Today, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke held his annual don’t tell the media anything about the draft day. He was very successful at it. I did manage to get a good look at the building site for the new stadium which is definitely in the process of getting built right on the Niners’ front porch. I also learned about golden helmets and what they mean to the Niners on draft day. And I threw in a little bit of Dorothy for those who love The Wizard of Oz. To read the column, please click here.

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  1. KauaiRobert

    You question the Cowardly Lion’s worthiness of a gold helmet???
    Put ‘em up, put ‘em up!

    April 18th, 2012 5:18 pm

  2. Dennis

    My guess is that you don’t make the draft board and thus the opportunity to receive a gold helmet unless you have the physical skills to begin with. So in your example, you being 66, probably wouldn’t make the draft board and thus could not possibly be elgible for a gold helmet. Aldon Smith probably did.

    April 18th, 2012 8:12 pm

  3. Streetglide

    I have a gold helmet. Had it for years. Sometimes I wear it when I mow the lawn. Problem is the bees keep flying into the ear holes. Use it for a vase once in a while.
    Used to see guys wearing them all the time, usually with clam diggers and a boat-topped striped sailor shirt. Those days were over the day the music died. Monty Python did a whole show in gold helmets. JH has a black helmet. Al Davis had a silver one. Wore it all the time. Ben Rothlisberger didn’t have one when he crashed his bike. Dummy.
    I need to stop writing legislative analysis. Making me crazy…

    April 19th, 2012 7:14 am

  4. brady

    ha! great, fun article, Lowell. what an enjoyable read (though I have to ask, if you’re “90% done, except…” doesn’t that mean you’re 80% done? “100% done, except…” would be 90%, right? ;) )

    Anyway, I’m curious as to who the non-gold helmeter was, too. It seems it can’t have been Aldon…I don’t see why they would reach for a non-helmet guy. Doesn’t it only make sense for Baalke to reveal that you had one non-helmet guy if he’s no longer on the team?

    Given his work-ethic problems in camp, Ronald Johnson seems like a prime candidate…

    April 19th, 2012 1:34 pm

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