After an intense week of delusional therapy, the 49ers resume their fall from grace this week by traveling to Seattle to be squashed like a bug before returning home to be thoroughly thrashed by the Arizona Cardinals.
At that point, the Niners record will be 3-8. Anybody who thinks they can then partially redeem the season by running the table for the last five games will be mailed a lifetime membership to Unca_Chuck’s blog, where reality is always a dollar short, a year late, and never more than a fleeting, accidental tourist.
It’s probably late enough in this desultory season to speculate on what sort of record it would take to get Jim Tomsula and his staff fired. Does he keep his job with five wins? Six? It’s not a question of whether he deserves to be fired — he should never have been hired in the first place. No, it’s purely a question of how much embarrassment to Jed York‘s ego would it take for York to essentially admit he screwed up.
Tomsula needs three more victories to hit six for the year. York could then point to a second half record of 4-4 as reason for optimism and reason to keep Tomsula. This would be complete horseshit, but I’m sure York would try foisting it off anyway.
It’s a dangerous game to play, though. A lot of fans bought into York’s hogwash from the end of last season, but how many of those would buy in again after this year’s fiasco? I mean, there’s got to be some blood on the highway after this season. Right? Who’s going to provide that necessity?
The Rams are 3-0 in the division, but 1-5 everywhere else. Not this year boys, sorry. The Seahawks pretty much need to go 6-1 to have a shot at the playoffs this year. And that depends on how far the Falcons fall or the two NFC North teams, the Packers and Vikings. Everyone else in the conference is just playing out the string or hoping, like the Seahawks, to run the table over the final seven games.
The refs screwed up the Ravens/Jaguars game and the NFL acknowledged the error. It should be a simple and fair matter, since it occurred on what should have been the last play of the game, to reverse the score and give the Ravens their victory. That can’t be done for only one reason: the gambling industry has already paid off the “winners.” So, while players in all pro sports are strictly monitored for ties to the gambling industry, the league itself is completely in bed with them. The gambling industry decides when a game is over. Period. And it doesn’t matter if the erroneous victory or loss affects the playoffs or a team’s entire season. Perhaps winnings should simply be delayed for one day to give the league the chance to do the right thing. Not that they would, but that they could.