2010 TC IV: Monterey Meh

Okay. We’re bored now. Can’t we play some real fake games yet? All this bumping and shoving around is taxing. We need some real action that they show on TV.

Isaac Sopoagna gave us a hint on Wednesday when he destroyed Ted Ginn. One of those “he’s running, NO! he’s flat on his back drooling” type of sudden clobberings. Of course, Isaac is just a little bit bigger than Ginn, by about two train loads, but the remarkable thing is that Soap was fifteen yards downfield when he laid the wood. What the heck is a massive LDE doing fifteen yards downfield in the little guys room? Hustling, I would say. Way to go Soap man!

We all have our favorite 49er players that we secretly root for. Except for V, Zero, and Nofear, who all consider rooting to be contemptible girlish behavior and much prefer bitching and moaning about everything and everyone (which has also been associated with girlish behavior, but we won’t go there). Joyless sorts, these fellows. For Sophrosyne, it’s Dominique Zeigler, because he’s tall and thin like her. In his case, he really is. In hers, WTFKs.

Anyway, Soap is one of my faves. It’s not rational, these secret pom-pom tom-toms, but it’s real. Soap is my Lumberjack guy. I also have a Road Runner fave, a Chicken Little fave, and a few others I may get around to on a dull day. I don’t know where it started with Soap. Maybe it was carrying Bryant Young off the field at the end of his final 49er game. Maybe it was the war dance chant thing he had everyone doing at one point. Maybe it’s a Samoan thing. I don’t know. You’re my guy, Soap. And, as JoFrMo used to say, “Roooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!”

Back to the bumping and shoving. Another day, another Alex Smith to VD to TD barrage. Yawn. The posters on the Insider don’t know how deadly this combo is because all Lynch reported about the practice was that Smith aimed a pass at a TE’s ankles. It was enough to set off the anti-Smith crowd with their usual stale polemics, even luring hibcbcbc out of his off season coma for his obligatory thumbs down remarks. I can’t help thinking this guy signed up for a screen name by typing “hi”, scratching his head, then “bcbcbc”, then “Hmm, that’s eight characters. Should be enough.” About as much contemplative effort as goes into his posts.

Anthony Davis keeps getting more and more reps at RT. Looks a lot like the 49ers will have two rookies starting on the O-line come opening day.

Travis LaBoy became the third Niner to sit out with a “mild concussion.” Hmmmm. Is this a new way to take a breather from two-a-days? Or is it just a response to all the league wide concern that arose last year about the serious nature of concussions. I don’t remember any TC reports in the past about “mild concussions.” Did they just throw some water in your face back then and push you back out on the field to tough it out? And now they have to sit you for X amount of time?

Coverage of Thursday’s practice was a bit sparse with Maiocco back in Canton for the HOF induction of Jerry Rice. The Chronicle did not send Lynch back there because they are pinching pennies these days. Also factoring into the snub was not knowing whether Lynch would actually show up there or be discovered asleep on an airplane aimed at Mexico City. Neither Barrows nor Barber made the trip, likely for budgetary reasons, also. We are glad they are here, but maybe they don’t share our enjoyment. Sorry Matt and Phil. You at least got a day in Monterey out of it.

Bad news on Scott McKillop’s season ending injury. Looks like Matt Wilhelm just got his roster spot secured. NaVorro Bowman will get more reps now, too. At least it happened in TC. Scott should be ready to go by TC next year, but Bowman will probably pass him on the depth chart by then.

Seattle also experienced a lost LB yesterday, but this one is pretty bizarre. Anthony Heygood signed up with them and proceeded to tear his Achilles tendon during stretching exercises before his very first practice! I kid ye not. I will not laugh at his misfortune, no I will not. However, I will mention that the Seahawks did not get much bang for the buck on this deal. At least it didn’t cost them a draft choice, like the LenDale White fiasco did.

NOTE: For weekend camp updates, see the Comments section.

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23 comments on “2010 TC IV: Monterey Meh
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Walt Harris just got cut by the Ravens. Happy Trails time, Walt.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a Sope fan too. What he excels at is getting to the spot he needs to be at to disrupt the play. What he is not so good at is disengaging and actually making the tackle. Since our defense is designed for him to turn the play inside this works fairly well for us. If he was good at disengaging he would be all-pro. What we need is for Balmer to step up and show us why he was a first round pick. I’m not so sure this will happen. So Sope is the guy and he does do an effective job at the position for now. Our D-line is a good one, at least it was last year. Unfortunately, our line will start getting a bit old in a year or two.

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think these rash of injuries, Niners and otherwise, will give Aubrayo the incentive to sign any time soon. He may be dumb, but he’s not stooooopid. Can’t say I blame him either. Why come in for two-a-days and risk getting hurt? As much as he needs that $7M, the Niners DL needs him that much or more worth the weight in gold. Not sure if football keeps the same stat (WAR) as baseball. But Franklin’s “Wins above replacement or value above replacement” has to be huge. He’ll be here, but I’m not expecting him any time soon.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Berger. Looks like your Al Gore/global warming/fart joke got deleted on the Gate. Hahaha. Homeland Security strikes again.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Planets are off limits as well, Skeebs. Dennis got deleted for referencing Uranus.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Heeeee’s back! Baas is on the field. Hold your breath folks.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Trying to figure out what ticked off the Gate’s censor: Gore, gas, prostitute, or PETA. Hmmm.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Whoa! Now we’re cooking. Alex Boone just busted a blocking sled.

  9. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m still pissed off about Uranus getting deleted on the Gate. It was used in a planetary context along with Mars for chrissake. Maybe they have something against the Red Planet, I dunno. Not my fault that there’s no little green men on Mars but little grey ones from the Vega star system. Go take that up with the Vegans.

  10. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    No Nutcracker today. Quick, somebody go check on Berger. Slow, deep breaths Reno. It’ll be OK.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just got home from work to find out I got deleted on the Gate today. Can’t say I saw that coming but I guess I should’ve expected it.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Special Teams practice now. Wonder if we’ll hear how LeRoy Vann does.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see they are cutting back a little bit on the practice schedule.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Practice news seems to be taking a back seat to Jerry Rice today. Probably tomorrow, too.

  15. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Berger gets deleted on the Gate? Have no fear Berger with safe harbor on 49ers Outsider. Speaking of Soaps doing his PWillie impersonation of chasing down a receiver – you think Iupati’s indomitable prescence has anything to do with Soaps recent coconut-cracking surge?

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good point, Franchise. We might see a lot of the beef guys getting just a tad meaner this year, on both sides of the line. I would really like to see teams just absolutely dreading to play us.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Berger didn’t get deleted. Only one of his off-color posts did. It wasn’t about his troubles with Tommy Lasorda, but definitely in the vicinity.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Second straight day A. Davis is playing first string RT. I’d say the A. Snyder era is over. Didn’t even take one week of camp. Don’t think Baas is going to get first team reps when he gets well, either.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s another interesting tidbit. Second team O-line is Sims, Wragge, Baas, Snyder, Boone.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NaVorro Bowman tore up Coffee & Dixon in blocking drills. Crowd went nuts. Rathman probably was not very pleased.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Jones hurt his hamstring. The David Baas of the WR corp. If he’s out more than a day or two, he may as well pack his bags and go sit on his bed and wait for the Turk. Might give Zeigler a chance to make the roster, though.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    TD grabs in the morning practice: Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn Jr., Josh Morgan, Dominique Zeigler (twice) and tight end Vernon Davis.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ahmad Brooks out at least two weeks, probably a month or more, with a lacerated kidney. Bummer.

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