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July 9, 2007
Here's to the throwbacks

Question: How 'bout those throwbacks? I have been a hard-core Niner fan since John Brodie and Gene Washington were the 1-2 punch and I love how Nolan has been bringing back the old '80s scarlet red and gold unis on occasion. I have heard rumors they are trying to bring them back for good (I think there's an 18-month waiting period). Have you heard anything from Ninerville or can you shed some light on this?

Jimbo, Rocklin

Answer: Hey, Jimbo - I'm a big fan of the throwbacks myself. To me, they are much more distinct than the current ones. They say "49ers" to me, if that makes any sense. The team will wear them twice this season, although they have yet to pick specific dates. (My money is on the home opener against the Cardinals). As far as a permanent switch, I have not heard anything. You and I both like the old unis, but there are a lot of fans out there who prefer the newer duds. I think the 49ers would want to take the pulse of their backers before making a decision.

- Matt 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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