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Woman facing lengthy prison sentence for trying to kidnap Joe Montana’s grandchild

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NFL legend Joe Montana and his wife Jennifer were involved in a terrifying incident over the weekend in which they had to thwart a kidnapping attempt, and the woman responsible is facing serious jail time.

Sodsai Dalzell, 39, entered the home where the Montanas were staying in Malibu, Calif., on Saturday and allegedly took one of their grandchildren out of a playpen where the baby was sleeping. Dalzell took the baby to another area of the home, where Joe and Jennifer confronted her and were able to wrestle their granddaughter away. The woman fled the home but was caught by L.A. County Sheriff’s Department officers a few blocks away.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Dalzell has been charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a victim under 14 and one count of first-degree burglary. She is facing up to 11 years in state prison if convicted of the kidnapping charge and six years for the burglary charge.

Prosecutors have recommended Dalzell’s bail be set at $200,000.

Fortunately, it does not sound like the baby was harmed in any way.

We’ve heard of athletes thwarting crime attempts in the past, but this incident involved Montana’s own grandchild. We can only imagine how scary that must have been.

Joe Montana, wife had to wrestle grandchild away from kidnapper

Joe Montana

Joe Montana and his wife Jennifer were involved in a terrifying incident on Saturday in which they reportedly had to stop a home intruder from kidnapping one of their grandchildren.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that a 39-year-old woman entered the California home where the Montanas were staying through an unlocked door on Saturday evening. The intruder then saw a woman, who has not been identified, holding an infant. The alleged kidnapper took Montana’s grandchild and went to another part of the house.

Joe and Jennifer reportedly followed the intruder and wrestled the baby away from her. The kidnapper then ran out of the house.

L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies happened to be on the same block for an unrelated matter, and someone inside the house flagged them down to report what had happened. The officers found the intruder a few blocks away and arrested her on kidnapping and burglary charges.

Fortunately, it does not sound like the baby was harmed in any way.

We’ve heard of athletes thwarting crime attempts in the past, but this incident involved Montana’s own grandchild. We can only imagine how scary that must have been.

Joe Montana makes funny guarantee ahead of Super Bowl

Guaranteeing a victory almost always has the potential to make a player look bad, but Joe Montana has found a way around that ahead of Super Bowl LIV.

Montana, who won four Super Bowls during his Hall of Fame career, sent a great tweet on Monday guaranteeing his team is going to win it all this year.

As soon as the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers won their respective conferences, Montana was guaranteed a victory. For a guy that did a whole lot of winning during his career, it’s safe to say this will be his easiest win yet.

Montana spent just two seasons with the Chiefs at the end of his career, and all four titles he won were with the 49ers. He may feel a bit more allegiance to San Francisco given his history with the franchise, but the big game really is a no-lose situation for Joe Cool this year.

Joe Montana not yet ready to crown Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo was fantastic in his limited time with the San Francisco 49ers last season. He was so good that his performance convinced the team to sign him to a massive five-year, $137.5 million extension over the offseason. Despite that, 49ers franchise legend Joe Montana is not ready to crown him yet.

“I think it’s still a little early for it, myself,” Montana said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” Tuesday. “He’s obviously has a lot more success in the games he’s played in so far than the other quarterbacks that have been there recently. So I think there’s a lot of excitement in the Bay Area about it. They paid a lot of money for him … I think there’s some belief there that he’ll be there for a while.”

Garoppolo went 5-0 in his starts with the Niners last season, who finished 6-10. He completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He certainly turned the team around and looked great last year. If he keeps playing that way, he will definitely prove himself as a franchise quarterback for San Francisco.

Joe Montana won’t say Tom Brady is greatest QB of all time

Did Tom Brady end the debate about who is the greatest quarterback to ever live when he won his fifth championship and was named MVP of the Super Bowl for the fourth time? That still depends on who you ask.

Many people felt Brady surpassed Joe Montana two years ago when he tied the San Franciso 49ers legend with four Super Bowl wins and three MVPs. Most of those who still gave Montana the nod after that changed their minds when the New England Patriots came back from 25 points down to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the most incredible comeback in NFL history.

But how does Montana himself feel about Brady.

“He’s obviously having a tremendous career, but I think it’s hard to put anyone in that (greatest of all time) bucket,” Montana said during a Hallmark Channel special that will air Friday, via TMZ. “Even before he got five, you look back at some of the guys people don’t even know like Sammy Baugh and Otto Graham, I can’t remember which one but one of them won like seven or nine championships. It’s so far ahead of the time, it’s hard to compare then to now.”

When it was noted that many would call Montana the best of all time because of his 4-0 record in Super Bowls, the Hall of Famer showed some humility.

“I still can’t say that — even though people say it and I appreciate it — about myself because of just what I said,” Montana replied.

At that point, Montana’s wife Jennifer joked (we think?) that Joe has no problem calling himself the best at home.

The debate will never truly end, but Brady clearly has the best argument. Not only has he won more Super Bowls than any other quarterback, but he has done it in an era where the salary cap is supposed to create parity across the league. And to those who say Montana is better because he never lost in the Super Bowl, how can you punish Brady for winning more conference championships? If you want to know how Brady is viewed by his peers, just watch this video.

Joe Montana gives Jerry Rice bunny ears in HOF photo

Joe Montana Jerry Rice

Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice were both in Canton this weekend to watch the Class of ’16 get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That included watching former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. get inducted.

Along the way, Montana decided to have some fun. The four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback gave his longtime receiver the good ole bunny ears:

Hey, when you’ve thrown 55 touchdowns to a guy, you can have the freedom to mess around like that. Plus, when it all comes down to it, we know Montana has Rice’s back.

Joe Montana: 49ers linemen used to put silicone on their jerseys


San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana has already gone on record as saying he believes Tom Brady ordered equipment managers to take air out of footballs, but that doesn’t mean Montana thinks Brady committed a major crime.

In an interview with Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Montana referred to the Deflategate saga as “funny.” He also compared it to the way some of his teammates used to cheat.

“I wish I’d known (it could make a difference) because I couldn’t throw a wet ball to save my life,” Montana said. “Heck, I would’ve thought about (deflating the ball), sure.

“Our offensive linemen used to spray silicone on their shirts until they got caught. Once you get caught, you get caught. Period. It doesn’t take anything away from Tom’s game. But how long has he been doing it? I don’t know.”

Montana added that it shouldn’t even be considered a big deal if Brady did orchestrate the deflating of game balls.

“It is one of those things that is a rule, right?” he said. “It might be a dumb rule, but it doesn’t matter. He didn’t deflate them himself, but you can pick up the ball and can tell if it is underinflated, overinflated or what you like. Everybody is afraid to say it, but if the guy did it, so what. Just pay up and move on. It’s no big deal.”

One of the arguments in favor of Brady and the New England Patriots is that all teams bend the rules to try to gain an advantage. Between Montana’s comment about his offensive linemen and Jerry Rice’s cheating admission, it sure seems like the 49ers of the 1990s were all about gamesmanship.


Joe Montana: Tom Brady had to have ordered deflated footballs

Joe MontanaJoe Montana isn’t buying the defenses from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick as they relate to the “deflategate” controversy.

Montana, who won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, believes the Patriots’ footballs in the AFC Championship Game could only have been underinflated at the direction of Brady.

“If I ever want a ball a certain way, I don’t do it myself,” said Montana via The Boston Globe. “So, somebody did it for him.

“But I don’t know why everybody is making a big deal out of trying to figure out who did it. It’s pretty simple. If it was done, it was done for a reason.

“Did Tom do it? No, but Tom likes the balls that way, obviously, or you wouldn’t have 11 of them that way without him complaining, because as a quarterback, you know how you like the ball. If it doesn’t feel like that, something is wrong.

Montana says he spoke with his former rival, Troy Aikman, and they both agreed they wish they had thought of the idea to deflate balls so they could actually have some success passing in the rain. He also says it’s silly to prevent quarterbacks from altering the balls to their liking (another former QB says they all do it anyway).

“It’s a stupid thing to even be talking about because they shouldn’t have the rule anyway. If you want to see the game played at the best, everybody has a different grip, everybody likes a different feel.”

Montana believes the rules are in place because kickers used to mess with the balls too much, so the league had to regulate matters.

Though Montana believes Brady ordered the deflated balls, he does not believe this issue detracts from the legacy of the Pats quarterback. Brady grew up in the Bay Area idolizing Montana and Steve Young, and Joe says Brady is in the conversation about greatest quarterbacks of all time. It would be hard to keep Brady out of it; he’s won three Super Bowls and is playing in his sixth.

Joe Montana rips San Francisco for letting 49ers leave

Joe MontanaNext year the San Francisco 49ers will stop playing their home games in the city that bears the team’s name and begin playing in Santa Clara. The 49ers have played in San Francisco since their founding in 1946 and will be moving 39 miles south. The move is not sitting well with franchise legend Joe Montana.

Montana, who was the team’s quarterback for four of the five championships in franchise history, expressed his disappointment with San Francisco politicians for allowing the team to move.

“I understand people’s concern about them leaving San Francisco,” Montana said while speaking at a fan forum, per CSN Bay Area.

“I don’t think there was not enough of an effort by people in power at the time to try to keep them there. To me, they made a terrible effort to try to keep them in San Francisco.”

Candlestick Park, where the 49ers currently play, has long been considered outdated and will be demolished. The team had been working on plans to build a new stadium in the area, but they changed plans and began focusing on Santa Clara in 2006. They’ll be moving into Levi Stadium for next season. Montana mentioned that the move could have been worse. And I’ll remind him that at least it’s not a team with the name of one state playing their home games in another (ahem, New York).

H/T Pro Football Talk

Bill Walsh considered trading Joe Montana for John Elway

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Joe Montana won four Super Bowls and is considered by many to be the greatest quarterback of all time. John Elway won two Super Bowls and is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Can you believe that the coach who had so much success with Montana, Bill Walsh, seriously thought about trading him for Elway even after winning a Super Bowl with the Notre Dame product? That was one of many intriguing details brought to light in ESPN’s 30 for 30 special on the 1983 NFL Draft.

This week, I finally got around to watching “Elway to Marino,” even though the film first aired on ESPN on April 23. The outstanding documentary chronicled the historic 1983 draft from the perspective of agent Marvin Demoff, who represented eventual Hall of Fame quarterbacks John Elway and Dan Marino, who were both first-round selections that year. Demoff maintained a diary on his daily affairs from that time so that he would be able to accurately relay all his business conversations with the Elways. Demoff was able to reconstruct history for the documentary by referring back to his notes.

The big controversy surrounding the draft was that Elway, who was coming off a record-breaking career at Stanford, did not want to go to the Baltimore Colts. The Colts were coming off an 0-8-1 season, and the Elways did not like the team’s head coach, Frank Kush. They also felt the franchise was unstable, which proved to be correct when the team moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis overnight prior to the 1984 season.

The Elways spent the months leading up to the draft saying that John would not play for the Baltimore Colts. They even used the multi-talented athlete’s baseball career — he was drafted and played a season for the New York Yankees minor leagues — as leverage in negotiations. Many teams tried trading with the Colts in order to get Elway, but most of the teams failed in their efforts. Colts GM Ernie Accorsi had a high price tag for Elway, which many teams could not meet. Plus, team owner Robert Irsay frequently dealt with teams on his own, which complicated the process.

But Demoff, in the documentary, dropped one bombshell.