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Wild Card Weak End

The first wave of pretenders were tossed aside over the weekend. The Rams, Chiefs, Bills, and Panthers all swung and missed. And see you next year. Of the four losers, only the Panthers had a realistic hope of getting to

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Plot Lines

Less than a three weeks until Training Camp opens and we begin to sort out this mess of newbies wearing the Red and Gold. But I’m more enthused about the return of football in general than the Niners in particular.

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2014 49ers Schedule

Read it and weep (or rejoice or bitch or whatever) 9/7 @ DAL 9-14 vs CHI (Sunday night) 9/21 @ ARI 9-28 vs PHI 10/5 vs KC 10/13 @ STL (Monday night) 10/19 @ DEN (Sunday night) BYE 11/2 vs

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Mo, Mo Money

The NFL owners and their entourages are gathered in Orlando this week. The entourages of these gents, of course, bears no resemblence to the entourages of mega-star athletes. Mega-star bodyguards look like bouncers. Billionaire bodyguards look like Secret Service agents.

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Let’s Do Committee

The NFL Competition Committee proposed thirteen new rule changes and seven other Bylaw proposals last Wednesday. Since, at most, there will only be a handful of these items actually adopted by the league, it’s hard to get excited or depressed

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2014 Offseason Schedule

Not much happening on the NFL landscape these days and most people seem to be watching the Olympics. The Combine starts next week, which will kick-start the pre-Draft chatter and we can all start inching our way into the 2014

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Elite Eight

The 49ers have leaped over the first hurdle — or maybe they just plowed through the damn little thing. But getting ousted from the playoffs in round one is embarrassing, and we’ll have none of that here. Jim Harbaugh’s first

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Gaggers Weekend

No matter how boring the playoff races seem at the beginning of December, somehow the final two or three weekends come out dripping with excitement. Because weird shit happens. Every year. Last week, the Denver Mannings led off by gagging

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Antepenultimate Hour

Seattle was understandably upset by getting knocked off their own self-proclaimed pedestal last Sunday, but Arizona might have been even more disappointed. The Cardinals expected a 49er defeat, which would have forged a tie between the two teams for one

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Quarterly Report

25% of the season is in the books and the 49ers are 2-2 — two dominant wins and two dominant losses. Who the heck are these guys? Contenders or pretenders? The next five games should answer the question. HOU, AZ,

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NFC Rules

Trent Baalke’s drafts don’t tend to light a fire under the fan base that burns brightly for several weeks, accompanied by lots of gushing and slobbering. Just the opposite. Head scratching is more like it. With Baalke, you have to

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NFL 2012 Is Up & Running

Ah, a real game. That was fun. I’d have been happy to see either team lose, and unhappy to see either team win. But the Giants have the first loss of the 2012 season and I’ll leave it to the

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Around the Horn

The second week of OTAs has come and gone, which is the good news. We are one week closer to the start of Training Camp. With only three changes to the starting lineup this year — Randy Moss replacing Josh

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Weak Previews

The NFC seems noticeably stronger than the AFC this year. Only the Vikings, Bucs, and Rams look like possible punching bags in the NFC, while the AFC has a bucketful of laughers — Dolphins, Browns, Titans, Jags, Colts, and maybe

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Comings and Goings

The 2012 Free Agency period roared into action Tuesday afternoon, as it usually does. What was not usual was the 49ers being among the early roarers. Last year, they waited till all the roaring had subsided before picking through the

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RIP 2011

Welcome to the San Francisco 49ers’ 2012 Offseason! There’s nothing happening. Yet. But at least the pretenders are finally off the stage. Nice game Sunday, but the best game of the postseason was Saints vs Niners. Either one of those

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Chips & Dips

It’s a great feeling watching all these teams interviewing new HC candidates, doing the Rooney Rule dance, looking for franchise redemption, and knowing the 49ers have solved this riddle for a long, long time. Not that everything is going to

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Reasonable Doubt

The pundits don’t seem to think the 49ers can beat the Steelers Monday night. Perhaps these fellows are right. Fortunately, they are just as apt to be wrong. Wow. Some eye-popping upsets yesterday. Two games left in the 2011 NFL

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There’s a Light Up Above

The football world exhaled gratefully Monday as the 8th Circuit Appellate Court, virtually out of the blue, derailed the NFLPA’s judicial train that was hell bent on destroying the 2011 NFL season by giving the NFL owners no save face

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Through a Glass Darkly

The court ordered resumption of the CBA labor mediation ended Wednesday and will not resume until mid May due to a scheduling conflict in the mediator’s calendar. Judge Jensen must surely have been aware of the mediator’s calendar when she

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The Case of the Icky Injunction

The fellow pictured here is not David Carr’s father. No, it is David Boies, the lead attorney for the NFL owners. This guy is a super-duper heavyweight lawyer, folks. The NFL is armed and ready, make no mistake about it.

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Step Out of the Car, Sir

One of the ramifications of the lockout is the cessation of drug testing or team monitoring. Guys are pretty much free to get ripped at will these days. Some will use this down time to go on a steroid bulk

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2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee: W 25-23
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville: W 44-33
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams: W 34-13
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
2017 Prognostications
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12