SAN FRANCISCO — Some sporting thoughts very close to sunrise …
>> My extra Tuesday column tracks a lot of the stupid things that happened here at Candlestick last night and well into the morning.
>> My position before this game was that, if Ben Roethlisberger was healthy enough to play, he should play. So, unlike a lot of people who are going to second-guess Mike Tomlin based primarily on the outcome, I’m going to base my view on this: Roethlisberger looked well enough to play, at least by the second half. Moved a lot better. Showed patience. A little more accuracy.
What I didn’t like — and don’t understand — is allowing him to start winging it after a disciplined first half. He had been working out of a tight pocket, firing quickly. After halftime, he was scrambling, waiting forever for bombs to Mike Wallace and, of course, getting hammered. Whether that falls on Bruce Arians or Tomlin, it shouldn’t have happened. That jeopardized the quarterback more than simply putting him on the field.
>> With that column up there, my weekly game balls include only one Steeler this week: Jerricho Cotchery. He did some really good things, so good that you didn’t even see Hines Ward after a couple early series. Expect that to remain the case.
>> Be sure to check Scott Brown’s coverage of Roethlisberger, the angry trainer and Steve Young.
>> I snapped this right after the second blackout …
This has nothing to do with anything, but the NFL has no business allowing the 49ers to operate one of the league’s 31 stadiums this way. The place is farcical.
>> I’ll be flying home Tuesday, but I will have a Wednesday column for you, also off this circus.