Lieutenant Smith

Thankfully, the meatheads who have brought us the lockout/legal gagger seem to be finally getting around to hacking out a new CBA and getting this 2011 season started. As soon as that happens, and it’s been predicted at two weeks from now, there will be a terrific frenzy of trades and free agent signings to lick our chops over. Or bitch about.

Meanwhile, we’ll have to content ourselves with what has been the only item of dramatic interest for the 49ers this offseason. Jim Harbaugh fanned the fire on this topic this past weekend, as reported by Maiocco.

“He’s a neat guy,” Harbaugh told veteran broadcaster Dick Enberg during the Padres’ game against the Washington Nationals. “I’m really interested in him, in just the character of Alex Smith. He’s been maligned by the hometown fans there. And his family’s had to read a lot of that on the internet.

And he’s really even been thrown under the bus by his own team more than once. And the kind of character of a guy that would want to come back, prove himself with that same football team, that’s a rare kind of character. (It) probably falls somewhere in the endangered and extinct range. So we can win with that.”

We can win with that.

There you have it, folks. Harbaugh has just thumbed his nose at the Smith Haters Club, tossed Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary under the bus, and staked his career on the Redemption of UQB. This is some bold hair machismo, for sure. It’s right up there with “I’m not a moral victory kind of guy.”

It’s The Fans vs The Coach, Act III. The fans have scored resounding victories in the first two matches of this epic free for all. Will they triumph yet again? Can Harbaugh shock the world and defeat the bully from the blogosphere? Maybe this isn’t Ali vs Frazier, The Thrilla in Manilla, but it’s in the vicinity. Locally, speaking.

The odd part of this battle is the guy in the eye of the storm. Smith. A mild mannered, decent dude coming to work every day and putting in the full hard eight hours. Not an attitude anywhere in his demeanor. A humble soldier.

Which is what drives the blognoscenti crazy. Hey, Smith, you’re supposed to be The General here, not the lieutenant. Even being a Sergeant would be better than this Louie bit.

Lieutenant Smith. Lieutenant Dan. Lieutenant just got fragged by the troops. Lieutenant is not known for good things. Sergeant York. General Patton. Colonel Sanders. Ooops, skip that last one. Had a hunger attack.

At any rate, we’ve got some great theater ahead this year. Plenty of emotional involvement. And the success of the 2011 49ers hanging in the balance. Roooooooooaaaaaarrrrrrr!!

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When UQB was asked by reporters if the fans would be patient he started to laugh and said NO fairly affirmatively. I’m also fairly sure Harbaugh does not have much affinity for the negativity that is the blog. I doubt he spends any time checking in and if he did he would say this is surely a waste of time. If I was the coach I know I would think that to be true. The difference is I would find a NT or two ASAP. Maybe when the work stoppage is over we will see that happen quickly.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I would bet we grab a CB in free agency, too.

  3. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs, Berger and everyone…havent posted lately but read every new post 馃檪 Ive cant remember a player (Smith) who had such a split in fan support. I for one think with Harbaugh running the show will make a HUGE difference in Smiths performance.

  4. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebs, Berger and everyone…havent posted lately but read every new post 馃檪 I cant remember a player (Smith) who has had such a split in fan support. I for one think with Harbaugh running the show …will make a HUGE difference in Smiths performance. When it looked as if he was leaving i was more concerned that he’d get a good coach who’d help make him the player we drafted him to be..but for someone else….if cant cant be successful with Harbaugh then we move on…kid has always worked hard and i believe deserves that chance…

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tony- Last year was supposed to be the “if not this year, when” year for UQB. The thing is we could not know how bad the the coaching strategy was going to be. Our coaching strategy was historically bad last year, on offense and defense.
    With Perry and Johnson donating their brains to science I have wondered what would happen if they checked Singletary’s head. I think they would find no brain, just bone.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Help, I’m a rock! Help, I’m a rock!

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- From what I can tell so far, next year’s draft is extremely deep at CB. At least at the top of the draft.

  8. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    They need help at CB now. They can get a stopgap or two. If there ever is a FA period, Clements is gone. He’s due to
    make $11.5 mill this year. He either takes a big fat restructure, or hits the road.

  9. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been saying it, you’ve been saying it, millions of fans have been saying it, Berger. This guys’ had more last chances than Steve Howe. Is A Smith a product of shitty coaching? Is he a product of merely Steve DeBergian stature? Is he being held back by shitty coaching, or is HE the determining factor?
    Alex Smith’s career has been a nightmare of weirdness, bad teams, shittiness, inconsistency, bad breaks, inconsistency, injuries, inconsistency, and finally inconsistency. GM’s come and go, head coaches come and go, OC’s come and go, players come and go, yet he hangs on somehow, by the grace of outside forces that are at best, indifferent; and at worst, malevolent.
    Couple that with the fact that he seems to be in cahoots with Crabs and VD as the third STD that we can’t quite get rid of.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The team wants Clements and he wants to be here. They’ll work something out.

    He knows the contract has to be re-worked.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Clements indicated a few weeks ago he was coming back probably taking a pay cut.
    The Mercury News indicates he was working out with the team

  12. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Huh. Hadn’t heard that, B & S. I wonder if he’s amenable to a move to FS. He is dogshit in bump and run coverage, and has been burned repeatedly on double moves. Playing off the line would help him big time, and he’s a good enough hitter out there. Dashon is going to want a bog payday, and he regressed badly last year.
    Again, though, SOME of the defense’s problems should be laid at Manusky’s feet. Their 4th quarter defense was horrible, they were as slow to adjust as the offense, and they lost at least 5 or 6 4th quarter leads last year.

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I am so sick hearing about A.S.’s character. If he can filter some of that character into his feet and throwing arm, then maybe there might be something to talk about. Character is fine and dandy but it don’t win football games.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Alex is just as stuck by the lock-out as the team is. In my mind if FA would have proceeded on time we wouldn’t even be discussing Smith, he would’ve been long gone. That is, if some team wanted to sign him.

  15. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    You sound just like Singletary, NoFear. Yeah, he played til the final whistle, bun that doesn’t change the fact he’s too slow to play corner, and was burned repeatedly by double moves. 3 picks and a game-losing fumble in 16 games? Ehhh.

  16. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Clements was 20th in the league in INTs among CBs? At $8 mill a year?
    Sorry, shit don’t fly, NoFear. I guess moral victories DO count in your book . . . . .

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I think you had it with Colonel Sanders.

  18. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    For someone who has dogged Singletary since he got hired, nice 180潞 turn there NoFear. Good to know you can flip-flop with the best of them, Mr Kerry.
    Clements = Barry Zito. The FO outbid no one for his services at a price that was triple what the closest offers were. He has played a fair-to-middling corner. Nothing more, nothing less. He’s likely going to take a $12 million pay cut this year to stay. One story has him making $15 mill due to easliy reached incentives to his contract. At this point, he’s the Alex Smith of the defense.

  19. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wasn’t preaching that either, skippy. You have the uncanny ability to shove words into other people’s mouths. The problem with Noaln leaving and Sing taking over, is Sing pretty much imposed the same restrictions on the defense that Nolan did. The bend-but-don’t-break D rarely worked, and was easily beaten with screens and intermediate passes. To the tune of a boatload of time consuming and quarter-eating drives.
    Criminy, you mneed a map to find y9our way around?
    Why don’t you try to give your own opinions instead of misrepresenting others’?

  20. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    What has been said about the lockout ending (other than the link Chuck posted other day)?
    Close? How close?

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Heard this joke on KNBR today.
    They’ve declared today LeBron James Day. To celebrate…
    You can stop working 12 minutes early and go home.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, the lockout end rumor was floating around on PFT last Friday & Saturday. Nothing official. But there is definite progress being made.

  23. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    It has been reported a few other places, but most say that an agreement is coming within the next couple weeks.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The nabisco has been retired in favor of the new instructions to the left of the post box.

  26. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, bullit, thanks. Yeah I saw the one on Maiocco’s column and the other was helpful in trying to understand the overall process. The video was even pretty good over here so I guess Reynaldo’s antenna is working.

    (Trying Skeebs crazy new scheme to help us poor commenters get a new paragraph)

    Bergs yeah I’ll believe it when I see it too. But I’m too relaxed over here to scour the web looking for info when I can just as k you all.

  27. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with that assessment, NoFear, is the D didn’t appreciably improve after the switch from Nolan to Sing. I didn’t think Nolan was as big an influence on Sing as he was. They both played it too safe. They both were scared of getting leads. They both wanted to keep games close and win in the end. All they did was stifle the offense and lose in the end.
    I’m on a laptop, Skeebs. This is crazy how to do the space. I’m back to the period.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s my pet peeve with you, NoFear. You are quick to ridicule others for their opinions, but rarely offer any of your own.
    Yeah, I thought Sing would do better. I thought he would see the fallacy of holding the offense back. I thought he would have someone in mind when he dumped Martz. He didn’t. He continually held back the offense. His mantra was “I’m not here to fool anybody.” Well, that was his downfall. But that same deal can be said about Nolan. Play it safe. Play it close. Play not to lose means you end up losing more often than not.
    So, be sure to rib me for singing Sing’s praises. Just know Nolan was worse. The one time you stuck your neck out, the axe came whistling down.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll say a little orison today that the NFL gets back to work soon.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A little Orbison sounds better to me.

  31. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    “Pretty Woman’ oh yeah! There’s some history Skeebs.
    I’ll check out ‘orison’ after this evening and reply, maybe. Bed time now
    I do not have a dog in this fight so what can I say (nothing). But I love you both, lol!
    We are all entitled to our opinions and I’m way late to the party so…I dunno.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This should explain our current relationship with the NFL:

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    El perfecto, Berg. Here’s another type of attitude towards the lockout.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Somehow Gene Pitney just doesn’t look the part.

    In the 80’s I helped build a recording studio for a guy that recorded some Gene Pitney stuff.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t care much for Pitney’s songs, except that one. Wow. They should have checked his vocal chords for PEDs.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It was easy for him to be strong, he was being followed around by a room full of good looking women. For us it’s different. What do we have to turn to, the CFL? Arena football? Heck, they don’t even show the CFL. Maybe we need more pretty women. I heard something I had to agree with a few years ago. If you see one woman naked, you just want to see them all!

  37. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not much of a Pitney fan either, but Town Without Pity is one of the great songs of all time.

    Midnight Special. Too funny.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now that you’ve got me statrted.
    Jeez I forgot my personal anthem, the song I hope they play at my funeral

    And something really old but brings back memories now that I’m waxing nostalgic here and I hope some of you remember this

  39. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer killin’ me, Bullitt.

    That KSFO thing is too cool . . .

    Haven’t heard that since what, 1974?

  40. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit – Nice, thanks.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I can’t wait to get home from work to listen to some oldies.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s some music to my ears…

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- The Burdon for my animals is that I don’t leave the door open for them to come and go at will. When I get a kink in my shoulder I always wonder if it is Dave or Ray Davies? Here is the best Badfinger song, IMO:

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Try this one from Chicago. Serching So Long with the great horn and guitar finish:

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How about my favorite Sinatra song:

  46. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Reports continue to surface that the two sides are ‘making progress’ in negotiating the CBA.

    I will send up a skeptical orison that this gets done sooner than later.

    Also trying Skeebs latest paragraph scam, uh huh. Sure…

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just a heads up, guys. When you have more than one link in a comment, the post goes into a queue waiting for me to approve it. Bullit’s posts were delayed because I wasn’t on duty at the time.

  48. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Nice, even with my fat fingers it worked!

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers Thanks good to know.

    Berger My favorite Rat Packer sang this

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    PF John Clayton of ESPN just reported that he was 70% sure that a settlement would happen right after 4th of July.

    They are $200 million apart on the money and he says the courts are laying back and not issuing a ruling so they can work this out themselves.
    Looking at about 3 more weeks.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- That was great. Here my favorite Deano song:

  52. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I see yer Badfinger and raise you some Todd Rundgren. In full regalia.

    One of the backup singers is hideously off key.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Multiple sources are saying the CBA is 80-85% done.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good call unca. If you ever come home from work feeling lethargic, like not partying on a friday night, play this song. It is the #1 party song for me. Works every time.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did somebody say regalia? How about some Peaches en Regalia? I recorded on the same board at ABC Recording Studio that this song was recorded. Great song. This is off of Hot Rats. Great album.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of my man Zappa, how about one the best guitar leads that not many have ever heard.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of the best guitar lead nobody has ever heard of, this is probably it. It is Robert Fripp guesting on a Brian Eno album.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I had this crotchet that a CBA can get done and then decided to just wait to see. I’ll believe it when I see it. In the meantime, playing some music yesterday was great. It looks like paying some Zappa and Eno shut down that fun. At least it was fun for me! Everybody played good stuff.

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The 8th circuit appellate court is looking like the hero of this offseason. First they stopped the Minnesota courts/players legal juggernaut, then they told both sides if they didn’t get this resolved, they would issue a ruling neither one of them liked. After that, all of a sudden the two sides get serious about a deal.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Stumbled across this on You Tube
    This is funny as hell


  61. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I’m sure we’ve talked about this before, but Adrian Belew is one of my faves. I saw him with Talking Heads, King Crimson, and on his own. Even saw him with David Bowie. Never saw him with Zappa though, but that’s how I found out about him. Belew played Berkeley Square (a small club), and was incredible. Never disappoints. Also saw him at Slim’s. If you don’t have Remain in Light by Talking Heads, give it a listen.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Adrian Belew is a strange character, but then so ar a lot of these guys. I saw him live in the 80’s with King Crimson. It was a fantastic show at Perkins Palace in Pasadena. I have a couple of Crimson DVDs form the last decade I watch every now and then when there is nobody else around. These two DVDs annoy most, but I’ve grown fond of them. Some of the tehnical musician ship is fascinating.

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like that, “musician ship”. Sounds like a cruise with some live bands!

  64. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Good one bullit. Poor Cardinal.

    Best music cruise I went on was a blues show band on a Mississippi river boat. Ok, it was the only one I’ve been on

  65. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, my sense of things with Adrian Belew is he doesn’t seem to enjoy the structure of being in other people’s bands. When I saw Belew playing with Talking heads, David Byrne would look annoyed when Belew would go off and start doing his crazy stuff.
    King Crimson was nominally more about the contrasting styles of Fripp and Belew, and he seemed to fit better there, but by the time Belew went out on his own, he went nuts. Lone Rhino (hard to find now) is a really good CD to show what Belew can do when he doesn’t have to listen to anyone else.

  66. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – Great Zappa stuff. Always loved the guy.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    winder- Here’s one that describes most of us. Don’t forget to ram it up your, well you know where!

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Since we are 49er fans, here is one called “Montana”, this is the one where he raises dental floss.

    Ths guy was demented but you can’t deny the music wasn’t intricate.

  69. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, I feel better already. Now, I just hope those assholes figure out this lockout business.

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    winder- funny thing with Zappa, you laugh at the antics and lyrics while being amazed at the musicianship at the same time. He always seemed to have the top musicians all the time. I’m glad you enjoyed, I did too!

  71. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Young Steve Vai in the Broken hearts are for Assholes vid . . .

    Too cool.

  72. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – To me he was ahead of his time and original. But, you are right, some of his guitar work was totally mindblowing.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I noticed a guy that looked familiar but couldn’t place him. It makes sense it could be Steve Vai. I’ll have to go watch it again.
    winder- Not to mention he always had the best guitarists, drummers, bassists, horns, keyboards, etc. He was like the rock version of Miles Davis. My favorite album is Sleep Dirt. They added vocals to the CD version and it ruined the whole thing. I ended up recording the album onto a blank CD and don’t know where they store bought version is. Don’t care.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a song my wife and I are hot on these days. It is by a blues/pop guitarist named John Mayer. We’ve seen him on Crossroads where is always great, then we order a DVD and get bored. We are going to try the CD connected to this song, it is on the way now. I hope it is more consistent than what I have listened to so far.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    winder- This song should expose him as one of our generations greatest guitarists. Listen to Terry Bozio on Drums and Patrick OHearn on bass. It’s just incredible. This song is very serious music and IMO it is a masterpiece.

    BTW, sometime after this album Bozio started Missing Persons. My room mate was taking lessons from him.聽

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Last one. This is Regyptian Strut my favorite song from Sleep Dirt. Another serious song with incredible musicianship. This might be George Duke on keyboards? This is a song I love to turn up and share. Enjoy.

  77. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You guys like those horns on Regyptian Strut? Ever heard anything like that before? You should hear the rythm section on a system that can shake a house! Since I doubt the album version can be purchased anymore, if anybody wants a copy I’ll send you one if you leave your info at my email. The address is NJ, I’ll send you one with the next package which will be soon.

  78. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not going to post the link but I just found a version of Zappa doing Purple Haze to the music The Ride of the Valkyries. I’m not sure if this should be considered serious music or what, but it isn’t bad. As usual, Zappa has me laughing and fascinated at the same time.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you want something more bizarre than Frank Zappa, read this ruling in San Diego by a judge on fan behavior. This proves some judges are just idiots and not fit for the position.

  80. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – What great stuff, I haven’t heard this in ages. Just amazing music.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger don’t buy the the New Black Country Communion, I’ll get you a copy. Going to be there on Saturday Night gett’n my Party On.

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As long as we’re talkin good tunes, Allman Bros, ‘One Way Out’ is timeless.
    I prefer the Live version from the Fillmore East, but it’s a staple when you talk ABB. Tons of good stuff Gregg and the Boys through the years.

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
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