Let’s begin Thursday’s Morning Tailgate by talking golf. It’s only right. After all, it’s the first day of The Open Championship and the American Century Celebrity Golf Championships in Lake Tahoe.
The celebrity tournament, of course, is relevant to the 49ers because Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice is in the field once again and is joined by a first-time 49ers participant, current starting quarterback Alex Smith.
If you happen to be in the Lake Tahoe area over the weekend, click here for tournament information which features a Thursday celeb pro-am. The actual tournament begins on Friday and will be televised on NBC Sports Network from 1-4 p.m. PT, and by NBC on Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 p.m. PT.
NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport also happens to be on the scene covering all things NFL-related. Rapoport ran into Smith as the quarterback was walking from the 18th green to the first tee box.
“In between signing autographs and dodging stray carts, Smith came off as a guy pumped to get going,” Rapoport wrote. “Considering his team added weapons like Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, I can’t blame him.”
Rapoport also noted that Smith crushed his tee shot. Thatta’ boy Alex.
More 49ers headlines can be found after the jump.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee continues to examine the top 49ers storylines heading into camp. In his latest offering, Barrows discusses expectations for this year’s rookie crop compared to the success of last year’s newcomers. Barrows: “Last season the 49ers received 2,451 snaps from their rookies. That’s an impressive number in any season, but it’s almost astounding when you consider there was no full offseason for these rookies to acclimate and that the 49ers were not a team in a rebuilding mode.”
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News passes along the comments from 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, who told Yahoo! Sports Radio that he thinks the 49ers can go all the way in 2012.
Matt Bowen of The National Football Post broke down Vernon Davis’ “Vernon Post” touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints in last year’s playoffs. Bowen: “-You won’t see a better throw than this vs. Cover 2 in the red zone. The Sam Backer will sink to play the “Seam-Hook” technique with the SS playing over the top. (Alex) Smith had to thread this pass over the Sam and in front of safety Roman Harper (driving at a downhill angle). Big time play from the 49ers QB.”
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Tags: Alex Smith, Joe Montana, Mario Manningham, Randy Moss, Vernon Davis
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