Rip Tide Blues

At Monday’s post game press conference, Jim Harbaugh pleaded with the media to tone down the praise and keep ripping the team instead. If that’s how he feels, he must be a great fan of the blogosphere! One poster on the SF Insider was even ripping the Yorks for making the players sit in the coach section of their chartered plane on the way home from Philadelphia.

The blog world definitely spun on its axis in the final 30 minutes of Sunday’s incredible victory over the Eagles. It was like a howling mob of vampires suddenly dissipated by the morning sun breaking through on the horizon. Poof! We’re out of here.

In truth, 49er fans are not accustomed to savoring victory these days. It was clearly difficult for them to, you know, just glow, baby, glow! Bask. Smile. Get the light feet do-see-do. A great many were stumbling around in a War Is Over daze. Coping.

Even bloggers who don’t rip the team had trouble enjoying the victory. Their first reaction was to turn around and rip the rippers. Payback time.

Those who enjoyed this victory the most were guys who have friends who are fans of other teams — like the Eagles, Raiders, and Cowboys. Eat it, not-Niner people. Suffer. Spend the week in total despair. Do you see my smile? Hahaha.

With all due apologies to the pure of heart, when it comes to football, there’s nothing quite as fun as another team’s fan’s misery. You can spend an entire offseason savoring the despair felt by, oh say, a Patriots fan in 2007. Currently, no fan of another team even spends a moment savoring the mess the 49ers have been for a decade. We haven’t been worthy of envy.

That might be changing, guys. Four games into the 2011 season, no 49er win has yet been credited to the quality of the team, so much as the failure of the opponent. In Philadelphia and elsewhere eastern-wise, the story is how could the Eagles lose to those awful 49ers. Heck, a bunch of our own fans are asking the same question.

So it will be awhile before anyone takes this team seriously. In the meantime, I suggest we all pull out some old 49er tapes from the ’80’s and re-learn how to enjoy victory. How to savor being good. How to nonchalant along the boulevard with a smug ass attitude. After all, when the spotlight finally shines on our beloved warriors, we don’t want to be caught with our mouths open, like some heehaw from the boondocks.

As for the fellows that have lived to rip for several years, this new era is going to be difficult. You would have my sympathy if I felt kind. But I don’t. Hahaha. Go Niners!

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The only way winning will be fun for some is if Alex Smith gets hurt first, allowing them to continue to disparage him while getting some wins. We could easily lose the next two before the bye, allowing the doomers a resurgence. You gotta love the blogosphere.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I saw your post this morn about Hank Jr. I’ll repeat, he was the bad boy of Country music for 20 years. Maybe he was channeling his inner Harbaugh and did not want people saying nice things about him anymore. Since I’ve been a fan of his since the early 80’s, I’d guess he was probably drunk. It would be his “Family Tradition!”

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody notice Curtiss Painter doing well last night? That is who Del and I wanted to draft in stead of Nate Davis.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Deion is ripping Romo. Namath is ripping the Jets. And we know what Philadelphia is doing. Asomugha probably wishes he’d stayed in Oakland.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    LOL, Skeebs, actually, Asomugha may be wishing he’d signed here right about now.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Oct 11 is Steve Young’s Birthday.
    His wife organized a flash mob to give him birthday wishes.

    Fun times. Happy Birthday Steve!

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Hank Jr is backpedalling today
    trying to do damage control.
    Face it, he might be banned from ESPN but this will give his record sales and concert bookings a boost.
    That’s the way things work these days. Do something bad and write a book and get rich.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The suprising teams that are winless are the Vikings and Rams.
    If the Vikings end up with the first pick what would you give up in trade for it? I’m doing this hypothetical based on them seeing their future with Ponder and not wanting to spend another #1 two years in a row.
    I’d give them 2012, 2013 #1 draft picks and Bowman.
    I’m realistic to know that you have to include Bowman or someone similar to sweeten the pot. I cannot give them Willis as he’s untoucahable.
    I know the Rams wouldn’t be stupid enough to trade with us and Dolphins and Colts would not pass on taking Luck.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Even though the Vikings have Ponder, I would still draft Luck. I really like Ponder, Luck is much better. Luck might be the best prospect at QB ever.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I predicted the Rams meltdown months ago. You have a QB who does not throw well deep and coordinator calling for the vertical offense. Bradford had bad receivers last year and a bad offensive line last year. What did he have? A play caller that knew what he was doing.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – since Elway, I would say.

  12. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not surprised that the Rams are winless — their schedule is brutal first half. I am surprised they’ve played so poorly though. Looks like it’s their year to suffer the preseason prognosticating pundit’s NFC West Crown curse.
    If the Colts get Luck I will be pissed. That just ain’t right.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe, but I like Luck better than Elway.

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    StL is looking at 00-7. They have GB, Dallas, and NO coming up.

  15. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Got that right, Barley. Getting Manning, and then Luck would be kismet in the extreme. When is Manning supposed to come back? If the prospect is December, and they are 2-8, they won’t even bother to let him play out the string.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Reverse praise: PFT is calling the Eagles the biggest losers from Sunday. “Losing two straight home games is bad enough, but losing a 20 point lead to the inept 49ers offense …”
    Eat it up, Harbaugh.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of posters are up in arms on SF Gate because V posted that NFL players were sissies for wearing pink and why breast cancer and not all cancers and also that the program was a liberal cause yada yada yada.

    Someone posted this about V
    “He also said he was a professional tennis player, and he has a studio full of classic guitars and a big garage full of american muscle cars. Just a guess, ghost, but I’d venture to say none of it’s true. Probably just a bitter old guy in some crappy apartment in some crappy town out in the middle of nowhere.”

    Anyone that knows care to confirm?

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Do you guys know about RG3, the Baylor QB?
    He’s Robert Griffin III and up to last saturday he had more TD passes than incompletions for the season.
    So far this year

    93/113 for 1308 yds 82.3%

    11.58 yds/attempt 66 yds long pass

    18 TDs 1 int 7 times sacked

    230.3 college QB rating

    This is after 4 games
    he’s 6-2 220lbs. Check him out

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, they’ve definitely gone from undernourished to overkill on that site. Threads don’t have a chance to fester much. The whole site looks garish now. Too overdone to even want to try to keep up.

  20. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    I watched the profile of the first superbowl win from the “81 season the year I graduated high school, that was a killer time in my life,watching Walsh in some of the meetings, and how the players related to him is so similar to whats going on with this team right now, there is a bond developing between players and coach that is just the beginning, who would have thought the team would be 3-1 at this point, not many.
    the Haters are in a state of shock and even volunteering to eat there crow with glee, after 4 games, its becoming a freaking kumbaya fest
    the team did have some good players, without proper direction they were floundering,as Harbaugh is discovering what there strengths and weaknesses are his game plans have developed,a real coach works these things out the previous regime tried to impose there coaching will on the players its a breath of fresh air
    the Eagles were driving for the win, thank you Justin for the play of the game, last year would have been a loss,its just night and day
    now a victory against Tampa is next in line

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Spagnuolo’s career as Rams HC is parallelling Nolan’s tenure here. 2nd year improvement to 7-9, high hopes for 3rd year, new OC, kersplat.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I watched Griffen play vs TCU first game. Very impressive QB. Baylor upset TCU.

  23. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who, pray tell, NoFear? I need actual examples instead of bland generalizations.
    I don’t recall Barbra Streisand calling Bush Hitler. Or even Tim Robbins.

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The only singers that caught shit that I can remember were the Dixie Chicks for saying they were ‘ashamed’ to be from Texas. I mean being from there is bad enough as it is. Thow in the Bushes, and it’s the double whammy. Mr. Washington outsider, indeed. How he sold that I’ll never know. Some people are easily hoodwinked, I suppose.

  25. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, whoever ‘redesigned’ the blogs on the Chron have a serious case of ADD.
    It’s a nightmare of content overload.
    It’s dead to me now.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Watch the Texas comments.
    I went to the University of Texas.
    I was fortunate enough to be there when we had Earl Campbell
    as our guy.
    In 2005 we played in one of the greatest college games of alltime
    beating Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and What’s your deal?,
    I bleed burnt orange.
    Austin is different from the rest of the state.

  27. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The good news, Skeebs, is that both our blogs are doing better than the GD Insider.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, I almost moved to Austin due to a company relocation. The people I worked with that went had nothing but good things to say about Austin.
    And Earl Campbell was one bad mofo (shut your mouth!) in his Houston days. Loved watching him run. i saw a little of his stuff at UT but not that much.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, on our sites, at least nobody has to wait for all the damn flash ads to finish loading!

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows has that totally annoying take-over-the-screen pop up now that just jumps up out of nowhere and you have to hunt for the [close] button to get rid of it. Creepy.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The PD site still rolls along pretty good with Lowell Cohn’s kid now running it, taking over from Padecky who replaced Branch who followed Maiocco. I don’t find myself going there much any more, though. So the new gang of posters there aren’t real familiar to me.

  32. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are 2 pt favorites over Bucs

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess I should go over there and stir up some trouble just for the hell of it. I’ll sign in as Unca_Chuck and call everybody Skippy.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody know what happened to
    Tukuafu? I know he’s on IR now, but I never heard what his injury was.

  35. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Go for it, Skeebs. The only one of those blogs I really bothered with was the Insider. That’s a wasteland now. A few good folks, but most all of the Chronicle-related blogs have been taken over by trolls and attention-seekers.
    Maiocco killed a good thing. He went from a ton of traffic on the PD to squadoosh on the Comcast site.

  36. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It was a wrist injury, Skeebs.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Never heard anything about Tuku. Does this mean Dobbs might actually get a game on the active list?

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s hope so, Grump. They promoted Colin Jones from the PS again, so they might make him active instead. I think we’d all like to see what Dobbs can do in the real season, though.

  39. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I want to see Dobbs sit all day – and then play 10 to 15 snaps in the 4th quarter, next to Aldon Smith, when we need a pass rush.

  40. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    John Williams (WR from USD) signed to the PS . . .

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    John Williams? The only John Williams I know is the Academy Award winning composer best known for doing the theme music for such classics like “Star Wars” and “Jaws.”
    2/1 says you got either one or both of those theme songs bee-boppin’ through your head right about now. I hope it lasts throughout the remainder of your evening. Ha!

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Did you see this from Niner’s Nation?

    “Football Outsiders released their latest playoff odds and they have the 49ers holding the second best odds in the NFL at 89.1%. The 49ers sit second to the Green Bay Packers (92.8%). Thanks to the truly awful nature of the NFC West, winning back-to-back road non-division games has put the 49ers in an excellent position. There is plenty of time for them to join the Red Sox and blow huge playoff chances, but the numbers say what they say for now.”

    Yeah way too early but good to be in the hunt (leading the pack)

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Somehow I picture you as Quint
    in the movie sing sea chantys.

    I also heard Ben & Jerry’s has come out with a new flavor, no joke “Schweddy Balls”.

    here’s the proof


  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Actually they signed John Matthews
    from USD. He played for Harbaugh in college leaving in 2006.

  45. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Guess I was thinking of Matt Williams?

  46. robNo Gravatar says:

    didn’t john williams do the star wars theme ?

  47. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m surprised there isn’t a big uproar around the Schweddy balls thing.
    Not PC and all . . .

  48. robNo Gravatar says:

    on hank williams jr.

    “Face it, he might be banned from ESPN but this will give his record sales and concert bookings a boost.”



    I’m not sure , but isn’t oe of the republican front runners for pres being roasted because someone put a confederate flag (or pic of one ) up at some family owned property ?
    like the guy can control what everyone else does , family or not !

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Did you go to the Piggly Wiggly and ask for Schweddy Balls tonight?

    I can answer your question

    it’s Rick Perry and not a confederate flag. The old name of the ranch is still on a rock at the entrance

    Cain Says Perry’s Ni**erhead Ranch Just “Plain Insensitive”

    Rick Perry Owned Shooting Range Formerly Called “N**erHead”

    Latest Republican Poll has
    Romney and Cain tied at 17% with Perry at 14%

    Herman Cain used to own Godfather’s Pizza. Nothing like that here in Calif how about Fla?
    Austin, TX has Mr Gatti’s for Pizza and Schlotzky’s Subs for sandwiches

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Was V ever a Pro Tennis player?

  51. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Renee Richards, anyone?

  52. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, I think my post went to your spam because I typed the N word.

  53. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t mind Republicans. Republicans who don’t believe in evolution? That’s different. I might well vote for Romney (or Christie) if he had run… Perry or Bachman, no chance. The scientist in me demands a minimal level of rationality, scientific literacy and common sense. The religious right just makes me chuckle.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like Gingrich but he has no chance. At the moment I’m leaning Romney and Cain. I would like Paul if he wasn’t so anti Iraq War. That was a wildly successful campaign. I don’t know anything about Perry. Doesn’t sound good for him if he had a ranch called N-head.
    I have a question. If blacks use the N word, no problem. If whites use it is an outrage. Can hispanics use the word?

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- You want evolution? The Dems are the Neanderthals and the Republicans represent Modern man!

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Now I’m a black Neanderthal?
    I don’t have Schweddy Balls

  57. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, No, they can’t. Shit, how many shades of white live up there in Reno?
    I see Romney, and I immediately think “used car salesman.” He and Huntsman (who I sorta like) spend too much time in the tanning booths.
    Paul makes way too much sense to get anywhere. But he’s too far in the limited gov’t idea. I mean letting food processing industries regulate themselves (which they do anyway with budget shortfalls) leads to shit like people dropping dead from eating fruit. Give the meat industry free reign and e coli will start taking out lot of people.
    Well, the people that subscribe to the intelligent design theory aren’t.

  58. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The pizza guy is a pretty straight shooting guy. He made a lot of sense.

    When are they going to vote some of these people out of the race?

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought you guys would enjoy those posts! LOL!

  60. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Besides, if the Dems are Neanderthals then Republicants are tubeworms . . . .

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m declaring myself an Independent.

    St Louis has a tough crowd.
    Last year we went 0-6 and this didn’t happen. They’re only 0-4
    and their fans are melting down.

    They should move back to LA

  62. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fans? At least when they were in LA there was the natural LA/SF rivalry thing. Whatever was there is long gone. And those posters there are right. St Louis is a basball town. Their hockey team gets more love.
    Maybe it was 60 years of horeshit football from the Bidwills and Cardinals football that soured them. Kurt Warner and the greatest show on turf is but a distant memory.

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers thanks for putting said topic into print –
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this Victory Lap out here and of course, NYG Buddies are piling on with me for taking down the Evil Eagles. The problem with the majority of their Fans is they still don’t quit. As you wrote, there are no acknowledgements about us having a good game or a better plan, it’s about the officiating and Andy Reid etc.
    So…Thanks for telling it like it is, Savor the Victory, Take a Lap, maybe 3 dozen Laps and bya all means, PILE THE EFF ON ANY PHILLY FAN YOU KNOW. (Just because we’ve been saving the smack talk for so effing long)

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, there’s a difference between some internet clown comparing Bush to Hitler and a celebrity, you know, the people Fox News hates and ignores, comparing Obama to Hitler in front of a national TV audience.
    I suppose the moon landing was a hoax as well, NoFear. As well as carbon-dating and what, 150 different fields of biology, geology and paleontology?
    What’s funny is the fact that during all of recorded human history, religion always has to adjust to advances in science and technology. The 2 can co-exist. Even if most religions are boldly entering the 18th century. Do you believe in transmigration, NoFear? Hint, it has nothing to do with borders.
    Jon Stewart has more integrity news-wise than Rupert’s retards can even dream about. O’Reilly and Wallace are the only thing they have resembling fact-based reporting.

  65. robNo Gravatar says:

    i want sarah !

  66. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13


11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

Grumpy: DNP