The 49ers made their first player cuts from 90 down to 75 fairly painlessly. A few camp fodder lads were released, Parys Haralson was traded to the Saints, and about ten guys were pushed off the roster and stashed onto the various injury designation lists provided by the league. The next cut from 75 down to 53, after Thursday night’s game in San Diego, won’t be nearly as ouchless.
The Charger game will not be blacked out in San Diego, as expected, which will give the fans in that city a chance to see what their own team had a chance of becoming before the owner made the ghastly mistake of hiring Norv Turner as the head coach. Norv was fired in January after six years on the job, having completed his task of turning a Super Bowl contender into a mediocre AFC West also ran. GM AJ Smith deserves much of the blame for the team’s downward spiral, but it’s more fun to dump on Norv, and so we did.
It’s tempting to say Norv ruined the 49ers, too, by leaving abruptly late in the offseason of 2007, but his departure inadvertently hastened the demise of Mike Nolan, so who’s to say whether Norv’s lasting impact here was negative or positive?
Having momentarily dragged our thoughts to the bottom of the State of California, it’s hard not to mention the vast vacuum slightly northward that we’ve passed over while drifting southward. Los Angeles. The great NFL black hole. It’s been 19 years since the Rams and Raiders both escaped town and no team has yet risked moving to the second most populous city in the United States. Mon Dieu!
Nobody really wants to live in L.A. They’re just too dazed from “freeway stupor” to escape — or even know how. It’s an all day drive just to get out of the city and another all day drive to get anywhere worth getting to. The only way to get L.A. fans to attend a game would be to re-route a freeway through a toll booth to circle the stadium in a simulated traffic jam so the fans could rubber neck the game while they’re idling their way back out of the loop and on to whatever nowhere it is they were going to for whatever useless purpose they will have forgotten by the time they get there.
Meanwhile, back up north among the rivers and lakes and wildlife and scenery and God’s green earth in full abundance, we have your basic us — 49er fans. Riding atop the NFL world. Tis a great and glorious time. Unless we lose the second game of the season to the Seahawks. That would rearrange the furniture a bit. Not a good thing at all.
One more practice game and the 2013 season begins for real. And this site ramps up from mindless drivel to hard-hitting, fact-based drivel.