We wait seven months and 14 days to see the San Francisco 49ers again trot out onto the field and Michael Robinson promptly fumbles on the very first play. I was laughing for ten minutes after that pratfall.
Then the defense denies the end zone to the Colts and I asked myself, “Didn’t we already see this game? Last year?”
Sure enough, the Niners then went 3 and out, featuring a Jimmy Raye head scratcher, and my suspicions were confirmed. It was third and one. Didn’t we spend two number one picks on guys who were going to help us get over the third and one hump? Here’s a perfect time to test it out. Let’s run right behind Mike Iupati. Give ’em the old In Your Face!
But, no. A pass play, a sack. Sigh.
Apparently we are saving the third and one smash play for the regular season, not wanting to expose it to the league for scrutiny. Very clever.
Continuing last year’s trend, the offense stumbles around while the defense dutifully keeps us in the game until Boom! and my off season watch-this-guy favorite, Reggie Smith, wakes up the team with a 91 yard interception return. Did Mark Roman ever do such a thing? Oh, no, Nanette.
It was all Niners after that adrenalin shot. Of course, Peyton Manning had left the building. Once he did that, we saw how pathetic the Colts are without him hopping around directing traffic. I did spend a moment to offer silent condolences to our faithful reader, DelMarDennis, who watched his serial killer QB heart throb, Mr. Curtis Painter, look like a guy who’s going to be playing way, way backup for the rest of his rookie contract.
In addition to Reggie (isn’t it great to have a Reggie on our team?), we got to see some fine performances by Anthony Dixon and Kyle Williams. Dixon looked a whole lot like a bigger Frank Gore out there. I’m sure he will be getting a crash course in blocking from Rathman in the next four weeks.
I’m getting a feeling that other than Iupati and Anthony Davis and David Baas, our starters are not going to play much during the exhibition games. The third game is usually earmarked for one full half of starters play, but that probably will be the only extended session. I guess that is a good sign, that your team is set and there aren’t a lot of last minute job interviews going on for the various starting positions.
It was only an exhibition game, and the first one at that, but thirty-four points is a lot more than we are used to seeing these past few years. Even in exhibition games. Iupati seemed pretty solid at LG, but A. Davis is definitely a work in progress at this point. Let’s hope his progress is speedy, or we’ll be seeing a lot of Chuck and Duck again this year.
I have to admit I did not get to watch the fourth quarter, which kind of ticked me off. My brother-in-law, proving he is no fan of football, picked yesterday to get elevated to a fairly prestigious job position, which I am not at liberty to discuss. My attendance was required for the occasion. I even had to wear a suit, which happens to me about once or twice a decade. I admit all I could think of during the ceremonies was whether he would have enough pull now to finagle me a press pass from the Niners. Then I could be the Insider Outsider. Superb!