Forward to the Past

We now interrupt this scintillating political debate (cough, cough) to bring you some stale football news, which is what we normally do here, even though it’s obviously a tougher sell than politics. All you need for a rip snorting marathon yack out in politics is to say something innocuous like, “Obama tied his shoe laces this morning.”

As most of you are aware, this should be the last week of this putrid offseason that we have to hear about lawyers and labor disputes — at least as the primary news feed. By this time next week, the 2011 NFL season should finally come roaring out of the chute with a slam-bang free agency and trading period that will probably careen right into and beyond the opening of training camps. How we all managed to survive this extended football blackout will be something we can embellish with tales of horror as we relate it to our grandchildren when the next blackout occurs somewhere around 2021. Some of us, of course, will be mercifully dead by then. But not, hopefully, before the 49ers win another Super Bowl.

That quest begins anew, for the 4th time in the past nine years, with a brand new coaching regime. No one gave Dennis Erickson much of a chance to succeed, given the falling nature of the franchise when he slipped into town, and he didn’t. No one thought Mike Nolan could fail to at least be better than Erickson, but he did. Certainly not all, or even a clear majority, thought Mike Singletary would bring home a winner, and he didn’t. And now we have Jim Harbaugh taking a shot at restoring respectability to our once proud franchise.

He seems pretty gung-ho about his chances, and so does the fan base. But it is amazing how quickly initial enthusiasm can turn to outrage. Just ask Singletary, who went from King to Outcast in one year flat. As the 2010 season began, Singletary was the toast of the kingdom. As the 2010 season ended, he was just plain toast. Burnt.

I thought Erickson was a ho-hum choice, but I went rollin’ with Nolan and smash-mouth with Singletary initially. And I’m buying into the Harbaugh juice, too. I guess I must be a homer or something close to it. All over the blogosphere, I see guys putting a beat down on one 49er player or other, day after day. I don’t think I’ve ever not liked a 49er player. Basically, if he’s on our team, I like him. Pretty simple and maybe a little stoopid. But it keeps me more or less festive as I stumble through the seasons.

The only 49er I can remember not liking was Jeff Garcia. He’d be considered a QB upgrade these days, but in 1999, when he made his debut for the fallen Steve Young, and for the rest of his time here, I knew in my heart we would never win a SB with him as the quarterback. SBs were the standard then, and thus Garcia represented the end of a wonderful era. So, I didn’t really dislike him, as much as I disliked what he meant.

It did prepare me for what eventually happened, though, as the team descended to the bottom of the heap. I wasn’t shocked by it, or even much disappointed. It was just the end of the cycle, and all cycles come to an end. In a few more years, when Peyton Manning retires, the Colts will crash to the bottom, too. And Colt fans will spend the next twenty or thirty years comparing every QB who plays there to the great Peyton. If the Colts had drafted as well as Bill Walsh did, they would have won a whole lot more than one SB in the past ten years.

Even the New York Yankees, the Gold Standard of sports franchises, have endured cycles of pitiful teams, with an eleven year drought (1965-1976) and a sixteen year drought (1980-1996). In football, only one team has had more than a one decade run of excellence: the San Francisco 49ers. From 1983 to 1999, a sixteen year run, the team never won less than ten games and missed the playoffs only once. That is amazing.

Currently, the Colts are working on a nine year run of excellence, with at least ten wins per year since 2002. The Patriots have an eight year run going. The Colts streak is entirely dependent on Manning, but the Patriots have both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick driving the bus. This is the same Coach/QB combo that fueled the Niners (Walsh/Montana & Seifert/Young). It’s doubtful that either Belichick or Brady has eight more years of excellence in front of them, which is what it would take to match the Niners’ two decade run.

However, google up “Bill Belichick” and before you have finished typing the full name, a dropdown menu of helpful hints appears and there on the list is “Bill Belichick cheating.” That little “c” word is attached to Bill as an integral part of his football legacy. All three of his SB victories were by less than a touchdown and all three occurred during his “cheating” period. He hasn’t won any SBs since he was outed.

But nothing tarnishes the Bill Walsh era and the Niners do indeed have a superlative history. Here’s hoping Harbaugh restores that legacy, beginning next week.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is widely cononical that the Patriots are the best team in the league. That may be true but it seems they are more like the 80’s Chargers these days than the Patriots of their great D-line era from just a couple of years ago. Losing Richard Seymore has already cost them one Super Bowl IMO, and Warren and Wilfork are getting way up in years. D-lines win championships. Even Brady and Belichick are having a hard time powering through that tiny little fact.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good comparison. Those Chargers were fun to watch. Till the cold weather arrived.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think the greatest 49er victory was that 1988 NFC title game at Chicago, proving they could win a cold weather game on the road, something the Chargers couldn’t do. Any you are right, Berg, the Patriots won those cold games when they relied on their D and lost them when they relied on their O.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, the best thing about that game was that the Bears had been talking shit for a full week before the game. “Bear Weather, blah, blah, blah.” They really expected to win. The upset was a nice raised middle finger to Chicago. Guess they weren’t as tough as the California “finesse team” after all.

  5. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Ain’t politics grand? But you’re right Skeebs whatever gets us through the off-season can’t be all bad.
     
    Come to think of it the 9ers got me through the 80s and most of the 90s. And they were a heck of a lot better than politics. Now any kind of a winning season would be too. Here’s hoping.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I loved Dan Hampton’s comment after the game: “They kicked our butts from the get-go.”

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, if you knew in your heart of hearts we couldn’t win a Super Bowl with Jeff Garcia at quarterback, what the hell is it telling you now?

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t expect to win a SB this year, Dennis. And I don’t expect Smith will be the QB here next year. This year, I just would like to see the team make the playoffs. Baby steps. Garcia was good enough for that, and Smith probably is, too.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    A*** S**** is good enough to make the playoffs? Just what pray tell are you basing that on? Seriously, besides blind faith and being a 49ers fan, what has A*** S**** done in his career that makes you think that he’s a playoff-caliber quarterback? And don’t bore me with the trite coaching excuses. What has A*** S**** demonstrated on THE FIELD that would make you think that he could lead this team, flawed as it is, to the playoffs this year?

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I see the pundits at ESPN have already labeled the 49ers as the team “most likely to be hurt the most by the lockout.” So there you have it. You already have ANOTHER built-in excuse for this year. A*** would have been better, but he was “hurt the most by the lockout.” Sounds to me like we’ll have to give him another year.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s not going to lead the team to the playoffs, Dennis. Harbaugh is. We’ve missed the playoffs by one game two years in a row with Smith at QB and Singletary running the show. You blame Smith. I blame Singletary. The entire offense was inept last year. They had no chance to succeed. They will have a chance this year and Smith will do his part.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully, Harbaugh can instill a winning attitude once again. I don’t really think we have much of a chance this year, because we just have too many holes. But, that’s not to say we can’t progress in leaps and bounds. We need dedicated players, that will put in the time in to solidify their positions. I really liked this years draft and think we did strike some gold with a few players.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It will be refreshing to see a new offensive mindset. Perhaps going back to passing to set up the run.
    No more of the predictable runs up the middle on first and second downs. Opposing teams looked for where Iupati was pulling knowing that’s where the ball would be. That’s how predictable the offense was.
    Harbaugh needs to teach all his QBs the art of ball handling and carrying out fakes, hiding the ball on the hip when you have play action. That’s basic stuff you see too little of these days.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have said this on the SF Gate blog and have been crucified by V and his followers (or his different handles).
    Hiring a new coach to me means you give him at least 3 years to turn it around. History will show Bill Walsh didn’t get it done until his third year. Walsh started out 2-14 and 6-10.
    This is where V has twisted it around and railed on me for comparing Walsh to Nolan or Singletary. I’m not comparing the coaches but rather the time frame and patience you have in giving the new coach his opportunity to put his guys in there and for them to learn his system ans make it work.
    Skeebers has it right, baby steps.
    We are not the Raiduhs, firing and hiring a new coach every 18 months.
    Show some patience with Harbaugh
    and don’t expect too much at first and we will be rewarded
    for our patience.

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, we’ve finished the last two years 8-8 and 6-10. The fact that we’ve missed the playoffs by one game (last year, we finished 2 GB of ARZ in ’09) is a goddamn embarrassment to football. I wouldn’t bring that up too much if I were you. And our combined record for the past two years is 14-18, A*** S****’s starting record in that same period is 8-12. That tells me we win more when he DOESN’T play. But by all means, have him start all 16 games this year and I’ll see you in the playoffs.

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Patience? This team hasn’t had a goddamn winning season since 2002. Who the f**k has any goddamn patience left? I am so looking forward to rooting against this team this year. A team that I’ve devoted my entire life to. They’ve f**ked with the wrong fan by insulting my intelligence and my patience. This organization stinks on ice. I’m still waiting for our nation-wide search for a GM. Don’t insult my intelligence goddammit!

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, are you telling me that McCarthy, Norv and Martz didn’t teach A*** S**** the art of the ball fake? How f**king naive are you? Here’s a clue: they did try and teach him. He just sucks at doing it.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh has nothing to do with what’s happened since 2002.
    He deserves a chance to turn it around.
    If you feel you have to do what you have to do, so be it.
    Once you jump ship and try to come back when Harbaugh turns it around it will be a hollow victory.
    Have fun rooting against the Niners if that’s what floats your boat?
    I have some confidence in them and I’ll be sure to remind you of all you said when they win the Super Bowl.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I said 49er QBs and did not mention Alex Smith. Maybe I was referring to Kaepernick?
    Dennis please jump ship now.
    Maybe they sign someone else besides Smith.
    If Smith sucks so much then what makes you so sure he’s going to be the 49er QB?
    Keep painting yourself into a corner.
    What has Harbaugh shown you so far? He’s faked you out twice.
    First you though he would sign with the Dolphins for $2 million more than what the Niners were offering and then you thought he was returning to Stanford.

    I’m going to enjoy 49er football
    and am looking forward to the upcoming season despite the Debbie Downers.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic
    A lot of you are music fans
    Did you see what happened yesterday at the Ottawa Bluesfest?Cheap trick was playing when it happened

    http://news.yahoo.com/video/world-15749633/stage-collapse-at-ottawa-bluesfest-25966097.html#crsl=%252Fvideo%252Fworld-15749633%252Fstage-collapse-at-ottawa-bluesfest-25966097.html

    Scary stuff and only a few hurt and nobody died

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Harbaugh needs to teach all his QBs the art of ball handling and carrying out fakes.”
     
    ALL his quarterbacks. That would include A*** S****. Don’t try and weasel out of your own comment. And show me where I said Harbaugh would go to Miami or return to Stanford. I wanted Harbaugh all along. I think you’re confusing me with what Spit said. And I could could never “jump ship” as you suggest. I will always be a 49er fan. I couldn’t stop being one if I tried. But that won’t preclude me from rooting against them this year with A*** S**** at quarterback. There’s a difference.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Imagine that, we get back to talking football and I am agreeing with bullit. Good bye Del, jump now.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    This team has a lame duck QB, a dubious offensive line, a lot of very average receivers, an aging star RB with high mileage, a complete void at FB, no pass rush, and no consistent pass coverage.

    Other than that, we have Patrick Willis and Justin Smith. They make a very nice 2/11 of a championship defense.

    When we successfully fill at least half of those holes mentioned above, we can start dreaming about playoffs. Right now, we need to realize there is bleeding that needs to be stopped, and rebuilding that needs to be done.

    Give Harbaugh his three years and we may have something. This year? Keep your expectations within reason.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, you didn’t have to add the word “duck.” 😛

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis – Please re-evaluate the situation. For one thing, it is incomprehensible for a lifetime 49er fan to even consider rooting for any other team. The reason being is that all the other teams are assholes, and that won’t change. Just remember, being from the East Bay just what it was like being a Niner fan in the 70’s. I remember well, being surrounded by hordes of moronic Raider fans(my in laws), having to listen to the gospel of Kenny Stabler. Compared to that, this is just a bump in the road. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. And, it would be brighter if we get a FA QB in the next week or two.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winder

    I also lived in the East Bay
    and had to endure that same Raiduh crap that the Niners would always be losers.
    Having gone through the lean years gives me hope. Skeebers is right that this all goes in cycles.
    What really spolied Niner fans
    is we had back to back HOF QBs
    and that position would not have to be addressed for almost 20 years. It didn’t hurt that we also had excellent WRs including the best of all time. Taylor, Clark and Owens were no slouches either.
    I appreciate how hard it is to win a Super Bowl and how difficult it is to line everything up and win to get there.
    It might be tough to be a Niner fan now but it’s gotta suck to support the Raiduhs. Uncle Al is already over the $120 mil proposed salary cap and he still has to sign 20 players. That’s what you get for spending $30 mil
    on Stanford Routt with $20mil guaranteed and $15 mil plus on Seymour.

  27. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    What, we’re talking football again? Lol, that’s nice.
     
    As an aside from the last post to NoFear: Really, Vietnam has a claim to the Spratleys? I know the Philippines does too. Now they have discovered hydrocarbons out there and China definitely is interested. One of their brass was out here last week saying ‘it’s just a misunderstanding, that’s all’. Blowing smoke up the PI ass in the media. China knows they can buy the PI off so no problem. You are right: will the US draw a line in the, uh, ocean, to support the little old Philippines? Under Oblama? Haha…no. But China is flexing her muscles just like Germany did (and Japan). They have taken the measure of the POTUS and see no risk. Hope they are wrong.
     
    Ok, back to our regularly scheduled distraction. I mean work stoppage.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis Calm down. I did not say YOU SAID that Harbaugh was going to Miami or staying at Stanford.
    Harbaugh led the local media to report all this was happening with the Dolphin owner flying out here with his dumb GM and Carl Peterson.
    As for jumping ship I can only go with what you are posting and keep repeating.

  29. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    winder, bullit- Appreciate your devotion to the 9ers! Go team!
     
    Yep we have a hell of a chore surpassing the glory years. Gotta learn to walk before we can fly, haha.

  30. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m with Bergs in that Dennis has probably bet $10,000 on the NINERS this year. Sly dog, misdirection, and all that.

  31. winderNo Gravatar says:

    PF – thanks, but it comes natural.
    bullit – Not from the East Bay but lived there for over 20 years. Spent most of my years in the Menlo Park area and was lucky enough to be around 49er fans all through my youth. I honestly believe we will once again be a force to recon with in the near future. Totally hated what was happening under York Sr. I am not that naive to think that Jed is running the show all on his own, but I have to think he wants to bring glory back to SF.

    Dennis- We gonna have a FF league this year?

  32. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, when do we declare war on Brunei?
    .
    Anyhow, as weak as this division is, why the hell not make the playoffs? I figured fair to decent football would be fine for a short playoff run. Well, I was a wrong as could be. Seattle did exactly what I thought the 49ers could have done in 2007 and 2009. Even last year. However, when Dingleraye came out in camp last year and said the offense would not significantly change, I was worried. Oh well.
    .
    Now that there’s some (misguided?) hope for the offense, the defense is (apparently) going to be waylaid by free agency.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners have to play games to win.
    Too often last year they played games not to lose.
    When they were 0-5 all the conservative style should have neen thrown out.
    Throwing the ball on 3rd and 2 is not a bad thing especially off playaction

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    DELMARDENNIS
    don’t you think alex smith should be our starter this year and now maybe next year ! the poor guy has the lockout to worry about now ! how can you blame him for his poor performance so far ?

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Kawabunga dude. You hit it on the head. If we do poorly Del has a built in excuse, UQB!
    .
    Del, don’t jump yet, you have an excuse.

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    DELMARDENNIS
    where did you say harbaugh was going again ?
    the fuuny thing is , if i take your way and cheer against our old bud alex , soemhow we’ll start to win !
    😉

  37. robNo Gravatar says:

    and i’ll have egg on my face again !

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebers
    you should write a blog post about politics ! maybe something about obama tying his shoes ! if you do maybe the oh so excited niner fans would want to post more often than once every 6 hours !
    😉

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t worry, Rob. In another week, the coaches and team will begin the process of making mistakes and the tomatoes will come flying out of the bleachers. Baalke will screw up FA, Smith will throw an interception, Harbaugh will mis-manage the clock, and Fangio will call a safety blitz at the wrong time resulting in Clements getting torched deep. Then Chuck will tell us he’s been saying it all along – whatever “it” turns out to be. I’m ready for Chuck this year, though. I’ve started an “It” database of what Chuck’s been saying all along.

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Skeebers is backing Chuck up into a bit of a zugzwang. Limiting his “I’ve been saying it along” salvos thus causing those volleys to have little or no effect and only result in self-inflicting damages. Checkmate.

  41. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Like I’ve been saying, I knew you were going to say that, Skeebs . . .

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Today Chuck will claim he’s been saying all along that he’s never said it all along. Then he’ll call me Skippy.

  43. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’d say Clements has about a 10% chance of staying with the Niners. He’ll get a bucketload of money from Undead Al once Nnamdi splits.

  44. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, Berger is the only skippy around here . . .

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear will feel slighted, Chuck.

  46. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of whom: where is NoFear?
     
    Maybe he got sucked into an Insiders post? I hear that is quite the playground these days. Never been there myself, I dunno. He’s the only one who knows Spratleys from his a** around here, haha. I guess being out here in the ‘far, far West’ we tend to notice the rise of the next evil empire (China). Ok then.

  47. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Awwww. Skippy I and Skippy II?

  48. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Rob may be right, this is a political blog masquerading as a football blog…really?

  49. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck do you think the f’ing ‘League Year’ is really gonna start this week and put us out of our misery?

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    UncaSkippy- Your zugzwang is dog food or peanut butter?

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck the raiduhs are in no position to offer Clements much of anything
    I read they are already over the salary cap of $120 mil and still want to sign Micahel Bush and Zach Miller plus their rookies
    Undead Al overspent big on 8 players before the lockout especially on Stanford Routt $30 mil (20 guaranteed) and Seymour
    $16 mil
    would suprise me to see Clements wear silver and black

  52. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners will re-sign Clements at a reduced rate and think they’re getting a new and improved corner at a cheaper price. He’ll continue to be great against the run (not necessary in today’s NFL) and continue to get torched when trying to cover the opponents WRs. This organization blows.

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Ray McDonald and Parys Haralson will be manning one side of the 49ers defense. Good luck with shit. Again, this organization blows.

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Parys Haralson plays on Justin Smith’s side.

  55. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, like the Germans invading Pearl Harbor, Dennis (Bluto) is on a roll . . .
    .
    Like I said PF, the US will be invading Brunei soon for a little piece of the Spratleys . . . .
    .
    This week is supposed to be the end of the lockout. We will see . . .

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    They’re not going to ask Aldon to cover the TE and drop back into coverage. He will be asked to do one thing and one thing only — rush the quarterback. He will be doing that primarily from the right side (QBs blind side). The side he primarily played at Missouri. That will put him with J. Smith. By process of elimination, that puts Parys with McDonald. Unless of course they make him play LOLB, and that will just further my contention that this organization blows.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have never heard of the Spratleys until it was mentioned here.
    If you don’t know what it is don’t get involved. Everything now is “global” making every
    every nook and cranny in the world of strategic importance.

    Sorry PI we’re not gonna help you invade the Spratleys cuz we don’t have the cash

  58. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jed York: “We’re not going to jump in to the (free-agent) frenzy. We know what our team is, we need to fill some holes.” “Teams are gong spend a lot of money. Some teams try and win the Super Bowl in March – in the normal (FA) period.”
     
    First Baalke, now the head Oompa Loompa. In a nutshell: “Were going to send out the same shitty product and expect you fans to slurp it up once again as you have for the past eight years.” Not I said the cat.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve often wondered why they
    don’t blitz Taylor Mays more
    because he is a big guy with elite speed. He can go Troy Polamalu on every opponent.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would let Goldson go and do my best to sign Eric Weddle if he’s available. That guy makes plays and is one smart Safety much like John Lynch.

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    49ers telling their medical team to get ready to begin examining players on Sunday. I can think of at least one 4F in that group.

  62. robNo Gravatar says:

    it could be worse

    ” Baalke agreed that safety Dashon Goldson might be the top priority. Other key free agents include nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin and center David Baas, among others. ”

    now if he would only make the best play! take the 6 or more mil franklin will want (plus a little more )and put it towards one of my favs … coffield mebane or jenkins !
    next on the list would be to not expect adding gulliver to help out our secondary much !

  63. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh , i also hope they re-sign lawson !

  64. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    No soup for you, Rob. But Jed will ladle up some soured Kool-aid from last year with a fly floating in it, just over the strange iridescent scum. Mmm mmm good.

    No Mebane or any other FA… just more of the same delicious San Francisco treat.

    Actually, your Kool-aid will need to wait a minute though… Jed is busy counting the water bottles. Relax, it can’t get any more spoiled or anything.

    LOL

  65. robNo Gravatar says:

    you’re not funny grump ;(
    the worse part is i think they’re thinking gulliver will be able to do something for our secondary !
    i doubt it !
    i want one of the three lineman i posted and maybe even one of the top 4 free agent CB’s if we could get one ! last year was make or break for singletary and smith ! this year it’s jed on the hot seat !

  66. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jed ain’t on no hot seat. No such thing for an owner. Look at the Bidwills. Or the Stirlings. A combined 100 years of abject horsehit teams (barring the Kurt Warner era of 3 years).

  67. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK
    that hotseat would be for the fans to see how much he really wants to win , or at least how much say he really has in things !

  68. robNo Gravatar says:

    the insider has this up

    Former 49ers center Forrest Blue passes away at 66

  69. robNo Gravatar says:

    i said this
    ” too bad ! sad to hear about one of our own ! “

  70. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Culliver is a great athlete who is just learning to play CB. He was a reach in the third, and a bit of a lottery ticket. Small chance of hitting it big, bigger chance of coming up bust. Harbaugh clearly was drafting for guys with upside. I suppose it shows confidence: he is betting he can make something of these guys by coaching them up. Time will tell.

  71. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    The Spratley Islands are part of this area. “The South China Sea, which contains some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and is believed to be rich in oil and gas, is claimed in whole or in part by Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.”
     
    Football? What’s that? Not in favor of another war and certainly not with China but again I wonder about the strategic vision of the US in this part of the world. If the US military has their plans will this administration implement anything? Can we afford it? China needs to dominate the shipping lanes so they can get their Mid-East oil. I still think they implode economically before they dominate the world.
     
    Just like the 49ers the US leadership (both parties) has been strategically clueless forever it seems. Soft power my butt. I’ll get over it when we have football again I promise.

  72. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah for some reason this is getting media attention right now. The pols are out there to get their share. For sure the PI does not tweek China without the US behind them. Tune will change if we back off.

  73. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely nothin’ ya’ll.
     
    Well they’re printing money like a bunch of bankrupt capitalists. Actually like mercantilists, having the government pave the way for select export industries with policies and subsidies. Hey everybody’s doing it which leads to trade wars, more gummint meddling in economy, etc.
     
    They will continue to test our resolve and are fast building a navy to compete. About 50 years ago my dad said something like “They drive a hard bargain and will be tough competition for us in the future”. (That puts me well past conscription age NF). Thanks for links.
     

  74. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Last two days of the lockout, guys! Enjoy your final glimpses of the dorks who brought it to us. Jeff Kessler, sorry dude, but step in front of a bus as soon as possible. The planet does not need you. The earth, however, could use some more dust. Please oblige post haste.

  75. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9: @ Vikings, 10:00 am Sun.
9-16: vs. Lions, 1:25 pm, Sun.
9-23: @ Chiefs, 10:00 am, Sun.
9-30: @ Chargers, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-7: vs. Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-15: @ Packers, 5:15 pm, Mon.
10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
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

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