Strange Bedfellows

Joe Linta is an agent who represents 45 NFL players. PFT reported Tuesday that Linta said of the NFLPA leadership, “These guys are driving these players right off a cliff right now.”

Atta baby, Joe! Excellently stated. I would quibble with using the word “right” twice in one sentence, but, hey, who’s quibbling? Oops! Two quibbles in one sentence. I am properly self-quibbled with.

Linta went on to say he would ask owner Dan Rooney to send him a copy of the owners’ current CBA offer, so he could examine it and let his players know whether this offer was in the ball park or “the worst offer in the history of sports,” as blowhard NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith has described it.

Agents aren’t normally viewed as helpful dudes. Players like them, but just about nobody else does. Agents also take the players’ side in any and all disputes with ownership. So Linta’s remarks are more than a little interesting. If the players aren’t yet in panic mode about lost revenue this year, maybe the agents are beginning to push that button. Needless to say, if D. Smith loses the support of the player agents, he’s toast.

At the very least, maybe the agents are getting a taste of their own medicine. They are usually the guys who stall contract negotiations as long as possible, looking for leverage, and now they are on the other end of the stall.

In the strike years of 1982 and 1987, the money agents were making off the players was peanuts compared to what they are making now. They can be major movers in this CBA battle, and if D. Smith neglected to rally their support for his agenda, he may have made a fatal mistake. If Linta does indeed get a copy of the owners’ proposal, you can bet the other agents are going to want one too.

The fateful June 3rd appellate court hearing will roll into town next Friday, but no decision from the judges will be forthcoming until July. This makes June a rather ominous month. Up to now, the lack of a new CBA and the consequent lockout have been a major fan irritation, but not so much a problem for the players. If the players, and their agents, see no real negotiating effort during June by D. Smith and his band of rogues, there is going to be some definte fearful rumblings bubbling to the surface.

Join the party, NFL players. You may not care what the product on the field come September looks like, as long as you are getting paid, but fans do care. About the product. Not your salaries. Which are pretty much obscenely lucrative, no matter what kind of CBA gets signed.

As evidence:

Rookies – $285,000
One Year Veteran – $360,000
Two Year Veteran – $435,000
Three Year Veteran – $510,000
Four to Six Year Veteran – $595,000
Seven to Nine Year Veteran – $720,000
Ten+ Year Veteran – $820,000
Practice Squad – $85,000

Currently, there are over 250 drafted players, the least of which stand to earn $285,000 as an entry level employee of the NFL. Not too shabby, as employment goes. Not many PhDs going from graduation to that kind of dough, I would surmise, and certainly no semi-skilled brainiacs. If these players have any skill, they will, at the least, receive a $75,000 per year pay increase through the first four years of their employment, putting them at nearly $600,000 per year — for being a bench warmer or special teams player.

While it would be quite enjoyable seeing a revolt occur and D. Smith overthrown as NFLPA leader (tar and feathers optional), it would be much more enjoyable to see a normal NFL season take place. Time is growing short. Somebody better get something done soon.



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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    And then when the players do get paid look for a bunch of clinquat stuff around their necks.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- From the last thread, and about your comment about things changing. You are correct but just like John Belushi in “Animal House” when he noted that the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, let him go, Del is on a roll.

  3. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah that’s probably the wise course and far more diplomatic than I would tend to be. Some ideas about AS are solid as a rock, right or wrong. I wish I could be as certain! Hell of a mess those Germans made in Pearl Harbor…

    Well I’m pissed at the players and especially their rep D’Moron Smith. Hope Skeebs is right and their is some fatal flaw in his position that gets exploited soon. Kind of like the 9ers pass defense…

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    [Ed note: Skeebers and “is right” are not usually associated. “Wild lucky guess” would be more accurate.]

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Buster Posey is lost for the season, yet A*** S**** gets to return for yet another. God has one sick sense of humor.

  6. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Who pray tell is Buster Posey and why has God singled him out for punishment? Sorry I blame my ignorance on Reynaldo and the crappy internet connection…as always…

    I see on Maiocco where the coaches are trying to get a court ruling at 8th Circuit to get owners to lift the lockout. Hope it works. Lord, the workers are being led around by their noses by a pack of lawyers? Only D’Moron is gonna win that game. Wake up guys!

  7. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey I see I got a new icon/avatar must of been cause I put in the wrong email add…early morning over here

  8. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    LOL, funny NoFear. “The Horse Whisperer” that’s good.

    Ok I googled Posey and he’s not the character in the Dirty Dozen

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Forget the communist IPs, do they have IPAs? Yes, the good ‘ole India Pale Ale. Strong, hoppy, and to the point!

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Would a communist IP be a dudgeon? I imagine going on line and your neighborly communist government checking every post. On 2nd thought, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that happens here.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    hmmm i hope these kind of statements by agents can help bring the two sides a little closer . maybe this agent has the players interests at heart but don’t forget , if the players don’t get paid the agents don’t either !

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    good news is crabtree is coming for workouts with some of our other more dedicated players !
    good to see hime looking more interested in pre-season activities this year ! i expect big things from him !

    BERGER and others , here’s a video of BCC live doing a purple tune !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWhY525CFww

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Crabtree was seen in the Bay Area, but he has yet to attend any of the workouts. I think it’s safe to assume he’s not a card-carrying member of the A*** S**** Fan Club. And, really, who can blame him?

  14. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And the only reason I know there’s an A*** S**** Fan Club is because Berger showed me his membership card. He said for $25 that I could join, too. I told him it would cost me $50 because I’d have to use the first $25 on some hot coals and a poker.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Say it with me. Alex Smith, Alex Smith, Alex Smith, Alex Smith. I thought you would like that because nobody talks about Alex Smith as much as you do.
    .
    What’s this, now you have an Alex Fan Club card and bought some coals to invite him over for a BBQ? I thought you did not like him? I would not have guessed you are a closet Alex fan! LOL

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It does seem possible that some of the agents could make an impact on player relations and negotiations, but when push comes to shove I’ll put my money on the advertisers. When they get involved everyone will feel the heat.

    Hey dennis – Hold out, don’t join that club, it goes against all natural phenomena.

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – Hows it going? I just read the last thread and saw your posts. I haven’t been doing to much lately, thinking about getting off this Island for awhile, maybe go see some friends up in Oregon. I got to remember to visit this blog, lots of good people here.

  18. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Are the owners even thinking about scabs? I haven’t heard anything regarding replacement players in about 4 months.
     
    The scab deal will really put the heat on the owners. The advertisers would pull out faster than shit through a goose. Without advertiser money, the TV honchos will get nervous about their multi year mega-deals. When they start making noise, then something will happen.
     
    The biggest money supply is TV/advertiser symbiosis. Cut that off, and this shit won’t stand up very long.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Philippine fan – from the last thread- I had a similar problem about a month or so ago. A 35 mile an hour wind knocked down an old tree onto some power lines. It knocked the pole down, which in turn took 17 more poles down with it. I live on an Island, and there is nowhere else to draw power from. I didn’t get my power back on for 3 days. Ya just never know when it’s gonna hit.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    winder – If you get to Reno look me up. fortyninerberger@yahoo.com is my email.

  21. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Back to NoFear’s comment above for a second: Yeah they do have a good neighbor policy. It goes like “Hey good neighbor how bout we slice off a couple islands here (from Philippines, Taiwan, Japan) or maybe we’ll carve out a couple thousand square miles right next door”. (Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, etc). It’s enough they know my inner thoughts and the mindless crap I post on here. But I’m not smart enough to do business with those freaking imperialists.

    Would you believe there really is a logging ban on coconut trees over here? But everything is for sale, mostly raw materials to China: lumber, minerals, agriculture, women as domestic workers. I do believe the Chinese will implode before they wreck the world. And they are a hell of a long way from fielding any kind of a football team.

  22. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs- At least in the USA they pay some attention to individual and property rights. In commie China not so much. Environment totally polluted and getting worse. Economy wildly overheated bubble territory. Nobody trusts them one bit over here but will do business as they have money. Ugh.

  23. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Hi winder. Yeah I know what you mean about being at the mercy of weak infrastructure and mother nature. People just take it in stride if the power goes out all day, no big deal. I’m more accepting now after a few years of adjusting. 3 days would be bad tho.

    Only thing I really miss other than a few family members (not all of em!) is football. No football west of Samoa it seems. And now we got D’Moron leading the employees off a cliff. Finally got the internet working and all I can do is grumble to you guys? BTW scabs would be a joke; I’d rather watch soccer…

  24. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – Will do. I used to live on Linden St, and about a block away from the U of Nevada, can’t remember the street though. I used to love Reno but the last time I passed through I didn’t even recognize it. So many houses and people, it was really different from when I was there in the 70’s.

  25. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes exactly. The owners have control of the league because they OWN the places of business. The employees do not control the business. They have a right to fair compensation but does anybody think (besides D’Moron) that they are unpaided? So do most employees and this is no different. Get with the program or you will be replaced like any job. Good for Warner.

    Like your new avatar NoFear. And by the way your pictures of the Niners offense last year were much appreciated from a fan who has not seen any video since 2008 when Niners beat Rams by a missed field goal (opener?).

  26. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Underpaid,oops

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Pinch hitting for Reno Berger… Del Mar Dennis…Dennis…Dennis. The 49ers imminent resigning (once the lockout is lifted) of A*** S**** is not a toothsome offer. While the deal may be agreeable to both parties involved, it’s definitely not attractive to most fans. This one especially.
     
    We now return you to your regularly scheduled program of the 1980 movie “Airplane!” Starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen and Peter Graves as Captain Clarence Oveur. “Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?”

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Waking up to snow on the ground is not very toothsome either. What’s going on around here? Memorial week-end is supposed to be the start of summer, right?

  29. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    New avatar cause the AS debate is sooo yesterday. Who’s that QB?

    Pray tell where might one find the “Word of the Day”?

    My kid wonders about snow and thinks it might be really neat. Yes, for 10 minutes…

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “Word of the day” can be found at Dictionary.com.

  31. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, correction: the last game I saw on TV was the win over Rams early in Sept 2007 where we won on their missed field goal at the end. Been all down hill from there right?

    Next day got on a plane to over here for a visit and decided I needed to retire a couple of years early, move over permanently. IF the 9ers find a way to actually play decent football I may have to find a way to actually watch them.

  32. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Bergs I’ll check it out

  33. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear:

    Comedy Gold: Meghan McCain Blames Her Lousy Dating Life on Sarah Palin

    America’s Most Famous Dumb Blonde:

    Jay Leno: Are you dating anyone?
    Meghan McCain: No. I’m in, like, dating Babylon…

    My GOD the power Sarah has!!

    http://theothermccain.com/2011/05/27/comedy-gold-meghan-mccain-blames-her-lousy-dating-life-on-sarah-palin/

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Shakespeare can be be heavy. How about some avoirdupois poetry from Berger!
     
    Hark, I hear a lark!
    Or is that a bark?
    From the park?
    I think it was just a bark at a lark in the park!
    Watch out for that shark!

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He did resign, Jim Tressel,
    from Ohio St., his vessel.

    He left in a tussel,
    many said please hussle.

    The school has been left in a hassel,
    for someone else to rastle!

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday I had a birthdy, true!
    Give this poet his due!
     
    All this time I was a poet,
    even though I did not know it!

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What the heck did he start,
    this NoFear?
    I would say in part,
    did I hear,
    please no one fart,
    so there will be no tear.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jeez, I’m full of it…., errrr, I mean them!

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ye who rhymes
    like Elihu Smails,
    should know the times
    to hit the trails!
     
    I need to stop
    so I don’t pop.
    I’m on a roll
    but my dignity is in a hole!
     
    Cut me Mick!

  40. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    A salute to NoFear for his courage and service to our country!

    That was some battle, Agincourt. The French army literally sank into the swamp created by the heavy rains preceding the battle. While the French heavily armored infantry and heavy cavalry were doing their best not to drown, the English crossbows and light infantry had a field day!

    Not the greatest moment in French military history, but it beat the Maginot Line.

  41. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, RT, the Maginot Line was largely a success, in a way. It was largely invested from behind rather than captured in frontal assault. Problem was, the whole enterprise relied on the Germans not cutting through Belgium or Luxembourg. Oops. Damn the enemy, he is not doing what I want!

  42. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Many well deserved thanks and gratitude going out today Memorial Day to our brothers and sisters who have ensured our freedom by their many sacrifices. You are not forgotten!

  43. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    And a belated Happy Birthday to our resident poetry dude BERGER!

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Thanksa Phil.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Poetry aside, I thank God for our troops. They are the real heroes.

  46. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Berger, didja make it to the Hendrix tribute in Reno?
     
    Frigging amazing show in Aptos on Saturday . . .

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was there. We took a limo.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is good to move to a new day. Yesterday’s leitmotif of poetry was exposing my strong atistry side. Next holiday I might need to try more drinking and less poetry!

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not that the poetry was bad, but that tornadoes of bullshit are better.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    No, the poetry was bad. But that was the best part about it!

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did you see that right now ticket sales are ahead of last year’s pace at this time of year? I find that to he an amazing bit of trivia.

  53. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow this place is hopping ! fun football talk , cool memorial day stuff and , oh no , berger is waxing poetic !
    πŸ™‚

  54. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops i mean
    πŸ˜‰

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good catch, Rob. Nothing worse than an errant emoticon.

  56. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Almost as bad as Vogon poetry. πŸ˜‰

  57. robNo Gravatar says:

    πŸ™‚

  58. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    “I was there.” ???

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I was there at the show in Reno. Sorry for the confusion.

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    There’s no confusion when it comes to the 49ers quarterback situation. It sucks so bad it could suck a golf ball through a garden hose.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- What are you talking about, we have Alex Smith and the coach you wanted, Jim Harbaugh, is raving about him.

  62. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I get that Berger. Nothing to say about it? Were you that nonplussed?
     
    How’s that for WOTD?

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Not any more he isn’t. The NFL has mandated that Harbaugh stop speaking about A*** S**** and any and all other UFA who aren’t signed with the team. It’d be just our luck to lose a draft pick for talking about that POS quarterback out of turn. Only the Niners.
     
    Looks like Thaddeus Gibson was one of the OSU players accused of selling Buckeye memorabilia to that tattoo parlor in Columbus. I wonder if A*** S**** ever sold anything to a tattoo parlor in Utah? Nah. He was too busy trying to get that golf ball from one end to the other on that garden hose.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Everybody I was at the show with thought it was fantastic. I was the only one who expected more. I wanted to see the artists stick a bit more to the actual songs, so I probably was just too harsh. Plus, as a person who has done sound engineering, I thought the sound quality could have been better. The artists who stood out were Johnny Lang and Kenny Wayne Sheppard. Steve Vai was awesome, but he went so far off track I didn’t recognize what he was playing. The man can shred with anybody. I think where it went south for me was near the beginning some guy comes on and does a routine that was borderline hip-hop. He had people clapping and getting involved. That is not Hendrix. Might as well just bring out Pavarotti to do some opera versions of Hendrix. What would be the difference, one genre screws up good Hendrix as much as the other. Overall, it was actually good, but I was expecting more. My expectations probably restrained my excitement. Next time I will try to have a more open mind of the words “artist”, and “artistic license”, if I even go again. The last song was Hey Joe and that was absolutely what I was expecting. That song rocked.
    The whole could have been Lang and Kenny Wayne and I would have loved it.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops- The last sentence should’ve read “The whole show could have been…..”

  66. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    The entire leitmotif for the team recently is ‘the gang that couldn’t shoot straight’, cf Harbaugh vs the NFL regarding AS as evidence. Especially now the coaches association has come down with the players to get lockout lifted. Is it June 3rd yet?

    I’m not in Berger’s league with da poetry (fortunately) but I will offer up a prayer that this thing gets settled and our boys can take the field. Please?

  67. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    UCSC’s team mascot name the ‘Banana Slugs’ kinda gives me the impression they’re not too serious about becoming a sports power. But they got a hell of a lot of pot smokin’ hippies and ‘puter geeks over there. Only the beaches still rock in the Santa Cruz area. The rest is all yuppiefied now.

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just saw some FF rankings for this year, assuming there is one. Allow me to indulge with some QB rankings. You know all the good ones, I’ll just list from 20 on down.
     
    20. McNabb
    21. Kolb
    22. Stafford
    23. Tebow
    24. Orton
    25. Cam friggin Newton
    26. Campbell
    27. Henne
    28. McCoy
    29. Hasselbeck
    30. Garrard
    31. Christian Ponder
    32. A*** S****
     
    Bear in mind, this is with Jim Harbaugh as our head coach. And you guys wonder why I bitch and moan so much about our QB position. We’re 32! We’re 32! We’re 32!

  69. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously, that truly makes me sick to my goddamn stomach. Next person who even thinks a kind or good thought about A*** S**** can go royally screw themselves. I hope that SOB gets hit by a bus on the way home from practice today.

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Cam friggin Newton and Christian Ponder who have yet to throw a single pass in the NFL are ranked above A*** S****. Has that sunk in yet? Think about that for a moment. If you’re not either outraged or completely embarrassed about the 49er QB, check your pulse.

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis is going to draft Alex Smith in the fantasy league. This is a misdirection trick play.

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I had him last year and he scored well for me until he got hurt.
     
    Good to see you here.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- I won the FF league last year with Alex Smith as one of my two QBs. I would draft him again in a two QB league if I could get him in a middle round. He is definitely a good bargain at that spot. Without Singletary he’ll just be that much better.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good to see you too Berger.

    Some say the Rams might be the team to beat. That is until you look at how they open the season.
    (if there is a season)
    Their schedule is brutal.
    They start with Philly at home and then play @NY Giants, Ravens,
    Redskins, Bye, @Packers,@Cowboys,Saints.

    That looks like 1-6.
    Difference between schedules is they play the Pack and we play the Lions. The Rams might be hoping that the first 3 games get cancelled.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Congrats on winning the league.
    Do you get to be Goodell?
    or will it be Good Del?

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, I did good in Del’s league.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- StL had an OC last year that understood his QB’s strength and catered it to him by running a spread offense that featured a horizontal attack. The new OC has been more vertical in the past. If they continue with that can Bradford run that strategy. He didn’t do well when asked to go vertical last year. At some point Bradford will need to learn to go vertical, or the OC will need to adjust, or both. I watched the way the Rams catered to Bradford’s skill set and wished we had a coach with some strategic know how. Enter Harbaugh.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    McDaniels can be a real prick.
    I wonder if he’ll mesh with the Rams and do what works best for them or want to do things the NE way?
    Old Josh can alienate a lot of people rapidly.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- When Bradford tried to go vertical he was not accurate. I give Shurmer a lot of credit for using an effectrive game plan that matched his QB. Will the new guy, Josh McDaniels, do that? He’s been more of a vertical guy in the past. Can he adjust? We’ll see.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In our 1st game vs the Rams Sing took the short passing game away and forced Bradford to go deep. He could not throw an accurate deep ball. We won. In the 2nd game Sing played the famous shell to keep everything in front of our DBs and Bradford picked us apart with short accurate passes. We lost. Tems will probabaly try to make Bradfored beat them deep next year. He’ll have to show he can do that or he’s the next Norm Snead.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bradford has a bad shoulder
    that was hurt twice when he was a senior at OU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd8fk834FnI

    This was not a vicious hit by Aaron Williams a 200 lb DB but it puts Bradford out for the year.

  82. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    OMG, is that NoFear dude like way Handsome Fellar or what? I’m seriously taking’ a screenshot so I can refer to this later (use it against him, lol) hahaha.

    I had no Idea…

    Look, we only got a few posts left to reach 100 on this ridiculous topic, whatever it is, so I KNOW and have total CONFIDENCE you all can up with six more moronic blathering posts to reach a hundred. Rally! my hardies and let us PROVE TO SKEEBERS we can DO IT!

    (damn this scotch is gooood)

  83. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You have deciphered my hidden agenda, PF. But there’s also the fact that nothing’s happening worth writing an article about and why cut off a comment thread that has actually wandered into a football discussion? Beats hell out of the latest court room update. Heck, anything is better than that.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Watching Troy Smith play did create a catarrh, or some kind of foaming at the mouth. At first he got lucky with the “Hail Mary” against the Panthers and the phantom pass interference against the Rams in OT. But then he stopped getting so lucky and just looked terrible. Against Tampa he did not get past the 33 yard line. Against the Rams in our 2nd meeting he was replaced by Alex, who Sing did not want to play after he essentially told the media that a MLB has no idea how to lead like a QB. I think it is possible that Sing started Troy to make sure we lost to make sure he gets fired and paid.
    .
    Anyway, I forgot about Bradford’s bad shoulder. Having an extra year to redevelop the muscles might be all it takes for Bradford to be able to go deep with better accuracy.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- In the 2nd game vs the Rams the one long pass Bradford had was not for a TD. He had the WR running behind our DBs by 5 to 10 yards at the 5 yd line. It was a terrible throw and the WR had to turn and dive to catch it. It was initially called a TD then ruled down by contact. It would have, and should have, been a TD with any kind of decent throw. The guy that hurt us in that game was Amenedola who had about 8-10 catches for only about 50 yards. It seemed like they were all just barely 1st downs in front of the DBs. IMO, that was because of the shell defense.
    .
    It was another game of being lucky by Troy. He gets a punt return by Ginn and throws a long TD to Crabtree on a play where everybody thought it was actually an overthrown ball to VD. But he fumbled a snap in the end zone for a safety and then threw an int with nobody around the area for 10 or 15 yards. The game was hi-lited by an argument between Troy and Sing on the sideline.

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just looked up some stats. In game one Bradford did not complete a pass longer than 25 yards. In game two he had the bad pass that should’ve been a TD because the receiver was open by about 8 yards go for 46. Amendola had 8 catches for 53 yards. In game one we had 3 sacks, in game 2 we had one. i say we won game one because we took away the short passing game and dared Bradford to throw deep. In game 2 we played shell and and got burned by the horizontal game. Obviously there were other factors, but IMO that was the biggest one. It is hard to pressure a QB when he gets easy outs by throwing underneath the coverage. IMO, the biggest reason this team did not win with any consistency was the shell coverage which did not allow us to effectively pressure the QB. This was probably why Manusky said he was just spinning his wheels in SF.

  87. robNo Gravatar says:

    hey we’re talking about my fav QB … troy smith πŸ™‚
    i’m kind of surprised that troy hasn’t been in the mix more for our 3rd QB spot going into the offseason !
    just an fyi , i had alex smith in a few times as a fantasy QB last year too ! he had some good games for me when used in the right spots and should be much better off with the new HC ! (as berger correctly pointed out ! )
    btw , don’t forget we added a QB in rd. 2 who looks to be a good one !

  88. robNo Gravatar says:

    the rankings i found on alex smith (mostly from yahoo sports) ranged from 23 to 16 !

  89. robNo Gravatar says:

    nofear thx for that .
    so far the winner in the
    ‘next laptop that dies prematurely on rob’
    contest is being led by a like new dell mini i have my eye on ! it’s only 175 bucks !

  90. robNo Gravatar says:

    hey skeeber’s 100th comment !

  91. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats, Rob. You have won a Philippine coconut powered ankle top computer! Call the embassy and leave them your shipping address and social security number and bank account info. I’m sure they will not share your info with anyone from Siberia.

  92. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, A*** S**** is not anywhere near between 16 and 23 on the yahoo FF list. He didn’t even make their top 30. Like I said, he’s 32. He sucks golf balls through garden hoses for a living. http://tinyurl.com/44xqe2s
     
    Skeeber’s 100th comment? Big deal. A*** S**** would have long ago thrown his 100th INT if he didn’t get injured so often. Pussy.

  93. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The New England Patriots and my quarterback, Tom Brady, held their practice today with over 40 participants. Their drills even included some 11-on-11. The 49ers have A*** S*** throwing passes to Kevin Jurovich.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phillipine Fan

    Did you know Tim Tebow was born in Makati City?

  95. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I looked at the first FF QB ranking I could find, and to no one’s surprise since I used Yahoo Search, came up with Yahoo! Sports, which has a 4 panelist ranking. They each ranked the top 30, then a consensus ranking was calculated.
    Andy Dalton was at the bottom of the list, unranked by 3 panelists and #30 by the other.
    Below the bottom, without a single vote in the top 30, lies none other than The Man Who Must Not Be Named (by Dennis).

  96. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, not sure who played in Reno compared to Santa Cruz. But most of the players stuck pretty much to the Hendrix interpretations of the songs they played. Yeah, Steve Vai pretty much did his own thing, but that’s what you get from him. KWS and Johnny Lang were the highlights as well. And they were pretty much spectacular. Was Orleans Shorty there?

    I put up some crappy pics on my now-dead blog. They had an issue with bringing in cameras with detatchable lenses (WTF?) . . .

  97. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know, Chuck. I wasn’t in Reno. Berger was in Reno. Maybe he knows.

  98. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- We did not have Trombone Shorty. My friend Repo Ed keeps telling me about him so I need to take some time to listen to him. We got most everybody you did. We didn’t get the Los Lobos guys, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo. Too bad, they would have been good to see. Don’t you live somewhere near Sacto? Go see Daniel Castro at Constable Jacks in Newcastle. He plays there once a month. I think you would love his show.

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- IMO, your blog died when Spitty came back and took control of you. He warned you, he told you it was his blog. Turned out he was right. I would have canned him right then and there.

  100. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Spit wasn’t as big a problem as V. But whatever. The problem was I had no control over blocking people. I should have told Spitty to tone it down, but, hey. My 1st blog . . . live and learn.

    If you like George Clinton, P-Funk All Stars, and shit like that, you’d like trombone shorty. Very remininscent of the hardcore funk of the early 70s (think Ohio Players). Hard guitars/big bass with solid horns.

    Yeah, I’ve heard of Daniel Castro, but haven’t seen him. Just might check that out.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- V attacks you. Spitty attacked everybody. I can understand you not liking V, but Spitty was the bigger problem. If you start a new site I’ll come over and talk, until Spitty shows up. There is no way I am going to feel like a piece of trash just for socializing with somebody. It is flat out embarrassing for somebody to see that I would socialize with those kind of individuals. And I typically don’t care what others think, but I just don’t feel like feeling like a piece of trash. I’m sure others shared my feelings. Too bad you don’t get it, you seem to be a nice person. If you run a blog you should take the responsibility to take control of it. At least that is my opinion. I can’t imagine Spitty running wild here, if he did not mind his Ps and Qs Skeebers would run him off in a heart beat.

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I’m still battling V on the SF Gate Insider.
    You don’t know what your missing talking to a nutjob.

  103. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Look, Berger, at least Spit had valid points about the Niners, and football in general. V? Uh, no. The thing is, you played your part in the back-and-forth deal with Spit. Sure, I should have deleted ALL of them, but I didn’t. I missed some of the more incendiary shit when I was gone, and V took over and impersonated a bunch of people. THAT’S when it went downhill. I deleted a ton of shit, but got sick of hunting and deleting through 4 days of bullshit.
     
    Sorry you can’t take it, but 80% of the blogs out there have some form of morons doing their schtick. Fricking V has been dogging me for 5 years now. Why? Who the hell knows? For the most part I laugh it off, joke about it, get pissed, get banned, whatever. Shit happens. The back and forth is what this is about. Too much agreeing and it;s a sewing circle.
     
    Blogsdpot gives the blog creator (me) very little control in the way of blocking people. I can delete single posts, but can’t ban posters. Fricking blogspot lets people register without providing their email addresses to me. Their biggest fault. I have to provide a copy of a photo ID to get any kind of control of the blog. Sorry, it ain’t worth that much to me to have that control . . .
     
    As I said, my blog is dead now anyway. So, I’ll start something somewhere else if I get the time. And if there’s any fricking football to talk about.

  104. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I can take it. Problem is why should I blog with a piece of trash. I tried to joke it off one night and then I woke up the next morning, read what he had said and decided I either kill the man or go away. Since I’m not going to kill anybody it left me with two choices. Stick around and feel like a piece of trash or go away. Your site is trash, pure and simple. Hopefully you do a better job next time.
    .
    You keep saying I like to say things to make people mad. I never said that. You psychopathic buddy spit did. Morons unite. I said it is funny that I say things that make people mad. I did not say I try to make people mad. All I do is present my point of view and some people go psycho. Spitty attacked Michael and threatened to go to his house. You don’t remember that. I do and it isn’t even my site. I can’t believe you would allow that. I can’t believe anybody would allow that. Michael was giving away free computers on your site and you let some moron threaten to go to his house and fight him with some kind of weapon. Free computers for contests. What more can you ask for? You had some decent bloggers, he chased every one of them away. You don’t have to get it, it doesn’t matter to me. What blows me away is you don’t get it. If you don’t by now, I doubt you ever will. But Spit was a Democrat so I guess that made him OK, right?

  105. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    John Madden said today that he believes it will be an abbreviated season – “10 games, 12 games, 14 games, something”.
    3 of the easiest games on the Niner schedule are in the first month, including the two home games to start.
    Luck Sweepstakes here we come! Luck and Kaep – 3 years from now, we’ll have the best QB/backup combo in the league!

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Conover, Ohio December 12, 2010

    A farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called – and that on the few occasions, when it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

    The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber’s house.

    The phone didn’t ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone began to ring.

    Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

    1 . The dog was tied to the telephone system’s ground wire with a steel chain and collar.

    2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

    3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the number was called.

    4.. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.

    5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

    Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by

    pissing and moaning.

  107. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Really bullit Tebow born in Makati City? Maybe his parents were in the military? I’ll have to follow him a little closer. I was born 500 miles south in the land of pineapple and coconuts (Mindanao). No football here though. It seems to stop around Samoa but they got some good players, tough guys.

    Ok so Sopoaga and Iupati on team now. Used to have who? Jessie Sapolu + who? A lineman I think. We had a couple over the years; glad to see more around now. My theory is you get 4-5 Pacific Islanders on your team you’re gonna kick some ass.

    Damn NoFear even the Samoan babies are tough.

    Rob, yes I will forward the coconut laptop and 6 pineapples to you via the US Embassy. Hang in there man.

  108. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    I was in my back yard trying to launch a kite.
    I threw the kite up in the air, the wind would catch it for a few
    seconds, then it would come crashing back down to earth.
    I tried this a few more times with no success.

    All the while, my wife Karen is watching from the kitchen window,
    Muttering to herself how men need to be told how to do everything.

    She opens the window and yelled to me,
    ‘You need a piece of tail.’

    I turned with a confused look on my face and said,
    ‘Make up your mind. Last night, you told me to go fly a kite.’

  109. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Bill Walsh who raised our team from the dead gives us one final gift. Not expecting miracles but a little competent leadership will be gratefully accepted.

  110. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    With my eagle eye, I noticed the QB rating is a wee bit under the overall Niner rating.
    —————————–Every year Adam Schein of FoxSports.com puts together his grades of the 32 NFL organizations. Schein grades teams on a 1-10 scale based on owner, quarterback, head coach, front office, coaching staff, and intangibles, which includes facilities, fan support, and public relations. This year the 49ers find themselves in 24th place overall, which I figure is better described as ninth worst in the league. They were 25th last year and 23rd in 2009. In grading and describing the team, Schein said:

    Owner: 5
    Quarterback: 1
    Head Coach: 6
    Front office: 4
    Coaching staff: 7
    Intangibles: 5

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2011/6/2/2202277/san-francisco-49ers-ranked-ninth-worst-organization-in-the-nfl?ref=yahoo

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2019 Schedule
9-8: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25pm
9-15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 10am
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
 
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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