UPDATE: The comment section is working now. Forgot to include a “Submit” button. Doofus.
Over the past few weeks, long time Niner Insider blog host, Kevin Lynch, has had his picture removed from the top of the site. Also, he is now sharing post space with David White, the former Raider correspondent. And now Maiocco has quit the Press Democrat. Is it really far-fetched to deduce that Maiocco will be taking over from
Lynch as the Niner Insider host?
Lynch has always been a part-time correspondent, with virtually no interest in hands on interaction with his comment crowd. Perhaps the Chronicle, sensing the rebirth of the 49ers as a hot item, has finally decided to employ a full-time blog host. Enter Maiocco.
Should this speculation prove accurate, some long time Niner Insider commenters, like the notorious rabble rouser FlyingV68, will be in for a rude awakening – or more likely a boot out the door. Maiocco has little tolerance for commenters who do not stay on topic or exist only to create turmoil or try to take control of the comment section. I doubt whether the horrendous free-for-alls that have long dominated the site will find much favor either. Then again, it’s the Chronicle. Maybe Maiocco is spending this hidden week taking a crash course in smack talk and will be ready to rumble come May 3.
Or I could just be FOS.
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In other speculative efforts, there seems little doubt that LeRoy Vann will be this year’s Training Camp fan favorite. And if he ends up getting the Kory Sheets ticket out of town, there will be hell to pay. Unlike Sheets, though, Vann fills a specific team need, and unless his knees buckle at the size of the NFL, he will surely make this
team as a return guy. In fact, his diminutive size may be an asset. It will be easy for him to become hidden behind the behemoths blocking for him, and by the time he becomes visible, it will be too late. His acceleration is extraordinary. No need for him to learn blitz pickup or anything but Run, Forrest, Run.
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This is the quietest it’s been after a draft in a long time. Normally, the blogs go haywire about now – rocks flying, smoke pouring out of ears, the Optimists vs the Pessimists duking it out in the Half Empty or Half Full glass of life. The less imaginary liquid in the glass, the louder and angrier the battle. As the imaginary volume increases, the debate decreases. There is probably no greater testimony to the solid performance of Mike Singletary, Trent Baalke, and Jed York than this eerie calm.
Kind of boring, though. We may have to wait until Alex Smith throws his first incompletion in the upcoming OTAs before the nay-sayers resume their belligerent outcry and the fun begins anew.