Peaches and Puleese

Now that it appears the NFL will have a full training camp and preseason, perhaps we can begin to realistically discuss the 49ers chances for success in 2011. If not realistically, then at least without the constant parenthetical qualification of IF THERE IS A SEASON.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue how the 49ers will do this year. My heart tells me Jim Harbaugh will rejuvenate the team, most especially the offense, and they will win the weak NFC West. With an offense that isn’t utterly predictable, the O-line will finally become a force, instead of a liability. The defense will be no worse than last year, but without the burden of having to win games the offense couldn’t, might even be better. Aldon Smith will finally give us a beastly pass rusher.

However, my head says “I love you, heart. You’re a faithful old dingbat. But this team is one big ass question mark — top to bottom. We don’t know if Harbaugh can transition his college success to the NFL. We have a QB situation that is sometimes not the best. The secondary is still unreliable and the D-line, without Abrayo Franklin in the middle, could easily take a big step backwards. Aldon is a rookie D-lineman. He might not do much at all this year.”

HEART: You are so cynical, Brainiac face. Look at the division. Hello. This is the NFC West. AZ is pitiful, Seattle is worse off at QB and defense than the Niners. And the Rams still don’t have any wide receivers or a reliable secondary. They’re Singletary east. Hahaha.

HEAD: Dream on, Miss Delusional. AZ might not be any good, but Seattle still plays half its games at Qwest Field. Go ask New Orleans if that matters. And the Rams are beginning to look a little scary. Their D-line could be dominant. Their linebackers are good. Sam Bradford is the best QB in the division. This team could be tough to beat this year.

HEART: Brain, brain. You’re so hopelessly stuck in the past. Always fondling the stat sheet. It’s so last year. Bradford has no wide receivers, a new offensive system to learn from a total asshole OC who will probably hurt his feelings and send him into a season long pout. The secondary is worse than the Niners, and if (when) Stephen Jackson goes down, they have no RB to protect Bradford. It was Matt Hasselbeck that made Qwest Field work. He’s one year older, injury prone, not even signed, and Charlie Whitehurst doesn’t scare anybody. When that gutless Pete Carroll looks across the field and sees Harbaugh leering at him, it’s all over.

HEAD: Calm down, peaches. Get a grip. The Niners have a new offensive system, just like the Rams, but Bradford picked up a new system as a rookie. Alex Smith? That’s all I have to say. You can be right about the Seahawks and AZ, but you’ve still got something in St. Louis that is real and will be better this year, not worse. Here? We could be better, but we could be worse, too.

HEART: You just don’t understand the mojo factor.

HEAD: You just don’t understand reality.

HEART: 49ers win the West.

HEAD: Rams win the West.

Let the great 2011 Tomato Fight begin.

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50 comments on “Peaches and Puleese
  1. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep we don’t know how they will do after years of futility but I’m betting 9-7 and win the Fing West!

    I realize the best laid plans when they meet the enemy will change. often radically. I’m thinking JH has already thought of that and he will adjust.
    Confidence in JH, in whom we
    trust, until proven otherwise.
    Looking forward to being astounded.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs- Sounds like your opinion is a bit brindled these days? Basically dark but still a bit streaky.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would guess 9-7 too but also think we could go as low as 5-11 or as high as 10-6.

  4. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    The brindled, not to say checkered,recent history of the 49ers has left me nauseous, flatulent and revolted.

  5. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Bergs. More down side than upside this year.

  6. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sick of getting flattened by unrealistic expectations. Or even realistic ones.
    The Niners, from about 2007 on, have had marginally enough talent to win the west and they have failed miserably at every turn. Neither Nolan or Singlatary could win a meaningful game, to my abject dismay. I feel that both coaches, beyond being offensive neanderthals, tightened up in the clutch and it showed up on the field. Then paramoia set in, and the rest is history.

    So, this season, I’ ain;t expecting much. If they surprise, and win tough games, hey, great. But i don’t expect anything better than 7-9 at best.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- What did you think of the horns on Regyptian Strut?

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – When it comes to the Niners the heart always seems to get in the way, and this year is no different. 10-6, simply because getting out from under the “Mike” years should be good enough for a about 4 games alone.

  9. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t listened to it yet . . .

    Sleep Dirt is one of the old old old LPs I have that I haven’t listened to in 35 years . . . seeing as I don’t have a
    turntable anymore . . .
    Yeah, speaking of weird stuff on the internet, I found a really bad quality video of Hendrix playing with Roy Buchanan. Crazy.

  10. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Having nothing to do with anything, when I moved to Colo when I was in my 20s, one of the first stores I saw in Aspen was a place called Peaches en Regalia . . .

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have read that the Niners have
    QB Adam Froman as a possible
    FA signing as he went undrafted.

    The NY Times had him rated as the 4th best QB and he has good size
    6-4 219 lbs and runs a 4.55 40.

    He plays in a pro style offense at Louisville so they should bring him in and you never know.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a list of the best of undrafted Free Agents

    On this list I would consider signing Ian Williams NT/DT out of Notre Dame. he’s 6-1 319 lbs and has potential.

    Not on the list but other players worth signing Henry Hynoski FB out of Pitt and Jeff Maehl WR

    I believe being able to identify
    and pickup quality FAs leads to success and could give you the edge.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Read some more on Ian Williams and feel the Niners need to sign him when the CBA comes about.
    He’s a viable replacement for A Franklin

    Here is pre-draft profile from

    Williams is recovering from a torn MCL suffered during his senior season, but he is a quality run stopper that could be an effective two-down specialist. He is near impossible to move when he gets in good position, as he is very strong and has a thick compact body. He is also a hard worker that never gives up on the play. He can be a very stout run stopper, but he is not athletic or technically refined enough to contribute in the pass rush. Williams is a one dimensional player, but he is human hole plugger

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I was all over Ian Williams before the draft. He is a one gapper but he is extremely agile. He might be too light for NT and too short for DE in a 3-4. I don’t believe the too short stuff, but I do believe the too light at NT stuff. At 300lbs it will be tough. I was very surprised he was not drafted. I had as a 4-6 rounder. It was probabaly the MCL.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Williams is not going to replace Franklin as a rookie, at least. He’d be a useful body, at least on the DS in 2011, and in the D-Line rotation somewhere down the line. I’d take a flyer on him, and hope he pans out down the line.

    We still need a real NT for this season. Either Franklin or another “Franklin to be Named”.

    We’ll definitely pick up another QB somewhere for the Developmental Squad. A new Nate Davis, if you will, without the coloring books. Froman might be the ticket. We also might try to upgrade over Carr with a younger third guy if the opportunity is there and does not cost us an arm and a leg.

    Hell, we should look at upgrading anywhere on the roster. We’re not good enough to ignore any possibilities here, even if it’s only the 53rd guy on the roster. Or the DS.

  16. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    just the thought of a football season gets my heart a pumping,my brain says wait and see how the team looks after TC and a pre season game or 2 if the team has a polished look and some reasonable success then my spirits will be lifted, about as high as when sing was fired.
    oh what a blessed day that was.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Long time, no see Tim. Nice to see you back.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A butt so big it abuts the ground is one that struggles with the papewrwork.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A thought provoking observation from the President of Lasorda U.

  20. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:


    The wife got a big laugh over the Hitler/Stanford clip you posted last topic…first time she encountered that gag clip. I’m slowly turning her and the boy into Niner fans. They started to get excited last year but when the season turned to hopeless crap they stopped asking “How did the 49ers do today?” for good reason. Something like not wanting to hear another rant about Singlrtary I guess.
    I think Chuck has the best MO with his low expectations of this year. But I’ll ride the hope train for awhile longer. We could be half good you know.

  21. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    So happy to be free of the Lasorda International Internet company and enjoying the Smart Bro connection. But of course I’m not free of Larsordas…

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I did not know Williams was 319 lbs. I always thought he was about in the 300-305 range. When I saw him do some agility stuff a couple months ago I was impressed but he did not even look to be around 319. He carries it well. This changes my opinion of him. He could play NT and at 319 he becomes a more effective two gapper. I wonder why he did not get drafted?

  23. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe the MCL deal. He didn’t get surgery, but he missed games.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad the Niners have had LAX for a QB the past six years. So much shit’s flown into and off the ground from his arm that you’d think he was a goddamn airport.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    About Ian Williams, it must have been the injury although he was a full participant at Senior Bowl and combine.
    He’s a hungry kid and I’d sign him if I were Baalke. He has a little Bryant Young in him and 319 was his combine weight.

    NY Giants are said to be interested in him.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- After reading that article I’m a big fan of Ian Williams. Heck, I wanted him in the 5th or 6th round as it was. If I had this much info back then I would’ve been upset about not drafting him. I hope we go after him now. He’s still a project, but I saw his agility drills from the combine and at 319lbs that makes him much more impresive than I was thinking back then when I thought he was 300.

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If the NY Giants like a D-lineman, that’s good enough for me. They’re right more often than not (and far more often than we have been lately) about them.

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Osi Umenyiora wants out of NY. Take a left out to SF, Osi.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- He did, because he believes in Alex Smith!

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Arlen Specter is in the news today. He wants Congress to investigate the lockout. BYHAAAAHAAAAhaaaaaa. He is the most irrelivant politician ever. Funny shit man!

  31. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    People called Kerry a flip-flopper. He’s got nothing on Specter . . .

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s damn near midnight, and I’m getting a headache thinking about the 49ers Special Teams for this upcoming season. I need help.

  33. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Del, I suggest a trip to your therapist at the BevMo. Just sayin’

  34. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs- Arlen Specter? Holy shit that’s a joke. Let’s see, the US is sinking under a mound of stinking debt, we are in involved in what, 4-5 wars we can’t afford or finally win, unemployment is 23%, housing sucks and this little prima donna bitch wants to pander for votes by grandstanding about the LOCKOUT!! Yeah that doing your FFFING job, dumbshit politician.
    Tell ya what Arlene, you do your job ( pandering for popularity) and I’ll worry about the NFL. Deal? asshole…

  35. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see if Skeebs has more tolerance for his foreign correspondents based on verbiage above…

  36. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmm, so far so good but it’s still early, haha. Got everything in there but the FFF Bomb.
    Not that I have any opinions on politics, uh huh. Chuck, Kerry is still the king I’m afraid.
    Yes, NT #1 need. Get Abrayo please. Maybe the short FA period will work to our advantage? Hope so.

  37. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    HUDSON, Florida (AP) — A man told Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies he had about 10 beers too many as he celebrated his birthday.

    Fifty-eight-year-old James Taylor says he drank 48 beers on Thursday evening, prompting a stern lecture from a deputy for causing a disturbance at Hudson Beach.

    Officials say Taylor, a transient, left the beach. But he came back, and officials say this time he caused such a ruckus that he scared a woman and her young grandchildren.

    An arrest report states that Taylor exposed his genitals and “urinated in the middle of the sand.”

    He’s a Dolphin fan obviously. “48 beers is 10 too many?” It may have been his birthday but his mental age is 6 years old and not a second more.
    Off topic? Not really, he could be a Raiders fan.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Heck, at Jacks at the Cannery in SF the limit is 56 beers. He’s still got 8 to go.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- No problem, that was your eisegesis for this morning. But send the transient to Jacks and he’s still be drinking.

  40. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Really 56 beers limit? Insane, I always stop at 50, lol

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe the limit is only 55. It’s been a while since I’ve been there. When I was there a met a man from Ireland and he was probably getting close to the limit. He told a joke. In the middle of it I decided to stand behind the guy because I had a funny feeling he was going down. Well, he finished his joke and started laughing and rocking. Sure enough he was going to fall off of his bar stool. I caught him and he thought that was even funnier than the joke. Actually, that was funnier than the joke. He, my wife and I ended up talking for an hour or two, or maybe more? I stood behind him and caught him from falling on the floor a few times.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger. That’s a funny story. Reminds me of this ’80’s song and video.
    I miss the ’80’s. Especially the Niner football from the ’80’s.

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- It was painful as ever, but I watched the video you shared. I read the above Jacks story to my wife and she started laughing and said, that is no exaggeration.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of beer, I just read that beer is the most popular beverage in the world. Actually water is consumed more, so beer is 2nd behind water. Jacks has over 50 beers on tap. I have Coors Light, Miller High Life and Sierra Nevada Glissade in the fridge. I think the Glissades are going down today! Maybe even a little George Dickel 80 proof.

  45. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting article on Branch blog about Sopoaga moving inside to NT:
    Basically IS says that’s fine with him:

  46. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Agree NF

  47. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Despite Sopoaga’s size, he’s never really been the NT type. He is better where he has been, at left end. I’m with NF and PF on this one: pay Aubrayo, or find another Aubrayo. Even better, do both.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sope has never been properly used at NT. If used to his strength he would be fine. Problem was he had coaches who tried to make him do things that were not his strength. If you line him up and tell him to push the center straight back, he would do great. If you want him to stay in one spot and be immobile he doesn’t do so well. Face it Niner fans, Nolan was an idiot. It didn’t stop with Alex, Nolan was incompetent in many areas.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Very restrained critique, Berger. After your ominous beer & 80 proof Dickel warning at noon yesterday, I expected to awake to tornado devastation this morning.

  50. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- Just beer and wine yesterday, no whiskey. But, there was a lot of beer!
    This is nothing I haven’t said about Sopoaga in the past. One thing that has been said about Fangio is he will use his players to their strengths. We’ll see. I sure hope so.

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