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August 20, 2010
Farewell, Frank & Beans. Hello, Smash & Grab?

If I were to get hit by a bus today or otherwise depart my mortal coil, my greatest gift to western civilization will have been "Frank & Beans," the running back nickname I bestowed on Frank Gore and Glen Coffee last year. I'm as proud of Frank & Beans as fathers are of their first-born sons. And yet Frank & Beans is no more. (Excuse me. I need a moment ...)

So it is with heavy heart that I embark on a new backfield-moniker challenge. I was asked last night about a possible Gore-Brian Westbrook nickname, and "Smash & Grab" immediately came to mind. But while I like it, it's no "Frank & Beans." Here are some other entries sent to me on Twitter (@mattbarrows). Polls close next week. The winner gets a Bee T-shirt*.

-- @BlazerFan_in_SF How about Nova-Cane?
-- @49ersfancast Hit and Miss?
-- @ airick88 hit & run
-- @ travisbarnette Go West
-- @ SE686 Beast meets West

-- Matt Barrows

* Bee T-shirts do not exist and contest winner will not be awarded one.


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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