Legacy Lunacy

The 49ers have unleashed a devastating “wildcat” option to their potent running game this season, featuring backup QB Colin Kaepernick, who has thrived in the role. The result? A new wave of Alex Smith bashing!?

If one hadn’t been around the 49er football world for many years, one might ask, “What the hell is wrong with these people?!”

But, ever since Joe Montana graced the 49er world, no quarterback afterward gets any acceptance without winning a Super Bowl. And even that isn’t quite enough. Steve Young, who entered the Hall of Fame a few years back, was dart board material his first three years on the job until finally winning the 1994 SB. Before he could even finish his champagne, though, he became dart board material again for losing to Green Bay in the playoffs for three straight years. He ended that jinx in 1998, but the following year he was crushed into retirement, and Jeff Garcia replaced him as the new dart board material for now being lesser than Steve Young.

Obviously, this incessant QB hating phenomenon is a mental disease, but it also is a fact of 49er life. Why it’s preferable to enjoying the week to week excellence of a great football team, especially after such a long and dreadful past decade, is certainly a puzzlement.

Hopefully, for those of us not planning to spend the entire season frothing over every nook and cranny of Smith’s weekly performances, we’ll attempt to wedge in some other team news. Last year, Harbaugh/Roman were a marvel at coming up with new plays and wrinkles on an almost weekly basis, and this year they are up to it again.

The Kaepernick TD run was a perfect example of the kind of creative goal line play call that was sorely lacking last year, when it was basically two Frank Gore runs, or even three, then a one shot end zone pass, followed all too often by a David Akers field goal. Greg Roman identified goal line situations as one of the areas they were unable to spend a lot of time on before the 2011 season, due to the lockout shortened training camp.

As pointed out by ESPN’s Gregg Easterbrook, on this play the Niners had 3 receivers split left and all of them were tight ends. At the snap, the TEs were joined by two pulling offensive linemen. That’s a lot of serious meat out on the edge bearing down on some DBs and LBs. Laughably easy touchdown.

Harbaugh also likes to get all his players involved in winning games. Sunday against the Jets, every single player who suited up for the game actually played in it. The backup D-linemen, the backup O-linemen, the backup everybodies. Forty-eight players participating in the win.

It’s fun to play for Jim Harbaugh. And for those of us without mental diseases, it’s fun to watch Harbaugh teams, too.

Here’s the one that got away, as mentioned in the comments by NJ49er, and captured in photo by NoFear49er. Kaepernick is unnoticed at the bottom of the screen and at the top Rex Ryan is running frantically toward the zebra to get a timeout.

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  1. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Four straight AFC Championships and Super Bowl appearances, Grumpy. John Elway’s 98 yard drive in the last two minutes, Thurmon Munson’s fumble at the 2. Grover Norquist’s blown chipshot to hand the Lombardi Trophy to the Giants.
    Four straight. Never write the Bills as an easy W on the chart.

  2. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever you say BullDog.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who’d have ever figured Frank Reich would take down Warren Moon Del?
    Greatest Comeback Honors for that effort.
     
    After a little time to chew on it, ‘Wide Right’ would have to be on the list too.
    It was an inspiration for Ace Ventura as well.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, thank you for sharing your Bobby Kennedy story. Very compelling.
    .
    Most famous politician whose hand I shook? I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this story once or twice before …It’s the late 80’s, and I’m at the Fairmont Hotel with Mom and the girlfriend having dinner at the Tonga Room. So I’m in the men’s room standing at the urinal, and who walks up next to me? Henry Kissinger. We both finished our business and when we were at the sink I remember saying something awkward but I thanked him for serving our country. He mumbled something and asked me how I liked staying at the hotel. I said I’m not staying, I was just there to eat dinner at the Tonga Room. Kissinger said he liked the place himself. I shook his hand and that was that.

  5. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, you should have asked him if the voices and ghosts of those POW/MIAs he abandoned to suffer and die in communist hands keep him awake some nights.
     

  6. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I was in secound grade when Bobby got shot. Our second teacher had the whole class write a letter to Bobby’s wife, then she cried for a week and never taught again. Next year, we went back to the Nuns.
    Yeah, Dennis, some things happen that change your life forever.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, “Wide Right” is a good one. Reminds me of the Vincent Gallo “Buffalo ’66” movie from 1998. Fantastic flick. I highly recommend seeing this film. Great cast of characters…Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette, Ben Gazzara make a great supporting cast. And Anjelica Huston was at her finest.
    .
    The “Wide Right” kick changed his life. It really hit home.

  8. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, you have been an incredibly brave man.
    I cannot fight the VietNam war, nor can you refight it.
    You tried. I honor your bravery. I will always honor the men in uniform.
    Because we have have “FREEDOM OF SPEECH”. “FREEDOM OF THE PRESS”.
    Thanks.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis

    Kissinger in the men’s room. Great story. Did he have bodyguards waiting outside?

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Del, Scottie Norwood came within a few feet of ending the Super Bowl drought for Upstate NY.
    Poor dude has a legacy similar to Bill Buckner.
    Sad but true, you’re only as good as your last screw up on the Grand Stage of Sports.

  11. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I read an essay by Bobby when I was a kid. “The Center Must Hold”.
    It was on economics, and politics, and no one knows if Bobby tried to stop Jack going into VietNam, or the other way around. A lot of people died because of that decision.
    Of course, it wasn’t the LBJ/J Edgar Hoover days. Under Nixon was a dance in the park compared to that.
    Bullit’s partially right. I’ll post again when I’m awake.
    Bobby Kennedy’s assassination destroyed a generation of Americal

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Have any of you, not that you should, taken a good look at Hillary Clinton lately? The makeup dept. at 20th Century Fox couldn’t put that Humpty Dumpty back together again.
    .
    Sorry. I lost what little, if any, respect I had for her back when she stood by her man in the Monica Lewinsky days. And now she holds the same office as the same man whose hand I shook at the Fairmont Hotel? What a stupid bitch. Hillary should have pulled a “Mighty Carson Art Players” trick and drove Bill to the Slauson cutoff, got out of the car, and cut off his slauson.
    .
    Bring back Carol Wayne!

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Remember the “Master Bates” video from “The Toy” I showed a little earlier? That also starred Teresa Ganzel. Who as we all know replaced the late great Carol Wayne.
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    Goddamn. I loved Johnny and his “Tonight Show.” I was so fortunate that Mom’s was also a huge fan and allowed me to stay up late with her even at a very young age and watch the Tonight Show each and every night. I owe much of my sense of humor and style of joke telling to J.C.
    .
    That’s Johnny Carson, goddammit. Not Jesus Christ! 😀

  14. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pat, I appreciate the kind words. Completely unnecessary in my case. It was my honor and privilege.
     
    It’s not a case of refighting last generation’s war. I know these guys are mere statistics for most folks today.
     
    Kissinger wrote off 273 POW/MIAs whose statuses were last known alive in enemy control, for political expediency. These are different than those thousands simply left unaccounted for.
     
    He deserves a kick in the nuts for it, or at least the verbal equivalent, whenever the opportunity presents itself.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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