Jim Harbaugh and Anquan Boldin stepped to the plate this week and smote down just about all of the “insider” stories of 49er discord, locker room disenchantment, egos run amok, coach and GM not on speaking terms that viraled through the internet for a couple of weeks. It was a thorough smiting, and not a peep of righteous rejoinders has been heard from the smitten down authors responsible for the viral content. Not a single “I stand by my source” huff n puff has limped forth from their smited lips. All dismissed with a true, and named, insider chuckle.
The Bay Area writer who led the attack, Ann Killion, has not yet responded to being smacked down. No apology, no “Ooops,” no “never mind,” no vigorous defense. Pretty lame, Ms. Killion.
Anonymous “sources” are the meat and potatoes of Sports World, USA these days, usually gussied up with assurances that these faceless entities are “highly reliable” so us gullible blarney swallowers will believe some high ranking official has leaked the truth, no doubt for noble and courageous reasons and his/her identity can’t be divulged lest he/she get knocked from the ranks on high. This is occasionally true, once every blue moon or so, but mostly it’s not.
Mostly, sources aren’t revealed because they would immediately tarnish the credibility of the story. Secretaries, trash collectors, janitors, disgruntled nephews — noble professions one and all — but not necessarily the possessors of intimate or ultimate knowledge.
A great many rumors are started by agents. These fellows were not included above because their profession is not noble in any way. Greed is the only driving force for the efforts put forth by these civilization wrecking slime balls.
Still, the rumors did keep the blogs lively for a week or two, moving us ever closer to next week’s start of Free Agency. While fans look forward to this period, hoping their team will sign AN IMPORTANT DUDE, it’s a mixed bag for the players themselves. A handful will sign lucrative and ridiculous contracts they will never live up to, many will find out they’re not worth nearly as much as they thought they were, and the vast majority will simply be unemployed. And ready to begin a career as an “anonymous source.”