Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle conducts a Q-and-A with 49ers tight end Vernon Davis regarding an art program benefiting kids. Davis: "My favorite artist is Claude Clark, an African American painter. I also like some of the Renaissance art -- Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo. ... I'm thinking about going to the Sistine Chapel. I'll let you know all about it once I get over there. I see it in the books, but I can't wait to see it in person."
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Eddie DeBartolo Jr. will present Jerry Rice at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. DeBartolo, as quoted by the Hall of Fame: "It’s truly a great honor to present my dear friend Jerry Rice into the Hall of Fame. No player in pro football history dominated his position the way Jerry did, and it’s a privilege to be his presenter." Joe Bugel will present Russ Grimm. John Teerlinck will present John Randle.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com has the latest from Darnell Dockett regarding the Cardinals' rivalry with the 49ers. Dockett: "I just feel like we are the best two teams in the division, a lot of people say they are going to win the division, we won it the last two years … I know what type of games they will be. I’m not crazy. I think if they played every game like they played us, they’d be undefeated. I feel if we played every game with a certain intensity that we play (against) them, we’d be undefeated." Dockett also elaborated on his dealings with Davis regarding safety Adrian Wilson: "Vernon, you see the trash he is talking, he and Adrian, they have their own vendetta against each other. But me? I’m cool with Vernon. I see him all the time. We’re from the same area (in Maryland), I just saw him this weekend. But I’m going to ride-or-die for my teammates too. I am as loyal as they come. I’m going to have my boy’s back, because he’s not on Twitter and I know if Adrian had been on Twitter he would have spoken up. Adrian was in the weight room the other day and I told him what Vernon said and all of a sudden, he’s got 525 pounds on the squat with no hesitation."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times provides a tweet-by-tweet of an exchange between Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and former coach Jim Mora. The exchange makes Mora appear bitter and insecure even though I'm quite confident he would not see it that way. This subject has come up previously since the Seahawks abruptly fired Mora after only one season as head coach. The fact that Mora would be monitoring a Twitter conversation between Hasselbeck and ESPN's Adam Schefter, and that Mora would feel compelled to challenge a small point about how the new staff plans to use tight end John Carlson, fits the profile that has emerged.
Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com offers what he thinks must be going through Shahid Khan's mind while Stan Kroenke tries to upstage his bid to purcahse control of the Rams. Gordon: "This is really big business. Such negotiations often take twists and turns. Could Khan have satisfied Kroenke monetarily and gained his support? Perhaps – and that might come back to haunt him if he can’t make the deal happen. I’m sure he is also pondering his legal options to stop Stan’s attempted end-around play. It must be frustrating as an outsider trying to get into that very exclusive club, a club that already regards Stan as a member."