SAN FRANCISCO — Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Monday column offers five solutions to reverse the concussion trend. But honestly, I’m not even sure all five of these will do it. Scary stuff.
>> There’s nothing quite like the NFL when it comes to parity on a grand stage. Packers lose to Chiefs, Colts finally win, and Ravens get crushed last night in San Diego.
Add up Psycho Sunday, and suddenly the Steelers are in complete control of their AFC destiny.
Well, what to do now?
The most pressing aftermath had been whether or not Mike Tomlin will use Ben Roethlisberger tonight against the 49ers, though one would have to think that, health at least somewhat cooperating, he will. I’d been under the assumption that Ben was going to play, anyway, and that only grew upon hearing that he apparently was walking a lot better in his travels with the team.
It’s the right move to use him, no doubt. Teams that get the bye are proven to have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl. Anyone who needs a break can take one in a couple weeks.
>> Oh, and let me be among the first to question everything about the Packers after their offense looked sloppy in Kansas City. That should be the end of a team’s season, right?
>> Why can’t Joe Flacco stink like that on the Sunday after I write a column ripping him?
>> I absolutely love this city. Always have, always will.
Above is a cable car I snapped for you on Powell Street, which is all decked out for the holidays. If you’ve never been here, you’re making a mistake.
>> It’s not easy to quantify what Chris Kunitz means to the Penguins, but if you want a good glimpse, rewind the film of Evgeni Malkin’s first goal the other night and watch every little thing he did in the 30 seconds or so leading up to it. What a complete hockey player.
>> Predictions of doom for PirateFest for moving to December clearly were unfounded, with the second-largest gathering in the event’s history over the three days. But then, the fan base has never been the problem. One of these days, all that enthusiasm will be rewarded, I guess.
>> My weekly segment on the online TribLIVE Radio will come today at 12:30 p.m.