Labor Pains

The eighteen game season has gotten a lot of ink the past few months. “Ink” probably is a dying term, since we’re mostly talking about bytes in the internet age. But we’ll stick with ink for the moment.

With an eighteen game season, the pre-season would be shortened to only two games, instead of four. Essentially, then, we are getting two real games replacing two pseudo-games. It seems like an innocuous change, and maybe it is. Or maybe it isn’t.

If there are only two pre-season games, those games would have to emphasize the starters getting ready for the real season, rather than the rookies getting their feet wet and being evaluated. The chances of a draft class having any immediate value in its first season would be reduced considerably. Or the real games will have a lot more sloppy play involved in the first month of the season.

The “ten win” plateau, which has been the bar separating the good teams from the bad teams, would lose a lot of oomph. 11-7 would be the new standard of excellence. The 1,000 yard season would become more of an expectation than an achievement. The football record book would eventually get populated with guys who couldn’t hold the jocks of the old stars they would be replacing with their career totals. Baseball would cringe at this abomination, like it does about steroids. Football just shrugs. On both issues.

Injuries already have a great deal to do with which teams get to the playoffs and which teams succeed once they have gotten there. An eighteen game season would increase this skew factor and increase the value of team depth. At least, that’s the theory. But guys get tickets to the IR squad in Training Camp and pre-season games every year. Sometimes during OTAs doing nothing very vigorous at all. If the sum total of games remains the same, it’s hard to see injuries increasing a significant amount.

An eighteen game season would benefit dudsola teams the most. Or rather fans of these teams. Hope for crap team fans would get extended two more weeks each year. See: Parity, Increase. See: Dollars, Increase. See: Product, Diluted. The American Way of Life, all the way from the White House down to the cocaine dealers on the street.

This eighteen game push is not favored by the players. It’s owner driven. So is the Rookie Wage Scale cap which will wipe out the obscene contracts handed out at the top of the Draft. Rosters will probably be increased, along with practice squad limits. But these increases will involve petty cash players, compared to the mega bucks savings at the top of the Draft. Advantage: owners.

Personally, I don’t give a rabbit’s nose twitch who wins or loses in the battle between the owners and players. My only interest is that these idiots get the season started on time and without screwing up the entire off season, which would immediately favor all the teams that are good to go and punish the teams, like the 49ers, who are installing new coaches and play books.

In other news, Hue Jackson, in his second day on the job as new HC of the Oakland Black Hole, was reprimanded by the league for his involvement with a company which makes a product which is on the forbidden list of banned substances. This means Al Davis already has litigable evidence to stiff Jackson for the remaining years of his contract when Al fires him for cause in two years. In a world of change, there is Al. A rock of prehistoric rockness.

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14 comments on “Labor Pains
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The book on the Raiders has not been completely written but to grangerize the image of Al Davis from his last presser into the already written parts, I’d say don’t go there. They need to just use older pictures, it doesn’t scare the women and children as much.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This could be a miserable off season. Not only did I start a blog and have to cover one of the worst seasons in 49er history, but now I’m looking at weeks and maybe months of nothing happening except a bunch of posturing suits making dreary press releases. I’m getting seriously depressed.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Better you than me! LOL! We appreciate the blog. Hang in there. Info might be like pulling teeth for a while but it sounds like you already figured out how to endure a little pain in that scenario already.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- There is plenty of info coming out these days for us Jr. GMs that follow the draft as it pertains to the 49ers. This could be a good time for you to start taking a little interest there and finding that cache. The good part is it like being a weather man, you don’t have to be right, you just need to have some new info and be entertaining.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess I could be an idiot about the draft just as easy as being an idiot about everything else! What the heck. I’ll put in ten minutes of study this weekend and come out firing on Monday.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just added Mel Kiper to my Twitter feed list. God help me now.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob Rang, too. I’m on fire.

  8. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Kiper’s first mock has us selecting a DE who didn’t play a single down this year because he was suspended. Sounds more like a Raider pick to me.
    I want a quarterback!

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- In reading about Quinn he could have been a first over all pick this year if he played. Apparently he is a monster pass rusher. I’ve seen him compared to Julius Peppers. I’ll be trying to find out more about him. So far, I like the pick. No QB in this draft is worth the #7 pick. There a lot of good QBs that will be available in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I think they are better than the ones being touted for the 1st round. Ponder(possible 1st rounder), Dalton, Stanzi, Devlin and McElroy.

  10. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    If he played. IF he played. He didn’t. You wanna spend your #1 on a guy who didn’t play, you go right ahead. Not for me, thanks.

    2 2 No Fear Hear
    ML: 30-1 P. Trimble
    118 Lbs D. Wichmann $7,000 Blk-On
    That was for the first today at Tampa Bay Downs. No Fear Hear must of had a late jock switch to Mike Nolan, he ran next to last. better luck next time.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’d rather spend our 7th pick on Quinn than one of this year’s QBs.

  12. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Jackson’s company has a product touted as an “Alternative to Steroids”. A key ingredient is deer antler velvet.
    While waiting for Steve Young last night (who was late and eventually bailed to show tonight instead), Ralph and Tom did a bit on this last night. Seriously, it was hilarious. A hunter called in to say they scrape the velvet off of trees the deer used to remove it. Tom had this “How did they discover deer antler velvet?” moment: “What, some hunter shot a deer and decided to lick the antlers? Then went WHOA, I FEEL GOOD! Forget the truck, I’m carrying the deer back myself!” From there, Ralph and Tom went on to rhinos, but this is a family blog.

  13. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think the 18 game schedule will get a LOT more players hurt, as the last 2 preseason games are usually scrub-fests anyway.

    The union will support the idea, as it will add more players to the roll. On the minus side, more guys will get torn up faster, and thus have shorter careers.

    Funny that the union isn’t looking out for the players in this situation. Well, not really funny, but typical. Look at how they’ve treated retired players . . .

  14. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    DaQuan is much closer to Peps. He’s already contacted realtors in Charlotte. 


    Shrine game this Sat – get your DVRs cleared. Cortez Allen, Brandon Bair, and Pat Devlin will have my undivided attention. 



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 · 10:00 AMCIN
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
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17