Lads in the Loo

It was exactly two years ago that Mike Singletary yanked a turnover machine named J. T. O’Sullivan from the starting lineup and inserted Shaun Hill, which led to a turn around in the 49ers 2008 season. This week Sing will attempt to repeat that magical move by yanking David Carr after one half of play and inserting Troy Smith.

When Carr signed on with the Niners, he was assured by Singletary that his play would matter. Unfortunately for Carr, that assurance was honored, because his play was not very good and his time with the team will therefore be quite brief.

Smith II will either be surprisingly effective this Sunday, or the 49ers and Singletary will fly home with a 1-7 record going into the bye week. For those who don’t add too well, a 1-7 record would guarantee that the team will not win 10 games this year. It will not guarantee that Singletary will give up on the notion of finishing 9-7, however.

Most Bay Area fans are not thinking much about the 49ers these days. The San Francisco baseball team is back in the World Series for the first time since 2002 and they have captured the hearts and minds of the area. 2002 was the last time the 49ers were in the playoffs, too, but it’s nearing the point where it will be mathematically impossible for the football team to duplicate the baseball team’s return to postseason play.

In baseball, the month of September gives teams that are out of contention a chance to play the role of “spoiler” by beating contending teams and causing them considerable grief for blowing a game they should have won. It looks very much like the 49ers will be playing the spoiler role for the rest of this season.

In the upcoming weeks, the Niners will have a chance to pop the bubble of the Rams and the Buccaneers, two teams who are feeling a little giddy about themselves this year. The Niners will also have a significant say in the matter of who wins the NFC West, since they have two games left against the Cardinals and one against the Seahawks. They will also have an opportunity to get Norv Turner fired in San Diego and put a dagger in the Packers hearts.

This is probably not much comfort to fans who expected the team to make the playoffs this year, but for fans who just like to have some reason to be fans, however ridiculous, it is at least something. Or for guys who write blogs and need something interesting to discuss each week.

So, it’s Troy Smith front and under center this Sunday. Hopefully, we will not see a couple of botched snaps and bumbled hand offs, but it would not be surprising. We will also probably see receivers going one way and the pass going somewhere else, Kyle Orton eating our secondary alive, and the team getting its butt waxed.

But it’s no fun thinking that way now. There’s all of next week and the following week to grind the butt waxing topic. Perhaps this will be the game the gods of football, who love to confound the masses, decide to have a little fun and make every bounce of the ball wind up in the hands of a red and gold bloke. It happens once a year or so, why not this week?



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6 comments on “Lads in the Loo
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Giants and the 49ers have a lot in common. They both are over a cliff. The Ginats are over Cliff Lee and the 49ers fallen over a cliff.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I rewatched Mulholland Falls last night. Nick Nolte throws a guy off a cliff (the guy who later became the star of the original CSI show, William Henderson, I think). But that didn’t top what the bad guys did. They tossed a pretty lady out of an airplane and embedded her face first in the ground. I bring this up to amplify your “cliffs” metaphor, not to give any ideas to readers who fly planes and might be inspired to ask Singletary if he’d like a plane ride.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Beating up on Cliff Lee was pretty stunning. That guy has been about as hittable in the last few post seasons as Koufax was in his prime.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would think we should win Sunday because we have been in London for a week. The Broncos should still be suffering from jet lag. But then again, these are my 49ers. Stupid me. It appears we have adopted the slogan, “Winning isn’t everything, and losing is the only thing.”

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, No Fear, but we haven’t exactly been Gangbusters stopping the pass either. Orton could rack up 500 yards if we play the way we have sometimes this season.

    It’ll probably come down to turnovers. Now why does that make me shudder, after watching our team for seven games? Oh, right.

    Ah, hell. Go, Giants.

  6. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    What did Eric Bana as Hector emphatically exclaim in the movie Troy?
     
    “For Troy!”
     
    Here we go Niners. And we all know what happened to Troy in the end.
     
    Fish and chips and a pint of Guinness on kickoff for me.
     

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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