Point Blank

The 49ers and their HC Jim Harbaugh have not been winning any popularity polls lately. Darnell Dockett fired the first flames last year by admitting he hated the Niners. But that was when Arizona was considered a contender, not a last place team. Last place teams don’t have the right to command attention and hiss.

But this offseason, both the Rams and Seahawks have taken to the Tweet waves to express disparaging remarks about Harbaugh and the team. Vernon Davis responded by saying the Seahawks are an up-and-coming dynasty, but Harbaugh was less kind, calling them cheaters.

It’s going to be an interesting year. We might actually see some blog-like brawls break out.

The arrest of New England TE Aaron Hernandez for first degree murder inevitably stirs memories of the 1994 arrest of OJ Simpson for double homicide. Both events occurred in June, for you woo-woo fans. The OJ freeway chase/escort and subsequent lengthy trial captured the fascination of the entire country, but we’re quite a bit more jaded these days and Hernandez is only drawing morbid interest in the football world.

Some say Reality TV began with the OJ case, and now we have shows all over the tube featuring people willing to demean themselves to almost any degree in order to get on TV and acquire their 15 minutes of fame.

As yet, we have no idea what egregious sin the slain fellow, Odin Lloyd, committed against Hernandez that provoked him to throw away his NFL football career, multi-million dollar lifestyle, and freedom in order to reap the momentary pleasure of pumping five shots into his alleged friend and boyfriend of his fiancé’s sister. Respect for life was definitely nowhere to be found in Hernandez’s value system. Did Lloyd sell a piece of Hernandez memorabilia and not share the profits? A TMZ photo surfaced Wednesday, showing a Hernandez self-pic proudly holding up his Glock. Did Lloyd steal that pic off Hernandez’s phone and sell it to TMZ?

Of course, murdering someone and getting convicted for it are two different ballgames. If you’re poor, the gavel comes down rather easily. If you’re rich, you can get creepy lawyers with the capability of subverting almost any legal process. As a lawyer once candidly remarked to me, “That’s an interesting case. How much justice can you afford?”

In OJ’s first trial, quite a bit of “justice.” In his second trial, not quite so much. In his third, none at all.

Which just goes to show the one thing money can’t buy is intelligence. You have to get that the old fashioned way: by working at it. If these NFL athletes spent as much time exercising their brains as they do their bodies, the colleges and universities would be turning out a nation full of brainiacs. And most of them would be in the unemployment line.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I agree that when a NFL player does something wrong he has the financial means to hire the best legal team to bail him out of his predicament unlike the average guy
    who can’t afford the $50K retainer and $1,000 per hour attorney. I am sure there are a lot of incidents negotiated and settled out of court with big money thrown out to make the entanglement go away.
    Perhaps NFL teams should put a clause in their contracts to make strip clubs and night clubs off limits for players. It seems that the 80% of these incidents have
    the strip/night club as the common denominator.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They are saying one other person is in custody but there reportedly were two others in the car with Hernandez and Lloyd. IMO, either he is on the lam or he has sung loudly.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “According to FOX 25 in Boston, Hernandez is being investigated in connection with a July 2012 double murder occurring in Boston.”
    This kid missed his calling. He should have joined the Mob.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    There were allegedly 2 accomplices.
    “Earlier Thursday, a prosecutor confirmed that the arrest of a Connecticut man is linked to the Hernandez investigation.

    New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski says 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz was charged as a fugitive from justice and has waived extradition to Massachusetts. Prison records show Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bail at a Hartford jail.”

    I have little sympathy for Hernandez. He’s a cold blooded stone cold killer. His lawyers are spinning that the evidence is circumstantial. When your finace’s brother is killed how do you not cooperate? Then you tell your fiancé to stop cooperating with the police? The murder victim is her brother.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did not know that the victim is Hernandez’s fiancé’s brother. The plot thickens. I see a movie coming a soon as the trial is over.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    For so me good news, I found a small Tupperware container full of Jolly Ranchers last night. Nice! My favorite flavor is watermelon.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I think I got that wrong. His fiancé is the sister of the murdered victim’s girlfriend.
    In other words Hernandez and
    the victim had 2 sisters as their significant others.
    One big soap opera and confusing.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rats. I was just putting on the popcorn anticipating Chuck’s friendly correction to your error, Bullit.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When I am wrong I try to own up to it. No BS
    That does not seem to be the standard for some that I have seen.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s really too bad that Massachusetts does not have the death penalty. If this dirtbag has killed before as well, he certainly deserves it. Instead the Mass taxpayers will be paying for his room and board, meals, cable TV and gym equipment for the next 60 years. OTOH, if he is a gangbanger, maybe someone will shiv him in the shower and alleviate that burden.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was accused of dancing on Aaron Hernandez’s grave yesterday and convicting him before he was charged.
    Since Hernandez is 23 years old I should be that fortunate to be able to dance on his grave given there is no death penalty in Mass knowing I will not be around in 50 years.
    I am pleased that they got this SOB because the evidence is pointing to him orchestrating more than one murder.
    Hernandez is not a victim here of circumstances and this is only a tragedy for the victim and his family.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now there is a theory that this murder has everything to do with the 2 murders that happened in July 2012. This will be a movie

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I think it is the victim is the boyfriend of the fiancé’s sister.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Right. Hernandez’s fiancé’s sister
    was the murder victim’s girlfriend. Confusing.

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Point Blank” (1967) starred Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson. Very good crime drama with a touch of film noir as well. Its director, John Boorman, is probably best known for 1972’s, “Deliverance.”
    Keep any and all personal Ned Beatty in the woods stories to yourself please.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought you were watching North by Northwest?

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since it’s a dormant period for NFL activity the Aaron Hernandez
    case continues to dominate the news.
    When you see a video like this you realize the damage caused by a dumbass gangster thug to those who looked up to him.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Naturally Hernandez’s mother was interviewed and she said what 99% of mothers say, her son is innocent and will be cleared of all charges.
    The texts that were sent and video
    are pretty compelling evidence.
    Short of an actual video showing him pulling the trigger it’s pretty damning. Doesn’t help his cause that he “accidently” shot a guy in Florida earlier this year.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I saw this on Fooch’s Niner Nation blog and thought I’d share
    for what it’s worth in case you didn’t know.
    I was not aware this existed and it has a lot of interesting info

    In particular I found the link for these docs to be very cool

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From one of the links above I read that in the 50’s the Niner offices were at the Jack Tar Hotel
    at Geary and Van Ness.
    I think the hotel is now called Cathedral Hill Hotel the last time I paid any attention.
    I am curious how many here have gone to a Niner game at Kezar Stadium?
    I realize you have to be an old fart since the last year they played there was 1970.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    My first game at Kezar was about 1966, I believe, vs. Cowgirls.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I remember a game against the Cowboys at Kezar where tempers flared and there was a brawl on the field between the teams but I’m not sure if that was the 1966 game. But then again that was 47 years ago.
    I have said this before but those seagulls are damn smart always showing up around the start of the 4th quarter.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We played the Cowboys a lot back then in the preseason. I think it was one of those games I remember. But I cannot recall any details save that Dick Witcher, of all people, caught a fairly long pass (He was a possession receiver and really rarely outran anyone). I remember we took the bus and walked through the park. My dad only drove to Kezar once – we parked so far away and walked through the Haight for quite a while. After that we stuck to riding the bus.
    Its weird to think that was a half century ago, roughly. Another time, another world.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never saw a game at Kezar but I love reading the stories of people who did.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I can remember the Christopher milk section. The fenced over tunnel to protect the 49er players from their inebriated fans. I remember the drunks, and sometimes a fight in the stands, though I don’t remember it being much worse than today. I remember the bowels of the stadium, under the stands. Going down there made you queasy about sitting up above – things looked pretty rickety down there. I remember the Hippies in the Haight, and the homeowners renting their driveways for parking. But its all fuzzy and through a glass darkly after all these years.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I lived a block away from Golden Gate Park so I just walked to Arguello and into the park until I came upon Kezar. I went to games with the cutout ticket from the Christopher Milk carton
    Used to go there for my high school games too. You do recall the mayor of SF was George Christopher whose family owned the dairy.
    Our QB was Dan Fouts and I saw Lynn Swann for Serra and Jesse Freitas Jr.
    I missed Pastorini by one year.
    The WCAL was one tough league and our head coach was Vince Tringali
    who thought he was Lombardi.

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, George Christopher was the last Republican mayor of SF, at the end of that era, which young people can barely imagine today, when San Francisco was a nice little moderate Republican city. So much so that the GOP held their 1956 convention here, when Ike got his second term. How things have changed.

  28. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The only Niner game I attended at Kezar was the last regular season game played there before they moved to Candlestick.
    I missed Pastorini by some years. We and the Bellarmine Bells shared Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara for our home games.
    Bellarmine was a football powerhouse in the WCAL, and that’s where Pastorini went.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So I’m guessing you’re a Mitty Monarch.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At Kezar I remember Brodie getting booed worse than Alex Smith.
    The Faithful seemed to always want George Mira to QB (just because he was the backup).
    I think it was Ram Envy because they had Roman Gabriel and when he left the Rams pulled a rabbit out of the hat and had John Hadl
    (good old #21 at QB which I thought was a cool # for a QB). At one time the Rams had Hadl, James Harris and Jaworski. They ended up going with Harris and trading Hadl and Jaworski.
    John Brodie never got any respect and he was better than decent.

  31. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Brodie had some outstanding games and seasons. But if you look at his first seven years, you might begin to understand. He was wildly inconsistent. His career really did not get on the right track until 1965. By that time a lot of SF fans seemed to have hardened attitudes towards him. He did not play in anything like Alex Smith’s style – Brodie was prone to gambling and making the big mistake, something Alex really does not do as a vet. But their career trajectories in SF have a lot of similarities. Brodie survived because Mira and Spurrier were not as good as the fans thought, and he had an outstanding year in 1970 to win the division here. You can make a reasonable case for the HoF for him, but since he never won a title it’ll be an uphill climb. The veteran’s committee might get him in, though.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brodie never had a home run type running threat throughout his career as the million dollar backfield preceded him and JD Smith was almost done when Brodie started.
    Ken Willard was workmanlike and had a career average of 3.7 yds per carry.
    Brodie was forced to take chances to keep drives alive.

  33. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I saw a lot of the 1972 season, and Spurrier did pretty well in backing up for the injured Brodie. He kept their playoff hopes alive until Brodie came back on the last day of the season to secure a playoff berth, rallying the Niners with 2 4th quarter TDs. Saw them both sitting in the south end zone.
    In ’74, Spurrier separated his shoulder in the preseason and was never the same. He showed flashes of brilliance around some shoddy games, but he would have been better had he not torn his shoulder up. Spurrier didn’t get the abuse Brodie got. That is, until he went to TB. . .

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Brodie was more hampered by the 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense that Nolan preferred to use. Brodie certainly had weapons in Gene Washington, Ted Kwalick, Dick Whicher, and Bob Winsdor.
    Shit, Vic Washington had a few good years. I think he made the pro bowl one year iirc. Nolan had the same problems his son had. Too conservative.

  35. winderNo Gravatar says:

    My sister lived on Oak st. and my Grandmother lived on Fulton. So I didn’t always have to pass thru the Haight but I always did. And sometimes I didn’t make the game.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One disturbing stat on Vic Washington. Vic started 26 games for the Niners and fumbled 26 times. That would be unacceptable in todays’s NFL.
    In contrast
    Player Games started Fumbles
    Wendell Tyler 43 27
    Roger Craig 116 37
    Garrison Hearst 73 13
    Frank Gore 107 31

    Hearst had amazing numbers as a Niner back. His career number line up with Frank Gore.
    In the Harbaugh era Gore has 5 fumbles in 2 years.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Colts S Joe Lefeged was arrested in Washington, DC on gun charges, per ABC News.”
    The NFL seems to be attempting to establish a new level of dumbness in America. Dumb, dumber, dumbest, and NFL dumb.

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NFL players are making Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne look like Rhodes Scholars.

  39. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    When Tim Tolbert first came to KNBR for his first radio job, I used to listen to him because of his sense of humor.
    He described how he never had to go to classes or write a term paper because the U of A would provide that.
    Plus, they had a special dorm strictly for college athletes.
    The problem starts early, and is repeated over and over again.
    You take out weeds from the root.
    Any of you have suggestions, I’d like to read them.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yes the NFL seems to be populated by an increasing amount of knuckleheads.
    I was reminded today that it was 30 years ago today that Joe Delaney gave up his life in an attempt to save some drowning kids. Not a very good swimmer he jumped in and managed to save one boy. He went back in to try to save 2 other boys but none of the 3 survived.
    A life and a NFL career cut short by a truly remarkable act of heroism. RIP Joe Delaney the truest of heroes in my eyes.
    The article written long ago is a
    riveting account of what happened

  41. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    What a weird article, Bullit. SI was always a bit flowery.
    I learned to swim at age 3 when my Dad had the swimming instructor throw me in the pool.
    Had to come rescue me a couple times, too, after I got hooked on swimming.
    Used to body surf in Santa Cruz. Kinda like surfing only without a surfboard.
    I do miss the sea.

  42. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Friend down the street was a Marine Vet. The coach of my first championship team.
    His son that I used to swim with became a Marine Vet, too.
    When I tease the Jarheads, I do it in jest.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The article is 30 years old and written by the legendary sportswriter Frank Deford.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since the upcoming season is the last one at “the Stick” the nostalgic might be considering going to one last game at the venue wrought with great memories and vibes.
    This was posted on Reddit as someone surveyed Stubhub and came up with useful info if you were considering making the trek for old times sake


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  45. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for that bullit. It has been years since I’ve been to the stick. I used to be a fixture there with both the Giants and Niners. But, if I remember all the ticket price were the same year round no matter who we played. I guess I am just out of touch.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of movies and TCM one of my favorite baseball movies is on right now.
    Ray Milland in “It Happens Every Spring”.
    I always thought Gaylord Perry was inspired by this flick

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