I’ve lived in Sacramento for 25 years and seemingly every summer since my first here, people have drown in the Sacramento and American rivers. But unless you were close to someone overwhelmed by the currents or the cold, those deaths were background noise.
The 49ers played exactly like they practiced against the Broncos in Englewood, Colo. this week, and Thursday's session was especially similar. It was marked by lapses -- mostly on the right side of the line -- false starts and botched snaps. Each of those errors made an appearance Saturday. Rookie Ian Silberman started at right guard and Marcus Martin started at center after Martin had been at right guard and Joe Looney at center in the first two games. Afterward, Jim Tomsula said things are becoming more clear on the offensive line and that the answers are on the roster. He intimated that he and his assistants would settle on a starting five in the next few days. (It’s not obvious what their choice will be).
Today is the day 70,000 people have been waiting for. Having spent months planning and welding and sewing, they are packing up their creations, filling their coolers and hitting the road to arrive this morning in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. When they arrive, they will create a temporary city that for 10 days will be the sixth-largest in Nevada: Black Rock City.