Ode de Camp

Camp Alex, the first football activity of the 49ers’ 2011 season, has completed its four day run, and already the blog world is pissed off about everything. It could be a grumpy year ahead.

Jim Harbaugh was almost unanimously welcomed as the new 49er Head Coach in January, but now, without coaching even a single practice, let alone a single game, he is already viewed as an idiot for recruiting Alex Smith to be his starting quarterback this season. While most teams were having player led practices, the blogs ridiculed the 49ers for not having these same types of events. Now that Smith has stepped up and conducted one of these camps, the blogs are poo-pooing the relevance or worthwhility of it, while simultaneously crapping on the team’s number one wide receiver for not fully participating in the same allegedly useless practices.

The seasons come and go. The coaches come and go. But the blogs remain a steadfast bastion of disapproval.

It was rumored (or real) a few years back that Jed York, newly arrived in the Bay Area, logged into the Chronicle’s Insider blog one cheery morning and was shocked, appalled, and furious at the venom he was reading. No shit, Jed. No country for kind men.

So, the 2011 year begins with two of the 49ers’ Big Four offensive players (Smith, Gore, VD, Crabs) being told to get the hell out of town. It is never mentioned who would replace these two. Solutions, after all, are just thumbs downs in utero.

By all accounts, the camp was impressively organized and productive. This can be listed in the So Effing What category, but the alternative would have been a sloppy affair with guys standing around scratching their nuts and swapping lewd jokes. That would not be encouraging at all. For fans who still actually care how the Niners fare this year, this camp was at least an indication that team morale and determination are vibrant and focused.

The best news to come out of this camp may very well be that center David Baas showed up for it. Baas is a free agent. His attendance doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing he will re-sign with the Niners, but it’s a strong indicator that such will be the case. He’s got a playbook. Connect the dots. This would take care of one of the glaring holes in the team’s current roster. Unless old David reverts to his ill-fated past and tears a pec muscle during stretching exercises. In which case, he would definitely re-sign here because nobody else would want him.

At the conclusion of this camp, the team is about where it would have been if there was the usual minicamp in April and rookie camp in May. Everybody’s got the new playbook, has received a basic intro to it, and can now go home and memorize their particular part in that playbook. “Hmmm. Let’s see. I’m no longer Number 5. I’m now Red Beans. Solid. I’m good to go.”

What will be missing, it looks like, are the June OTAs where the real 49er coaches instruct the team and have some real practices where the offense and defense actually play against each other. It is these events that are the most instructive and worthwhile, especially for teams breaking in new systems and playbooks.

Out there on the labor front, real negotiations appear to be finally taking place, so maybe there will be a full 2011 season after all. There’s even a little humor emanating from the process as Roger Goodell assured fans that they were a big part of the equation in the lockout scenario. Now that is some serious, serious bull bleep, Rog. I mean, ROTFLMAO Bull Bleepablooperinicrapatoniocity. And, for good measure, here’s some !#@&*%*!# for your iPod.

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49 comments on “Ode de Camp
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers True dat.
    Yes it is a common trait for the “bothered” to get rid of AS or MC without viable replacements
    to step in.
    All this venom during a lockout with a voluntary minicamp.
    Ubelievable. Wait until they really start using live ammo.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The umbra of the blog world is negativity. The umbra of UQB is the camel toe hair cut.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think I would have said this before last year but I hope David Baas comes back.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I admit last year about this time, I was making fun of Baas and his injury prone ways and was convinced he’d be irrelevant and gone after the season. Then Heitmann went down and Baas seemed to find his niche at center.
    Please come back, David. We love you now. How could we have doubted you!

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    wow ! someone on here called this one perfectly i remember calling for baas to be tried out at C for quite a while ! this was based on the fact that he would have been considered to be the #1 prospect at center had he stayed in school one more year ! one of the guys on here was very big on the fact that the move to center would be a big factor in baas staying healthy ! whoever it was (i think either nj49er , chuck or winder ) stand up and take a bow !

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    dennis , lol i saw your comment on the last thread ! there’s no need to root against our niners this year ! the big difference now is that alex smith isn’t being counted on to be the QB of the future ! don’t forget , we traded up in round 2 to land a top QB prospect ! i like copernicus a lot and think he has a chance to be as almost as effective a QB as either gabbert or ponder !

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like an NJ49er opinion.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    me too skeebs , i’m pretty sure he was the culprit !

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baas did make the blooper reel, though, for the ugliest shotgun heave-ho ever last year. That air ball over Smith’s head and into the end zone was a breath taking moon shot.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have often maintained that the strongest OL the Niners could put on the field would be Staley, Iupati, Baas, Heitmann and Davis.
    Heitmann did very weel at Guard before they moved him to Center
    after Newberry couldn’t go anymore.
    I wonder how much rope Harbaugh will give Rachal. I think Snyder is a better option at RG than Chilo.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I figured Baas would be better at center because he sucked at guard. He is a big, stiff no-neck who pulls about as well as I dance the tango. Ask him to brawl with a big NT, he might be able to do that… ask him to run five yards and hit a target in space, umm, not so much.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You guys are talking about different OL scenarios like it makes one whit of difference — it doesn’t! It makes no difference who starts on the OL when Berger’s buddy, Michael Dukakis is still under center. Go back and watch that video again closely. I’m pretty sure that was A*** S**** riding around in a tank wearing his 49er helmet.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis just like your picture and the reenactment of Paul Revere’s ride
    warning the British with bells and shots going off that the Americans were coming.
    A true NE Patriot.

  14. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    According to the Eagle-Trib somewhere in Massachusetts, the lockout os nearly over.

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll maintain my stance from a year ago when this all came up…I think we’re gonna miss a game or two…It would be then, after a couple of weeks when the players start to miss their checks. That’s when nerves will set it.
    But I’m sure in the meantime A*** S**** will be absorbing his playbook and trying to instill his “knowledge” on the other players.
    That concept is so gay-ass that it deserves a gay-ass smiley face from yours truly. 馃榾

  16. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    It must be the dog days because I find I’m actually enjoying the negativity. Or maybe I’m just getting on board with the true team spirit, the umbra of the 9ers? That or it’s the hang over.
    Boredom is setting in so I hope the report is true and the lockout ends soon. Wouldn’t surprise me tho if we miss some games. That would be stupid as hell and would put the team in a tough spot. Whatever. I’m saying we will be better than last year but maybe not by much. The post by Skeebs has just the right touch of irony, skepticism and humor. Don’t tell him though.

  17. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear what do you make of Delanie Walker’s comment that he ‘didn’t want to give it all away but the new offense looks to be using a lot of 2TE sets’ and he expects to do a lot more catching (work) this year? Because I think you know a hell of a lot more about passing game than I do, I ask ‘what do you expect to see changing from JH offense/passing game from last years’ stone age version’?

  18. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis wouldn’t try to set anyone up would he???

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I saw a kerf in a piece of wood that said Del loves Alex Smith. Go figure?

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey rob – wasn’t me that said that. I liked Baas when we drafted him and thought he was a good pick. As far as I’m concerned he never really panned out but we do need him to come back and be our center this year. We wasted 3 or so years trying to groom Wallace for the position but we all know how that turned out. I think 49er fans have every right to be a little negative. The people who continually dog the franchise don’t really seem to be true fans, simply because we do have so many things going for us. The hiring of Harbaugh and the rest of the coaching staff is huge and such a blessing. I really don’t have anything against Crab, but he really hasn’t shown much yet. I am one of those that truly dislikes A.S. with a passion, and think we could do much better once FA opens up. However, I don’t think Harbaugh has a lot of options at the moment.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    On 2nd thought, maybe the kerf said bullit loves Sarah Palin? Do you think she knows there are only 50 states? Obama says he hasn’t visited all 57 states yet. Maybe bullit loves Obama? Declare bullit. I hate him. You seem to be an Obama guy. Are you a black guy? I don’t really care, I love you anyway, but you seem to be a black Democrat. Obviously you love Deocrats. I really don’t care. I’m glad you blog here, just wondering.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger. I got your “kerf” right here. Kerf and A*** S**** can kiss my Michael Dukakis ass.
    Kerf this 馃榾

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Query? Who would my bestest friend, Berger vote for; Obama or A*** S**** in an election? Inquiring minds would like to know.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I’m a fan of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and hate to see his poem butchered.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- One thing I saw Harbaugh do at Stanford is to bring in 3 TEs, which meant the defense bringing in the run packaged. Then he called for spread formations and ran a spread offense with 3 TEs. It worked well.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- If you read my poetry a week or two ago you would know I’m not much up on Longfellow or any other poet. Me and the word poetry don’t usually belong in the same sentence.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger this is the beginning of that poem

    Listen my children and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
    On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
    Hardly a man is now alive
    Who remembers that famous day and year.
    He said to his friend, “If the British march
    By land or sea from the town to-night,
    Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
    Of the North Church tower as a signal light,–
    One if by land, and two if by sea;
    And I on the opposite shore will be,
    Ready to ride and spread the alarm
    Through every Middlesex village and farm,
    For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

    Every American child that was paying attention in elementary school should remember this.

  28. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. I can hardly even remember elementry school. Nice poem though.

  29. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    It will interesting to ‘hear’ (since no NFL TV in coconut land) what you all say about the way the offense runs. I haven’t seen any Stanford football so must use imagination trying to visualize. Anything will be better than the SCO which got really really old. I’m really looking forward to some intelligent schemes, uses of personnel, an uptempo enthusiastic group on offense. Hopefully everyone will play a lot better. If nothing else we have to spread the ball around so Gore doesn’t break down again. Like the sound of the 3 TEs out of the spread Bergs.
    Check down Charlie, that’s good. I’ll have to look up Walker’s stats and see how he did. Last year was too depressing to get into many details. Nothing like success to keep everyone happy and if Crab has a good year so much the better

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard it was Sarah Palin who put the lantern in the belfry arch?

  31. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    and found it full of bats?


    Of course, if it was Obama, he would have convened a commission to study the British threat, the environmental impact on the bats, and the effect on his reelection chances. By 1783, he would have been ready to surrender.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What we needed back then was Al Gore to invent the internet so Paul Revere wouldn’t have to abuse his horse.

  33. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Too funny, Barack Revere. He’s the new Tory, defender of the unworkable status quo.
    Yeah NF I’ll search around on the web. Yes the internet is wireless now and pretty reliable (despite the hoax story about supposed “Reynaldo”). Just having fun with that one, pure bullshit. I got one website but it was blocked for Super Bowl. Games come on here between 2AM and 8AM so less traffic on the network. I’ll check the NFL, have been buying “Field Pass” which is audio only. Hey ya never know they might be worth watching!
    Hell yeah! MAVERICKS BEAT THE East Coast Lakers, beat da heat. LOL. West is the best!! hahahaha

  34. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    The inspiration for “Reynaldo” was Reynaldo Nehemiah of course. Loser!

  35. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Politics from a 6th century BC asian point of view:
    The Court is corrupt,
    The fields are overgrown with weeds,
    The granaries are empty,
    Yet there are those dressed in fineries,
    With swords at their sides,
    Filled with food and drink,
    And possessed of much wealth.
    This is taking the lead in robbery,
    Far indeed is this from the Way.
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, thanks for the Props.
    I’ve always felt Baas needed to be inside because he sux eggs 8 out of 10 times when he tries to hit a moving target in space.
    Straight ahead, hold your ground seems to fit his skill set better.
    BTW, BCC2 on Tuesday, I see them LIVE on Sat night.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, from the last thread, I hold no contempt for Crabtree for his work at Camp Alex, rather, for his propensity to miss or not participate fully in the prior 2 Camps.
    I’m all in for his presence at the meetings and, I did gave him credit for showing up, just stating that he and Alex both need to work on their timing which seemed to lack sharpness during more than a few in game instances last Season.
    I question his desire to be playing with Alex but, all seems to be fine according to the CSN video interview. We can only speculate and watch for the results.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Harbaugh is still being cosher with UQB. He even told a San Diego station that he got thrown under the bus a couple times by his own team.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  40. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Does JH mean previous coaches or others as the under bus throwers?

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