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As many of you have noticed, there is nothing happening and news is confined to trivial pursuits. Who’s working out, who’s not. Who’s been arrested. Who’s making a public display of charitable deeds. Who’s talking tough and who’s getting weak kneed. Stuff nobody would be noticing (or doing) if there was a normal OTA filled June underway.
Poor June. This fine little lady normally prances into view bearing sunshine, summer, weddings, graduations, and our beloved return to football. This year, however, she is limping onto the stage wearing rain gear and doing Rodney Dangerfield impressions. It’s enough to make a grown man weep.
I guess you could say there is some significant 49er news, but it isn’t news some of our stalwart bloggers can absorb without violent and hysterical mixed emotions. There’s no getting around it, though, the hero of the 49ers’ off season is turning out to be none other than Alex Smith.
Since the lockout began in early March, Smith has taken it upon himself to organize, schedule, and finance team workouts and is now about to gather the entire offense for a series of mini-camps, designed to familiarize the players with the basics of Jim Harbaugh’s playbook. Wednesday, Smith was interviewed by Tim Kawakami, Dan Brown, and Matt Barrows. For those who have not yet read this interview, or depend on the less than reliable Coconut Internet Provider, here’s the link: http://bit.ly/mxDDIg.
This announcement by Smith not only promises to provide some football news to famished Bay Area fans in the coming weeks, but even die hard anti-Smithers have to concede these mini-camps will give Harbaugh at least a fighting chance to succeed whenever the lockout finally ends. And the longer the lockout lasts, the more vital these camps will be.
Actually, it’s hard to fathom why anyone is against Smith’s return to the team in the first place. Surely, if he is as bad as some would describe him, he will be easily beaten out for the starting job by Colin Kaepernick or whichever QB Harbaugh acquires when the Free Agency/Trading period eventually occurs. Right? Ipso facto dohso. So his contributions on the leadership front now are simply an unexpected plus. We can all get behind that, can’t we? Come, let us reason together. When in the course of human events, . . .
Another 49er player making the news is the team’s enigmatic number one WR, Michael Crabtree. Crabs, as he is affectionately (perhaps … for now) known to Niner fans, has been in the Bay Area for a week or so, but has not seen fit to join his teammates for any workouts, or otherwise exhibit any camaraderie efforts whatsoever.
When it comes to wide receivers, game day production is far more important than a scintillating off field personality. Crabtree is entering a pivotal year in this equation, though. His game day production has been less than super duper thus far and another ho-hum, indifferent year in 2012 could bring the howling dogs of the blogosphere within fang’s range of his precious bodily ankles. Hopefully, we’ll soon learn he has been busy shopping for a home in the area and is moving here from that awful state of Texas so he can be all in with the red and gold, leaving this site chagrined at doubting him. That would be okay. Chagrin is much better than expletive deleted.
And that’s the up to the minute hour day week news. We now return to our regular programming.