Reading the Fine Print

I guess Colin Kaepernick is going to be the 49er QB for awhile. His parents are probably out mansion hunting as we very speak. That’s our boy!

And let’s hear it for franchise MVP Paraag Marthe, who once again delivered a contract signing that poofed up an agent’s ego, while sensationally keeping the actual money owed by the team to a very managable amount. Our hero! With an impressive assist from the Kapster himself, for making good on his word and taking less than he undoubtedly could have gotten, preferring to EARN his money, rather than extort it.

Other young QBs might not be thrilled with Kaepernick’s deal. It puts a value on the team around him and not just on his own bank account. You’d never see Peyton Manning leave a nickel on the table. And maybe that’s why we’ve only seen him win one SB.

Kaepernick’s new contract was the second major gift he’s received this offseason. The other was signing WR Stevie Johnson, who some people say has the best release off the LOS of anybody in the NFL.

With Kaepernick signing a team-friendly contract, and mentioning the need to re-sign Michael Crabtree as an example of what his contract allowed the team to do, you have to wonder if the team or Crabtree will keep their end of the bargain. In a way, Kaepernick is putting pressure on Crabtree to take a home town discount on his own contract demands, too, which many people don’t expect him to do. And Crabtree’s agent isn’t known for that kind of behavior, either.

Now that the 49ers have three, maybe four, very good WRs on the team, the players will finally get a peek at the red hot third page of OC Greg Roman’s playbook, the one entitled “Have horses, will travel.”

Meanwhile, OTA practices are cruising along with little fanfare or interest. A couple of players haven’t bothered to attend and a handful of others are there but not participating.

This is the fourth year of Jim Harbaugh’s reign. Presumably, the veterans are all familiar with the playbook and with each other, so these practices are not particularly important for them. They are for the newbies, though.

But we’ll have to wait until Training Camp to find out how well these newbies have learned their Harbaugh/Vic Fangio A,B,C’s.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic of the day is the first game of the NBA Finals last night. Apparently the AC system went down and it was in the 90’s inside AT&T Arena in San Antonio.
    Lebron cramped up and couldn’t play in the last 7 minutes.
    Spurs came back and won going away by 15.
    The East Coast conspiracy theorists (especially Steven A Smith)
    think it cost The Heat the game. Shit happens and teams need to adapt and deal with it or they lose.
    Nate Thurmond was on the local post game show and talked about Boston Garden having no AC and playing in similar conditions.
    I believe the biggest competitive disadvantage (other than a crazed crowd screaming as loud as they can for an entire game)
    is your West Coast Team travelling East across multiple time zones to play in sub freezing conditions. The Niners dealt with it and overcame last year against the Pack.

    It seems like a good topic for the conspiracy theorists to whine about. Down the stretch the Spurs actually got HOT and hit all their shots. They actually did something to win but guys like Stephen A Smith use the tepid conditions as a whining excuse.

    I think these guys are starting to believe in these commercials

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some fun football stuff, a couple funny as hell

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like Steven A Smith knows that that when the AC goes out the only player who would cramp up would be LeBron. What an irony that the Miami team is called the Heat!

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It’s good to know Greg Roman has a page 3 in the play book. Sounds fairly sophisticated!

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    Good morning from cape cod niner fans! See you later today! !

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmie Ward has got nothing on me. He only has one Jones fracture, I’ve got one in both feet. Take that rookie!

    And you people wonder why I drink.

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    * Not that I needed a couple of foot fractures to give me a reason to drink. I’m way beyond that point of no return. Anywho, how bout that contract. Looks like a win-win deal to me — on both sides. Congrats to Kap and the Niners.

    Now. If we could only fire Jim Harbaugh…

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “The players will finally get a peek at the red hot third page of OC Greg Roman鈥檚 playbook.”

    Pg. 1. Run the ball to the right.
    Pg. 2. Run the ball to the left.
    Pg. 3. Run the ball up the middle.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Spit, apparently Chucked blocked me again for calling Vernon Davis a stupid N. Truth hurts. One of my first schticks way back on the Niner Insider over on the SF Gate was “Did we trade Vernon Davis yet?” It still applies today. I’d like to punch him in the goddamn throat, tie him to a chair with duct tape and force him to watch as I burn his 15 ft. self-portrait. Self-important pompous asshole.

    To answer your question regarding California Chrome’s quest to win the Belmont Stakes and become the 12th horse to win racing’s Triple Crown…

    wick鈥d /wikid/ 1 sinful; iniquitous. 2 spiteful. 3 playfully malicious. 4 colloq: very bad. 5 sl. excellent.

    That definition sums up the mood I’ve been in since I received confirmation of my second fracture in such a short period. Doc said he’s never seen nor heard of a case like mine. Maybe they’ll name a double Jones fracture after me…The Double Dennis Doozy. I hope Chrome takes a gigantic dump.

    Wicked Strong

    Good Luck

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    But guess what? I just came back from feeding my mallards.
    Two broken feet? I wasn’t gonna let that stop me today.

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This will make six consecutive posts in a row. What’s Berger’s record?
    I still have a long way to go. It’s going to require a little assistance. Vodka and Vicodin to the rescue. Another walk to the liquor store is required. If one of my feet should happen to fall off on the way, I’ll tie it to a piece of rope and carry it home al a Jaime Lannister did with his rt. hand in GoT.

    If they kill of the Imp, I’m gonna be pissed. I love that little guy.

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    *off* that makes seven 馃榾

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Steve Young was #8 馃槢

  14. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Wicked Strong is #9 in the Belmont. 馃槢

  15. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    HOFer Fran Tarkenton wore #10. Who’s the new Tarkenton?
    Go Johnny football! If he doesn’t start Week 1, Drew Carey best go postal and kill every member of the Browns’ front office.

    The kid is Harry Houdini. “Houdini” (1953) starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Must see with two of my favorite all-time actors/actresses.

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    #11 was worn by both Steve Spurrier and Alex Smith.
    How the hell isn’t that number retired yet? 馃榾

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    #12 of course was the great John Brodie. As I’ve mentioned many a times before, my first Niner game was his last way back in 1973. That’s 41 years ago. Wow. Just wow.

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Newly acquired Stevie Johnson will wear #13. He’s a bit of a knucklehead, but he’s a huge threat coming outta of the slot.

    Wait a minute. Johnson’s now a Niner. I hope he can block outta the slot when Harbaugh/Roman elect to run the goddamn ball.

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    #14 of course was Ray Wersching. I’ll never forget how the ‘Stick was rocking after Joe and DC connected on “The Catch.” It was just a total enthusiastic state of pandemonium. But when Ray came on to attempt the go-ahead PAT, the place went dead silent.

    Ball went through the uprights — The ‘Stick goes totally nuts again. But as we all know, a few sticky moments still lay ahead…

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bart Starr famously wore #15. Did you know the Pack drafted him in the 17th round? Not a bad “value pick.”

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My record is 30 and it was alcohol assisted! I’m rooting for you to break the record because I’m laughing my ass off reading your posts. Problem is now you have to start over.

    16- Montana
    17- DeBerg
    18- Washington
    19- Montana again! KC(Hey, it’s Montana, he gets two)
    20- Hearst

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to stop here with #16. We all know who wore that number. Maybe you’d like to share your favorite Joe story.

    August of ’82 up in Rocklin. Moms and I drove up to training camp to see the World Champs. We got a few autographs, I got the one I wanted — Ronnie Lott. got a picture, too. But Mom wanted Joe. But he didn’t come by. So we waited in the car in the sweltering Rocklin heat until finally Joe emerged — all by himself. But Mom froze. She just sat in the car stunned. i had to hop out and politely flag Joe down after he passed the car.

    Joe was very amiable. But also very shy like others said. he was wearing shorts, a pink Polo shirt and he had his rt. elbow wrapped with ice like you’d see a baseball pitcher.

    I took the picture of Joe and Moms and he politely signed our Super Bowl book. The day was now complete. As you all know I like to bitch and moan a tad. OK, maybe a tad more of just a tad, but I do. But I have the memory of being with Moms when we beat the Cowboys, the Bengals in the Super Bowl and seeing her so happy taking a pic with Joe in Rocklin.

    Not too shabby.

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Today is the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. And if the previous 145 are any indication, fans will overindulge themselves. From the average Joe in the grandstands, to the Park Ave. types sitting up in the turf club and especially to the life-long racing fans like myself sitting at home. The beer and wine will be flowing. A truly crapulous affair to be had by one and all. And I haven’t even revealed my picks yet. Talk about crap. 馃槢

  24. robNo Gravatar says:

    Big day dennis

  25. robNo Gravatar says:

    Who you pickin?

  26. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m already kicking myself for not betting Wes Welker’s horse, Undrafted, in the 4th. That sucker flew down the lane and won going away. Looks like Wes will be dolling out the Benjamins again today.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, who’s gonna win the Belmont?
    I’m going with Wicked Strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did you guys pick up on my use of the WOTD? Apropos that I know a thing or two about it.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll have remember the WOTD. It looks like a useful word. Crapulous!

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It takes a most crapulent fellow to use this word.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t know Denny was such a youngster.
    Missed out on seeing #12 throw to #18?

    Winter is coming! Those thumbs to the eye can burst your head like a cherry tomato. Tyrion is up the creek.

    I’d like to see California Chrome win it in a few minutes.
    Simply because the trainer’s son is a Niner’s fan and wears the hat.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I vaguely remember seeing Brodie to Washington on TV while Grams babysat me as Moms and the Old Man attended the games. Mostly remember the Old Man coming home drunk bitching and moaning. Then he’d yell at my black Lab. Like it was her fault that P***** effing R**** couldn’t recover an on-side kick.

    That’s when I learned, no, was sternly instructed, that his name shall never be mentioned in our household again. Ah, those childhood memories…

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Wicked Strong’s silks are red and gold. Technically they’re listed as red and tan, but they look like Niner colors. So you have the Forty Niner silks (4) + his pp number, (9) = 49.

    I’m going with the 49er horse. My loyalties are above reproach. And I’m not talking the Jim Harbaugh BS above reproach. Lying sack of shit big game loser. Did we fire his ass yet?

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Preston Riley!

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Metropolitan Handicap is next andhas a horse that Berger should bet on. ROMANish is 9-1.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    ROMANish just finished third. While the first two finishers elected to try and hit paydirt and went all out, ROMANish took the conservative route and lost in the stretch (playoffs) once again.

    Sound familiar?

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like Bullit’s kind of horse. Happy to just be relevant. He should even love the name the way he protects Greg Roman. Next he’ll be eating his horse apples!

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, seriously? P****** R*****’s image should be spewed across the entire 1 1/2 mile Belmont track for all the horses to shit on.

    Speaking of the Belmont, it would not be complete without rejoicing Secretariat’s romp once again. It still gives me chills. The two images of the American flag add to the relevance of his win. Good for racing? Yes. But it was even better for our nation.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Because I know you all were wondering and in Berger’s case it’s dangerous when his mind starts wandering and roamin’.

    From Guiness (look at the horse’s name if you want irony)
    “The highest race speed recorded over two furlongs is 70.76 km/h (43.97 mph) and was achieved by Winning Brew trained by Francis Vitale (United States), at the Penn National Race Course, Grantville, Pennsylvania, United States, on 14 May 2008.

    Winning Brew covered the quarter-mile (402 m, 2 furlongs) in 20.57 sec. She is a 2 year old filly thoroughbred. The record for 1陆 miles (2,414 m) is 60.86 km/h (37.82 mph) by 3-year-old Hawkster at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California, USA on 14 October 1989 with a time of 2min 22.8sec.”

    Belmont is 1 1/2 miles.
    Still like California Chrome even though the only horse I’ve even been on is a Shetland pony.

  40. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Sinatra Jr. singing “New York, New York” just isn’t the same as when his Old Man did it. But I’ll be damn. If he isn’t the spitting image. Horses and people are pretty much the same; it’s all in the genes.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Sinatra Jr is the Imp.
    Dean Martin Jr. aka Dino. He represented his dad and a son to be proud of. Great wife but a life ended too soon.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I wasn’t really paying attention to the words, but apparently Frank Jr. botched the words to NY, NY. His Old Man just put a hit on him from his grave. Unbelievable.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Ice cold EX; 9/2. Strong > Chrome.

    Good Luck!

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chrome’s owner needs to get punched in the goddamn throat.
    Stop your crying. “It’s not fair.” Tough titties. The late George Carlin was right — The “pussification” of America continues to soil the very fabric that this great nation of ours was built.


  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been saying the same shit in regards to the NFL.
    Can’t you see it? WTF happened to hitting somebody? Gone by the wayside.

    Just a matter of time before all QBs are fitted with a “red do not touch practice jersey.”

    Two-hand touch is too much for me. I’ll quit watching.

  46. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    long live crapulous brittle boned fans!

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is a nice relaxing Sunday morning song. The title reminds of a Greg Roman playbook, even page 3. The composer is Elgar and the title is Nimrod:

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear, I love a good hockey fight. There’s something about watching the primal instinct of the original man come alive today in our “civilized society.”

    Hit somebody indeed.

  49. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Now I feel like fighting myself. But at my age, and especially in my condition, I’d have to know that I had the upper hand going into the fight. Fight someone that even gives me an unfair advantage. That’s why I’m gonna go beat up a kid in a wheelchair.

    Sounds harsh? That’s how California Chrome’s co-owner, Steve Coburn, equated the horses who didn’t run in either the Derby or Preakness that ran in the Belmont would be like Coburn, at 6′ 2″, playing basketball against a kid in a wheelchair.

    Coburn made these ridiculous comments on GMA on top of the asinine ones he made right after the race yesterday.

    I hope his horse never wins another goddamn race in its lifetime. Now where’s that cripple in the wheelchair? 馃槢

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The crippled kid in the wheelchair would kick your drunken heinie. You underestimate your opposition.

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not a tattoo guy myself, but that is pretty clever and well crafted. You guys remember Lee as Kato from “The Green Hornet?” Its star, Van Williams, never transferred over to the Big Screen. His next stop was “Love, American Style.” Not exactly an eye-catcher on one’s r茅sum茅.

  52. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, you’re probably right. That’s why I would need someone to step in for me and be my Champion and fight in my stead. Preferably someone not hell-bent on revenge or worse yet, prone to sympathy.

    With my luck he’d feel sorry for the kid and end up wheeling the crippled bastard to his next doctor’s visit. I lose.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Has anybody seen my wheelchair? Somebody in Pinole punched me in the throat and took it last night.
    – signed, Vernon Davis!

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Littlefinger is your man, you need to trust him.
    Can’t wait for tonight’s episode on the wall at Castle Black.
    Almost the entire hour is about the battle.

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    East Coast media still bitching over the AC and how the Heat would’ve won. The Spurs shot 14 for 16 in the 4th quarter so hard to say that LeBron would be a factor.
    Makes me pause to think how much whining and bitching the same media would’ve laid out if the Niners beat the Ravens in the Super Bowl.
    Here’s a video but the host is scorching hot so I post it just for that.

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So I guess we’re all to presume that Lord Baelish nailed Sansa. Lucky bastard. I was hoping to be the first to get the pretty redhead. When Sansa came down the stairs in her new dress, she stopped being that “stupid little girl.” She’s now playing the game. And playing it quite well I might add.

  57. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What I have to remember to do tonight is to stay off of Twitter after 6 PM PDT. I almost learned the outcome of the Mountain vs the Viper last week before it aired. I hate spoilers.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Danny Green got hot as heck after LeBron left the game. James is probably the best defender in BB and he would have been guarding Green. There’s no way they would haven 14-16 with James in the game. I still doubt they win but 14 for 16 would not have happened.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My point is the way some of these guys talk is that with James
    in the game they assume the Heat win. What bothers me is some writers think the AC breaking down and the lights at the Super Bowl are deliberate acts. If ever proven true then sports as we know it will cease to exist on the pro level.
    We might as well watch WWE.

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    They just ran the Silky Sullivan Stks. over here at GGF.
    This is probably my favorite horse tribute video of all time.
    I still can’t believe he won that race from outta the clouds.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    This is called a nice shot

  62. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Great song about Budd Dwyer, Philadelphia state senator who shot himself in the head on live TV after a press conference dealing with his facing embezzlement charges . . . .

  63. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Denver Broncos
    Indianapolis Colt
    New England Patriots
    Cincinnati Bengals
    San Diego Chargers
    Baltimore Ravens

    San Francisco 49ers
    New Orleans Saints
    Philadelphia Eagles
    Detroit Lions
    Seattle Seahawks
    Carolina Panthers

    You heard it here first! Only 90 days till kickoff…

  64. 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 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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