As previously noted, the Detroit Lions will be coming to the Bay Area this weekend for a nationally televised Sunday night butt whipping. Not to be out done by this generous gesture of voluntary humiliation, Alex Smith will provide three instances in the course of the game where eagle eyed viewers can rip him for taking too long to throw the ball, missing an open receiver, or looking pukey while standing on the sidelines.
The team will have to overcome a couple of turnovers in the game, which will keep the Lions in the contest at least until half time. The miscues will occur because the announcers, at some point, will mention the 185 passes without an interception streak that Smith is on. They’ll also mention the 26 consecutive regular season quarters the 49ers have played without making a turnover. Each of these mentions will immediately be followed by a streak ending gaffe. It’s the Immutable Law of TV Jinxdom. They say it ain’t, and immediately it is. Or vice versa. God help us if some TV clown mentions how many consecutive years it’s been since a huge ass meteor crashed into earth.
As of this writing, no Lions’ players are sitting in jail, which is a streak all its own. Hmmm. Perhaps we can induce the TV guys to mention this surprising feat of clean living before the opening kickoff? Has anyone ever been arrested coming out of the tunnel for a game?
We all mention good things from time to time, invariably followed quickly by a nervous “knock on wood” remark. It’s as though we’re not sure if God hears our prayers, but we’re dead certain He likes to screw with our heads.
The 49ers will be favored to win this game, which is hard getting used to. They’ll be favored in almost all their games this year, which is in stark contrast to previous years when the team rarely ever was the favorite. Jim Harbaugh will not be able to fire up the team by claiming they are DISRESPECTED any more. We don’t know yet how the pressure of being favored week after week will affect our boys.
The 49ers’ relevancy has rejuvenated my interest in the other big time NFL teams, too. Through the team’s losing years, it didn’t much matter what other teams were doing, because we weren’t going to be playing them in January. All that mattered was whether the 49ers would even get to January. Now, like it was back in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s incumbent to keep an eye on the fate of teams we might be facing in the playoffs.
The Bears were considered to be one of those teams. They didn’t look close to it Thursday night against the Packers. Whew! Stinky, stinky. Jay Cutler bragged all week about the Chicago passing game and then put up 4 ints, a total of 74 measley yards, and rung up a 28.2 QBR. What. A. Burnnnnn!
Two other teams will be interesting to watch this weekend — the Washington Redskins, with their Wonder Boy QB, Bob Griffin v. 3, vs the Rams, and the Dallas Cowboys, who finally beat the Giants last week and now travel to Seattle. With Arizona playing the Patriots in New England, it’s possible all three of our division foes will get punked this weekend.
Which would leave the 49ers in sole possesion of first place and off and running on a second straight division title.