Standards of Excellence

If you live in the Bay Area, it’s easy to recognize that the 49ers are once again a proud and fashionable franchise. 49er apparelled torsos and torsoettes walk the streets, go to the banking window, shop at the malls, and even stroll down the aisles of churches. During the playoffs, it was red and gold everywhere you looked.

Not a pleasant time for Raider Nation. Hahaha. There was a Raider fan manning the nearby KFC cash register who looked gravely ill every time I stood before him last season, grinning from ear to ear as I ordered my crispy boiled fat saturated yummy shit. Quite a lot of fun. Needless to say, he was not amused when I ordered the Hue Jackson Melt Down Special in a spirit of whimsy. He pretended to be confused, which is pretty easy for a Raider fan to accomplish. But he knew. And it hurt.

But this will be the only happy and contented non-SB winning offseason for many years to come. Expectations will be high for 2012. It’s back to “Super Bowl or Bust” seasons now. No more of this “Please let us squeak into the playoffs” stuff.

Expectations may never get as high as they were in 1997, when then owner Eddie DeBartolo pushed the NFL’s winningest coach George Seifert out the door in favor of a young and overrated Steve Mariucci and grabbed the microphone during the news conference to utter the famous “He’s gone!” phrase that also pink slipped then OC Marc Trestman after a 12-4 season that ended with a Divisional Round loss to the Packers, but they will be high enough to cause epic misery each season that falls short of perfection. 12-4 and out the door! That is some serious attitude. But such was the state of the franchise then that fans didn’t even blink at Eddie’s ruthless tantrum.

The gods of football noticed, however, and Eddie’s blunt blurt to Trestman became a prophetic bit of irony, when less than two years later, the NFL said “He’s gone!” to Eddie himself — a tad less blurtingly, of course — setting in motion the long, downward spiral that finally ended in 2011.

If Jed York had more Eddie in him, an appropriate time to emulate would have been after the next to last game of the 2010 season. A simple “He’s gone!” Tweet regarding Mike Singletary would have been received enthusiastically in 49er fan land. But, alas, we got the standard bureaucratic pink slip language.

Will Jim Harbaugh step up to the plate when some reporter asks him about Moran Norris returning to the team in 2012? “Nope! He’s gone!”

Last year about this time, many some a few fans were looking forward to a beatific “He’s gone!” moment concerning a certain 49er player, but instead got the chilling words “He’s back!”

The one phrase we most definitely do NOT want to hear would be the one from a guy who comes out of a cave on 12-21-12, looks around at a devastated world, and stammers, “It’s gone!”

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Mayans were just jealous they never won a Super Bowl!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Petty poopers.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There are a select few who refuse to let go of Joe, Bill and Eddie
    and prefer to live in the 80’s.
    Their solutions to anything refers back to the 80’s.
    They’ll end up like this guy

    Since Krazy George is gone.
    Banjo man asks for cash donations
    in the parking lot.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Banjo man is an icon but he’s actually quite annoying when you’re trying to watch the game.
    Notice everyone in the video is ignoring him wishing he would go away? Not being mean here but what the hell is he singong and playing? Sorry if I’m the Cretin that doesn’t know bluegrass.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I don’t think he is playing anything. I looks and sounds like he is just playing a few chords while walking around. He is also missing a lot of strings. The hat should be a clue of what is going on. I always like it when he walks by. Try to have some fun my friend.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Super pumped now! The combine weigh-ins start today. Wow. Oh, wait. A crisis I must take care of first. Nap time.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    49er Gold Rush yes.
    Sourdough Sam maybe
    Hippie banjo player not so much

    I was wrong about Krazy George.
    He was never employed by the Niners although I swear I saw him either at a Niner game or some promotion. Maybe the brain is failing and I should join Skeebs and take 40 winks

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er is probably waking up early this afternoon to prep his database and start logging results. Go NJ!

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The one phrase we most definitely do NOT want to hear would be the one from a guy who comes out of a cave on 12-21-12, looks around at a devastated world, and stammers, “It’s gone!”
    Speak for yourself. I’m rooting like hell those Mayans have their numbers right. This world is going to hell in a handbasket. 12/21/12 is as good of a departure date as any. I was at the bank yesterday and upon filling out my slip I noticed the date read 2/21/12. I thought about tempting fate and slipping in that extra ‘1,’ but I figured since I waited this long what’s another 10 months going to hurt?

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What about eternity, Del? You know, down there … hot, really hot. Not that you’re going there, but you do swear a lot.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not to mention the drinking and the lewd thoughts and the fallen away thing and …

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If all dogs go to heaven, what about horses. They get to go too, right? Del needs to be with the horses!

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the despair and the evil QB hatred and the …

  14. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That’s why I always carry a pocket fan on my person. You just never know when your number might be called. I had planned on taking an air conditioner with 10,000 BTUs down with me, but I could just imagine what my PG&E bill would be. I pay them suckers enough up here. I’ll be damned, both figuratively and literally that they get another red cent from me.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On a slow day this is priceless and I laughed and busted a gut.

    Rich Eisen one of hosts on NFL Network runs the 40 in his suit and tie every year for fun and they superimposed Tebow,Jacoby Ford and Terence Cody running against him last year.

    This year they asked people to sen in videos of them running the 40. Rudy in this one shows why grown men over 35 shouldn’t do this

  16. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Did Krazy George die? Funny thing is, when I was in high school, my older sister was at San Jose State (late 70s). I went to a football game, and he was a student there. Had the drum and everything. Got the crowd going, and basically turned that into his schtick for quite a while to score tix to A’s and Raider games. He did a bunch of Earthquake games as well. No Niners or Giants though. After a while he bought a bar in Aptos called Krazy’s and had a ton of sports stuff in it. That was about 15 years ago. He pops up every now and then, but I haven’t heard anything about him in years . . .

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think he’s still kickin.
    Dude has his own website

  18. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Huh. More than I ever wanted to know about the guy, but apparently it was mid 70s, not late 70s . . .

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Banjo-man is cool. I bought a SF Giants propeller hat from him at the Burlingame Art & wine thing in the early 80s. Cool fricking hat. Lasted about 14 years before the prop failed . . .
    Seems like he’s been at every Niners game I’ve been to, but I think he started in the 70s . . .

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Banjo Man would get booed when he came by our section, but we were a tough crowd. If Dangerfield ever needed to adjust his tie he could count on us.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This was on NFL Total Access and I found this on SB Nation. Positive news on Mike Wallace.
    He likes the Niners and Pats.
    Speculation is if he signs for $8mil/yr Steelers can’t afford him
    “Free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace had an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on Wednesday, and talked about some of the possible destinations he might land in if he indeed leaves the Pittsburgh Steelers for greener pasturers. One of those landing spots he spoke of just so happened to be the San Francisco 49ers, a place where he can see himself playing in the future.

    Wallace was asked about joining a contender from either division in the 49ers or New England Patriots, and said he would be happy to play for either one:

    “Most definitely. Those are two playoff caliber, Super Bowl caliber teams. All those teams need are that one more piece of the puzzle to put them over the top…I wouldn’t want to go anywhere and leave the situation I’m at, with a great quarterback and a great organization, and go someplace where I don’t feel I can compete (for a championship)”

    Wallace also noted that the desire ‘to get my money’ is a large deciding factor on where he’ll end up, as well as the team’s quarterback. And, of course, winning championships:

    “You don’t want to leave a team like the Steelers and not win. I don’t want to go to a team and just win two games. A quarterback…I don’t care how good you are, you aren’t going to be good if you don’t have a good quarterback.”

    It will be tough for the Steelers to put up around the $8 million a year that Wallace will likely be after, meaning it looks like who ever has the most money and a decent organization will win the services of one of the top receivers in the game today.”

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Wallace also went to Ole Miss
    so P Willis should know him and help to steer him here.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jim Harbaugh is not a phony,
    He lives the blur collar life he preaches. The coach has made me proud.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My “Who’s got it better than us” T-shirt should be at my house by Friday!

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Skeebs, I’m stoked to have all the ‘Web’ numbers legitimized.
    This is the time of the process where the 6’3″ QB officially gets tagged at 6014.
    Everyone figures ‘no big deal’.
    What I want is,the WR/DB Class 40s to actually equate to grace in motion.
    Taylor Mays ran really fast in a straight line but, like Rich Eisen, who gives a sh!t if you can’t play football?

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another guy I’ve added to ‘The List’ is DE/OLB Cam Johnson from UVA.
    He’s a Combine invite and already plays in a 3-4 System.
    He looks very versatile.
    Looking forward to seeing him in drills.
    Again, Web numbers are deceiving.
    He’s listed at 6’4″ 267.
    We’ll see the official numbers this week.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Same goes for Olivier Vernon from Miami.
    Looks like another good fit for the 3-4 at OLB.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think Brooks walks because Harralson can play every down with Aldon doing the same. My guess is he wants more money than we want to pay at that position. Drafting another OLB pass rusher would make sense. Maiocco said this in his mailbag and I happen to agree with him.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I read where Brooks wants $8 mil a year. Seriously? See you later, Ahmad.

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Brooks is good, but not eight million good. That would be a guy who can get you 12 sacks a year. Aldon will probably get that or more when he gets his next contract. Brooks, not so much.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    U agree with Skeebs and Grump
    I do not think you pay anybody $8 mil for 7 sacks.
    Both Haralson and Grant are the same height and same weight. I wonder how tough it would be to convert Grant from ILB to OLB?
    Maiocco indicates there’s an interest in Pierre Garcon from the Niners

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    U should be I

  33. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks may not be worth $8 mill, but Haralson certainly isn’t the answer if he walks.
    ANY WR will get interest from the Niners.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Aldon Smith would replace Brooks.
    Do you think Larry Grant can move outside? He’s a FA stuck behind Bowman and Willis. If he could be the OLB pass rusher I’d try to keep him as we let him go once.
    He’s a very good LB.

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Even a skinny second-stringer from Serra High? Don’t flatter yourself.

  36. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey now . . .
    I’d rather have Grant move and Aldon stay in his role than play Aldon all the time. I think they should lose Haralson.

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke has already stated that Aldon will be a full timer next year.

  38. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Really. Didn’t hear that. Well, one of the 2 (Broos or Haralson) is gone then.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    That Jim Harbaugh is everywhere.
    If you watch the video the announcer blows it regarding Harbaugh’s sister Joanie.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One things for sure Harbaugh seems to wear the same clothes
    all the time and always tucks the black sweatshirt into the Dockers khakis.

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if this name has been brought up already, if so I apologize but Stephon Gilmore, (6-1 195) DB from South Carolina could be a great fit for the Niners. Currently projected as an early-mid 2nd rd pk, but with a good combine he could vault himself into the 1st. Check for his 40 time.
    Here’s another good draft site. The guy works for SI and is no nonsense. He knows his stuff.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It’s Thursday during Speedweek at Daytona. That can only mean one thing — it’s Duel time! Yes. Among many other things, I am a redneck.
    You might be a redneck if…you ever got too drunk to fish.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Budweiser being my beer of choice should have given that away a long time ago.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob! You’ll love this. Montoya got t-boned on lap 9. He’s gone!

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You might be a redneck if…you fish in your above-ground pool, and you catch something!

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I hope you guys noticed and appreciated the fact that my redneck jokes were “fish related” to tie into yesterday’s garfish thread. If nothing else I try to stay current, up-to-date and relevant. I’m hip.
    You know the difference between being hip and cool? About 40 degrees.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In case you missed it Baalke’s Press Conference today.’t-Lie/7e395de7-0f36-40c3-a891-4ce740383ca3

    Last year the trolls were laughing at him and asking where Cousin Larry was. What a difference a year makes.

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers, not sure if your blog format allows it, but I really like the feature in Chuck’s and other blogs that permits you to respond directly to another poster.
    I like it when you can tell another poster directly that he or she is a goddamn boob and doesn’t have a goddamn clue. When it comes to directing “boobness,” I’ve got the special touch.
    Stand aside. Make way for the King and Queen Boob.
    Guess who’s holding the rings? You got it.
    I’ve been to the Ritz Carlton more than you can imagine. Seriously. Like I just told my neighbor with his dog, Lucy. It’s all good.

  49. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    hmm garfish ! i once hooked a 3 and a half to four foot long gar here in fla a few years ago !
    i was on a bridge and couldn’t land him because of his teeth !

  50. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    @ Dennis, you can do it like this, Facebook style.
    You can’t take the boobs out of the internet, though, Dennis: without porn and idiots, there’s nothing left.

  51. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    imo banjo man is ok ! i met him once at the superbowl in miami in 94 and thought he was a pretty cool guy !

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    @Dennis (good idea Grump): You put this question to me a few weeks ago and nobody else was in favor of it. Too much jumping around to keep up with posts was the general consensus.

  53. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    i still don’t like the ‘reply to poster’ stuff much !

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That guy’s over built for a safety. No wonder he’s been injured for two years straight.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Keep an eye on S Harrison Smith from ND.
    He’s listed in some places as a SS but, from what I’ve read, he moves well enough to play the FS position as well.
    Might actually favor him over my initial choice of Markelle Martin.
    The beauty of Smith is, he’s a tackler that can cover.
    That pretty much separates the CBs from the Ss.
    Good size too. Gotta see him move now.
    Del, Gilmore is a good looking prospect for sure.
    He’s gonna go high.
    I do like him, Chase Minnifield and Trumaine Johnson as the ‘Taller’ CB options.
    There’s a boatload of smaller faster CBs too.
    Check out Dwight Bentley from LA-Lafayette.
    Dwight,Brandon Boykin and Leonard Johnson are guys I’d consider for our Team too in the ‘Smaller’ category.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Boykin is a dual threat
    as he’s a great return man.
    Gulliver should know all about Gilmore.
    In case you missed it Harbaugh’s Q & A

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Damn Rob’s got me calling Culliver Gulliver

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As for Brooks seeking 8M/yr?
    Good luck with that.
    Parlay that into a FA WR.
    Enjoy your new Team Ahmad.
    One thing I love about this FO, they don’t write fat checks for no reason.
    Very Cap conscious. We’ve got to consider extensions for Bowman and others.
    The Rookie Cap will also water down the high cost of doing business if we continue do things properly.
    This is the way the process should have been done in the first place.
    Pay for production at the Pro level.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke said what I wanted to hear. To paraphrase, he said they put some stock in the 40 yard dash, but the film does not lie.
    That is how I feel, especially for WRs, RBs and DBs, and a little for LBs too.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I really like Brooks, but he shouldn’t get 8 mil of our 30 mil cap space. Half of that space will go to Alex Smith and Carlos Rogers.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I was reading that CB Leonard Johnson did a masterful job of taking Blackmon out of the game when they faced each other.
    As we now Draft later, it does afford us the chance to counter the moves made by our Division rivals.
    Leonard is on my radar now simply because Blackmon is likely to be in the plans for St Louis now.
    What’s impressive is, Leonard is not that tall.
    Gotta see him move now too.
    Very impressive DB Class to sift through.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger it’s the one thing none of us get to evaluate. Game Film.
    I’d love to spend time learning the Scouting game and listen to the Pro Scouts break down tape.
    I’m a junkie for all the measurables amd intangibles that go into finding winning players.
    If you don’t like to compete, you shouldn’t be in the game.

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Garcon and Wayne put up pretty respectable numbers this past year.
    I’d have no problems with either guy coming in to help our WR group.
    If they could win with Peyton and still produce without him, that speaks pretty well about what it means to come to work everyday.

  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 · 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