One Last Hurdle

It would be ironic if the 49ers won the two hard games of this closing three game playoff push and then lost the easy game. And there are words a bit stronger and more pithy than “ironic” that could come into play should such a result occur.

Kansas City over Green Bay. Colts over Titans. Rams over Saints. The only sure thing in sports is Lucy over Charlie Brown.

But it is the final weekend of the 2011 regular season, and the chances of the team stumbling over this exclamation point to an awesome year seems remote. I would expect the 49ers to be fired up to finish strong and earn a week off before the fateful first playoff game in San Francisco since the epic 39-38 victory over the Giants in 2002.

There were three 12-4 teams in the NFC that year, with Green Bay having to settle for the Wild Card round, like we hope the Saints will have to do this year with a gaudy 13-3 record. Similar results would be okay, too. Green Bay was destroyed at home by a 9-6-1 Atlanta team led by Michael Vick. It was the first time Green Bay had ever lost a home playoff game and the first time Brett Farve had ever lost a game when the temperature was below 35 degrees.

Good old sports. It keeps track of and quantifies failure and success like nothing else on the planet this side of NASA. But NASA is closed to the public. Sports is not.

There’s been some speculation about whether Alex Smith is good enough to win a playoff game. It’s kind of a silly postulation. Of course he is and of course he can. Far worse QBs than Alex have won playoff games and far better QBs have lost them. Can he win one all by himself if his team is not the best one on the field? No. And neither can Tom Brady, who has lost his last two playoff games at home. Johnny Unitas was beaten in the Championship game by Frank Ryan. Unitas put up zero points that game. Joe Montana lost seven times in the playoffs.

It’s easier to have a great team if you have a great quarterback. But building such a team is mostly sheer luck — luck of the draft, or in Arizona’s recent case, luck of signing a supposedly washed up QB and being forced to play him because your supposed Franchise QB got injured. Most teams have to win championships the old fashioned way — by having a superior team. Especially on defense. Big time offensive teams with poor defenses almost never win championships.

A year ago, Green Bay barely qualified for the post season, having to win on the final day to get in. This year, either the Giants or the Cowboys will barely get in with a last game win. Of those two, the Giants are the most dangerous threat to Green Bay. They have the ability to rush the passer and shut down the one dimensional Green Bay offense.

The other dangerous team for Green Bay is our very own 49ers. They have the best defense in the league and they can run the ball. Green Bay’s defense is much better defending against the pass than they are defending the run. They assume they will be ahead, forcing the other team to pass. When they are behind, as they were in Kansas City, they are vulnerable. The 49er safeties are vulnerable, too, and it will take a strong pass rush to protect them.

But first there is the Rams game and the Wild Card weekend. If things go as expected, we’ll have a bye week and two weeks to prepare for the Saints at Candlestick in the Divisional Round. The eight year playoff drought is over!

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    So why the charade??? Who are you trying to fool? Are you ashamed of who you are like V?
    Notice how everyone seems to group you two together? That says a lot and it’s not flattering.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Stinkblood can’t seem to lave himself of the fact Joe Montana got traded and then retired. While it is true all other QBs are a downgrade, at some point one needs to get over the fact he is gone. V and Stinkle share this bathwater together.

  3. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know who this Spitty character is, but he must be a real jerk. And he must have really, really pissed bullit off.
    .
    Ok, let’s talk some football…. Skeebers wrote, “Can he win one all by himself if his team is not the best one on the field? No, and neither can Tom Brady….” This (no offense) is pure 100% horsepucky. There are plenty of times when good quarterbacks make the difference in a game and put the lesser team over on a better team. This is exactly the kind of mindset I absolutely rail against because 49er fans have forgotten great quarterback play in San Francisco and all of its benefits. Sure, Alex Smith can’t overcome a speed bump, but Brady can. Brady is currently taking a team with a terrible defense, little running game, and really only two receivers, and Brady has an 8 game winning streak. Why? BECAUSE THE QUARTERBACK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITION ON THE FIELD AND HIS GREAT PLAY CAN MAKEUP FOR OTHER PLAYER MISTAKES. GREAT QUARTERBACK PLAY ERASES MISTAKES MADE ELSE WHERE. But, whatever makes 49er fans feel good….
    .
    Sando just wrote, “A first game 49er playoff loss doesn’t erase what the 49ers have accomplished this year.” Sando’s right, and I’m starting to respect his writing more and more, but a loss should sting. A loss should make the 49ers stare deep into the mirror. If Harbaugh does, he’ll make the team better next year. Let’s remember something interesting about Harbaugh – at no level has Harbaugh ever won a Super Bowl or a Championship. Not as a college player, pro player or college coach. It’s not a slight against Harbaugh, but understanding how to win championships isn’t something Harbaugh is familiar with. He’s ambitious, but he needs to be desperately and fiercely competitive if Harbaugh is going to get over on the Saints and Packers. The Saints and Packers are the cream of the NFL crop, will be for the next five years, and unfortunately for Harbaugh, they’re both in the NFC. Dump the quarterback.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    If you want to call yourself a jerk go for it because you’ll get no argument from anyone here.
    Like I said both you and V think you are fooling people changing aliases more often than your drawers but we know it’s you.
    Spitty really likes Sanu in the draft and keeps taking credit for “discovering” him.Spitty, you aren’t bright enough to pull ruse of yours off.
    Perhaps you’ll go to another blog where you can pull the wool over the unsuspecting. Everyone knows your playbook here.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- If the we have to play the Saints in NO, we lose. I believe we beat them in SF.

  6. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – My name is AlbertEinstinkle… I can tell you like the wager I offered Unca. A bottle, and I’ll give you 9.5. I know, I know… you don’t bet with geneouses. Good policy.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    And I posted this yesterday morning
    “Making the playoffs this year was the goal of every Niner fan at the start of this uncertain season. To have hoped for more you would have been ridiculed.
    Now the haters are coming at the Niners with One and Done. Quite possible but the beauty of the situation is the amount of times the haters have changed their tune. They keep moving the goalposts and I take great pleasure at their pathetic efforts.
    The Niner future is bright and things will only get better as they build on this solid foundation”

    Guys like you can’t seem to enjoy the moment. You’re worried about what’s over the hill and if it’s a cliff will the brakes malfunction.
    We appear to be on a collision course with the Saints.
    However this is the NFL. Ask the Saints what happened to them in the playoffs playing a sub .500 team as a heavy favorite.
    So I guess you won’t be watching the game in Redding because you already know the outcome.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- That was a good one. Spitblood calling himself a jerk! I didn’t catch that until you pointed it out.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- I do have to admit your little side show here is somewhat amusing. At least, for now.
    .
    For anybody who does want to bet Stinkle, he does pay his bets. Betting is too easy for me to have to do it on a blog. I live in a 24 hr gambling town.

  10. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I think what I’m going to do is coin yet another phrase. Coining phrases can really pierce the skull like a diamond bullit. What’s the topic you ask? Well, it’s the 49er feel good arguments. The Rams are a feel good argument for 49er fans. The Rams beat the Saints, so for some Niner fans it’s a feel good argument. But most rational people knows teams like the Saints don’t have mental lapses in the playoffs.
    .
    Another feel good argument is the Trent Dilfer model (or the Trent Dilfer model squared that Unca dropped on me yesterday – Terry Bradshaw). 49er fans also feel good about themselves thinking, “Well, if Trent Dilfer did it, so can Smith.” Let’s turn a blind eye to the new rules and how they effect the game.

    So… coining a phrase. Koolaid is popular, but that implies you follow the team blindly. I need a drink that implies you’re just looking to make yourself feel good, fooling yourself. Why do they do it? I believe it’s because some 49er fans want to feel good about their team because their lives are so miserable they need relief. AlbertEinstinkle, however, just created the theory of relativesbegone, so life’s peachy.
    .
    Anyway, drinking the comfort booze. Booze, kind of booze…Southern Comfort… Niners…. (don’t mind me, I’m just thinking out loud). Southern Niner Comfort…. nope. But you see me workin’.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Albert, nobody is denying that great QBs are wonderful to have. Droning on about it like it is some sort of personal insight is a bit comical. By your logic, the 9ers should just give up until they are fortunate enough to discover the next HOF QB. Not exactly a brilliant game plan.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I don’t think Stinker is in Redding. Last I heard he moved to one of those NorCal coastal pot towns and is back in school trying for his MBA(Most Bogus Award on the blogs). My guess is he is smoking refer, stinking up his blood with THC, and calling himself a “geneous”(sic)? All the while trying to find a blog that won’t kick him off again. Thus, the alias.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Let’s poke a giant hole in the rant you just posted. You said
    “But most rational people knows teams like the Saints don’t have mental lapses in the playoffs.”

    Like I said. the Seahawks seemed to have caught them doing a brain fart in last year’s playoffs.
    According to rational you, this can’t possibly happen. Life ain’t so peachy for you here.

    Sorry Spitty I have you figured out. Come again if you want another beatdown.

  14. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger…. see, Skeebers knows how to address me. Just Albert will do.

    Someone is working on their MBA in a pot smoking town and calls himself a sic geneous? I wanna party with that dude. Wait a second… “Most Bogus Award on the blogs?” They give out awards? Like most likely to succeed, class clown? Stuff like that?

  15. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit – nice try. Last year the Saints were a flawed team without a running game. This is why they brought in Darren Sproles and used a first round draft choice on Mark Ingram. It didn’t hurt either that Matt Hasslebeck played way over his head and that safety Malcom Jenkins was out with an injury. Seattle is another feel good drink. Basically, anyone who beats the Saints makes 49er fans feel good. Why isn’t anyone talking about KC? I doubt we get to that drink…

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    So that’s how things work in your world? You make a statement that
    the Saints don’t have lapses in the playoffs but when it’s pointed out to you they did in their last playoff appearance a year ago you give a laundry list of excuses? You state an absolute and then you start projecting how they’ve improved. I like that excuse that Hasslebeck played over his head.
    You aren’t worth the effort. Is this what attending Chapman University does to your mind?
    You are just like a big fat pinata. Batter up!!!!

  17. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Well, say what you want, but last year the Saints were a flawed team, they addressed those holes last off season, and this year’s Rams’ game was a fluke, not the rule. But you go on believing the 49ers will beat the Saints at home because grass makes all the difference. Personally, I think its the THC levels, but what do I know?

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    You keep talking offense. You completely forget about the defense.
    Last year the Saints were ranked 4th in D and this year 26th.
    You’re just fooling yourself to think that playing outdoors in the elements diesn’t affect a dome team.
    What do you know, not so much.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    The fatal flaw in all your arguments and rants is you have totally dismissed or forgotten how
    improved the 49ers are.
    Last year when the Saints were in Candlestick, they won on a partially blocked FG on a team coached by Singletary with Jimmy Raye as the OC.
    Two words for you. Coach Harbaugh.

  20. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Okay, let’s talk defense. The Saints have the number one passing attack in the NFL (if you go by yards), and the 49ers’ rank 17th against the pass, but, according to the NFL Network, the 49ers’ secondary is ranked 29th. This isn’t a good defensive matchup for the 49ers, especially since the Saints offensive line is right now much better than the Packers’, and they’ll neutralize Aldon and Justin. I could honestly see the New York Giants knocking off the Packers because Green Bays’ O line is pretty banged up. Tuck, Pierre-Paul and Osi could spell trouble for the Packers (and no, Berger, this doesn’t prove your theory that D lines win championships). I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if it was New York and the Saints in the NFC Championship. But New York has a long road ahead if they’re gonna make their date with the Packers. Odd say they won’t, I say they will.
    .
    If New York beats the Cowboys, then the Lions in the first round, and they stay healthy, the Giants are the team the Packers should fear the most.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is no theory, D lines win championships. QBs don’t get passes off when they are on their backs. Green Bay had an excellent D-line last year.

  22. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Saints’ defensive numbers are hard to go by. It’s hard to estimate just how good the Saints and Packers are on defense. Both teams blow opponents out and give up garbage yards and garbage points late in games.
    .
    The Saints rush defense is 10th overall, but who has the luxury of running on the Saints? The Saints hang 40pts on anyone, and most games are dictated by Dree Brees. This is why I believe the 49ers will lose to the Saints by 14pts. I believe the Saints will get up by two touchdowns and force Alex to throw the ball more often. When Alex is asked to throw the ball over 30 times in a game, his rating drops to 71. This is terrible news for a 49er shootout.
    .
    I also believe Harbaugh knows this and tried during the latter part of the season to put more of the game on Alex’s shoulders. This ended in disaster, so Harbaugh was forced to go back to his old routine of Frank Gore and gimmick passes Smith could hit.
    .
    When analysts say the 49ers can’t win a shootout in the playoffs with Alex Smith, they’re right. And that’s exactly what the Saints’ game will be because our secondary is our Achilles’ heal.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Open your eyes. Last year the Niners had 2 guys in the Pro Bowl.
    This year 8 with 10 more possible as aletrnates. Crap that’s impressive. F*ciin OUTSTANDING
    Do you realize that Kendall Hunter
    outgained your guy Mark Ingraham in total offense?
    See a true Niner fan would know.
    Why don’t you????

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    If you are following the back and forth here you seem to be promoting the Saints as this unbeatable juggernaut and giving zero credit to the Niner strengths.
    You really come off as a Saint’s fan and a Niner Hater.

  25. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    After 9 years of ineptitude I have become somewhat of a glass half full fan. I still have to pinch myself to believe that we really are 12-3. So can the Niners beat the Saints in the Dome? I just can’t see it. But at the Stick they have a chance. And the why doesn’t have to do with Alex.
     
    Our secondary has given up bunches at times (DAL, AZ, PHI). But with the exception of the Ravens game, we have been in every single game with only an egg laid in AZ and an early season oops against DAL to blemish the loss column. The one consistent intangible I have seen in this team, and the D in particular, is toughness. They have heart and they do not give up.
     
    Sure Brees could toss up a bunch and Whitner could be trailing and/or out jumped by Graham all day. The Saints are the hottest team in football right now. But I think the Niners have the most relentless, resilient, and focused D in football right now. Does that give us an edge? Over the Saints? No, because they have so many weapons. But you can’t quantify heart, and we’ve got that. I think at the Stick, we have a 50/50 chance.

  26. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger,
    I don’t totally buy into your theory, but I will tell you this much – a big part of the reason that KC beat the Packers was because Tamba Hali beat the Packers’ O line like a rented drug smuggler (or mule for those scoring at home). The reason I believe the Giants could take down the Packers is because of the D-line, O line matchup. Osi, Tuck, Pierre Paul against a busted up Packer’s line isn’t good news for Rogers and company, plus the Giants just gave the Pack all they could handle during the regular season. Reminds me of the year the Pats went undefeated, their most competitive win was against the Giants, then those same Giants beat the Patriots with an amazing pass rush.
    .
    But the reason I don’t buy your “D-lines win championships” is because a good protections and play calling can beat the four big men up front and I believe the playoff are more about matchups. I for one think the 49er / Saints match up is a terrible one for the 49ers. I believe the Packers / Giants is a good one for the Giants, and I believe Einstinkle verse Bullit has the handicappers clamouring amoungst themselves because you can’t set the betting line at Spitblood -1000. The smart move is just for them not to take that bet. Einstinkle verse Bullit? All bets are off.
    .
    Oh, and one other matchup. Any team that can run the ball effectively can beat the Patriots. If the Raiders get McFadden healthy (and they make the playoffs) the Raiders could beat the Patriots. The Ravens and Jets have proven all you have to do to beat the Patriots in the playoffs is run the ball, burn clock and keep Brady off the field. Belichick tried to fix it with Haynesworth and Carter, switching to a 4/3, but both of those dudes aren’t playing in this year’s playoffs for the Pats.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Anything to rain on the 49er success and parade. You are indeed a world class hater troll.
    We’re in the playoffs and can win the bye this Sunday.
    Your misery warms my heart.
    12-3 soon to be 13-3.
    GO NINERS!

  28. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    wow Al you really crapped on a pretty decent blog, turned it into a bitch and moan fest just like you do all the blogs you post on.
    aren’t you a raiders fan

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Albert brought up Albert Haynesworth. How’s this for a stat? Since the ‘Skins acquired him, they’re 0-7. Since the Pat’s released him, they’re 7-0. He’s a difference maker alright.

  30. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Albert’s just a symptom of a problem…. (I crack myself up).

  31. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Albert is the T.O. of defensive linemen – if it ain’t about him, it doesn’t matter to him.

  32. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a huge proponent of the dominant QB. I always have been and have stated my position on many, many occasions.
    That said, I don’t deny the power of a dominant defense. Period. Check the turnover differential, and a team with Charlie Brown handing off to Frank is going to be in a lot of ball games.
    Inferior (on paper) teams win in the playoffs every year. Seahawks over the Saints? C’mon! The Niners are modestly inferior to the Pack and arguable with the Saints. All it’s gonna take is 2 in a row. It’s the defense, stupid!
    BTW, I don’t know if someone pointed this out already, but I’m going to nominate the Chiefs for my Team of the Year. They beat the Pack! They lost to the 0-7 Dolphins! 31-3 at home, mind you! They lost to Tim Tebow, at home! You gotta love schizophrenia…

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Albert went to the Bucs? You just can’t trust an Albert, they’ll stinkle up the place! Pun intended. Talk about crackin’ myself up!

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    My bad, I knew it was the Bucs. I was thinking the ‘Skins, the team who’ll get Bradford in a trade if and when the Rams draft Luck.
     
    I’m not joking. You guys better be rooting for an Indy loss Sunday. You don’t, I repeat DON’T wanna have to face Luck 20x in the next ten years. If it comes down to that, root for the Mayans to be right like I am. Go Mayans!

  35. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think it’s coincidence that the Bungles won the division over the Steelers and the Ravens the year BEFORE T.O. and are still alive in Week 17 for the playoffs with a rookie QB AFTER T.O.
    What was it Carson Palmer called the locker room? A circus?
    Face it, some guys are in it for everything BUT winning.

  36. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Since it’s never too soon to make playoff predictions (and I have no clue when I’ll be Internet-challenged or not), here goes:
    Wildcard Round:
    Saints over Lions
    Falcons over Giants
    Texans over Raiders
    Tim Tebow over Steelers (Jesus will make him do it)

    Divisional Round:
    Pack over Falcons
    Niners over Saints
    Pats over Texans
    Ravens over Tim Tebow (Jesus takes the day off)

    Championship Round:
    Niners over Pack (no, I honestly don’t believe this, but if I post otherwise I’ll get flamed)
    Ravens over Pats

    SB:
    Little brother wins Round II of the Civil War, Harbaugh Division

    After my one and only prediction of the Niners over the Cards, I should just predict Lambs over the Niners and leave it at that. But I can’t. Looking out the door, I think FROZEN TUNDRA!

  37. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, just noticed that Div Round of AFC should be:
    Pats over Tim Tebow
    Ravens over Texans

    Just a seeding oversight!

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is what I just read about the value of the first pick

    “Adam Schefter at ESPN speculated on Luck’s potential trade value prior to Week 16:
    If somehow the Colts win a game and the Rams don’t, then that pick, for the Rams franchise, would be worth, roughly worth, three (first-round picks) and two (second-rounders), maybe four first-round picks. And so there’s a huge amount at stake if somehow the Colts — who will continue to try to win games — win another game, the Rams lose their two games and somehow come up with that pick.”

    Talk about mortgaging your team’s future
    If Luck flmaes out or get’s hurt you are screwed for 5 years easily.

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg

    the lambs are going down big time !

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob. Who wins this matchup in the Doctor Who Super Bowl? The Cybermen vs The Daleks? I’m betting on the squad whose one goal is to “exterminate!” the living shit outta everyone and everything in site.

  41. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said Mr. Dingleberry, the program is to grind it out at the Stick. Water the field down. Control the clock. Not to get in a shoot-out with NO. Duh. Hence the Bradshaw comparo. I know the intricacies of trying to keep Brees and co off the field is baffling to you, but, whatever.
    .
    To say Smith failed miserably at anything this season is epically stupid, even for you. 13-3? Look at Dildo’s numbers. Look at Smith’s. The bigger problem is the WRs. They suck for the most part. Crabs is solid, but he’s had his share of drops. VD? Ginn? Edwards? Walker? Please. Drop city.
    .
    Williams is the lone decent guy to come from all the injuries and suckitude. None of those guys (minus Crabs) would be starters on most other teams. Gore has sucked at catching balls out of the backfield this year. Hunter? He’s done OK in limited oppos.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “sight” after my LASIK surgery, mine’s not too shabby, thank you. Now, if I could only get that brain surgery…

  43. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, I predicted the ‘Hawks over Seattle last year. Mainly because of Seattle’s run game. They dominated NO up front, and ended up running all over NO.
    .
    The Niners are going to try the same thing.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I can vouch for Chuck’s call last yr of SEA upsetting the Saints. I think he’s the only one who had ’em. Now I could be wrong, but I think the only reason why he pick Seattle was because everyone had already chimed in on NO, and he wanted to be contrary just because. It was “A Shot in the Dark” (1964. Directed by Blake Edwards starring Peter Sellers and Elke Sommer) by Chuck that only Inspector Clouseau could have fired.
     
    Clouseau: Uh… What was I saying? Uh… Listen, you, you daydreaming fool, what are you doing there? I mean, can’t you pay attention when I’m talking? Don’t know know what I was saying? You’re not listening to me.

  45. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Of course you are wrong.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Are there any morons left here, probably Einstinkle, that thinks Brees cold throw for 4,000 yards with the 49ers receiving corps? I laugh myself to sleep if anybody thinks so. But morons do abound. Stinkle is what stinkle does.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m fairly sure Del thinks Brees could throw for 6,000 yards with the 49er receivers. This is because Alex can’t.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I need to be clear about this. I want Alex Smith back as our QB next year.

  49. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Del,
    I have a question for you about Tony Romo. Now you see, I’m not a paramedic (but I do play one on television), and I have taken a few CPR, First Aid classes. I thought a gauze bandage was for burns to prevent infection – applied loosely over the skin and burned area. There’s also the sling that helps restrict mobility to prevent further ligament or bone damage. But I’m not familiar with what methods the Cowboys training crew employed on Romo’s hand. I mean, the surface of the skin wasn’t broken so infection wasn’t a problem. Romo could prevent further damage to bone and muscle simply by not flexing his hand or making a fist. So what’s the wrap for? Is it to make him feel better as the Cowboys’ playoff chances once again slip down the drain? Or does it help to signify to the Cowboys’ fanbase and everyone watching that Romo is legitimately injured? Punctured lung? My ass. If I hit my hand on a helmet the last thing I’d do is have a wrap on it, and I definitely wouldn’t wear a wrap to practice. I bet this was the impetus of Emmitt Smith claiming the Cowboys are weak-minded. I bet Emmitt saw the wrap and thought, “He we go again.” Think Troy, Micheal or Emmitt would have worn a wrap on their hand? Think again. It’s exactly this reason that Berger is right when declaring he’d rather have Smith than Romo (as if there’s a right answer there). At least Alex has heart. Sure, that heart is buried deep inside one of the saddest sacks to ever hurl a pigskin, but Romo is gutless. Eli Manning verse Romo this weekend? Can they start the betting line at Giants -21?

  50. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “Here we go again….”

  51. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, and I want to be clear about this…. Republicans are Nazis, and I definitely don’t want them back next year.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith is a superior QB to Tony Romo. I would hate to have Romo as the QB of my team. Having said that I am seriously thinking of drafting him in my fantasy league next year. He doesn’t win much, but he does put up points for fantasy. Del likes that more than winning games. Alex Smith is 12-3 and Romo is fighting to be .500. Del hates the 49ers because Alex Smith is the QB. I love the 49ers because they are the 49ers. I would love any QB that goes 12-3 for my 49ers. What say you Del?

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Look up the defenition of Nazi. Socialism is the main word. Smoke more refer.

  54. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The problem is that Del does what so many do. He confuses fantasy with reality. This is why he loves movies so much. Escape, escape from reality. Reality is, Alex Smith and Tony Romo will both never win a Super Bowl…. and Berger makes me laugh. Albert Einstinkle isn’t half bad either.
    – Stay Thirsty My Friends.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Thirsty for more pinata boy???

  56. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger,
    Did you know the largest part of the Republican base is high school educated white people who make less than 100K per year? They’re all hoping to get rich with an affiliation to a higher class, and the truly rich prey on them with Sarah Palin and John Beck motivational speeches reconfirming a lifestyle that manipulates the uneducated and gets them to vote for bigger tax breaks for people not like them – the truly rich. If you’re making less than $250,000 per year, you shouldn’t be a Republican. But, have it your way. Wave the flag, support the troops, go to church, vote Republican, do the rich man’s bidding, and hope through affiliation and relation some of that wealth rubs off on you. It’s the Republican way….

  57. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a troll paradise.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Nice mind play. Sounds like you have a high quality bong in your little flat in Arcata. How’s the anti Bush flier campaign going?

  59. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The interesting thing in America is when times get rough, Americans try to fall back on their character. They tighten up the ship, say their word means everything, wave the flag, get more patriotic, go to church more often, and focus more on politics. They try to get back to their roots. “This is who I am, these are my priorities in life.” It’s the perfect rich person’s defense. The rich are rich for a reason. They are smarter. They use the psychology behind apple pie to protect their wealth. So when the country is in shambles, the rich prevent tax increases on themselves by railing those just hanging on. Why haven’t the rich been taxed more? My friend, Jimmy’s brother, Warren Buffett, is pleading with congress to increase taxes on the rich, and nothing has happened. Know why? This time it’s because when times got tough, the rich knew their hocus pocus, American Flag wavin’ routine wouldn’t be enough so they stepped up their game and found themselves a slave.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m tired. I must go to bed. This is disappointing because punking Stinkblood is just too fun!

  61. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    chucksninerland lives!!!
    .
    Criminy, what a fun night.
    .
    Come now, Bergs, it’s reefer . . .
    .
    mary jane . . wacky tobacky . . . chronic . . . laffy lettuce . . .
    .
    All we need now is NoFear with a Steve Young lament . . .

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yes! The master is refer! Humbolt is the capitol. All slaves live in Humbolt County. They are slaves to refer! Bow to the illegals, they grow your crop! They own you.

  63. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Punking? Let’s not go there.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You love illegals on the perception they vote Democrat. But the fact is they own you. Nobody owns me. But Democrats are owned by illegals.

  65. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I will give you credit for one thing, Berger. I freakin’ hate Obama.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinbkblood- You are a slave to the illegals. Keep smoking refer.

  67. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Illegals don’t own crops around here. Around here, illegals try to grow on public land and the Fed cracks down on them. It’s a nice racket over here, really. Own property, grow in your barn… you’re cool. The cops insure there isn’t much diversity. Serve and protect, boys. Serve and protect…

  68. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Nice try, Reno. After killing all the Commies in 1933, the Nazis went straight for the socialists and interned their leaders in the brand new concentration camps (the Social Democratic party which was the leading, largest party of democratic Germany).
    Socialist the Nazis were only in name. Capitalists and fanatical nationalists they were in reality. Like Republicans.
    BTW, thanks for the kind words earlier in the season when rumors of my demise seemed rife. 5 years ago with the cancer, nearly. Now, not. The sympathy makes for my prediction of no playoffs for the 49ers with Alex, ever, go down easier.

  69. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The sympathy makes for my prediction of no playoffs for the 49ers with Alex, ever, go down easier.”
     
    NoFear seconds this sentiment. He asked me to express this as his duly appointed proxy. He’s too fastidious to gobble crow in public and chooses to eat alone.

  70. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Well guys …im off to Lake Tahoe for the weekend…watch the games, loose some money, and spend New Years eve with the wife…and no kids… i wish you all the happiest of new years…and go niners!!

  71. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “Socialist the Nazis were only in name.” I didn’t realize Yoda was a history buff. Good to know, good to know…

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Going to the V playbook again?
    When losing the football argument
    (and boy your responses were putrid and feeble) resort to politics and fracture the opposition (also changes the topic).

    I’ve said this about you from day one. You are a poser and a 49er hater.
    There’s always room for improvement and every team has it’s faults especially these Niners.
    However if you are 13-3 and can’t enjoy that accomplishment then you are no fan of the Niners.

  73. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. Bullit, you’re good times. My name is Albert Einstinkle. You have a real hard-on for this Spitty character, don’t you. You know where he lives and where he went to school. Do you have a man crush on Spitblood?

    I’m happy with everything this year, but the handwriting is on the wall.

  74. winderNo Gravatar says:

    What fun.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    If you’re not Spitblood then why answer for him?
    If you’re not Spitblood then how do you know what I’m posting isn’t just random BS?
    Thanks for the confirmation.
    Too close for comfort?
    You’re back peddling so fast you can’t talk football?

  76. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I know you’re not posting random BS because Berger confirmed Spitblood once lived in Redding, then moved to the coast to smoke copious amounts of refer and retire from normal society to get his MBA and fish for large Steelhead while chasing women who don’t believe in showers or razors or fidelity. To each there own. Not my cup of tea, but could be fun, I guess.

  77. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    their own*

  78. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Hitler came to power by preaching socialism. The problem with socialism is it gives the government too much power. If they can give you everything, they can also take everything. This is what Hitler did. He took everything once he was in power. He even turned on his socialist buddies and eliminated them. He was quite a propaganda machine.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Good morning. I found this song for you!
    http://youtu.be/h0i62GnQoo0

  80. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    You can’t even cover the tracks of your lies due to mental deficiencies. You just referred to your other alias JimmyBuffet
    and his relation to Warren Buffet. The only relation you have to any Buffet is with Hometown. Your alterego JimmyBuffet takes credit for discovering Mohamed Sanu as the next great receiver. Actually he looked pretty ordinary yesterday.
    In the last 2 years he has a total of 9 TDs with a long catch
    of 32 yds. This screams possession receiver and not a deep threat.
    Ashameed of who you are and what you stand for? Very pathetic Spitty.

  81. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Why did you take Del’s bee comment off the board?

  82. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t mind the bees, but the conclusion was for the birds.

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It’s OK to ‘bee’ an Alex hater. I didn’t agree but I did egg him on for that post. I was bummed to see it taken down.

  84. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus, Bullit. I’m not Jimmy Buffet. I’m not Spitblood. I’m not Spitty. I don’t even know who Mohamed Sanu is. Was he apart of the attacks on the twin towers? Seriously, you’re way off base here.

  85. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    If Mohamed catches a touchdown will he be rewarded with twelve virgins? If it’s a deep pass from Alex Smith, he should be ’cause that ball will flutter up there so long it’ll give the safety all week to set his sights and explode through Sanu like an Irish car bomb. Twelve virgins might not be enough.

  86. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry about that, Berger. I guess I’m being extra cautious these days with tasteless references. Our new friend on board likes nothing better than to go down that road as far as he can push it – as you know from personal experience.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot about the sexual reference between him and Vernon. I guess I can see where you were going.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    You quack like Spitblood. You judge people by their names and you call yourself a sportsfan in soon to be 2012?
    I forgot you were a most ugly bigot.

  89. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s an interesting
    article.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/51163/shanahan-mailbag-skins-a-12-contender

    2005 marked the start of the 49ers’ rebuilding process. Over the last six years the 49ers have drafted in the top ten (or there abouts). Normally, when you start a process of building through the draft, it doesn’t take that long to get your team back into contention, but because Nolan and Singletary were ten cents dumber than a bag of hammers so the top ten draft pick betting window was open a little longer, allowing Harbaugh to now work more talent. I thought Harbaugh was crazy coming here, but Harbaugh must have seen two things – a front office void that allowed him to do whatever he wanted, and a talented team with a lot of high draft choices.

    The problem is, these draft choices are getting older now. Patrick Willis, Frank Gore, Justin Smith and company aren’t young pups anymore, and the Packers and Saints are high powered offenses. The 49ers need to address their offense in this year’s up coming draft. I’d use 5 or even 6 of the picks on offense, and change one particular starter….

  90. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    hammers, the* . work with*

    smoked two joints this morning…

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Draft choices are getting older now? Is there any other kind?
    You’re not having a good run here. It’s time for you to infest some other blog with your bigotry.

  92. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’m the cat. ‘Cause who’s a bigger knucklehead then Bullit? Who? Who?

  93. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Wrongo, Reno. Socialism was never a selling point of the Nazis. It was a name. So was “Workers” as in National Socialist Workers Party. How’d the workers who voted Nazi in 1932 make out?
    Socialists were never, ever “his buddies”. That is laughable. The military was. Stalin was so eager to help Hitler fight Britain prior to June 1941 BECAUSE Germany was capitalist under the Nazis. He wanted to see all the European capitalist countries bleed each other dry while he kept his hands clean and free to take eastern Europe/the Balkans/the Middle East – whatever opportunity afforded him.
    You are making the fundamental mistake, once again, of confusing socialism with Marxist/Leninism. Perhaps you could read up on Social Democracy, and the socialist parties/platform planks currently in Sweden and Germany? I believe those nations rank rather high both in wealth and personal freedom amongst industrial countries today.
    That’s my last rant on the subject. From now on I’ll use a quick, trite rebuttal.
    Nazis=nationalists willing to destroy personal, constitutionally guaranteed freedoms to fight illegal wars to gain Party and Leader power, rigging elections in the process to accomplish this? Hmmm, King George II, Republicans, Iraq, wiretapping and the elimination of habeus corpus?

  94. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Nazis drew more from traditional German militarist conservatism and anti-semitism, and from Mussolini’s fascism, than from any tenuous connection to socialists. Their brown shirts fought a nasty little street war with the socialists in the early days of the Third Reich. Most of those Socialists soon ended up in Dachau. And Bolshevism was anathema to Hitler, as he considered it a “Jewish Disease”. For more detail, see Shirer’s works on the Third Reich, either Rise and Fall or The Nightmare Years.
     
    Now, can we get back to freaking football?

  95. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, get your hands on “Black Range Tales” by James A. McKenna if you can somewhere. The Black Range is a minor mountain range just east of Silver City. Loads of stories from an early New Mexico miner/”pioneer” (the Apaches and Mexicans don’t use that term for some odd reason) in your sister’s neighborhood. A terrific feel for New Mexico Territory and a comfortable, easy read.
    Gawd, you gotta love a state whose governor (while a territory) was a hero of the only Civil War battle and got himself shot in a duel in a pool room of a bar in the state capital.
    I now return to my regularly scheduled football programming.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    You give yourself way too much credit. The cat has a brain. You’re the rock that they’re both standing on.
    Although what did the rock do to deserve such an insult?

  97. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a crying shame that my last comment was nixed. That’s “ixnay” for those of you who speak Latin of the porcine variety. Not only was it humorous (as I hope to make most comments) but it was very educational as well. I dare you to find another 49er blog where you could find so much insight and knowledge of the inner workings of the Anthophila.
     
    Maybe Skeebers is anti-big spending on public education. You’re more Republican at heart than you realize.

  98. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit is a riot…… in China.

  99. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Just one more, Grumpy, and I promise to drop it till after the season. Really. Honest.
    “The Coming of the Third Reich”, Richard J. Evans, 2007, for the Nazi political platform origins (dating back to the 19th century and not at all confined to Germany), and “The Third Reich in Power 1933-1939” by the same author, 2007, for another treatment of Nazism in practice.
    Not much socialism in there, Reno.
    Just two of the most recent books I’ve read on the subject. Gets ya right here, doesn’t it?
    Don’t worry, I’m not a Democrat, either.
    I’m a member of the “Football and Beer Party”. We’re going to rule the world someday, you know.

  100. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I believe I read “Mein Kampf” for the first time back in the 8th grade? I was captivated. For all of his faults, and there were many, he was one smart cookie. It’s too bad that the Justice League or the Super Friends couldn’t have capture him early on and channeled his evil power for “truth, justice and the American way.” “Wonder Twin powers activate!”

  101. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    One team that might consider trading a mint for Peyton Manning is the Broncos.
    Terrific defense, good special teams, and Tim Tebow. Every time Tebow pulls one out in the last 5 minutes, John Elway loses more hair. He wants a real QB for some reason, but would be strung up if he tried to do anything about it. You realize Tebow is one of the highest ranked passers in the league? In the 4th quarter. Too bad for the Broncs they play 45:00 before that.
    How’s that for a change of subject???

  102. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, I’ve been an ordained minister of the Church of Monday Night Football for 33 years.
    .
    If Spitty and Bullitt want to get married, I can legally do so. In Iowa . . .

  103. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    There’s also a very well written book, “Illegals Stole My Bailout,” Naziberger, 2011. He goes into great detail about how eating apple pie, waving the American flag, supporting the troops, listening to Rush, going to church, and voting Republican have gotten him bupkis. It was so good I couldn’t pick it up.

  104. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I agree Hitler went anti socialist after getting in power. He used his military for power and censorship. He basically lied to his people to get in power. Nothing new there. Loosely translated Nazi is something like National Socialist Workers Party. If you are going to lie to the people, why not start with the name. Anyway, you do know more about this that I do so I’ll leave it at that and just read what you have to say aout it.

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- I see you smoked two more joints.

  106. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The Colts ain’t tradin’ anybody. They’ll have Luck, Painter and Manning. Wow, what a stable of Colts. Too bad Curtis Painter isn’t fit for the glue factory, or the mule races at Ferndale (I bet on a mule at Ferndale. He finished fifth and ran right off the track, straight to the glue factory). The Colts will play Manning, with Luck on the bench, and use Luck if Peyton gets hurt. Manning will tutor Luck, and if Manning gets fully recovered, in 2013, the Colts will trade Manning alla Montana to the Chiefs. And Manning will be sour, like Montana. I don’t see Jim Caldwell supervising that transition. If Jeff Fisher comes back, I’m bettin’ that’s where he’s headed. Who doesn’t want to coach Luck for ten years? Talk about padding the stats.

  107. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Naziberger also wrote the Pulitzer Prize winner, “Taco Truck Exhaust Melted the Polar Ice Caps – But Still No Global Warming,” 2010.

  108. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Or the critically acclaimed, “Bury My Heart at Abu Ghraib,” Naziberger, 2009.

  109. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Geez, it appears my proxy has been rescinded. Dang, I was just getting comfortable with it.

  110. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Heh heh. Too funny Skeebs.
    .
    As for you, NoFear, it’s better to hold on to your beliefs than trust your eyes, I suppose.
    .
    Or do 5 4th quarter comebacks not mean anything?

  111. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’d just like to “ditto” NoFear’s last post.
    Happy New Year.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZtQofXRSSw

  112. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I always thought they gave out the Len Eshmont Award at the last home game.
    Apparently it’s the last game of the season.
    It’ll be eithe Justin or Alex Smith or Patrick Willis.

  113. robNo Gravatar says:

    NOFEAR
    good to see ya !

    BULLIT
    alex gets the eshmont imho

    SKEEBS
    this isn’t a hurdle , it’s a speed bump !

    and to ALL 9ERS everywhere …
    on to the playoffs and happy new year !

  114. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hey hey! Good to see you NoFear!

  115. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just had some Two If By Tea rasberry tea! It had Rush Limbaugh’s face on the front!

  116. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Four of those 4th Q comebacks were on the road. Very impressive.

  117. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Alex Smith is gonna win the Len Eshmont Award? You have the right surname, but you whiffed on the first. JUSTIN Smith will be this years winner of that award. Book it!

  118. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There is a lot of talk about Justin Smith being the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

  119. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger thinks if we interchanged Brees or Brady with Smith, this offense wouldn’t improve. I think you started even a little earlier than I did on the New Years Eve festivities. And you know me, I started pretty early.
     
    The U.S. Army has nothing on me…”I do more drinking before 9 AM than most people do all day.”
     
    12 oz Arm(y) Curls Strong.

  120. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Since we’re conducting a swap meet, let’s swap our receivers with Green Bay’s and see who has the better offense then.

  121. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I heard that Tom Gamble of the Niners is being considered for a couple of vacant GM jobs.
    And the screwy thing is if Spagnola gets the boot from the Rams he will become DC of the Eagles and Josh McDaniels will
    become OC of the Chefs if they retain Romeo Crennel.
    The Chefs and Crennel is similar to the Niners and Singletary in many ways. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
    Have a safe and Happy New Year!!!
    Go Niners!!!

  122. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone here think the Lambs are going to try tomorrow?
    Here’s what Jimmy Johnson had to say about Andrew Luck a couple of weeks ago:
    “If it meant a chance to draft him, I’d bench every one of my starters for the rest of the season.”
    So much for that “teams go all out all the time” theory.
    Of course, Jimmy Johnson is Jimmy Johnson and the Lambs are the SOFL.

  123. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Stephen Jackson will be trying, there’s no quit in that stud. What a career he could have had in some place like Pittsburgh.

  124. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess our WRs tomorrow are going to be Crabtree and two guys who have spent most of the year on practice squads. Gee, wonder if Crab will get double-teamed.

  125. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, do you honestly think that if the Niners and Packers switched WRs, that would make the Niners better than the Pack offensively?
     
    No offense, but the Niners offense would still be… offensive.

  126. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    side note: Skeebers, any chance you can arrange the blog so members can respond to others personally under their last comment? I know Chuck’s and the BB blog that I follow has that option. I think that makes for good conversation. Just saying…

  127. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I did not say that. All I did is ask if we would run the spread for those QBs because that is where they are all excelling. I do not know what the answer would be. My contention is if you want Brees, Brady or Rodgers you had better be willing to run a lot of spread offense. We are running more of it lately between the 20s but still not much, and we almost completely abandon it in the Red Zone. We seem to run it when we need some quick points or a come back. We do have a QB that runs the spread very well but that is not our main offense.

  128. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Is it Harbaugh or the illegals who can’t figure out how to make Smith a redzone success? You’d think Harbaugh would have figured out Smith needs to spread it out in the redzone. Stupid Harbaugh. Easy coach of the year, but still can’t get Smith firing and passing for touchdowns. Must be the receivers. Must be the coach. Must be the earth’s gravitational pull because of the Death Star’s tractor beam. Must be the offensive line. Must be the illegals. ‘Cause it’s anyone but Alex Smith. Hey, a dude could get elected in SF on that campaign slogan – “Anyone but Alex Smith….” Where do I sign up?

  129. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I don’t give a flying fig what offense will be run. You can run the pro set, single wing, double wing, wildcat, shotgun, pistol, wishbone, flexbone, wing T, empty backfield, or the goal and veer formations…it’s not going to change this simple fact: putting Alex Smith’s name in the same category with Brees, Brady and Rodgers is downright sacrilegious.
     
    “Move along, there’s nothing (Alex Smith) to see here.”

  130. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Is it wrong to watch and listen to Dick Clark on New Year’s Eve just to make oneself feel better about themselves?
     
    I don’t give a flying monkey from the “Wizard of Oz.” “There’s no place like home.” And there’s especially no place like home when you make yourself feel better at the expense of someone who’s in deeper doodoo than you.
     
    Happy New Year!

  131. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Del, nested threads where guys can reply to each other in indented blocks are a WordPress theme related issue. The theme for this blog (“DailyPress”)is getting a bit dated and doesn’t have that feature. I’ve been thinking of changing it, but it would have to be done while the site is live, making it look kind of funky during transition.
     
    There are pros and cons to the nested thread deal. It does make it easier to reply to a specific comment, but I don’t care for it because it’s too easy to miss replies that someone makes to a comment that has scrolled off screen. And it involves a lot of paging up and down to follow everyone’s remarks.
     
    Any feedback on this issue from you guys would be welcome, before I go about the steps of changing the theme. Vote now or STFU later on!

  132. robNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs is right ! you miss stuff with the nested thread style

  133. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I agree with you, Skeebers. I don’t like the “reply” format because you do miss comments even if there’s a “newest comment” feature at the top.
    Old school is more cool. Go Niners. Go Giants (New York Football Giants).
    .
    My New Year’s resolution is to be nicer to people on blogs. Sweet Jesus I’ve got my work cutout for me. Just remember, erections don’t count as personal growth.

  134. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- A coach has his own reasoning behind his play calling. I think you know I like the spread and see it as the natural progression of Bill Walsh’s WCO.
    .
    My guess is Harbaugh does what he does because of a couple reasons. One, it limits the other team’s opportunities when you run the ball to keep the clock moving. Two, it generally limits turnovers. We are 12-3 so I won’t complain about Harbaugh’s philosophy, but my question remains, would one of those QBs even come here with our current style of play calling? It does not matter who is better if the QBs you target are not interested in being here. So are they? I don’t know, but my guess would be not if we continue to run the offense we do now.

  135. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Happy New Year all!

  136. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- One more thing about Alex Smith. I’ll continue to say what I’ve always said about him since Harfbaugh has been our coach. If Harbaugh wants Alex, then I want Alex as our QB. If Harbaugh wants a different QB then I’m going to go with who he targets. Unlike our previous two coaches, I have full confidence in Harbaugh’s knowledge of the position.

  137. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You got a vote on the nested comments issue, Berg?

  138. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger,
    No, no, no. For all the times you’ve trolled and drove me more insane (ie – Niners about to sign Smith to a ten year deal), and you being not just a Smith troll, but also a legit Smith supporter, if Harbaugh dumps Smith, you’re gonna get your come-up-ins. You’ve supported Smith, like his game, and its an indictment on all Smith supporters if Harbaugh goes in another direction. And if he doesn’t, 2012 will be a wasted season.

  139. robNo Gravatar says:

    SKEEBS !

    I’ll take that question !

    here’s the answer …

    if it involves spitblood , then PLEASE go with the ‘nested threads ‘ idea !

    but if it’s with anyone else

    no

  140. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    First you’re not only a hater troll but a lying hater troll.

    Learn to listen and comprehend instead of being a whining moron.
    Berger is going along with what the coach decides PERIOD.
    That’s where you’re dead wrong. Berger is not a Smith supporter but rather a supporter of the 49ers. Something you have never learned to be and never will because you are a hater.

  141. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Nice try, bullit. Berger’s a Smith supporter. He used to go into detail about Smith’s throwing motion. He makes constant excuses for Smith. You can’t play the middle of the road after you see the handwriting on the wall.

  142. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Just say no to nests!

    Nests bring mice. Mice bring rattlers. Rattlers bring coyotes.

    The next thing you know, you’ve got a buffalo roaming the streets! (That was last week, and they caught him and got him back to the ranch.)

    The pure randomness of an open blog is the fun and joy of it.

    Happy New Year everybody!

  143. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Lions about to snag the #5 seed by laying #2 on the Pack. Looks like we’ll get Atl at NO again. The Jets got humiliated by NE in December last year and then beat them in the Foot Fetish Bowl. Atlanta’s a good team; it’s possible. That would set up Detroit (my pick)/NYG/Dal at the Niners in two weeks. GOOOOOOOO Gints!

  144. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow, my error. I thought the Lions/Pack game was ending. Every other early game is. Ach, so!

    Congratulations to the Niners and Alex on an outstanding season!

  145. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That was a ragged ending, but DONE! Number 2 seed. Colts get Luck. Let’s see if the Raiders can sneak in.

  146. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Akers’ qb rating 158…. Alex Smith? 98. That’s about right.

  147. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Del is trailing in the Nest Bowl, 4-1. Just hasn’t been his year.

  148. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Flynn throws for 481 yds and 6 TDs. Yeah, those Packer WRs have nothing to do with Rogers’ success.

  149. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Put Alex on that team and Mason Crosby has the record.

  150. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Denver loses as Tebow puts up 60 yds passing. Wheeze. Too bad the Raiders are gonna lose, too, so it doesn’t matter. Both Harbaughs have the number 2 seed.

  151. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    13-3 as Alex Smith leads the Niners into the playoffs.
    Two wins from the Super Bowl!! Put that in your hating lying pipe and smoke it.

  152. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- As usual, you are wrong. My vote is for you to be banned here, just like everywhere else you have been. You are a moron. I see you’ve smoked two more joints.
    .
    I support Smith because we are 13-3. You would like to revise history? Receivers do make a difference (See Flynn, Matt with 481 yds and 6 TDs). But in your moron world it doesn’t matter as lng as the QB is Alex Smith (see Del Mar Dennis). You are a moron.
    .
    Please root for another team until Alex Smith is gone. I’m tired of your lying about the people who did not throw Alex under the bus with Nolan and Singletary. You are a moron. How is that dope smoking working out for you?

  153. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Saints will put Mark Ingraham on IR with a turf toe that won’t heal.
    Stafford threw for over 500 yds so the Lions-Saints game most likely won’t be a defensive struggle especially with Lion secondary giving up 6 TDs today.

    Tim Tebow with 60 yds completing
    6 passes and Denver backs into the Playoffs. You’ve gott be kidding.

  154. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    With all these kind words being sent Albert’s way, he should have no trouble keeping his New Year’s resolution – at least for one day. Maybe.

  155. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, oh. Romo just pulled a Jim Everette and sacked himself. This could get ugly.

  156. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tony’s got -10 yards passing midway through 2nd quarter. Smokin’ hot.

  157. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    Romo’s pushing Tebow’s performance
    of today

  158. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So the Cleveland Browns still suck after 2 years under Holmgren.
    That team has no direction and will change QBs next year and suck again.
    Just because Holmgren had connections to Walsh didn’t mean he was Walsh.
    All these teams recycling big names must realize the reason they are all unemployed is because they failed at their last jobs.
    Bresnahan the Raiduh DC might be history. They might bring in
    Jack Del Rio or (drum rollll)
    Mike Nolan as both are unemployed.

  159. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It might be fun having Nolan back in the Bay Area. We could “Hoot the Suit!”

  160. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I still say I would much rather have Alex Smith over Tony Romo. Romo is a passer, Smith is a QB. Big difference. It is why I always liked Montana over Marino. Marino was the great passer, Montana was the great QB.

  161. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Smith played every game and threw only 5 ints ALL YEAR. That is outstanding. It’s only two more than Del predicted he would have in the first half of the first game.

  162. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nolan is NoFear’s boy. I would love to see something other than vanilla from Nolan someday. He did get aggressive in the 2nd half of this last season but I would guess that was a mandate from Sporano. Nolan sucks. He was actually worse than Sngletary because of his propaganda. With Sing you, at least, new how you were getting screwed.

  163. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like neither of these teams want to win this game. The Giants are hell-bent on giving it away.

  164. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve pretty much nailed the NFC playoffs thus far. My predictions – Saints play Lions, Giants play Falcons, Saints beat 49ers, Giants and Green Bay an excellent game. Saints over the Giants or Packers and go to the big dance. And for the record, I like the Giants over the Packers.

  165. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody circles the wagons like the Bills, and nobody folds up the tents like the Dallas Cowboys.

  166. robNo Gravatar says:

    SKEEBS

    ” Denver loses as Tebow puts up 60 yds passing. Wheeze. ”

    LOLOL

  167. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Did Tony Promo win today?

  168. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex or Promo? I’ll take Alex 10-1 on any Sunday!

  169. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m talking to Rob. He can’t decide between Troy Smith, Alex Smith and Tony Romo. I’m not impressed. I’m thinking I might be talkng to Mike Singletary.

  170. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Rob is laughing. I’m thinking Rob is smoking some of Stinkers pot.

  171. robNo Gravatar says:

    TROY SMITH

  172. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- I think you at least have NoFear on your side.

  173. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The Giants are a dangerous team, but they need more than just Victor Cruz. For the Giants to beat the Falcons and Packers, like I predict, they need Manningham, Ballard, Bradshaw and Nicks to play well.

  174. robNo Gravatar says:

    AND THIS JUST IN

    for the 49ers to win we need alex smith to play well

  175. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    Your predictions are in line with Rex Ryan. He said there was no doubt the jets would be in this year’s Super Bowl.
    Too bad that a requirement would be to make the playoffs.
    Both you and Rex are just full of Crap.

  176. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del would take Tebow over Alex Smith. Anybody agree? I definitely don’t.

  177. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit. My predictions so far.
    Niners 2nd seed. I was saying that week 5 (because of the weak NFC West). Giants win the East. Saints 3, Falcons 5, Lions 6. All came true. Hardly Rex Ryan – like.

    Now I’m saying Giants over the Falcons, Saints over the Lions, Saints over the Niners, Giants over the Packers, Saints over the Giants, and Saints over the AFC to win their second Super Bowl. Giants beating the Packers would help the Saints tremendously. Then the NFC Championship would be on turf.

  178. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkle- Since you lied about me earlier, why should I believe anything you say? I don’t believe your predictions. You are a proven fraud.

  179. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Good night, I’ll read your reaction in the morning.

  180. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Berger…. lied about you earlier? Please explain. I don’t feel a need to prove myself. My prediction are right there, up front. In addition, my past predictions are recorded. No need to justify anything.

  181. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    You are drowning yourself in your own lies.Berger and Bigtim identify you as Spitblood and that’s good enough for me.You claim to be Goofyalberteinstinkie.
    He never existed until 3 days ago.
    Now your pathetic ego needs to be stroked so you make all these claims of predictions you made in week 5. Now you come with yiur predictions are recorded? Nothing worse than a lying hating snake troll. Trying to see who’s a bigger liar. There’s you, Bernie Madoff and Herman Cain.

  182. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  183. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rex Ryan explaining his guarantee the Jets would make the Super Bowl. The two most hyped and also most disappointing teams happen to wear green. Remember back in August when they were both spending the big bucks signing all the big name FAs? Both teams are in turmoil and are a mess.
    Jets are questioning their QB who happens to be another U$C product.

    Rex should do standup comedy

    http://video.nbcsports.msnbc.com/nbc-sports/45842805#null

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2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
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