To Halve and Halve Not

Not a single game of football was played yesterday, from sea to shining sea. Rudely enough, most of the sports world moved right along to other sports, like basketball, golf, racing, and baseball. Even rugby!

This is the sort of treatment all of us will get some fateful day when we keel over and croak. After a few tears and ceremonies, the world will move right along like it didn’t need us at all. And if that doesn’t drive home the insignificance of each of us, the Hubble Telescope recently delivered a mind boggling quantum leap forward on the minisculosity of earthly life when it pointed itself at a patch of space that was completely empty and turned on the film. Within ten days, 10,000 previously unknown GALAXIES showed up, bringing the observed total of galaxies in the universe to over 100 billion. [see below]

Of course, another way to look at it is “Wow, trillions of planets out there and I’m the only Me in the entire universe. Awesome.”

Some of you may have deduced that I am sneaking into a discussion of Koolaid. As it pertains to residence in glasses that are either half empty or half full. Right now, in 49er land, thanks to the hiring of Jim Harbaugh, the glasses are almost universally half full. And they will remain that way until the 2011 season unfolds.

My own view is that the discussion would be a lot more lively if the contents of the glasses were brains, instead of Koolaid. But this would allow smarty pants fellows to constantly point out that any way you look at it, we’re all half-wits. So, Koolaid it is.

Last year at this time, it was playoffs or bust, with bust producing a landslide victory. This year, however, is almost a free year for 49er fans. There are no specific expectations, just general ones — like an offense that has some juice and variety. No one knows how quickly or smoothly the players will adapt to their new coaches and new systems, on both sides of the ball.

Since much of this new found and extremely rare patience is based on Harbaugh, and not on anyone or anything else, it will be interesting to see how the blogopundits react if the Niners roar out to an 0-4 start, like they did in 2010. Will the wolves circle Harbaugh, or will they isolate certain players, surround them, and jump in for some nasty gnawing?

The guess here is that Harbaugh will get a pass in 2011, but not any further. This means whoever the starting QB turns out to be, he’d better bring a very thick skin with him. Two other fellows that will draw the beady, yellow eyes of the wolves will be RT Anthony Davis and RG Chilo Rachal. If Nate Clements is still on the team, look out Nate, you be drawin’ some hate. And Parys Haralson is another guy who is close to being written off around these parts. The trouble with booing Haralson is nobody notices him doing anything. How can you boo a guy who isn’t making an obvious screw up?


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9 comments on “To Halve and Halve Not
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Hubble telescope has allowed us to inveigle info about planets, but can Harbaugh inveigle our hopes through next year?

  2. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Did I see Singletary’s galaxy in that shot? Likely too dimly lit and out of focus.

  3. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Singletary’s sitting on an asteroid wandering the cold depths of empty space.

  4. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Alex telescope would have missed the galaxy completely.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Dammit, Pat already beat me to the punch incorporating the galaxy into an Alex joke. Two truths known to our galaxy: Alex truly sucks; and his jokes ring funny throughout.

  6. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeahm there no such thing as gravity.

    Alex sucks that hard . . .

  7. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon Goldson and Reggie (who?) Smith should be on that list . . .

  8. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Too easy, Dennis. Way too easy.

    The Alex telescope would take pictures of the wrong colored stars.
    The Alex telescope would always point too high, too low, or off to one side.
    The Alex telescope would have a penchant for wobbling slowly to
    the right, then pointing out of
    the galaxy.
    The Alex telescope would keep dropping the lens.

    Almost spring here in New Mexico!
    Just a few more snowstorms to go…

  9. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t hate Nate Clements at all. I just want Revis though. There was a play in the Pats playoff game where Revis guarded move 1, bounced back to guard the double move, then when Brady bought time, came forward to guard move 3 and break up the pass.

    It was insane. I want a guy like that. We can’t get Revis. We can get Aso, who normally does that to opponents’ #2 receivers, but does it. If we won’t get Aso, I’m hoping Prince is fast enough, otherwise… I’m out of luck going on 3 seasons.

2019 Schedule
9-8: W 49ers 31, Buccaneers 17
9-15: W 49ers 41,Bengals 17
9-22: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25pm
9-29: BYE

10-7: vs. Cleveland Browns, 5:15pm
10-13: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05pm
10-20: @ Washington, 10am
10-27: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05pm
10-31: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20pm

11-11: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15pm
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
2019 Prognostications
Bakkentom: 10-6
Bullit: 10-6
Grumpy: 9-7
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 7-9
Skeebers: 8-8
Winder: 7-9