It was like an episode of "Starsky and Hutch" in the 49ers locker room today. As an homage to the 49ers of yesteryear - think: Randy Cross, Keith Fahnhorst, John Ayers and the like - the 49ers players have instituted "Moustache Monday." Shaun Hill, the unofficial spokesman for "Moustache Monday," noted that the 49ers also would be wearing their throwback jerseys in Sunday's finale against the Redskins. So why not have throwback upper lips as well, right?
Hill, it must be pointed out, has the Fredo Corleone-style moustache. (see: below). The most Ron Bergundy-esque so far are center Eric Heitmann and kicker Joe Nedney. "He looks like a garage-door broom with the bristles sticking out of his face," Hill said of Nedney. And while it might sound like fun and games, the endeavor seems like a good team-building concept, which is exactly what Mike Singletary's been pushing for since he took over. Speaking of Singletary, what are the chances he resurrects his 1985 Super Bowl Shuffle 'stache? "I'd like to see him bring it back," Hill said. "I don't know. We'll see...
No new injury information today. Both Michael Lewis (stinger) and Parys Haralson (ankle) were nicked, but both should be okay for the finale. The big injury continues to be Frank Gore's left ankle. I watched Gore through the binocs for a good half hour while he warmed up before Sunday's game. Gore never made any football moves - cuts, etc. - but he jogged up and down the field. I'd be very surprised if he doesn't play against Washington. First, he badly wants to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. Second, he wants to have more yards in the game than fellow former Hurricane Clinton Portis. It's a Miami thing; you wouldn't understand.
A couple of notes from Sunday's game ...
Hill was sacked four times yesterday, bringing the season total to 54. Last year, the 49ers set a season record with 55. The good news is that the Redskins have only 23 sacks on the season, 26th best in the league.
When I was on the radio last week I noted that neither Lewis nor Mark Roman had produced a turnover this year. While that's technically true, I would be remise if I didn't point out that Roman recovered a fumble this season ...
So, how about that Ahmad Brooks experiment? Singletary has insisted for the last eight weeks that he will get Brooks into a game some time this season. The last chance comes Sunday, ironically against the Redkins. Brooks' father, Perry, played for Washington from 1978-1984.
-- Matt Barrows