R.I.P., 2010 (Beat It Kid, You Bother Me)

Happy New Year, Outsiders! And thanks for sticking with me during this pretty much all downhill season. May the coming year make being a 49er fan a lot more rewarding than it has been lately. I’d say it can’t get much worse, but I said that to my Dad once, regarding a particularly gruesome era in my life, and he smiled knowingly, with a hint of enjoyment it seemed, and said, “Oh, yeah. It can.”

Special thanks to Berger for helping get this site launched and getting the ball rolling each morning, and to NoFear for volunteering to share all those purty pictures that were far more visually pleasing than the disappointing content that the team provided us on a weekly basis.

Doing this site each day has been an education into just how full of shit one guy can be if he sits down and works at it diligently. I’d like to say I won’t be buying any more cheap talk or over-hyped expectations this coming year, but I’m blessed with short term memory loss and will probably be gushing all over again as the draft comes and goes and another season eventually arrives. Short term memory loss is not so good for remembering people’s names ten seconds after they introduce themselves, but it’s indispensable for cornerbacks, fans, and Off Broadway scribes.

One final game remains to be butchered this Sunday. There isn’t much reason to watch it except for morbid curiosity, which is good enough for me. NaVorro Bowman will be filling in for Patrick Willis in what will hopefully be the first start of a long and glorious career here. There’s little likelihood that Arizona will do us a favor by eking out a win and planting the Niners in the number 5 slot for the 2011 draft, but who knows? They may just be a little more motivated to put an end to the butt kickings the Niners have laid on them the past two seasons.

The NFL kindly provides a post season tournament following this last useless game to help push memories of the regular season into the background for twenty disheartened franchises, and for the eighth straight season we Niner fans will be among those twenty loser groups eager to finally watch some good football featuring teams that actually can play this game with some competence. I usually begin this playoff period rooting for every team to fail, but in each game I watch, somewhere around the second quarter, I find myself pulling more for one team to lose than the other. I don’t know where this tilt from impartiality comes from, but it’s part of the magic of sports. It’s impossible to watch a contest without ending up rooting for one side or the other, even if it’s two penguins doing a peck and slap on an ice floe over a babe.

When we return next Monday, Jim Harbaugh will be on the final day of his career at Stanford and the competition for his services will officially begin Tuesday. The Niners are reportedly up against the University of Michigan in this sweepstakes, so Jed York’s statement about money being no object will receive its first stern test. Incumbent Michigan coach Rich “The Weasel” Rodriguez has yet to be fired, but that could come Monday also.

I’d wish for peace on earth this coming year, but I’m not quite ready for the earth to be impacted by a gigantic meteorite. I do hope all of you have good health this year, though. Life’s a real bitch without it.

For you youngsters out there, or oldsters who still think they’re young, knock yourselves out tonight. I know I did. Oh, yes indeed. But that was another lifetime ago. Tonight, Skeebette and I will be baby sitting a couple of grandkids so their mommy and daddy can go whoop it up. Those two kids have some seriously good toys, though, so I’m going to have myself a fine, fine evening. Cheers to all!

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12 comments on “R.I.P., 2010 (Beat It Kid, You Bother Me)
  1. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Where’s Berger with the WOTD? Something tells me he might have received an early Hogmanay in the form of a liquid, and, well, bottoms up!
    Thank you to Skeebs for drudging through and keeping the Outsiders up and running during this most forgetful 49er season. What will next year bring? I dunno, but if Baalke is our GM and Marty Mornhingweg our next HC my New Years resolution will be to become a Cowboy fan. Go Tony Romo!
    Happy New Year, Outsiders!

  2. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    happy new year to all
    I have enjoyed reading this
    blog on a regular basis,since finding it.
    now we can hope for a resurgent team next year, since this one failed at so many levels this year,a new beginning,a new coach,in a new decade, would be a great start.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good riddance of 2010. Happy New Year!

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I had some bacon this morning. Probabaly came from one hog. If I cooked for many we would need many hogs, or hogmanay!

  5. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the site everybody! (Reno, I’m an independent. I agree with V. Dems and Repubs are equally evil.)

  6. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    (As are independents. Not to leave anybody out.)

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- I agree except there is one major difference. Dems think party first, Reps think America first. Yes they are both evil. I am a registered Rep because I am actually an anti-Dem more than anything. Reality is I would rather be a Libertarian but they can’t defeat the Dems.

  8. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Democrats? I didn’t know what one was until I saw this…

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Happy New Year One and All –

    Happy to be sitting on a HC vacancy and, hearing that money is no object in filling said slot.

    I will now tune into the Orange Bowl with a WHOLE lot more interest on Monday night, hoping to see a Brinks truck waiting for Jim Harbaugh following the game.

    Can we hope to tank the game later too?

    5-11 sounds about right, if we hope to have a shot at moving up to take the 1st Pick, were it to become available.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Berger has been asleep at the wheel with his WOTD lately, so even though usurping his territory is a –> nostrum < --, it has as much value motivationally as any nostrums offered up this year by the Niners.
    Today is the last day we get to see these chumpsters stagger around out there in uniform until who knows when. For the first time this year there are no blackouts in the league, so fans must be feeling the “she’s ugly but the winter is long cold and empty, so better grab an ogle while you can” blues.
    Even if the Niners had made the playoffs, next week would have been the last game of the year, so we’re only losing one game. And it would have been a beat down game that would send us into the off season leaking blood and pus from every brain cell.
    It’s January 2 and as you can see, I’m already hard at work on that damn glass of elusive kool aid. Every sane concept tells me to root against the team today, but I know damn well I’ll be leaning forward from my seat on 3rd and 8 hoping for a first down, just like I always do. So one last time, Go Niners, you stinking, heart-breaking bums!!!

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, you are correct Sir, we all bleed the same.

    We live as optimists but die in reality. Our future is dependent on things we can only blog and vent about.

    Here’s to another off Season of hopes and (prayers), being answered and, a plan that can actually be realized and executed properly when it matters.

    To Our Future – Go Niners.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    7th pick in the 2011 draft. Good spot for the best CB prospect. That’s your cue, NJ49er.

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