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.
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