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October 30, 2008
Singletary's full-moon fever?

Mike Singletary didn't just bare his soul Sunday. According to Dan Bickley of Azcentral.com, the new 49ers coach used a visual aid during his halftime speech - he took down his trousers and pointed to his backside. According to a team spokesman, it wasn't as if Singletary disrobed entirely. His underwear prevented a full mooning of the locker room. The coach was merely trying to make a point -- that his team was getting its tail kicked 20-3 at the time.

Said Singletary on the team's in-house blog: "I used my pants to illustrate that we were getting our tails whipped on Sunday and how humiliating that should feel for all of us. I needed to do something to dramatize my point; there were other ways I could have done it but I think this got the message across. I am excited about having the team back at practice on Monday so we can get back to work."

For a while there, Singletary's passion following the game made the 49ers relevant again. This latest item, I fear, makes them the, ahem, butt of the league. In fact, this item is screaming out for a headline contest. No Bee t-shirts at stake, mind you, but rather the admiration of smart a--'s like me.

My submission (and let's face it, the winner): Singletary calls out tight end during half-time speech.

The Chiefs have released former Cal offensive lineman Brian de la Puente, who spent the offseason with the 49ers. At one point, it seemed as if de la Puente (know in the media tralier as BDLP) was destined for the 49ers' practice squad. However, it seems like he'll wind up on the Chiefs' practice squad instead.

-- 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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