Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Just one day before the Super Bowl returns to the San Francisco Bay area for just the second time former 49ers Eddie DeBartolo was elected to the Pro Football Hall of  Fame. It had been a long journey for DeBartolo who made the final round three times before.
It was reported that DeBartolo’s selection to the hall was most the difficult faced by the 46 voters on the Hall of Fame selection committee with his approval vote taking longer than any of the finalists.

It almost looks as though Eddie DeBartolo is telling Ronnie Lott and Steve Young that soon he will also have one of those Yellow Hall of Fame jackets. While he now will, it’s unlikely that was the discussion taking place during this half time ceremony honoring Charles Haley on September 14, 2015 during the 49ers and Viking season opener at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Steve Young, Ronnie Lott, and Eddie DeBartolo during a half time presentation to Charles Haley.


San Francisco 49ers hire Chip Kelly as new head coach

Well this certainly changes everything in the quarterback department.

It sure looked like Colin Kaepernick was out the door before the San Francisco 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach replacing Jim Tomsula after only one season. Right now nobody outside the 49ers organization knows what the plan is for Kaepernick. That might change this coming week when the 49ers hold their introductory press conference for Chip Kelly. The thought is, if Kelly speaks highly of Kaepernick he will be around next season. Currently if Kaepernick is still on the roster April 1, his $11.9 million salary for 2016 becomes fully guaranteed.

All that said about the future of Colon Kaepernick, the 49ers other quarterback Blaine Gabbert ran a system very similar while at the University of Missouri, and did so well enough to be the 10th player taken overall in the 2010 NFL draft. Maybe there will be a battle for the title of starting quarterback during the 49ers 2016 regular season.


Composite photo of 49er head coach Chip Kelly, Colin Kaepernick, and Blaine Gabbert


Jim Tomsula fired as head coach by San Francisco 49ers after 5-11 season

The firing of Tomsula by the San Francisco 49ers after the final game victory against the St. Louis Rams this Sunday didn’t come as much of a surprise as the possibility of it happening had been reported earlier during the day. Long story short, somebody had to take the blame for the 5-11 season, the first year head coach was that person. That said, you hire a coach will little experience and then have multiple starters retire, quit, or get injured and a 5-11 season is to be expected.

Here Jim Tomsula is looking towards the refs for an explanation during the 49ers game on November 29th against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Jim Tomsula looks somewhat surprised by a call during the San Francisco 49ers game against the Arizona Cardinal on November 29, 2015 at Levi


Day Seventeen – Katakolon Greece – Olympia – Mediterranean Cruise

After two days in Venice, the sixteenth day of the trip was spent at sea. The next port of call would be Katakolon Greece which is a drop off port for Olympia Greece site of the first Olympics.

View at sea from our mini suite on the MS Zuiderdam.

White clouds at sea viewed from Vista Suite on the Holland America ship MS ZuiderdamIt was all Greek to me.

ItSunrise and blue skies  pulling int Katakolon Greece

Our ship in the port of Katakolon, Greece.

MS Zuiderdam tied up in Katakolon GreeceStatue of a bull in Olympia museum, GreeceColumns in Olympia Greece

Nike Goddess of Victory statue in the Olympia museum.

Nike statue Olympia museum GreeceHelmuts in Olympia museum Greece

Sprinting at the site of the first Olympics.

Site of the first Olympic games

Bronze statue of horse from circa 2nd century AD.

Bronze statuette of a horse in Olympia museum GreeceIf you are in Katakolon Greece on a hot summer day, then you should of course refresh yourself with a frosty mug of Mythos beer.

Frosty glass of Mythos beer - Greece


Venice Part Three – Day 15 – a City of Bridges – Mediterranean Cruise

I was all set to call Venice the city of Bridges in the title, but after googling the term “City of Bridges” I found out that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania holds that distinction at 446 bridges, with 3 more bridges than Venice. As I’ve never been to Pittsburgh, or crossed any of their bridges, I still consider Venice to be the city with the best bridges.

Day fifteen was a partial day in Venice with the ship leaving port at 4:30 pm. As now Venice veterans we were able to catch the water bus to the Piazza San Marcos with no problems and visit Saint Mark’s Basilica and do some shopping. Visiting Saint Mark’s Basilica is free, you just have to spend about 15 minutes in line waiting to get in. Once inside you have the option of either walking through the church in about 5 minutes or less, or you can visit the museum and gift shop by walking up some cool and narrow steps off to your right. I think the charge was 5 Euros to get in. It was worth it as you could spend all the time you wanted there, and you were able to see the four Horses of Saint Mark.

Sunrise over Venice as seen from our ship.

Sun rising over Venice seen through the ships flag

The cruise ships come and go all day at the port.

Another cruise ship arrives in port - Venice italy

A beautiful bridge in Venice, so of course I use it for a background in selfie photo.

The selfie bridge in Venice Italy

Outside Saint Mark’s Basilica.

Arches on the exterior of Saint Mark

Yes, even the Garbage trucks are boats.

Green garbage boat in Venice ItalyPiazza San Marco - Saint Mark

Ferrari racing cologne for the woman who is attracted to smell of F1 racing I guess.

Ferrari cologne for those who love the smell of motor racing

Stacks of pizza ready to go at the Ramo del Fontego Dei Tedeschi. I think they would do more business if the had a website. They don’t.

Stacks of piazza ready to go - Venice ItalyGlass art for sale in Venice Italy

The tight and narrow walkways and streets of Venice make for interesting delivery methods.

The tight space in Venice make for interesting delivery methods

It’s Italy, they drive the boats like they drive the cars.

Boat jumping over the waves in the Venice Italy waterways.St Mark

It’s just you and boatloads of people in the Piazza San Marco.

Lots and lots of people in the Piazza San Marco Very long and skinny tour boat - Venice Italy

Turns out Venice is the city with the second most bridges in the world.

Plenty of bridges and canals in Venice italy