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November 22, 2006
Helmet mystery solved

Question: It seems like Anthony Adams' helmet is always coming off in the middle of plays. What's up with that? Does he knock it off on purpose?

- Mac Daddy, Roseville

Answer: Ha! That's a great question because it's bugged me, too. If there's a loose helmet on the field, it's a safe bet it belongs to Adams. I'd love to take credit for finding this answer, but it was the Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Matt Maiocco who came up with it. Apparently, Adams is a huge sweater. He perspires so much that by the second quarter the inside of his helmet becomes slicker than a jar of Vaseline. He makes contact with an opponent and - POP! - the helmet comes flying off.

- Matthew Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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