Fly Me To The Moon

Don’t look now, but we could be seeing a reprise of the late ’90’s battle for NFC supremacy between the 49ers and the Packers. With the exception of one uncalled Jerry Rice fumble and subsequent last second Steve Young TD laser to Terrell Owens, that battle did not go well for us. Let’s hope we can do better this time around.

Yes, it’s not too soon to look forward to the NFC Title Game. If the 49ers had played Detroit in Candlestick, Sunday’s game would not have been close. Detroit would have returned home as a spanked pretender. That is the scenario that might play out come January in the Divisional round, after the Niners have had a first round bye. Giving Jim Harbaugh and Vic Fangio two weeks to prepare a game plan is going to be as big an edge as it once was when Bill Walsh and George Seifert were baffling the NFL.

That’s assuming Detroit gets as far as a wild card entry. That bandwagon could yet break a wheel along the way. And assuming Detroit can actually win a wild card game on the road. Maybe more likely we’ll be seeing the NFC East or South champion.

St. Louis is now a full time baseball town as the Rams sink slowly quickly into the Mississippi. Blub. Blub. Blub. Arizona is finding out they bought a Kolb lemon from Philly, just like KC found out they bought a Cassell one from NE, just like Denver found out they hired a McDaniels one from NE, and now the Rams are finding out that same Denver lemon has worked it’s way into their food pantry, too. Sour, is what I’m saying here. No blub blubbing in Phoenix, though. Parched. Mirages. Dog tongue among the cacti. My kingdom for a drink.

Which gets us to Seattle. Big game this week for those guys. They travel to Cleveland and absolutely have to win the game or see themselves fall three full games behind the 49ers. Not to mention the psychic wound that would be incurred by comparing the 49ers whipping Detroit followed by Seattle getting whipped by the Browns. No way back from that plane ride home to second place and second class resignation.

Cleveland is in the midst of being no better under Mike Holmgren than they were before, and no better without Eric Mangini as HC, either. The Big Show is a bomb. But like the Big Tuna model of Rep Without Results, a whole lot richer for his retirement ranch. Maybe the Browns will rise up and win this game anyway. Seattle is due for a road game egg layer.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Harbaughs have a bye week. When they return to action at home against said Browns, an old Brownie should be back in action — for us. Braylon Edwards returns from injury, joining Mr. Nine Catch Michael Crabtree as our fearsome WR duo. A damaging offense gets even more deadly.

We are once again entering an era of routine victories. This era sure snuck up on us, bursting forth this year from the rubble like some DC comic super hero. We should be experiencing culture shock, like the Detroit fans. But this Bay Area franchise has basked in glory before and obviously has not lost its knowledge of proper basking decorum. Smug is once again in fashion! Although a brief period of reacclimation is now in progress. The youngsters. They have not yet traveled this road. First Lesson: How to gloat casually.

And it sure is nice to once again laugh at other teams and not at our own! Hahaha!

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71 comments on “Fly Me To The Moon
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, it’s been harrowing the last 8 years. Laughing at other teams, and not our own,is going to be a feeling not felt for a long time.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The rest of the world could laugh at us, but I suppose the vocal noises coming from our own fans would not be termed laughter.
    On a side note, what will become of the blog world FlyingV types who have never had a good word to say about the franchise, owners, players, coaches, or gullible fans? Should we hold a blogosphere funeral for them?

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    V was last seen drifting out to sea with all his escaped goats and the rest of his mental menagerie, gibbering about manliness. Gollum’s life is a sad tale.

  4. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Guys im enjoying this even more than the old days… maybe im just appreciating it more… and i feel so confident in our front office and the coadhes to keep this going for the long term. this last draft reminds me of some of those great Walsh drafts…actually maybe better…and with Harbaugh and his staff we have one hell of a coaching staff… GO NINERS!!

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Are you going to have to change your screen name, Grumpy? How about Grampa Guy? It’s got a cool, snag tooth sort of sound to it.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m worried about NoFear. If he gets to feeling ungrouchy, he might step out into the sunshine and notice he’s living in an igloo in the Yukon. Yikes! Polar warming!

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tony, the way Iupati, A. Davis, and N. Bowman are playing, it would be two great drafts in a row.

  8. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey guys check this out….from profootball talk….As the “Suck for Luck” campaign moves from simmer toward full boil, there’s a caveat. If sucking for Luck creates the impression that the franchise sucks too badly, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck could make an Eli Manning-style power play.

    Albert Breer of reports that some in league circles are concerned that Luck and his father, WVU athletics director Oliver Luck (who once was the 44th overall pick in the draft), could make it known that Andrew doesn’t want to play, or simply won’t play, for the team that holds the top pick in the draft, in the hopes of forcing a trade.

    “Absolutely. I’ve heard that for the last two years,” an unnamed scout told Breer. “There’s no question that it could be a Manning thing all over again.”Forcing a trade represents the far more realistic alternative to Andrew Luck simply choosing to stay in school another year in order to avoid playing for an organization that he and his father deem to be dysfunctional. Indeed, there’s no guarantee that, if Andrew Luck spends one more season at Stanford, the franchise with the first pick in 2013 will be as bad or worse than the franchise that emerges with the first pick in 2012. Gee..wonder where andrew Luck would like to play? 🙂

  9. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If Indy is the team picking 1st, Luck would gladly go there. Miami? StL? Or even Carol? Hard to say for Luck. Carol’s unlikely though, with Fig Newton lighting it up like he is. AZ? Run for the hills. If Indy gets him, what a joke it would be. From Manning to Luck? Up there with Montana to Young, by all appearances . . .

  10. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, V was last seen duck taping his escaped goats to his dingy, the Delusional Clown, and drifting off into the sunset.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I’m starting to suspect Sonomstategrad the so called ex QB is one of the Flying V aliases
    because his writing style is morphing and his posts are starting to be structured like V’s on SF Gate.

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, don’t play Where’s Waldo? with the trolls. That way lies madness.

    Skeebs, I’ll always be Grumpy. Maybe not so much about the 49ers, but then, we’ll always have Paris – and the fraking Warriors.

  13. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Grump, with any luck, they’ll shorten the basketball season to 60 games, and call it done. Plus kick 4 teams out of the playoffs.
    The reg season is WAAAAY too long. And the postseason is too.
    The Warriors? Well, they got rid of the biggest deluded clown in Chris Cohan. There’s a glimmer of hope now.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Was just thinking (which can be quite dangerous) the OLine and
    fewer holding penalties called.
    Last year it seemed like about 4 a game and one of them would be on a TD thus nullifying it.
    This year the OL is playing mostly
    penalty free except for false starts. Not to jinx the team I’ve knocked on wood.

  15. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    unca chuck…i read you post to Ray Rattos article….man im still laughing …i cant stand that sob either…he should be in Philly

  16. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    heh heh heh

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ratto is from Alameda and a Raiduh
    all the way. I played softball against him about 30 years ago.
    He would run the bases with two handfuls of dirt so when he slid
    he would throw it at the infielder.
    I complained to the ump and he had to show his hands and let the dirt loose. Didn’t put up with bush league tactics.
    Ratto played lF for Joe Pucci & Sons. I was a pitcher for Buena Vista Barons. That wass a long time ago and he’s still a douche and shit disturber.

  18. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Was he a fat little furk back then?

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:


  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What’s basketball?

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    All the Alex haters that chased me off the Insider, I can’t find them to talk to anymore. Alex needs a bad game or two so they can come back. You know, the educated bloggers that told us how bad he was. They are soooo smart. Let’s see, they went to Drake, Sonoma St, MIT, the military. Boy was I feeling sub-human thinking it was the QB and not the coaching. They are so educated and book smart. How could I not agree with those Mensas that are so educated. I just have to be the stupid one, right?

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    He was husky but I’d say he’s put on about 40 lbs since then. He’s not that tall around 5’6″.
    I went to The University of Texas
    with another sports guy, Rick Quan. We were at UT when Earl Campbell was there and I am convinced he is the best running back of all time that I have seen personally.
    Earl took too many hits and is no longer able to walk without assistance. He works in some capacity for the UT Athletic Dept and owns a sausage company.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Most Alex haters have gone off the grid like roaches and are waiting for him to really screw up before they resurface.
    Some just act like they were always on board and all that crap they said never happened.
    I will always own up to what I say or apologize when I mess up.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s all opinion based rhetoric bullit.
    Most of us likely expected Alex to take some time to adapt to Harbaugh and vice versa.
    New scheme, new Staff, no Camp etc. Who really cares about right and wrong? If we’re Die Hard Fans and hung around when the flies were on the Dung Pile for the past 8+ years, I’d say we qualify to be Die Hard Fans now.
    Some people just have to validate themselves by ‘being right’.
    I predicted a 6-10 Season and I too was not convinced Alex was ever gonna learn to pull the trigger on his progressions. Whatever the reasons, Harbaugh knew he could turn him around. So, more power to them both.
    All I want to see is a successful 49ers Team again. If someone needs to see my ‘Fan Card’ they need to get a life.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Look when you are trashing the team 3 weeks ago saying Harbaugh
    was another Nolan/Singletary, Alex Smith is just as bad as ever
    and dissect every victory as either lucky or against the dregs of the NFL then I don’t think you’re just a critic but your an hater.
    Haters take cheap shots at the team and never offer a solution.
    There is vitrol and acrimony because they make it personal by
    belittling you for supporting the team and being a “homer”.
    They ridiculed our draft, the free agent signings and the hiring of Baalke and Harbaugh.
    5-1 and on top of the division
    and all is forgotten. They do a 180 and now are bitter. I have supported the team from the start
    and haven’t waivered. Now these same guys are telling me that I didn’t predict a 20 point comeback in Philly or a 45 point win against the Bucs. So all of a sudden I’m wrong and being dragged down to their level so they can feel better about themselves. I abhor front running,bandwagon fans that come aboard when conditions suit them.
    Sorry I will hold their feet to the fire because 2 weeks ago they were calling me an idiot homer for supporting my Niners.
    It’s usually the haters that introduce the Montana and Walsh comparisons.
    I will say Alex Smith has amde strides this year and overcome
    some huge obstacles. He is now confident and capable of marching the team downfield to score a winning TD. Before this year it wasn’t in his toolkit because he never showed the ability to do so.

  26. robNo Gravatar says:

    i am the lone arbiter of who qualifies as a fan as well as what ‘real’ fans should cheer and boo for.

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, the squirrel says he’s the lone arbiter, and to king him.
    NJ, I am pleasantly surprised that Alex has made good progress under Harbaugh. But I am more surprised that our defense has gelled so quickly. I expected Fangio to have a rough first half before things started coming together down the stretch. Too many new starters, a new system, and coming off a bitter year. Instead, they’ve been mostly pretty damned good. Every move they have made in the lineup has turned out pretty much golden: Sopo at the nose, MacDonald at end, Bowman at LB, Brooks starting, Aldon as a rusher, Rogers replacing Clements, Brown finally starting over Spencer, drafting Culliver, signing Whitner, keeping Goldson. Fangio has been good and lucky this year. He should have bought a lottery ticket or five this spring.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never said Alex is a good QB. My stance has always been “how can you know when the coaching is so bad?” For that I’ve taken a lot of grief over the YEARS for being some kind of Alex lover. You guys can listen to my shit for a couple of months for payback.
    In the mean time, if Alex turns into a good QB you won’t hear me say I told you so because I never told you so. All I did was want to see if could succeed with good coaching. He has shown signs of brilliance which always gave me hope. But, since I wasn’t hating, I wasn’t smart enough to know what I was talking about, according to the hating ‘ex-spurts’. Blah, blah, blah!

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t need some tawdry prize for sitting on the fence all these years with Alex, just get the splinters out of my butt.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just checked out the Insider for a pulse reading and noticed Sophrosyne had changed her name to Ninergal1 and was taking heat. Bullit and Shaman were calling her Jim. She was always rumored to be a He when I frequented that blog a few years back, but I’d never heard her directly named as Jim. Any insight here, Bullit? Do we have DNA evidence?

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- You were never one of the haters. You just cast some doubt. Even I’ve done that. Heck, I’m not even saying Alex is a good QB yet. The one thng I do now know is he is not a bad QB. If he can do what he is currently doing while getting more aggressive, then I will start calling him a good QB.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del was supposed to have pizza with “her”.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The guy that gave me the most grief was the one with the Y.A. Tittle avatar, Jake2007. I think he went to Drake? He has questioned my education more than once and told me how annoying I am many times over my not agreeing with him about Alex being a terrible QB. My guess is he has his diploma in an expensive frame above his desk and he uses that instead of brain cells to get by.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I just picked that tidbit up from naother poster who said Ninergirl1
    was a 50 year old dude posing as a coed at Bryn Mawr. The same MO as Soph. He/she babbles more than a brook and either is schizo or the very least bipolar. Get’s creepy when talking about “my daddy says” and the supposed life at Bryn Mawr. It get’s really funny when some guy tries to hit on shim. That’s all I know.
    Do you have any insight on this clown Sonoma? He’s claimed to have watched the Niners since he was 3 and of course was a college QB.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, the one that has given me the most grief is DelMarDennis. But that is different. We give each other as much grief as possible about 4 times per week, and then laugh our asses off over whatever we were arguing about. You know, like him loving Jose Guillen. He got about 20 phone calls one drunken night on that one. So he can give me all the grief he can dish out. It’s actually hilarious.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Sonoma blows whichever way the wind goes. Nobody waffles more. I lauded him once and then he started waffling. First on Alex, now on everything else.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m familiar with all that Bryn Mawr stuff, Bullit. I just wondered why you and Shaman called her “Jim.”
    As for Sonom, he takes himself pretty seriously and does a lot of pontificating, which makes him ripe for needling. I never took him very seriously, though. A guy who misspells his own screen name which points pretentiously to his college alma mater which is a low rung small California university outlet featuring a lot of flimsy liberal arts classes just never rang up a lot of plus points with me. It’s fun to prod him from time to time, though!

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The thing that’s funny about Sonom now is that last year he was pro-Alex and this year he’s been anti-Alex. I think he’d like to reverse the years.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What we’re seeing now is that people who throw stones for three years or so better not be living in glass houses.

  40. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Since none of us actually work for the Niners in any capacity most of our opinions are just plain speculation. I have to be honest with myself at times with this because watching and loving the 49ers for over 50 years doesn’t mean I know what they are really doing. When they play bad I get pissed and when they don’t I get happy. It’s whats in between that I get confused at times. Being a Niner fan should be a fun and bonding experience but with some of the bloggers I find it hard to do. Anyway, loved the Lion game we just had and it looks at the moment like we got the potential to go places.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    when was the last time so many 9ers were so high up in these !

    we’re also tied for 3rd in the league in sacks !

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sonom waffles? No shit.
    Yesterday he said Niners might be able to beat Green Bay but not to count on it. Giving out a lot of CYA non opinions so he can say he predicted it. BFD

  43. robNo Gravatar says:

    we’re rated in the top 5 as a team in most rankings !

  44. robNo Gravatar says:

    remember a few years ago when the hooker was running for office ? maybe she should run for president !
    hey at least she has the right experience to be a politician …
    she has a lot of experience fukking people !

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear is another that has given me a lot of grief over Alex. But in his situation it is OK because I consider him a friend around here. It’s just that giving it back to him is overly fun.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    RTFirefly would be fun to razz, too, but he checked out before the season began. He said he’d be back around the 6th game to voice his opinion, but so far he’s a no show.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT openly admitted to being an Alex hater. I always appreciated the honesty. He’s a good guy. I wonder what he is saying now. He’s probably sticking to his guns, and that would be OK for him because he never sugar coated anything.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, it was actually twenty-two José Guillén messages you left for me. Each one more incessantly annoying and alcohol induced than the previous. I wished I had saved those suckers for future comedy use.
    Just you wait. When Alex Smith throws three INTs in this years NFC Wild Card round, I’m gonna call your ass fifty times screaming his name. That is if he hasn’t already been replaced by Scott Tolzien by then.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He also admitted he was wrong about Nate Davis after flogging for him for two years. Stand up guy.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I’ll be home tonight. Be ready for a call! We can talk about your favorite topic, Alex Smith.

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather have a rabid squirrel bury my nuts underneath his favorite tree than talk about Alex smith.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Berger has you talking about AS here and now. Jedi mind trick?

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Holy shit, just heard on KNBR that the Ronnie Brown trade was voided between Eagles and Lions because Jerome Harrison failed his physical.
    The potential trade probably saved Jerome’s life as they found Harrison had a brain tumor. All I can say is Wowwwwwwww!

  54. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners won’t be in the WC round, skippy. That will be your favorite whacksock player, Tony Romo, and the Dallas Cowboys.
    They’ll be playing Detroit.

  55. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You telling me the Niners will earn one of the top two seeds in the NFC and earn a first-round bye?
    I thought I pretended to be a comedian. That’s a good one.

  56. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t pretent being an idiot, Dennis. This is the NFL. Parity is king. It doesn’t take much to go from also-ran to conference champ.

    With the schedule remaining, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Niners get a bye, skippy. Balt, Pittsburgh, and the New York Football Giants are the hardest teams. OK, and Washington on the road. Go 2-2 with those 4, and you have 13-3, best-case scenario. Out of the 5 division games, maybe 1 loss. 12-4. It’ll certainly be close. If it comes down to the Giants game winner, the 49ers are at home. The Giants have a tougher division to hassle with. GB is a lock. The Niners will likely have a better record than the NFC south. Same reason as the NFC east. Intra-division competition.
    I know you’re praying for Promo to make your life better, but don’t count on it, skippy. He’ll lose to the Rams this weekend. But he’ll look pretty in blowing it.

  57. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Seeing as your 5-11 prediction isn’t going to happen, how do you think the Niners do the rest of the way, Dennis?

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Earthquake!!! Just a jolt.
    Probably a 5.0 about 3 mins ago

  59. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, I just felt it myself. My place shook left and right. Moved my chair even. And that’s saying something with my fat ass sitting in it.
    And for the record, I predicted 7-9, Skippy. Get your facts straight. You never were good with numbers. I guess that’s why you rank 27 on ESPN’s Total Blogger Rating. As shitty as that is, that’s still one spot above Alex on their Total QBR.
    A Skippy and a Mook. You two make quite the couple.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    3.9 quake on Hayward Fault about 1 mile east of Berkeley

    Niners go 7-3 the rest of the way
    and end up 12-4 with first round bye. They will upset one more team and blow one they should win.

  61. robNo Gravatar says:

    hi all, I am Rob’s brother, Ed. The family is all together down here in Florida. And don’t hold it against me that I’m a Seahawks fan…

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just in case you haven’t seen this video from ESPN about the essence of Patrick Willis.
    You’ll appreciate PW more after watching this. WARNING: Singletary alert, he’s faetured in this but he’s OK after I looked at the tape.

    Patrick’s story is similar to Michael Oher’s of The Blind Side

  63. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, yer down for 2-8 down the stretch? The only way that happens is if Smith gets injured, skippy.
    And yeah, I know you’d be more than happy for that to happen.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ed brother of Rob

    What’s your deal?

    Older or younger? Stupid question because nobody can be possibly older than Rob. Enjoy your visit.
    Go Niners!

  65. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Ed, I won’t hold being a Seahawk fan against you. But, I will say a small prayer for a quick recovery. Hope U all have a great time in Florida.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ed- Buy a bonsai tree from rob!

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Detroit was looking for a RB why wouldn’t they bring Westbrook in for a tryout?
    He never hooked up with another team after he left the Niners.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy you are correct. I’m loving our Defense with a passion.
    Already got the Aldon away jersey on the Christmas List.
    I’m an old Ronnie Lott guy from way back and appreciate a sturdy Defense but, these guys have hit the ground running and it’s a huge credit to Baalke and the Staff for getting the proper pieces. Whitner compliments Goldson and Culliver can bump and run.
    I really thought Franklin and Clements were goners in the Off Season due to money but, I’m wondering if they were Locker Room detractors as well? Might never know, but, with Aldon and Bowman playing big roles and Brooks looking sturdy, I’m already penciling in a 2012 Draft pick.
    Get a look at LB Courtney Upshaw from ‘Bama if you can. I’d love to add him and a FS early.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit our 9ers have left a wake of destruction in our path haven’t they?
    Trent Cole,Blount,Jahvid etc. Pretty safe to say our guys love to lay the licks.
    This Defense is very reminiscent of the early Walsh years. Let’s hope it’s a magical 30 year anniversary.

  70. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13


11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

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
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

Grumpy: DNP