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June 4, 2012
49ers practice cancelled; Mother Nature prime suspect


It's hard to believe that a few piddly drops of rain would wash out a Jim Harbaugh-planned practice, but the 49ers session scheduled for today was cancelled, the reason unannounced. The 49ers had planned to wrap up their OTAs with a four-day session this week. They'll hold practices Tues-Thurs.

Before the NFC Championship game in January, Harbaugh embraced the rain and said he was hoping for inclement weather for the big game. "Admiral Bull Halsey once said, 'If you're going to fight in the North Atlantic, then you've got to prepare in the North Atlantic,'" Harbaugh said at the time, perhaps getting his W.W. II admirals confused. 

Those of you who live in Northern California know that the region saw a rare June storm starting this morning. According to weather.com, the area received a quarter inch of rain

The 49ers announced plans to upgrade the wireless service for the final two years they are in Candlestick Park. One on the major features of their new Santa Clara stadium is that it will be wired with the latest technology, allowing fans to use their handheld devices to complement the game-day experience.

Apparently, that will begin in part at Candlestick this season with the installation of a distributed antenna system (DAS). The team is collaborating with Verizon Wireless and Sprint on the project, which, according to a press release, is "expected to dramatically improve wireless voice and data service for Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers during 49ers home games."

"Fans will have access to the carriers' 3G and 4G networks where available, enabling the best experience in wireless data usage including social networking, web browsing, downloading apps, exchanging email and text, picture and video messaging. The DAS system is for wireless phone communications only and does not incorporate Wi-Fi service."

-- 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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