Some pretty good games on tap next weekend, as they say in the barroom lingo of life. The top ticket is Detroit at Green Bay, with 676 seats avaiable from a low of $100. For you tightwadders or fixed incomers, there’s Carolina at Arizona, with 6,419 tickets still available from a low of $8 measley bucks. Houston at San Francisco, surprisingly, has 5,377 seats available from $60. Nosebleed specials, one and all, one would presume.
The sport multi-taskers among us may have noticed that the baseball playoffs have begun. Our local lads did not make the party this year, the hated Dodgers barely edging them out by 16 games, so there will be no bursts of baseball cheering or hissing interfering with Niner games in October this fall. Undivided attention as the team zooms up the standings with four straight wins and arrives at the halfway point in the season with the same 6-2 mark as last year.
The 49ers did a little roster shuffling Tuesday, cutting rookie QB BJ Daniels and one week layover FB Owen Marecic, then signing a failed 2nd round Patriot LB, You Could Look It Up, and failed Arizona QB John Skelton. Needless to say, none of these actions will probably have any bearing on the 2013 season and if they do, it won’t be a good thing. Still, silent movie star GM Trent Baalke likes to pop up and do something every now and then to assure us he’s still holding down his job.
LT Joe Staley’s near death experience in the Rams game over what turned out to be a simple, little owie has made Joe the butt of locker room jokes this week, and even he’s laughing at himself. But the way teammates hovered around his fallen corpse in that game, while 49er fans everywhere held their breath, served to underscore just how valuable the big galoot has become to this team. He’s probably the most unreplaceable guy on the offensive line.
It’s probably no surprise why he and ex-49er QB Alex Smith became such good friends. Neither one of them got much respect early in their careers. Smith still doesn’t get much respect, but Staley is now recognized as one of the premier left tackles in the game.
And he’s going to have maybe his biggest challenge of the season in Sunday’s game against Houston. He’ll be tasked with containing the Texans’ superstar havoc wreaker JJ Watt. That is going to be a fascinating battle to watch.