Don’t Mention It

As previously noted, the Detroit Lions will be coming to the Bay Area this weekend for a nationally televised Sunday night butt whipping. Not to be out done by this generous gesture of voluntary humiliation, Alex Smith will provide three instances in the course of the game where eagle eyed viewers can rip him for taking too long to throw the ball, missing an open receiver, or looking pukey while standing on the sidelines.

The team will have to overcome a couple of turnovers in the game, which will keep the Lions in the contest at least until half time. The miscues will occur because the announcers, at some point, will mention the 185 passes without an interception streak that Smith is on. They’ll also mention the 26 consecutive regular season quarters the 49ers have played without making a turnover. Each of these mentions will immediately be followed by a streak ending gaffe. It’s the Immutable Law of TV Jinxdom. They say it ain’t, and immediately it is. Or vice versa. God help us if some TV clown mentions how many consecutive years it’s been since a huge ass meteor crashed into earth.

As of this writing, no Lions’ players are sitting in jail, which is a streak all its own. Hmmm. Perhaps we can induce the TV guys to mention this surprising feat of clean living before the opening kickoff? Has anyone ever been arrested coming out of the tunnel for a game?

We all mention good things from time to time, invariably followed quickly by a nervous “knock on wood” remark. It’s as though we’re not sure if God hears our prayers, but we’re dead certain He likes to screw with our heads.

The 49ers will be favored to win this game, which is hard getting used to. They’ll be favored in almost all their games this year, which is in stark contrast to previous years when the team rarely ever was the favorite. Jim Harbaugh will not be able to fire up the team by claiming they are DISRESPECTED any more. We don’t know yet how the pressure of being favored week after week will affect our boys.

The 49ers’ relevancy has rejuvenated my interest in the other big time NFL teams, too. Through the team’s losing years, it didn’t much matter what other teams were doing, because we weren’t going to be playing them in January. All that mattered was whether the 49ers would even get to January. Now, like it was back in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s incumbent to keep an eye on the fate of teams we might be facing in the playoffs.

The Bears were considered to be one of those teams. They didn’t look close to it Thursday night against the Packers. Whew! Stinky, stinky. Jay Cutler bragged all week about the Chicago passing game and then put up 4 ints, a total of 74 measley yards, and rung up a 28.2 QBR. What. A. Burnnnnn!

Two other teams will be interesting to watch this weekend — the Washington Redskins, with their Wonder Boy QB, Bob Griffin v. 3, vs the Rams, and the Dallas Cowboys, who finally beat the Giants last week and now travel to Seattle. With Arizona playing the Patriots in New England, it’s possible all three of our division foes will get punked this weekend.

Which would leave the 49ers in sole possesion of first place and off and running on a second straight division title.

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120 comments on “Don’t Mention It
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners beat Lions 27-17.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitoon has returned and back to his one note symphony of Alex bashing.
    Spitoon is trying to turn his life around.
    Here’s Spitoon at his
    new Temp job.

  3. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Niners 34-9

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I had 31-17.

  5. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    “Spit has returned [to the blog]…. and is trying to turn his life around.” It’s not ironic the Unca / Bullit retard show is one big walking oxymoron. You don’t frequent this hell if you’re trying to turn your life around.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, nothing about Alex, felcher?

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    When you know you’re hsving a picture taken you ought to shave and wash your face.

  8. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Nice to know I have fans.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Let’s revisit your one note symphony and how wrong you are everytime yet you keep repeating the same crap.

    AlbertEinstinkle Says:

    January 15th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The best part about this win yesterday is that it expedites the fans base’s expectations. Alex Smith would have been better off losing last night. Now the 49ers are in the NFC Championship game. 49er fans will get more hungry for Super Bowls, and Alex will be pushed even harder. There is no sleep for Alex Smith. Terrible qb under Singletary and Nolan who the fans booed mercilessly, now it’s Super Bowls or bust under Harbaugh. With an emphasis still on “bust” even after Smith’s best game of his career. Smith would have been better off losing the division round so he could enjoy going through the stages a little slower. Now he’s in the Super Bowl arena, front and center. Let’s see what he’s got!
    Yesterday Frank Gore ran for 8 yards out of the spread – running single back. First time all year I’ve seen a run over five yards from single back, shotgun formation.

    New season same old tired material. When was the last time you had an original thought? 1991??

  10. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    For my own mental health I didn’t read 10:15. I’m selfish.

  11. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Nah, when Spitty wanted to dump Sing and get Shanny or Holmgren as a HC.
    The guy knows his football when he’s paying attention.
    BTW, I used to post on the Insider with the Yahoo login. I was a mook.
    I’ve always posted with RTFirefly. I don’t hide behind aliases.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Who had Jay Cutler on their fantasy team last night? I shouldn’t laugh too hard. Goddamn Rodgers did me no favors. And to top it off, Forte now has a high ankle sprain.

  13. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Del – don’t feel so bad. In an attempt to create my own team separate from my most recent autopick debacle Unca can only rely on (who dumps Finley?), I started Alshon Jeffrey. Rodney knows best. (That should be a new TV show).

  14. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    No one knew how to turn this football team around.
    Not NoFear and Mike Nolan. Not you, Spitty, though that was a great idea to get Shanny.
    Eddie said, “I was brilliant. I got lucky and hired Bill Walsh.”
    Zero called it first. NoFear said he’d be holding my money.
    Argentina is a great country ever been with a gal there? Uruguay would have sucked.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, who touts Nate Davis and Charlie Whitehurst? You wanted McNabb for God’s sake. Here’s your sign.
    Just what I need. Another fan. Another creeper in my life. I wonder where Reddog is?

  16. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I wanted on Old Vet, a leader to teach the Young Gun. Guess who wrote that, Chuck.
    Nate was a pretty fine young QB who got shafted by a couple D guys who didn’t know how to handle a young QB.
    Guess who helped train Christian Ponder last year, before giving up the reins, with Sing and Bill Musgrave right there.
    Three guesses.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    What do you and Spittle have in common? You both like to accuse posters of being someone else.
    Spittle thinks you and I are the same. You have accused me of first being Skeebers. then working with Skeebers and finally being this Red Dog because the name has the same amount of letters and double consonants or some insane theory yoiu pulled out of your ass. Then you started calling me Redbull.
    So we know you and Spittle are nutjobs. I see you’ve gone off the reservation again and want to start this crasp up again.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You call people creepers and stalkers yet you always seem to bring it up because of your ego and you crave the attention.

  19. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Charlie Whitehurst, Chuck? That wasn’t me. I was the guy who said Rex Grossman (sorry I’m laughing too hard).
    I liked Kevin Kolb, too, but I wouldn’t give up the franchise for him. Somebody else wrote that.
    Matt Flynn I like a great deal but 2 games doesn’t a QB make.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, I was talking to Prince Albert in a can. Your response fell between my response to Stinkyfingers. My bad. Shoulda prefaced that remark.
    Shanahan is all well and good (and he would have been better than Singletary), but he hasn’t really done anything spectacular since Elway left the building.
    The vagaries of being a successful QB in the NFL are contingent on a million things. First and foremost is coaching, though. Maybe Nate Davis could have thrived in someone else’s scheme, but he was marginal to begin with. Kolb and Flynn looked great on their respective teams when they were the backups. Given the reins, they haven’t cut it. The Bill Musgrave-Guy Benjamin-Steve Bono-Elvis Grbak-Matt Cassel syndrome. Seeing as KC falls for this all the time is just a bit weird. Shit, I thought Flynn was worth pursuing. I thought Kolb was worth a look. But not at the truckloads of money they got, that’s for sure. Manning? No. Too much money, too much risk. Denver could at least afford to try it since they have all the shit they got from Chicago for Jay (what, me worry?) Cutler.
    Gee, Bullit why so upset by my mention of Reddog?

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty and I go a long way back. Just like you and me, and Skeebers, and every honest guy who sticks with his name.
    Spitty got booted and had to change his name. Again and again and again. So I give him a washout.
    The UFO Coyotes are in 1st place. I want to change the name to the RoadRunners, New Mexico’s state bird.
    We’ll see after Sunday. 6-17.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Maybe Nate Davis could have thrived in someone else’s scheme.”
    Sure. If and only IF that team provided him with the 64-count of Crayola Crayons instead of the 16-pack the Niners gave ’em.

  23. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Broncos had a GREAT defense and special teams last season.
    Got ripped to threads against Tom Brady.
    John Elway woke up. Wouldn’t you take a chance?
    They damn near went to the Super Bowl last year with Tim Tebow as QB.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hell, yeah, RTF. Given the choice of Tebow or Manning, I’d take Manning every day of the week and 2x on Sunday. Mainly because he’s the only guy who would be looked at as a legit QB to the maniacal fanbase in Denver. They wanted Elway’s head on a platter until he started Tebow and dumped Ortron. Where are all the holy rollers now? Things just fell into place for Denver then. It is SORT OF like the Niners. Great defense, great special teams. Decent offense. Granted, Smith did a lot more than Tebow to get wins, but the comparison is valid.
    Over these past few years, the Broncos are a tough team to figure out. They win games they should lose, they lose WAY too many games that they should have won. They’ve been Jeckyll/Hyde under Shanny for a long time. They have a bad D lose a bunch of shootouts, then it gets great, and the offense falls off the table. They have their QB of the future, then they change the whole coaching staff, and piss off Cutler. He bails, the coaching staff bails, and here they are with John Fox (!) as the savior. Well, now it’s Manning, Manning, and Manning. They are one hit away from being irrelevant for 4 years.
    Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket. But hey, it could very easily work for them because of their defense and special teams.

  25. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Broncos aren’t that hard to figure out. McDaniels is gone and the shootings outside the nightclubs are gone.
    Tebow did it. He just can’t pass worth a lick.

  26. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Somewhere out there Nate Davis is sitting in his apartment with his daughter hogging the mix and match Garanimals.

  27. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    For the Amarillo Venom about 200 miles from here.

  28. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    They should also have a micro brew named the same thing. When Alex Smith gets bounced out of the league he’ll play for the Amarillo Venom and they won’t be able to make enough of it to go around. I coulda used some Amarillo Venom from 2005 to 2010.

  29. winderNo Gravatar says:

    dennis – I know I got Cutler on one of my teams. I sure know how to pick em.
    I don’t think this game is gonna be all that easy for us and the point difference might be closer than a lot of people think. I believe the Lions will be as motivated as they will ever be this year. Their coach hates our guts, we made em eat $#!^ in their house last yr. They will be up for this game. I think we win but I bet this one is gonna get dirty.

  30. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Winder – don’t give up on Cutler. My guess is by week 12 announcers will be remembering the week 2 debacle in GB and showing how much his season has improved.
    I think we stomp the Lions. We beat ’em at home. This time it’s on the grass, at night. Stafford will cry and wince and sheat the bed. Suh will end Smith’s career and the people will rejoice. There will be dancing in the Tia Streets.

  31. winderNo Gravatar says:

    dennis – I just checke the espn league and Cutler got 4 poins.
    Hey rob – I am playing U this week and since my no-playin team sucks U shouldn’t have too much trouble. Just make sure you put ur defense in the lineup, they are still on the bench

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny thing is, dirty isn’t getting called by the non-scab refs. It could get REAL ugly.
    Was Deetroit looking past the Lambs? It sure would seem like it. Otherwise, they will go down hard.
    I see another steady dose of running down their throat and hitting the WRs.

  33. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Al – I hope so, about Cutler I mean. Even after about 5 yrs of wanting Smith dead, I found it in my self to see what happens with the new coaching regime, I was thoroghly pleased with what we did. I really love the possibilties with Kaep’s game and all but, I would like to see Alex handle it for the year. I got a feeling he will do just fine and we will make the big show.

  34. winderNo Gravatar says:

    yeah unca I think it’s gonna be a fun one to watch.

  35. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I swear, Winder. I promise you. If we make the big show I will try. I will really try to root for Alex Smith. It will honestly be the first time ever. I’ll try.

  36. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Lion DBs are all hurting and/or out. It’ll come down to (yet again) pass pro. Seeing how poorly Chicago did against the same Packer defense gives me hope.
    The Niners shut down Suh pretty well last year, and they shut down Mergatroid pretty well also.

  37. winderNo Gravatar says:

    unca – I hope Harbaugh pulls all the stops in this one. We need to go for the jugler right from the begining.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking the Niners win going away. Home opener? National audience? Bring the pain!

  39. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Spit, around here the preferred drink is the Psychotic Venom.

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Now that’s funny . . .

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Come on, Stinkie. You were creaming all over yourself after the NO game last year.

  42. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And you think Cutler improves from his 11-27-126 4 pick night, Alex? A gaudy 28.2 rating? Nowhere to go, BUT up.
    Or in your case, BUTT up.

  43. robNo Gravatar says:

    49ers 23 lions 20

  44. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rufus T, was your Dad Air Force out of NKP Thailand?
    Never subscribed to the ‘broken window fallacy’ economic theory.
    I may not have had the answer to turning the team around in ’05 but it seemed like Nolan was a good start. And I’ve been shouting for a new QB to put the team over the top since the end of ’06. It’s still the area of need, despite our new lower bar to define a “good” QB. By the looks of the roster and the fact that our D and special teams are still carrying this team I’d say Nolan was on the right track, too.
    I still get a kick out of all the bad-mouthing Singletary gets around here. Mostly from all the guys that were calling me “not a Baird man” I mean “not a 49er fan” for having less than blind faith in the no-experience linebacker coach.
    I noticed we started the season with two run plays. If that had been Jimmy Raye calling the plays it would have been held up as the reason we couldn’t win. Now I see a bunch of newly minted run fans explaining that’s how we win. It never gets old, really.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    When are you going to grow up?
    If you want to say something to me please be a “Man” and say it on this blog where I’m a member and can respond.
    It is pretty chicknsht of you and your little minion 12th man to make cheapshot comments about me on your blog.
    Just goes to show everyone who we’re dealing with here.
    You have finally lost all my respect but you were spiralling in that direction long ago.

  46. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, my Dad was army in a non-existent elite unit on non-existent CW bases in Alaska during WWII. Then went on to help design rockets and then later satellites.
    In “Flying Through Midnight”, Lt. Colonel Halliday described the non-existent control center that directed their missions by pinpointed the exact location of every single truck on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. From space.
    My Dad had something to do with the satellites to get the data to that center. I can’t tell you what as my Dad was forbidden to talk and only mentioned his work to immediate family shortly before he died (of old age).
    That was what I meant by “close by”. I know you were on the ground at the time.

  47. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    An old close coworker and bowling pal was a (what’s the real term for it?) tunnel rat really not all that far from you. Another close friend of mine was Navy sailing out of Manila. Lots more, my family and friends have always been chock full of military from all branches.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I was excited when we hired Nolan, I was wrong about him. He turned out be be a bad strategist and a bad leader.
    I was excited when we hired Singletary. I was wrong about him. Turns out he and Martz were the opposites who worked well together. When Sing put together his staff of yes men it turned out we were just being fooled during the interim period. I still like the Nutcracker.
    We were all excited about Harbaugh being hired, except you. We were finally right and continue to be excited. You should join the fun, the ride looks to be just getting started.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- We will continue to disagree about many things football. I think it is mostly due to you being more of an historian an me being more of a strategist. I have much respect for your point of view even though I don’t see much coming back.
    You mention the two running plays at the beginning of the game. Unfortunately I missed that because the Redskins-Saints game went long. But there is a big difference in Sing and Harbaugh running two plays up the middle at the beginning of the game. For Sing, that was the game plan. For Harbaugh, he is identifying or setting something up for later.
    I have one question for you NoFear. Who’s got it better than us? It’s great to have you here again.

  50. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know about Nolan, but I did really believe his Niner teams were lackluster and weren’t trying. Really hard to watch.
    When Sing’s two first official acts were to moon the team and send VD to the showers during the game, I was cheering to the rafters.
    The Niners finished up 5-4 but were playing passionate football by the end of the year, so I wanted him to get a 1-yr contract as HC as reward for a fine job. He got 4 years instead.
    He then immediately fired Mad Mike and later hired Jimmy Raye. V posted JR’s long dismal career on the Insider and I knew I’d been snookered. Became #2 to call for Jimmy Raye’s firing.
    Yeah, the past is the past. All is forgiven, Alex. Come home.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good old NoFear. Still laughing at the people who claim the world is round.

  52. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bit of a difference between SingleRaye run plays and HarMan run plays NF.

  53. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I have deliberately not commented on this blog for a reason and it’s not from fear of you.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    12th man

    Yeah you comment on Chuck’s blog taking shots at me.
    Nothing like acting like a high school gossip girl talking behind
    people’s backs.
    You’re a real class guy.

  55. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    How is it talking behind your back when you go there and I know it? You want to play innocent, knock yourself out but I don’t intend to drag your B.S. from another blog here. I think you should pick on somebody your own size, I’d say 5th grade would be about right.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    12th man

    Because I am not a member and do not post on Chuck’s blog genius.
    You talk crap there because you know I can’t respond directly.
    That is pure chickensht and you know it.
    Like I said, if you have something to say to me say it directly or STFU..

  57. 12th ManNo Gravatar says:

    Or what Bullit?

    This is rich coming from you, play all the games you want, it’s no skin off my nose.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cox didn’t get disciplined for stepping on Finley. It was borderline and a good no call as Finley kneed Cox and wouldn’t let him get up.
    The article was written by Mike Florio who doesn’t care for Harbaugh or the Niners

  59. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    With Singletary, you KNEW it was going to be run, run, throw long out of bounds, punt.
    With Harbaugh, you know he is going to run, but he’ll also take his shots through the air. It’s the unpredictability of the timing that makes the run viable – teams can’t simply sit on it those first two downs.

  60. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Even though some of the players are the same this Niner team looks nothing like Sing’s or Nolan’s. It’s one thing to get a bunch of low draft picks but it’s another to know how to use em. It’s not just Harbaugh, it’s our GM, and goes all the way to Jed.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Lions have a fierce pass rush
    so this might be the time to throw some screen passes something they have yet to master.
    The threat of a screen game will slow a pass rush down. Gore, Hunter or James are made for screen passes and it would be nice to see them implement this into their offensive arsenal.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With Nolan and Singletary the Oline did not play very well as a unit and the QB was taking a beating.
    There was also a revolving door with WRs contributing to lack of progress.
    Having Moran Norris at FB stifled the offense getting stuffed in the hole and not being able to catch a swing pass.
    Last year I was happy to see Norris go and this year Chilo.

  63. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Two year ago, Heitman had to retire from injury and Chilo was RG. I thought Heitman was a decent center but was aging and needed to be replaced, as did Chilo after I defended him in his early starts. I think somebody wrote on the Insider that the Niners needed to replace C and RG. I got torched for that, but the Niners drafted Iaputi and Anthony Davis. Then went out and got Goodwin and replaced Chilo with Staley last year.
    Finally, after all those dark years.
    It still wouldn’t be worth a can of spit if they hadn’t gotten Aldon Smith, promoted and moved Bowman inside next to Patrick, and gotten a decent secondary. Remember the early 80s Niners had one of the elite defenses in the league, but Fred Dean was the straw who stirred the drink when he came in. Ask Tom Landry and Danny White about that one.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Heitman was a decent center
    just like Smiley and Snyder were decent guards. Nothing spectacular but they did the job.
    Then Baas replaces Heitman and actually has a very good year at center. He bolts for the Gnats when he became a FA and gets way overpaid.
    I would have to say it’s a tossup between Kwame Harris and Chilo Rachal as the worst highly drafted lineman.
    I worked with a Raiduh fan who said he would kill himself if Kwame Harris ever signed with the Raiduhs. Last I heard he didn’t honor his suicide pact.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke did a great job replacing Baas with Goodwin. It would have been devastaing to sign Olin Kreuz and have him give up midseason as he did on the Aints last year.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There are stories going around about 2 NFL WRs.
    One is that Julio Jones was in a car accident mand broke both legs.
    That story has been refuted as a hoax.

    Second story is sad but true. Antonio Bryant has been arrested for domestic battery after allegedly trying to strangle the mother of his child. I suppose when you have your hands around a woman’s neck it’s pretty compelling evidence.
    He might not be speeding around in his Lambroghini for awhile.

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Mostly from all the guys that were calling me “not a Baird man””
    “If I were the man I was five years ago I’d take a FLAME-THROWER to this place!”
    That’s not quite true. Personally speaking, it would have to be 15-20 years. I’ve been washed up for some time now.

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “But not a snitch…”

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Run the sweep. Run it from every formation. If it is working nothing else matters. When they spread the LBs to cover the sweep the middle will be ours for running and passing.

  70. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, how many times need I remind you? NO team, let alone the 49ers should ever run the ball again.

  71. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    We had a bunch of White Star teams and CIA-types in Laos since the early sixties. Those be the guys he was with? Everybody had to sign NDAs of some sort and again on discharge. A lot of stuff never got officially unclassed but I see so much of it in open sources since opsec was in the weeds anyway. If only some of today’s SEALs and WH yakkers would take a page from your dad’s book on that.
    I was in two A camps in tri-border largely concerned with interdiction of the troop movement off the HCM trail. Your dad’s type of information would have helped us out a bunch when the NVA rolled tanks into Lang Vei and then Ben Het. The Saigon armchairs thought they were imagined.
    In my neck of the woods they built bridges an inch or two below the surface of the water and stuck branches back into the built up roads to keep their work from being seen by the air recons. They left their work elephants chained to trees when they were forced to run. Claymore earmuffs took them out of the work force. They had fighting bunkers dug along the trail with only a gun slit exposed above ground. We knocked, nobody answered. Took some pics for the intel guys and turned the bridges into a shower of match sticks with 40lb shaped charges on each end. Left some bangalore torpedoes with high and low trip wires on the trails off “the trail” for a calling card. Spooky place.
    PS, I thought my earlier Pacino reference might wake up the movie man. But I left it in anyway!!

  72. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, my Dad was in Sunnyvale designing those satellites. His older brother Don, who I helped a little on his big property in Saratoga, was an Army Air Corps pilot who they made a trainer in WWII because he was one of the first and only WWII Corps pilots we had at the start, he flew DC-3s to 707s to 727s to 747s in civilian life for 40 years. Not a single passenger hurt.
    Dad had a beyond top secret clearance so I have no idea what he actually (Trident and Poseidon ring a bell?) My only time in the Pentagon was waiting for him to check on things while we were on vacation back east no long before Tet.
    Aerospace goes a long way back in my family, but sometimes the guys who do the dirty work get ignored by the MFIIC.

  73. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, I read your last comment four times. Each time I felt more and more like Pvt. Joker from “Full Metal Jacket” myself. That was some very telling and descriptive narrative. Good stuff, Maynard.
    I say Pvt. Joker, but I’ve been told I’m more on par with Pvt. Pyle. I think it’s up for debate. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with Mary-Jane Rottencrotch and her pretty pink panties.

  74. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The F-22 is a bucket of bolts that has cost taxpayers so much money just trying to get it in the air.
    The F-35, the new Lightning at nearly 1 billion dollars per plane, we had to sell all around the world to pay for all the cost overruns, redesigns, corruption, graft and fraud. Guess how long it’s going to take for our enemies to get their hands on that technology? The C-133 was a transport but it did get off the ground and fly for 30 years. The DC-3 is still flying. They got off the ground and didn’t cost 1 bill per plane.

  75. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    30-24, Niners.

  76. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    30-17 Niners. Posted from Zuma beach, life is good.

  77. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    30-20 Lions. Posted from Old Town Pinole. Life sucks.

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    USC being w/o their injured kicker, just benefited them. In normal FG range, they went for it on 4th and 19 and gained 24 with led to a TD.
    Who needs kicking in college? Especially when they wear #86.

  79. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    How many goddamn times have I said the biggest discrepancy between college and pro is in the kicking game? Stanford just missed another chippy. And did you see the Cal kicker today vs OSU? They ought to kill D’Amato’s first born male child to make damn sure his “LEGacy” never lives on. Brutal.

  80. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The P-51 Mustang was another redesign powered by Rolls Royce dual engines and an external fuel tank developed in Van Nuys by another uncle of mine, Joe. I come from a big family.
    Beat them in the air.
    When you can’t pass, beat them on the ground. Or go deep and let them know you’re here.
    I just got done watching Casablanca, the best movie of all-time, for about the 2000th time. Can you tell?

  81. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, (Alex Smith) walks into mine.”

  82. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    They’re all a million subtle line in the movie, all quick and if you are getting popcorn you’ll miss them.
    I think I’ll watch it again. Roger Egbert didn’t get the point.
    Desperate people who could do anything to get to America to escape the Nazis.
    Long Live France! Long live Democracy!!! In Vichy France. All shot in Hollywood on back lots on low budget right before Operation Torch.
    A threesome of great people willing to give their lifes to help each other fight the Nazis.
    Yes, I think I’ll stay up and watch it again. Even if I miss the game tomorrow.

  83. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    U$C was exposed tonight getting beat by Stanford.
    Matt Barkley might have lost the Heisman and his status as the top draft pick. If you want Mark Sanchez or Matt Leinart then draft Barkley as your QB.
    No TDs and 2 picks and getting sacked numerous times looking like a sitting duck.
    U$C and Barkley both overrated.

  84. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a great story.
    The Longhorn deep snapper is a former Green Beret who won a Bronze Star.
    He is attending Texas on the GI Bill and Texas gave him a football scholarship when he walked on to play football at the age of 31.
    When Jennings calls it quits it would not be that unusual to give Nate Boyer a tryout.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The intelligent 49er fans post here.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the entire Nate Boyer interview for those who are interested

  87. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I gotcha now. I thought you were saying he was in SEA. Reminds me of flying in a blackbird. That’s a C-130 painted black and outfitted with sophisticated secret squirrel guys and equipment, not the feathered one.
    btw, tunnel rat is as good a term as any for tunnel rats. Guys with big brass balls works, too.
    Dennis, thanks for reading with interest. Wait until the beer starts flowing and the war stories come out down at the VFW. Those’d be the ones that start out, “Now, this is no shit…” and “There I was, knee-deep in hand grenade pins…” they get better with each telling, too.

  88. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, my Dad’s bases didn’t exist. I’m about 100 miles from Los Alamos, right close to the old (old and gone) stockpiles under ABQ, and 110 miles from Trinity. Stuff goes on that would blow anybody’d mind.
    NoShit that Iran is afraid.

  89. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    All old, old technology. Let the Fundamental Muslims chase ghosts for while. They’ll join the 21st century someday.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a first. The NFL has pulled
    one of their scab officials after discovering he was a rabid Aints fan. Makes you wonder how thorough
    they were checking backgrounds of these guys.

    Maybe the dead giveaway is when they were at the coin toss he asked Drew Brees for his autograph

  91. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And Berger thinks the real refs are biased. Ha!

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good job by Stanford. I missed the game because I was getting sauced at a wedding reception. I told my good friend in Las Vegas I thought USC would have trouble with Stanford because the Cardinal has an excellent O-line and USC’s D-line is not that good. I did think USC would squeak this one out.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There are some very interesting scores at halftime of the early games. Still early but the Aint’s and the Gnats are both more than a TD down as is Philly. The Cards are tied with Pats at the half.
    Lots of wishful thinking going on.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Somebody actually agrees with waht I posted earlier about Barkley and U$C

    I’m not confident Texas can run the table either. They face OK State, West VA and the Okies in their next 3 games

    Watch out for West VA. They have some fantastic WRs.
    Last night Texas faced a beast WR from Ole Miss Donte Moncrief.
    Another Larry Fitzgerald?

  95. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Eli throws for 510 yards today. Yikes!

  96. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    And still barely won, strange days indeed.

  97. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What’s strange is that both my FF teams are losing today to both Berger and Chuck respectively.
    That’s even more apocalyptic than what the Mayans have in store for us.

  98. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    When your QB has to throw for 500 freaking yards, you’re lucky to win at all, close or not.
    Somewhere, Dan Fouts understands.

  99. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I met Dan very briefly back when he was working for CBS and Ch. 5 here in SF. Nice enough guy. His father, Bob, worked for CBS for a long old time.

  100. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, his dad covered the 49ers a lot as I recall, in the 50s.
    Fouts was a hell of a quarterback after Walsh schooled him for a year in ’76. If the Chargers had any kind of defense whatsoever, they might have won a ring or two.

  101. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Chargers were up against it in the ’81 AFC Championship Game at Cincy. It was −9 °F with wind chills as low as –59°F. “Air Coryell” never got a chance to lift off vs the Bengals that day. Their air attack was grounded.
    I’ve always wondered to this day if the Chargers would have won if I would have seen a different result sitting in Section 111 Row 45 Seat 35 at Super Bowl XVI.

  102. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I benched Darren Sproles at the last minute. WTF was I thinking? Reno’s nephew is killing me.
    That’s why I enjoy FF. My Niners are the only team I scream and laugh and cry about. The Coyotes are fun, though.

  103. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Just to give you guys a little more perspective on my seat location. When Earl Cooper scored that TD, he and I were lined up on the same plane. Coop was smack-dab in my sight line. I was looking right at ’em as he spiked the ball…

  104. robNo Gravatar says:

    how cool would it be to start 2-0

  105. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Shanny has found himself a QB. My Guy Nate he ain’t.

  106. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Shanny, you’ve got the QB. You might want to work on your safeties and special teams, though. See ya in the playoffs.

  107. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Give him more than 3 seconds to throw. That might help.

  108. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Cowgurls and Jets both talk like Tarzan, play like Jane. Even though it gave Seattle a win, I can’t help but smile.

  109. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Felt the same way about AZ beating NE.

  110. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The most pathetic attempt at offiating that I’ve seen in some time.
    I watched the Pete Rozelle refs try to give the Cowpattties the game in 81. Then gave the Super Bowl to the Skins in 83. You think I trust these mofos?
    Full time officials, neither the geography teachers nor the bankers.

  111. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    “Honest? As honest as the game is long.”

  112. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I went to high school with Dan Fouts. He was a senior when I was a frehman so we went to the same school and I saw him in the hall. Our football coach was Vince Tringali. He thought he was Vince Lombardi and a real hardass.
    Our league was the toughest at the time. The year before Bellarmine Prep won the championship with Dan Pastorini.
    Even though we had Fouts. Serra High had at QB Jess Freitas and an all purpose back named Lynn Swann. Fouts really grew up when he became a Duck.

  113. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Freitas played with Fouts in SD for a year or two IIRC.

  114. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody know how many drops we had. Seems like about 6 or 7?

  115. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On the post game show they said about 7.

  116. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It seems we came out of this game with no new injuries.
    Andy Lee’s injury from last week is a little bothersome because he needs to catch snaps both as punter and holder.
    At least they prepared Tolzein to back him up.
    THe broadcast team made a point that he was in pain after every placekick catching the snap.
    Maybe he’s a fast healer.

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2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17