Dress Rehearsal Rag

Next Sunday’s game will be the defining moment of Alex Smith’s career. Everybody has a defining moment in their lives, and this will be his. A poorly played game, even in victory, will brand him as not the right stuff. A great game, even in defeat, will make him the hottest QB free agent in the league this coming off season.

Smith has never played a pro game with this much significance. He played great in Seattle last year, but the team kicked the game away to put a dagger in the 2009 playoff run. Later, he played lousy in Philadelphia in the official elimination game. Each of those games involved staying mathematically alive to pray for a Cardinals flop, rather than one win and you are on top and in control.

A bad showing Sunday will eliminate the 2010 Niners from playoff contention. A winning effort will put the team one Seattle loss from booking a trip to the playoffs. Unlike the Philadelphia game, the Rams are not a prohibitive favorite. The game is a fair challenge for Smith. And for the team. Mike Johnson has even had an extra three days to prepare a game plan.

Now that most of you have muttered “I’d rather put an even money bet down on the Cubs as 2011 World Series champions than risk a nickel on Alex Effing Smith,” let’s pause for a moment and put ourselves in Mike Singletary’s shoes. He’s the one whose NFL life is at stake, who is going to experience a defining moment in his coaching career, and that moment will be determined by Alex — the ultimate non-Bears type player. “Put your faith in God” has been Singletary’s life long credo, and now he’s putting his faith in Alexander Smith. Irony is dripping from his tear ducts as we very empathize.

Any game of this magnitude normally has fans on the edge of their seats. Not here, however. This game is a win-win situation and will be viewed with dispassionate curiosity. A win will be pleasant, but a loss will be the end of Smith and Singletary. Both acceptable outcomes. Or maybe this is a lose-lose game. A win does not cure the team’s ills, and a loss just puts an exclamation point on those ills.

My head hurts.

At the beginning of this season, most of the blogeroid belt imagined a brisk, methodical, confident trot to the playoffs as practically a sure thing. Hahaha. Strike One. The belt also agreed this would be the make or break year for Smith. That ball is still in play. It is not a soaring blast to deep center field, more like a dribbler up the third base line, but it IS still in play.

Ergo, I am pumped. Screw the football aspects. We’re talking Greek Theater here. Complexes and Odysseys and Achilles Heels. Death and destruction. Pillaging the villages. Or, perhaps more realistically, Death of a Salesman. Mike Singletary as Willy Loman. It works for me.

But center stage belongs to Smith this weekend. Why do I keep thinking of Robinson J. Peepers? It’s unnerving. I can’t help it. It does not work for me. But it won’t go away.

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5 comments on “Dress Rehearsal Rag
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You ambiguous article today was right on! Should I be happy or tristful with a win, or a loss? Either way our immediate future is caliginous.

  2. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Dustin Hoffman just couldn’t carry Frederic March’s jock as Willy Loman.

  3. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, you’re being pretty presumptuous calling this “Alex Smith’s defining moment.” He hasn’t even been named the starting QB yet for Sunday. Hell, Singletary just declined to name the starter. But he said that Alex and Troy BOTH might play.
    A truly “must win” game and Sing seems poised to run the two quarterback system. Might as well invoke the help from Don Strock and David Woodley while he’s at it. What a freaking joke.
    GO RAMS ! ! !

  4. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    From Bees Knee’s blog: “In fact, when asked if both Alex Smith and Troy Smith could see time in the Edward Jones Dome, Singletary said, “It’s possible.” 
    I guess MJ must have got my text and consult last night: “Start Troy 1st q. pull his a$$. then start Alex 4 rest of game 4 win.” 

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Είναι προς το ελληνικό κώδικα, NoFear. Είμαι απογοητευμένος που δεν μπορούσε να το σπάσει.

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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
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2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
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5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
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