QB Blaine Gabbert leads 49ers to Victory over Falcons in first start this Season

San Francisco 49er backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert was selected to start over recently benched Colin Kaepernick in the November 8 match up against the Atlanta Falcons. He lead the 49ers to 17 to 16 victory over the Falcons at Levi’s Stadium this past Sunday.

A little rain wasn’t a problem for Gabbert and he celebrates his first touchdown pass as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers.

49er Quarterback Blaine Gabbert celebrates his first touchdown pass as a starter in this November 8, 2015 game against the Atlanta Falcons

San Francisco CB #36 Dontae Johnson breaks up and end zone pass intended for Atlanta Falcon wide receiver #11 Julio Jones.

49er Corner back Dontae Johnson bats down a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones


Venice Part Two – Day 14 – Doge’s Palace – Mediterranean Cruise

As I mentioned in Venice Part One, it was a long day in Venice with 90 degree heat and a lot of walking. Because of our late start in Venice, we happened to visit Doge’s place latter in the day when very few people were there. We went in at 5:20 PM and where out by 6:40 PM.  ( the Palace closes at 7 pm for visitors ) We saw it all in just that hour and 20 minutes. I’m pretty sure you can’t do that during the day with what I would imagine are thousands of visitors there.

I don’t imagine the courtyard is normally this empty during the day.

The sun peaks through an Arch in Doge

Painting of gentlemen who thought they were VERY  important - Doge

Ten guys in Red Robes

Statues in the Courtyard.

Statues in courtyard of Doge

I don’t know if the canon in the war room was ever fired as it was extensively decorated.

Decorated canon on display in the war room of Doge

Big paintings depicting historical scenes. They have those here.

Large painting on the wall in Doge

Partial view of the Big room with Gold and paintings on the ceiling. It is actually the Chamber of the great Council room which measures 174 feet x 82 feet and could hold up to 2000 people for a council meeting.

View of gold and paintings on the ceiling of the council chamber in Doge

Everybody takes a picture of the Bride of Sighs. The photo was made from inside the Bridge of Sighs which can only be accessed from Doge’s Palace.

View of Venice Italy from the Bridge of Sighs - Doge

Yes, it was big and pretty darn amazing.

Wide angle view of the Council chambers in DogeGold and paintings on the walls and ceilings of DogeAn arch frames the photo of other arches in the courtyard of Doge

The entire courtyard was ours. It was like we were Italian royalty. Well, except for the part where we are all wearing shorts and baseball hats.

The very empty courtyard of Doge

Our Gondola ride passes under one of the many bridges in Venice. Despite many stories to the contrary, not all the gondoliers sing while they guide you through Venice.

Gondola passes under one of the many bridges in Venice, Italy

This was our “bus” driver who is driving along the Grand Canal. In Venice you take the bus, those small boat water taxis cost a fortune.

Water bus driver in Venice Italy

This colorful red building was located on the Grand Canal in Venice.

Red house along the main canal - Venice Italy

The cruise ships come in and out of port all day long. In this photo the Costa Deliziosa is backing out of port.

Cruise ship port - Venice Italy


Joe Montana – Jerry Rice – Steve Young at San Francisco 49ers 2015 NFL Home opener

Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and Joe Montana were on the sidelines during the San Francisco 49ers NFL season open against the Minnesota Vikings at Levi’s Stadium on September 14, 2015. The three NFL Hall of Fame players were at the game for a halftime ceremony for former San Francisco 49ers Charles Haley who was inducted into the 49ers hall of fame. Though I wasn’t that far away, I couldn’t hear a word they were saying. Looks like it was something interesting.

Oh, and by the way, the 49ers defeated the Vikings 20 to 3 giving new head coach Jim Tomsula his first NFL victory as head coach.

San Francisco 49er greats Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and Joe Montana on the sidelines for a halftime ceremony


Venice Italy Part One – Day Fourteen – Mediterranean Cruise Vacation

Pulling into port in Venice, Italy is different than every other port as there are boats buzzing around in every direction. That of course seems logical as the roads in Venice are water. As there was so much to see in Venice, the two days we spent there will be split into three posts.

Our first day in Venice was the longest and most adventurous of the 22 day cruise as we mostly walked and did a little boating for 8 hours in the 90 degree heat. Instead of taking the bus ( which is a boat ) to a our final destination of the day, that being Piazza San Marco ( St. Mark’s Square ) we walked through Venice and saw the sights and crossed many bridges. As Venice is actually 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges, there are many bridges to cross. 

Boats buzzing around all the waterways in Venice, Italy

It looked like a parade of ships had come out to greet us, but most likely is was something else as our ship was the 4th or 5th one in port that day.

It looks like a parade of boats came out to greet our ship before we docked in Venice, Italy.There was this Australian gentleman walking around holding up a map as though he was leading a tour group through Venice. ( Only three other people in the entire world will get this joke, but that’s OK )

Tour guide leading our group through Venice, Italy.

Even the doorbells in Venice are cool.

Even the door bells are cool in Venice, Italy.Amazing buildings with columns through out the city of Venice, Italy.

Two ways to travel in Venice, either by foot or by boat.

A boat passes under one of the many bridges that connect the islands of Venice, Italy.

The dramatic lighting from below makes this statue look even more impressive.

Statue in one of many churches that exist in Venice, Italy.The yellow light shinning on the painting creates a dramatic canvas for the viewer in this Venice, Italy church.

An either gold or brass decoration showing angels holding up the crown. And by decoration, I mean it was three feet tall and looked quite ornate.

Gold statue of crown held by angels - Venice Italy

If you are going to paint, then do it big as in this Venice, Italy church.I think that statue is a bust of  Pope Pius X.

The light stream through the window onto a bust of a former Pope, Venice, Italy.

Thinking of redoing my ceiling to look like this.

No space goes un-painted as the ceiling in this church is decorated - Venice, Italy.Marble statues in a Venice, Italy church.

You don’t really notice this amazing view inside the Chiesa di San Rocco until you are about to walk outside.

Amazing interior of Chiesa di San Rocco - Venice Italy

Yes, you are in Venice, so you are going to shop in Venice.

When in Venice, Italy of course you must go shopping.

Venice, the city of Romance.

Romantic location on one of the bridges that connect each island of Venice, Italy.

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Jarryd Hayne – the Thunder from Down Under – 49ers Season opener one week away

The San Francisco 49ers will open their 2015 NFL season against the Minnesota Vikings at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in a Monday Night Football game on September 14.

The surprise of this preseason for the 49ers has undoubtedly been Jarryd Hayne the National Rugby League player from Australia. The 6′ 2″ twenty-seven year old has been returning punts and also playing at running back with an exciting skill set that very few would have predicted. Those skills allowed hayne to make the 49ers 53 man roster that will face the Vikings in the season opener on September 14.

Jarryd Hayne runs back a punt against the Dallas Cowboys during a 2015 NFL pre-season game.

Bill GeorgeOctober 16, 2015 - 1:22 am

And he grew up amongst talented athletes in the Aussie Tourist Guides neighborhood : )