It’s not the heartbreak of psoriasis, but 49er fans are going to have to dust off their ability to absorb a “disappointing loss” once again.
When your team is dog meat for almost five years, there’s no such thing as a disappointing loss. Losses are expected; they’re the norm. Being a fan then is like “a patient etherized upon a table.”
In previous years, this upcoming game against Washington would have provided one of the few chances on the calendar for the team to eke out a win. Now, they’ll be expected to handle these bums easily. Let’s hope the players don’t feel that way, that they can just show up and win, or they’ll be flying home in the dark Sunday night, miserable and ashamed. And we’ll be pissed.
The 49ers rise to the top of the charts has been fairly meteoric. At the beginning of the season, Peter King predicted the team would be good this year. That’s usually the kiss of death, since King is rarely right about anything. But this time, he got lucky. We’ll know more about how good they are after they play the Cardinals and Seahawks in back to back weeks at the end of the month.
To be fair, Washington is currently on a torrid one game winning streak, courtesy of having a game with the Dolphins last Sunday. That came about after owner Dan Snyder and GM Bruce Allen selected HC Jay Gruden as the fall guy for their own dysfunctional ineptitude. Gruden was probably relieved to escape the nut house there. The new HC is Somebody-I-Can’t B. Bothered-to-look-up.
Apparently the Niners will be facing Case Keenum in this game. He’s part of the carousel of QBs the team trots out from week to week. Rookie Dwayne Haskins has tried his hand, as well as good old Colt McCoy. Our old friend Alex Smith has been spotted on the practice field, too, tossing the old pumpkin around after surviving 17 surgeries on his busted up leg.
At any rate, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict the 49ers will win this game. That ought to jinx them enough to keep the game close.