Fear and Loathing in Bandwagon City

The OTAs have come and gone. This year’s version was cut short prematurely, skipping the mini-camp portion of events after the league took away the final “volunteer” day as punishment for a rookie CB making contact with a WR during a no-touchy practice. Somewhere in the country Mike Ditka and Mike Singletary are butting heads and thumping their chests and grousing about the pansies that have taken over the NFL.

Even with all these delicate rules, the 49ers managed to put two guys on season ending IR, one for an Achilles and one for an ACL. The players were both backups, so the damage isn’t severe, but it does add to the growing reputation that the 49ers are one of the most fragile teams in the league. Every prediction of how they will fare each year is always qualified by the odious phrase “if healthy.” I can’t think of any other team in the NFL that evokes this sort of “buyer beware” sticker.

And we haven’t even mentioned RB Jeff Wilson Jr., who tore his meniscus in the 49ers locker room before OTAs even began! He’ll start the season on the PUP list and miss at least the first six games.

Every time we want to think that last season’s injury bug was a just a freak situation that won’t happen again, some player sneezes and breaks something vital to his footballing abilities.

Training camp is six weeks off now. I shall use the time to think good thoughts and fight off the urge to scream, “WE’RE CURSED! ABANDON ALL HOPE!”

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23 comments on “Fear and Loathing in Bandwagon City
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Year after year our injuries just seem to pile up, very discouraging. I just hope our rookie class can produce at the NFL level because it looks like they will have to.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Mullens is an Eagle.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good for Mullens. He’ll have a long and lucrative and safe career as a third string QB.

  4. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t get past our Training staff having NHL credentials, as somehow being a good thing in the NFL?

  5. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Mullens was a good Niner he just totally fell apart last year. I hope he does well.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Curious if you have tickets to the Egos game on Sept 19.
    That game is close to your neighborhood.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure yet Bullit
    It’s much like a Raiders venue out there.
    Hostile and extremely unfriendly to visiting fans.
    I’m going to keep it on the radar.
    Heckling in Philly is a group sport that often turns violent.

    Getting too fuckn old for insecure lemmings that find more pleasure making their house the priority, while ruining the game they came to see.
    See vintage Cowboy/Santa lowlights.
    Some things never change and Philly is at the top of the list.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- just wear a green hat. Who knows who will be QBing by then. It just might be an exciting game. I gotta admit I used to get into verbal crap with Dodger and Rams fans all the time. But they were assholes.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Just go without any Niner gear. I have found post gaem is the most dangerous time with drunk pissed fools not happy that they got their asses kicked.
    Sadly although this is a sport there are knuckleheads that look to go to jail on behalf of “their team” Nothing like liquid courage to make you a super macho man. Losing does not give you license to seek out fans wearing opposing gear so you can take it out on them.

    For the first time in over a decade the Niners play thir first preseason game at Levis against the Raiduhs. Game came off the schedule becaus eof the violence between fan bases. Mostly Raiduh fans acting out on their shortcomings. (this season should be no different as Gruden has yet to have a winning season on his 4 year
    comeback and he is in same division as the Chefs.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers DE Jordan Willis has been suspended for the first six games of the 2021 regular season.”

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder / Bullit it’s hard for me to be inconspicuous as a 9er fan.
    I go loud & proud.
    NYG/NYJ are at least respectful of visitors.
    Philly is simply obnoxious and arrogant.
    I’ve held my own there for years when Mets/Phillies was in my venue.
    In my world, go big or go home.

    No such thing as giving in to the enemy.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I do have a good friend who is all Philly.
    If he offers me a ticket I’ll attend just to embarrass him 😀

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You go to Philly to piss them off.
    No surrender.
    If my Son comes along I’m ready to defend my presence.
    Too old to fly solo at this point.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    But the cheesesteaks are worth it in the end.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ= all I was talking about was just don’t wear Red. That is just sensible from the way it sounds. Cheer and talk just like you would for a home game, at least you won’t have a target on your back.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    AS we get older we need to mellow out simply because the body just isn’t built for the abuse younger . Just want you to be able to see a few more Lombardi Trophies be raised.
    I have heard New Jersey has it’s fair share of great cheesesteaks and hoagies.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just recall as a kid lining up to get vaccinated for polio and smallpox. There was no option if you wanted to go to public school.

    The NFL has set guidelines for the good of the sport and so all can be safe. Cole Beasley doesn’t like the rule. Cole Beasley doesn’t have to play football if he doesn’t want follow the rules. The GM of the Bills has stated he might consider cutting players who aren’t vaccinated.

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/buffalo-bills-cole-beasley-calls-nflpa-a-joke-new-covid19-coronavirus-rules-restricting-unvaccinated-players-193720432.html

    Vaccinations are for the greater good and shouldn’t be political.
    It should tell you something when Trump got his vaccination in secret.

    I have a friend who works in Japan who flew back to the Bay Area with his wife to get vaccinated. He wasn’t able to get one in Japan.

    The pandemic is a hoax? Ask the families of the 600k who died horribly if this was made up.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good to hear this:

    Samson Ebukam on DI Javon Kinlaw: “The dude is huge. He’s a monster. I feel like he’s definitely gonna have an All-Pro year the way that he’s going right now. He’s running all the way to the ball and he looks in phenomenal shape.”

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping Ebukam is going to replace No See Dee.
    DL (disabled list) Ford has been an expensive mistake.
    Hoping his reworked Contract is one giant step closer to the exit door.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Clark nabbed in CA with an Uzi.
    If Goodell finds time to administer the punishment, Frank could be toast in KC.
    Hey Andy, Dee is available.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    John Taylor and Patrick Willis will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame this season. Bryant Young was inducted last year but because of Covid he was never honored at a game and this will be remedied this coming season with a celebration.

    Congrats to 3 of the All Time Great Niners.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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