After a 12-4 season and a heartbreaking loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game the following season, the 49ers imploded. There were lengthy injuries to Patrick Willis and NaVarro Bowman, a nine-game suspension for Aldon Smith, and their quarterback regressed.
Kaepernick had the most passing yards of his career (3,369) along with his highest completion percentage over a 16-game season (60.5) in 2014, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman admitted that they were trying to simplify the offense for him, who, by then, was a four-year veteran.
His 19 passing touchdowns were marginally lower from the previous season (21), and he rushed for a career-high 639 yards, with his only rushing touchdown coming off a 90-yard run in the Week 16 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers.
In the following season, new head coach Jim Tomsula announced that he was making Blaine Gabbert his starting quarterback with the Niners at 2-6 at the halfway point. San Francisco went 5-11 and fired Tomsula as head coach, replacing him with Chip Kelly.
Ahead of Week 6, Kelly announced that Kaepernick would be his starter, though he would win just one of his final 11 games with a season-long passer rating of 90.7 that ranked 17th in the league. That same rating would have had him in the top half of QBs in the 2017 season. Kaepernick also had a higher QB rating than both Philip Rivers and Eli Manning in his final season, while a repeat performance in 2017 would have seen him outperform Dak Prescott, Derek Carr and Cam Newton.
Jan. 12, 2013STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford fencing team got the positive start it wanted in its season opener Saturday at the Western Invitational Tournament, with the men's team going undefeated (4-0) and the women's team dropping just one match (4-1).
The popular festival founded by cellist Finckel and pianist Wu Han is now in its 11th season. Running July 18 through Aug. 10, it's based at Menlo School in Atherton, with events at Stent Family Hall and Martin Family Hall on campus, and at the Center for Performing Arts over at Menlo-Atherton High School. Besides hosting concerts with big-name musicians, the festival also presents a lecture series and performances by musicians who are studying at the festival's Chamber Music Institute this summer.Musicians new to the festival this year include the Danish String Quartet and violinist Soovin Kim; returning players include the Orion String Quartet, violinist Jorja Fleezanis, violist Arnaud Sussmann, pianist Gilbert Kalish and cellist Colin Carr.This year's theme, "From Bach," is the focus of the eight mainstage concerts. The first, "Piano/Piano," looks at Bach's legacy as an organist and how it has inspired piano compositions by master composers in their own right: Schubert, Schumann, Bartok. It will be performed July 19.On July 21 is "Quartet Dimensions." The Danish String Quartet and other players will explore Bach's influence on the quartet art form, including Mozart's string-quartet takes on Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier.""String Variations," with performances on July 24 and 25, begins with Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 3 and continues the splendid-strings theme through pieces by Richard Strauss, Shostakovich and Mozart. Wu Han will be featured on harpsichord. On July 27, "Preludes and Fugues" looks at Bach's contrapuntal music and its influence on Haydn, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Gershwin, Britten and others.Closing out the month is "Trio Transformations," on July 31 and Aug. 1. The program explores how Bach's sonatas led to the more modern piano-trio art form, featuring Jeffrey Kahane playing piano and harpsichord, Joseph Swensen playing violin and Carter Brey playing cello.Bach's "French" Suites showed that the master went far beyond Germanic music, and the Aug. 2-3 program "French Connections" delves into the brightness and romance that later appeared in music by Saint-Saens, Debussy, Tournier and Franck.On Aug. 6 and 7, many musicians will take on the master's final work, "Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue)." Lastly, "The Solo Voice" looks at Bach's music for solo instruments, with his Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, and pieces by Schubert, Mozart and Mendelssohn. Performance dates are Aug. 9 and 10.Also at [email protected] are the Carte Blanche Concerts, which allow individual festival artists to curate their own recitals and single out pieces that have particular meaning to them.Percussionists Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka and Ian Rosenbaum will be featured on July 20, followed by violinist Soovin Kim the next day. Colin Carr presents "Cello Evolutions I" on July 28; he performed all of Bach's cello suites at the festival in 2004 and will play two of them as part of the new program.Violinist Jorja Fleezanis will be accompanied by soprano Elizabeth Futral and others in her "Into the Light" program on July 28, looking at how music gives voice to the human condition. Cellist Laurence Lesser follows on Aug. 4.Meanwhile, classical-music scholars will be presenting "Encounter" lectures. The schedule is: "In the Beginning ... There Was Bach" with Ara Guzelimian on July 18; "Keyboard Evolution: How Bach's Instruments Became the Modern Piano" with Stuart Isacoff on July 26; "The Art of Late Bach: Exploring 'Musical Offering' and 'The Art of Fugue'" with Michael Parloff on Aug. 4; and "The Passion According to Sebastian Bach" with Patrick Castillo on Aug. 8.Other talks and student-musician concerts, as well as master classes, will be held throughout the festival, with a [email protected] open house on July 20. Music-inspired paintings by Sebastian Spreng will be on exhibit. Info: Tickets for mainstage concerts are $55-$77 ($20-$35 for those under 30), and Carte Blanche Concert tickets are $40-$75 ($20-$35 for those under 30). Encounter lectures are $45 general and $20 for the under-30s. Performances by musicians in the Chamber Music Institute are free. For a complete schedule and ticketing details, go to musicatmenlo.org or call 650-331-0202.This story contains 774 words.
With Halloween approaching, numerous haunted attractions all over Texas are preparing for the big "haunt" season. Directors and staff of such attractions must invest significant time preparing their buildings; such efforts gear up significantly during September. Wikinews caught up with some owners of these attractions to learn more about the hard work it takes to prepare for opening night.
Terror Nights, an attraction in Tyler, opens for the season on September 27. Ryan Laepple, owner and director of the haunt, states he's currently involved in "a blur of safety inspections, auditions, actor training, and last but not least event advertising." Laepple went on to say he stays "pretty busy until the show opens on the 27th and then things calm down some. As long as not too many things in the haunt break at once." Dean Jarnig, the director of Zombie Manor in Arlington, said he and staff have recently been spraying flame-retardant chemicals and installing new lights. Jarnig also stated he and staff are working on a promotional video for their attraction, which opens on Friday September 13.
A new wildfire near Fairbanks is adding to a complex late wildfire season in the Interior. The Caribou Creek fire is burning about 36 miles northeast of Harding Lake, about 20 miles east of the 85,000 acre Stuart Creek Fire. 041b061a72