Alex Smith 49ers Silence Their Doubters

Alex Smith 49ers Silence Their Doubters: Drew Brees piled up points, yards and accolades in a record-setting season for the New Orleans Saints. Much of the time, Alex Smith did just enough to get the San Francisco 49ers back in the playoffs for the first time in nine years while a dominant defence and kicking game did the rest.

Everybody is curious to see which of the contrasting styles works best in a classic playoff matchup.

Does that old notion that defence wins championships still hold up these days?

“We’re going to find out,” 49ers punter Andy Lee said.

Brees and the Saints (14-3) come to sold-out Candlestick Park on Saturday afternoon riding a nine-game winning streak after gaining 600 yards in each of their last two games, including a playoff-record 626 yards in last Saturday night’s 45-28 win over the Lions. Brees threw for 466 yards and completed 33 of 43 passes. Continue Reading…

Miss America 2012 Winner Crowned See Who Won The Competition

Miss America 2012 Winner Crowned See Who Won The Competition: Miss America 2012 was crowned during a live show from Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.

The winner beat out 53 other contestants for the crown, a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run as Miss America, touring the country to speak to groups and raise money for the Miss America Organization’s official charity, the Children’s Miracle Network. Find out who won Miss America 2012.

Miss Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America 2012 by Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, during the Miss America pageant on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 in Las Vegas.

The 23-year-old attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and did an operatic solo of the Italian song “Il Bacio” for the talent competition. Her platform was supporting and mentoring the children of incarcerated parents. Her father told the Associated Press that he served 18 months in federal prison for mail fraud. Continue Reading…

Vernon Davis Halftime Speech Catches On With Niners

Vernon Davis Halftime Speech Catches On With Niners: San Francisco 49ers’ playoff history is measured in timely increments of majestic lore. Thirty years ago this week at Candlestick Park, Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark’s outstretched arms with “The Catch.” Steve Young to Terrell Owens in 1998 sealed another stunning playoff victory.Saturday, it was another eye-popping playoff pitch-and-catch, Version 3.0: Alex Smith  to Vernon Davis for 14 yards with nine seconds remaining, a final shot that sent the high-octane New Orleans Saints reeling and the 49ers straight into the NFC championship round with a 36-32 victory. Continue Reading…

Miss Wisconsin Is The New Miss America

Miss Wisconsin Is The New Miss America: The nation’s newest Miss America is a 23-year-old Wisconsin brunette who had long conversations with her family mulling whether or not to make her father’s jail time for mail fraud the heart of her campaign in the beauty pageant.

While her competitors pushed platforms including promoting the health benefits of milk and protecting the environment, Laura Kaeppeler (KEP’-ler) said she wants children of incarcerated adults to feel less alone, to have mentoring and as much of a relationship with their parents as possible.

“There are many of you out there – and I was one of them – but it doesn’t have to define you,” Kaeppeler told The Associated Press after winning the crown and $50,000 scholarship on Saturday night. Continue Reading…

Kenosha woman crowned Miss America

Kenosha woman crowned Miss America: A 23-year-old beauty queen from Kenosha won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Laura Kaeppeler won the pageant Saturday night after strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown, singing opera and answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics by saying Miss America represents everyone.

“Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well,” Kaeppeler said. “And so in these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all.” Continue Reading…

Stingy 49ers Hold Down Drew Brees Saints 36-32

Stingy 49ers Hold Down Drew Brees Saints 36-32: Brees, whose team was coming off consecutive 600-yard games, completed 40 of 63 passes for 462 yards and four touchdowns and was sacked three times. He also threw two interceptions, his first in the postseason in five years, and New Orleans (14-4) fell short again in its quest to get back to the Super Bowl after winning it all two years ago. The Saints are still searching for the first postseason road victory in franchise history after falling to 0-5.

“Kind of an unbelievable game the way it went back and forth,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “It’s obviously a difficult game to lose.”

How far these 49ers have come since that 24-3 trouncing they took back in August at the Superdome in the teams’ exhibition opener. Now, Harbaugh’s “Who’s got it better than us? No-body!” group is drawing comparisons to the good ol’ days of Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Steve Young. And of course, Dwight Clark, who came through with “The Catch” to beat Dallas in the NFC title game on Jan. 10, 1982. Continue Reading…