Christmas has come and gone and an impoverished nation has coughed up 20 or 30 billion dollars to the giant retail corporations for another year’s worthless junk. This gigantic swindle is monitored by Homeland Security, the NSA, the FBI, and all sorts of other peepers whose job is to make sure nobody upsets the apple cart, and those who try will be guaranteed a whole shitwad of misery.
Which is why we have football.
Speaking of which, another season is packing its bags for the eternal journey into history. For twenty mortified franchises, this dismal exodus begins next Sunday evening. The Outsider is still basking in Christmas jeer, and takes this moment to extend our condolences to these soon to be immortalized LOSERS. Your season is over, chumps. Hahahaha!! You came, you saw, you sucked!
For the first time since 2002, the 49ers will not be making this premature ejectulation. No, our lads will be taking a seat at the Winners Table this year, alongside the other eleven qualifiers. Bravo, lads! It’s about effing time!
Seattle had a chance to join the party, but the 49ers stuffed them Saturday and sent their whining head coach packing for a bitter offseason of playing second fiddle to Jim Harbaugh. Maybe next year, Petey-o. Or maybe not.
The Saints drubbed the Falcons Monday night, guaranteeing that the final game of the regular season will have plenty of drama. The all important second seed in the playoffs is there for the taking, if the 49ers can simply beat the Rams. This should not be difficult. But this is also football and anything can happen, once in awhile.
The only playoff spot yet undecided in the NFC is the winner of the NFC East. Either the Giants or the Cowboys will finish 9-7 and get to play either Detroit or Atlanta in the Wild Card round. The winner of that game will travel to Green Bay in round two.
In the AFC, the AFC West winner and the second wild card team are still undecided, along with the entire tournament seeding arrangements.
Sunday’s game might be the final one of Steve Spagnuolo’s head coaching career. His Rams team started the year as the division favorite and ended up as the division bottom feeder. Steve’s team has fewer wins in three years than the 49ers have in this one year alone. This offseason, Steve will no doubt be standing in the unemployed DC line, along with Mike Nolan, preparing to be endlessly recycled from one failed enterprise to the next. It’s a living.
One last week before the sudden death games begin. One last game of the 2011 season that has been the most magical year in Ninerland since 1981. The year the 49ers became THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS.