NaVorro Bowman goes from goat to hero 

"Niners send out the Stick in style," Sports, Tuesday

From goat to hero

What a difference 41 years can make. As I watched Navorro Bowman muff the Atlanta Falcons' onside kick on Monday Night Football, and then the Falcons make a seemingly effortless drive into the 49ers' red zone, I couldn't help but remember the Niners' infamous muff of an onside kick in a 1972 divisional playoff game against their then nemesis, the Dallas Cowboys.

It was Preston Riley who muffed the onside kick, from which Hall of Famer to-be Roger Staubach engineered a game winning touchdown. Following that game, the Niners fell into a terrible rut, from which they were not rescued until "The Catch".

Fortunately, unlike Riley, Bowman plays defense and was able to redeem himself, with a lot of help from Tramaine Brock, by making an interception that was a tribute to his irrepressible determination. Will the "Pick at the Stick" rival "The Catch" in 49er lore?

John M. Kelly

San Francisco

"Public land for private homes?" The City, Wednesday

Give the Stick to homeless

Killing two birds with one stone, is said to be a double winner. However, in this case, it could be instead of public land for private homes in our already over crowed city - instead of blowing up the stick (Great memories, but it is time to blow Stick up -- Sports page, Wednesday,) it could be avoiding the cost of removing Candlestick Park, and turning it into a Hobo type park. With the attendance of 69,732 at the last 49er game, there should be no lack of seating space for a growing homeless population.

Besides a concrete wall around the field for tents, there are locker rooms with showers, training and first aid rooms, toilets located around the complex, and kitchens for preparing of food. A large parking lot for mobile and trailer homes and for parked cars for overnight sleeping. The City could provide bus service for bringing persons to and from the main downtown area.

But of course this would not be acceptable to the city leaders, for it would not provide for the high paying jobs and overtime that removing the Stick and constructing the new homes would provide. If it the city residents were given the opportunity of voting on this suggestion, I bet it would win hands down as a easy way to get the homeless out of the residential neighborhoods, off the shopping center streets, and out of the faces of the foreign visitors to our beautiful city by the bay.

Frank Norton

San Francisco

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