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Montana and friends prepare for “Geriatric Bowl”

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The last NFL game played at Candlestick Park consisted of a thrilling win by the 49ers over the Falcons on a Monday night.  The last football game of any kind to be played there happens on Saturday, with slightly lower stakes.

Joe Montana and 62 other players will be participating in a flag-football game that Montana’s wife dubs the “Geriatric Bowl.”

And it’s true,” a laughing Joe Cool told the San Francisco Chronicle.  “The biggest expense we’ll have for this whole thing will be ice.”

Not all of them will need ice.  Former Montana teammate Roger Craig has been keeping in peak shape.

“He is running marathons,” Montana said of Craig.  “Marathons?  Are you kidding me?  I tell him anything over 2 miles, you better be arriving in a vehicle.”

It’s unclear how many fans will be arriving in vehicle or other modes of transportation for the last football game at Candlestick Park, especially since it will involve a bunch of guys just sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory of the best of times for a 49ers franchise that still hopes the best is yet to come in the soon-to-be-opened Field of Jeans.

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25 Responses to “Montana and friends prepare for “Geriatric Bowl””
  1. andrewluck12 says: Jul 6, 2014 11:22 AM

    I’d watch that game. Is it being broadcast on tv?

  2. rutchaser says: Jul 6, 2014 11:35 AM

    Kind of cool they are doing this but any grown man that goes to the game, unless they take a child, has way too much time on their hands.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 6, 2014 11:50 AM

    To promote the field the players should wear jeans and how about bringing in celebrity coaches Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jean Luc Picard, and those Jeans wear jeans too and we call the event NFL Miserables? The singing will snag the ratings.

    “I’m going to make a forward pass at you, aiming for your end zone and scoring a touch down too”.

  4. wny49er says: Jul 6, 2014 11:52 AM

    Seeing him in a Niners uniform again would worth the price of admission.

  5. andymc58 says: Jul 6, 2014 12:00 PM

    Hopefully Joe has been wearing his skecher shape ups.

  6. mshawn75 says: Jul 6, 2014 12:03 PM

    Great. What is the over/under on how many times they attempt “the catch”? Or, how many times someone at ESPN says “they look like they could play today”.

  7. profish13 says: Jul 6, 2014 12:21 PM

    Not a 49er fan but if I was in the area I’d definitely go. I never got the opportunity to watch the greatest QB of all time suit up and while this obviously isn’t the same thing, it’s better than nothing.

  8. stampnhawk says: Jul 6, 2014 12:33 PM

    Hopefully no one gets stabbed (on the field or in the stands) at the event.

  9. donschmidt72 says: Jul 6, 2014 12:49 PM

    I would go if I could just to see Marino light up the field again!!! Should be a fun time for the players and fans alike!!

  10. purplezimmerpride says: Jul 6, 2014 12:52 PM

    I hop my Vikings have some scouts at this game. Might find some prospects to help our NFC North worst Offense and Defense rise a few notches.

  11. dalcow4 says: Jul 6, 2014 1:05 PM

    Not surprised– Roger Craig always kept himself in fantastic condition.

  12. bencoates57 says: Jul 6, 2014 1:37 PM

    Any former REDSKIN players involved?

  13. granadafan says: Jul 6, 2014 1:52 PM

    I wish I could go. Montana was the greatest QB I had the pleasure of watching live (back when you didn’t need a loan shark to attend games).

  14. grogansheroes says: Jul 6, 2014 1:58 PM

    I wonder if Ronnie Lott will try to take someone’s head off? Will Deion play for the Falcons or the Niners? And will he return kicks?

  15. eagleswin says: Jul 6, 2014 3:09 PM

    Probably still have more contact and effort than the Pro Bowl

  16. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jul 6, 2014 3:10 PM

    I would definitely go if I could, just to see Montana spin it one last time. Plus the bonus of seeing Young and Marino play.

  17. steves11 says: Jul 6, 2014 3:30 PM

    “(back when you didn’t need a loan shark to attend games)”

    That has become a fact of life for all professional sports. But in my opinion, going to games is overrated. You usually get a better view by watching on TV, and you don’t have to fight the crowds and the traffic. Even if you don’t live in your team’s local viewing area, a subscription to Sunday Ticket will allow you to see every game you want to see.

  18. mackcarrington says: Jul 6, 2014 4:11 PM

    It’s safe to conclude that Joe must be getting paid big-time to do this.

  19. sjsuguy says: Jul 6, 2014 5:03 PM

    Those who say the game is better on TV have probably never been to a game.

  20. dirtysouthniner says: Jul 6, 2014 11:28 PM

    Wish they brought it back to the pro bowl

  21. senoreno says: Jul 7, 2014 12:25 AM

    Montana would still make a better starting qb than 85% of todays qb’s starting with RGME and game manager Russell Wilson aka Trent Dilfer.

    Pathetic QB’s.

  22. philcoa says: Jul 7, 2014 2:35 PM

    Best moves are:

    1. Relocate the Raiders in Los Angeles

    2. Move the Raiders to the NFC for a true Norcal-Socal rivalry.

    3, Move the Seahawks back to the AFL where they originally came from and then we could see a Niners v Seahawks Super Bowl

  23. demiandublog says: Jul 7, 2014 3:06 PM

    Woojo, i want to see the Old Joe win again for one last time, in 49ers Uniform

  24. 4ever9er says: Jul 7, 2014 3:25 PM

    @rutchaser says: Jul 6, 2014 11:35 AM

    Kind of cool they are doing this but any grown man that goes to the game, unless they take a child, has way too much time on their hands.
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    It’s on a Saturday!!!

  25. omeimontis says: Jul 8, 2014 2:00 AM

    The coach of the winning team will get doused by a bucket of prune juice.

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