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Skeet Shooting with Shaun and Alex

Posted by Taylor Price on July 28, 2009 – 3:20 PM

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It’s a big day for the 49ers website staff over here at team headquarters in Santa Clara, but not exactly for the obvious reasons.

Yes, rookies, quarterbacks and players coming off injury report in a couple of hours later today (Tuesday), two days before the rest of the veterans.

Yes, that signals that we are inching closer to the 49ers first training camp practice this Saturday.

And yes, head coach Mike Singletary will be addressing the media at 4:00pm – of course, we’ll be covering Singletary’s presser and the players arriving later today…

But, there’s another reason why our department is excited for today’s proceedings and that is because it signals the debut of “TV49 Outdoors: Skeet Shooting with Shaun and Alex.”

Technically, the video was shot mid-June, so airing it at the end of July should minimize our excitement. But, this one-of-a-kind outing deserved the royal treatment. When else are you going to get two quarterbacks competing for a starting position, out on the shooting range with a camera crew?

A quality outing with two entertaining competitors deserved the best coverage available; therefore we decided to save the video/story to be shown on our new website which debuted two weeks ago.

So let’s take a look back and find out exactly where the idea for TV49 Outdoors came from and break down what eventually took place on the shooting range that day.

It was the end of March and our digital media manager Scott Kegley (my boss) was up in Lake Tahoe at the 49ers 9th annual Winter & Wine Fest. Scott was covering the weekend event that featured appearances by a number of current and former 49ers players. Up in Tahoe that weekend were quarterback Shaun Hill and offensive lineman Adam Snyder. The two were planning a fly fishing excursion in nearby Truckee and Kegley decided to tag along with a video camera.

Hours later, Kegley had tons of great footage. Ultimately, right then and there “TV49 Outdoors” was born.

Kegley decided every once and awhile we’d try and convince some of our players to try different outdoor activities. Not only would it get the natural athletes out of their element, but it would become an entertaining show that could be aired on 49ers.com.

Once “Fishing with Hill and Snyder” aired, it was evident that TV49 Outdoors would be worth continuing.

But what would the next episode be about? Would it be possible to even top the fly fishing outing?

After debating between other outdoor activities like lumberjacking and canoeing, Kegley and Hill agreed that skeet shooting would make excellent sequel.  Hill’s good friend Alex Smith was sitting at the locker next to Hill and the two began to discuss the outing.

Fast forward to the middle of the offseason, and the 49ers had just concluded seven consecutive days of practice (three days of minicamp practices and four days of organized team activities) and rest and relaxation seemed like a good idea.

shaunblog-subHowever, the quarterbacks decided they wanted to do their cooling down on a shooting range with TV49 in attendance.

Joining Hill and Smith at the shooting range in Morgan Hill that day was Larry Schreiber, a former 49ers running back from 1971-75. Schreiber is a skeet shooting enthusiast, who was up to the task of spending the day on the range with the quarterbacks and giving them various shooting tips.

Before the competition began, Schreiber made sure to give his opponents some needed advice as they approached the first hole on the shooting range.

“It’s just like throwing a pass to a receiver in football,” Schreiber said. “When you follow the skeet, keep your gun moving and shoot out in front of it. If you were to shoot were the receiver was – you’re going to miss him!”

After hearing those words, Hill quickly asked, “They don’t put a defense out there do they?”

“There’s no defense out there,” Schreiber answered. “But you only have three seconds to shoot. So that’s faster than football, it’s almost identical!”

Even if they were out of their normal competitive scene, both Hill and Smith were up to the task of battling it out on the range.

“I’m sure we’ll find a way to make a friendly competition out of this,” Hill said in his opening monologue for the TV49 Outdoors episode while looking over at Smith. “How do you feel about your chances today?”

Smith wasn’t too confident in his chances of winning, since he’s only gone shooting one other time and Hill had gone five times mainly in his home state of Missouri.

“I’m not very good at this point, I feel like Larry is going to beat us. But we’ll see though, we’ll make it interesting,” Smith said.

Right off the bat, Schreiber had the advantage and got off to a comfortable lead. Hill connected on a couple of clay pigeons in his first round, while Smith had no such luck. He finished 0-for-10 on his first hole.

But two holes later, Smith picked his game up quickly.

“Little did I know that (three clays) was going to be the winning number on this hole (hole No. 3),” Hill said. “It was a tough one!”

Following Schreiber and Hill, Smith connected with his first clay of the day and was pumped about it.

alexblog-sub“I got one! Which I’m feeling pretty good about,” he said to the camera.

“Really? You are feeling good about one?” Hill asked.

“It’s better than zero!” Smith answered back.

“Well, it was looking like zero for a long time for ya!” Hill teased back.

Although they took turns taking verbal jabs at each other for fun, the friends took time to enjoy the scenery around them.

“We’ve been going at it for seven straight days at the practice facility but this is a good way to get out and unwind a little bit,” Smith said in between holes.

Once the trio finished their first five holes, Schreiber left early to attend a prior engagement, but the quarterbacks continued on their way and decided to make the competition one-on-one. The back nine (second stage) of the shooting range included clay pigeons that came out at the shooter from multiple angles.

The different clays were called “birds” and “rabbits.”

“The birds, they don’t change their flight patterns,” Hill explained. “The rabbits, sometimes they jump higher or they’ll run.  They’re just different targets.”

With different aiming points, Smith looked to get back in the competition that had started over with the quarterbacks against one another.

“I’m more of a bird guy,” Smith said to the camera after he had an impressive hole.

But despite his comeback effort, Hill edged Smith narrowly to win the skeet shooting competition.

“It went well today,” Hill said. “There’s a lot of practice that goes into being good with this, as there is with everything, but we had a lot of fun shooting at stuff. It was a blast and I won!”

Not even a second-place finish could hinder the fun Smith had on the range.

“Yeah, he did win, but it was fun,” he said. “I’ve done this one time (before). I didn’t grow up shooting guns and I wasn’t exposed to this before, but it’s a lot of fun to come out here. Even if you hit a couple, it’s still fun to come out and do something different.”

While Smith was a good sport about the competition, he couldn’t help but lay down a challenge to Hill.

“How about we do TV49 Indoors: Darts!”

To which Hill replied, “Darts? Where were you last night when we were playing them?”

A time and place for that matchup has not been set quite yet. But are there any other potential TV49 Outdoors segments you’d like to watch and read about in the future? Leave a comment on this blog post and who knows, maybe someday soon you’re episode idea will become an actual show on 49ers.com.


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13 Responses to “Skeet Shooting with Shaun and Alex”

  1. By Carlson on Jul 28, 2009 | Reply

    I think fishing would come naturally as a good outdoor competitive event. Having the players take pictures with their trophies would make for a pretty easy to present format. Another idea would be paintball. Again, easy to report, would be fun to have pictures of the players covered head-to-toe in paint and would be fun for the players themselves I would imagine….not to mention could be used as a team-bonding event. Offense vs. Defense. How’s that?

  2. By Tim from Austin on Jul 29, 2009 | Reply

    I can just see the headlines now.
    “Dueling 49er QB’s settle score with shotguns.”
    I really hope this is the year for the 9ers. being here in cowboy country really sucks. The weather is like 110 deg. every day, I really miss my central coast climate.

  3. By EMMANUEL FROM FRESNO on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    I Think the players playing basketball or another sport would be a good show.

  4. By junior on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    i love both QBs but i think hill deserves it more cuz he has more experience

  5. By junior on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    but still goodluck to the both of u

  6. By william church on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    hey its all good friends competing for the same job the world at its finest .

  7. By hutzy on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    Junior, Shaun Hill doesn’t have more experience than alex Smith… in 2006 Alex started the whole season for the Niners. Shaun hadn’t even played a down more than 3 kneels until the 07-08 season

  8. By THE BOSS on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    Just cause he’s older doesn’t give him more experience, he played very well down the stretch last season. But a full year is different, especially once teams see him play every week and more film becomes available. There’s no way to tell now, wait till camp is pretty much over and make a choice.

  9. By Dan Murphy on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    I love both these guys and I wish them both the best of luck. I’m a huge 49er fan and I would be happy to see either one start opening day. I’m very excited for this season. Go P Willy.

  10. By Avid shooter on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    You guys could do a few things.

    Like have an outdoor cook-off, or perhaps go to the batting cages, or go-karts or something. Who knows?

    You’ve already had a great one with the shoot off! I’d love an annual shoot off!

  11. By r4 ds on Nov 6, 2009 | Reply

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  12. By Shooter on Mar 6, 2010 | Reply

    I really enjoyed reading your interesting yet very informative insight. Shooting beautiful sceneries and events really fascinates me and puts my creative imagination at work. Thank you for sharing and I am looking forward to reading more of your very current blog postings!!! :D Shooter Game

  13. By Gilda Blommer on Dec 19, 2010 | Reply

    Super info it is definitely. My girlfriend has been seeking for this tips.

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