regular season on July 1st (mercurynews.com file photo)

Daniel Dullum Headline Sports podcast on Coronavirus concerns:

1 Report: MLB owners to hold conference call Monday for plan to restart season

2 MLB players want ‘guaranteed safety’ before returning

3 MLB reportedly cutting 2020 draft to five rounds

4 Reports: NHL may go straight to 24-team playoff format

5 Shakeup for ESPN’s Monday Night booth; NFL gives itself flexibility for December Saturday games

6 Last known living member of original Rockford Peaches dies at 101

Join Daniel each Sunday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Baseball wants to come back by July 1st; Cal Gov says find a vaccine first; plus more

Former Houston Astro and now Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh said as a father and family man it’s risky to return to the game when there is no guarantee that there will be someone at the park or hotel that is asymptomatic or someone could get Covid-19 by someone who is a carrier in remarking about baseball’s possible return on July 1st (royalsreview.com file photo)

On Headlines podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah there has been talk that baseball could return July 1st meaning the players have to get ready by June and start the regular season in July. Critics of the idea include Dr. Anthony Fauci who said it’s too early and the spread of Covid-19 hasn’t flattened in many parts of the country.

#2 To open baseball it could start up you have all the excitement of it coming back but at what cost what if one person is a carrier then baseball would have to start from square one again.

#3 The idea of baseball coming back has excited the fans but it might turn out the closest fans will see baseball again is watching the Korean Baseball Organization which has been telecast live overnights on ESPN as America leads the world in Corona cases.

#4 Also the players might have their reservations about returning in July anyway the Boston Red Sox’ pitcher Collin McHugh shares his feelings saying that coming back with players or personnel having pre existing conditions and underlying conditions brings too much of a risk.

#5 California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday that sports may not be able to return in California until a vaccine is found. With that said things could very well be on hold for awhile.

Join Jeremiah for the Headlines Conversation every other Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Charlie O: Kings will return to practice facility on Monday with strict guidelines

The Sacramento Kings D’Aaron Fox will he be one of the four players who will attend the practice session for the Kings on Monday at the practice facility? (forbes.com file photo)

On Headlines pod with Charlie O:

#1 Sacramento’s ABC 10 reports that the Sacramento Kings are opening up their practice facility on Monday but under stringent orders from the Sacramento Public Health Order. Lots of temperature taking, social distancing and no fans in the building.

#2 With the Kings opening up their practice facility to players on a voluntary basis does this open a light at the end of the tunnel and that the Kings and NBA Basketball could very well be back very soon?

#3 This will be the first time since March 11th when the Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert tested positive for Covid-19 triggering a shutdown for the Kings and the NBA to get the green light to start practicing again.

#4 The NBA set very strict guidelines for the practice, no coaches whatsoever watching or participating in the practice, only four players can be at the facility at the same time, players can not shoot at the same basket, and everyone must wear a mask.

#5 There are a awful lot of precautions for this practice drill but looking past all of that what are some of the things the Kings hope to gain from the players showing up for drills and what benefits will there be?

Charlie O is a Sacramento Kings beat writer for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports with Matt Harrington podcast: Pens trying to decide on keeping goalies; Bruins documentary on 1970 team; plus more

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (pictured) and Pen goalie Tristan Jarry are the question of general manager Jim Rutherford if he will keep both goalies or not (nhl.com file photo)

On Headlines podcast with Matt:

#1 The Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford had some cap room concerns regarding his two goaltenders Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry. Rutherford has more than $68 million committed next season to the roster and is paying Murray $3.75 million and Jarry $675,000. Rutherford said if he kept both goalies he would have to move things around.

#2 In the Boston Bruins 1970 documentary Big, Bad and Bobby, the Bruins Bobby Orr said that his 1970 team matches up well with this years Bruins team.

#3 Although the Bruins lost in game 7 to the St Louis Blues in that 1970 Championship Orr said this year’s Bruins have a lot of great young players and have the best NHL record at 44-14-12.

#4 Mikhail Sergachev wants to focus on hockey and has not talked about a new contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sergachev says he’s leaving that up to his agent. Sergachev says he’ll wait to see what the salary cap is going to be like and with everything on hold due to the quarantine he said he can wait.

#5 Matt talk about Toronto Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe who just recently said that he’s treating the quarantine time like an off season. Keefe said he’s treating the time for cramming sessions to review film and being able to take stock in his first year as the Leafs head coach.

Matt Harrington does Headline Sports podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

50 Years Ago Pilots Land in Milwaukee Part 4 of 5 By Daniel Dullum

JSOnline.com file photo: The Milwaukee Brewers who moved into County Stadium in Milwaukee in 1970 from Seattle at the last moment is a five part series “50 Years Ago Pilots Land in Milwaukee”

50 Years Ago: Pilots Land in Milwaukee Part 4

By Daniel Dullum

(Author’s note: This is the fourth of a five-part series detailing an unusual Major League Baseball franchise shift — In 1970, the Seattle Pilots arrived at spring training in Tempe, Arizona, and left at the end of March as the Milwaukee Brewers.

At the conclusion of Part 3, Bud Selig’s Milwaukee Brewers Inc. group was awarded the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court on March 31, 1970. The Brewers had six days to get ready for the 1970 home opener at County Stadium. Meanwhile, the City of Seattle and the State of Washington would proceed with their $82 million antitrust suit, which already was filed and waiting for Judge Volinn’s decision.)

However, Judge Volinn pointed out that the only alternative was forcing the American League to operate the team on deficit financing to more than $3 million over the ensuing three years. He explained, “It’s obvious that the club cannot pay its debts and may well be insolvent. With the baseball season only a week away, the Pilots were in an emergency situation.

“The unique character of a major league baseball team has been considered, and its importance to the community has been considered. But it’s obvious the debtors [Pilots] are incapable of carrying on. That is beyond question.”

A prominent defender of Volinn’s decision was C.C. Johnson Spink, editor and publisher of The Sporting News. In his April 18, 1970, editorial, Spink quoted an anonymous American League source: “The Sorianos tried all over the city to find local people who would invest in the club. Part of the American League’s agreement with Daley was that control would be in Seattle. Daley himself met with people all over the Pacific Northwest — the biggest people — and couldn’t interest any of them.

“The Pilots had no cooperation from anyone, not even the newspapers. They had no cooperation from the Chamber of Commerce, the city or the county. The city did not finish the park on schedule and it was never put into the condition that the city promised.”

Spink wrote, “We believe that Seattle and Washington state officials should be red-faced about the club’s failure and should put the blame where it belongs, instead of attempting to make the American League the fall guy through a multi-million-dollar antitrust suit.”

— – On the appropriate date of April 1, 1970 — April Fool’s Day — the name “Milwaukee Brewers” appeared on an active American League standings board for the first time since September 28, 1901. Ironically, the original Milwaukee Brewers had lasted only one season and also filed for bankruptcy. They were dropped from the American League on December 3, 1901, and replaced by the St. Louis Browns.

Manager Dave Bristol expressed relief at the announcement of the verdict, saying, “I’m glad they finally reached a decision. The players should be relieved. It’ll be much easier to get the total concentration of the players now. … I’m happy for the players’ sake. My job is managing wherever the team goes.”

Pitcher Gene Brabender, who led the Pilots with 13 wins in 1969, looked forward to playing closer to his home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, 110 miles from Milwaukee. He told The Associated Press, “I regret things couldn’t have worked out better for the people of the Northwest. They were great fans last season through thick and thin. But playing in Milwaukee will be closer to home, and my wife and family will like that.”

Upon learning of Volinn’s decision, truck drivers who were hauling the team’s equipment could now leave Provo, Utah, where they waited in limbo along I-80, and move along to Milwaukee. And with less than a week to go before Opening Day, the Pilots/Brewers players now had to make creative decisions to secure living quarters for the upcoming season.

Catcher Phil Roof recalled, “We’d already sent our wives out on the road, headed to Interstate 90, which is straight north [from Phoenix] and it’s an east-west link between the West Coast and the Midwest. We told them to call in after each day — it was going to be at least a two-day ride to get to Interstate 90 — and on the second day out, we found out that we were headed to Milwaukee. We told them to hit I-90 east, and that’s where we started.

“It was unsettling because at the time, I had a wife and three kids and we were expecting the fourth one. There were other wives in the same boat, and it was more unsettling for them than it was for us, because we didn’t know where to put them, and once we got to Milwaukee, we finally had to rent apartments in Waukesha, which is 22 miles from the ballpark. That was the only thing available that would give us short-term leases, and we managed to survive there. I stayed there for almost two years.

“Those things are a part of baseball. It’s part of travel, part of being involved with a trade — I got traded three times in the course of a season once — and you just get kind of used to it.”

Or, in the case of new homeowner Mike Hegan, it was a matter of coming to grips with an unfortunate housing decision. “We bought a house in Seattle in January of 1970 and we never lived in it!  We went to spring training and never came back,” Hegan said. “The problem with that was, it was during the first major layoff in Boeing history — they laid off about 40,000 people — so it took me about two-and-a-half years to sell my house that I never lived in!

“That was a personal problem, obviously, but there were other guys who were making plans for apartments and different places to live, people getting ready to drive cars and ship belongings to Seattle, and ended up going to Milwaukee instead.”

This is what happened to pitcher Bob Bolin, among others.

“[I’m] going to spring training with the Pilots, an expansion team, and I’m excited about it because I played in Tacoma in the minor leagues,” Bolin said. “Then, three or four days before the season opened, I shipped my car to Seattle and they turned around and Milwaukee bought the team. We got our car about a month later when somebody found it on some rails somewhere in Chicago.

“In baseball, you’re always flexible. It wasn’t that unsettling for the team, because you’re out there playing a game. It was a little troubling the first couple of weeks to get settled, trying to find a place and getting the family situated.” The City of Milwaukee tried to help the players feel welcome in a variety of ways, mostly superficial.

When the Brewers deplaned in Milwaukee, they walked on a red carpet into the airport terminal before participating in a downtown motorcade. A downtown hotel offered three days’ free lodging after the team left spring training in Tempe, and the Milwaukee Association of Commerce honored the team with a luncheon, selling 650 tickets at $5 apiece. But players like Rich Rollins needed more than a parade and a complimentary rubber chicken lunch.

When it came to being inconvenienced in this last-minute upheaval, Rollins was the uncontested grand champion. “I remember [the move] well. It was a Sunday afternoon game we played in Tempe, and we didn’t know until after the game where we were going,” Rollins said. “My wife was in Seattle. We’d moved lock, stock and barrel from Minneapolis to Seattle. We had a duplex out there and were looking forward to going back to Seattle. “We didn’t know [where we were going] until we were in the parking lot. I’ll never forget the day. A big bus was there, and we’re either heading to Seattle or Milwaukee. It ended up at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

“That whole situation cost me a whole lot of money. I’d moved three-fourths of our furniture from Minneapolis, and now I had to move out of Seattle lock, stock and barrel. We had five kids — including a real young daughter who was born in Seattle [on April 16], she was only a month or so old — it wasn’t a good situation.”

Rollins felt the ballclub did “absolutely nothing” to help the players. “Fergie (Tom Ferguson), the traveling secretary, tried to help a whole lot of people. He was a class guy. But there wasn’t a whole lot he could have done. He expressed his concern, but it was costing me a lot of money. “My furniture was being sent by moving van to Cleveland, but was supposed to be held up until we decided where to go with it. The driver was on the turnpike wondering where to go,” Rollins said.

“I wasn’t about to settle in Milwaukee. I had my family out in Seattle; my original home was in Cleveland, so we finally decided to move to Cleveland after this thing was over with, and my family had to move in at my mother’s house.” And, when Rollins didn’t think the situation could get much worse … “I had all of our furniture — sofas, the television, chairs, tables, everything — in storage and it was all stolen out of the warehouse. I got 20 percent of the furniture’s value in a settlement, but the whole thing was a nightmare. It eventually cost me around $6,000 to make that move.”

Then, adding the coup de grâce, Rollins was released by the Brewers on May 13, 1970. “I wasn’t there very long, about a month and a half, and I was released. My wife was still in Seattle. I went home to Cleveland,” Rollins said. “The thing I remember: I’d never been released before. I got called into [Dave] Bristol’s office and he said, ‘We’re going to let you go.’ And that was it. I watched one of the games from the right field stands with the clubhouse guy.

“I got back to the hotel after the game and I get this phone call from [Brewers executive] Frank Lane. He had a reputation [as a wheeler-dealer], but he was the only guy who called me. He said if I wanted to keep playing, he’d find me a spot. It was impressive that he would do that.

“So, I went back to Cleveland. I was there for three or four days when the Indians called me. Alvin Dark was the manager there, Hank Peters was the general manager, and they said, ‘We want to sign you for the rest of the year.’ That was really nice. It really helped me, moving back to Cleveland because I’d been away from there for a whole long time and I really didn’t know that many people there. I’d kind of lost contact.” Mike Hegan philosophically observed, “It’s a problem in that it’s the unknown factor — you don’t know. I think for a lot of us, it wasn’t a huge problem, except for somebody like me who had the house.

“The other part of that equation is that this was an expansion team, so a lot of guys were used to traveling. I had played in four minor league cities in five years while I was up and down with the Yankees, so you never really established roots and were in one place for any length of time. So it was like going to spring training with a minor league team, and ‘Was I going to Buffalo, or was I going to Erie?’

It was probably a little more complicated than that, but I don’t think there were a lot of people who had real feelings about going to Seattle or going to Milwaukee. “What made it psychologically easier was that you were still in the major leagues. It would be much different if you were sent to a minor league team. Those are problems that everybody faces in life — moving around and doing certain things — it was something that got in the way a little bit, but you learned to live with it and handle it.”

As local newspaper headlines proclaimed “Baseball to Return Here” (Milwaukee Sentinel) and “We’re Big League Again” (Milwaukee Journal), the Brewers had less than one week to put together a ticket office, hire an office staff, find batboys, and get County Stadium ready.

The team didn’t have time to order new uniforms, so the Pilots logo and front jersey number were removed and “Brewers” was stitched over it. The pilot’s stripes on the sleeves were too difficult to remove quickly, so they remained on both the home and road jerseys for 1970.

The team’s color scheme of royal blue and gold — the one used in Seattle — was adopted by default, even though Selig preferred navy blue and red that was used by the old minor league Brewers. As Selig explained to The Sporting News correspondent Terry Bledsoe, “The ‘S’ on the cap comes off and an ‘M’ goes on. The ‘Pilots’ on the uniform comes off and ‘Brewers’ goes on.

The letters and the embroidery stay the same [except for the ‘scrambled eggs’ on the cap bill]. The uniforms are fine.” In addition, the Brewers issued Pilots media guides and yearbooks, new schedules and tickets were hastily printed, and broadcasting deals were pulled together quickly with radio station WEMP (1250 AM) and WTMJ-TV (Channel 4).

Former Braves play-by-play announcer Merle Harmon asked for and received a release from his contract with the Minnesota Twins to return to Milwaukee and call the Brewers games. The grounds crew at County Stadium was under the gun as well, with only six days to get the partially snow-covered field ready for the home opener. They came through, and earned rave reviews. “The grounds crew got an award,” Bobby Bolin said. ”In fact, that was the highlight of the Brewers for 1970 — they had the best grounds crew in the league!” Mike Hegan added, “You know what? The field at County Stadium was better than the field in Seattle the first day that we were there! It didn’t make any difference!” Phil Roof observed, “The field (in Milwaukee) was in pretty good shape because the White Sox played some regular season games there and they kept the field maintained.

It was nice of the city fathers of Milwaukee to do that because they wanted a major league franchise back. By keeping the stadium in tip-top shape, it was easy for the owners to vote Milwaukee in.” While Pacific Northwest Sports Inc. was busy liquidating Seattle Pilots merchandise (which would become highly sought-after memorabilia), William Daley, the Pilots’ former principal owner, quietly invested $1 million in the Brewers, but had no management control. And fans in Milwaukee stood in up to six inches of wet snow, waiting to purchase either single-game or season tickets for Brewers baseball.

Over 2,000 season tickets were sold on April 2 alone, at prices ranging from $150 to $375. “I think the fans here have missed baseball,” Selig told the local media. “I sense an excitement about the team that probably is better than mass hysteria.” Selig wasn’t too far off the mark. Despite the cool spring weather in Wisconsin, 37,237 fans showed up on Opening Day at County Stadium to see the Brewers pick up where the old Pilots left off, with a 12–0 loss to the California Angels.

NEXT: Part 5 — Epilogue 1

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Until a Vaccine is available

Korean Organization Baseball players with masks prepare to play in front of an empty stadium (mercurynews.com file photo)

Until a Vaccine is Available

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

In the next few days Major League Baseball will present,what might be the final proposal to the players union in order to start the 2020 baseball season by early July..The South Korean Professional League.started playing last week and Athletics third-base coach Matt Williams is managing the KIA Tigers. Dan Straily,once a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics is now pitching for the Lotte Giants. A total of ten (10) teams make the South Korean Professional Baseball League. Umpires there are playing with Masks.And no fans.

There is a reason why MLB is the #1 baseball league in the world, not only the best talent in baseball all over the world, plays there, but we also have a total of 30 teams. And of those 30 teams, the State of California (the most populous with close to 40 million residents) also has the most teams, five (5) of those 30; Angels, Athletics, Dodgers, Giants and Padres.

According to the Mercury News, California Governor Gavin Newsom says restarting sports is ‘difficult to image’until a vaccine is available. The state is just beginning Phase Two, of four phases with Phase Four the reopening of sporting events with fans. The state won’t move into the final phase of Newsom’s plan, which includes the reopening of sporting events to fans, until immunity to COVID-19 has increased and a vaccine is widely available.

Wonder about when a Covid-19 vaccine will happen? Nobody and everybody is an expert,depends what you see, hear or read. Oxford has said they might have it by summer’s end or early fall.

The experts virologists have many models and they have been all-over-the-place with their projections, not every time they have been right. The Media is all over the place,”experts” coming out of the woods, some very optimistic, others say this pandemic will go for the next two(2) years. But remember, scientist do not work for ratings, the media does, so they can generate revenues, so they can go on the air. So for me.all regular networks, cable, talk shows. Late night shows, it is just entertainment, because they are as opinionated as ever and in this case as ignorant as ever. So, who knows?

Mr.Walter G. Gibson created a fictional character The Shadow, one of the most famous of the pulp heroes of the 1930’s and 1940’s and he used to say “Only the Shadow knows”.

Adiós and Stay Well.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Museum and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: They fought together and won Championships together The Last Dance with Michael Jordan continues; plus much more

Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan celebrate one of many great moments as teammates on the Chicago Bulls. Kerr does recall the time when Jordan gave him a black eye during practice as practice got competitive and Kerr said the experience was “weird” (file photo from ESPN)

Headline Sports pod with London:

#1 In the ESPN Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr who played with Jordan during those championship years 1996-98 got into a scuffle during a practice and got a black eye from Jordan who later called Kerr to apologize and Kerr said that call reset the relationship as the two respected each other going forward.

#2 In the 1997-98 season Scottie Pippen was nearly traded from the Bulls because he said he was underpaid in part 2 of Last Dance Jordan says he felt that Pippen was being selfish. But being underpaid during that period still bothers Pippen who Jordan calls the best teammate he ever had.

#3 Pippen talked about the 1998 season being the last season that that nucleus of Rodman, Jordan, and the whole team would be together before breaking up as all of those players were free agents after that season. They pulled it together one more time and who would forget Jordan’s buzzer beater to beat the Utah Jazz to win their last championship.

#4 London your old beat Major League Soccer has MLS players from Orlando City and Sporting Kansas City arriving for practice not mandated but players who do arrive are getting medical exams and their temperature taken is this an indication that soccer could be back and soon?

#5 I know for you who covered the MLS and the San Jose Earthquakes that had to be a special time but knowing the players and how the MLS worked it has to be a cautious but yet some light at the end of the tunnel moment that they could have the opportunity to be to get back to work.

London does Headline Sports podcasting each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Loaded with primetime games, SF 49ers face tough road in 2020

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo prepares to throw in Super Bowl LIV as Garoppolo will lead the 49ers in the 2020 season that is if the NFL gets the nod to open up the season. (si.com file photo)

By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

While its still unknown if the sports landscape will return amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL continues to operate as normal, officially releasing its 2020 regular-season schedule for all 32 teams Thursday.

Time to mark your calendars 49ers fans. (Hopefully).

See full schedule here: https://www.49ers.com/schedule/

After losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in Miami back in February after holding a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, the San Francisco 49ers’ road back to the Super Bowl will be a daunting one.

San Francisco will tussle with both the NFC and AFC East squads on top of their NFC West opponents in 2020.

The reigning NFC Champions will have six games against 2019 playoff teams, including the Seattle Seahawks (twice), New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots. San Francisco has the fourth-toughest schedule in 2020, with their upcoming opponents were a collective 134-120-2 (.527 winning percentage) in 2019.

Expectations are sky-high for San Francisco heading into the season after a 13-win campaign last year.

All eyes will be glued on 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in 2020 to see if he can follow up an impressive 2019 season. In his first full year as a starter, Garoppolo shined as the top signal-caller for San Francisco, throwing for 3,978 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

With rumors swirling that general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan were contemplating signing Tom Brady, San Francisco decided that they’re all in with the 28-year-old Garoppolo for the long haul.

For the first time since 2017, the 49ers will open up the season at Levi’s®Stadium with the Arizona Cardinals rolling into town. In the opener, San Francisco will get an up close and personal look at the Cardinals’ biggest offseason acquisition in wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Arizona acquired the dynamic playmaker from the Houston Texans, in exchange for running back David Johnson with each team picking up multiple draft picks too.

This year marks the first time since 2016 that the 49ers will kickoff the season against a divisional opponent.

San Francisco will be prominently featured in primetime, playing four of the five games at Levi’s®Stadium:

  • Week 4 against Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday Night Football)
    • The 49ers last faced the Eagles in 2017, in which San Francisco were throttled 33-10 in Philadelphia.
  • Week 6 against Los Angeles Rams (Sunday Night Football)
    • San Francisco and Rams meet for the second-straight year on Sunday Night Football. The 49ers won both meetings last year, including their last-minute victory in Week 16 that saw San Francisco convert back-to-back 3rd-and-16 completions from Garoppolo to engineer the win.
  • Week 9 against Green Bay Packers (Thursday Night Football)
    • Green Bay will make their third-straight trip to Levi’s®Stadium within a calendar year. The Packers and 49ers met twice last year, in Week 12, and again in the NFC Championship game, with the 49ers winning 37-20 and locking up their first Super Bowl appearance since 2013.
  • Week 13 against Buffalo Bills (Monday Night Football)
    • The Buffalo Bills, who have high expectations of their own heading into the 2020 season, will make their first-ever trip to Levi’s®Stadium. The Bills made a splash in the offseason, trading a bevy of picks to the Minnesota Vikings for electric wide receiver Stefon Diggs to help third-year quarterback Josh Allen’s development as a passer.
  • Week 15 at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday Night Football)
    • Talk about two organizations that aren’t strangers to one another. Both organizations have won five Super Bowls and feel that this is the year that they both can win their sixth. With this matchup late in the year, this could be a potential playoff preview or at the least, a playoff spot will be up for grabs.

San Francisco has three separate stands of back-to-back road matchups, starting with Weeks 2 and 3.

The 49ers are set to face the New York Jets then New York Giants at Met Life Stadium in consecutive weeks, marking just the second time in team history that San Francisco is taking on the Jets and Giants in consecutive weeks (Weeks 13-14 of 1986) and the first time doing so on the road in back-to-back weeks.

Last year, the 49ers stayed on the east coast in between road games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 1) and the Cincinnati Bengals (Week 2), and the Baltimore Ravens (Week 13), and the New Orleans Saints (Week 14).

In Week 7, San Francisco will head to the Northeast to take on the New England Patriots in Jimmy Garoppolo’s return to Foxborough. The following week, San Francisco will travel to the Pacific Northwest for their first matchup against NFC West rival, the Seattle Seahawks.

Unlike last season’s Week 4, this year the 49ers’ bye comes in Week 11, which could be vital for San Francisco who could be fighting for playoff positioning. This marks the third time in four seasons that San Francisco have had their Bye in Week 11.

Following the Bye, the 49ers will evenly split their final six contests between home and road trips and a final meeting against each of their division rivals.

For the second-straight year, the 49ers and Seahawks face each other in the season finale. Week 17 could prove to have playoff implications again, similar to 2019 where the 49ers clinched the NFC West in Seattle thanks to then-rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw’s goal line stop on Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister that perserved a 26-21 victory.

The 49ers will open and close the regular-season at home for the first time since 2016.

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Former Jaguar Telvin Smith pleads not guilty in sex with minor charge; Pittsburgh teams donate $800k for Covid-19 vaccine research; plus more

Former Jacksonville Jaguar linebacker Telvin Smith who played in Jacksonville from 2014-2018 (nfl.com file photo)

On Headlines podcast with Tony R:

#1 Former Jacksonville Jaguar linebacker Telvin Smith is under investigation for having sex with a minor according to court documents and media reports. Smith was arrested April 29th by a SWAT team. Police found the 17 year old girl’s DNA in Smith’s Cadillac. Smith could face 15 years in prison if found guilty. Smith has pleaded not guilty in Duval County Court in Florida.

#2  Coaches from the University of Pittsburgh and the pro teams in Pittsburgh have donated up to $800,000 towards Cornavirus vaccine research. The Pirates, Penguins and Steelers are all involved in the research drive.

#3 The NFL are not taking any chances they have outlined plans to their teams for ways for fans to get ticket refunds in the event the season gets suspended if there is a second wave of Cornavirus. The league is planning to release a schedule soon with pre season kicking off in August.

#4 Over 30 athletes have teamed up in putting the names of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals on their jerseys, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees are amongst those who are putting the names of those who put it on the line everyday.

#5 As we all know six time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Staley retired last week but it’s being revealed that doctors told Staley the seriousness of his injuries. It was no doubt a factor in his decision to retire. Staley suffered from neck and back pain during his 13 year career.

Join Tony Thursdays for Headline Sports podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com