Midterm Reflections

At the halfway point of the 2012 season, the NFC playoff picture seems pretty clear. For the teams that will be the true SB contenders this year. There will be a scrubeenie entrant, that takes its fans down to the last game of the year before squeezing in as a wildcard, but there are only three dead solid sure bets at the moment: the Giants, Falcons, and 49ers.

The Packers and Bears could muscle their way into the contenders’ room, but that would be it. One of them will win the NFC North and the other will be a wildcard. That leaves only one spot left in the tournament. Good luck Seattle, Minnesota, or some back from the dead team in the NFC East or South.

Unless the Packers start looking as invincible as they did last year, however, the Big Three are the only teams with a shot at the big dance.

In the AFC, there are only two teams that are true contenders: Houston and New England. Denver will waltz in with the third seed, but Peyton Manning can’t beat Tom Brady or the Texans’ defense. Especially in the playoffs where Manning is a pedestrian 9-10. Forget it. Baltimore and Pittsburg will no doubt grab a fourth seed and a wildcard, leaving one other berth up for grabs on the last game or two of the year. I have no idea which piss poor team is going to grab that spot. Miami, the Colts, Oakland? Who cares?

Everybody else is out of the picture. Twenty or so teams are just playing out the schedule now. Their blogs will turn to next year’s draft, coaching changes, the future, the players who stink — the kind of blogs that were a 49er staple until Jim Harbaugh came to town. The good old days. Screw ’em.

49er offensive and defensive stats over the first half were improved from last year. Better third down success, more yards per play, better running, less pass yardage allowed, and better red zone production. The big difference is, as expected, the turnover differential, interceptions, and fumble recoveries — all down from 2011. The special teams have not been as special, giving us less of a field position advantage and causing longer drives to score points — which the team has succeeded in doing.

All of which means we have a better team that is less reliant on luck and the vagaries and whimsies of the football gods and their cleverly shaped 11 inch prolate spheroid puck. We also have almost an entire draft class red-shirted on the bench, making next year essentially a double impact draft. Such riches!

On defense, Dashon Goldson has matured into an elite like FS who will get a fat contract from some team this coming offseason, hopefully from the 49ers. Chris Culliver has also looked terrific as the nickel CB and eventual starter — either at CB or perhaps at FS, should Goldson leave in free agency.

Alex Boone deserves special mention on offense. He’s taken over at RG and been a major upgrade over Chilo Rachal and Adam Snyder. This line is already a dominant run blocking unit and is improving in pass protection. The only starter over 30 is center Jonathan Goodwin (34 next month), so the line looks set for elite status well into the future.

All in all, a very pleasing first half to the season. The team has not regressed, as many predicted, and is actually an improved team in nearly all areas. We’ve seen the jinx of Green Bay overcome at long last, some truly blow out superior victories, and only two dispiriting losses.

For many, the questions surrounding our starting QB Alex Smith can only be answered in the very last game of the season. If that game is a loss, many will want to see Colin Kaepernick compete legitimately for the job next summer. If the last game is a win — well, that would be a sweet (or terrifying, perhaps) pickle to chew on now, wouldn’t it?

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The NFL Players Association shows the Niners have the least amount of cap space at $579,000 currently.
    Contrast that with the Jags & Egos who have the most at $20.1 mil

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson looks like the best safety in football at times!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I agree with the at times assessment. The knock has always been his up and down play.
    His great plays are often negated by his bonehead plays.
    I will say he has improved but he still needs to play like a free safety at the back end of the pass defense.
    No doubt he’s the best guy for the job on the roster.
    It’s going to come down to choosing to sign Bowman or Goldson long term because Niners can’t afford both.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think they can afford both.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson is playing a lot better than Whitner this year.
     
    I’m not convinced he is the best safety in football though. He is not in the class of guys like Reed and Polamalu, because of the consistency issue. Being the best does not mean just making the highlight reel, it also means making the plays consistently.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually I was incorrect.
    Bowman is still under contract in 2013 but they’ll need to try to lock him up next year before he can hit the market in 2014.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, if it comes down to Bowman (they’ll likely extend him after this season) or Goldson, Bowman wins in a landslide. He’s younger, there’s a bigger fall-off with his backup, and Culliver can step right in to Goldson’s spot.

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners have very little cap space, Bergs. Which is why Peyton Manning was never a good idea.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Willis is eating up around $18 mil this year, but that will plunge dramatically next year and beyond.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Thanks. I keep telling everybody about the Willis conteract dsesigned to be cap heavy this year and cap friendly next year. It will bring about 10 mil off the cap.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- If it is consistency you are looking for then Goldson over Palumalu is a no brainer. Troy is hurt more often than he is on the field. Reed is probably in his last year before retirement and he has never been known for tackling. What I am seeing from Goldson all year is a consistent All Pro safety, in the run and passing game. For the same money, and going into next year, I’m taking Goldson over both.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson has a coach that is not playing quarters all the time. I always hated the defense. I called it the umbrella D. It was like playing a form of prevent defense. I always joke that the premise is to wear out the other teams offense by keeping them on the field. Goldson needs to play in an aggressive scheme because he is an aggressive player. He is now in his 2nd year with Fangio and starting to play with more instinct than ever. You can actually see him leading the coverage schemes during games these days. Him and Fangio look to be a good match. Count me in as one who wants him re-signed.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Willis is eating up the salary cap this year.
    The offset next year is Brooks making $3mil more, J Smith $2mil more, rogers $1.5 mil more and A Smith $3.5 mil more.
    Whitner is signed to a contract
    for $4mil a year and Goldson wants twice that.
    I wonder how much Marathe is still involved as they have new finance guys that also are part owners in Gideon Liu

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, its coming down to Goldson wanting something around 5/45. Something he isn’t getting here. Not at his age. Nate Clements anyone?

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The point being, if they are going to back up the truck for someone on a 5 year deal, it’ll be Bowman. The younger guy.
    .
    They won’t likely keep both as Goldson has been looking for a big payday for 3 years now. He’ll get one, but not from the Niners.

  16. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=aretha+franklin+respect&tnr=21&vid=&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DU.4695735774216215%26pid%3D15.1&tit=Aretha+Franklin+-+Respect+Live+1967
    All I can write is, the first time and place I ever heard that (recorded of course), they hung Championship Banners the next season. The Golden State nee San Francisco Warriors.
    I take it back about Hocus Pocus. I want a dual anthem. Two championships, two songs.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rumor is that if San Diego loses at home to the Chiefs tonight, Norv Turner will get fired. Go Chiefs!

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Saw game 2 back in ’75, RTF. Funny thing was, they had to move games 2 and 3 back to the Cow Palace as the Ice Capades had already been booked for the time the NBA Finals took place. Great game that the Dubs won by 1. Little did I know that that would be it for the Warriors.

  19. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I patted Nate Thurmond on the butt when I snuck in the walkway to the locker room the night I heard Aretha sing that song.
    He almost stepped on me, since he was 3 feet taller than me and didn’t know who this little white gnat was. Talk about a guy who gave it all and deserved a Ring.

  20. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    “This aircraft is the single most significant transformation of Air Force Special Operations since the introduction of the helicopter…nearly every mission we have faced in the last 20 years could have been done better and faster with the V-22.”
    Donald Wurster
    Air Force Lt. Gen, AFSOC Commander, Jan. 2012
    http://www.navair.navy.mil/v22/
    Skeebs, the blog is going to be boring on football for the next couple weeks. Thought I’d liven it up.

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Besides, I’m at least a quarter Irish. You know how you have to start a fight when it gets boring.

  22. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The carbon fiber and titanium in the Osprey was partially manufactured at GE in ABQ before they closed their plants and the bombs went somewhere else. Have fun chasing it, Al!
    Ever hold a carbon fiber titanium bar in your hand?
    Why are we fighting a war in A. the Russians need to fight?
    We need to go to Mars with this stuff. Beat China to it.

  23. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The information I post is readily available on the Marine Corps web site and others.
    It’s so old technology, I think Bolivia has it now.
    LOL – If you ever dream that I know classified information, you are mistaken.
    That was buried with Dad.
    LOL – I just want to watch Al and China and Pakistan chase their own tails for a couple decades.
    I can be a jerk that way.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RT

    The only problem with your tale is that Nate Thurmond wasn’t on that ’75 Championship Team.
    W’s traded him to the Bulls for Clifford Ray.

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, they didn’t win anything until Nate the Great retired.
    It was a two-headed center, and Rick Barry and Phil Smith were given the ball.
    In Nate’s last year, he could barely walk with his knees. Nate just had to defend Wilt Chamberlain.
    I didn’t see the Championship. I missed that year. I was a kid.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Warriors won the NBA Championship in 1975. Nate Thurmond retired in 1977 as a Cleveland Cavalier.

  27. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    74-75. My story about Aretha is from the year before.
    They traded Nate the Great for a reason, and it wasn’t his basketball ability or his heart.
    It was his knees.
    Then Phil Smith came to the team.
    Known better after he ran off to the Lakers as Jamaal Wilkes.

  28. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Bullit, sometimes a team with Clyde Lee/George Johnson can win a Championship with 48 wins.
    Get the ball to Rick Barry and Phil.
    Let it ride…

  29. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Hint, China. Carbon and titanium is not actually used in the Osprey.
    Or is it?
    You have good hunting snake and coyote dogs, and then you have the ones who just want to chase their own tail.
    Skeebs lets me post this BS, but don’t think there are not Chinese intelligence agents scanning. There are 1.3 billion Chinese.
    We gave them arms, we taught them modern military technology, and now we crippled our manufacturing base to modernize their military.
    Screw the National Debt for now. Get even balance on trade with the Chinese, no matter how much they threaten.
    *Skeebs, enough?* I’ve got more.

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    RT, Phil Smith was not Jamaal… that was the former Keith Wilkes.
     
    That championship team had some good players. Gus Williams as a rookie point guard, Wilkes, smith and Rick Barry started with Ray. But the roster was full of guys like Derrick Dickey and butch Beard and Charles Dudley and an old Jeff Mullins, who all knew their roles and contributed a few good minutes a game.
     
    Then they collapsed the next Spring against Phoenix. Rick Barry got old and tired down the stretch. Guys started leaving as Mieuli worked his effed up black magic, and then he traded Robert Parrish, who had come to the W’s in ’76. And that was all she wrote, pretty much.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I was pissed when the Dubs traded Nate to the Bulls, but it likely won them the championship. What did I know? I was 14. Nate didn’t play much in the finals if I remember right, but he lasted a couple more years in Cleveland.
    .
    Don’t forget rookie of the year Keith (I’ll never call him Jamaal) Wilkes.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ahhh, the infamous trade. Joe Barry Couchpotato for Robert Parish and Kevin McKale.
    .
    Chief was the last good big man they had.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    McHale . . .

  34. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Keith Wilkes.

  35. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_San_Francisco_49ers_season
    Gawwd, Run with SingHardBall and don’t stop.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Clyde Lee was also gone before the 1975 Championship. It was Clifford Ray/George Johnson at center.
    Mieuli was a minority owner of the Niners

  37. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *SingHardBaugh*
    Let’s see how long it takes for Berman to steal that one from me.

  38. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    He was the boss. He was the one with the Sherlock Holmes cap right behind the Warrior bench.
    Oakland is a tough town. Playing there takes magic. It’s no surprise the only banners hung there with a Black Man in charge, Al.
    There was blatant racism all over the country when I got to travel.
    NM has had 500 years of practice and still can’t get it right.
    There are black guys, there are Latinos, and there are white guys.
    Anybody who pretends to know sports knows that. In the locker room, after the game…
    Tim Tebow goes beyond that, way beyond that.
    Rex is a damn fool.

  39. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton and RG III are warming up in the bullpen.
    The Roadrunners had a bad week; I think I’ll sit back and watch this one.

  40. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Here is a HOFer on Mark Sanchez.
    (That’s football speak for HE’S A MOOK)
    http://tinyurl.com/bjldpwk
    Where is Tebow???

  41. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nice read skeebs it pretty much sums it up. The only thing that can derail us at this point is injuries and hopefully we can get through this season injury free. There is still a lot of parity in this league and the old saying is still true about any given Sunday.
    The 9ers have been showing some swagger of late and that’s a real good sign, we know we’re good. If the team can perform anywhere near what we did on Monday, we should be in the Championship game by the time it comes around.

  42. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve never seen a QB not talk to his #1 receiever.In the locker room, it was… silence… weird.
    Just… passing each other.
    Don’t take it from me a BlogPutz, that’s what LT said.
    Where’s Tebow????

  43. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    In case any of you haven’t guessed it.
    The General is black of the Ace-of-Spades. So is his daughter, my sister-in-law.
    I’m a white guy of German, Irish, Scottish, Iroqouis and English ancestry.
    I don’t tolerate racism in the locker room. Not on my team.
    Rex could learn a lesson,but I think it’s too late for him.
    It’s not too late to throw out Sparano’s playbook and give Tebow the ball.
    Watch what happens.

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Couldn’t hurt. Likely won’t help either, but you won;t know if you don’t try. Philly didn’t have a real choice but to stick with Mike Vick.

  45. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow is not a good QB, but he can unite the locker room.
    I believe he was one of NFL best passers in the 4th qtr last season.
    You know I’m a Tebow fan, Chuck. I always like underdogs like Nate Davis.
    Tebow will unite the locker room and set the stage for a new NY Jets.
    Or he will be traded to Jax tomorrow.

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    They have bigger problems than just their QB, but like I said, you never know if you don’t try.

  47. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Jets were watching on TV while Tebow dismantled the defending AFC Champs.
    Rex is a fool and the players know it.

  48. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Sometimes the best hunters are the ones that are kind hearted, beaten by cruel owners, and will go try to save you from a pack of ravenous coyotes.
    Alex has worked into that 2nd level.
    Now, if he can work into 3rd level where you AVOID the snakes and coyotes, he will be a SB quarterback.

  49. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Get our boys and girls out of Afghanistan. NOW!
    American men and women are dying every week in that rathole.

  50. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Greeks conquered Afghanistan. Later, Stalin I mean Geghis Khan.
    It’s a Mongol country, armed with…
    We won’t go into it, what Republican President under advice from Cheney and Rumsfeld, President Nixon’s advisors, armed the Taliban and gave them the supply routes.
    Give me a break, NoFear, I fell off the turnip truck a few times.
    Just get the jarheads home.

  51. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, I voluntered to serve in Navy Intelligence a couple years ago. Too old. Pffft.
    Guess I try AFI next, and then welll shit The Corps will take anybody.

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Berg, looks like somebody is trying to take your tornado of bullshit crown.

  53. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I wrote to the Marines this morning, Skeebs.
    Since the Navy won’t take me, I put myself up to the jarheads,.
    I betcha $5 the United States Marine Corps will take me.
    $5, Skeebs, easy bet.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At the halfway point of the season will Brandon Jacobs ever see the field?
    He was inactive again last Sunday
    after being active for the first time the previous week.
    I think right now the Niners are playing keep away by having him remain on the roster.
    If they releaed Jacobs Arizona and the Packers would jump on him to help their anemic rushing attacks.
    The Niners just don’t have the
    carries to give him short of Gore or Hunter missing time due to a more serious injury.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Get some sleep my friend.

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jacobs is a curiosity. Brian Westbrook redux. The 3rd down conversion rate is improving I suppose, but still and all a big guy on 3rd and short is something to use.

  57. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Westbrook eventually got to play when Frank went down with his annual injury. Let’s hope Jacobs isn’t as fortunate.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At the halfway point this chart shows the Niners are better in almost all offensive categories
    in comparison to last year

    http://tinyurl.com/aw5t5tv

  59. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Except for wins and losses.

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    . . . and points per game . . .

  61. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh dear, this is becoming commonplace . . .
    .
    http://tinyurl.com/cz2mh24

  62. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not that those are important . . .

  63. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, if Gore goes down, I see Hunter getting the bulk of the snaps in his place, not Jacobs.
    .
    Not sure why they aren’t using Jacons in short yardage situations.

  64. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    There’s no point in using Jacobs in place of a healthy Gore on short yardage except to piss off the guy who’s been the offense since 2005. He’s certainly not an upgrade cqarrying the rock or in protection. And Gore’s already resigned himself to Hunter or some other #2 getting some plays between the twenties. You want to take away his short yardage, too? I’ve never understood the reason for bringing in Jacobs except as a replacement for a sidelined Gore.
     
    Rufus, do you think we only have Marines in A-stan now? Or that nothing’s happened there since Carter? I agree with you that we should be out. American blood and treasure, especially the blood, shouldn’t be so easily written off and forgotten.

  65. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, no of course not. And the Marines don’t want an old 1 1/2 legged crip at this time.
    Skeebs wins his $5 for now.
    The Reagan admin united the tribes, then called them the Northern Alliance and gave them modern weapons.
    Like giving a real gun to a baby.
    I made the offer, again. Guess I’ll have to shut it.
    Read “The Arms of Krupp” to see how a family played off Germany against their friends and enemies for 300+ years.
    For their own personal fortune. Didn’t work out so well for others and almost destroyed Planet Earth.

  66. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Another brother, the one who works in NATO, has been to that cesspool and he’s older than I am. P’d in his pants for awhile after, especially when some friends got killed and he was in Holland.
    I don’t joke about stuff like this. Football, yes. Not A.

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, the Niners were horrible last year on 3rd and short and in goal line spots. The reason they GOT Jacobs was for those situations. Dixon failed miserably in his chances, and Gore wasn’t getting it done. They’ve gotten better this year, mainly because the blocking has improved. That shouldn’t preclude Jacobs his chances.
    .
    And the idea is to KEEP Gore healthy. I’d rather see less of Hunter overall and a little more of Jacobs in goal line/3rd and short situations. Otherwise he’s a waste of talent. The trade deadline has passed, so here we sit. Too many RBs with no spots for them. Having both Dixon and Jacobs is redundant. Jacobs ain’t on ST, but is Dixon really enough to just play there?
    .
    It’s like the Ted Ginn situation. He’s taking reps from AJ Jenkins at this point. I’d rather see Jenkins playing, KW doing punts and kicks, and Ginn Gone.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One thing Ginn is doing is his Franco Harris impression and stepping out of bounds before they can touch him.
    Ginn is not built to take big hits but he’s electing to go out of bounds 3 to 5 yards before he has to.
    To Ginn’s credit he is getting close to breaking one.

  69. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Jacobs will come in handy before the season ends and will be a force in the playoffs. He adds a whole new dimention to the team and even though I don’t know what’s going on, I don’t see any reason to use him until he is fully healed. And, Gore always slows up a little toward the end.

  70. winderNo Gravatar says:

    dimension

  71. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, he’s turning into Allen Rossum then. He brings little as a WR, and his spot is easily filled by KW at this point. I’d rather see AJ out there at WR.

  72. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, they must see something in Dixon I do not. But then again I don’t see him at all outside of the odd play here and there.
     
    Jacobs, in his prime might make sense but washed up Jacobs is no more than a risky injury fill in. Since our offense depends so much on a running game I can see the sense of bringing in some depth. But as long as Gore is getting the job done Jacobs should stay just where he is.
     
     
    Rufus, the Taliban is not the Mujahideen. The factions in A-stan have always had a common interest in resisting foreign take-over. Have you read Xenophon’s Anabasis? A-stan hasn’t progressed much since. Every kid born there can pick up a stick and shoot you with it.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jacobs is a one trick pony. Dixon plays ST, TB and FB. Each fan can have an opinion of which they would rather have on the roster and available for game day but it is obvious to me what the coaching staff’s opinion is.

  74. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, Judgement at Nuremberg is one of the greatest movies ever made.
    Lots of moral relativism from the highest Command.
    When Patton was US Military Commander of the US Zone of occupied Germany, he disobeyed a direct order by Eisenhower by hiring Nazis to run all the government offices. He was relieved, then died in an accident shortly after.
    Don’t let me ever pretend I’m an expert, and know what’s right or wrong. Better men than I didn’t.

    Spencer Tracy
    Burt Lancaster
    Richard Widmark
    Marlene Dietrich
    Maximilian Schell
    Hans Rolfe
    Judy Garland
    Montgomery Clift
    William Shatner
    Werner Klemperer

    And more… The greatest performances (besides Tracy, Widmark, and Lancaster) IMO were
    Marlene Dietrich, who left Nazi Germany for Hollywood and refused a direct offer from Hitler to come back and work for Goebbels. And Werner Klemperer (Col. Klink!) who played the most ardent Nazi in the dock.
    He was a Jew in real life. His father, the Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, was one of the first Jews to get fired. He was lucky enough to get out.
    Watch Werner’s eyes towards the end while he’s trying to play a Nazi but remembering what his parents family and friends went through.
    There are lots and lots of Americans braver than big mouth me.

  75. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Did I tell ya about the time I met Werner Klemperer?

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Les Miles just went Mike Nolan, or should I say he just went NoFear. I don’t like men without balls. I’ll explain after NoFear gives me the blog, I’m smarter than you obfuscation deal!

  77. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7zuq_jimi-hendrix-all-along-the-watchtow_music
    Jimi’s dead, NoFear, and so is Bobby from a shot in the head.
    But even us old hippie freaks are watching your back. Your buddies, too. Every single last man and woman.

  78. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Domino Theory?
     
    See the Truman Doctrine.
     
    Speaking of Patton, he knew the Soviets and Communism were the next threat but Eisenhower thought they and Uncle Joe were good boys. So he gave them much of eastern Europe to pillage and plunder.
     
    Did you miss China and Cuba falling to Communism, we saved South Korea by force. Why no protesters on that one? The same rationale for that war as Vietnam, containing Communism. The Communists took the North’s side in that one in a big way.
     
    A different generation is the answer. Entitled and pampered by comparison, whose rhetoric of moral outrage was more than a bit self-serving.
     
    As proof, the protest movement for all its high talk (read bullshit) faded rapidily after the draft was ended.

  79. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, we agree to diagree on Everyting.
    That’s why I got your back. I’m an American.

  80. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rufus, I don’t think we disagree on everything. World views? Yeah, probably so.
     
    I liked the music though.
     
    Try this public house standard for the Irish side.
     
    http://bit.ly/POYTBE

  81. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I will buy you the first one, NoFear. And a pizza. Maybe some New Mexico Red Chile. Just don’t ask to get laid. That is classified.

  82. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, my first Championship Sports Team was coached by, you guessed it. Didn’t yell, didn’t scream, just taught us how to play baseball.
    His son Dave taught me how to dive in his swimming pool in the backyard. Then while I was chasing tail out of high school, enlisted and served his ToD even in the peacetime we had then.
    There is always a special place in my heart for those MFs.

  83. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    RT, let’s get back to football.

  84. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, Skeebs. Of course. Tebow will be starting after this week. The Niners won’t be playing.

  85. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Roadrunners will either lead the league in points again this week, and fall flat on their face again this week.
    It’s a matter of keeping guys healthy when the weather turns and the snow starts to fly.
    That’s football, Skeebs.

  86. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NF, the difference between Korea and Vietnam includes time. We were only in Korea three years, got a stalemate, preserved the status quo. Wasn’t a happy ending like we had once hoped, with the North liberated, but it met the definition of containment. Vietnam, we finally mostly won the guerrilla phase after four years, only to be faced with NVA regulars. By then, the public’s attention span was running short. Democracies are not good at long wars, never have been, all the way back to Classical Athens. Most folks today forget this is not new in America, either. There were draft protests in the Civil War, and more unhappiness with WW2 in 1945 than most people realize. Without the bomb, we would have had some real war weariness in the states by 1946.
     
    The important thing to remember about Vietnam is, we really won. Vietnam was not a war so much as a campaign in the Cold War. The Communists won the day, took out their bloody revenge there – but the inner German border was always the schwerpunkt, the center of gravity. The Soviets could win damned near everywhere else, but if they lost in Germany, they lost it all. And on a clear night in 1989, their own chickens came home to roost.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear did not take the bait. Good job. Anyway, let me explain. Les Miles had 4th and 6 from about the 25. He had a 3 point lead. A 1st down gives him the win. He tries a FG and misses. Even if he makes the FG he has only a 6 point lead. Alabama took the ball and scored a TD. Again, even if he makes the FG Miles still loses the game. I would have gone for the 1st down to seal the win. This is very similar to the situation we had when Nolan was our coach vs the Rams. Except Nolan only had 6 inches to go for a first.
     
    NoFear- I doubt you are ball less like Les Miles and Nolan but it is fun messing with you when I talk Nolan!

  88. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy, I spent years debating the war with a history professor from Clemson. He was a self-admitted draft-dodger and proud of it. He would read and quote so many books on the war he ended up with what’s considered the best collection of references on Vietnam and himself an expert on the subject.
     
    Damn guy never thanked me for that. I disagree on some of your points but will leave it for now.

  89. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good job, Berger? There just isn’t anything to say to a beer-smart pooh-butt. Nolan gets paid millions to coach professional football. You get less than nothing to tell everyone what a ex-spurt you are. And I’m pretty sure Nolan kicks your ass without breaking sweat. STFU tough guy.

  90. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oh my, NoFear is backing Nolan again. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel!

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Similar situations, same decisions, same results. Miles and Nolan both lost the game.

  92. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m playing Berger again this week in FF. He beat me the first matchup. I Want Revenge. Hey, Rob. You remember that horse? He was your Derby pick a few years back.

  93. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I still have my Halloween lights up. Is that tacky? I don’t give a shit. It just keeps in line with my white trash ass…

  94. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger! I mailed my absentee ballot on Friday. You know goddamn well who I voted for president — Ronald Reagan. You’re damn skippy.
    .
    That skippy was for the Santa Rosa Press Unca Chuck.

  95. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, so you’ve reduced yourself again to a blog troll, BFD. You and Tommy Tutone get a pass here in exchange for your Alexander the Great cheerleading? Whatever.
     
    Like I said, Nolan’s in demand in the NFL, and you’re getting drunk in the garage weekends.
     
    The peanut gallery _always_ knows what’s right from their no-risk keyboard after the fact. Are you new to this? Or do you think you’re the only one who can figure out what should have worked after you know what didn’t?
     
    I recommend more beer. It makes you sound smarter.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The statement that Nolan is in demand in the NFL is misleading. As a DC yes but as a head coach not so much. You can make the same silly statement about Jimmy Raye.

  97. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Nolan’s looking better these days, I’ll give him that. I thought he was going to be relegated to DC status, but if he keeps this up he’ll be in demand for a coaching job in the not-too-distant future. Biding his time.
    .
    He did good in Denver, got the hell out of Miami, and has Atl playing pretty well, to the tune of 7th in pts allowed. I guess it depends on how Atl does in the playoffs before we see the Suit patrolling the sidelines again.
    .

  98. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or if . . .

  99. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Cincinnati is looking pretty tough. 2 picks of Manning, and they lead 20-17. Got to see if they can close the deal.

  100. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aaaaand Cincy reverts to form.

  101. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NF, I didn’t dodge anything personally. There wasn’t a draft, and it was peacetime. A healing time after that War.
    Ooops, Skeebs, how’d Peyton do today? If the Broncos had a secondary, they could be dangerous.
    But Brady threw 5 TDs in about a quarter last year. That was in the regular season. The divisional game was a no-brainer.
    With the Niners backers and secondary, they’d be SB Champs this year.
    Come to think of it, that would be a fun, fun SB FOR THE AGES.

  102. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Chuck. Remember that guy back on the SF Gate who would say, “Blank reverts to form!!!”
    .
    It was a funny schtick…for a while…

  103. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Got the Giants-Steelers on TV, and the Vikings-Seahawks coming in on European TV on the laptop.
    There are great teams, and there are wannabe second-rate teams.

  104. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Seahawks gave up 200 and 2 TDs on the ground at the half? WTF?
     
    The NYGs are getting all the calls, mostly bad ones. Must be Goodell making up for the storm. What BS!

  105. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Roadrunners are going down again today. But who has AP after his torn ACL?

  106. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The NY Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers define football now.
    Watch and learn.

  107. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    ARI wins four then loses five. SEA looks like its problems are on the road and STL can’t get healthy. Good time for a bye week.
     
    Rufus, sorry you got whacked. Try to keep it to unprovoked personal attacks and drunken ramblings. That crap always flies.
     
    Your guy sounds like a clerk-typist to me.
     
    Go Niners!!!
     
    Alex is the best ever!!!

  108. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I never personally attack a Vet, NoFear. If I offended you, I sincerely apologize.
    Not ever. When I’m dead, maybe I’ll diss a Vet.
    Drunken ramblings are another thing.
    I was quite sober when Navy Intel turned me down. Just too old. Go home and raise horses and fight coyotes.

  109. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wasn’t talking about you, Rufus. Only things that get posted by some others with apparent approval.

    You haven’t offended me. And I’m pretty sure that guarantees your post stands if you do.

  110. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Whenever, and if ever the Service calls, NoFear. I’ll be there.

  111. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Give it a rest, NF. I think several days of you & RT jerking off to war stories is plenty tolerant of this blog host. If you two need more, there’s always the phone and email. I asked him to stop this morning. He chose not. You want to twist that, knock yourself out.

  112. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, that Giants game was a joke. The refs gave NY 14 points in the 2nd quarter but in the end it wasn’t enough to turn the game in their favor.
    .
    And the Raydurrs gave up 300 yards on the ground? Ouch.
    .
    AZ has really hit the skids, but it’s a wonder how they own 4 with their terrible O line and their shoddy run D.
    .
    A little surprised by the Sea Minn game, but I didn’t see it. Sea plays pretty well at home.

  113. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    No one was posting Skeebs. Remember when you started your blog up and NO ONE POSTED.
    Who was the one person that kept posting?
    Some peeps have short memories, jeez.

  114. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    So which is it then? Give it a rest or knock yourself out?
     
    Your blog, your rules.
     
    Just making fun of how the only ones who rile you are the ones who aren’t in the bag for Alex. Doesn’t really seem to be content that matters if one is on the right side of that fence.

  115. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, NoFear and I were having an intelligent discussion right before the 2012 Presidential Election.
    If I offended you or Mrs. Skeebs on your blog. I will leave.
    I probably have to anyway for awhile. Got friends crying on the phone about to jump, stuff like that.
    I’ll be back.

  116. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NF, I’ve deleted Bullit far more than anyone here, so your observation is FOS.

  117. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve also deleted a few of Berger’s posts. But never one of yours, IIRC.

  118. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You mention spanking your protected babies to make your point. Maybe there’s something to be said for conscience after all. Like some of those weekly strings of thirty or forty universally offense vitriolic posts didn’t have to be deleted out of concern of legal liability.
     
    “jerking off to war stories” ? I don’t remember telling any. Don’t have any that good anyway.
     
    We play next on Veterans Day. I hope nobody gets “carried away” at the sight of flyovers or flags or the mention of military veterans on your blog then.
     

  119. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Schiano had Ray Rice at Rutgers, now he’s got Doug Martin in TB.
    I thought for sure we’d have gone for Dougie as Gores’ eventually successor but, what do I know?
     
    AJ and LMJ could yet prove the genius of one GM Baalke.
    Time will tell.

  120. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Hey NJ, things improving in your neck of the woods yet?

  121. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Atlanta made the ball less move. They get a 1st down on 4th and 2 the game is over. They kick a FG, go up by 6 and allow Dallas to end up deep in their territory on the last play. They got away with it because they left less than 30 seconds on the clock. Most would kick the FG, I would go for the 1st down so I know the game is over. Heck, if they don’t get it Dallas gets the ball at about the 10 or 15. Worst case scenario you take a little more time off the clock and leave Dallas with terrible field position. I think this is an easy call if your team is deep in the opposition’s territory. LSU lost their game vs Alabama when the tried for the FG Saturday.

  122. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- You get your power on yet?

  123. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes 12th, slowly getting back to bearable.
    Gas rationing is something we haven’t had since the ’70s, so we’re making the best of it.
    Have to take some time off next week to repair my roof too.
    Predicting another storm mid-week.
    Let’s just say we’re better off than most.
    Appreciate the concern.
     
    Yes Berger, power restored for us on Friday, many in the area are still waiting.
    Total mess out this way.
    Coming along a little each day though.
    Gotta appreciate the work effort.
    I’ve seen tree and power crews from the Ohio area and the Carolinas traveling around these parts.
    Have to figure there are plenty of others pitching in too.
    Just happy to have heat as it’s been getting into the 30s at night.
    So many who’ve lost everything.
    Pretty rough situation.

  124. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t know about NY, but EMS here in LA say there is 3 to 4 days food at direct POS vendors, meaning grocery stores and a similar amount of gas. The first concern is the disaster itself, whatever that may be, but the secondary issue is what happens when people run out of fuel and food/water etc. It turns ugly is the short answer.
    Glad you guys are getting enough to sustain yourselves at least.

  125. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    A little BlueGrass, Skeebs. The new song of the year.

  126. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Indeed 12th, really tests the boundaries of civility and crisis management to be sure.
    Seeing the roller coaster sitting in the Atlantic Ocean sorta wipes out an entire lifetime of memories.
    Many of us have enjoyed the Jersey Shore as kids, with our own children and now, grand children.
    Won’t be an easy fix.
    Just hoping those that are displaced can find the needed assistance in a timely manner.
    Winter isn’t all that far away for us.

  127. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah it impacts on so many levels NJ, my heart goes out to all of you, thats a lot of Americana wiped away. Wish you the best my friend.

  128. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It does open our eyes to what needs to be done before the next big one arrives however.
    There are many who believe this barely rated a CAT 1 designation.
    Others who call it a ‘Superstorm’.
    Whatever term you use, you realize you’re damn near helpless when Mother Nature decides to pitch a bitch.
    Fortunately for our immediate area the rain wasn’t heavy.
    States like Delaware/MD/VA and further South, saw as much as 12″ of rain.

  129. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you 12th, we’re hanging tough.

  130. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing that certainly needs to be a priority is getting back up power requirements on the gas delivery systems.
    Saw plenty of supermarkets and businesses on generator power yet we waited days for gasoline to be available.
    Totally unacceptable.

  131. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    EMS planning generally calls for deployment of assets before a known impending event such as MRE, Water tankers, fuel tankers, medical supplies and mobile generators etc. I have no real info as to what was done pre storm event but have seen FEMA be effective in most areas post event. Fuel would seem to be something they have on the lower end of priorities and if it was a choice between water tankers and gas tankers thats an obvious choice.
    Sandy was a CAT 1 event but that only speaks to wind velocity, it was also some 800+ miles in breadth, something just about unheard of. That breadth of storm causes huge surge events over a massive area of coastline.

  132. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt the priorities you cite are necessary and essential.
    Many people, like myself, are considered 24/7 essential personnel and travel requires fuel.
    My firm did their best to provide local accommodations but, many of us have families to attend to as well.
    Not an easy choice.
    Unfortunately, fuel isn’t something you can do without for a prolonged period such as this.
    We’ll see if this pushes any new safeguards or regulations going forward.

  133. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NYC found many critical systems failed in 2 of their major Hospital facilities.
    Fuel systems for generators and the like.
    Hard to have all the systems tested routinely I suppose.
    Just another step toward future improvements when you realize how current safeguards perform in a crisis situation.

  134. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Not only local government but private enterprise will adjust protocols based on learned outcomes. It may well be that your company will maintain or at least with a known event coming stockpile fuel for it’s essential personnel rather than rely on local or Federal aid to arrive in a timely fashion. It’s hard to see it right now, but some good will come of this awful disaster in terms of future prep. Katrina passed on many of it’s lessons and Sandy will too.

  135. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Actually NJ, hospital back up systems test fire and run each month. I suspect what happened in those instances is that the fuel storage or the ATS that turns off grid power and allows generated power to flow was located in a basement or other area that flooded. Just a guess on my part.

  136. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree about learning events 12th.
    With respect to Hospital systems it would make sense.
    Our backup systems are tested each and every week.
    Perhaps your guess is on the money regarding basement facilities.
    Fuel likely is below grade.
    Nothing teaches lessons like real life failures.

  137. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    DHS mandates weekly testing of redundant systems on telecom infrastructure. It’s one of the few areas that has that spec in the civilian arena.

  138. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NYC and saltwater in the tunnels is not an everyday occurrence either.
    Major complications to overcome, electrically and otherwise.

  139. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Hospitals can have a weekly, bi-weekly or monthy test firing depending on various factors.

  140. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah the saltwater issue is huge, especially on such an antiquated system. Hard to know what will come of it.

  141. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our firm has spent much of this year upgrading backup power systems.
    We could sustain power, independent of the grid, for as long as fuel were available.
    Money well spent in times like this I’m sure.
    We have been tested with Sandy and will likely have some of the systems tweaked in prep for the next big challenge.
    You’re always learning in life.
    Once you stop, you’re out of touch.

  142. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I was involved in some sense with Y2K emergency power planning and implementation. Luckily it proved not to be needed because believe me, only the absolute essentials, and not the ones you and I would consider essential were adequately protected.

  143. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Japan can manufacture an island in the Sea for an airport, I’m certain those of us here within the USofA, can handle the necessary improvements for the future generations to rely upon.
    Perfect opportunity to get people working on the needed upgrades.

  144. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure you aged a little with those demands at the time 12th.
    No doubt a very trying period for you.

  145. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Necessity has always been the Mother of Invention.
    It’s what makes us tick.

  146. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Holland is a the forefront of managing ocean technologies. No point in reinventing the wheel. I would start there. You are spot on, we need real infrastructure solutions for our lowland areas. We have everything but the political will.

  147. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Political will involves the right people needing a profit 12th.
    It is just that, who gets paid and, in what order, before anything is produced.
    We’ll see if the Fed is able to cut the Red Tape for FEMA to streamline their processes for this emergency and go from there.
    Our Gov here in NJ appears to have his sleeves rolled up and ready to mobilize and organize.
    See what the Fed can do.
    Hate to see what happened in NOLA happen here, in terms of waste and mismanagement.

  148. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if was Italy?
    I recall seeing a seawall project wherein a series of jetties can be operated in such a way as to literally divert storm surges into manageable inlets.
    No doubt we possess technology to fight back.
    But as you point out, who picks up the tab?
    Let the Politics begin.

  149. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah you hit on the head, money is at the bottom of all the motives. Christie (sp?) deserves kudos, I especially liked him saying screw politics right now, I have more important things to do or words to that effect. That took balls.

  150. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like Holland where they have a managed system of sea walls they open to designated flood plains and then to a secondary canal system. It can be done and a billion dollars of prevention is worth 10 billion dollars of repairs. Well I’m off to hit the hay since I’m up early tomorrow. Good talking to you NJ.

  151. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, Christie.
    And yes, he’s got balls, likely the size of grapefruits.
    Nice to see the Politics tossed to the curb too.
    Can’t wait for the rhetoric to stop and a decision to be made.
    We were sweating about the voting process here, relative to so many being without power.
    I will be fine come Tuesday, not sure about all those still without power?
    Has a Presidential Election ever been extended?
    This could get interesting.
    Republican Gov her in NJ.
    He could really throw a wrench into O’s wheelhouse if he’s got that authority?

  152. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You too 12th.

  153. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I got hacked again.
    Let em. Come to New Mexico,we’ll show you. Come on baby bring it on.

  154. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The last hack job on me was from Kahzistan. They are winning the war and we don’t even know who they are.
    Roses don’t grow in the high desert, but I’ve been trying to introducule avocados.

  155. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Avocados only grow with sunshine, with lots of water and Bull Snakes and loyal cats to keep the vermin away.
    But they are awesome fruit.

  156. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You censored me again. Must be nice owning a blog.
    “I think several days of you & RT jerking off to war stories is plenty tolerant of this blog host.”
    If you ever write to NoFear and me like that again, hell will have no fury like me.
    I HELPED YOU start this blog.

  157. 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, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
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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