Still no word from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Unless no word IS the word. The 8th Circuit Clerk doesn’t have a clue whether there will be a ruling or not. No ruling, of course, means the temporary stay of Judge Nelson’s ruling will last until July or so.
If we don’t hear something today, it looks like we’re all screwed. Football fans, coaches, employees, and the entire universe of pigskin related enterprises will be SOL for the next two months. The Outsider probably does not technically qualify as an “enterprise,” but a knothole to an empty field is just a hole in a fence with nobody’s face stuck up against it.
This blog quietly entered its second year of existence some time last week and a stock portfolio type geek would have to remark that I appear to have invested in a turkey, vis a vis football and the 49ers. A year ago at this time, 49er fans were making preparations for playoff tickets and parties. Since that false high, it’s been all down hill. The roof caved in, the floor collapsed, the building fell down, the looters have carted away the junk, and all we have to show for this disaster is a Jim Harbaugh bumper sticker.
This is uncharted territory for the football blog world. Another round of arguing about Eddie D vs the Yorks and Joe Montana vs Steve Young will probably keep the Gate’s Insider broiling away forever, but it’s a tired old thread that won’t get any juice here.
There’s always Alex Smith, I guess. But anti-Smithers should be breathing easy these days, even with Smith’s return for one more year. Colin Kaepernick is going to be the QB around these parts, if not sometime this year, then certainly next. Even if Smith puts up a good year in 2011, he will be gone next year. There’s just no oomph left in this blogorama battleground.
I suppose this is a time to look at the glass half full, even though its pretty much empty. We are entering a new era in 49er land. This coming year is probably going to be a dud, but it’s clear that the team is heading out to sea with a new boat and a new skipper and a new crew. Maybe they will all be shipwrecked in a couple of years just like a previous decade’s worth of bon voyages that have sailed forth from these red and gold shores.
Or maybe, just maybe, this time, we’ll be a winner.