The 49ers got some good news Tuesday, as both Michael Crabtree and Braylon Edwards were cleared to play — Crabtree from the PUP list and Edwards from the Commissioner’s doghouse. Also cleared was Frank Gore’s disrespected heart, as the workhorse running back received a three year contract extension. Last year’s starting left CB, Shawntae Spencer, also returned to practice after sitting out most of training camp with a strained hamstring.
The 49er offensive linemen have also been cleared to play, but through three preseason games thus far have mostly declined to activate themselves, causing some serious angst among the fan base. For purposes of discussion, we will assume these big guys plan to turn on their motors when the games become real. Otherwise, everything we discuss would have to bear the qualifying phrase, “if our O-line can block, that is.”
Following the preseason finale versus San Diego, a whopping 27 guys will have to be pink slipped by the 49ers and every other team in the league — 864 suddenly unemployed players. 256 of them will subsequently land on practice squads throughout the league and the other 608 will be SOL. Those of you filing for unemployment next week should keep your eyes peeled. There might be a former football player standing next to you in the line. If he wants to cut in ahead of you, I’d advise a cheerful okey-dokey as a prudent response.
It might be fun to have a cut down day in the blogopolis each year, too. A modest amount of bloggers would be kicked to the curb just like the football guys. This might give an edge to the arena that it probably doesn’t need, but blood on the highways is always entertaining, unless it’s your own. Unfortunately, the advertisers would not like losing potential suckers and the blogs that don’t have any advertising couldn’t afford to lose any commenters, so this is another idea that is probably pretty much worthless.
I once contemplated starting a business called Worthless Ideas, but was advised that this moniker had already been patented by both the Democratic and Republican parties of America, so I instead changed the title to 49ers Outsider snd here we are.
Starters normally do nothing but make a token appearance in the final preseason game, or no appearance at all, but given the non-existent offseason and the new offensive and defensive systems being installed, not to mention the mostly worthless play in the first three games, I’d expect the 49er starters to play at least the entire first quarter of Thursday’s game. It would be nice to get a little momentum developed going into the season opener against Seattle, even if the momentum was a mirage — or, you guessed it, worthless.
Fort Worthless Skeebexas, signing off.