Lights, Camera, Action

Sigh. We made it. It’s here. The beginning of a new decade of NFL football. The Patriots and the Colts owned the last decade. Which teams will own this coming one? (Hint: The San Francisco 49ers!!!!!).

I must be channeling sumo wrestling fans because I am really pumped about the outcome of the nutcracker battle between Mike Iupati and Isaac Sopoagna. And Justin Smith versus Anthony Davis. Bring it on, guys. I don’t think the league will be calling this franchise a “finesse” outfit this coming decade.

Maybe it’s a hangover from the Draft. I normally don’t get all that excited about the beef boys on the team. I just want them to do their jobs, so we don’t have to discuss them. Besides, that’s Berger’s responsibility.

Any how, this year I am excited by them. Iupati probably more than Davis. I keep thinking we might have a Steve Hutchinson/Larry Allen kind of guy at left guard. We all know what Hutchinson did for Seattle and the guy who stunk after he left, old what’s his name who’s out of the league — right, Shaun Alexander, and what Allen did for Emmitt Smith and the 2006 season for Frank Gore. Don’t be surprised if Glen Coffee is a very effective runner behind a line that can open up the cracks. He hits the hole faster than any back we have, and he hits it hard.

The 53 man roster cut down date is going to generate some blog anguish this year. Most fans would not mind seeing the team scrap the fullback position completely, but Mike Singletary is more likely to retain not one, but two guys for this spot — Moran Norris and Brit Miller. Which means two guys with more value (as bloggers see it) will not be retained. Norris, in fact, stands a good chance of assuming Mark Roman’s title of “least liked 49er player.”

The 49ers did not make the playoffs last year, as Singletary and Jed York vowed they would, but fans other than the usual grumblers did not lose faith in the team and its HC. The bloggers who have no faith in Singletary had none to begin with. The team was noticeably better last year and every game but two went down to the final minute, meaning fans got a full 60 minutes of excitement for their money or time, instead of far too many 30 minute, one half and it’s over games that had become the staple the past seven years.

The team also did not regress. It continued to progress, and even achieved one more victory than the previous year to finish at .500 for the first time since 2002. Not regressing was a big deal. The 2007 season began with fans thinking playoffs and full of high hopes, only to see the team not only regress, but collapse completely.

A few bitter bloggers claim this 2007 season was the last straw for them, squashing their optimism about the franchise. Sure. Hahaha. Spare me the dweep dip, chinchilla face. These guys are bitter because they choose to be. It’s a schtick. Conveniently, that 2007 squashdown provides them with their excuse to see nothing but 49er negativity everywhere they point their beady, mean little eyes. Or sockets, in Zero’s case.

The 2009 progress was real, and the league noticed, if not some of the nitpickers amongst us. Not only did the team win that extra game to achieve .500, but it took command of its division, the NFC West. That, in the long run, is the most meaningful accomplishment of the 2009 season. Year to year success in the NFL demands a team control its own division and assure itself of a playoff berth in the process. The 49ers took that first step last year and must now begin to win games outside its division if they hope to achieve a lasting run of NFL eminence.

What am I saying? That the 2009 season represented the first time since 2002 that the 49ers achieved back to back improved seasons. True, they won more in 2006 than 2005, but that was crawling out of the bottom of a pit, not a solid team getting better. So, no, fans not only have not lost faith in the franchise, they are more excited for the 2010 season than any season this century.

Gulp. C’mon guys. Bring home the bacon this year! And bring on the Nutcracker!



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23 comments on “Lights, Camera, Action
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think I’ll have a tea while await tweets about the nutcracker for the 8:30 practice.
     
    So what will be more interesting, the actual drill or the PNG reporters complaining about it?

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They’re already complaining/worrying. If somebody gets nicked, the howl will resonate for weeks. Never mind that 2 Bronco RBs went down the first day of practice while they were simply running the ball. Or the CB for the Ravens who tore an ACL.
     
    I think the Nutcracker has become one of the symbols of Singletary’s tough guy approach, so his detractors like to breathe all over it in case they can leap in to complain that his approach will never work in the modern era & see! he just hurt one of our guys needlessly. Too bad. It’s a lot of macho fun, actually.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It always amazes me how many dedicated bloggers there are who just never seem to enjoy anything about the game or find any joy in rooting for the team.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I don’t even waste my time reading most of the negativo’s posts. If my team sucks then so be it. I’ll complain at the time it happens.
     
    I don’t need to waste my time anticipating misery. There is enough misery in real time to need to make it hang around when it isn’t here yet. What if we end up having a great team, all the negativos accomplished was to waste time being miserable. But for them that probably helps them pass the time in their parents basements.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I agree. We don’t need any negativo’s at this juncture. Optimism abounds, the future is bright and success is not only knocking on the door, we’re about to kick that sumbitch in.
     
    With that said, Moran Norris already is my “least liked 49er player.” He sucks, get rid of that no good sumbitch. Hey, I’m a blogger. I had to bitch about something.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s not bitching, Delmar. It’s rooting for the biggest loser.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    How’s this for fun news from a Barrows tweet:
     
    “Just watched Mike Iupati nearly overturn the blocking sled. Niners might have to buy a bigger sled …”

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think I got the matchups crossed in my post. It should be Smith vs Iupati, and Davis vs Sopoagna.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- Complaining about Norris is the present. Training camp is about who makes the team and preparing, and we are all concerned about the play calling. Norris represents the play calling we hate. This is the time of year to rave and complain about the personnel. In about 5 or 6 weeks it will be time to start complaining and raving about wins and losses. At least that is the way I see it.

  10. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    I saw that same tweet, Skeebs. I got all excited sitting here in my chair just thinking about Iupati knocking the crap outta the shed. Hit it even harder next time, Mike. Hell, if ya break it, I’ll chip in for a new one.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe the FBs have been reading the blogs. They’re kicking butt today. Brit Miller just pancaked Haralson.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here we go. Baas just limped off the field.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Justin Smith just blew Iupati back five yards on the first snap of team drills.”
     
    Welcome to the NFL, rook.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baas now limping into the locker room. This guy is unbelievable. If he’s not back on the field for the afternoon practice, Iupati just became our starting LG.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Can it even be counted as training camp if Baas is healthy? At least we know we are officially under weay.

  16. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, don’t know if you’re into FF, but I’m running the Insider League again this yr. It’s but invite only, so if ya want to play, I can save you a spot. Send me an E-Mail for an invite if you want to give it a go.
     
    dunkirkwantsrevenge@comcast.net

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the invite, Dennis, but I don’t know one damn thing about FF or how to play it.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That didn’t stop any of us skeebs . . .

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I stunk on ice . . .

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t even figure out how to play my reserves until the middle of the season.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NTs RJF and K Mitchell both looked good today in the nutcracker.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    So did Soap. Threw down Wragge, which is no mean feat.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Brit Miller has made his presence known for now. I hope he keeps it up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
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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