As soon as some blurry-eyed league officials are finished checking and rechecking every fact and fine-print detail, the NFL is expected to release the 2014 regular-season schedule today or Thursday and dont be surprised if its as late as Friday.
And the question on the minds of football fans from Fishermans Wharf to Pike Place Market finally will be answered: Whom will the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host in the Thursday night season opener Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field?
Denver Broncos fans are hoping their team gets the nod after an embarrassing Super Bowl performance against Seattle. The Arizona Cardinals, the last team to beat the Seahawks in Seattle, would love another chance on prime time, too.
But if the NFL gets it right, the most logical and entertaining kickoff game would be a rematch of last seasons NFC Championship between the 49ers and Seahawks. The Seahawks 23-17 victory in January was a tense battle that ended with Richard Sherman batting away Colin Kaepernicks potential go-ahead touchdown pass in the closing seconds. And Shermans postgame rant hasnt been forgotten, either.
The rivalry between the coaches, players and fans is among the most fervent in the NFL, and it wouldnt be a surprise if the teams meet again in January to determine the conference champion.
Nothing is at stake in Week 1 other than one team getting off to a better start, but for the fans, it would mean much more.
What to watch, do
Baseball, As vs. Rangers, 12:35 p.m., CSNCA, O.co Coliseum: The As are worth taking the day off or a long lunch break.
Which team is the 49ers all-time greatest rival?
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Should the Kings honor Rick Adelman with a raised banner ?
• Yes, best coach in Kings history: 88%
• No, never won NBA title: 12%.
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