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July 20, 2008
Lions considering Spikes

Add the Detroit Lions to the list of Takeo Spikes' suitors. According to the Detroit Free Press, Spikes visited the linebacker-needy lions this past week. Spikes also has paid a visit to San Francisco. The 49ers still are interested in the 31-year-old linebacker but feel that his asking price is too high. New England, New Orleans and Cleveland also have shown interest in Spikes.

A fond farewell to Jeff Tanaka, the 49ers assistant athletic trainer. Known as T-Nak at 49ers headquarters, he and I were neighbors for several years at the Bella Vista apartment community, which is a stone's throw from the team practice facility in Santa Clara. Bella Vista evidently is Italian for "exorbitant rent," and T-Nak and I would commiserate over the conditions. The final blow for me came when Damane Duckett moved into the apartment above mine. Let's just say that Duckett is fond of music, has a substantial stereo system and that one doesn't march upstairs and demand that a 6-6, 320-pound man turn down the volume. So I moved. ... Tanaka will be taking a similar position with the Chicago Bulls. You might want to purchase a jacket and scarf ...

-- 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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