History 01100101

The Bay Area blogosphere seems like it has been around forever, but it is actually a fairly recent phenomenon. If the blogs had been around during the Terry Donahue era, we would probably already have experienced a cyberspace meltdown.

Before the blogging era, fans who wanted to voice their opinions had to resort to actually writing a letter to the sports editor. These letters usually appeared in Saturday morning’s newspaper and you had to mail them on Monday, or Tuesday at the latest, to have a chance for your letter to be selected. These letters also had to be manually licked to seal them, with a manually licked stamp affixed thereon. Yecchh.

This particular scriptoristocrat had two such letters published in the Chronicle, but the champion of those times was a fellow named Lanny Middings. Lanny was the FlyingV of the letters era (though Lanny could spell and punctuate) and his vituperative screeds were published with great regularity. I’m sure that somewhere among our current anonymous crowd of bloggers, barring a meeting with the Grim Reaper, dear old Lanny is pounding away still. Hey, Lanny, step out from behind your screen name and doff your cap.

Somewhere around 2003, email correspondence between columnists and readers entered the communicative arena. This was not particularly satisfying, however, since it was private between the columnist and the reader. Not much fun in that, and the columnist might only write back once or twice, then ignore any further exchange, making it feel like throwing bottles into the ocean. I communicated this way with Glen Dickey and Bruce Jenkins and Ira Miller. Dickey and Jenkins acknowledged the first two or three missives, but Miller never said boo.

I quickly lost interest in this medium and focused on other areas of my life until running across the Niner Insider somewhere in early 2008, around the time it apparently begat itself from some earlier incarnation. Perhaps Unca_Chuck can shed more light on the earlier edition of Insider, for it seems to be there that he and V began their fateful attraction to each other. I presume the Press Democrat with Matt Maiocco, and the Sac Bee with Matt Barrows, all originated their blogs somewhere in this time period of late 2007 — early 2008. Readers can feel free to correct my recollections here.

At any rate, these blogs have not been around that long and they have sprung into existence solely within the 49ers current regime — the Mike Nolan/Scot McCloughan/John York era, now branching off into the Mike Singletary/Trent Baalke/Jed York era. Two emotions have distinguished this time: hope and disappointment. Which is an improvement by one from the previous Donahue era which offered only disappointment. More like disgust.

This era also has been notably lacking in success. Each season has ended with the team an also ran in the NFL world. This means our blog populace (and the Giants, A’s, Raiders, and Warriors) has always had to deal with degrees of failure, rather than degrees of triumph. The glass half-full or half-empty has always been the fence between the warring factions, and the state of the franchise and the competence of those running it has always had prominent attention.

Would the atmosphere of the blogs be different if the 49ers became winners? Would the conversations turn to individual players who effed up, rather than we need a new owner? Would a brand new crowd of bloggers move into the arena? Would a large chunk of the current crowd drift away?

If things go well this season, we should get some answers to these questions and perhaps the blogs will re-shape their identities and the bloggers their alliances. One thing the blogs won’t do, no matter what happens, is provide a place of serenity and peace.



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18 comments on “History 01100101
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Before the blogs I used to e-mail Lynch. He was great at responding. That is why I still like his blog more than the others. I just can’t deal with the repeating rhetoric for now, until the camp starts.
     
    The first blog type of communication I used was a Q & A with barrows. He had a place to ask questions and would answer them about twice a week.
     
    My blog of choice was Maiooco at the Press unca-chuck until he started not being real time.
     
    Nowadays there are private blogs, like this one, which allows a pause from the every day know-it-alls. Us closer knit know-it-alls seem to be more civil for now.
     
    The blog-o-sphere is still young and evolving but it appears to be taking shape. We shall see what the future portends right in front our very own eyes.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Before the electronic media I was one of those faxers you wrote about. Talk radio was great too. In Phoenix I used to go into the studio and talk on air with Mike Golic. I did the Friday racing picks for his show too.
     
    Blogging seems to be a natural medium for me. At some point I’ll probably get bored with it but for now I’m hooked.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    One of my Chron letters was a spoof of Art Rosenbaum who was always a super homer. Before the start of each season (baseball, football, etc.), the columnists would make their predictions and regardless of the local team’s talent, he would always pick them to finish first. It was a good natured rip job, but the Chron edited out most of the juicy stuff, leaving it a bit bland. Pissed me off.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve stopped sending political faxes, or e-mails to newspapers. By the time it gets done being cut it usually has a different message than what I was trying to send. I don’t trust the media with politics. For me they represent the “get the Democrats elected” front. Thank God for Fox or we would never know the truth.
     
    The truth at Fox is not necessarily the news, as they are righties, but their debates are where you get solid truth from. It is like watching the old CNN show ‘Crossfire’ all day.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been saying our rookies report on the 28th. I just read something on CBS sports that says they report on the 30th.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I did it. I read some comments on the Gate and actually left a comment. I not only went through the door, I broke through the wall!

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The extra two day delay (28th to 30th) sent you over the edge. Relax. Breathe deeply.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually it was good news, I might get some extra work done! But I was worried about you, unca and other blog hosters because of the two extra days you’ll have to think a little more!

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, I found the insider back around 2006. I think v showed up a little later. Back then, it was no-holds barred, and you could sneak through the occasional f-bomb. V went WAY out of bounds on the personal attacks, and had about 10 different screen names banned by the powers that be. After a while, they just put a swearing filter on the site, and let it fester like an open wound. Now, you can delete anyone’s post by reporting it as abuse.

    The guy around the most back then (and still is) was twinfan. He mainly posted on the Giants Chron blog, the Splash. He played a large part in getting me hooked on this shit. He’s a jerk and a smart-ass, but he knows his shit, mainly in baseball, but he’ll pop in to the insider and my blog on occasion. Smart guy, but he can be a royal pain.

    Think? Aaaaaak! Skeebs, if the Niners wion the next 2 super bowls, there would be complaints that the team isn’t as good as it was. Parity has watered down the talent, Joe is God, blah blah blah. Eddie would have 17 rings by now ad nauseum. . . .

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Man! 2 more days? Shit!

    This is bad enough waiting til the 28th.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I see you couldn’t contain yourself, Berger, and have re-entered the squabblers blog site to rile up NoFear.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Visited Barber’s blog and the natives are getting restless for the resumption of info. Everybody’s getting last second withdrawal spasms, I guess. It’s like a crowd gathered outside Macy’s waiting to stampede through the door as soon as it finally creaks open. The guy opening it has to be careful not to get run over.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I guess I’m just one of the idiots!

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You were just starving for a good squabble. Let’s hope all the Niner players are feeling like a good rumble, too.

  15. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m beginning to think Jimmy Raye bought our play book during a white sale at Macy*s.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    No Dennis, he bought our play book at a garage sale. The cover says “New and Innovative Play Calling of the 1950’s.”

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot to add, he bought is at a garage sale being held at Joe Bugel’s house!

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just introduced the SCD on the Gate. Yes, the Sardine Can Defense!

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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