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!!