By John Boyle
First, an update on an item from yesterday. If you missed it, a group of Seahawks fans have decided to make the next move in a back-and-forth between Seahawks and 49ers fans a charitable one. Noting that the ‘Niners fan effort to purchase a billboard in Seattle included any extra money raised to go to Seattle Children’s Hospital, a group of Seahawks fans started a campaign to raise money for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Pretty cool idea, right? Well the effort is gaining traction, with the Clearwater Casino Resort agreeing yesterday to match donations up to $5,000, then this morning I got this email update from one of the Seahawks fans organizing the campaign:
“Super exciting update! A “Anonymous Fan” of the 49ers has officially offered to match whatever we raise for UCSF and donate it Seattle Children’s Hospital … UP TO $100,000!!!
I think San Francisco just said “Challenge Accepted!”
Now, onto the rest of the links.
In today’s Herald, a look at the underappreciated play of DT Brandon Mebane. And if you missed it on the blog yesterday, Richard Sherman was pretty entertaining in his weekly press conference.
Grantland.com breaks down some numbers to see what team has the best home-field advantage in the NFL. You’ll never guess who’s No. 1. OK, you probably will.
The News Tribune looks at the play of rookie TE Luke Willson.
CBSSports.com has Russell Wilson third in its MVP projections.
The Audibles blog at SI.com looks at the weaknesses of each division leader in the NFL, and notes that while the Seahawks, like every team, has causes for concern, they are the “least-flawed team in football.”
Seahawks.com puts the spotlight on DT Clinton McDonald, who has been playing very well this season after being released, then re-signed.
The word out of Arizona is that Larry Fitzgerald thinks he’ll be ready to play after suffering a concussion last weekend, but is still waiting for medical clearance.
From Mike Silver of NFL.com, a cool oral history of Candlestick Park, which will soon be hosting its final game before the 49ers move to a new stadium. You may not like the 49ers much, but it’s undeniable that that stadium has seen a lot of historic moments.