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?