Stars and Stripes

The 49ers and Cowboys finished the 2010 season with identical 6-10 records. The Cowboys fired their HC and DC. The 49ers did likewise. The big difference is that the Cowboys kept the same offensive system intact by promoting their OC, Jason Garrett, to HC. The 49ers tried a similar formula two yeas ago. Ahem.

The Cowboys achieved their underwhelmingness last year by having the 8th ranked offense paired with the 31st ranked defense. The 49ers were ranked 24th on offense and 16th on defense. The spectacular approach to badness versus the mundane approach.

The national media viewed the Cowboys’ stinkiness as an aberration and the 49ers’ odor as a trend. Hoping to correct their aberration, the Cowboys hired the long-haired version of Buddy Ryan’s fat, loud-mouthed kids to fix the spectacularly bad defense. This is not necessarily an upgrade, however, since the previous architect of their defense was Bum Phillips’ kid, who has a longer and stronger resume of excellence than Buddy’s kid has.

The 49ers dipped into the gene pool themselves, hiring one of Jack Harbaugh’s kids. The other Harbaugh kid is the HC in Baltimore. The national media views this 49er hire as a long term trend reversal, but not a this very year fashion splash.

Reflecting this national bias bribery stoopidity follow-the-money opinion, the Cowboys strutted their 6-10 record into the 2011 season and were expected to contend for the NFC East penthouse, while the 49ers lugged their 6-10 record in and were expected to contend for the NFC West basement.

Obviously, all 6-10’s are not perceived equally.

Both teams attempted to lose fourth quarter leads in their opening games, but the Cowboys succeeded and the 49ers did not. Each team rose or fell by the performance of their special teams. Each team also looked a lot like last year’s team. The 49ers mundaned their way to victory and the Cowboys spectacularly lost.

Ergo to whitville, this Sunday we will see the Spectacular Failures vs the Mundane Duds, with the Mundaners holding a narrow 2011 lead of 1-0. While the Spectaculars bring no mystery to the table for this game, the same may not hold true for our clever Mundaners. Word on the street is that the boss Mundanist might have some surprises to haul out of his tool box come game day.

Suddenly, it’s the Spectaculars who are predictable and the Mundaners who are not. Can you feel the winds of change whistling through the bleacher seats? It’s a thought. Or maybe just a wish. A forlorn hope?

Sigh. Beat these SOBs, guys. Please?

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  1. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    If as I predict, we beat the Cows 27-21 it will be a good time for a bacchanalia I’m thinkin’

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m thinking just about any day you’re awake is a good time for a bacchanalia. Judging by your Scotch bill, which was faxed to me by Homeland Security as part of its foreigner tracking program.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s okay, though. After all, you’re an overseas correspondent, which is another term for outsourced alkie.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A win over the Cowboys could cause some bacchanalia. More than that, it would create some hope.

  5. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m actually refraining for once tonight, lol. Scotch ain’t cheap over here either. I’m glad the Fed boys are keeping the nation safe and secure. So we can get on with the job of worrying about the Niners.

  6. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah wouldn’t that be something strange: hope, wow how long has it been?

  7. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    SO, going to bed early tonight in keeping with my pure and wholesome lifestyle. No scotch just dreams of cowpies dancing in my head.
    Have a good day ya’ll

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I have to work on Saturday, which means no drinking on Friday. I’ll try to match your Scotch on Saturday with beer and bourbon!

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    it would be nice to see alex smith havea better game than tony homo !

    i’ll trump you guys with my vodka o.j.’s !

  10. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey guys…might be just hopefull thinking on my part…but Harbaugh is kind of following Bill Walsh’s footsteps …i remember a couple of Dallas games being a BIG step in creating the dynasty 🙂 but i know it wasn’t his first year …it was the second …although i think Harbaughs got more talent on this team for his first year… anyway…i hate Dallas almost as much as the traiders and seaguls…so id trade losses the rest of the year to beat Jerry Jones…and the self proclaimed “Americas Team” GO NINERS !!

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    the big problem coming up is the dallas pass rush ! harbaugh has done a good job so far with our 0-line ! imho we looked pretty good up front for the first time in years !
    i hate to say it but don’t be surprised if we struggle protecting the QB this week . we still have a new center , two rookies from last year and raw rachal as four of our five starters! add a new system and it’s pretty early to have to face a front seven like dallas’!

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, the second year of Walsh’s tenure, the Cowboys absolutely crushed us. 59-10 or some such. It was the THIRD year that we repaid them in kind, 45-14 I think.
    Worst thing about the big loss in 1980 was, Paul Hofer wrecked his knee that day. That was worse than losing the game. He only played briefly the next year before retiring.

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That “81” game was the 1st time we saw Fred Dean as a Niner, he was on Danny Whites a$$ all day long. It was a beautiful thing.

    Tony – Dallas is #1 on my hate list. It used to be the Rams but since they moved it just isn’t the same. They don’t even look the same anymore. However, Seattle is quickly moving up the hate ladder, and to me the Raiders are totally insignificant.

    I would love to see us come out and destroy the “boys” this week.

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The biggest thing is remember about that game was the end of the first quarter. We had sucked so bad for so long, and that day we had just beat the hell out of White, and stunned the Cowboys. After 15 minutes it was already 21-0 I think and the Cowboys were just in shock. As the clock expired and the teams started down to the other end, the entire crowd at Candlestick gave the team a standing ovation. It was the first in a very, very long time. As it turned out, that was the moment when the fans finally really started to believe in Walsh. It was the start of something big.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Grump – Totally agree. I was at the game too and all the Niner players were turned around looking into the stands because there was so much noise. It truly was the beginning, and probably overall my favorite game of all time. I know the Dallas Championship game was a big one, but no one expected what we did to Dallas that day.

  16. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ahhh, I remember that day like it was yesterday. I remember thinking, shit if we lose the rest of the games this year, I’ss still be happy because of the beat-down we just put on Dallas.
    Happily that wasn’t the case, but that victory made up for so much pain. Of course, there was the catch later in the season, but that 1st game was validation for the upstart Niners . . .
    De ja vu all over again?

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Déjà vu all over again with Alex Smith at QB?
    More like Alex déjà blew it.

  18. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, fricking Elvis Grbac smoked the Cawboys that one time. I think Taylor had 2 80+ yard slants.
    Damn, I miss those slants.

  19. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    SLANTS Goddamnit!! That’s how frucking Grbac beat Dallas . . .

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree should fracking be inactive, until he is well and decides he wants to work hard enough to earn wearing the same uniform at the same position as Jerry Rice, NF. Let K. Williams play the slot. That kid is tougher IMO than the Crabs anyway.
    Romo is very accurate when he has time… he does occasionally get flustered if you get in his face. Our DBs cannot cover the likes of Dez or Austin all day, so we had better get some push in his face.

  21. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Niners beat the Cows and yep it will be deja vu of 1981. I say we win 27-21 and NOT as Skeebs says so it will be time for another bacchanalia.
    I’m ready for another, if not dynasty, then a winning team.
    Bergs, Rob it’s Friday over here but we gotta drive down to the big city for monthly shopping tomorrow so no drinking tonight. Saturday night yes, okay be joining you 2, lol.
    I’m gonna watch for the slants Chuck! Good day folks!

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Dez Bryant didn’t practice again today. He’s officially listed as “questionable” for Sunday. Teams usually only play players who at least practice sometime during the week. Be interesting to see if he practices tomorrow. Not to mention he’s on my fantasy team. 😛

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    dennis – Seems like the “boys” are gonna screw with your FF team this week.

    I don’t think Dallas can improvise once the plays break down. I look to see a swarming D and one that is not sitting on its heels. I also think our play calling will be dictated on how our D is doing. If we can get to Romo and interrupt things, I think we will see much of the same type of stuff we saw last week. If our D can’t stop em then I think Harbaugh opens it up.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, LSU has a DT named Anthony Johnson. The kid’s a monster. And get a load of this, he’s a true freshman. Take a look-see tonight if ya can.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I saw Johnson in the opener. He was impressive. I just got home, I’ll watch him for a drive or two.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Too late. I guess he did well?

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    LSU’s DL is stacked. They rotate the freshman in and out. The Tigers just might have the best DL in all of college ball.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And half of the NFL . . .

  29. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    “Pass Happy Harbaugh” is gonna pull a rabbit outta the BW hat with these Cows and use the pass to set up the run in this one fellers. Mark my words, bar none, go for broke, you follow my meaning?

  30. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs I’m awake and no bacchanalia in sight but I did break down and have just a wee bit of the scotch. (Don’t tell Bergs)

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- If we do air it out I hope we are puctilious with the game plan and execution.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- No bacchanalia here either. Just nipping on coffee.

  33. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Bergs, we don’t pass we are toast. This is a good test of our young team: pass block, down-field passing please!
    Have a good day, don’t work too hard!

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    i hope it doesn’t happen , but i think we’ll have a very pusillanimous gameplan this week ! if it were me i might run once the first series , a couple times next series … just to set em’ up , and then hit em’ with a heavy dose of the short passing game !

  35. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Rob, Chuck thinks the way to beat the Cows is with the short passing game specifically with slants like Grbac (Grbac!) did last time we were in this underdog position. Like your setting that up with the singlebrain run up the middle to get ’em crowding the box. Then…wham, slants to the house.
    Coach, Coach? I’m on my knees, I’m begging you please! In the mood for hamburger. Grind the Cows please

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For those who haven’t seen this post game video of the locker room celebration. Harbaugh being Harbaugh but good to see if you’re a Niner Faithful.

    Hope to post something similar after we kick some Cowboy Ass!
    Go Niners! Niners win 27-20

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jerry Jpnes has his own radio show? New this moening on Dez Bryant

    “Owner Jerry Jones has backtracked on his assertion that receiver Dez Bryant will play Sunday against San Francisco.

    On his radio show Friday morning, Jones said the team was monitoring Bryant’s progress and it was premature to say he will play against the 49ers. That conflicts with what Jones said Thursday when before practice, the Cowboys owner declared that Bryant would be ready.”

    One things for sure, Bryant won’t be returning punts.

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would like to run the ball Sunday, just don’t do it how we tried to do it last Sunday. We bunched the formations which allowed up to 10 in the box on defense. That is a major no go. Spread the formations and run. I would rather have gore get 10 carries at 5 ypc than 22 carries at 59 total yards. What I’d like to see is 25 carries at 5 ypc.

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    watched the video ! good to see walker did so well !
    great point by harbaugh about no turnovers ! our biggest key to winning this year might just be to keep this going ! now that we have a gameplan that isn’t so predictable we should be much better at limiting the INT’s !
    the best part was ted ginn getting the gameball !

  40. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Great video, bullit.
    There’s plenty to be worried for about this game — our OL against their DL, our secondary against their talented WR’s — but I have to remind myself that we have Harbaugh — not Singleraye. He has far to go to prove himself as an NFL HC, but he comes off smart, organized, and highly competitive. I hope that tips the balance this weekend because my gut tells me that we’ll lose. And if we do lose — I really just want to see progress.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you look at the framed jerseys on the walls of the locker room on the video you know you are in a special place where legends once sat.
    Jim Harbaugh will get us back there. Might be next year or the year after but we will be back.
    I love locker room videos and being the fly on the wall. It’s the peeping tom in me.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Peeping tom? Locker rooms? I was trying to be funny but realize how this can come back and bite me. I realized this after I hit the post comment button. Save the wisecracks, I surrender.

  43. robNo Gravatar says:

    good post ! you are pretty much right on ! this coaching staff is the best since the good old days ! my two favs are fangio and solari !


    “If you look at the framed jerseys on the walls of the locker room ”

    i used to think you were just a little over the top !
    hmmm but since this post and the fact that you noticed , now i know …
    you’re completely nuts !

    oh , and btw my favorite was the Y.A. titttle one !
    (maybe because he was there JUST before i started watching )


  44. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    I was gonna say, Bullitt, as far as locker rooms go, you stick with the guys. I’ll be the fly in the cheerleaders locker room.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did you guys notice the fly swatter on the wall?

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jason Hill called out the Jets and Revis

    Here is the response

  47. robNo Gravatar says:

    the funny part other than the fact that hill probably won’t even play in this game
    (which kind of defeats the purpose)
    is that he’s right !
    the jets are a bit over-hyped !
    don’t you agree niner fans ?

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jason Hill had 4 catches for 53 yards for a 13.3 avg. But the gate keeper Sullivan had no use for him.

  49. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t mention that SOB Sullivan to me. Another coach who made his reputation accidentally being around great talent (Fitzgerald), only to be just mediocre with most other players.

  50. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    I hear Harbaugh has a giant cow swatter, not sure about fly swatters. Gonna watch the vid when we get back from shopping down on the coast.
    (Bergs that’s like from Tahoe to Sactown but with crappy roads)

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Bonsai! You’re going down, and you’re gonna go down hard this week. I’m building a woodshed especially for you.
    Phil, how you doing with your add/drops? Let me know if I can be of any help.

  52. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Finally looked at my ESPN team. I got slaughtered. half my team was either hurt or sucked.
    Go weasy on me, Dennis . . .

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- The ride is better with some decent blues music. Been cruising with Tinsley Ellis lately. Thinking of going with Bonamassa next week. Got Popa Chubby at the trailer.

  54. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Go “weasy” on you? Who the hell am I, Mrs. Jefferson?
    I’m moving on up…

  55. robNo Gravatar says:

    sullivan , does anybody know if he’s coaching anywhere right now ? it would be interesting to know how he’s doing ! i was very dissappointed (sp) with sullivan !
    that brings me to my next point …
    is mike nolan still DC in miami ?
    it will be even more interesting imo to see how their defense fares this year !

  56. robNo Gravatar says:

    how about this one

    ” Watchit sucka ! ”

    anybody know where that one came from ?

  57. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    That’s aunt Esther. You old fish-eyed fool.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Jeffersons remember since suspended LSU QB Jordan Jefferson showing off his knowledge of American History?

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Rob- That was a very nice video of Nolan and Singletary.

  60. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Yo, Bonsai! I can’t let you get away w/o a NASCAR pick for this week at Chicago.

    “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

    You best better give me the two word response.

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del- I’ve got your two word response, Pink Floyd!

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry my best friend, Berger. Wrong answer.
    The #14 and Tony Steward knows the answer.
    What say you Bill O’Reilly?

  63. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m still waiting for Rob’s pick to click.
    As of now, I’m going w/ the #24 car.
    Beat me if you can.

  64. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Blues Brothers, first one Del: Elwood Blues and Joliet Jake
    Be working one my trades tomorrow thanks

  65. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Long drive back from the hot city down on the coast. Got up here right when the rainstorm was starting. Could have used some blues music like the cut “Born in Chicago” by Paul Butterfield Blues Band from the movie. First saw them, his original band with Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar, Elvin Bishop second lead, a smoking keyboardist (will remember later, scotch last night you know) at a little joint The Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, spring 1966. (I know, I know you weren’t born yet, this is a history lesson). Then a bunch of times at the Winterland Ballroom, Fillmore Auditorium later 60s.
    Oh yeah gotta love the blues. John Mayall’s second (?) album featuring a pretty good blues guitarist Eric Clapton from the same era. Later saw him, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce as Cream at Winterland. Not to mention BB King, Albert King, Freddie King and Ben E KIng, Ike and Tina Turner whose careers were all revived by the white boys. “If it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have no luck at all”. The blues? Yeah that’s what the last 8-10 years of watching a certain football team done to me.

  66. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t tell Skeebs about the scotch last night, he’ll be thinking I’ve slipped from a mere bacchanalia to an all out saturnalia (unrestrained revelry; orgy). Not that Homeland Security won’t be filling him in already. Man has a filthy mind wouldn’t you say? Hey man it was youse who brought up the business about the backseat groping. I merely caught the perfectly thrown forward pass and sprinted to the endzone, metaphorically speakin’. Now if only UQB and Edwards can duplicate that Sunday we might just have something.

  67. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs- Local blusey flavor favorites of mine: Little Charlie and the Night Cats. Got all their albums; last saw them in Mendocino before moving over here.

  68. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Loved the vid bullit!

  69. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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