Super Bowl XLVII: Saturday morning links

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

One more sleep until the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens square off in Super Bowl XLVII. The Saturday before the Super Bowl usually feels like it's going to last forever, but there are a few activities going on that should help the day go by a little faster.

At 5:30 p.m. ET, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will conduct a news conference to announce the inductees for the Class of 2013. Here is the list of 15 modern era and two Senior Committee nominees.

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The 2nd Annual NFL Honors Awards Show will be held on Saturday night where the NFL and Associated Press will hand out their annual awards. The program will air nationally on CBS from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

• Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, writes Victor Contreras of The Sacramento Bee.

• 49ers CEO Jed York is following in his uncle's footsteps, writes Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

• The time is right the the late Art Modell, former owner of the Cleveland Browns and Ravens, to be inducted to the Hall of Fame, writes Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun.

• Former Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden is also a finalist for induction to the Hall of Fame.

• 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's ascension to the starting role has a fairytale-like feel to it, writes Ailene Voisin.

• Kaepernick's arm strength scares his own receivers, writes Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News.

• Only eight of the 106 players on the 49ers and Ravens' rosters have Super Bowl experience, notes Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

• Ravens second-round linebacker Courtney Upshaw will play for another championship in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

• 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis has many similarities to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, writes Aaron Wilson.

• Lewis received an apology from Mitch Ross, the sleeveless clothing aficionado and owner of S.W.A.T.S, the company that sells deer antler velvet spray.

• Ravens safety Ed Reed keeps his hometown of Saint Rose, Louisiana close to his heart, writes Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun.

• NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell applauded 49ers quarterback Alex Smith for reporting the concussion that contributed to him losing his starting job.

• Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin has stepped up this postseason, writes Mike Preston.

• How deep does the "Harbowl" go? Jay Harbaugh, son of 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, is a coaching intern on John Harbaugh's staff with the Ravens.

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• The 49ers pumped in crowd noise for all three aspects of the game during Friday's practice.

• Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said his team had an A-plus effort in their final practice before Super Bowl XLVII, which doubled as the final practice of Ray Lewis' NFL career.

• 49ers kicker David Akers is looking to beat his former special teams coach, writes Mindi Bach of CSN Bay Area.

• Super Bowl XLVII will be decided by which teams wins at the point of attack, writes Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group.

• The 49ers cornerbacks vs. Baltimore's wide receivers is another key match-up to watch, writes Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

• Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News thinks a defensive player will be MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.

• Four current and former members of the 49ers practice squad - Cam Johnson and Tony Jerod-Eddie, who are now on the active roster, and Al Netter and Ricardo Lockette, who remain on the practice squad - turned down offers to join other team's active rosters, reports Eric Branch. (On a related note, practice squad players earn a minimum of $5,700 per week. The 49ers began paying Netter as if he were on their 53-man roster, $22,941 per week, on Oct. 30)

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