The Coma Before the Storm

For the past eighteen years, the last two weeks in January have been reserved for denial, anger, depression, avoidance — all the classic pysche tricks to deal with another disappointing end to the 49ers’ season. I was still a young man when this cycle began — more or less, with a strong emphasis on less. I hope winning it all doesn’t mess up my biological clock!

One thing doesn’t change about this time of year, though. It’s going to be a long two weeks till the big game begins. We’ll hear opinions from every expert and other types of idiots all the way up till the kickoff. I can hardly wait to hear from a New Orleans tattoo artist on the relative merits of Colin Kaepernick’s painted torso, complete with diagrams and philosophical import.

I’m guessing there will be more pressure on Baltimore QB Joe Flacco than Kaepernick. Flacco is busy chasing a new contract and inclusion in the exclusive “Elite QB” club. Kaepernick is just a kid playing football.

49ers LT Joe Staley will be one of the media favorites during SB week. Baltimore LB Ray Lewis will be asked, or should be asked, what it’s like to be an unconvicted double homicide accomplice, sort of a lightweight OJ Simpson. Anything to throw this preening, look-at-me thug off kilter.

The Ravens just took down Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road, so they are not a team to take lightly. But, the 49ers took down Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan, which is not too shabby, either. I just don’t see us losing this game. Both Manning and Brady are basically immobile QBs, which Kaepernick certainly is not.

It will be interesting to see how Jim Harbaugh handles next week’s media circus in New Orleans. Both Bill Walsh and George Seifert were comfortable around the press, and possessed a good sense of humor and quick wit. Harbaugh’s press relations are a bit more constipated, but he is capable of throwing out some wacky quotables from time to time.

While the waiting will be interminable, we can at least use it wisely and dust off our smug fanbase attitudes that have been packed away in the attic oh these many long and forlorn years. It’s time to walk tall again. Time to snicker at Raider fans in the supermarket. Or as we pass by the loony bins and prisons that house so many, but not enough, of them. Time to regain our rightful place at the top of the NFL mountain.

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234 comments on “The Coma Before the Storm
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It just seems en règle to me that the 49ers are in the Super Bowl!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Where’s your friend Renojim, Berg? He pooped out pretty quick as a blogging man.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He blogs mostly on the SF Giants official web site. It surpised me when he showed up here.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not ambi-bloggerous, I guess.

  5. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Well one reporter already tracked down the tat ‘artist’ that did Kappys stuff while he was at Nevada …and heard another is trying to track down his birth mother that he’s never had contact with….scumbags….leave the kid be…geeezzz

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    According to Matier & Ross of the Chronicle the sexual assault charges against Crabtree have no merit.
    His accuser waited 4 days to make a complaint in Oakland and was told to go to San Francisco and she was with 2 other women who said that an assault never happened.
    “The hotel-room sexual assault allegations against 49ers star wide receiver Michael Crabtree do not appear to be holding up under investigation.

    San Francisco police said Friday that they were looking into a complaint that Crabtree had assaulted a woman in a hotel after the Niners defeated the Green Bay Packers in a playoff game Jan. 12.

    According to a San Francisco law enforcement source, the woman who lodged the allegation was one of three women who joined Crabtree in a party at a room in the tony W Hotel on Third Street.

    The other two women have told investigators that Crabtree didn’t assault anyone, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

    Police haven’t found any physical evidence of an attack, the source added. It hasn’t been disclosed whether the woman who said she had been victimized went to a hospital to be examined.

    The woman went to Oakland police four days after the party; investigators there promptly referred her to San Francisco police, according to multiple sources.

    Crabtree, 25, has denied any wrongdoing, the sources told us. He was accompanied by an attorney when he spoke Friday with police, who publicly described him as cooperative.”

    Hopefully Crabtree learns from this and is more careful who he is spending time with.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tim Brown is now backtracking on his comments and he’s denying what he said the other day.
    Fine for Tim Brown I suppose but now it makes Jerry Rice look like a complete jackass for backing Brown.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Might be time for some “Why did the WR cross the road” jokes.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tony was at the W? What happened, Tony?

  10. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Look out y’all, JaMarcus Russell is making a comeback. Talking about making a comeback. Becoming a stand-up comedian. Something.
     
    http://tinyurl.com/acblbcu

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Take my football career. Please.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Has anybody checked Al Davis’ coffin recently?

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    With stuff like this maybe the two weeks will fly by. I guess the Raiders need some publicity, any publicity.
    .
    Jimbo’s just gonna have to suck it up. They will all get their pound of flesh and there is no where to hide.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, purple drank is down to 308! He should be ready by 2016.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s ready now Chuck….
    Tackling dummy or Blocking Sled.
    What a tool.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I have moved Fresno State FS Phillip Thomas to the top of my Draft Board at the position.
    Kid looks very good.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m also putting DT Brandon Williams ahead of Kawann Short.
    Might find Brandon in Rd 2 or 3.
     
    I’d be inclined to put a DB or DE ahead of the DT right now.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Have you been watching the Senior Bowl Practices on NFL Network?
    They show them running drills and it’s one hour a day.
    Senior Bowl is on this Sat

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    The CB Jordan Poyer of Oregon St is impressive and might still be there when the Niners draft.
    He used to like to smoke the wacky
    and got caught. That most likely will drop him into the late first early second round. If they can resolve that issue he’s worth taking
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnCMKtRUnh8

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Resolve that issue?

  21. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    has there been a better time to be a Bay Area sports fan? the Giants won 2 of the last 3 WS. the 9ERS are in the Super Bowl again and the Warriors are even good. whoo has it better than us? NOOOOOOOOOOBODY

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Today is the anniversary date of the 49ers’ very first SB win in 1982.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Poyer realizes that smoking a banned substance that he will be
    tested for that jeopardizes a lucrative livelihood playing pro football and he will be asked about it.
    How he answers will determine if he’s a first round pick or a 4th round pick.
    He needs to grow up and can’t even joke about it and be flippant
    saying lot’s of guys do it.
    Baalke is only interested that he’s broken the habit.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, mom.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    You know who your mom is.
    It’s your dad you’re searching for Skipper. hyuk!

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. How’s 5th grade? We all know yer my bitch so you can call me daddy . . .
    .
    Look how smkoing pot hurt Chuck Muncie. Or the thousands of other NFL players who smoke.
    .
    Cocaine? Well, that’s a different story.
    .
    Fret away, felcher.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Philip Rivers threw the ball away 42 times this season and Jay Cutler only five. Just proves you can suck when you do and suck when you don’t.

  28. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I’m never gonna draft either of those F…heads or McFadden ever again.

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs is on target! Which is more than we can say about Cutler or Rivers.

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    ONE big positive sign is that the ravens have struggled this year against mobiloe QB’s !

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    oops MOBILE
    lol

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho if we play our best game on defense esp. vs. the pass we can win this game !

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners are the home team and will wear their red jerseys. Ravens get to call the opening coin toss. If they want the option, they best call tails. I have a free large Papa John’s pizza riding on tails.
    &nsp;
    Speaking of pizza, Kap and his agent sent 15 to the media at practice today. Don’t know if it came from Papa John’s or not. Doesn’t matter. The media are vultures. They’ll eat anything as long as it’s free.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we get to beat Rob Ryan twice a year now. Rams signed him as DC. That ought to do what we couldn’t – wreck their defense.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Good news, Skeebs . . .

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Pizza is great when it is free! Heck, it is great when it is not free!

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Super Bowl’s are known for unique “proposition wagers”.
    Here’s a list starting with how long will it take Alicia Keyes to sing the National Anthem to color of the Gatorade dumped on winning coach.
    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/super-bowl-xlvii-prop-bets-las-vegas-alicia-keys-beyonce-coin-toss-gatorade-jim-harbaugh-john-harbaugh-ravens-49ers-012413
    Also Joe Flacco’s younger brother is a soph WR at Stanford in case you didn’t know.

  38. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    i predict that Harbaugh will win the Super Bowl 🙂

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking a reporter from Texas will be asking how long Jim and John have been related.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got a bad feeling we will be losing a coach like Tomsula or Donatel or Leavit to the Saints when they hire their DC.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie D is getting a statue at the new stadium.
    Also Charles Haley says if he is elected to the HOF he wants Eddie to present him. Reading between the lines he identifies more with the Niners than the Cowgurls.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/matt-maiocco/debartolo-relishes-49ers-success-thrilled-about-statue

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    The price of success means other teams want coaches on your staff.
    However things are changing because head coaches are now lasting 2 years with teams that suck and if you uproot your family for a deadend job you just might find yourself unemployed 2 yaers from now.
    My favorite assistant is Tomsula and I hope they can keep him.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The choice for referee is puzzling to say the least. Boger basically sucks because the games he works are memorable for the wrong reasons.
    Last week’s ref was almost anonymous and the less memorable the better.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/25/some-officials-cry-foul-over-jerome-boger-refereeing-the-super-bowl/

  44. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tomsula will go down as the head coach with the highest winning %age in Niner history.

  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The Dline will be the key for the Niners. The Ravens are a better team than Atl. and Flaco when he’s on is better than Ryan. From what I’ve been reading the *experts* are mostly picking the Ravens to take it all. Their predictions are based on how Flaco’s been performing the last few games. Our DB’s will have to play their best game and our Offense will have to not make mistakes. I think this game is a real close affair. 24-20 Niners

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NE’s DBs aren’t particluarly good. Denver? Well, until they screwed the pooch, they were OK. They completely gave the game away vs Balt. Unconscionable what happened with 30 seconds left.
    .
    I think we have a better pass rush and better DBs. I’m thinking something like 31-20.

  47. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    What about their D, Chuck? You can quote stats if you like, but right here, right now, BAL’s defense is playing much, much better than ATL’s. They held NE to 13 points. 13 points. The same NE team that put up 35 points on us.
     
    I agree that our D is better than what BAL has faced in the playoffs, but theirs is too — GB & ATL? I still see a slugfest with a lot of ugly. 21-17, Niners.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I see a lot of strong beer and taking Monday off! I’m going Maryland crab cakes for breakfast and some Cajun for dinner. Either Jambalaya or shrimp fettuccine Alfredo.

  49. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    We’re havin’ a SB & Sausage party — an SB tradition. Sausage from the Corralitos Sausage Market. Best. Sausage. Ever. I’ll have 3 beers on tap — a pale ale, IPA, and german maibock.

  50. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    there is talk of making the day after the super bowl a national holliday

  51. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    National “Go Eff Yourself, Boss, I’ve Got A Hangover!’ Day.

  52. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Barley, we played NE’s offense just as well – UNTIL we took our foot our their throat.
     
    We are so consistently inconsistent. We looked lost out there again in the First Quarter against Atlanta – then shut them out in the second half.
     
    If we come out focused and ready, we will win. Painfully, and with some bleeding and lots of contusions, but we’ll win.

  53. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Numbers don’t mean too too much, but the NFC teams in the playpffs are much tougher than the AFC teams this year. Indy? Please. Denver and NE aren’t much tougher. Balt is, but I still think we win going away. It’ll go a lot like GB. Balt hangs around for a while, then we pull away.
    .
    Not being mentioned is the shitty ST job Balt has been doing. I foresee a couple big returns for LMJ, and maybe even a decent one or two from Ginn.

  54. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You look at the last time these two teams met, and the big difference this time around is one Colin Kaepernick.
    .
    The Niners wear down another team.

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In fact, take a look at NE. They lost to AZ, Sea, and SF. The only west team they beat was the Lambs.

  56. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah our OL got handled at the LOS in the 16-6 debacle. I can’t remember if it was Snyder or Rachal at that point, but whomever it was, our OL is MUCH better now. CK moves better in the pocket and so sacks should be less too, although getting less than **gasp** NINE is not exactly an aggressive goal.
     
    Grump — the consistently inconsistent mantra is the only thing that can get in the way of number 6. We’re better, but only if we play that way. Sounds simplistic. It is. I hope we run away with it, but my gut tells me it will be close. Good for ratings, bad for my blood pressure. Hello tequila.

  57. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Those three teams had pretty stellar defenses. The 35 they hung on us was a letdown, for sure. They struggled against good D’s. I also remember BAL coughing up some points along the way, but they’re different with a healthy Suggs/Ray. I still see the advantage to our OL, but we’re going to have to mix it up and keep em on their heels. I like the idea of running down their throats out of the gate… but not sure how that will work, and I somehow doubt that Roman will do that. He has shown a proclivity to start out throwing.

  58. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m more worried about Fangio and how the defense starts.
    .
    Maybe we were tired coming out of the gate last week, but most of the players said they didn’t really change anything defensively.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree will not be charged with any crimes.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    barley- 3 beers on tap? Is that a house party or a bar? You should have invited us!

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, yes, I watched the Senior Bowl practices and plan to see the game also.
    Caught Poyer, he looked pretty impressive.
    CB Blidi Wrey-Wilson also looked pretty good.
    I was very impressed with the DT Brandon Williams and, saw Sylvester Williams from UNC for the first time.
     
    Both guys, Brandon and Sylvester, have replaced Hankins and Jenkins on my wish list.
     
    Top 3 DTs for me at this point,
    Shariff Floyd, Brandon then, Sylvester Williams.
    Jesse Williams is still a strong option for me as well.
    Hankins is still in the mix, though I don’t suspect we’ll have a sniff on him where we’ll be selecting.
    My top DT is Sheldon Richardson, he too will likely go in the Top 20.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t see Brandon Williams as a high pick.
    That might allow us to wait until Rd 3 and maybe, spend the higher pick on the DE or DB.
    No matter what transpires, Baalke has plenty of options regarding the DL needs.
    I haven’t decided on my pecking order for the DE choice yet.
    Okafor is probably my early favorite by where he is being slotted right now.
     
    There’s speculation brewing regarding Darelle Revis too.
    I’d have no problem bringing him onboard with our 1st pick either.
    Obviously, an ACL injury is a big risk.

  63. robNo Gravatar says:

    GUYS

    DON’T 4GET baltimore has struggled against mobile QB’s this year !

  64. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK

    i heard jim leavitt say the defense didn’t change at halftime !

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- It seemed to me the changes to the defense were made before half time. Mostly tighter coverage and sending another pass rusher more often.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I’m liking Sheldon Richardson a lot! Possible replacement for Justin?

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco asked Justin about possible retirement after this season. He didn’t say no. He said something like he takes as it comes.

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Justin is getting about 8 mil next year. I would doubt he retires.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sheldon will go higher than us Berger.
    He’s my top DT.
    As I mentioned, this DL class looks extremely talented and, very deep.
    Hankins and Jenkins are bigger guys but looked sloppy.
     
    I forgot to put Kawann Short in the mix earlier too.
    We’ll find a good one I’m sure.
    Sylvester Williams wasn’t bad.
     
    I’d save Brandon Williams for a later pick.
    If we go high for a DT, Shariff Floyd, Kawann Short and perhaps Jesse or Sylvester Williams would work for me.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How do you feel about dealing for Revis?
    It’s a curious option for me now.
    Problem is, he makes a LOT of money and is recovering from an ACL.
    A little risky,
    Plus, he’s one of those guys that constantly wants his pay adjusted.
    Maybe that only occurred because the NYJ are so dysfunctional too?

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t decide on where to slot a WR either.
    FS Phillip Thomas looks like a keeper for me too.
    CBs
    Poyer, Amerson and Logan Ryan all have potential.
    I read that our Scouts were seen talking with CB Robert Alford, Southeastern LA, at the Sr Bowl practices.
    Good numbers, smaller program.

  72. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hell no on Revis. We can get someone in the draft. Brown and Culliver are fine. If we lose Goldson and move Culliver, I suppose we’ll need to get someone better than Cox (ROB LOVES Cox!), but Revis is too expensive and too risky coming off injury.

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Scouts were also chatting with Blidi Wrey-Wilson and WR Aaron Mellette.
    Both guys looked interesting to me as well.
    Also seen talking with DE Ty Powell.
    OL JC Tretter from Cornell and DE/OLB Jamie Collins from So Miss.
    Collins is interesting.
    6’4″ 240 and had some excellent numbers, including 21 sacks, 313 tkls, 3 ints.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Head scratcher Chuck.
    Maiocco reporting that we’re one of several Teams that have apparently showed some interest in Revis.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a link to Jamie Collins.
    Looks like an excellent option to replace Harrelson maybe?
     
    http://tinyurl.com/bkhp3eh

  76. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Sometimes you have to pull the trigger in the FA market for a player. The question many of us have is how is Revis post-ACL? A true shut-down corner makes the DL look a lot better. I’ll have to trust in Baalke to figure that out. And in the draft, we clearly need DL help, CB too, because you can’t have too much there.
     
    Right now, CK is a bargain and is locked through the 2013 season. Depending on how it all shakes out, there’s $ maneuvering in our FO future. I’m not steadfast against giving a FA a good deal. Justin Smith was clearly a great acquisition, though I think in hindsight, he was a bargain, but if you’re gonna drop the big bucks, you better know what you’re getting. Revis is a FA after one more season — not sure what he will get for the 2013 season. I also thinkg Brown doesn’t get enough credit. Is he Revis? No. With VERY few exceptions, all CBs get burned from time to time. I think Brown is better than most. with more depth on the DL, and some breathers, my bet is Brown will look better still, and Culliver too.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s how I see it too Barley.
    Big ‘if’ on Revis being healthy though.
     
    The OLB Jamie Collins looks solid to me too.
    We have to get younger up front.
    He certaily fits our style of LB too. Rangy, tackles well and, can come off the edge.
    Check his write up, Track guy with some DB experience in HS.
    Nothing wrong with this guy.
    CBS has him slotted in the Top 100 with a 3rd Rd grade.
    Might consider him at the bottom of Rd 2?

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve got Pick 74 from the Panthers Trade made last year.
    That’s a nice spot to be.
    Giving up our 1 this year wouldn’t hurt too badly.
    We’ll have our pending 1&2, plus 2-5s, 2-6s, 2-7s and any Supplemental Pick awards.
     
    Jets are sitting at 39 & 72 with their 2nd and 3rd Rd picks.
    Could see a proposal to move our 1, (and Alex perhaps), while mixing up some Draft positioning?

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta factor in the new GM Idzik being a former Seahawk though.
    Can he separate himself from helping us in the NFC West?

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how Owner Woody Johnson blamed Tannenbaum for forcing the Tebow trade last year yet, this year he’s talking about trading Revis before Idzik has a chance to evaluate the roster.
    The circus continues.
    Common denominator?
    PT Barnum impersonator Rex Ryan?

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Try this on for size.
    Assuming Revis were healthy and, we had Alex to deal in March by paying his Roster bonus.
     
    Our 1 and 2 for Revis.
    Jets give us their 3 for Alex and pick up half of Revis’ salary?
     
    That leaves us with 3 3s,2 of them in the 70s.
    They would get an immediate starter at QB.
    We would then negotiate some sort of language with Revis to extend him before he hits FA.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The more I compare the stats and Bio information, the more I like the idea of Aldon Smith and Jamie Collins together.
    Collins put up huge tackle numbers in comparison to the Top rated OLB Jarvis Jones from UGA.
    Damn near identical in PBU/TFL/Sacks and INTs also.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger check out DT Bennie Logan from LSU.
    6’3″ 295.
    Not much difference in size between him and Justin.
    Declared early as a RS Jr.
     
    Kid is one of the better run stuffers and handles double teams very well.
    LSU ranked 5th Nationally vs the run.
    Could find him hanging around in the middle rounds too.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a good laugh for anyone interested –
    Caught this during the Dan Patrick Show yesterday –
    RI Hockey Club known as the Nads.
    Check the Mascot –
     
    http://tinyurl.com/23ha26r

  85. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    9ERS will win 28-6. so it is written so it shall be

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- One of my high school friends had a brother who named his little league baseball team the Nads. He wanted to hear the parents yelling out Go Nads!

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody figure out where barley’s party is yet!

  88. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a moveable feast.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just say no to Revis. He’s got only one year left on his contract, and comes with a rep as a lifetime club house cancer. He’s good but not good enough for the the extra baggage he carries around with him.

  90. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Plus, Revis is going to want $15 mill + next year. You think Goldson is looking for a payday . . .

  91. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    i agree. NO REVIS

  92. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    No to Revis but yes to Chivas!

  93. robNo Gravatar says:

    the reports say we’re one of the teams interested in revis ! i say at the right price he’s worth looking at !

  94. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    THe price is wrong.

  95. robNo Gravatar says:

    going over the ravens season review …

    i like our chances !

  96. robNo Gravatar says:

    CHUCK
    suppose we offer him a fair money(good for us cap-wise) deal to come to a perennial contender and he says yes !
    imo if he comes here for less money , for a chance to win a championship it might mean he’s gotten more serious about winning than anything else .

    imho … why not ???

  97. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rob

    It’s a trade and the Jest want a first and a second round pick for him.
    He does not honor contracts and holds out when he doesn’t get top money. Why would he change?
    Plus he’s coming off a major injury and will be 28 years old in Jul.
    With the money he’s asking for you can sign Mike Wallace and take the top off a defense. Our defensive backs are above average.
    Look at Philly. With Nnamdhi and Cromartie-Rogers they stink. That was supposed to be a shutdown backfield and they’ve stunk for 2 years. Asomugha will be 32 in Jul and they are rebuilding and he’s earning over $12 mil per season.
    No thanks.

  98. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think Revis is a good idea either. I like the FA’s we got and building through the draft is really the way to go.

  99. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Trade them Alex . . .

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Trade them Alex, but not for Revis. I’d rather have the DL guy. I think his name is Mohamed, or Wilkerson, or something like that.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Acquiring Revis is a guarantee to not reach a team’s destiny.
     
    Rob- Make a decision, Bonsai Trees or Super Bowls? Just say no to Revis.

  102. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather pay Alex Smith 8.5 mil than have Revis on the roster at any price.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    2 OLBs for the list Berger
    Sio Moore and Jamie Collins
    Revis will generate some buzz for sure

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta get something for Alex, that’s the bottom line
    Yes Check, it’s Mohamed Wilkerson.
    I’d make a deal for him also.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Chuck, (not Check).
    Sorry

  106. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    OLB Zaviar Gooden wasn’t bad either

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Actually it was Berger that mentioned Wilkerson.
    My bad

  108. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    DE Michael Buchanan from Illinois looked interesting also

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- You are the one that sent me the text on Wilkerson for Alex about 7-14 days ago. Just get me the best defender available with our first pick! Alex has treated us well, I’d like to see a little reverse consideration for him. I know Del wants him fuked at any cost. I just can’t feel that way. Alex treated us with too much respect through the years and bad coaching. We need to show a little class back. I do believe in Karma.

  110. robNo Gravatar says:

    hmmmm
    i’m guessing you guys don’t like revis very much !

  111. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sending Smith to the Jets is the worst fate possible.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Highly unlikely NYJ will part with Wilkerson but we can dream.
     
    This DL class is solid, we’ll get some young pieces to develop.
     
    Alex is probably the best option for any team looking for a bonafide starter as this Draft class is weak.
    Having him under Contract provides a window to deal him and, to possibly secure something in return.
     
    Revis is a proven commodity but, he is coming off a major injury of course.
    See how Baalke plays the hand.

  113. robNo Gravatar says:

    BULLIT

    ” It’s a trade and the Jest want a first and a second round pick for him. ”

    IMO we offer a 2nd and a 4th this year and one next !

    if the JEST balk then fukkem !

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex has a very manageable Cap number the way he is currently structured.
    A team like the NYJ could easily consider him, especially with Mornhinweg coming onboard as the OC.

  115. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex can start for them, Cleveland or Jax.
    You might consider Buffalo as a player too.
    FS Jairus Byrd from Buffalo could hit the FA market also.
    I’m still curious to see what happens with Dashon.
    Alex’s money could easily go his way or, they might consider moving Culliver over there and Drafting a young CB or 2.
    Nice crop of Draft options in that group also.
     
    Poyer, Wrey-Wilson, Gratz and Alford all look solid.
    Wouldn’t pass on Trufant either.

  116. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What we need is a CB that can be relied on right away for PR duties while he’s groomed for the CB duties.

  117. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tavon Austin is already adept at the P/KR portion but, he’s a converted RB playing WR.
    He’s quite the weapon.
    Not sure we’d spend highly for his services, since LMJ is a very similar guy in the size/speed comparison.

  118. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m taking WR Justin Hunter off the list because he’s had some baggage apparently.
    Aaron Mellette, Terrance Williams and Aaron Dobson are impressive.
     
    Saw WR Conner Vernon from Duke today, he’s interesting.
    Very good route runner and produced some nice numbers.

  119. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “I’d rather pay Alex Smith 8.5 mil than have Revis on the roster at any price.”
     
    Berger, my buddy, that’s why you’d make the worst GM in the history of the NFL with a statement like that. You might as well just proclaim yourself a goddamn Democrat after a that pearl of wisdom. Jesus H. Christ. Oh Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. Oh Lordy, pick a pale of hay…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTwz-mlJPL0

  120. robNo Gravatar says:

    AWH MAN
    imo alex doesn’t get us much in trade !

    best case we keep him as our backup QB!

    ANYBODY think we can ?

    i hope so !

  121. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    ” What we need is a CB that can be relied on right away for PR duties ”

    WHY ? what we NEED , being superbowl bound , is …

    whatever the fukk we want !

  122. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is a starter Rob.
    He’s just not our starter any longer.
    He’s worth something if the right partner comes to the table.
    Why not try?
    Like Revis, you have to make an effort at a move before they walk for free.

  123. robNo Gravatar says:

    or in other words

    DL , CB , AND …

  124. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d guess Ginn is history after this year.
    Hard to say.
    We’ll see what plays out.
    Need a bonafide PR if that occurs.
    A WR or CB with those skills is money.

  125. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Programming note: coming up just now at 9:30 on the NFL Net. are the highlights from Super Bowl XVI.
     
    I don’t need to watch. I had the good fortune to see those highlights live and in color. I don’t consider myself lucky in many regards, but that’s one that they can’t take away me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMBKYPb49l8

  126. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    WELL PLAYED !

    considering the draft this year , a rebuilding team could do a lot worse than alex as an option at QB IMO !

  127. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly Rob.
    The QBs coming out are all projects at best.
    Alex is a plug-n-play starter.
    We could have the same option Atlanta did several years back with Schaub.
    They nabbed Matt Ryan for their future as we did with Kaep.
     
    We’re now at a level where we have a starting core of players and can Draft for the Roster depth and developmental aspect.
    The kid I’m anxious to see is Jerod-Eddie.
    He’s a big boy from TX A&M,
    6’5″ 300+ with 3-4 experience in college.

  128. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ


    I’d guess Ginn is history after this year.

    Need a bonafide PR if that occurs.
    A WR or CB with those skills is money ”

    OOPS i probably missed it

    got any CB prospects we might look at there ?

  129. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously people. Alex Smith straight up for Revis? Newly appointed Jets GM John Idzik would be crucified faster than Jesus H. Christ got strung up on a cross. If Baalke pulled off that trade, I’d have Trent canonized the very next day. Can you imagine Alex Smith in NY with those fans and the intense scrutiny of the media? “And the one speck of food that he left in the house was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.”
     
    Welcome to Whoville, Alex. Best get to know little Cindy Lou Who who was no more than two. Won’t take long, you two will be crying boo-hoo-hoo-hoo.

  130. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously. Show of hands please. NJ, Rob, Chuck and Berger. What do you think Alex is worth, and subsequently could fetch in the open market. Two separate questions. Thanks.

  131. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Frank’s sitting on my kitchen table watching the highlights of SB XVI. I kid you not. Here comes Dan Bunz!

  132. robNo Gravatar says:

    nj

    NICE !

    BTW guys

    how many picks do we have this year ? 14 or so !!!

    i’m lovin this !

  133. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    57 just stuffed Alexander out on 3rd down. Heeeeeee!

  134. robNo Gravatar says:

    and …

    superbowl … here we come !!!

  135. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del I’d consider Revis only with a manageable Contract extension in mind.
    Can’t break the bank for him, especially with the ACL concerns.
     
    Alex would never go even money for Revis.
    You could speculate that Idzik, the new GM, could work something with Seattle for Flynn since NY has nothing promising with Sanchez.
    Not even sure Seattle would want Revis with the CBs they already have in place either.
    I’d see no reason for him to help us at the expense of his former employer.
    All pie in the sky chatter now, since Woody Johnson had to open his mouth before the GM even got introduced to the media.
    I’m just advocating for a deal that would keep Alex away from the NFC that’s all.
    Why let him walk for nothing?
    Even with the media scrutiny here in NY, Alex is a God compared to Sanchez.

  136. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del, Alex to me,is worth a 2.
    Maybe a 3 with a player involved.
    Rarely see players exchanged in NFL trades though.
    I’d seek a 2nd Rd pick and perhaps exchange some Draft positioning in the Mid to later Rds too.

  137. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, we don’t need no stinkin’ picks.
    Win the goddamn Super Bowl. F the effing picks.
    I don’t want to win, I need us to win. It’s simple as that.
    Win at all costs or don’t come home. I won’t be here if you don’t.
    So do me, and everyone else the goddamn pleasure…
    WIN THE GODDAMN GAME!!!

  138. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, Tony Jerod-Eddie is already on our roster.
    We got him last year, UDFA.
    He was a practice squad player until recently when he was moved to the active roster.

  139. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    CBs I like right now Rob are listed above.
    Not sure how they slot for our Scouts of course.
    If I knew that, I’d be getting paid.
    I simply look at the published information and compare the stats while trying to determine if any of the guys I like get noticed or selected by the 9ers.
    I just amuse myself playing Jr GM.

  140. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    IMO you’re doing pretty good at it too !

    DEL

    not sure what to say right about now ! lol

  141. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del extra Draft picks are money on Draft day.
    Take whatever you can get your hands on.
    Doesn’t mean we select with each of them of course, you use them to target the guys you want and move up if necessary.
     
    Rob, we hold 11 plus any Supplemental Picks yet to be awarded for losing FAs last year.

  142. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We have to contend with the Rams having multiple 1s they received from Washington for RG III too.
    Gotta have some youth added to the Roster this year.
    We might spend a few of these picks.
    I’d love an extra 2 for Alex if Baalke could swing it.
    Extra 3s and 4s wouldn’t hurt either.
    We landed Isaac in Rd 4.
    I’d expect to look for DL help again in that 4th Rd area this year.
    Goodwin, Leonard Davis, Carlos and Donte need successors too.
    I’d suspect that Kilgore could be the future at OC, Looney? OG? Person? Swing OT?
     
    Read that our Scouts were talking with Cornell OLman JC Tretter at teh Sr Bowl this week.
    Looks like he played OC but has mobility to move to OG.

  143. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del Mar Moron- You want Revis? I’m calling you now to laugh in your face! Cancer is what cancer does! Sounds like you like cancer?

  144. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our 1st Rd pick is literally a 2 now anyway.
    Being at the end of the Draft order means we’re stable.
    Have to make moves for the future and snag a prospect if he lands on our slot.
    Alson needs a bookend.
    Ice is likely gone and Justin needs a successor too.
    I like the DT from LSU, Bennie Logan as a possible heir to Justin. He’s a grunt that takes on double teams and is tough against the run.
    There are numerous options.
    Can’t wait to see what Baalke has planned.
    Gotta win the SB first.

  145. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners have 14 picks this next draft. plus the ones they get for Alex. They could trade up in a big way of they really got their eye on someone.

  146. robNo Gravatar says:

    holy crap

    NJ says 11
    CHUCK 14 !!!

    IMO poyer sounds pretty good to me !

  147. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There, I feel better now that I yelled at Del that he and Revis are cancers. Revis is nothing more than another Jose Guillen (2010 SF Giants) who Del loved. If we get Revis, Del will have to turn his answering machine off. If you thought 20 messages were too many, how about doubling or tripling that!

  148. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Chuck, speculation is we’ll get 3 Supp picks to total 14.
    Be nice if it works out that way.
    Alex would be a bonus.

  149. robNo Gravatar says:

    so does 11 plus !!!

  150. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh , and …

    superbowl here we come !!!

  151. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There is no chance to get to a Super Bowl with Revis on the team. Half the roster will always want more money. Just say no to Revis.

  152. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger Revis isn’t a bad guy.
    He’s just damaged goods now.
    Jets have handcuffed themselves by announcing his availability too soon.
    No one will overspend until he’s proven healthy.
    I don’t expect a deal to happen until that can be proven though.
    At the right price, he’s still got some years to play.

  153. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I see no chance to get to a Super Bowl with Revis on the team. Over half the roster will always want more money instead of just playing football. Just say no to Revis.

  154. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Aqib Talib came with way more baggage and landed TB a 4th Rd pick.
    Not many teams will do what Philly did last year for Nnamdi.
    We can afford to Draft CB prospects and develop too.
    It’s just something to keep an eye on.

  155. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    At the right price he won’t play. Run away, run fast.

  156. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I wouldn’t let Alex walk for nothing in return if someone made an offer. The NFL is all business. I’d love to get a 2nd rd pk (as you see) in return for Alex. I just don’t think his trade value is that high. We’ll see…I really appreciate and respect your college reviews…keep ’em coming. I love the NCAA myself to a fault. I believe I was the first to mention this kid’s name, but he may not be an immediate need, but I LOVE Franklin, the RB from UCLA. He had a 20 yd TD run today in the Senior Bowl. You can never have too many good RBs…

  157. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Using Alex in a situational deal such as this could make sense, since both us and NY would have a limited window to garner something in return.
    Tannenbaum choked the Cap with several deals he awarded and guys like Revis took advantage of his limited intelligence regarding guaranteed Contracts.
    We aren’t that gullible.

  158. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just received drunken calls from Clear Water, Florida and Reno, Nevada. Beat me if you can. I have cross-country drunks yelling at my ass. I love this country!

  159. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Talib was accused of shooting somebody at a family party. That is far different that the cancer Revis spreads by claiming to be under paid. And BTW, Talib told the investigators his mom did the shooting. What is Revis going to say, my mom wants more money? For what? Maybe she’ll shoot somebody fore underpaying her son? That should get him more money?

  160. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You got it Del, RBs are easily lost too soon.
    We’ve been spoiled with Frank.
     
    Jewel Hampton is a Frank clone IMO.
    We might be OK with RBs at this point.
    I do like Stepfan Taylor from Stanford if I were looking to add a RB however.
    He does it all.
    Protection, receiving and running inside.
    Kid has been used to the tune of 4,000+ yds and close to 100 passes too.

  161. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just say no to Revis! Even for free.

  162. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Talib could land on the market Berger.
    Pats have a decision to make.
    Him, Welker?
     
    Revis is damaged now.
    His value is questionable at best.
    Teams are not going to be backing up the Brinks truck until he’s proven that he can still play at his prior level.
    He simply took advantage of the 3-Ring circus Tannenbaum created in the front office.
    Look what Jones-Drew tried in Jax this off season.
    The new CBA punishes that sort of hostage tactic by docking players that hold out.
    All I’m suggesting is that you establish a value and make it Cap friendly before you rent him for a year.
    Trust me, I’ve seen and heard from Revis quite a bit, he’s a class guy.
    The NYJ were the cancerous growth.

  163. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m only responding to the reports that suggested we were one of several teams said to be interested in Revis.
    Since NY jumped the gun, his value isn’t what it could have been had they waited to see what kind of player he can recover to be.
    No one will offer too much.
    It’s wait and see time.
    He walks next year and NY is trying to do what we’d like to do with Alex.
    Get something before he leaves them with nothing.
    Consider it bargain hunting.

  164. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If we could put Alex into the conversation, with a team clearly in need of a starting QB, you could manage to grab a good deal.
    Baalke isn’t Tannenbaum, thankfully.
    We’re not stupid.
     
    Alex has immediate value in the right parameters.
    Jax is at the top end of the Draft order too.
    You might find a deal for Alex there too.
    Even a 3 from them is like having another 2.

  165. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    KC,Jax,Cleveland,Buffalo and NYJ could all be interested in putting Alex under center to grab immediate production for the QB position.
    Nice thing about all of them?
    They each hold Picks in the Top 10.
     
    Well worth the $1Mil Roster bonus to me if you can garner some interest from any 2 of them.
    Especially Buffalo and NYJ.
     
    Neither would want to see the other improve at the QB position.
     
    You’d also prevent him from landing in AZ by spending the $$$ to retain him for the month of March.
     
    Put Alex into any situation where they have a solid RB and he’d be worth the investment.
    Again, Alex has a very attractive Contract as well.
    What does Matt Flynn have?
    Little production and a high dollar Contract.

  166. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did you guys ever catch the theme music to the Niners SB XIX win > the Fish at Stanford? Check it out on ESPN, it’s classic. What can you do with a drunken sailor…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGyPuey-1Jw

  167. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Regarding AS date his contract becomes guaranteed

    “According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, people around the league expect the 49ers to decide Alex Smith’s fate “well before” April 1.
    On that date, Smith’s $7.5 million salary becomes guaranteed if he’s on the 49ers’ offseason roster. Per Schefter, the 49ers will owe Smith “nothing” if he’s traded before March 14. If he’s released before March 14, the 49ers would only owe him a $1 million roster bonus. So March 14 is essentially the deadline for Smith. He’s not going to be with San Francisco any longer than that.”

  168. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Branch had this the other day
    which is not good news
    “Kendall Hunter (torn Achilles’) shed his walking boot two days ago, but has no timetable to receive medical clearance.
    Hunter tore the Achilles’ tendon on November 25 and obviously won’t be available for the Super Bowl. He’s probably going to have a difficult time getting cleared for the start of training camp. Although Achilles’ injuries are no longer a death knell for NFL running backs, the 49ers will have no incentive to rush Hunter back because of their backfield depth. He may open 2013 on PUP”

    Either Hampton gets a look or we draft Frank’s successor.

  169. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tat madness is off and running:
     
    “Allied Ink Tattoos & Piercings in Vallejo is offering 49ers-related tattoos for only 49 dollars.”

  170. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, The Niners aren’t going to release Alex without at least trying to gauge interest in a trade. Which likely means he’s here til near the end of March. I think the Niners will pay his million and hope someone like Cleve or the Jets (or even AZ) make a strong bid. There’s a small chance that a bidding war erupts. A 2 and a 4 for him is within the realm of possibility. If I’m Baalke I’d trade for 2014 picks.

  171. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger. It’s Sunday and there’s no 49er football. Guess what I’m watching? Damn straight. Bowling. The PBA has a new league, and T.O. is one of their owners. “The Dallas Strikers.” No joke. He’s up against Jerome Bettis and his “Motor City Muscle.” I can’t make that shit up.

  172. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two interesting facts about Alex Smith and potential destinations.
    The Jest are not a possibility unless they find some sucker team to take Sanchez. Keeping Sanchez and adding Alex Smith’s salary would total up to more than the Broncos are paying Manning.
    Alex Smith is actually 6 months younger than Brown’s rookie QB Weeden.

  173. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex won’t be a star but he has greeat value in that he can prove to be a solid player to fill the position while looking for the future guy. He’s like Steve DeBerg but better. If Kaep did not come around I would have been happy to have Alex as our QB. We lucked out and the future showed up with the help of HarBaalke’s talent evaluations!

  174. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I woke up to a blizzard this morning. We have only an inch of snow on the ground but it came quickly.

  175. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was talking to Rewnojim and bowling came on. I hung up, called Del to let him know that bowling was on and he was already watching. I’ve been watching the Super Bowl replays on the NFL network.

  176. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I know I’m not watching today is the Pro Bowl.
    I have not watched in the last 20 years because it is a complete waste of time.
    They should have instead some kind of skills competition.
    If the players don’t give maximum effort than it’s not worth watching because nothing is on the line and a lot of players opt out.

  177. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skills competition? Battle of the Football Ts and As?Please. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    .
    Make it a skills competition of the teams’ cheerleaders, if anything.
    .
    Or better yet, keep the voting, send the players to Hawaii, and make it a celeb/player golf tournamant. Set up a contest to get into the tourney to play with the players, and set up meet/greets for fans to meet players.

  178. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Provide each slected player a Lloyds of London policy to cover their NFL Contract in the event of career threatening injury.
    At the Owners’ expense.
     
    You honestly think Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and other big name players are missing this game because of legit injuries?
    They could care less about it because they got bounced from the SB chase.
    Won’t see Roger fining them for those moves however.
     
    This is PR for the League.
    Big time money from sponsors, and TV, to put this charade on in Hawaii.
    %nbsp;
    I think Disney would love to have another NFL sponsored event, to make Players available for the Fans, as an appreciation event instead of risking injury for a meaningless Pro Bowl game.
     
    Colin Kaepernick, You just won the SB, what are you going to do now?
    I’m going to Disney World!

  179. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Skills competions in all the other sports are as popular as the game itself.
    Examples re the home run derby. the dunk competition and the 3 point shooting contest.
    You are being silly when you suggest golf.
    The networks will not devote even 2 hours to watch Iupati and Suh
    trying to hit golf balls.
    Bottom line there has to some interest for people to watch.
    It has to be football related.

  180. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They should have the Lingerie Bowl! Those girls can get nasty with their trash talking. It’s quality entertainment!

  181. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    It used to be players would go for the bonus money they gave for playing the game.
    Salaries have gotten out of whack where the winner’s share won’t even cover a uniform fine.
    The reason this game is no longer popular is lack of effort which makes the game a fraud.
    There is no pride here.
    Can you name who won the last 3 Pro Bowls? Does anyone really care?

  182. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m with you Bullit.
    Haven’t watched in years either.
     
    Where are the fines for all the guys that don’t have legit injuries and are just blowing the game off?
     
    Roger has got to go.
    He’s a shill for ownership.
    No continuity, too much control.
     
    Brady takes a shot at Ed Reeds’ jewels and Frank pays more for his socks falling down?
    Please….
    All this make the game safer nonsense is about funding the coffers for the concussion suits.

  183. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You watch skills competitions, Bullit? Really? You really need to get out more. They’d get more viewership for golf rather than watching Brady throw a football through a tire. Or watch AP run around cones. What do the DBs do? Or D linemen? Blocking drills? Ooooooo, be still my heart. Since half these guys suck at golf, it would be high comedy. The corporate involvement would be astronomical if you had access to pro-bowl players and celebs in a beach/golf setting.
    .
    I think NJ knows the deal, Bullit. No need to explain the shit to him.

  184. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The point being, the current format sucks for the pro bowl. Turning it into a skills competition will cut the shitty viewership in half. It ain’;t about viewership anyway. Or even attendance. It’s all about corporate sponsorship. The NFL would make a fortune by turning it into a golf tournament with some public access to it, and corporate buy-in.

  185. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dying to see how the SB goes over next year in the Meadowlands in February.
    Open air stadium, snow, temps averaging in the teens.
     
    Once those Corporate Luxury Suites are spoken for, only the true football fans will be willing to brave the elements.
     
    It should serve as a legitimate barometer on who pays the exorbitant entry costs to freeze their buns off, without having a rooting interest in the Teams participating.

  186. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    i refuse to watch the all star game of any sport. they are jokes and for BB to tie home field advantage in the WS to the AS game winner is a travisty of justice

  187. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    But it DID help the Giants win the World Series both times . . .
    .
    Good, bad, or indifferent, baseball’s all star game remains the closest to an actual game the players care about.
    .
    NJ, I desperately hope it’s snowing like a MOFO in Jersey next Super owl.

  188. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    the Giants swept in 2012 i doubt home field advantage helped at all. in 2010 we won 4 games to 1. doubt it helped there either

  189. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hope our 9ers play in it too Chuck.
    I’d make an effort to attend.
     
    We have a family member who manages the Play 60 ad campaign for the NFL.
    He’s living the life in NOLA this week, on the Corporate Expense Account, schmoozing clients.
    He happens to be a Season ticket holder and die hard NYG Fan as well.
    If next years’ SB lands in my backyard, with us in it, I’ll be doing whatever I can to hang on his coat tails.

  190. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously? You don’t think playing the opening games at home meant anything? Baseball’s all about momentum and home field advantage. What the Giants did earlier in the playoffs (losing at home, and winning on the road) had NEVER been done in the 140 year history of the game.
    .
    Look at the 2002 WS loss for the Giants. They had a 3-2 lead, but had to play the last 2 games on the road. They lost them both.
    .
    Home field in baseball isn’t quite is important as football. but it’s pretty damn close.

  191. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The SB host awards are simply politics of the highest order.
     
    New Stadium funding is probably the most obvious denominator.
    NYG/NYJ, Dallas, hopefully us.
    It’s all about paying the owners back for those shiny new venues.
     
    I just hope the Avg Joe can afford to attend next year.
    Highly doubt it however.
     
    Unless 2 cold weather teams gain entry.

  192. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You know what a pisser is? The ONE TIME the Super Bowl was in the Bay Area, I had already moved to Colorado. I knew about 60 close friends that went to that game. I woulda been one of them had I still been living there. As it was I got home from work 10 seconds before kickoff for that 1984 Super Bowl. I was going crazy that day.

  193. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Thast last post was directed at NJ. When do the Niners get the Super Bowl? 2016?

  194. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Chuck, SF bid for the 2016 event.
    I highly expect them to get it too.
    New Stadium Denominator.

  195. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t be anything sweeter than to have a shot to attend the Big Show with your Team involved.
    I would definitely say your situation qualified as ‘A Pisser’.
    HDTV certainly has it’s advantages these days too.
     
    I read a piece last night that said the League is considering plans to have less seats, and more SRO venues built into its Stadiums, in the future.
     
    3 sided ‘Pub-like’ areas open to the Field on the 4th side, so Fans can opt to feel like they’re in the game without being sardines.
    The NFL ‘experience’ is not an affordable option for most folks.

  196. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Chuck, got your bid in on this one?
     
    http://tinyurl.com/bervr7m

  197. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A skills competition would draw great interest. It’s one thing to watch a famous guy suck at gold for 2 or 3 shots. It would be unbearable to watch him for several holes.
    I think it’s time to have a NFL skills competition. Have the winners earn something like $100k to give to their charity.
    You can have a fastest man competition similar to the combine.
    A best hands competition running
    through the gauntlet.
    Establish who the strongest guy is in the NFL.
    QBs strongest arm and most accurate arm.
    Strongest leg for kickers and punters.
    Better than the Pro Bowl now and better than your golf tournament idea.
    Do you tune in to watch the celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe every year?

  198. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Super Bowl XIX? Didn’t have the good fortune of being picked in the lottery as Moms and I did for SB XVI. Took it as an omen. Didn’t even try to obtain tickets even though is was basically played in our own backyard at Stanford. It was meant for me to watch that game on TV. Just as it was meant for me and Moms to go to Pontiac. As much as I revere being on hand for Super Bowl XVI, it pales in comparison for seeing Dwight Clark catch that ball in “my” corner of the end zone. I’m speechless. That’s because I’m emotionally choked up. I wouldn’t trade that moment for anything in the world.

  199. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I’m with you on the lingerie bowl, or a good bout of lingerie team mud wrestling.
    .
    Having the pro bowl in Hawaii is good for the economy over here. The game itself is junk but for the week before and on gameday lots of locals here make a party out of it. And, they get some revenue for Aloha Stadium.

  200. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously can you watch more than 2 minutes of this?
    I do not think the NFL would set their players up for humiliation and to be laughing stocks.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meJ4w1FzKvw

  201. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, that’s an awesome sweatshirt! That’s the exact style of my shirt. I tried to wear it for the Packer game, but it’s like packing 10 lb of shit into a 5 lb bag. It’s an XL that is XS now.
    .
    Bullit, Charles Barkley is an ex-basketball player. Duh. Go talk to Greg Norman about it. He;ll clue you in.
    .
    Winder, Hawaii is pretty much 24/7 party time. The pro bowl may juice the economy some, but it’s already pretty juiced anyway.

  202. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping for the victory of course Chuck.
    Should be lots of nice stuff coming if we grab that 6th Lombardi.

  203. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hochuli’s cracking jokes while calling penalties.

  204. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Al Michaels: ” There are lots of players not here due to injury. Real or imagined.”

  205. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, that was the 1st penalty. Missing a hell of a game, folks.

  206. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Never saw anyone comment on Frank doing the mock dirty bird in the end zone last week in Atlanta.
    Very uncharacteristic of Mr Gore but, quite entertaining.

  207. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    Everything is a pissing contest to you.
    Stop the presses Barkley is a basketball player?
    With you the elevator doesn’t go to the top floors.
    It’s OK Skipper, hyuk!

  208. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, yer just an easy target, TT.

  209. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, that was actuslly pretty funny. Channelling Garrison Hearst I suppose. Who says players don’t know their history?

  210. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about getting a life Chuckles is actually watching the Pro Bowl.
    Don’t strain your eyes or that feeble brain looking for the Niner players Skipper. hyuk!

  211. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Actually I’m watching the Green Bay game now. Thanks for caring.

  212. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    Most Niner fans are watching Harbaugh’s press conference in NOLA but not you.
    Skipper, is that why you’re always a step behind? hyuk!

  213. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FYI

    CK is now at the podium

  214. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    . . . and Bullit’s on his knees . . .
    .
    Ooooh. A presser! What a fan you are! Gosh! What’s Harbaugh saying? I can hardly imagine.
    .
    “Great to be here. We’re excited for the game. Can’t wait. It’s about the players, let’s not talk about me and my brother. Gobble gobble turkey jive turkey gooble. Ride ’em ond rope ’em. Cowboy’s ready.”
    .
    I await your breathless report on what he said, skippy. How does it feel to be the blog noodge?

  215. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see. Is everyone out there watching the presser?
    .
    Hyuk!

  216. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Beuller . . . ? Beuller . . . ? Anyone . . . ?

  217. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    chirp, chirp.
    .
    Shit, I’m entering Berger territory. Spent half the day working on my daughters cars and the other half drinking Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale . . .
    .
    I apologize if I piss anyone off. And that means you, Dennis. Except for Bullit. Hyukity fuking hyuk!

  218. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    You are always the hypocrite and always the clown.
    AS I have been saying all along you are trying way to hard to overcompensate. You are what you are. Somebody dealt you a shitty hand. Too bad Skipper. Hyuk hyuk hyuk!

  219. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Never heard of Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale. Give me a discription. I do like the name!

  220. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Trying too hard to overcompensate? Don’t hurt your brain there. You can’t do both at the same time, skippy.
    .
    The humor fairy missed yer ass, pal. Try to lighten up . . .
    .
    So how was the presser that only the true fans watched?

  221. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty hoppy but not too too spicy, Bergs. Almost too hoppy but not quite. I’m not huge on the spicy/hoppy IPA’s that seem to be a west coast thing, but this stuff is good. Everyone raves about their Racer 5, but all that fruit/hop/malt just gets coying to me. Gimme an old Red Tail Ale and I’m cool with that.

  222. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    cloying.

  223. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like hoppy when I’m in the mood for it, which is often. I picked up a 12 pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo for next week. That is a very hoppy ale. I read the reviews on Bear Red Rocket Ale and somebody mentioned hoppy being a west coast thing. IMO, if hoppy is a west coast thing I would think that is something very much influenced by the Sierra Nevada Brewery.

  224. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. CA ales used to be old-world style like Red Tail. Red Hook got a little spicy and different, and as microbrews started getting popular, the beers started getting more and more hoppy/spicy. Then they started going fruity/weird.

  225. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    Going forward I’ll do what I should have done long ago. Take everything you say as a joke.
    Now that makes sense Skipper! hyuk!

  226. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve had Red Tail Ale. It is a good beer. I’m loving Icky by Great Basin and the Mammoth Brewery selections the most at this time! I might pick up a growler of Icky for the game on Sunday.

  227. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Uh. Good one. Ow. You really got me there, TT.
    .
    Took you 59 minutes to come up with that?
    .
    Akers makes a FG to put the Niners up 24-21 at the half. I like our chances in the 2nd . . .

  228. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, when I was in Incline a couple weeks ago, I had something by Great Basin. Mighta been the Icky. Very very good stuff. I was impressed.

  229. 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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