Freezer Burn

I have never frozen to death, at least that I can remember, but the gradual numbing of the mind towards reality associated with that form of croaking must feel something like waiting out this endless, empty offseason. At a certain point, complete disinterest settles in and from that moment on you either end up dead or somebody lights a fire.

That point has arrived. The owners and players either fire things up this week or we end up with a dead or severely frost-bitten season.

In both cases, life and football, it is no fun to be reminded of one’s own powerlessness. The inability to do anything about a problem. This is where dangerous psychopaths have an advantage over normal citizens. Those fellows always have action-oriented alternatives.

Joe Normal Fan, however, doesn’t. In fact, old Joe knows in his heart he can be slapped around and played for a patsy for just about any length of time and he will still tune in to the game as soon as there’s one available — whether that’s next week or next year. This is not a pleasant thing to know about oneself.

But it’s not Joe that the owners and players are worried about. It’s the swing voters who buy tickets because it’s hip, who tune in their big screens so Joe will come to their barbecue. In fact, poor old Joe has been priced out of the market by the league for quite some time. Joe don’t sit in the stands any more. Corporations and event hoppers and high rollers sit there. These people aren’t addicted to football like Joe is.

No more vivid evidence of this can be presented than to hear the 49ers have sold $138 million worth of luxury suites for a stadium that hasn’t even been built. Those are not Joe dollars, that’s for sure. Those are look-at-me dollars, all the way.

Which, by the way, is the answer to the question of what’s wrong with Michael Crabtree. It’s the look-at-me factor. Crabtree came to a team where the go-to look-at-me guy was Vernon Davis, who promptly reminded Crabtree of his preeminence last year in Crabtree’s first training camp. Crabtree has never had to fight for preeminence. It was always just obvious that he was the best player on every team he’s played on. In SF, however, he has to earn preeminence and he’s not thrilled about this task. Making it worse, VD’s supplier of eminence is Alex Smith, with whom Crabtree has established no rapport whatsoever. Are the dots connecting to Crabtree’s refusal to acknowledge who the team’s QB was going to be this year? If Crabtree becomes the star this year, will VD be able to handle it? Will the two bond and become super bros?

Something to think about as we sweat out one last week of lawyerville idiocy. Hey, what’s one more week? We can do this. After all, we have no choice. We’re addicts.

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  1. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    No chance of freezing over here but I do have this bad feeling about how this whole off season has gone. It won’t take much for me to lose interest if this drags on. I’m past denial, beyond anger (almost), approaching depression, and a long ways from acceptance. I’ll be around to whine and bitch though so relax, haha.
     
    Regarding Crabtree I’m in a state of aporia as to whether he’s a diva or simply a clueless introvert. Probably both ya think?

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That seems to be the prevailing opinion of him, PF. What bothers me is the way he makes others have to constantly explain his behavior by refusing to do so himself.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    But, I’m only gathering up my list of his sins now, since I want him to become a great receiver. If he does, all sins are forgiven and the list is burned. If he bombs …, Woe Unto Him Who Doth Defile Our Kingdom With His Wicked And Evil Ways!

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My opinion is he’s just a quiet guy. Since the local media has no real stories they switch back and forth between Alex Smith and Micahel Crabtree with a little Kaepernick thrown in. Crabtree is in the Kawakami/Ratto/Cohn crosshairs because a now unemployed Eric Mangini gave him the label whether deserved or not.
    The real heat should be on Chilo Rachal. He didn’t make it to either minicamp and he’s a starter? He lives in Socal and he’s the weakest link on the OL.
    He’s steadily digressed and I miss Justin Smiley.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree may be a quiet guy, but he doesn’t seem to have a problem with conveying his extreme displeasure about who his quarterback is going to be.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if Rachal sees the writing on the wall with the 49ers going to a WCO and nimbler linemen. Maybe he is looking for a way out?

    In any event, I expect Snyder to be the interim starter there now, until we have a longer term solution.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus H. Christ. Doesn’t anyone get found guilty nowadays? Casey Anthony just got off for murdering her her two-year-old, Caylee in Florida. Our legal system is a goddamn joke.
     
    I wonder if I murdered A*** S**** if a jury of my peers would let me off? Not only to I think they would acquit me, but I’d think they’d thank me as well. Maybe not if the jury was comprised of some from this blog. Then I’d probably be getting fit for a needle. Even still, I think it’d be worth it. “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.”

  8. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I thought about that too regarding Rachal. Guess he was one of Singletary’s special guys who could do no wrong even tho he couldn’t block. He’s gotta know he needed to improve and what does he do? Nothing? Unless he’s pulling a Clements, working out elsewhere and comes into camp in tip top shape. But Clements was never the weak link (altho now maybe). Waiting to see what JH and co. do to improve both lines is killing me…

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I think we should kick Rachal to the curb right now. However, I have to believe our new ol coach will know what to do with him.

  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    dennis – I don’t think murder’s the answer. I have a feeling he’s gonna self-destruct right before our eyes, and that should take care of the problem once and for all.

  11. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    You might be right winder, we are certainly going to find out about Alex. And Rachal. And the secondary, pass rush, OL. But not until da clowns sign the f’ing CBA already, jeez

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t be so quick to write off Rachal. He’s still very young, is considered a powerful run blocker, and last year played between two guys he’d never played with before, one of whom was a rookie (Davis). Snyder’s value is as the quality backup to all five line spots, so I doubt they would use him as a starter. I don’t think they’re ready to give up on Rachal just yet.

  13. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Skeebs, if this team wants to pass, then Rachal is a big fat liability. His pass blocking skills resemble the great Manolete. He was supposed to HELP the rookie. Not be a hindrance to his development.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the point, Chuck. If he’s having to help a rookie, then it necessarily distracts from his own play. And I didn’t say he didn’t need to improve.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rachal’s career has been very up and down – he has had some decent games, and some highlight-reel blocks. Followed by absolutely awful games, and blooper-reel whiffs.
     
    Its certainly worth having the new regime evaluate him in this camp. He doesn’t seem the part for a WCO lineman but if he is willing to work, that can be overcome. Iupati is huge too, but with his work ethic and nasty streak I expect him to dominate anyway.
     
    What kind of shape Rachal shows up in will go a long way towards telling us whether he wants to be here or not.

  16. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes his physical condition is going to speak volumes about his desire to be a football player for the 9ers. Agree with NF that (hopefully) new regime requires earning the playing time. Singletary pulled a Plexico with the ‘gifts’ of no competition for Alex, Rachal and who else? Crabtree, tho his rookie year was good once he got out there.

  17. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck- The great Manolete? Sorry missed that one…

  18. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, my point is Rachal couldn’t hold his own position, let alone be of assistance to AD. Especially in pass protection.

    The vets are supposed to help the rookies out.

  19. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    PF, Manolete was one of the greatest matadors of all time . . . I saw a bullfight at Plaza Mexico (long after he died), a place where he’s thought of as a God . . .

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree with NF about Rachel.

  21. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You agree with NF about “Rachel?” Rachel Green from “Friends?” I certainly hope you don’t mean Rachel Maddow? Rachel Alexander, the horse in my avatar?
     
    Personally, I’d like to see a naked Rachel Green ride Rachel Alexander as those two Rachels ran over Rachel Maddow. Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Where you been, Berger?

  23. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t stonewall us Bergs, what’s up?  
    Yeah Rachal should be given his chance (like most of our players) to see what he can do with real coaching, game plans, in a focused offense. Although some (many?) have given up on various players due to poor play (AS, CR) or apparent attitude (MC) it shouldn’t surprise anyone if some of these ‘losers’ turn out to be pretty good. One of these days when they get around to playing football we are going to find out who really is ok and who is crap.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like you’re in charge of the WOTD, PF, during Berger’s absence. I’m suspecting he’s contracted Rob’s dreaded “crashed computer” disease.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    As previously surmised, Eric Branch is now working for the Chron.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Will Branch just replace David White or will Kevin Lynch mercifully get the axe?

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather have Eric Branch replace A*** S**** at quarterback than either David White or Kevin Lynch at the Chron.

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I know Mel Kiper Jr. gets bashed frequently, but I think his take on the Niners is spot-on.
     

    “I think San Francisco got some talent in the draft but they can’t be done if they plan to continue to rise out west. That’s because they added talent, but both of their top picks have developmental requirements. The Niners have some semblance of continuity at quarterback, but does Jim Harbaugh really think he can save A*** S****’s career? S**** simply isn’t a young guy anymore. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Niners take a look at the very limited free agency or trade market to at least consider someone capable of truly pushing S****.

    This team has talent, you just wonder if they can take the next step given S****’s history.”
     
    Mel, allow me to answer your question as I am well versed in S****’s history: F**K NO!

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A little levity is needed here.
    The latest V-ism from SF Gate for your amusement.

    “Sonoma, you have to understand and No Fear will contest to, the day Nolan was hired I gave him a chance, I really did! But only after a few games of witnessing his lack of game plan, no adjustments, critical bad game time decisions I knew right away that he was incompetent. Then for years I had to deal with Unca_chuck, defending him to the very bitter end, he was even going to dress in a suit in his final year in full support of him.

    contest to? is every word phonetic to this guy like “blind legions” and “escaped goats”.
    Contest is far from being “attest”

    now back to your normal programming already in progress

  30. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Should be contest 2, right? sarc/
     
    Thanks for the V updates, the guy is amusing, once removed. I for one will not engage in futilitarian debates with anyone about anything, especially those young whippersnappers. I have my opinions and I’ll never let any facts get in the way.
     
    I’m sure dennis will agree that it’s a futilitarian position to believe that the UQB could, gasp, change…

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Change uniforms? I pray every night…

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- I’ve been furloughed to Sacramento for 4 months. More details later. Maybe tonight or tomorrow.

  33. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Frying pan to the fire, eh?

  34. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I haven’t posted there in 8 months, and the clown still brings me up.

    Dude needs serious help. Like a fricking lobotomy.

    You can dig up his posts from 5 years ago, and they are the same tired schtick.

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    V is the best proof Physics has come up with yet that time is an illusion and does not really exist.
     
    For V, it is 1990.
     
    For V, it will always be 1990.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m home! Furlough was the wrong word, I was actually at work. I’m being used to hire and train at the Sacramento office for 4 months. Mon-Thu every week. I have no Internet in the morning before I get to work and none after work. Add to that, I don’t have much time to blog from the office. I feel like rob with a job. I’m going to need some help with the WOTD for a while. I used futilitarian at work today!

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds gruesome, Berger. The lockout has spread to society at large. You’ll be MIA for most of the 2011 season.

  38. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Crank up the ‘aircon’ as they say over here, summer in the city, hot.
    Got you covered for the WOTD so no worries there, haha. Actually futilitarian I like, it’s right up there with contrarian, no? Hopefully we’ll hear from you on the weekends Bergs.

  39. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- Objectively we know time is passing, things change all the time, but inside it can always seem the same- but it’s not if it’s going to somewhat match reality. Maybe that’s why Einstein said ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result’. I’m not saying V is insane mind you but still…not changing is dumb or a little crazy.
     
    No I’m not talking about the UQB changing uniforms dennis.

  40. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Trying to think of some examples of football patois: ‘Sack his ass’, ‘fly pattern’, ‘double juke’, ‘stunt’ are the best I can do at the moment. Suggestions?

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Reading the 49ers blogs for years has increased my ability to debate. Some would say that is debatable. But for some, they don’t seem to see any need for this, they just repeat some kind of patois thinking that at some point, with enough repetition, somebody will finally understand what they are saying.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I noticed you were doing a good job with the WOTD before I went anywhere.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    8th Circuit just ruled the lockout is legal – whatever that means. A plus for owners, I guess, and a minus for players and fans and businesses dependent on the football season.

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    8th circuit tossed a wrinkle in by saying NFL can’t lockout rookies & free agents, though, because there’s no employment relationship. So, guys who aren’t signed, like Alex Smith and Aldon Smith, can come and go at 49er HQ, while guys who are signed can’t? If that’s true, it would give the Niners an advantage, since their QB isn’t signed, whereas somebody like the Rams’ Bradford is signed. Over to you, Rod Serling.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I would expect Smith and Harbaugh are on the phone to each other right now, setting up today’s meeting.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In the meantime, Tom Brady is trying to get Jeff Galooly’s phone # so he can find a way to hit the NFL below the belt.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The 8th Circuit’s ruling doesn’t change a goddamn thing. There will be no phone conversations between Harbaugh and his pussy QB. WTF would they talk about anyway?
     
    Jim: If I think about pulling you from a game this year, will you stick up and fight for yourself or have your lackey VD do it again for ya like last year?
    UQB: Uh, well, gee, coach. Vernon speaks with such an authoritative voice. I just thought he could state my case better to Singletary.
    Jim: Did you want to stay in that Philly game?
    UQB: Uh, well, gee, coach. Lemme get Vernon on the line and we’ll make this a conference call. He could tell ya.
    Jim: I’m bringing back a pussy.
    UQB: Vernon? Are you there? Please tell Coach Harbaugh I’m not a pussy. Vernon? Vernon?

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So Josh Johnson would like to return to the Bay Area and be reunited with his former coach? That would mean some actual competition for the UQB. Heaven forbid if that ever happened.
     
    UQB: Vernon? Call Coach Harbaugh and tell him I don’t want him to bring in Josh Johnson. I can’t handle the competition let alone the pressure. Vernon? Vernon?

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In reality it doesn’t change a thing for now except the players know the owners just got a major change of leverage. The loop hole, as PFT calls it, says that Socialist Nelson, the players home court judge, can make a ruling on the players not under contract. If the players pursue that it could take weeks to get what they want. If a new CBA isn’t done by that time frame we are screwed anyway.

  50. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is having a barbeque this weekend with Harbaugh and family. No flowers are reported to be on the agenda.
     
    In other news: “If teams were allowed to sign free agents (rookies and veterans), the league would have to come up with rules to implement free agency.

    “Those are unanswered questions, and I don’t think we’ll get to them,” the source said.

    That’s because the owners and players appear to be making significant progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith took part Friday in another round of negotiations.

    “Overall, this ruling should not have a significant impact on the ability to get a deal done in the next handful of days and have it signed off on by next Friday,” the source said. (MM blog)

    The court is reminding the NFL and the non-union to get off their asses…

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Any of you guys watching the beating Lynch is getting on the Gate the past two days? Brutal. The Chron ought to put him out of his misery.

  52. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Honestly, Lynch has been taking a beating for the last two years from Maiocco, Barrows and Branch. The Comical just finally seems to be taking it seriously in bringing in another writer. Kevin Lynch seems like a nice guy but hasn’t brought his “A” game in a long while.

  53. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco, and Barrows especially, have been pretty far up the York’s ass so it’s hard for them to crow about much regarding the team.

    Dennis, Jim Harbaugh said today that he feels Kappy has a good shot to start this year. The competition is open for him to take the job.

  54. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Good for JH, that will light a fire under a couple butts and have the added benefit of being good for Dennis : )

  55. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Why Dennis may skylark for sheer joy should CK actually start for the 9ers.

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, Harbaugh didn’t say Kaepernick had a “good” chance to start, just “a” chance. So does David Carr. It’s what Harbaugh has been saying all offseason – best man wins. The discussion was about Kaepernick because he and Harbaugh were at some kind of dinner together. No news here.

  57. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy, Lynch has always taken a beating when it comes to reporting Niner news, but the beating I was referring to was the volume of verbal abuse he’s getting from the commenters, who seem ecstatic that a real writer will finally be running the blog. The fact that the Chron is still keeping Lynch around to share the blog with Branch is weird. With Branch there, however, the Chron will finally have up to date news on the Niners, which has never been the case. And regular posting, which should cut down on some of the uglier threads that get up a head of steam there.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It hasn’t really been clear if Lynch is on the Chronicle payroll
    as all he does is the blog. He also seems to rely on fellow beat writers for info, often repeating what Maiocco or Branch report and giving them credit.
    People need to distinguish the difference between guys that cover the team on a regular basis, ther beat writer and columists such as Kawakami,Dickey,Cohn, Ratto, Ostler, Knapp and Killion.
    Columnists are shit disturbers
    that float topics that gnerate a buzz and are hypercritical and edgier.
    The beat writers cover the team on a daily basis and report the mundane daily stuff. They have to maintain at least a cordial relationship with team and players or they would never get a qoute or interview.

  59. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Skeebers, I have been watching that. I started getting pretty grumpy with Lynch a while back about his atrocious editing. I’ve posted a few barbs to the effect of ‘do you read your crap before you post it?’ Yes it is only a blog, and no, the other reporter bloggers like Branch and Maiocco would never throw such illegible garbage up. It just feels like Lynch has been phoning it in at least the last two years. I actually wonder what the story is, but we’ll likely never know. In any event Branch now has top billing on the page – http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ninerinsider/bios – so apparently the Comical is also getting weary of being two days late with every story. To his credit, Lynch is being gracious, but clearly Branch coming in indicates some unhappiness with his work.

  60. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They brought in David White to share the blog with Lynch, but White was just as lazy and indifferent as Lynch. He could spell better, but that’s not saying much.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch is not on the Comical payroll. He took a buy out a couple of years ago and then started posting on the blog. IIRC, he gets a cut of the advertising from the blog. He does not have an editor like the other guys on payroll. Lynch was extremely factual as a beat reporter. As a blogger he is opinionated. If people are sounding off he is doing his job correctly.

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    People sound off on A*** S**** all the time. When’s the last time he did his job correctly?

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And that BS that Harbaugh sounded off about Kaep getting a shot at the starting job was just that — BULLSHIT.

  64. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And in honor of the WOTD and our former OC, Marc Trestman, I give you “Alouette.”
     

    Alouette, gentille Alouette
    Alouette je te plumerai
    Alouette, gentille Alouette
    Alouette je te plumerai
    Je te plumerai la tete
    Je te plumerai la tete
    Et la tte, et la tete
    Alouette, Alouette
    O-o-o-o-oh
    Alouette, gentille Alouette
    Alouette je te plumerai

  65. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not really his opinions people are sounding off about, Berg. It’s his competence.

  66. winderNo Gravatar says:

    dennis – the word should have been “omelet” because I’m hungry and my Turkish isn’t so good.

  67. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Re Lynch, I don’t have a problem with him. He always took the time to respond to my e-mails. He even sent me a polite warning to watch my swearing on the blog so I wouldn’t get banned by the powers that be before they had implemented their new software censors and curse words were still allowed.
     
    He did like to stir the pot during the off season and when things were slow by injecting politics. That was OK the first five or six times, then it just got to be a repetitive harangue of comments from the bloggers. His spelling and grammar are atrocious. Whether or not he has an editor, the least he could do is use the goddamn spell check feature on his computer.

  68. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    “Wilted under the attack of the english professors”, superb, haha. And damn if there aren’t a hell of a lot of them out there, unemployed no doubt. Lots of time to show their superior skills, lord.
     
    Branch will calm the howling masses no doubt. He had quite a few loyal commenters at the PD but I have no plan to read the Insider

  69. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if “plumerai” means to beat about the head and shoulders? In Turkish of course…

  70. robNo Gravatar says:

    guys it’s me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. robNo Gravatar says:

    chilo rachal came out early and was very raw ! i think he’ll be an excellent OG in time !

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    A Rob sighting? Uh-oh. His who to sign as a FA list can surely follow soon.
     
    Hey, Rob! Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    How ’bout it Rob, who the hell should we sign as FAs? Me, I dunno.

2021 Schedule
09/12 - 10:00 AM @ DET
09/19 · 10:00 AM @ PHI
09/26 · 5:20 PM v GB
10/03 · 1:05 PM v SEA
10/10 · 1:25 PM @ AZ
10/17 BYE
10/24 · 5:20 PM v IND
10/31 · 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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