19th Hole

I’ve been coping with the desultory end to the 2013 season by gorging on a marathon session of the TV drama Dexter on Netflix. Watching our serial killer hero, the “Bay Harbor Butcher,” stab and dismember one bad guy after another through eight seasons of gory mayhem somehow seemed to capture my mood. I’ve even sent a fan letter to Dexter, who ends the show living somewhere up in the northwest logging country, suggesting 53 guys and one head coach who most definitely belong on his “table.”

How does a Denver defense that held the prolific Tom Brady Patriots to a mere 16 points turn around two weeks later and let the hohum Seattle offense march up and down the field at will?

One answer could be that football is a cranky babe and sometimes shit just happens. One week you’re good, one week you stink. Another could be that Brady is a washed up choker who’s afraid of heights and one mile up from sea level was too much for his delicate psyche to cope with.

Or it could be that Denver didn’t face a single mobile quarterback all year, and also their QB Peyton Manning didn’t face a single top ten defense all year. The perfect storm for an SB face plant.

Not that anybody cares one way or the other about now. Most of you have already moved on to the 2014 season and the upcoming draft. The world will mercifully close the door on football today by opening up the Winter Olympics from Sochi, a Russian city on the eastern side of the Black Sea. And throw in the Pebble Beach National Pro/Am golf tournament, which will tee it up this morning and play four days in the rain, if you’re looking to watch some miserable golfers slogging along wishing they’d skipped this event.

The Olympics used to be fun, back in the day when they actually showed sporting events instead of sappy bios of teenagers overcoming bed wetting to realize their dreams, interspersed with sixteen trillion ads and some of the worst talking heads ever rounded up to poison the airways. The Pebble Beach tourney was a lot more fun when rumpled drunks were hacking away on the course instead of immaculately coiffed mega-stars posing for the cameras at every tee.

As always, the more life lifes away, the worse it gets at lifing.




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37 comments on “19th Hole
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- Let me be the first to say your attitude needs a little coaching! LOL

    While you are dementing so heavily, now would be a good time to figure a way to get Dexter to show up to the Seaslugs training camp!

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The offseason is here and it should be interesting how many players shuttle between the Niners and Seahags because that seems to be the personnel game being played.
    Other destinations that favor ex Niners are the Chiefs, Bengals and the Colts.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Peshek analyzes Top CBs in draft using his metrics.
    As geeky as you can get but good stuff
    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/46190/349/peshek-cb-metrics-10

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams have been looking for WRs since “The Greatest Show On Turf” left St Louis.
    They have 2 #1 picks this year and some project them to use another to draft a WR.
    Since 2008 they have drafted WRs using one 1st rd pick, two 2nd rd picks, two 3rd rd picks and four 4th rd picks.
    They have expended 9 4th rd and above draft picks looking for WRs in 5 drafts.
    Last year’s #1 Tavon Austin had some flashes of brilliance but
    he hasn’t made a difference yet, the jury is out on him and so the search continues.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kiper and McShay came out with their Mock Drafts 2.0 today.
    They both seem to think that 7 WRs will be taken before the Niners draft at 30.
    You might have to trade up to get a WR that will make an impact
    or wait til later and pick WRs you can develop.
    That means a CB or Dlineman might fall back to where the Niners are drafting.

  6. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    Finally, the real explanation for the Broncos collapse — Divine Intervention. http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/super-claim-god-intervened-in-super-bowl/print/

  7. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    bullit, was Odell Beckham Jr. in that magnificent 7? I have no tape or study on the kid. Many pundits picking him at our spot if Baalke decides not to pick up the phone during round 1.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Franchise
    Kiper has beckham going to Philly at 22 and McShay has Beckham going to KC at 23.
    The 7 receivers they project are Watkins, Evans, Lee, Cooks, Beckham, Adams and Benjamin.
    Kiper has the Niners taking Landry as the 8th WR chosen in Rd one and McShay has us taking Hageman.
    I’m inclined to agree with McShay because Landry could be a reach if you just want to draft a WR.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a WR that Caplan of ESPN thinks would be a good fit for the Niners, Emanuel Sanders who made $2.5 mil with the Steelers last year
    He has experience and has proven he can play in the NFL.
    It all depends on how much he’s going to cost.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/san-francisco-49ers/post/_/id/5062/steelers-wr-sanders-a-49ers-free-agent-fit

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    With the looming escalation in our salary situation, I’m not all that enthusiastic about any free agents this year. We need to be able to extend our own guys. We need to draft, and draft well.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The conspiracy theory floated by the guy with the crying baby in the background of his video sound like the mantra that the Raiduhs have been espousing for the last 25 years.
    Perhaps those that are agreeing are bandwagon ex-Raiduh supporters?
    Stop whining like a Raiduh and move on.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I think you’re right Grump. Maybe a TE like Deetroit’s Brandon Pettigrew could be had on the semi-cheap. Say, for a guy that wants to join a winner . . . Celek isn’t holding anyonew else back, and McDonald has been a bit of a non-factor. For a 270 lb slot receiver.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners are going to trade up, I’d think it would be for Beckham. The rest are too far out of reach.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner Nation has a projection of a 4th round pick as the compensatory pick for Goldson
    http://www.ninersnation.com/2014/2/7/5390950/49ers-comp-picks-2014-nfl-draft-fourth-round

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spoler alert! Joe Buck is not #1!
    One writers view of the NFL announcing tandems.
    http://nfl.si.com/2014/02/07/2013-nfl-announcer-rankings/2/

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN thinks that the NFL tries to showcase new stadium openings
    by showcasing them in Week one.
    That precludes a rematch with the Seahags in Seattle.
    Wouldn’t be suprising if it is the home opener that it’ll be the NBC Sunday Night Game with Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This kid looks interesting –
    Possible DE to OLB candidate in the 3-4.
    Projected right now in the Rd 3-4 area –

    Demarcus Lawrence – Boise State.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUhra41KS0Y

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Like this kid too – SS from Baylor – Ahmad Dixon.
    Between Calvin Pryor/Deone Bucannon and Ahmad Dixon, anyone of them would be a nice option in our Secondary.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK-eILuV_xk

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m also going to rank WR Davante Adams ahead of Jordan Matthews on the Wish List –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D1Le9FmIe0

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The top priority right now for the Niner FO is to evaluate the players on their roster that have become free agents and determine if they need to be re-signed.
    The reason for this is they have about a month before those guys hit the open market and are free to talk to other teams.
    So if they want to sign Boldin, Whitner, T Brown and Dawson this
    month long window would be the time to do it.
    This would also be the time to restructure contracts and find
    a trading partner for LMJ who’s pouting because Lattimore is about to leap frog him on the depth chart and 4th string RBs
    don’t get playing time or fat contracts.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s all about getting prepped for the Draft Bullit.
    Have to know those answers for sure.

    I’m sure Baalke is working those issues and more.

    I’d say Boldin/Dawson would be a higher priority over Whitner and TBrown.
    We’ll see what shakes out over the next couple of months.

    LMJ hasn’t exactly lit the kicking game on fire either, let alone cracking the backfield responsibilities.

    He’s somewhat of an issue, albeit a cheap one.
    Headscrather for me, with how invisible he’s been.

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh’s dog house is not the place to be.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I see Spitwad is up to his usual preaching on another blog spreading misinformation in a vortex of BS.
    He’s railing on Frank Gore saying he doesn’t have it and can’t break the long one (20+ yds) like Marshawn Lynch?
    In 2013 Gore was second in the NFL with 9 rushes of over 20 yds, while Lynch had only 6. In the last 3 seasons Gore has 27 runs of over 20 yds and Lynch only 19.
    So someone believes Gore hasn’t been and isn’t a factor when it comes to the Niner offense in the past 3 years?
    In 2013 Niners made the playoffs because of a potent passing attack? Keep the delusional thinking going.
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/rushing/sort/rushingYards/qualified/false

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever, skippy. Why don’t you tell him over there?

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I fear LMJ will end up like Ted Ginn. Flourishing somewhere else because we used him the wrong way.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ is a player who creates in space. Our play calling is based more on power football, winning individual match-ups and a surprise play. LMJ needs to go to an offensive system that utilizes spacing as its main component.

    He is more of a Bill Walsh type of player than a Jim Harbaugh type of player. While Harbaugh likes to use 270lb slot receivers for blocking and the element of surprise, Walsh would rather get the ball to the slot receiver in space and allow him to run after the catch. A huge difference in philosophy.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Let me be frank (and I don’t mean Gore).
    You keep baiting me to go to your blog.
    Sorry but if you control it I won’t no part of it because of all the made up BS about me from you.
    What do the voices in your head tell you today?
    Last week you accused me of being Skeebers.
    For me to post on your blog is like asking me to live in North Korea. No thanks, you can bully and powertrip on others making your public displays of excommunication.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Bill Walsh and speed guys? Walsh’s first draft pick was James Owens and he was a bust lasting 3 years with little production.
    Renaldo Nehemiah also was a novelty and lasted 3 years scoring 4 TDs.
    Walsh drafted Dexter Carter with a #1 and he hung around for 7 years and totaled 1042 yds and 5 TDs. Same with Famous Amos Lawrence who lasted 2 years (not sure but maybe an injury ended his career).

    LMJ is similar to Wendell Tyler but speed guys on offense
    weren’t a characteristic of Walsh’s offense.

    If LMJ wants out then they should get what they can for him.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Pats may be interested in LMJ.
    They have success with nobodies like Woodhead and Edelman
    who actually pan out because he will fit their offense.
    Their FO has a knack for identifying these type of pesky guys.

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh was always miffed why James Owens didn’t work out. Sometimes it comes down to heart. He also wanted to get a Dave Megget with the picks of Dexter Carter and Terrence Flaggler. Walsh loved speed but was more interested in play making because his offensive philosophy was predicated on getting the ball to playmakers in space and not so much the element of surprise.

    I’m not sure what your point was supposed to be but LMJ would have been the type of player Walsh would have wanted to put in his offense to see how much he could contribute, hoping for a Wendell Tyler, Dave Megget type. It doesn’t always work out just because it seems like it should but LMJ is the type of player Walsh would have taken a chance on. IMO, he would have been a much better fit for Walsh than RoBaugh.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Patriots run an offense with the Walsh philosophy. Get the playmakers the ball in space and let them make plays. Players like Welker and Edelman are playmakers, like LMJ.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger
    Forgot about Flagler but easy to forget a RB who had a Niner career where he rushed for 145 yds and a single TD in 2 seasons.
    The Genius that Walsh was he had his share of guys that didn’t pan out.
    My point is the draft is a crapshoot and you are right that ceratin players fit and thrive in certain offenses like a Garrison Hearst, Brent Jones, Wes Welker or a Cris Carter for example.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ is similar to Weldell Tyler? Really. Much like Vance McDonald is similar to Brent Jones. At least in this stage of their development. If LMJ goes anywhere, I’m sure Chip Kelly would be able to pick up right where he left off with him. And I’m sure he’d be very productive.

    Besides, all this talk of getting playmakers means bupkus when we don’t know how to use them properly. Like buying a Ferrari to run flat track dirt races. Hearing the speculation that Harbaugh took over more of the playvcalling does me no good when you look at the abject failure of our 3rd down cionversion rate and it’s plummetting toward the end of the season. Overall the play calling got a little better, but still there’s too much jumbo and too much Gore on 1st down.

    If you don’t want to post on my blog, Bullitt, then stop referencing it in your thoiusands of posts here. I’m sorry you could only post there hiding behind aliases. Something Skeebers himself admitted that you did. For you to post on my blog would show that you can handle the real world. Not the safety net you have here. Here you have Skeebers running interference and allowing your blather while silencing others. Bully.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You’re full of crap, Chuck. I don’t run interference for anybody. I’ve deleted as many of Bullit’s posts as I have yours. The common denominator is the name calling. I used to let it ride, but the two of you became such a pain in the ass, I changed my mind and started hitting the delete key.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Really? I find that hard to believe. Whatever. 98% of the time, he’s the one that starts this shit.

    It all just goes along with the fun of running a blog, I suppose.

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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, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
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Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
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Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
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