One Toke Over the Line

The OTAs and minicamp have concluded and the players have the next six weeks off. Most will go home and have backyard barbecues and some will pose for mug shots. The 49ers are holding their breath that Reuben Foster does not appear in the latter somes.

For the rookies, it’s a good time to form your official NFL entourage. These groups consist of losers the player grew up with who now feel entitled to share in the player’s new found fame and wealth. For the player, it shows he hasn’t abandoned his roots and also allows him to feel like a massive big shot.

These groups will invariably consist of some serious pot heads and drunks, a mix that makes nightclub hopping a dangerous threat to a player’s career.

Reuben got busted for smoking weed in Alabama, which is very seriously stupid. I smoked dope for 35+ years without ever once coming close to a bust. Of course, I never made the mistake of sitting in a car at 3:00am huffing away on a city street, either.

When I first lit up, the only dope around was Mexican weed that had stems and seeds in it. You had to sift out the seeds before you could use it. It came in baggies called “lids.” It was nothing like the super dope that’s around now. You had to buy hash back then to get the sort of high that today’s weed supplies.

The NFL remains one of the last bastions of anti-weedness. In my day, a weed bust was serious jail time. Now it’s more or less a misdemeanor or an excuse for a cop to hassle you. More and more states are making it legal. But not the NFL.

At any rate, for the nonce you NFL guys, do your toking at home and have a normal short career, rather than a drug testing nightmare career.

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57 comments on “One Toke Over the Line
  1. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, it would really be good if none of our players feed the media their required carrion. As far as the pot goes I smoked it for a long time too. And it is still considered a category 1 narcotic by the feds. I happen to live in a state that recreational pot is legal. I haven’t smoked it for quite a while but I like the idea of being able to go into a store and get some if I wanted to. And someday maybe I will take it up again, it’s just that it makes me lazy and at my age lazy isn’t good.

  2. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Once the NFL realizes that pot does help pain and relaxes for the most part and is way better for you that most pain and muscle relaxer pills they might allow it for certain things.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hey mon. Don’t even think about getting between me and my ganja weed.

    Can this explain the persistent low labor participation rate. Who needs a job with enough govt benefits and the various uses, er excuses, for the various forms of medicinal marijuana.

    Which party gets out their vote with marijuana initiatives to be voted on.

    But hey. This is a football blog. Cannabis oil is great for pain management. For those who don’t have the benefit of NFL money it helps to get by until a needed surgery to get new joints.

    For the underachiever’s among us, go ahead and share the bong of medicinal marijuana. The choom gang lives on.

  4. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In many ways it beats the crap out of Rx kickbacks that often turn deadly for the folks who get addicted ‘legally’.
    The war on drugs My A$$. Nothing more than grabbing the inside track to tax-free profits by manipulating the supply lines.
    When that dries up, ask Doc for a script. Side effects to be damned.

    Big Pharma.
    We have a pill for that.


  5. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks to Reuben Foster, Jed York, Shanahan, Lynch et al, a failed drug test for weed and/or illegal possession is just a joke. All the tokers and stoners think it’s great though, so who cares anyway?

    Then why can’t they self-medicate with Jack Daniels, too? Everybody hurts, right? A flask pocket in all new unis. Retrofit for the older ones. 80 proof minimum in the squirt bottles. The zebras already on board?

    Ah, maybe next year when there will likely be even fewer standards, if that’s still possible.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear , maybe you should try some xanax ! You can get a prescription for it you know !

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    rumor floating out there that Lynch has talked to Pats about a Gronk trade

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    “The Rob Gronkowski trade talks were real, according to multiple reports, but cooler heads eventually prevailed.”

    Good because gronk misses too many games .

  9. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, NJ. When the ‘legal’ drugs being shovelled into players are 10x worse than the ‘illegal’ ones, it’s a bit telling. Smoke a joint to ease the pain? SUSPENDED! Get hooked on Vicodin and end up on the streets? No prob! And don;t even think about your NFL pension, you addict.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Gronk is healthy he scores TDs.
    When he’s hurt he manages 7-12 TDs a season.
    I’d easily give up a 3rd round pick for him.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of talk here about greedy corporations. We shall see if there are any hypocrites on this blog.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good deal. Why should taxpayers be subsidizing multi-billion dollar sports teams? Way past time to end this welfare.

    I would also like eminent domain and state financial assistance banned from assisting the leagues in obtaining and building their stadiums and areans.

    They are billion dollar industry getting billions in advertizing and broadcast/cable feeds, charging the-sky-is-the-limit ticket prices and paying players gazillions of dollars. They are wealthy businesses and don’t deserve a dime of public assistance.

    Finally something I am all in for.

    F***ing Kneelers

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    and let’s make sure their Monopoly status is broken up too
    (Congress gave them an anti-trust special status)

    They claim that “entertainment” is different than a “business”.
    In that case I can not see how they can tax a book store as a business. Books are very entertaining.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I agree that youth sports organizations that do not charge admission – but sell snacks, t-shirts, etc. to raise funds, as well as charging a fee to participants – should be tax exempt

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So while we are poking the beehive, throw out some more chum for comments and debate.

    This does not go far enough. There should be a special income tax bracket for the NFL, Rodger Goddell, and the players. A 70% marginal rate sounds good for the NFL. The money can go for “social justice.”

    Get rid of all tax exempt organizations. Why is anti-trust protection needed, in any form, needed by the NFL.

    As far as I know the teams themselves already pay taxes. The leagues are not taxed because they are technically non profits, as in they pay salaries to their employees but no one makes a profit from them (no one is supposed to take money out if there is a profit).

  16. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    How about you just shut it? You hate the players and you hate the owners. what’s left? Oh the kneelers? Hahahahahahaha!

    You are all about the unis?

  17. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I bet Ray Rice isn’t kneeling. Nor is Big Ben. Or Greg hardy. But they are fine.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    OK Chuck. I will put you down as a hypocrite, then.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers may cut 2016 first-round draft pick Joshua Garnett”

  20. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah not real surprising another Baalky gem.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When Garnett was drafted I thought he might turn out to be like his old Stanford line mate David DeCastro who made All Pro at Guard.
    Instaed he turns out to be another Marcus Martin.

    This really show how inept Baalke has in evaluating talent.
    Trent’s batting average is around .100.
    Baalke has entered Joe Thomas/Terry Donahue trerritory for being a failure as a GM.

  22. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Garneett had dropped a bunch of weight to try and keep his jjob.GUess it didn’t work.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows was asked about a surprise cut. From a mailbag answer.

    Person over Garnett? Gimme a break. Has everyone gone open loop on this blog.

    OL needs to put their pads on before anything can be said.

    What can we get in trade for Armstead, not a Garnett cut. Injuries happen too.

  24. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer right. It’s clickbait bullshit. Barrows is speculating. And it certainly wouldn’t happen now.

  25. robNo Gravatar says:

    “I’ve been very proud of how he handled his year off,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Garnett in May. “Some guys, when they go through that, they can get down, especially the surprise it was for him when it happened. He really took advantage of his year off. I think he’s changed his body. I think he’s lost weight and added muscle. I think by doing that, you’re faster, you’re more athletic. I don’t believe he’s lost his power either because it’s been the right type of weight.”

  26. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    “He really took advantage of his year off.” I think that tells most of the story unless he shows something during TC he is more than likely gone. I don’t think they can actually judge him very well since they haven’t seen much of what he can do.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hindsight is always 20/20 so instead of extending Anthony Davis
    they should’ve given the money to Iupati and we wouldn’t have the need at LG.
    Baalke guessed wrong and went with a guy that wasn’t committed and Niners ended up with squat

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Seem to remember maybe 6 months ago Anthony Davis was buying into a medical marijuana franchise.

    A high one that lost motivation? Maybe Skeebs can do a little investigative reporting here. How often do team players get physicals, once a year? Can they detect drug use and abuse.

    Seems clubs need to know before offering extensions or accepting trades?

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another video in anticipation of upcoming season

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags running game only scored 4TDs last year with only one of them by a running back. No running TDs from inside the 10.

    Seems like Seahags haven’t come to terms with the INT by Butler in losing Super Bowl and things haven’t been the same since.

    That’s why Schottenheimer is their OC so you can expect them to try to pound the ball on the ground. Wilson was developing the same tendencies and bad habits that led to Kap’s demise, freelancing and not sticking to the play called.

  31. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, the similarities of Kap and RW have more to do with poor line play than anything else. And we didn’t have the WRs.

  32. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Hags not giving the ball to Lynch on the goal line in that Super Bowl was even worse than our not giving it to Frank at least once when we had First and Goal against the Ravens. They only had one yard to go. Sherman’s reaction had to be what every guy on that team felt, even if they didn’t show it. I really don’t think they have believed in Petey ever since.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Niners agree to three-year extension with OL Laken Tomlinson, source says. Deal worth a max of $18m with $10m in guarantees.”


  34. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like they like him quite a bit.

  35. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, the biggest problem with that drive was Harbaugh taking the timeout because he couldn’t get the play out fast enough. We had Balt on their heels and we burned so much time just to run 3 plays. Horrible clock management.

    They showed that game on the NFL channel a few days ago and the amount of time they let burn was ludicrous.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    There was nothing wrong with the clock management. It was an end game situation where they didn’t want to leave any clock time for the Ravens to come back and win or tie with a FG. Kap choked, period.

  37. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Riiiiiiiiight. Make the agenda fit the outcome. I think taking the lead in the first place is a little more important than running the clock. Horrible clock management. Even worse play calling.

    The 49ers had 2and and goal at the 5 at the 2 minute warning. They passed 3 times and burned 10 seconds. Why pass if you are trying to run out the clock?. Harbaugh himself said they had a run called on 3rd down but were forced to call a timeout. Lousy clock management. Harbaugh changed the call to a pass.

    Harbaugh had problems his entire career, with Alex, and Kap, in getting plays off on time. Or are you conveniently forgetting that?

    Keep revising history, Skeebs.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    They called a time out on second down. If they only burned 10 seconds, I guess it would be hard to say they mismanaged the clock. Harbaugh went 49-21, so I guess his “problems” didn’t affect winning games. It just gave second-guessers something to crab about.

  39. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    But you said they were burning clock to end the game with a score. Pretty dumb to throw 3 times and call a timeout after the 2 min warning if the intent is to wind the clock down. They should have run 2 more times to burn clock. Or at least once. The 49ers left 1:50 on the clock after the 4th down fail.

    But for one time out, we likely win the Super Bowl. St. Jim had problems with clock management, and getting plays in on time. That is a well-known fact, Skeebs. I can point to about 350 articles on the matter.

    If they HAD scored the touchdown, Balt had plenty of time for a drive. 1:50.

    Just curious, Skeebs.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To refresh your memory on how the game ended.

    IMO Kap’s passes had absolutely no touch, they were all flat with not enough air on those final plays.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In signing Tomlinson Lynch actually saved the Niners a bunch of money

    “The 49ers acquired Tomlinson in a trade from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick shortly before the start of last season. The Lions selected Tomlinson with the No. 28 overall pick from Duke in 2015.
    The 49ers did not pick up the fifth-year option on Tomlinson for the 2019 season, which would have cost $9.625 million. Instead, the 49ers and Tomlinson agreed to a three-year extension worth up to $18 million with $10 million guaranteed, reports the NFL Network.”

    According to GM Lynch Tomlinson has improved and earned the new contract.

  42. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who led the comeback?

  43. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    why didn’t they run?

  44. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    No matter who the QB was in that Super Bowl loss to the Ravens, even if it had been Joe freakin Montana, history would say he choked on that drive.

    Blame the play calling, blame the power failure, blame the Harbaugh conspiracy, whatever, the fact remains they gave the ball to Shit7torm, he had the opportunity to prove he wasn’t a gimmick QB, and he blew it.

  45. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Waah! Then tell me Alex Smith blew the 2011 NFC championship game.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What kind of middle aged fellow constantly responds to getting his butt kicked on a blog by speaking in baby language? Is there a psychological profile for this kind of weirdness? Never mind that his response has no relevance to anything previously discussed, which is a psychological profile all by itself, usually termed “he’s just an idiot who got his butt kicked on a blog and is trying desperately to change the subject.”

  47. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    You tell me, Skeebs. You have no ass left to kick. What kind of middle aged wannabe curmudgeon constantly pisses and moans and complains about the team he supposedly supports and blogs about?

    To be accepted here means hating on the players, the owner, the head coach and the front office. Oh, and the uniforms. Where spousal abuse, vehicular manslaughter, and assault is acceptable behavior, but silently protesting is a capitol crime.

  48. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “trying desperately to change the subject.”

  49. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    This is just one of many articles from mmqb’s California summer.

    Ram’s run a one-gapping 3-4 to not cripple Donald’s gap penetration prowess. Couple that with their one year rental of Suh. Pass rush will be fearsome from the inside.

    The article mentions the two new CB’s as being allowed to free-lance. The DC-OC matchups will be epic this year to get that edge.

    Rams lack at ILB and OLB. When Foster out so do we at LB and LEO.

    We also play the AFC West with LAC and OAK. When OAK becomes LV it seems wise for NFL to woo another team to the East Bay. The market is big enough.

    NFL should then encourage Salt Lake City and Boise to embrace the Las Vegas Raiders. A lot of ex-pat Cali’s in both places.

  50. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    What subject, Skeebs? The fact that you think passing the ball 3 times and calling a time out after the 2 min warning is a prudent way to burn clock? Even if we score on that last play, we’ve left Balt 1:50 to merely kick a FG.

    Lousy time management. If it was Alex Smith who did that, you’d be with me.

    That’s the subject.

  51. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams got Marcus Peters for Peanuts. 2nd Rd was next years.

    Talib refused us so we took a chance on Dickhead, who is possibly broken. Talib mentors Peters and Sherman mentors Tarvarius Moore and Witherspoon. So who won.

    Really not liking our odds this year against them.

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So some numbers on why we did what we did on OL this offseason, from some Cohn zone comments:

    2017 splits.

    LEFT SIDELINE 28 carries, 167 YDs, 6.0 Avg.
    LEFT SIDE 62 carries, 337 YDs, 5.4 Avg.
    MIDDLE 70 carries, 252 YDs, 3.6 Avg.
    RIGHT SIDE 43 carries, 121 YDs, 2.8 Avg.
    RIGHT SIDELINE 37 carries, 63 YDs, 1.7 Avg

    #80 says:
    June 22, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    2017 team rushing splits.

    Left Sideline 59 carries, 359 YDs, 6.1 Avg.
    Left Side 90 carries, 448 YDs, 5.0 Avg.
    Middle 103 carries, 369 YDs, 3.6 Avg.
    Right Side 75 carries, 275 YDs, 3.7 Avg.
    Right Sideline 68 carries, 223 YDs, 3.3 Avg.

    Staley and Tomlinson looking good.
    Richburg is an upgrade over Kilgore.
    Trent Brown just didn’t fit. McG is an upgrade.
    Garnett? See Trent Brown, he doesn’t fit.
    Is Cooper an upgrade over Fusco? Maybe, hopefully, low bar so probably.

  53. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    49reasons from cohnzone on June 24th said:

    Adam Peters, Niners’ V.P. of Player Personnel basically corroborated this by saying: “I actually had a couple of teams call me after we picked him, and they said, ‘Hey, we really liked this guy. But we just didn’t have enough time to spend on him.’ Because I think a lot of teams really jumped on him after he had that pro day. And then they were kind of scrambling to catch up.”

    It sounds like there are a number of teams who were tardy to the T. Moore party, and wishing they had been a little more diligent in regards to scouting this gifted, and seemingly versatile young player. The 49ers scouting department on the other hand, had identified Moore early in the process, and kept close tabs on the prospect throughout the run up to the draft. They ultimately pulled the trigger for Moore in round 3 because they loved all of his athletic traits, i.e. his size, length, speed and fluidity, and feel like he’s a natural fit at CB in their scheme. According to multiple reports, the early returns on Moore’s position change are very, very promising. He began this spring working with the Niners’ 3rd team unit, however by the end of minicamp, Moore had not only worked his way up to 2nd team, and he was even getting a few snaps with the 1st team unit as well. I’ve studied Moore quite a bit, and based on what I’ve read and heard from other people, I’d be willing to bet that the 49ers have found their starting CB’s for years to come with Sherman, Witherspoon, and Moore, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Moore challenges Sherman as soon as 2019. If one of the other outside CB prospects currently vying for a roster spot develops into a solid backup, CB could be a real strength on this team rather quickly, and what a change that would be.

  54. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good article on the OG situation after the Tomlinson extension.

    If Garnett is not cut out for OZ he needs to be showcased in preseason with inside zone and power blocking. Shopped for a trade before trading deadline in October.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
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 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
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