2010 TC VIII: Final Days

Training Camp is sputtering to its conclusion and the scrubs are getting the last reps they will see this year unless they are signed to the practice squad of the 49ers or some other team — or hauled off the street by a team decimated by injuries and desperate for a body at a certain position.

Some of these gents will go back home and give up their dream. Those who live in small towns will fare better than those from big cities. The small towners will still be somebody, and for a long time. They’ll get credit from the bank and have their pick from PR related jobs. They’ll be able to become coaches at their high schools. They’ll get fat, have kids, go to church, and live happily ever after.

The big city guys will get swallowed up. They’ll wish they’d cracked the books somewhere along the way. Depression will settle in. They’ll turn to drugs, ruin their lives, end up on the street, find religion, and live happily ever after.

IOW, we’ll no longer have to worry about them. So long guys. Thanks for stopping in.

By now, Mike Singletary and the coaches know, give or take a couple of players, which guys will be on the 53 man roster. Heck, even most of us know. The starting lineups are set. The depth chart is mostly set. The only thing left to be decided is the eight players who will make up the practice squad. Eight out of the twenty-seven players now dangling off the rear end of the 80 man roster.

How exciting. It must be getting close to the Exhibition Season. Many fans will be closely eyeballing the first team players in these games, some hoping to see sharp performances to encourage their hopes, and some hoping to see dull performances to promote their despair. Since these games are actually just practices against other teams, instead of against one’s own team, both eyeball types will have plenty of titillating peeparonis.

This site particularly enjoys the second halves, and especially the fourth quarters, of these games. It is then that sandlot football takes place and many exciting and horrific plays occur. It is especially fun knowing that the aforementioned twenty-seven guys, on each squad, are fighting for their football lives, trying to catch the coaches’ eyes and grab one of those precious few practice squad spots available.

This is the territory that spawns each year’s blog Heroes. Those can’t miss potential HOF players who somehow never end up playing a down in the NFL, or very few. Players in these quarters are exciting, though. Their tremendous talent has gotten them from Pee Wee ball all the way up to the NFL. Superior athletes, one and all. And for many of them, it will be their crowning, and final, moments in the game of football. The last hurrah. That one at bat in the big leagues.

Tuesday seemed to be hump day on the blogosphere, as frustrated posters heaved their stones at Kentwan Balmer with a vengeance. The poor lad has bedeviling personal issues, as twenty-three year olds are wont to have. Fans have little tolerance for things getting in the way of 100% football focus, and Mr. Balmer is a former 29th pick in the first round of the 2008 draft who has yet to make anything remotely resembling an impact. So it was Eff You, Mr. Bust day. Hopefully, Kentwan does not read the blogs, or he’ll have a severe red ass to add to his personal issues. He is expected to return to duty today. We shall see.

It was another mostly uninspiring practice, with some starters sitting it out. David Baas and Alex Smith had trouble with Hike 101, as one might expect. My sense is that players (and fans) are weary of the endless rep, rep, reps, with only the trench guys getting to really hit somebody, and are looking anxiously forward to Sunday, when the safeties can belt the Colt WRs and the LBs can tackle and perhaps blow up the Colt runners. Picks can be returned, kickoffs run back, TDs earn six points, fans will be in the stands. The adrenalin of the game becomes real.

Cheer up, lads. Hang in there. Two more days and it’s off to Indy and the end of Training Camp.

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19 comments on “2010 TC VIII: Final Days
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t bring myself to get excited or upset at any news that comes out until we play at least one pre-season game. And even then, not too much.
    I’ll know whether to be excited or not after I see the play calling against Seattle.
    This Balmer news is only news because of fan reaction. People go through personal issues all the time. Why does this guy need to be different. Let him get through it and if he quits football, goodbye. If he stays, make a difference, let me know the outcome at the cut deadline, for now I don’t care too much except to just stay informed if possible.
    For the dept of redundancy dept, the biggest thing that I am wanting know about is our play calling and I won’t know the answer to that until we play Seattle.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roger Craig is not on SI’s list of top 32 RBs of all time. How could that be?

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    His number was 33.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just kidding. What’s the link to the list?

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know, I did a search on msn and used ‘SI top 32 RBs’. I can’t believe Priest Homes is rated higher than Roger Craig.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, Skeebs. Such a rosy picture you paint. Drugs, streets, salvation?

    Truth is, a lot of the 4th quarter guys are hoping to get injured so the team has to pay them for the remainder of the season.

    Skeebs, even 23 year old normal people have to show up for work. To say he’s in any kind of different situation is flat wrong. The only reason it’s more galling in his case is the number of chances they’ve given the guy to show something, and he’s let the TEAM down.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, if that’s the case, then it’s a ridiculous list. No surprise. Some know-nothing staring at stats. Probably Zero’s kid.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I don’t see where in my post I excuse his absence.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Seems like Franklin is absent too, Chuck. Is he letting the team down?

  10. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t think Balmer will be having the chance to let the team down much longer. His status was switched from AWL to AWOL today. Nice knowing ya, Kentwan.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Franklin’s not under contract, Skeebs.

    Balmer is.

    There’s a difference.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    “The poor lad has bedeviling personal issues, as twenty-three year olds are wont to have.”
    Your words, not mine.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Where in those words do you see me excusing him from practice, Chuck? It seems a simple enough statement about his situation. How do you translate that into an excuse for not showing up?

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well Skeebs, you post that Balmer’s catching unnecessary vitriol from the fans for missing practice. You say he’s catching heat for not being “100% football.” You say he has ‘bedeviling’ personal issues. Then you say his situation is the same as AF’s situation.
    What conclusion should I draw?

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You can draw pretty much any conclusions you want to, Chuck. But your original comment put words in my mouth, which is what I objected to. I made no effort to condone his behavior and merely reported the fan reaction. What exactly are you complaining about?

  16. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Roster move forthcoming later this afternoon. Not expected to involve Balmer however.
    What is Chuck complaining about? What is he NOT complaining about is more like it.

  17. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    49ers roster move: Signed WR Bobby Guillory and cut Scott Long.
    Why does the name Bobby Guillory sound familiar? Any who, we need another WR like a hole in the hole. Unless Crabs is a bit dinged. Kind of strange he received the “vet courtesy” the other day. 2 yrs. = vet. That’s one helluva a retirement plan.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer alluding to something, Skeebs. That’s how I read it.

    Don’t like it? Oh well.

  19. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    We’re going to miss that Stanford graduate.


    Baas will be disguising line calls about as effectively as Kevin Costner’s accent in Robin Hood.

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