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Posted on Sun, Feb. 06, 2005


Where's the right guard when you need him?

That 49ers-Rams game in September 2003 stunk even more than we thought. This week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine details how five St. Louis players developed infections from turf burns, and how two or three 49ers developed infections after playing the Rams.

(Couldn't have been Cedrick Wilson, because he didn't hit the turf after catching that pass in regulation, so the Rams won in overtime.)

Poor hygiene was the prime culprit, and linemen are the main victims, not that those two are related in any way, nope. The article didn't name the players but said those with larger body mass are more susceptible to the infections.

So that's why the 49ers want all those 260-pound defensive ends!


Head-faking Saturn

Sports astrologer Andrea Mallis says Terrell Owens faces a challenging Saturn aspect (the planet of limitation) to his Mars (physical energy) while trying to come back early from ankle surgery.

``It should be fascinating to watch his role, however limited, as Saturn tends to delay, deny and restrict,'' she said. ``Much to his chagrin and dismay, it looks like his chart may render him a non-factor -- or worse, he can reinjure himself. He may be dismayed if he is not utilized enough, as Mars in Capricorn opposes his Saturn in Cancer on Super Bowl Sunday -- sort of a cosmic double whammy.''


Survey says

In the annual pre-Super Bowl poll conducted by Competitive Edge Research (, more than two-thirds of Americans say they will be watching the game, and the New England Patriots are clearly favored to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Forty-three percent pick the Patriots, while 25 percent believe the Eagles will win, a margin of 18 percent.

Today's game will probably surpass the 2004 Super Bowl as history's most-watched football game. Last year, when Competitive Edge's pre-Super Bowl poll found that two-thirds were going to watch all or part of the game, 44.2 percent of American households had the game on TV, and a record 140 million watched. This year's survey finds 71 percent saying they will watch, so the viewership record is likely to fall.