Hints & Hallucinations

The first day of OTAs concluded without anyone getting broken. That was encouraging news, though a bit hampering reportage wise. Perhaps we can reach into the old noggin hole and salvage the day.

Brandon Jones appeared to be third on the flanker depth chart, behind Josh Morgan and Jason Hill. Not a good opening omen for our FA prize of 2009. Drafting Crabtree just about ruined this guy’s career here. I’d put a Tonya Harding watch on him, just to be safe.

Travis LaBoy was lined up behind Parys Haralson, even though the position everyone had him pegged for was Manny Lawson’s, who wasn’t even in attendance. I assume LaBoy was equipped with a small blow torch to warm Haralson’s backside intermittently as a reminder that job security in the NFL can disappear in a heartbeat.

Cody Wallace fans (a gesture to his family and relatives) couldn’t be too thrilled that Tony Wragge was getting most of the 2nd team reps at center. It’s possible that an award will eventually be created to dishonor draftees who manage to make the roster for two years and an off season without anyone actually seeing them play football. How does he hook up with another team? A resume of shuffling around behind the bench wearing street clothes and occasionally cheering?

Karl Paymah takes the early lead over Keith Smith for somewhere near the last guy we keep as a reserve CB. We’ve had too many “Keiths” and too many “Smiths” anyway. And Karl with a “K” is kool. Cind of like physical with an F.

Taylor Mays was playing behind Dashon Goldson at FS, according to Maiocco. His replacement at the PD, Phil Barber, couldn’t say definitively whether he was playing FS or SS. These two guys are sitting right next to each other tapping out Tweets and proving that eyeballs aren’t just biological machines, but have personalities. Later, they appear to have put their eyeballs on the table and synced them up to agree that the two positions were interchangeable. Isn’t one on the left side and one on the right? Maybe they should be called LS and RS, like the corners and the linemen.

One item that bears watching is that three of the four 49er QBs were wearing shorts this first day of camp, and one was wearing long pants and a long sleeve sweatshirt. That guy was Nate Davis. Is the cold and drizzly weather not to Nate’s liking?

Now that Maiocco is blogging for Comcast, I thought I’d keep an eye on how many of his readers followed him or stayed at the Press Demo site, now hosted by ex-Raiders beat guy making the pleasant transition to covering an actual NFL franchise, Phil Barber. Barber’s handling some low life you-ain’t-Matt sniping with pretty good aplomb. Today is the first day of real 49er news, which they both would write about, so it’s a fair first hint of audience drift:

Maiocco Comments: 25
Barber Comments: 17

Lynch’s site had 34 comments, but not many devoted to the OTA happenings. Arguing and quibbling with FlyingV took equal billing on that site, as it usually does. Barrows’ site had 24 comments. All in all, the blogorama, after repeated yearnings for some real action instead of off season filler, showed curiously little avid interest in the first OTA session.

Let’s go fans. Time to pick up the pace and limber up those keyboard thumbs.

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17 comments on “Hints & Hallucinations
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    OTA’s … i’m all over it !

    (that’s probably why lynch got the most comments ! 馃槈


  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Any site you’re on, Rob, when you’re “on”, would have a shot at getting the most comments.

  3. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I seem to recall Rob having something like sixteen consecutive posts one night on the Insider. Pretty damn impressive when you consider I held the previous record of twelve. He just obliterated my mark like I was sitting still at my keyboard. I guess it’s indeed time to limber up my keyboard thumbs. I’m coming to reclaim my title, Rob. Watch out!

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting NoFear. The <br> tags seem to work for me, but not other commenters. I’ll use one after this line.

    Most likely something related to me being “logged in” as administrator. The blockquote works at least, though it indents your whole post.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I did some testing and discovered the following code sequence, entered on its own line, will produce a paragraph break.


  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, NoFear, the non-printing space worked. I’ll wait for you to test the code sequence I posted the same time as you posted. If it works, I can add it to the XHTML instructions to the left.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m using Firefox, so we’ve got a cross-browser winner. How much do I owe you for the tech support help?

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:



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  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Got it! I think?

    Thanks NoFear!

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- I typed a parapraph, went to the next line, typed and then went to the next line to start typing again. Is there a better way?

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In my last post the with the word “code” was left out after the word “typed”.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:



  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- The ALT255 works good. Thanks.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I can’t put five alternate methods in the instrucs to the left of the comment box for getting an empty line between paragraphs, so what was the easiest method in your opinion?

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I tried ALT255 and worked so good I didn’t try anything else afterwards. Unless NoFear ch8mes in, that would be my pick.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No apologies necessary, NoFear. You’ve been a big help. Nothing destroys a long rant like no paragraphing. I think Fastrman is the king of that atrocity right now.

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 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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