Wembley Walk Through

The 49ers mid-season excursion to London will be topped off this Sunday by a demonstration of American style football. The Jacksonville Jaguars have graciously agreed to attend the game and be used as fodder for this demo. Afterwards, the Brits will compare the game to a domestic dispute between Camille and Charles that results in the prince wearing sunglasses for a week. I.E., a tad one-sided.

Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 60+ years, longer than the storied reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The Beatles weren’t even teenagers when she took the throne in 1952. The first Elizabeth produced a whole magnificent Era, which included Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, and one of the greatest upset victories in military history when the Brits defeated the Spanish Armada. The current Queen has produced a tabloid era, featuring Prince Charles as the son who looks like he gets his knuckles whacked with a ruler every night at the dinner table, the charismatic Princess Diana who was offed by the British secret police, and the shrew Camille, who looks like a skid row alkie ranting on a corner.

Football might be a thriving industry for Florida college teams, but the NFL squads are pretty much a suck hole. Miami is having a monster 3-3 season, with the Patriots coming to town, but Jacksonville is 0-7 and Tampa Bay is 0-7. The only winless teams in the league. Can two franchises in one year both go 0-16? We shall see.

Justin Blackmon is probably the Jaguars best player. He’s a terrific WR, who had 14 catches for 190 yards against Denver, but he’s already one strike away from a one year league ban in only his second season. He got a four game suspension to start the 2013 season.

Jacksonville will be scouting this game as much as they will be playing it. The 49ers have 4 guys who have recovered from injuries and returned to practice this week (Nick Moody, Eric Wright, Mario Manningham, Tank Carradine). That means 4 guys currently on the team will get waived sometime next week. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Jaguars put in a claim on all of them. Tied for the worst record in the league, they’ll have first dibs on any waived players that Tampa doesn’t also claim.

2010 was the last time the 49ers played in London. Their QB was Troy Smith, who staged a 21 point 4th quarter comeback against the Kyle Orton Denver Broncos to win 24-16 and enter the BYE week with a 2-6 record. Both QBs are now gone, one out of the league, one backing up Tony Romo in Dallas. Both woeful teams are now playoff contenders. Take heart, Jacksonville. Someday, you might be a winner, too.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I hope the players and coaches don’t see this as the cake walk you think it is. Yes, we should win but this is still a pro team. What worries me is not taking them seriously, that is a recipe for a loss.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    P Willis was just on his weekly radio gig on KNBR.
    He said the mindset of the team is to play the opponent of that week and regard them as lethal and to do whatever it takes.
    In other words they will not overlook any opponent.
    I also saw a segment with Justin Smith saying they are playing catchup with the Seahags and won’t let up.
    The veterans are squashing any complacency the youngsters are feeling. That’s what team leaders do.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Joe Montana is in the UK to do a QB clinic for some young UK QBs.
    The Niners also have Bryant Young on the trip as a guest.
    BY was a superb player on some mediocre teams that paid for salary cap excesses for earlier successes much like what the Steelers going through now and what’s about to hit the Cowgurls.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BY was my favorite 49er for years!

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He was part of the Alumni intros at the AZ game. He looks like he could still play . . .

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My 3 favorite 49ers, all time.
    1. Joe
    2. Ronnie
    3. Jerry
    Current. Justin
    Before Justin. BY
    Next. Probably Aldon if he cleans his act up and P Willy if he doesn’t. Although Gore is right there, and with the way Eric Reid is showing up I’ll just have to wait and see. Dashon who? And don’t forget Kap!
     
    That was fun!

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Robert Smith was just asked to break down the Missouri Tigers. I’ll shorten what he said, “DEFENSIVE LINE!” Now I need to find one of their games and pay attention. They play South Carolina this week. That should be telling. I hope I can catch the game.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    The Cocks vs Tigers game is at 4pm on ESPN2 on Sat the same time as Texas-TCU.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m helping Repo Ed move some furniture. I’m hoping to do it tonight so I don’t have to do it tomorrow. I want to catch the USC-UM game. I love watching a dominant D-line. Not even a great QB can typically beat that situation. See Brady, Tom, 18-0.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m waiting for the Cocks vs the Beavers.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And we all know Rob loves him some COX!!!
    .
    Where is ROB?????

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I have a feeling Rob leads a very complicated life.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I thought he was retired in Fla.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just had dinner with two of my brothers and one of us inadvertently mentioned the word “fart.” That did it. The next hour we hauled out every family fart moment we could think of, weeping and howling with laughter. It veered off into cousins, grandparents, in-laws, and unsuspecting visitors. Not sure if that restaurant would welcome us back again.

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m watching Vincent Price in “House on Haunted Hill” (1959). Yes. I’m ready for Halloween. And I’m sick and tired of playing in London. Keep football in America.

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    A 14-year-old student in Massachusetts was asked to stay after school for doodling during class then proceeded to kill his math teacher with a box cutter later that afternoon.
     
    Sounds like we have a potential future Niner linebacker on our hands.
     
    Excuse me, Raider linebacker on our hands.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Box cutters kill, people don’t! We need to ban box cutters.

  18. winderNo Gravatar says:

    WTF is it with box cutters. If I was gonna do someone some real harm I sure wouldn’t use a box cutter

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, we need to ban boxes. Then there will be no need for box cutters.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Prepare to watch a game played under extreme weather conditions.
    A violent storm with 70 mph winds is due to hit London at kickoff.
    Passing and the kicking game could be a challenge.
    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/brace-yourselves-violent-storm-and-70mph-winds-set-to-batter-london-8903377.html

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember that windy day in Chicago
    when there were 40mph winds?
    Add 30mph to that.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgOYvlVqSSs

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Some people see a world where people commit crimes with box cutters.
     
    I dream of a world where we shoot those fvckers in the head first with a .45, and ask why the fvck not?

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I heard the 14 yo did clean the erasers before whipping out his box cutter and killing his teacher. I’m sure that will grant him some leniency at his sentencing in good old Massachusetts.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The New Wembley Stadium is similar to the design of the old Cowboy’s Stadium with a partially retractable roof.
    There will still be an exposed open section in the middle.
    We’ll see how big of an impact this storm has on the playing of the game..

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Mizzou and their great D-Line squandered a 17-0 pt 4th quarter lead and lost in 2OT to the Cocks when their PK doinked it off the left upright from 24 yds out. Berger, wanna guess his jersey number? Let’s just say he could fill in for Aldon Smith while he’s away in rehab.

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    No kicker should wear a number higher then 19 let alone 99 fer chrissakes. If you want to be a kicker, look like a goddamn kicker.
     
    I maintain my stance that the biggest difference between college and pro isn’t the QB play, the trenches, or any of the skilled positions, it’s the place kicking. It’s night and day. Always has been. And until all the college kickers wear a number between 1-19, it will forever remain that way.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I watched a good amount of Mizzou football today.
    Gotta love DE Markus Golden.
    Not sure if he’s Draft eligible yet however.
     
    SCar came back on them apparently.
    Upset special of sorts.
    Sorry I didn’t stick with the game longer.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I did notice that MO LT Justin Britt was doing a nice job on DE JClowney too.

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, the guy I was most impressed with was Mizzou’s Michael Sam. Sam was a one-man wrecking crew. But at 6-2 255, the DE most likely will be converted to an OLB. Still, color me impressed.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Stanford PK just hooked the PAT wide left. His number? 34

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Del, I agree, he was doing a nice job.
    Him and Golden were making plays, stripping balls.
     
    Sam is coming out in May too.
    He and Golden are about the same size.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, over a 3 hr. delay in the Texas/TCU game because of the chance of lightning striking. Ridiculous. “You like the odds on lightning?”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRJ3eovuzcc

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I only saw the 1st quarter. I agree with Del, Sam is the man! He works space like a greased pig.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I don’t if you saw the SC 4th quarter comeback, but the Gamecocks neutralized the great Mizzou pass rush by calling a lot of well designed screen plays. The Cocks kept selling it, and the Tigers kept buying it. Steve Spurrier at his best.

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Beavers just had their PAT blocked by Stanford. I have to give the Cardinals the credit for this one. The OSU kicker was #12. Can’t blame him.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Cardinal” I’m surprised I didn’t call ’em the Indians.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No Berger, I missed the end of the game.
    Looks like SCAR gave them a good finish.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Saw a kid at Wake Forest that was pretty impressive today too.
    Nikita Whitlock.
     
    Small guy, 5’11” 250+.
    He lined up over the nose and was a nightmare for Miami to block.
    He looked more like an ILB at his size, but was getting into the backfield all afternoon.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s an interesting piece about one of our favorite topics.
    Jerruh.
    The Man, The Myth, The Moron.
     
    http://tinyurl.com/nlq33l3

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ on inactive list
    49ers inactives
    QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
    RB LaMichael James
    CB Nnamdi Asomugha
    WR Quinton Patton
    WR Jon Baldwin
    LB Jermaine Cunningham
    G Joe Looney

    Jaguars inactives
    QB Ricky Stanzi
    WR Stephen Burton
    CB Jamell Fleming
    G Jacques McClendon
    T DeMarcus Love
    WR Stephen Williams
    DT Abry Jones

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Not a single player from our 2012 draft will be contributing today in London. Worst. Draft. Ever.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN blogger Bill Williamson is reporting it’s very windy with weather conditions likely to get worse.
    I would rather that the Niners let punts go rather than trying to field balls that are wind blown and slick.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Game prediction: The Niners’ bus driver will take a wrong turn on his way to Wembley Stadium (they drive on the wrong side of the road to begin with over in London) and find himself on the north bank of the River Thames (Benny Hill) at the Tower of London. Since the team left the hotel early, they decide to take a quick tour but accidentally get locked in and miss the game.
     
    Meanwhile, the Jags get to play the game all by themselves. But during the near-like hurricane conditions Jacksonville stumbles, mumbles and fumbles its way through 60 mins without scoring. As the game heads into OT, the Jags, fearful they might commit a safety and actually lose the game decide to let the clock run out with a series of constant kneel downs. After 75 mins of football the game ends in a scoreless tie.
     
    49ers 0, Jags 0 and American viewers 0 for having to watch games being played in London.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, you don’t have any confidence in Kyle Williams fair catching punts? That’s what Kyle does best. Shit. That’s all that he does.

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    …and fumble opening kickoffs. There isn’t a single and sound football reason why Kyle Williams continues to garner playing time. Excuse me, I forgot. Our coaches are offensively challenged.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap still is not aware of the play clock.
    You cannot kill a play with 5 seconds.
    Still needs to work on that

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Clock management isn’t happening.
    Second timeout inthe first quarter is a waste and will cost the team against a better opponent.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle Williams is a goddamn disgrace to his uniform. Fumbled the opening kickoff. Then he fumbled a punt out of bounds. Now he just caught a kickoff at the 5 1 yd from the sideline and ran OB. If he is not cut tomorrow our organization is just as big of a disgrace as he is.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, the 2012 draft was NOT the worst 49er draft ever. Check out the 1977 list sometime. Nobody did worst like Joe Thomas.

  50. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we have an second round draft pick this year. Who would have thought Alex and the Chiefs would be 8-0 to start? I expected them to play better – but not this much better.

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Tim Ryan asked his broadcasting partner, Chris Myers, if he were leaving on a plane and only had one seat remaining. Who would he take at QB, Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith? Myers replied, Peyton Manning.
     
    Best. Answer. Ever.

  52. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, I’ll grant you that ’77 draft was atrocious, odious and putrid with just a hint of mummification. But that was for a squad coming off a 5-9 year with a soon to be released Jim Plunkett at QB only to be replaced by Steve DeBerg and Scott Bull(shit). They were going nowhere fast.
     
    The 2012 draft was for a team coming off a NFC Championship Game that they should have won who was on the cusp of winning a Super Bowl. All we needed was a little piece here, a little help there. We got squadoosh. EPIC FAIL.

  53. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Del – the ’77 draft was in the Spring, the year following the 8-6 ’76 season – when the 49ers had an outstanding defense and a good running game, and a passing game that mostly sucked, and Steve Mike-Mayer to miss all the field goals. But, seriously, that team seemed closer than you’d think looking back. But the O-line kept falling apart, and Plunkett’s confidence fell along with it, and then it seemed like everyone else got old, or otherwise lousy, all at once. We opened ’77 by getting massacred and shut out back to back weeks by the Steelers and Dolphins, and the long slide into the uttermost abyss of 1978 had begun. Yeah, the 2012 draft *was* an epic fail, but in terms of pure Fat Lady Singing Franchise-wide Apocalyptic Meltdown, nothing quite equals the Joe Thomas Era.

  54. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, you’re right about the ’76 and ’77 years. My bad. Moms didn’t get our new season tickets (after the divorce) until ’78. Ask me any 49er question from ’78 on. I know all those answers. 😉

  55. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Your first year was ’78? That was a harsh intro… but there was nowhere to go but up!
     
    1976 was such a damned frustrating year – We were 6-1 to start, demolished the Rams 16-0 in LA, with ten sacks, on Monday night. Most of us who were fans then really thought we had a shot at the whole damned thing. And then Cinderella and Steve Mike-Mayer turned into fat, rotting pumpkins. 2-5 down the stretch to finish 8-6 and out of the playoffs after all.
     
    Consider this: From Halloween in 1976, through New Year’s Eve 1979, we played 53 regular season NFL games.
     
    We won only 11 of those games.
     
    That’s a winning percentage of .208 for the span – barely above the Mendoza Line for a third of a decade.
     
    We’ve been through other tough times – but nothing quite as bad as the wretchedness that was the end of the 70s.

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, ’78 was my first full year as a Faithful season ticket holder. As I’ve mentioned before, my very first game was in ’73. I had the privilege as a young 7 yo little whippersnapper to watch the great John Brodie play his last game as a 49er. I don’t remember much, and I sure in the hell didn’t know the shotgun formation from shit and Shinola. But I was there. I remember the Old Man saying that Brodie’s last pass was intercepted. I don’t know that to be true, but it makes for a better story.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now if only the Rams can beat the Seahawks!

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now that the Chefs have won 8 games and the Niners have secured their second round pick it’s time for KC to lose 8 in a row so the Niners get a higher pick as the Chefs move up in the draft.

  59. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Now if only I can hit the Pick 6 (again) at next week’s Breeders’ Cup. Now if only I can win the Power Ball Jackpot. Now if only Alex Smith can win the Super Bowl. Let’s ask the audience, can we do it?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yImkcG7IQeg

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, you lie worse then a well woven Persian rug. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t like to see Alex make it all the way to the SB and eventually, hopefully, lose to our Niners in the finale. We’re talking a difference of maybe 15 or so slots in the draft. Again. Don’t tell me that wouldn’t be worth all the hubbub surrounding it.
     
    But never fear, Smith won’t be there. Shout out to all my fellow “Lost in Space” and Jonathan Harris fans. Danger Will Robinson.

  61. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I have to leave y’all now for about the next 30 mins. It’s time for me to take my evening constitutional. And for those of you lacking in vocabulary, nary a flush or doggy poopy bag will be needed. But with all this beer I’ve been drinking I might have to stop for a piss along the way. 😉

  62. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    If the Nines and Hawks both win out, except for the Niners win in head-to-head,…

    The Niners win the NFC West!!

    OK, I’m cheating a bit using current records of the following teams.

    The Packers/Redskins combined record is 6-7.
    The Vikings/Giants are 3-11.
    Tiebreaker #5: strength of victory!

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, I’ll save you from all the tie-break and playoff seeding permutations and just give you the final rundown: after we lose to Seattle again at home and the Saints on the road, we’ll be the highest WC seed at #5. And the #5 seed plays away at #4. That has all the makings of Niners vs Tony Romo. Lord help us all.

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “QB Alex Smith is the first QB since the 1970 merger to win his first eight games to start a season with a new team.”
     
    The legend grows.

  65. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    More like Pinocchio’s nose grows. Alex’s legend is one big goddamn fairy tale. Geppetto and Jiminy Cricket want their story back. Skeebers, time for you to call Tinkerbell. You have the ultimate Peter Pan Syndrome when it comes to Alex Smith. Our Niners already have had their “Forever Young” (puer aeternus)play quarterback. His name was Steve.
     
    Skeebers, your continued devote and unrequited love for Alex is so storybook that only Peter Pan could love it. Grow up.

  66. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And that’s coming from a guy who lives in Fantasyland Land 24/7, 365 days a years. But I’m man enough to admit it.
     
    Now if y’all will be please excuse me, I have to go wait in line for “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.” I love that Walt Disney attraction.
     
    And if any of you are man of enough to hit the play button on this video, God help you. May God have mercy on your soul…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIxXXSufOAo

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m now watching the classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for the umpteenth time. I can’t say for certainty, but I’d wager a very pretty penny that I celebrate Halloween and every other major holiday more than you and the average white guy. That’s what I do. And do so with every fiber of my being. Sadly, that’s pretty much all that I have left.
     
    With all sincerity, let me be the first Outsider to wish all my fellow Niner fans a Happy Halloween, a Happy Thanksgiving, and most of all, a very Merry Christmas.

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Average white guy? Sounds to me like the Average White Band. They knew how to “Pick up the Pieces.” Pick up the pieces? If things would stop breaking in my life I wouldn’t have to look at the goddamn floor to…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ISLeHByD-I

  69. 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: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee: W 25-23
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville: W 44-33
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams: W 34-13
 
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
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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