For What It’s Worth

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

– Buffalo Springfield

It’s getting harder and harder to squeeze sports into the news cycle these days. Comedy isn’t faring too well, either.

It is a bit bizarre, though, when you see citizens obedient enough to wear COVID masks while ignoring social distancing to commit thievery, assault, and arson. These interludes of mob insanity are beginning to make the future look more like Blade Runner than Star Trek’s gentlemanly United Federation of Planets.

June should be a pivotal month for the sports world. The country is gradually opening up again and if the past few days of close encounters of the weird kind don’t spark a spike in COVID cases, we should soon see just what kind of football season we’ll have this Fall. Full stadiums, partial crowds, or no crowds at all.

As an old guy who can’t get around much anymore, and have no desire to, TV sports is vital to my shrinking world. So I don’t care if there are empty stadiums, as long as the games are being played and broadcast. The crazy people who inhabit stadiums and seem to fascinate the camera boys only urge me, however whimsically, to perhaps take up praying for lost souls. I can definitely live without them crowding into  the spotlight of an otherwise entertaining game.

You’ll notice, hopefully, that for purposes of this blog I’m not assigning blame for recent events to democrats, republicans, Trump, ANTIFA, white supremacists or any of the other theories polluting Twitter these days. Just the individual goofballs and reprobates and the actions they have been filmed doing.

Not that that disclaimer will keep the door to Pandora’s Box closed, but it’s at least worth a shot.

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22 comments on “For What It’s Worth
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    2020 Sports leagues shutdown, 104,000 dead due to Covid19,
    40 mil unemployed and Cities looted and burning.

    To some it’s been a good year.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It is June 1 and now we have curfews in the Bay Area in addition to the shelter in place order.

    We seem to all be sentenced to home confinement and 2020 is almost halfway done.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick keeps making the news.

    IMO he was limited as a QB. Once they figured out his weaknesses and v=cut the field in half he was neutralized. His problem is reading defenses and going to your third read. He never made the read and was always looking for an escape route and that’s where plays broke down.

    If a team thought he could help them win, he’d still be in the league. Instead he decided other things were more important even though they were paying him to play football.

    His post game press conferences were brutal and he kept saying the same BS over and over and I have never seen anyone feel that sorry for himself.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Kawakami of THE ATHLETIC

    “Kittle probably deserves more than, say, $13.5 million per, but he also has to take a little less to get the contract now, instead of in a year. The 49ers might not want to pay anything close to that, especially with all the uncertainty over future cap numbers in the pandemic and post-pandemic universe. But you don’t negotiate to make both sides happy. You negotiate to make both sides just about equally unhappy. How does five years and $67.5 million with $35 million in guarantees sound?”
    ==

    If he wants top receiver type contract Julio Jones is at $22 mil per year and Amari Cooper and Michael Thomas are at $20 mil a year and that’s not going to happen. Right now Hunter Henry is at $10.6 mil a year so $13.5 mil a year is reasonable.

  5. winderNo Gravatar says:

    You just knew something like this was gonna happen

    No. 12 overall pick WR Henry Ruggs is on crutches after recently injuring his thigh while moving furniture.
    “He was trying to move a trailer or something — move furniture or something — and the trailer just kind of pinned him against a car or a wall or something,” Ruggs’ father said. “He’s pretty much OK. It was just like a little open wound on his leg, a little incision. Like something had stuck him right there on his thigh a little bit.” The Raiders were made aware of the injury, but there’s no reason to believe it’s anything too serious.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden probably had a mini-heart attack.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kittle’s agent says he should be paid WR money but Kittle is not a WR, He’s a talented pass catching TE. The top paid WRs make twice what the top paid TE Hunter Henry makes.

    If there isn’t a deal in place the Niners could franchise Kittle for 3 years and still come out ahead in the salary cap. Hopefully they can meet somewhere in the middle.

    Niners should make him highest paid TE but they can’t pay him anything north of $15 mil.

    They might go the way of franchise tag

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- If Kittle doesn’t budge then they will have to go that route. I have a feeling it will be in the 14 mil range with a lot of guaranteed money. He’s worth all of that.

  9. nj49erNo Gravatar says:

    Great (poignant) music pick Skeebs –
    Makes me feel equal parts nostalgic, and totally embarrassed, at where we are as a society now.
    Sad to see how little has changed and, how much more work needs to be done.

    Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.

    Let’s see how far this sh*t show needs to go before we wake the EFF up.

  10. nj49erNo Gravatar says:

    Shades of our younger years….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1PrUU2S_iw

  11. nj49erNo Gravatar says:

    This version of Cortez The Killer ALWAYS puts me back in balance –
    Neil Young would most certainly salute I’d think 😀

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYrD2SthaMU

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I feel for you. If they play the games without fans you will miss 2 golden opportunities on back to back weeks to see our guys.
    Cruel world and 2020 has been an apocalyptic year.
    Then you can play “Eve of Destruction”.

  13. nj49erNo Gravatar says:

    Trust me Bullit I’m beginning to think it’s one BIG tease for me.
    As it looks right now, 2020 should be stated in terms of vision.
    20/20 is about as far from perfect vision as we can get.
    This is so reminiscent of the ’60s it’s uncanny.

    When your Gov’t is OK with firing on peaceful protests, it’s only going in one direction. People won’t stand for it, and they shouldn’t.
    Shades of Kent State, 4 Dead in Ohio –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX95QSKBODo

  14. nj49erNo Gravatar says:

    Instead of protesting wars as was the case in the 60/70s we’re protesting inequality in Law Enforcement.
    Can’t make this sh!t up.

    Thought we were better than this?
    Guess not.

  15. nj49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just because you brought it up Bullit 😀

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfZVu0alU0I

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Drew Brees opened his mouth and stepped into it. Sean Payton wishes he hadn’t and the backlash from some of his team mates might derail their Super Bowl chances.

    These are dog days for football but lot’s happening out in the world and reporters are hunting for quotes the more controversial the better.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Yeah it seems a once in a lifetime occurance that the Niners would play back to back away games against the New York teams.
    Four months away, hope things break in your favor.

  18. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Ironically it’s a reflection of our times Bullit.
    Bizarro world.
    Banana Republics laughing their asses off.
    Embarrassing

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    This round of protests feel a little different than the last few over the years. I think a lot has to do with our current political situation. There are a lot of terrified people and they are not all black.

  20. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Winder the politics have finally run head on with reality.
    It’s time to believe your eyes.
    NOT your ears.
    Democracy is equality.
    Nothing less.

  21. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Racism is wrong.
    Time to stand up for justice.
    We ARE better than this.
    Time to prove it.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: AZ
9-20: @ NYJ
9-27: @ NYG

10-4: PHI (SNF)
10-11: MIA
10-18: LA RAMS (SNF)
10-25: @ NE

11-1: @ SEA
11-5: GB (TNF)
11-15: @ NO

BYE

11-29: @LAR

12-7: BUF (MNF)
12-13: WAS
12-20: @ DAL (SNF)
12-26: or 27 @ AZ

1-3: SEA

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2019 Prognostications

Closest to the Pin:
   Bakkentom: 10-6
   Bullit: 10-6

Grumpy: 9-7
Skeebers: 8-8
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 7-9
Winder: 7-9

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