2014 seems such a long long time ago these days:
And speaking of flashing back, the ribald T-shirt is Joe Montana-approved, so there’s that.
First of all, let’s play a game of identifying the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points of San Francisco. If you guess, you’re going to make mistakes.
Hint: They’re all islands, some are mere “rocks.”
All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:
Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock
North Farallon Islands
How’d you do? Check here.
Now, add up all the San Francisco County land area amidst these points and you’ll get 46.something square miles. Sry.
Anyway, this is wrong:
So that’s your answer, 46 square miles. Oh, you want to round up to 47? OK. No but really you want to round up to 49, you know, for the poetry of it all?
Well, then why not round up to 50, or 100 square miles then?
Of course, back in the day, 49 square miles was a fair guess – 7×7 right? But the problem with that is geography. We were forgetting the Great San Francisco Bight, the part of SF’s northwestern corner that just aint there.
These days, of course, we have the tools to be accurate.
See below. I’ve bolded the relevant portions – you’re welcome!
Basically, your carrot for volunteering is this:
One (1) Super Bowl 50 volunteer uniform (Generic “VISA” windbreaker + generic shirt + generic cap)
Two (2) tickets to the NFL Experience. (Act all surprised when they present them to you. I guess that’s a SPOILER for you. Sorry about that, Chief.)
In exchange for that, here are the sticks what will lessen your ardor for becoming an unpaid worker for millionaires and billionaires. I call it the 0-1-2-3 Plan!
Zero (0) gigs available inside the stadium on Game Day AND zero (0) tickets available to compensate workers. (Oh. So why would people volunteer then? I’m not getting this.)
One (1) background check required, of you. (You can’t have multiple domestic violence convictions and then expect to labor for the NFL, right?)
Two (2) or more (moar?!) unpaid training session(s) required before Super Bowl Week. (Who knows, you might be “leadership” material, and that would lead to extra training. In this case, feel free to add this experience to your LinkedIn next year as supervisory experience, I’m srsly.)
Three (3) shifts (minimum) required to fulfill your obligations. (I don’t know how they could compel you to actually show up after you get your swag – perhaps that mechanism will be in all the paperwork you’ll be signing.)
So how the heck is the NFL going to get thousands and thousands of people to sign up for this?
Hey, what about the drugs? It’s not a prob:
OK then. (The NFL certainly doesn’t seem to mind some drugs, anyway.)
(You know, of all the events our local Establishment works years and years on, you know, to bring EXCITEMENT to the bay area, a Santa Clara Super Bowl is prolly the best. Like, it’s not a small-time scam like an America’s Cup (cost to tax and fee payers = eight (8) figures) and it’s not a big-time scam like a corrupt Summer Olympics (cost to tax and fee payers = eleven (11) figures). So things could be worse. I can’t say I approve of all the deets in the secret NFL contract what brings the SB to SC, but a Super Bowl is a real event that won’t require new stadiums, so that’s nice.)
All right, all the deets:
“SUPER BOWL 50 HOST COMMITTEE CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS
5000+ Volunteers Needed for the Bay Area’s Super Bowl Week
SAN FRANCISCO — Today the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee opens its Volunteer Program application process. The Host Committee is calling for 5,000+ volunteers to welcome guests to the Bay Area and provide them with a helping hand during Super Bowl Week, which begins January 30, 2016.
The official volunteer application is available on the Host Committee’s website at www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/volunteer.
According to the Host Committee, a variety of volunteer opportunities and shifts will be available to accommodate the skills and schedules of volunteers. Volunteers will be stationed around the Bay Area in hotels, airports, major tourist destinations, and ferry and train terminals. Volunteers will also be stationed at Super Bowl City in San Francisco and the South Bay during Super Bowl Week. On Game Day, the NFL will not require any volunteer support inside the stadium.
“We are looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers to help us give a warm welcome to more than one million visitors during Super Bowl Week,” said Keith Bruce, CEO for the Host Committee. “Volunteers are key ambassadors for both Super Bowl 50 and the Bay Area, so we are looking to build a volunteer corps that showcases the tremendous diversity, spirit and character of our communities.”
Volunteers will receive a free Super Bowl 50 volunteer uniform, as well as volunteer training in advance of Super Bowl Week. Volunteers will not receive tickets for Super Bowl 50.
All participants must be available to work at least three volunteers shifts. While most of the volunteer opportunities will be available for participants who are at least 18 years old, there are also a limited number of opportunities for youth ages 14-17. All participants must also undergo a background check.
About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee:
Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including public exhibits, planning of game day logistics and Super Bowl City, its fan village in San Francisco. The Host Committee will donate 25% of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through 50 Fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.
And here’s the site, complete with “256 SSL bit encryption.”*
“The Host Committee is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to serve in a number of capacities. Whatever your interest, talent or background, there is an opportunity waiting for you!
The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Volunteer Program is officially accepting applications!
Apply to be a Volunteer HERE.
Please keep in mind that submission of an application does not guarantee a volunteer role.
Please know that our application system is protected with a 256 SSL bit encryption. To view our security, clicking the “Verified & Secured” icon in the footer of the application.
Have questions? Check out our #SB50 Volunteer Program FAQ
If you are interested in learning more about the Volunteer program, please sign up for our newsletter below and connect with us on LinkedIn.
Read more at http://www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/volunteer/#sLJGwSXUBQe63Jrj.99″
*Uh, how about 256-bit SSL encryption instead, NFL?
I was thinking that our local Santa Clara Super Bowl 2016 people would be giving like $500 a piece to local, corrupted, politically-connected non-profits like the Tenderloin Housing Clinic / BeyondChron, but no, the grants are $500,000 a piece and they seem to be going to legitimate charities.
Of course I could tell you what I don’t like about the Santa Clara Super Bowl (like its associated contracts, with terms I don’t know but can only guess at. until the deets get released, only after the game is over) but let’s save that for ‘nother day.
(This is a different deal entirely than the failed 2024 Olympics attempt and the failed America’s Cup attempts.)
All the deets:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
50 FUND ANNOUNCES GAME CHANGER GRANT RECIPIENTS
HOST COMMITTEE’S LEGACY FUND KICKS OFF WITH FIRST $2.5 MILLION
As part of the celebration of 50 Weeks to Super Bowl 50, the 50 Fund announced the Bay Area non-profit recipients of their “Game Changer” grants today.
Game Changers is one of the programs of the 50 Fund, the philanthropic arm of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.
From a pool of nearly 150 nonprofits that serve every corner of the Bay Area, the 50 Fund selected five organizations that will receive this first round of funding, the “Game Changer” grants. Each non-profit will receive a grant for $500,000 to help support its work in closing the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth and young adults living in low-income communities.
“This selection process has reinforced why we are so focused on ensuring that Super Bowl 50 is the most giving Super Bowl yet. There is so much good work being done here in the Bay Area, and through Super Bowl 50, we can shine a real light on these organizations,” said Kamba Tshionyi, chairman of the 50 Fund. “It was a tough decision for our Board to get down to our final grantees for this round; the quality of these applications and the caliber of all of these nonprofits were just outstanding,”
Together, the five Game Changer grantees will expand programs the reach of these Bay Area nonprofits, serve more than 1,000 low-income youth in the next 12 months, and provide solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing young people in the region: homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and lack of equitable access to healthcare and educational opportunities. Grant recipients include:
First Place for Youth
Currently serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Solano Counties, First Place will use its 50 Fund Game Changer grant to replicate its highly effective program model in Santa Clara County, providing permanent housing and wrap-around support, including education and employment, to young people aged 18-24 transitioning out of foster care, who would otherwise be living on the street and struggling to survive.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
FLY will use its Game Changer grant to expand its current services in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to another Bay Area county, providing a robust set of evidence-informed interventions proven to help youth offenders aged 15-18 change the trajectory of their lives – reducing recidivism, increasing public safety and helping participants build essential life skills to maximize their potential.
Expanding its San Francisco Bay Area footprint and building on its success at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara this past year, Juma Ventures will use its Game Changer grant to launch new concession and vending enterprises at Spartan Stadium, Moscone Center and Avaya Stadium, providing employment, financial skills and academic support to low-income youth aged 16-18, who will be the first in their families to attend college.
La Clinica de la Raza
Through its Game Changer grant, La Clinica will double its school-based health care (SBHC) services in Alameda County, expanding trauma-focused services, increasing screening for youth in high-risk schools, and creating a sustainable training model for clinicians and support teachers in trauma-sensitive school communities. La Clinica also serves Contra Costa and Solano counties.
Summer Search will use its Game Changer grant toward doubling the number of low-income students served through their Bay Area programs, helping to produce socially responsible college graduates who have transformed what they believe is possible for themselves through a program that integrate year-round professional mentorship, summer experiential learning, individualized college access and financial aid counseling, as well as a consistent network of support in college and beyond. Summer Search serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties.
“We wanted to kick off our countdown to Super Bowl 50 with a focus on how we will give back to our communities,” said Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Chairman Daniel Lurie. “We are committed to creating a lasting legacy of community impact by hosting this milestone event, and we’re excited to be making our first grants today, 50 weeks from Super Bowl 50.”
One quarter of all the dollars raised by the Host Committee will go to support local organizations and initiatives through 50 Fund, focusing on organizations with innovative approaches to creating lasting solutions to local challenges. The 50 Fund will offer two more rounds of Game Changer grants, with the next application period opening this summer.
The NFL Foundation has made a $1 million grant to 50 Fund as part of its annual Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program. This is the largest contribution to 50 Fund to date and matches local private and public donations that have been made or pledged as part of the Host Committee’s commitment to contribute 25% of all the funds it raises back to community nonprofits.
About 50 Fund
50 Fund is the signature philanthropic initiative of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. Its goal is to help close the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth and young adults living in low-income communities. Through its grantmaking programs, 50 Fund will support organizations and initiatives making a difference, tackling big issues and scaling their impact. For more information, visit www.50fund.org
About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee
Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including the Super Bowl Village, public exhibits and planning of game day logistics. The Host Committee will donate 25% of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through 50 Fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.
Follow the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee:
Online at www.sfbaysuperbowl.com or www.50fund.org
Facebook at www.facebook.com/superbowl50 or www.facebook.com/the50fund
Twitter at www.twitter.com/superbowl50 or www.twitter.com/50Fund
Well, no it’s not. Add together all the land of San Francisco County, even including all the landfill and the Farallones and Alcatraz and even including the slivers of islands we only have small parts of, like Angel Island and Red Rock Island and Alameda Island, all of it, is only just 46 point something square miles.
Don’t you people know that?
So 7×7 = 49, yeah sure, that’s a good start, but what about the Great San Francisco Bight? (Or bite, either way.) A big part of our Upper Left is missing, right?
So you’re the great cheerleaders for the City and County but you don’t even know what it looks like, right?
Is this pedantry what I’m committing? Well, you tell me, babe. Hey, let’s talk about the other Mayor who got appointed by Mayor Willie Brown – let’s hear something from Gavin Newsom:
“We can sue – we’re a 49 square mile city, founded in 1849, by the 49’ers. The city [Santa Clara] can’t take the name 49’ers.”
Well leaving aside the facts that SF wasn’t founded in 1849 and it wasn’t founded by 49’ers (who actually lived far to the east of SF in 1849), and that some 49’ers settled in Santa Clara as well, leaving all that aside, we’re not a 49 square mile city, right? So that shouldn’t be a any part of a legal argument about where any NFL stadium should be, right? Until at least one of our Mayors gets things right, this pattern will continue. Right?
(And check the video – if that’s what he’s like post-“rehab,” what was he like before?)
Anyway, how about Get Your Kicks in the 46, you know, instead? I’m sure our NikeTown would like that one. Or, rounding up, you could go with Shopping Heaven in the 47?
Oh, and the other thing is that telling people to only shop in the county where they reside, which is more or less what we’re doing here, is a baaaaaad idea for a tourist town like Frisco.
Oh, and another thing is, gee, is this kind of feel-good thing effective? No, but you’re trying to throw struggling boutiques a bone? OK. But with stuff like this?
Having breakfast/lunch/dinner @__________, my favorite place to #shopdine49
I’m making a difference by shopping and dining in the 49 this holiday season #shopdine49
I support local businesses and I love my neighborhood. #shopdine49″
Why would a normal person follow any of these suggestions?
Well here it is, for Roman Catholic Jim “Due Process” Harbaugh, who’s just six or so years off of probation himself, on the subject of Ray McDonald:
“‘…zero tolerance’ are empty words…”
Yesterday’s press release:
**News release** Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of The Representation Project, joint statement on the 49ers decision to continue to play Ray McDonald
“The City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area has long stood staunchly on the forefront of domestic violence awareness and prevention. That’s why the 49ers’ continued insistence on playing Ray McDonald during his ongoing criminal investigation is a painful affront to every victim of domestic violence and sends a troubling message to our community and especially our children that ‘zero tolerance’ are empty words, not real actions. In light of the increased public awareness of this issue in the wake of the horrific Ray Rice assault and today’s decision by the Carolina Panthers to deactivate Greg Hardy, we strongly urge the 49er organization we grew up revering to do the right thing — right now — and bench Ray McDonald, pending the outcome of his felony domestic violence investigation by San Jose law enforcement.”
Contact: Andrea Koskey
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
Or rather, it’s Down There, all the way down in Santa Clara, two full counties away from us.
Anyway, this is Intel’s reward for spending millions and millions on the NFL / regulatory agencies / politicians:
Bland, bland, bland…