Thunder and Lightning

The 49ers did not unveil their super terrific, tricky and prolific passing game against the Vikings last week, and we’re not likely to see it during the remaining three exhibition games. For the past few years, the Niners have been content to pound away with their running attack in these practice games and this year will not likely be different.

Other teams don’t follow this recipe. They’re heaving it left, right, and center on virtually every play. The run to them is just an occasional wasted play to keep a defense reasonably honest. They don’t spend much time developing their running games, even if they have an all star RB as their primary offensive threat. The runner is the creative source, not the game plans.

Jim Harbaugh is different. He gets as much a kick out of a well designed running play as he does from a pass play. He runs the ball to gain yards and win games, not just kill the clock or make a subsequent play action pass believable. By bringing in Brandon Jacobs and drafting LaMichael James to join Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter, Harbaugh is making a major commitment to a diversified and lethal running game.

Don’t worry, folks. Harbaugh will throw the ball this year, too. But the guy is greedy. He wants ten and twenty yard gains from his RBs as well as his WRs. Home runs from a simple run as well as an air bomb. And he especially wants to get that effing one yard on third and fourth downs, the yard Anthony Dixon flopped at getting.

As for the passing attack, Mike Sando of ESPN had an interesting post Tuesday after watching the 49ers practice:

Those hoping to see the San Francisco 49ers ramp up their passing game would have enjoyed the team’s practice Tuesday afternoon.

The ball scarcely hit the ground when Alex Smith and the starters were on the field.

Smith to tight end Vernon Davis over the middle, time and again. Smith to receiver Randy Moss in the end zone, twice. Smith to receiver Mario Manningham in the corner of the end zone, as if it were automatic.

This was the most impressive passing performance I’ve seen in training camp trips this summer to St. Louis, Seattle and the 49ers. Davis caught one pass from Smith while pirouetting, timing his spin so the ball met his torso on rhythm.

Twinkletoes VD? Look out world.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    QB rotation announced for Texans game. JJ will now be the 3rd QB and Tolzein will mop up as the 4th.
    Ngata was moved to RDE last year by the Ravens and is no longer on their depth chart as a NT although it is certain he can still play there.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I read Smith threw 25 passes and only two hit the ground. One went through Moss’s hands and one was the result of a pass interference penalty on Terrel Brown.
     
    I did not mention it last night because 49er blogs can’t handle good news about Alex Smith, and it is great hear abut the great practice but I’d rather wait to see it in a game, a regular season game.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco says this is Smith’s best TC ever, and it’s not even close.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What a difference a coach that knows what he is doing makes!

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not to be the bearer of bad news, but we’ve all heard this before.
    .
    Granted i think it means a little more because :
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    a) They are practicing against a very good defense
    b) I have much more faith in Harbaugh that I did in Nolan and Sing. Although at the time, I believed what the wonks were saying. Namely that in 2007, and in 2010, we got reports that the camps were crisp and awesome, and Smith looked very comfortable running the offense.
    .
    Among a lot of folk shere, I’ve been screaming to open things up and put more pressure on opponents with a deeper passing game. If it does come to pass I’ll be extatic. This waiting drives me buts though. And, don’t get me wrong, I know we aren’t going to sudden;y be the Saints and throw 55 times a game. I’d just like to see more downfield completions to go with the 3 yard WR screens and 6 yard outs.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    great news !

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic but for you SF Giants fans some really bad news and a possible death blow.

    “SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone.

    The commissioner’s office said Wednesday the suspension is effective immediately. Major League Baseball said Cabrera tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance, which violates MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program.

    “My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera said in a statement released by the players’ union. “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.”

    A very bad development in a pennant race.

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In more bad news, Timmy can’t find the strike zone.

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – Good piece.
    Harbaugh is forcing a Defense to defend everything.
    Whole point of football is to present looks that keep them guessing.
    A creative playcaller wins the chess match when the variables outwit the opponent.
    By adding speed, as we did, it’s only a matter of time before the reps get more fluid and, all the pieces involved can execute them in rhythm.
    As Bill Walsh always preached, beat them to the punch.
    Being one step faster than the defender will normally win the play.
    If the Offense can execute at high tempo, you considerably slow a pass rush too.
    Gone are the days of the one trick Offense.
    I’m hoping to see the return of the Walsh-ian ability to strike early and protect a lead with our Defense.
     
    This is what I’ve been waiting to see from Alex.
    His ability to let it go without thinking too much.
    Trust between the receivers & QB makes the WCO go.
    Hence my frustration with all the missed reps Mr Crabtree has accounted for.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Carlos Rogers and Greg Roman quotes courtesy of Sacbee

    “Rogers today said that Crabtree was faster than he was last season and is more savvy when it comes to reading defenses. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman agreed with that assessment, noting that Crabtree is quicker because he’s far more healthy than he was a year ago when he was just recovering from a broken left foot. “I would say so and I would hope so,” Roman said. “He was playing last year with a bad wheel.”

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Still want to see him working the slant routes myself Bullit.
    Injuries are what they are, unfortunate.
    Hope he’s healed and anxious to win.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Softshell Crabs will never be a deep threat, so i don’t really care about that. He needs to work on timing routes. He needs to work on getting clean releases off the line. He needs to develop a rapport with Smith.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I mean other than the 4 yard outs they are so fond of.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed Chuck.
    He never was looked at as a deep threat.
    Getting his head around and recognizing hot reads would be a good start.
    Love his hands, he can snatch with the best of them.
    Now, can he and Alex think as one?

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Should be an interesting season when some of the doubters are proven wrong and I’m looking forward to it.
    So going on Chuck’s assertion on the 4 yard outs Crabtree must have caught a lot of 16 yd balls to average 12+ yds a catch last season.
    It’s all about the YAC this year and he’ll increase his average by 3 to 6 yards a reception.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Waah! Grow up Bullit. This isn’t about doubters. It’s football. Are you 7? If SSC has a good year, I’m happy. And you can crow like a little bitch if he does well. Yay! Good Bullit!! Let’s all build him a f@#$ing statue bacause he stuck by Crabs! Yay! What a guy. Gosh! If Crabs leads the league, I’ll be thrilled. If he goes 80 950 I’ll still be thrilled.
    .
    Can’t you live with the fact that I don’t think he’s lived up to expectations?
    .
    You make me YAC with your infantile insistence on belaboring this shit.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Truth is Softshell Crabs is NOT the go-to guy in any way shape or form as of now. Sure, things can change this year. We get to wait and see. He’s practicing, so maybe this year he gets a clue and doesn’t get earholed by slants that he hasn’t turned his f@##ing head for.
    .
    4 TDs for your #1 WR is absurdly low. Likely the lowest in the NFL. KW had 3 TDs in about 1/5 of the playing time.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Who’s the crybaby?
    Who doesn’t understand the Niner offense and how they do things.

    All of Vernon Davis’ long TDs were
    short passes and the rest was YAC.
    You are just a blowhard who likes to hear himself talk and stick his foot in his mouth with comments like 4 yard outs.
    You need to grow up.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- This is news, where are we all going to put your statue!

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t care how many yards Crabs averages – as long as reliably moves the chains when he gets the chance. And can score in the Red Zone. Guys like VD and Moss and (soon) Jenkins and James can be your home run threats. But if you can hold the ball for twelve plays twice a half, moving it down the field, and end with seven… you won’t lose too many games. Not with our defense. Crabs does not need to be anyone’s sprinting Messiah, he just needs to be the workhorse guy who keeps the chains moving, and everyone here will be cool with him.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s the crybaby? You, skippy. Sorry, beat ya to it. Wah!!! This isn’t about VD now is it? And your assessment is dead wrong, BTW. Whether deep seams or sideline routes, VD is the ONLY guy to catch those deep routes with any consistency these past 4 years.
    .
    “Should be an interesting season when some of the doubters are proven wrong and I’m looking forward to it.”
    .
    What happens then? You get a parade? I’m sure you’d look good in a clown car.
    .
    What if he doesn’t have a good year? You’re pretty much guaranteeing a shitstorm from ‘us doubters’ now aren’t you? Boo hoo!!
    .
    (Sorry, this is too much fun to pass up.)
    .
    Yer as bad as NoFear and his defense of Teflon Mike Nolan.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Why so defensive? I’m not the guy calling a member of the team derogatory names like a six year old.
    You can never stand alone in a one on one? Always trying to pull others in cuz you are incapable of fighting your own battles.

    You keep pointing out that you are hoping Crabtree is successful but your rhetoric says otherwise.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s answer these in order.
    .
    a) I’m calling you the 6 year old. Sheeesh. I got to explain this to you?
    .
    b) Who am I pulling in? Show me where I garnered any response from anyone. Others are providing feedback, but not at my behest.
    .
    Gawwd. Yer coming unscrewed there, Bullit. I guess I should lay off now.
    .
    Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Aw, fvck, are you guys really going to have another pissing contest? Again?
     
    Let me go get some popcorn and tequila. 🙂

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I need backup in a blog battle?
    .
    Dear God. I’m worried about you, skippy.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we are pulling the statue in a parade!

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s just hope Michael is learning something from Harbaugh and Moss about getting better each day.
    That’s been the issue for me and others here on this forum Bullit.
     
    Vernon learned to improve year to year and got rewarded for his efforts.
    Michael just played in his 1st PS game.
    I get the fact that he’s had injuries. I simply question his heart and will to win.
    Work with Alex and get on the same page and we’re all happier.
    We’re here as 9er fans with higher expectations for his productivity.
    If Moss can show him how to improve as a Pro I’m all for it.
    It helps the Team.
    No need for I told you so.
    I want what Harbaugh wants, improvement and another Championship.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh has listed Crabtree as the #1 WR. That makes me believe he is our guy. If that doesn’t happen I’ll get back to guys in about two months. In the mean time, would somebody help me get this statue in this parade car. The clown inside in the back seat is not helping.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Why is it you find a need to bully people and call them names?

    Why do you feel a need to be a little kid and take cheap shots at Crabtree and call him names?

    Yeah you’re really rooting for him. It shows with all your comments.

    You just can’t wait for him to fail so you can pile on. The truth hurts but it is the truth.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco reports that we signed Alama-Francis.
    Liked him coming out of College.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- So that means you remember the Alama?

  32. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like Manningham is getting in sync with Alex, he can be a good chain mover too.

    If Crabs saw the light from

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wahhhhhhhhhhh! Again, Bullit, you reacted badly to my post. Don’t like it? Boo hoo. This is a blog. People express opinions that you might not share. No need to get all whiny about it. If he does well I’ll be happy. You don’t have to believe that, but I don’t care either way.
    .
    Crabs is what he is. At this point, he’s still not a proven big time player. Given his draft position, he’s not living up to his, or anyone else’s, expectations. He came in acting like king shit, with no real reason to assume that position. He’s hasn’t backed off that stance until THIS WEEK. He’s singing a diufferent tune now. Why? Well, Randy Moss and Mario Mannningham are now here. He’s SEEMS to be getting the message. Moss seems to be getting Crabs head straightened out some. Bully. Do it on the field. I’l f@#$%ing buy him flowers. Will that make you feel better?
    .
    I’m sorry you don’t share my views. But, really. Whining? Bad form, skippy. This is a blog. If I was talking to you in the real world, I’d say the smae thing. He so far hasn’t lived up to expectations.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca’ hitting the bottle on a week-day!

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Berger….I pre-ordered Bonamassa Beacon Theater LIVE from NYC today.
    2CD Set due on 9/25.
    Has Beth Hart, John Hiatt and Paul Rodgers contributing too.
    Tried to get tickets for the show they recorded it at, gone before I could score.
    Should be a good one.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A first! Crabtree said the quarterback is looking good!
     

    Q: There was a lot of talk in the offseason about how the 49ers needed to add receivers. How did you react to that? Did you take that as a challenge to you personally?
     
    Crabtree: “Not at all. It’s a team. We’ve added running backs. We’ve added receivers. Quarterback is looking good. That’s just how the game goes. I don’t think one receiver is enough. You never know what’s going to happen in the season. Guys go down. For instance, last season we had four or five guys in the beginning. At the end of the season, it was just me and Brett Swain and my guy, Joe Hastings. I think you need that depth at receiver.”

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, this is the aspect of the team that I’ve been waiting for. WR play. For so long it has been smoke screens and 6 yard outs as being the WR attack. I’d like to see SOME of a mid-rsnge deep passing game this preseason. Enoough of this hiding shit. Throwing downfield isn’t some sort of mystery strategy no one has seen before.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s like pulling teeth for Crabs to say “Alex Smith” though . . .
    ,
    Baby steps I suppose.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Went to see Coco Montoya yesterday at Squaw Valley. There was a huge thunder storm and the show got rained out. At least I was able to buy a frozen yogurt.

  40. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Finally getting some competition, or getting better coaching or getting healthy or all of the above I really don’t give a damn. As long as he does and moves those chains on 3rd down.

    This team has so many more playmakers in one season we are spoilt for choice. If Alex’s practice and pre season prowess translates to games that matter we are in play for the Lombardi.

    Bullit/Chuck, none of us has a crystal ball into the future, we offer our opinions and take our licks if it turns out badly, but its a cheap shot to crow if it happens to turn out our way. Sometimes posters are clearly way off base and get toasted for idiocy, but that’s not the case with the current board, everyone I have read has some validity to their POV so how about a truce?

    Not one of us has enough info or knowledge to really know what’s going on or we wouldn’t be here spouting our opinions, we would be earning the millions in the coaching ranks.

    We each have our players we are pulling for and less favorable guys but at the end of the day we all want our team to play well so we can crow at all the other jerks who have been shovelling it at us for a freak in decade.

    OK I’m getting down off my soapbox cause I’m scared of heights.

    Sorry about the split post, tablet typing is a skill I’ve yet to master.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad, Bergs. Coco’s show with Jimmy Thackery in Santa Cruz was a highlight of that day. It pisses me off they don;t let you bring in good cameras. Yeah. Like I said, I can’t wait for our WRs to be a relevant part of our offensive attack. All these guys will help.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been in the minority on these blogs defending Alex and Justin Smith. When many wanted to trade Vernon I was singing his praise. I had to defend Sopoaga and McDonald when they were FAs and many did not want to spend the money on them. I had to defend Joe Staley. I even had had to defend Frank Gore with NJ and my friend in NY when they wanted to trade him.
     
    For me, Crabtree is fairly easy to defend. I can understand people being upset with him for not being the superstar we thought we drafted after his decision to hold out. But it isn’t his fault he had to have Singleneuron for a coach and the injuries are just bad luck. He attacks the ball like no other at times. He runs great routes. I’m reading he is getting much better at reading defenses. I do expect really good things for him this year.
     
    One more thing, please help me forget my patience for Kentwan Balmer. I never said he was good, I just kept saying to give him time. I should have said give him thyme, and parsley and rosemary, then send him packing to cooking school, or anywhere else.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    12th it’s just a frustration thing for many of us.
    The Crabtree/Alex dynamic keeps plenty of opinions flowing.
    Not just here, anywhere.
     
    Alex is as much a lightning rod for angst as Michael is.
    We’ve weathered plenty of turbulence over Alex, then Michael came along and added even more expectations.
    I liken it, (in a way), to parenting.
    I love my kids, I have high expectations for each of them and, they ‘play’ for MY TEAM.
    Some excel quickly, some take their time.
    That’s life.
    Here, we vent. It’s all good.

  44. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody is perfect Berger!

  45. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Especially you…..joke, couldn’t resist.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot the sage. I hope Balmer turns out to be a sage because he ain’t no football player.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you backup all I did was quote Carlos Rogers and Greg Roman.
    Then here comes the bullying.
    I suppose Some people know better than the Offensive Coordinator and one of the team mates that covers him everyday in practice.
    What was I thinking?
    I should stick to being negative

  48. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I’m with you on Alex and Crabs and just keep in mind all this “good news” is based on TC and pre season. We all have to wait and see.

    I just think sometimes the opinions get elevated beyond what they are and if one or the other turns out to be correct, kicking the other guy is cheap.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- Balmer isn’t the first and won’t be the last I miss on. That is why it is good to remember the hits!
     
    Heck, I still like our former WR Jason Hill. Was that a miss or just bad coaching? I think it was bad coaching.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- Get with the program. If you would kick somebody now and then you would see how fun it is!

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger it’s SPORTS.
    We’re FANS.
    Constant debate.
    Constant emotion.
     
    Funny how Frank worked out in SF for the 1st time this off season isn’t it?
    When we spoke of dealing him it came as a result of the perception that he was breaking down.
    I buy Walsh’s Theory on Veteran players.
    Better to deal them a year early than a year late.
    Frank obviously saw benefit in changing his off season training regimen.
    Kendall and LMJ will keep him fresher for the late Season I hope.
    He’s worn down too often late in the Season on recent years.
    He smells success finally and he deserves a Ring.
    Hope for all of us that he gets it.

  52. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Not quite “all” you did Bullit you also made plain an intention to rub peoples noses in it if it happens to turn out your way.

    Its just as likely Crabs gets eclipsed by one of the other WR too. You won’t see me crowing about it at your expense if he has an average season, it would be disappointing again.

  53. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I’m channeling the Dali Lama here!

  54. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I think it was a condition of Franks contract extension he work out with the team.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed 12th, I don’t kick fellow 9er Fans unless we’re collectively kicking ourselves.
     
    We’re sharing drinks at the Cyberspace Sports Bar here I thought?

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Whether a Contract Condition or not 12th, I’m hoping it pays dividends in the Post Season for us.
    Frank deserves it, a stand up guy that carried this Offense on his back for too long.
    Time to complete this puzzle and run the table.

  57. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    You buying?

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger is behind the bar, he’s comping the house.

  59. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I agree NJ, Frank has been just about the only bright spot for years and the new RB’s spelling him can only be for the good. Frank is not what he was but right now is still the best RB we have and he really deserves a ring just as you say.

  60. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Drinking it dry more like.

  61. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Frank stuck with the team when we stunk, he could have moved on for more personal glory but didn’t. I agree trade em a year early before a year late but not in Franks case, the team owes him.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- My neighbor 4 doors down has a llama named Dolly. Obviously we call it the Dolly llama!

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I feel much better now that I have kicked you! How are you feeling?

  64. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Too funny Bergs, all the neighbors get a sweater for Christmas then?

  65. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    NJ is bust exracting your size 5 boots out of his hole.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Everybody have a drink on me. I got the statue in the car with the clown and drove the parade. After, I even found the time to give NJ a litte kick. Time to have a drink!

  67. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    *busy* have I mentioned I hate auto correct?

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- Try 13EE! That’ll give you more room to poop!

  69. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    That would be like giving birth Bergs

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- Did not get a sweater but she brough over some ears of corn yesterday that she grew. The tomatoes and squash are almost ready too!

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously Berger, I get kicked practically everyday I’m breathing during football Season.
    Being NJ49er in these parts is a constant battle to represent for our Team.
    Here, it’s a pillow fight.
    Call me the one-legged man in the A$$ Kicking Contest.
    Constant motion.
    Hoping for the opportunity thump a little chest when we’re holding up the Lombardi however.
    That’s the payoff.

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve given birth?

  73. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    12th

    How do you react when a guy you think is OK is constantly getting cheap shots?
    Some people have already done their crowing and now are back pedalling.
    There are consequences to everything we say.

  74. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Only to a boot Bergs, no need to get emotional on me.

    NJ, I’m down in LA, believe it or not its still Raider country and since my daytime wardrobe consists of a inner shirt and baseball cap just about every day lets just say it gets interesting sometimes.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Except for NoFear. He never predicted, he just picked us apart. He was our central scrutinizer. He left when he got too heavily scrutinized.

  76. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I guess I just don’t think that way, we are all fans here.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I did enjoy a 9er moment on the bike the other morning.
    I have a 9er vanity plate on the bike and a guy flew up alongside me to flash his 9er window sticker and share a fist pump at 80MPH.
    There are some good football fans out this way, just too many rooting for the wrong Teams.

  78. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- What part of LA? I lived there for 20 years. I was in East SG Valley and the pigs foot of SB county.

  79. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I think its a shame NoFear left Bergs, its good to have other viewpoints on a blog, stirs the pot a little. He wasn’t an idiot either, some of the other posters (spitty) argued the opposite of whatever was the prevelant view point just to be contrary and would then try to rationalize the viewpoint. NoFear simply saw things another way, I liked reading his stuff.

  80. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been here 20 years this year Bergs, I’m on the county line of LA and Ventura.

  81. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- I’ve caught a boot fishing! Did you throw your baby in a lake?

  82. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    What are you riding NJ?

  83. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not surprised you caught a boot fishing Bergs.

    You go sea fishing?

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    12th I have a good friend who’s a Raider Fan.
    Most obnoxious moron you’d ever want to meet when it comes to football and his Raiders.
    He’s pretty much a cupcake but is physically imposing and an ex-New Yorker with a volume knob that goes to 12.
    We started getting along much better when Rice became a Raider.
    It’s all good when you can razz others about football.
    Can’t take it personally. I have fun with it.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- I argued with NoFear as much as any. I loved having here. Especially when I post while drunk. He does play along, and then asks how I’m feeling in the morn!

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    2011 Ninja 1000.
    9er Red of course.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- I don’t fish anymore. I used to love it, as well as golf. Now I drink without those excuses.

  88. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I have Directv to make sure I can dvr the niners, but if I can’t get to a game I go to a local sports bar, 60% Raider fans, the rest is a mix of whatever with me and 3 buddies. I am not known to be quiet when we are winning so making friends is not exactly my forte.

    I have a shirt I got at the first game of the season at candlestick in 1994, it says Raiders/ninersuperbowl preview. Guess which team went?

    I wear that most often to the bar. Making friends and influencing people…not so much.

  89. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Nice bike NJ, my last crotch rocket was an F3, red of course. It was perfect for canyon carving to “The Rock Store” the local bike hang on a Sunday morning. Used to see Jay Leno from time to time.

  90. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Never tried golf Bergs, do you know what the letters stand for?

    I kinda do similar to Chuck now, a little lake, dirt bike riding, camping and getting shit faced.

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You know how when you kill a fly 10 more come to the funeral.
     
    Well, after the last game this year I had to retire my favorite game day shirt because it had developed too many holes. I replaced with 4 new ones. Those shirts came to the funeral, but it wasn’t really a funeral, I retired it to the T-shirt Hall Of Fame up in the top of the clost. I’ll put it in a box in the garage if I ever find the box in the garage! Anyway three shirts were for me and one for my wife.
     
    I got, Sons of Harbaugh, Professional Arm Chair QB with a bronzed 49er fan sitting in a recliner, and the one that will probably emerge as the front runner, Who’s Got It Better Than Us? Nobody!

  92. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like your finger will be in plenty of eyes this year too!

  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Wish I had some canyons to carve 12th.
    Here it’s a constant game of chicken to avoid the multitude of morons who can’t use mirrors.
    That’s the beauty of the Ninja, twin halogen headlamps and nimble handling.
    Leave them in the rearview mirrors.
    Not familiar with the F3 however.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just did a little homework on it.
    MV Agusta huh?
    Interesting ride. Looks like fun.
    Mine is an in-line 4, a 3 seems to be just as torquey I’d guess.
    My model is more of a touring setup.
    5gal tank and more subdued sprocket set.
    All in all, a good ride.

  95. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry NJ, should have been more specific, a Honda F3, it was a little 600cc but fun in the canyons and hills. Not sure my nerves could take commuting by bike here in LA, I don’t suppose its much different in your neck of the woods.

  96. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Since my ancestry is Celtic and GOLF was invented in Scotland (maybe) I was told by a reliable old sot that GOLF was Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden of course the guy could of been full of Drambuie but he sounded sincere and the girls just love it when I break out that story.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Helps to be on the night shift 12th.
    I only deal with the AM Commuters.
    Yes, metro area here is very much tied to NYC traffic.
    Plenty of vehicles to share the pavement with.
    LA has got to be worse since everyone drives it seems.
     
    As always, ride with your head on a swivel and figure they’re all blind.
    Less chance of being surprised that way.

  98. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Oh OK, Honda CBR, nice bike.
    Not on it any longer?

  99. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    No not anymore NJ, got a little excited (beer) coming back from our Sunday ride and realized I was doing 135 MPH on Old Mulholland Hwy, a 2 lane twisty, not my best decision, so I sold it.

    I’m a bit of an adrennaline junky but that was just dumb. I ride dirt now for fun although I broke more bones on dirt than road, go figure.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- I’ve fallen off many bikes. Dirt and street. Add a bunch of quads to the list too. I ride like an old man now. Oh wait, I am an old man, kind of.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good night all! Drive safe NJ.

  102. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Never admit it Bergs, that’s the real fountain of youth, lie.

    Have a good one.

  103. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ha ha ha. Yeah, the adrenaline thing is my reasonong for never riding street bikes. I’d be like 12th said and end up going way too fast for my own good. Not that I don’t go too fast on my 250, but as long as I miss the trees . . .
    .
    Yes.Alla you. Be careful out there. The invention of cell phones is a bane to everyone, especially riders . . .

  104. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    What 2fiddy u riding Chuck?

  105. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    2006 Yamaha TTR . . . My son has outgrown his 110 so I need to figure out whether to sell them both or replace his. He’s not as crazy about it as I am. . .

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I got the Ninja to 140.
    Only when I can see the entire road in front of me.
    Straight shot on the Interstate.
    Hit it, roll off.
    I don’t hold that speed for more than a second or 2.

  107. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    My kid had a Kawasaki 110 too, i put him on a ttr125, good bike. I ride a Yamaha too, a 250f.

  108. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, gotta love the wind in your face at that speed but bees hurt like hell…

  109. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Full face shield for me 12th.
    Too much crap flying around for me to put up with that nonsense.
    I had a piece of cardboard graze my helmet on my other bike.
    Literally scraped my helmet like pumice.
    I ride with an armored jacket on 90% of the time.
    I don’t go fast without it.

  110. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I was thinking of the TTR 125 as well. That looks like a good fit. That little 110 is pretty damn fast. Apparently there are adult racing leauges where all they ride are those little 110s. I don’t know if it’s flat track or what, but I thought what a kick that would be.

  111. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Smart NJ, that’s the way to do it.

    I ride with a group of family guys sometimes, one of them has a “track” we made on his property with a bobcat. The dads ride the 110’s and it gets pretty competetive the more beer we drink but its a blast.

    Kids get into it too.

  112. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Dixon is no longer listed as a RB apparently, now he is only a FB.

    Soon to be unemployed I think.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt in my mind 12th.
    Jacobs has shown the ability to hit the crease and get a yard.
    Dixon is too tentative and won’t supplant Bruce.
    They’ll keep 1 FB and use others in dual roles if needed to increase the beef back there.
    Dixon isn’t gonna survive IMO.

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Cartwright can still move too.
    Dixon reminds me of Ron Dayne.
    Big man, tiny steps.

  115. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Chuck,Berger, see if you can get a listen to Bugs Henderson.
    Texas Bluesman, pretty decent stuff.

  116. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll check that out, NJ.
    .
    Miller was in mid=season form in his blocking last friday. I thought he might be on the bubble, but no chance. He’s too valuable opening holes.
    .
    Dixon just isn’t quite there yet. He may get there, but not here.

  117. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    12th

    We’re all 49er fans here?
    What exactly has Crabtree done
    since the start of THIS 2012 football season to get skewred like this?
    Your buddy Chuck keeps taking cheap shot after cheap shot at him and then starts hedging like a coward saying Crabtree might have a good season. Yes Chuck is a “man” of conviction who is just full of shit and like to hear himself whine and bitch. You see Chuck knows better than Baalke, Harbaugh, Roman and Carlos Rogers.
    He is the ultimate armchair QB
    that has all these unvalidated observations that the coaches apparently don’t see. Apparently Chuck thinks that Harbaugh and Roman don’t call the plays and that Crabtree is running 4 yard patterns because Crabtree calls his own plays. The funny thing is Crabtree is averaging over 12 plus yards a catch last year but hey who cares about stats and the real truth?
    To be scolded in advance for Chuck’s miscalculations that Crabtree might have a good year shows you he’s a nutjob.
    That’s called putting your foot in your mouth.

    Chuck In the grown up world you are responsible for what you do and say. It’s called accountability.

  118. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    It is 2012 and you need to turn the page.

    I get the point you feel frustrated with Crabtree and we’ve been through it so many times.
    All reports per coaches and sportswriters are indicating he has turned the corner and just might have a breakthrough year.
    My question to you is why should I feel guilty for defending a key member of the Niners? Why am I the villian and the bad guy here?
    You get upset and have stated many times you are entitled to your opinion. Shouldn’t I have the same courtesy?

  119. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers have two corporate partners signed on for their new stadium. First on board was Brocade. Yesterday they partnered up with Violin Memory.
    It remains to be seen who will get naming rights to the new stadium.

  120. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, Bullitt you are entitled to your opinion. But you endlessly beat people over the head with it. You don;t stop. We’ve all moved on again. And here you come, back with same shit, different day.
    .
    Damn. One day, and the statue is already getting rusty. . . .

  121. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And, accountability on a blog is about the most laughable concept in the ionosphere.

  122. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    You are the biggest HYPOCRITE on any blog period.
    Crying that I beat people over their heads with my opinion?
    What exactly do you do?
    All I did was post quotes from an article by Barrows from the Sacbee and you started with your usual cheapshots. I was sharing info and you starting with your sniping.
    I’m so glad you just admitted to your bullshit by laughing at accounatbility. Most people try to be real. It’s guys like you, Spitty and V that make shit up to advance your view.
    I come here to share info and discuss the 49ers, not to deal with bullshit and your pettiness.
    Sorry if my standards and ethics are not in the gutter like yours.

  123. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Get a room, you two.

  124. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Skeebs. One-trick pony, won’t stop.
    .
    Here you go, Buwwit. I hope Michael Crabtree has the best season possible. I have the utmost faith that he’s learning from Moss and Manningham the intricacies of being a professional WR, and is on his way to a solid season.
    .
    Now put a f@$#%ing sock in it.

  125. robNo Gravatar says:

    since we all love each other and want to meet for drinks i say we take NJ49ers cyber sports pub idea ! everybody should check in here with their favorite beverage in hand just before the start of our next preseason game and post what you’re drinking !

    see you all gameday !

  126. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like a good idea, Rob. Count me in. Since you specified “Just before the start of our next preseason game,” I’ll probably have my usual Bud or vodka depending on my mood. But after the game starts and I watch Alex Smith play QB, that’s when I start drinking the Drano with a Clorox chaser.

  127. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Lazarus returns! Where you been hiding, DMD?

  128. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Lazarus? Jesus Christ wouldn’t afford me the courtesy of resurrection. He’d leave me there to rot. Hell. I wouldn’t even ask to be resurrected. I’d be satisfied if he could pull off another of his water into wine tricks for me.

  129. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Can I get an Amen on that?

  130. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mark Sando of ESPM shared this
    “•When the 49ers enter their locker room from the practice field, a sign meets them with a list of five points: work hard, stay loose, stay focused, be accountable and take care of one another. The sign greeting them as they leave the locker room reads, “You are getting better or getting worse. You never stay the same.”

  131. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Niners have waived Nate Byham. After waivers, he goes to IR or injury settlement.

  132. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Aldon Smith walked onto the field toward the end of practice without a limp and without canes or crutches.”

  133. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Okay, then try this one:
     
    “49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says Alex Smith has become an “expert” in his system, doing so in a year when should take 2 years.”

  134. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Okay, then try this one:
     
    49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said they were only “evaluating” Peyton Manning and not “perusing” him to replace Alex Smith at quarterback. That’s sounds like a great premise to the old game show, “Make Me Laugh.” Which, truth be told, wasn’t that goddamn funny. You want funny? I give you Chuck Barris and “The Gong Show.” Now *that* was funny.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACpNVD5GMUw
    I’ll tell you guys another time ’bout when I met Chuck. No. Not “our” Chuck, but the funny one. 😀

  135. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Perusing is the same as evaluating.
    .
    Pursuing mayhap?

  136. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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
Winder: 4-12

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