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November 29, 2008
In Buffalo with an eye on the weather

Arrived in Buffalo just shy of midnight last night with a massive, embarrassingly puffy ski jacket in tow. (The girl in the seat next to me informed me she doesn't take her coat out of the closet until the temperature dips below 20 degrees). It was a clear night, no precipitation, and when I got into the cab I asked the driver what the weather was going to be like Sunday. He didn't answer and I thought he was being a jerk. Instead, he was fumbling for a hand-held radio, which, after some veering onto the shoulder and into the next lane, he tuned to the weather station. The voice on the radio said the weather Sunday, "should be interesting," which is weatherman (in this case, weatherlady) code for, "We don't know what the hell it's going to do." Essentially, she said that the heaviest snowfall Sunday would be north of the border and that this area might see a mix of precipitation. The Buffalo News is calling for snow throughout the day Sunday but with highs around 40 degrees and only an inch of accumulation. In other words, stay tuned. ...

Who is better at drafting cornerbacks? The early results favor - heavily - the Bills. First-round draft pick Leodis McKelvin will get his second straight start tomorrow with Jabari Greer out for the game. McKelvin had two interceptions last week, one returned for a touchdown. What's striking about the contrast between the 49ers and Bills is that all of Buffalo's secondary is home grown while the 49ers' starting secondary all are free agents. (In fact, only four 49ers' defensive starters are draft picks). The 49ers, however, might get a good look tomorrow at one of their picks. With cornerback Walt Harris slowed by a hamstring strain, second-year player Tarell Brown could see his first-ever start. Brown has been very good as a nickel player this season. If he starts, he'd likely be matched against Josh Reed. If Harris can't play, rookie Reggie Smith also might see his first significant action of the season. Marcus Hudson, another draft pick, has been limited to special teams this season. ... Harris, meanwhile, is listed as questionable after missing one day of practice this week and being limited in the next two.

-- 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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