Slow Weekend

Not much happening at 49er HQ this week. That is all.

Just kidding. I have some more words to throw around here, if I can just find them.

Not sure why the team is dribbling out the player activations. Tank Carradine on Monday. Aldon Smith on Thursday. They have to get them all done by next Tuesday. Drama queens.

It sounds like Michael Crabtree is getting healed faster than anticipated and might be in the lineup two weeks from now against New Orleans. That would be great news. The Saints do like to score points in bunches. An actual passing attack could be handy against them.

I know Colin Kaepernick is licking his chops over the return of his favorite WR. With Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis, the 49ers would have some serious fire power. And Vance McDonald can always slip down field for a killer 20 yarder, too.

The team rallied nicely from its disastrous 1-2 start, going 5-0 in October. The MVP of that turn around was good old Frank Gore. A softer schedule helped, also. The next two games are going to be a little testier, but more of an indication of how good the team really is.

The Bengals rise to prominence took a big hit with Thursday night’s loss to the Dolphins. Just when Bengal fans were starting to believe in Andy Dalton, he puts up a true stinker. Losing an OT game on a safety is about as dumb a way to lose as there is. The 3 INTs didn’t help, either. To top it off, their all pro DT Geno Atkins tore his ACL and is out for the year. The Ravens are breathing a lot easier this morning.

There’s not much to root for this weekend. I’d like to back the Bucs in Seattle, but that would require the intervention of the Tooth Fairy, who died sometime in my single digit years. Kansas City has done all they can do for us this year by getting their eighth win last week, so it’s now time to see them start losing and pushing their second round pick higher up the draft board. Buffalo is better than their 3-5 record indicates, and a KC pratfall is a definite possibility. If that doesn’t work, there’s always two games upcoming against Denver to pop their bubble.

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44 comments on “Slow Weekend
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pat Willis mic’d up and he talks the talk about forcing a fumble and then walks the walk by doing it.
    Willis’ leadership value to the team can’t be measured and he sets an example that Aldon, Brooks and Wright(?) can learn from.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    From what I heard on CSNBA it seems the league told us we had to make a decision on “All Don all the time.” If that is true it probably put a cog in our plans of when to activate everybody. I would think it only causes us a day or two hiccup in our actions.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Decisions on Wright and Manningham are next.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners are in a slight conundrum.
    Nnamdhi seems to be the casualty if they decide to activate Wright.
    The rumor is the Aints would snap him off the waiver wire immediately and we play the Aints two weeks from Sunday.
    You only make this move if Wright
    becomes the 3rd CB moving past either Brown, Brock or Rogers.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Wright has the talent to be the best corner on the roster.
    Whether he has the common sense to make and stay on the roster is the question.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Saints will likely pass on Nnamdi. Why throw good money after bad? They aren’t going to waste a rpster spot for a one-game rental.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the team has a few of those now, Grump.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The NFL just suspended Justin Blackmon for the final 8 games of this season violating the substance policy and terms of his probation.
    I sure hope Aldon is paying attention.
    Blackmon has pissed away 3/4 of his salary this year. You havew to wonder what Blackmon was thinking or actually he probably wasn’t thinking, believing he could beat the drug test.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Earlier there had been speculation that the Niner-Aints Nov 17 game would be flexed by NBC into their Sunday Night Football slot.
    NBC has flexed the Chefs-Bronco game as their choice for Sunday Night.
    The Niners-Aints game will be the Fox national late game as originally scheduled starting at 1:25pm Pacific Time.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Maiocco
    “49ers GM Trent Baalke was just on @957thegame and said the team received a one-week roster exemption for Aldon Smith.”
    So they could activate Manningham for Moore’s spot if they think Aldon needs a week more of practice or cut someone else.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I like the new font / style. Much easier on the eyes, Skeebs.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I think the change is an improvement.
    Like the most recent posts at top format too.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Been meaning to do this change for awhile, but yesterday one of the plugins for the old “theme” went haywire, so I bit the bullet in the wee hours this morning. This new design is mobilized so it can be viewed on any size screen.

    The old   isn’t needed between paragraphs, either. Didn’t know the comments were in reverse chronology, and not sure I like it, since the comment box is at the bottom. Let me know, guys, what is preferable.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A lot easier on the eyes, Grump. I had my screen set to “big type” for the old design. But I can read this now is normal mode.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I knew I shouldn’t have eaten the pineapple upside down cake last night!

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:






  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The paragraph thing works, my ability to write a full sentence is another thing!

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How about seeing how youtube works on this new format.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At the halfway point I thought they would use V McDonald more as a receiver since there is no #2 WR.

    Vance has proven to be more of a blocker and the disappointing thing is he is more than capable of going down the seams of zones
    for 20 yd gains. Lately Vance is not even being targeted as a receiver.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Font’s much better, however I like the comments in descending order.

  21. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah I prefer the newest comments at the bottom with the comment box myself. I could get used to the reverse but it’s a little more cumbersome. But the ease of reading this font is a BIG bonus.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Okay, newest comments at the bottom.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m glad I didn’t eat that pineapple upside down cake last night!

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like it better like this.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I’ve warmed up to McDonald. He is an outstanding blocker on the run and I like watching him run over people.

  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nice job skeebs, much easier to read.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Will this new font make my Breeders’ Cup horses run faster?
    Everything else I try doesn’t seem to work.

  28. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve found the wee hours best for biting bullets, too.

    Nice change.

    Happy to see no change to the spy/trackers, too. Always liked that here.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- Skeebs was horsing around with his site this morning and this is what he came up with!

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers have waived LB Nate Stupar.”

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What we want to see this weekend Skeebs, is a knock-down drag out brawl between the Falcons and Panthers.
    Division games are always nasty. Especially with the Falcons pretty much on life support mode.

    Hope they beat the snot out of each other and, give our 9ers a little extra advantage, while they rest up and wait for Carolina to make the cross-country flight.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Panthers suffered injuries to guards Chris Scott and Jeff Byers.”

    There you go, NJ.

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jeff “Tool” just threw a 100 yd Pick 6 from the Chiefs 1 yd line with KC on the precipice of falling behind 17-3. There’s being lucky and then there’s being Alex Smith lucky this year. When will it end?

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Truth be told, KC should be running more.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. There’s a horrific call on Flowers.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Never like to see injuries Skeebs but, it’s part of the game.
    I always expect Division games to be a little testier than the norm.

    And, I think it’s time to break up the NYJ.
    Saint’s go down in the Meadowlands.

    Totally different team outdoors but, the NYJ have a good young DLine.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Even thought the Expensive Corn are up big on the Sea Chickens, they’ll still lose.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When you charge a buck an ear for corn nobody buys what you are selling. The Sea Chickens didn’t.

  39. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What the hell do expect from a team that sells ’em at those prices? I can get damn near a bushel on sale at Safeway. Buck an Ear this!

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The only person here I could get on board the Nick Foles bandwagon for the 2012 draft was Del. I predicted he would go 2nd or 3rd round but that he should really be a first rounder. Do I get a Brownie Button?

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I want you to know that I submitted my comment before I had seen your latest. I’m hip.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I heard you had two hips!

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger you have to be impressed with Rex’s NYJ DLine rotation.
    They got after Brees today.

    Something Fangio has to dial up as we get into the 2nd half stretch run.

    Looking forward to contributions from Tank and QDial.
    Still love the nickname Damon ‘Big Snacks’ Harrison.
    Can’t beat it.

  44. 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 · 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