Once and Future Past

In the previous century, the Rams and 49ers had an in-state rivalry that spanned 46 years. That all ended in 1995 when the clueless new owner of the Rams, Georgia Frontiere, moved the team to St. Louis. End of the rivalry.

Because the rivalry was actually between San Francisco and Los Angeles, not the teams. Just like Pittsburgh has a rivalry with Cleveland, not the Baltimore Ravens, which were formerly the Cleveland Browns.

Perhaps, now that the Rams have relocated back to Los Angeles, the rivalry will somehow be rekindled, but for most of this century, the 49ers’ main rivals have been the Seattle Seahawks. Two West Coast teams with a true hatred of each other. Unlike the aforementioned rivalries, this rivalry is between teams, not cities. Nobody cares about Seattle, other than two guys standing in the pouring rain drunk and trying to explain why living there is pretty great once in a while, when the sun shines, once in a while.

Let’s face it, Los Angeles is passe. A steaming mass of soulless distracted morons. San Francisco has experienced its own decay this century, but it still looks good from the blimp view. L.A. is exposed for its blob of nothingness from the blimp. Maybe the guys from the NSA can enjoy that joint, beaming their peek a boo satellites down on a hot babe or two waltzing around with their everythings hanging out, but that’s it. The rising tides of the ocean can drown the place and do the world a favor. For now, we pity that city more than we hate it.

But the Rams? Meh. Just another team on the schedule. Beating the Seahawks is personal. Beating the Rams is just business.

And this coming Sunday, the 49ers need to take care of business and beat the Rams if they want to prove they’re a legitimate contender for the Division throne. That they’re truly back as an NFL contender.

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29 comments on “Once and Future Past
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    When the rivalry was going strong nobody needed to be told about it. The teams and fans knew. It won’t take much to get it going again and this game should be a primer to that end. Pretty sure the fans and media will be all over it. Shouldn’t take the teams very long to get it.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It takes awhile to create a history. We have it now with the Seahawks, not the Rams. Don’t see that changing anytime soon. I’m sure Bullit disagrees, but …

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    When we duke it out in the playoffs a few times and get some guys like Dickhead Sherman spitting and foaming after a game, then we’ll have a rivalry again. Right now, their guys don’t really know our guys, and vice versa.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NFL losing fans. Pushing Rams vs 49ers is a natural way to attempt to get that back. Takes time to recover from Kaep damage.

    Low IQ football players shoved in your face wears one down.

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    KS says Skule and Brunskill similar. So we will rely on outside zone with the two new OT’s. Run game and D to get us through next 4 games.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Ah yes. Remember lots of good 80’s movies. Made Wang Chung famous. We are not going down there to lose.


  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brunskill at RT at 265 lbs rminds you of Dan Audick at LT when he was around 250lbs.
    If it proves to be a problem I would kick Person out to RT and put in Garland at RG. Seems a lot to ask an undrafted undersized rookie to start at RT. Most likely they’ll have a TE flanking him to help out.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Saw on Gamepass last night that Garland is 6’5″ 308 lbs. Play-calling will have to compensate for the lack of OZ capable RT on that side. Memories of Trent Brown.

    This O is deadly. Primary receivers get a choice on how to break depending on leverage of defender. Dummies do not get drafted.


  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams have always been the Niners main rival from the Roman Gabriel, Dick Bass, Jack Snow and Fearsome Foursome days.
    A decent rivalry is stoked when both teams are elite and contenders. That’s hard to have both teams competitive at the same time.
    The fact that the Rams moved to St Louis diluted the rivalry
    but historically the Rams are the Niners main rivals and the long history is there for us old timers.

    Just like the Niner rivalries with the Cowgurls, Giants and Raiduhs. It’s all about how relevant it is at the current time.

    The Rams are in the way currently so again I say Phuck the Rams!

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    CAR has the top ranked sacks in 2019 and we deal with them without Staley and McGlinchey.

    Wade Phillips the Rams DC seems unable to get their D going their last 2 games. They hamstrung themselves against the cap, and #31 draft position also did not help in offseason.

    Weak at LB and edge with scheme and playcalling to minimize Donald. Talib out and Rapp coming back from injury. The OT’s can continue without much if any help in pass pro. Hope 30 pts is attainable with Jimmy and playcalling exposing LAR D holes.

    Our D is healthy and can check Goff and receivers as priority. Am thinking another W here. They really miss a healthy Gurley.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    LAR has good run D:


    Gave up lots of points. Does this coincide with Clay Matthews out. Has to be good at setting the edge and tackling. Article says look to more 3 WR sets in place of Juice. So need those 3 to really help with run blocking on perimeter.

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the naysayers were wrong !

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Overpaying Goff and Gurleys knee puts LAR in bad position to stay on top. Chances of a dynasty rivalry?


  14. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    The all-hype Myles Garrett with his 8th sack. 2nd in the league.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:

    QB C.J. Beathard
    WR Jordan Matthews
    DL Jullian Taylor
    FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee)
    LT Joe Staley (leg)
    RT Mike McGlinchey (knee)
    CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Three good offensive starters and one on defense out. Rough way to go into a game with a major divisional rival. Shanahan has his work cut out for him today.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    “The all-hype Myles Garrett with his 8th sack. 2nd in the league”

    Garrett’s team is 2-4. He can join Von Miller in piling up individual stats and playing for losers.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners take lead.

    There is a lot of Niner Red in the stands.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you didn’t believe it’s time.

    The Niners phucked the Rams today. Total domination.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And there’s your GPS game. Even with the flaws, we dominated them.

  21. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Myles Garrett doesn’t drive the offense, Bullitt. Or call the plays. He’s a very good defensive end and pass rusher. Calling him all hype is flat dumb.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And to make the day even sweeter, the winless Jets beat the Cowboys. Hahahaha.

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    If Seattle would have lost it would have been the trifecta.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan’s gameplan made all the difference as he compensated for the loss of both starting tackles and fullback.

    Amazing stat on defense was Rams were 0 for 9 on third down conversions and 0 for 4 on fourth down. The goal line stand was remarkable.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For the second week in a row Niners made the opposing QB, this week Goff have that deer in headlights look as the defensive line pressure had a great effect on Goff and he was mediocre netting only 48 yards passing with longest pass completed at 12 yards.

  26. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Nation’s sports pundits know this team is for real. Not only on talent on both sides of the ball but especially the coaches.

    They dismantled a 421 yds per game passing offense. The two new coaches made dline excellent and DB’S play above their abilities. Kocourek and pass rush coach deserve high praise. AA and Thomas brought back from the dead.

    Shanahan has the O overcoming a weak OL. We have a play design and playcalling advantage. Just like in the 80’s, KS is the advantage. Both D and O make mid game adjustments that work.

    Jimmy in sync with KS in executing gameplan tweaks immediately. Only negative is bad draft position from here on out.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedule
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 10
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17