The players are back, the pads go on tomorrow, and in less than two weeks we’ll be watching a real fake football game.
The final score doesn’t matter in these fake games, so they serve mainly as a warning to non-believers that there is one month left before Sundays become off limits for any meaningful interaction with us believer types. Not only will Sundays be off limits, but for fans of bad teams, Mondays will be reserved for working through intense agony and be also off limits.
And for households without any non-believers, woe unto them who dare knock on the door for frivolous visiting on said Sundays. Death by stoning most surely will ensue.
And, let’s face it, shirking household chores and feigning illnesses for six months of Sundays takes its toll. I’m exhausted. Soon I will be able to park myself in front of the TV, smiling that evil smile of joy, and blissfully recuse myself from the screwed up world around me.
Aldon Smith successfully negotiated the summer without getting arrested and told reporters he had not had a drink since last September, when he ran into a tree and passed out cold. This statement is at odds with the LAX coppers who arrested him in March and said he seemed to have been drinking. Either the cops were wrong or Aldon is lying. Since Aldon plays for us and the cops don’t, we’ll have to assume the LAX boys leapt to an unwarranted conclusion.
No surprise, but Vernon Davis showed up for camp, despite his missed OTAs blather about his “brand.” Also no surprise, Alex Boone did not show up. Not sure what Boone is thinking. Like Vernon, he missed the OTAs, emphasizing his desire for a new contract, but now he’s just losing $30,000 per day for nothing. The 49ers don’t negotiate with players until they show up. If Boone were a superstar WR or QB, the Niners might blink (not likely), but he’s just a lowly RG.
In Boone’s absence, 2012 4th round pick Joe Looney is taking the reps with the first team. Soon, Boone will hear Jim Harbaugh describing Looney’s play as “outstanding.”
On the first day of TC, rookie RB Carlos Hyde dropped two passes and the other new RB, Marcus Lattimore, was placed on the PUP list with knee trouble. Snickering on the sideline was Frank Gore.