The cost of everything from milk to unleaded is soaring. The economy is plummeting. And the 49ers have been a below average team for five straight seasons, the longest losing-season streak in the franchise's history. And yet, ticket sales are about where they were last season.
This, according to Jed York, who said today that the team has sold 85 percent of its season tickets thus far with single-game tickets going on sale today. York said he expected four or five of the team's regular-season games will sell out quickly.
"With the economy the way it is, you're always anxious to see what happens," York said. "I think it speaks volumes about the 49ers organization and their fans."
Over the past few months, the team has launched an aggressive marketing campaign, dubbed, "Put your game face on", in print, radio and on television. Evidently, it's working.
Damane Duckett is listed as day to day after getting tangled with Tully Banta-Cain earlier today and injuring his knee. OL Jeb Terry was struck by heat-related cramps following the a.m. practice.
-- Matt Barrows