Summer Wind

OTAs and minicamp have ended. The players now have five weeks or so of dangerous freedom before the start of Training Camp. Plenty of time to do something insane, like hoisting a huge party, shooting assault rifles from your roof in lieu of firecrackers, getting stabbed while trying to break up a fight, and getting sued on top of it.

Unfortunately, that scenario has already been used. So has drinking yourself blind, catching a ride home with a teammate, then bonking the guy over the head with an empty beer bottle. At least we hope it was empty. Risking a good beer for a mere bonko would be incredibly lame.

CB Eric Wright abruptly retired this past week, despite the honey-please-don’t-go treatment from Trent Baalke. Baalke liked Wright, but Jim Harbaugh didn’t. Score one for the HC. Wright got a wad of cash from Tampa Bay a couple years ago, then promptly loafed his way out of the league.

Rookie speedster WR Bruce Ellington got glowing reviews during the minicamp, from both Harbaugh and QB Colin Kaepernick. Excelling in seven-on-seven drills against DBs who can look but not touch does not necessarily translate into game day success, but it’s encouraging for those who like that kind of thing. Those who lean toward discouragement as a pleasure principle will just have to wait till opening day.

There will be a lot of speculation over the next month about camp no-shows Vernon Davis and Alex Boone, but only if there’s nothing else to talk about. Which depends on whether our lads show up on PFT in a mug shot photo donating their finger prints to the FBI database, or whether they spend a quiet, discretionary summer.

Can Aldon Smith actually lay off the sauce an entire month, with parties abounding all around him and those sweet temptations whispering in his ear, “It’s only one beer. You can do it.”? Can Chris Culliver keep his mouth shut all month and avoid driving in the bike lane? Do we have any rookies who will show the first signs of a guy who can’t stay out of trouble?

OC Greg Roman has promised us a new offense this coming season, which presumably includes more passing. Yet Baalke just drafted a fullback, center, guard, and yet another running back. We’re five deep in the running back category, with Frank Gore probably still slated to get 80% of the snaps. Some might be tempted to think Roman speaks with forked tongue.

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146 comments on “Summer Wind
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    These guys cover Sinatra using his original arrangements

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I have no problem running the ball as much as much as we do. My problem is how we run the ball. All I ask for are formations that don’t allow the opponent to load the box, even if they don’t load the box. Just the fact that the defense can limits the options.

    The other thing is get the plays into the QB faster so we aren’t always snapping the ball with less than 2 seconds on the play clock.

    If Roman makes these changes I’ll be the happiest person here but then that would also mean I have only about two and a half months to rail on him. I’ll be busy just in case I have to end up changing my tune in September! One thing doesn’t change, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In sports windows open and then they close. It runs in cycles.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Next up we find out what happens to Culliver and Aldon in the legal system.
    Then depending on appeals pending, they deal with NFL Justice dispensed by Goodell.
    Here’s hoping for a very quiet 5 weeks before training camp.

    Niner past history is bad stuff happens in Miami so stay away from LeBronland unless you live there like Gore.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What is this? Vegas in 1965?

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Well, at least I can now say I’ve now seen the worst version of “My Way” that I’ve ever seen.

  7. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks chuck that brought a smile to my face.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    As the biggest confirmed Outsider Frank fan, if there’s a bigger, please speak up. I’ve been asked the question many a times. What’s my favorite Frank song? It’s one of those hard to answer there’s no right or wrong replies. I guess it’s kinda like when you people get asked who’s your favorite child? You people lie and say you love ’em all the same. Lie. Lie. Lie. You’re just trying to spare feelings. But they’ve all robbed you blind. Gave you grief, grey hair and made you wish you had been gelded. But one child did it with a smile on their face. That’s the one you love the most. Dislike the least is probably a better description, but I digress…

    Where was I? Oh, yeah. Sinatra. “Summer Wind” has always been my come home late, fully tanked, “I Love You, Man” song I sing right before I pass out. They say alcohol brings out the truth, deepest emotions and the real you. So “Summer Wind” it is. My fickle friend.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I been saying that all along, Bergs. We’ve been down this road too many times for me to believe anything without actual visual evidence.

    Losing/trading/pouting VD would pretty much guarantee that the Niners would need to use their WRs a lot more than they previously have.

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Now you people want to trade Vernon Davis? Ha. What the hell took you so long. Faithful and I have been saying that since Day 1 way back on the SF Gate and Lynch’s Insider blog.

    Did we trade trade Vernon “insert derogatory comment du jour” Davis yet? Anyone with a 15′ self-portrait should be blasted in the face with a shotgun loaded with a dose of humility.

    Nothing but a self-centered me me me asshole.

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Did you guys hear about Harrison Ford breaking his leg while filming the new “Star Wars” movie? Apparently a hydraulic door on the Millennium Falcon malfunctioned and broke Solo’s leg. Luke was right…

  12. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    First Han Solo breaks his leg. Now women’s soccer star goalie, Hope Solo, was just arrested on domestic violence charges. What the hell is going on with these Solos? Who’s the culprit behind all of this? My guess is too much alcohol coming from these guys…

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Did you say Solo? And it is spelled U.N.C.L.E. not the other way

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bond, James Bond is and will always be THE SPY of the 60’s and 70’s.
    Coming in a close second would be Matt Helm or Derek Flint.
    Helm had quite the bed and the bedroom and Austin Powers was the copycat.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Always thought James Coburn was cool . . . .

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    Yup chuck our man flint is my fav

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For guys that constantly comment that the NFL has turned into flag football and also bemoan past glory (and start embellishing)this is your last chance. Check out the rosters.

  18. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, that actually sounds like it would be fun. Too bad the pregame is flag though.

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Haha. Last effing kick of the game and Portugal ties it up. What a joke. That USA defender reminded me of Rahim Moore when he gave up that tying TD to Joe Flacco and the Ravens on that Hail Mary. The Broncos had that game in the bag. Which reminds me…

    Did we sign Peyton Manning yet?

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Since the Redskins are being pressured into changing their name, that brings a thought to mind. As a white American, should I be offended by the name Kracker Jack? And if so, when are they going to force them to change their name!

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Easy fix for Snyder Berger –
    The Washington Paleskins has a ring to it.

    The DC PCs?
    Washington Wampum Dans?
    Washington Elites?
    Like all of sudden this is a travesty to the Country.

    All Snyder has to do is, send money to grease the squeaky wheels in the Native Indian Nation.
    They’ll love the Redskins for the right amount of $$$.

    Politics is about paying off the right people after all.

    Effing joke if you ask me.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like that idea. I want Kracker Jack to send me money so I won’t act like I have been wronged!

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I wanna know who’s gonna stand up for the Keebler Elves?
    Little people living in a hollow tree baking cookies?

    Seems a little extreme to me.

    At least we can assume Kracker Jack gets VA benefits?
    He’s a sailor after all. I think?

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How come there’s no Keebler Elves of color working in that tree?
    What if I’m not an Elf and I want a job?
    Smacks of discrimination to me.

    All I see are little white people.
    Are they Union?

    I demand justice.

    I can learn to work in a hollow tree if you gave me the chance.
    Is there OT available?
    Can I get benefits?
    Where’s OSHA stand on this hollow tree safety topic?

    Do I get paid if the tree is damaged in a weather related occurance?

    And what’s up with Jujubes?
    What if I don’t want to be a Ju or a Be?

    I think Heide Candies has some ‘splainin to do too.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Who cares about elves. This campaign is about acting mad so I can make some money. How can I make money off of this if I start being reasonable. I’ve got an idea. Join me, we’ll form a class action suit and make a killing! Don’t forget to be mad.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And, who gave Mr Clean the right to be the authority on clean?
    If I’m a woman and, I can clean better, how come I’m not offered a position of authority on the clean subject?

    This too is job discrimination, and again, I demand equal rights.
    Mr Clean learned everything he knows from his Mom I’d suspect.

    Is Aunt Jemima an authority on pancakes?
    Who says?

    How come my Aunt Bernice can’t get her picture on the box?
    Her pancakes are actually better IMO.

    You got something against my white Aunt?

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You are getting way off track. This is about some candy company using the word kracker and offending us white people. We are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore. We need some lawyers to coach us and attract some media attention. Stay focused here now.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The possibilities are endless Berger.
    Repeat after me.
    Money buys compliance.

    Want them to silence our voices?
    Send lawyers.
    Warren Zevon – Send Lawyers, Guns and Money.
    The sh!t has hit the fan…..

    All about the Benjamins here in the good old US of A.

    Politics and the money machine do the talking.
    We need to make enough noise to have them take notice.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You can take anything related to color, ethnicity, gender or religion and fuel your cause Berger.
    That’s what we waste our time on in DC.

    They’re out of control.
    Let’s join the lunatic fringe and cry FOUL!

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever happened to the simpler times, like the roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote?

    Good old ACME Corp took care of everything Wile E. Coyote needed.
    I think it was a monopoly actually.

    Washington probably taxed them out of existence.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly! Don’t forget to act mad and outraged.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wile kept coming up with ideas. He needed to stop that, hire a lawyer and act mad.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing, we can call each other a kracker because we are fellow krackers. If somebody else calls us a kracker you need to become belligerent and get people to feel sorry for us. Make sure there is media around to film it. That could make us a lot of money!

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s do it.
    What’s Jackie Chiles doing these days I wonder?

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Back when we could laugh about such things as race.

    I still piss my pants over that skit.
    CLASSIC 馃榾

    Richard Pryor was one of the best – Always busted a gut with him.

    RIP Richard.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Important dates courtesy of Niners Nation

    July 16: Rookies report
    July 18: Quarterbacks and injured veterans
    July 23: Full reporting date
    July 24: First practice (no pads)
    July 25: Second practice (no pads)
    July 26: First practice in pads
    Aug 7: Preseason opener @ Ravens
    Aug 8: Practice w/Ravens @ M&T Bank Stadium
    鈥婣ug 9: Practice w/Ravens at Ravens facility
    鈥婣ug 10: Practice w/Ravens at Ravens facility
    鈥婣ug 11: Practice w/Ravens at Ravens facility

  37. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What I find to be HI-larious is that the term “Redskin” was actually invented by the Native Americans themselves to distinguish themselves from the white man. So now they want to get rid of their own word. What a joke.

    If it’s good enough for Tom and Jerry, it’s good enough for me.

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And the end of the cartoon one of the Indian wigwams has a swastika on it. The Redskin Nazis? That’s going to be the name of my NFL team.

  39. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    No “Native Americans.” Just the question of who was where when. And I find that term offensive, too. Don’t we change it for one disgruntled complainer nowadays?

    And what am I expected to call those potatoes now?

    Get to work PC police, lots of Indian-based names out there that somebody doesn’t like, or will pretend not to like to make you jump. And then we’ll deal with things like the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP and rap lyrics.

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, skippy. The Indians all got together and decided to pick an English word to distinguish themselves from the pale faces. Jesus Christ, make shit up much?

    What, is Idaho a bad word? Or are you into ebonics?

    More like Idamaroon, in your case.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hitler stole the swastika from the Hindu religion. Many peoples over the centuries have used various forms of the swastika, including Native Americans.

    Those who do not remember (or learn) history are condemned to feed ducks in Pinole.

  42. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who are your anscestors, NoFear?

  43. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who was your spelling teacher?

    My ancestors were the great Fukyus. Often after being asked the name of their people the conversation stalled. As I hope this one does.

  44. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    On behalf of prostitutes and loose women everywhere, I wish to begin a national campaign of outrage over an insensitive, libelous product. Besides which, I can’t them stand and my Mom went through a phase where she included them as the treat in my school lunches as a kid. I couldn’t even get anything for them in trade.
    Yes, my friends, we must ban the cookie/candy snack Ho-Hos.

  45. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    *stand them
    I’m so irate I’m seeing red. Or should I say blue, or green, or just write “I’m seeing”. I don’t want to offend reds anywhere.

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right. Divine birth and all that. God, what a pussy. You’re too chickenshit to even say.

    Funny you think I’m dragging this out when you whine incessantly about ‘PC police.’

    Easy to rip and trash the disenfranchised from your perch atop the garbage, crackerman. I guess you need to feel cool somehow.

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As usual, you can rip on others, but turn into chicken little when the arrow is pointed at you.

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pleae excuse my fumbly fingers, oh exhaulted grand poobah of grammar. And race. To paraphrase Buzz Lightyear, What a sad pathetic little man you are.

  49. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Too harsh, NoFear? Awww. I just find it funny that so many so-called Christians (which you obviously are) find no issue in being self-centered, greedy, racist assholes. Eye of the needle and all that. What did Jesus preach? Tolerance. Do unto others, yadda yadda yadda. You know, kumbaya? Ring any bells?

    Try finding that at any Republican gathering. Or NRA shindig.

    No problem with quoting anti-gay messages in the bible, but how about eating shellfish? Banished to hell for that. Tattoos? Hell. Drinking too much? Adultery? Hedonism? Hell, hell, and hell.

    Ezekiel was quite the buzzkill, eh? Have you read the bible? Or do you merely look at the pictures?

    Having multiple wives? Slavery? Wife beating? All acceptable.

    I’m of a St Augustine bent. Lord, let me be chaste. But not right now . . .

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In NBA news the Warriors have hired their defensive coach

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You see, this is why we don’t have White History month or National Association of White People. I bring up an idea to act offended and make some money off of a candy using the name kracker and a couple krackers start arguing over the politics of what is in a name. Jeesh. It’s not looking good to get a WET (White Entertainment) TV channel started.

  52. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I love that argument, because, what do you think history is, Bergs? Who’s point of view is it written from?

    Columbus discovered the United States!

    Well, except for the fact that it was inhabited. And our descendants wiped out 99% of them.

    Jesus wrote the Constitution!

    Well, it was written by a bunch of secularists.

    And who needs history when you have the Bible? Cavemen rode dinosaurs and they all built Stonehenge.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Are you saying Greg Roman rode a dinosaur?

  54. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. All the way to Santa Claus, uh Clara.

  55. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Berger – even if we had the NAWP, WET or the WHM I don’t think anyone would give a shit unless there was a lot of sex involved. Or football, baseball, cars, and guns might also work.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dicky Sherman is pissed because he bought a new house and two Seattle news outlets published his new address so he’s being visited by some zealous 12th man types constantly.
    Now that is funny as hell.

    Hey Dick, time to move again because you’re just too popular for your own good.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Dick didn’t purchase in a gated community?

    With all the $$$ he has now I’d be curious to know why he didn’t think of that option?

    Either way, eff him sideways.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nicknames for teams shouldn’t become political “footballs”.
    When I hear Redskins I think of the team and the players on the team and not caricatures of Indians.

    So if they go through with this nonsense are Pirates and Buccaneers next? After all they’re murdering thieves and criminals (at least the mascot portrays that).

    When in doubt…

    When you hear 49ers doe you think of a prospector that looks like Curly Bob Brocious from Tombstone or Yosemite Sam? I think football team and legends past and present.

    Then there are teams with nicknames such as Sun Devils, Blue Devils, Blue Demons and Demon Deacons whose mascots represent the AntiChrist and pure eveil if you follow this track of thinking.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This is precisely what’s wrong with Government these days Bullit –

    With all the things to worry about in this Country, they feel it necessary to waste time, and tax dollars, on garbage like this.

    The DC PCs.
    Can’t get anything constructive done so, they chose to amuse themselves with this sort of crap.
    Steroids in baseball was entertaining too.
    This Congress, and the Gov in general, is nothing but a circus act.

    Neither Party is interested in anything but screwing the other side of the aisle.
    We just hang on for the ride.

    Total embarrassment, and, a major waste of time and money.

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As I said on my blog, and what a shitstorm that was (thanks a lot, Nipper), I don’t give a shit either way, but I certainly get that some folks would be pissed off at the name Redskins. Especially as the league and the team make beaucoup bucks off it. I mean, it has been a racial slur for the past 400 years.

    Equating that with Cornhusker or Sun Devil is ludicrous, BTW. Might as well protect the rights of aliens because of the Las Vegas 51s:

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Why Chuck? Are the aliens talking to you and bitching about LV using their name?
    Buy some more foil for your fancy hat.

    I forgot you have language skills.

  62. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Figures you have no inkling of anything relating to humor, you feckless twit.

    How long does ot take to replace a seat at the new stadium?

  63. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Feckless. Your WOTD, Bergs.

    Anyone see a dinosaur parked in Santa Clara?

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    When you hear Redskin, you think football? Oh. That makes it OK, then. Because Bullit isn’t offended. Gee, you think the people that were subjucated, driven to reservations, and systemmatically killed off may have a thought on an image and a slur in their name being used to make money? Oh, Bullit thinks it’s OK.

    Whew! Glad that’s over with. Is rasicm done? Let’s ask Bullit!

    Wow. So when did you become the arbiter of everything? You are either senile or a child. Which is it?

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    See this is where you are an complete lunatic Chuck.

    When you hear 49ers do you think of a prospector with guns blazing? I don’t I think football team.

    So when someone says SF Giants do you immediately visualize
    Jolly Green? I think they’re talking baseball and nothing else.

    You seem to like to pick fights and take opposite views on issues. Then it blows up in your face and you go into denial.
    Deeper and deeper.

    People with agendas are suckering you into their fight and you always fall for it hook, line and sinker.

  66. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What I think of (or you) when you hear 49er, or Raider, or whatever DOESN’T MATTER. If you were the member of a group that was systematically wiped off the face of the Earth and then saw an image of yourelf used to make money for those same people who killed your ancestors, wouldn’t you be a little pissed off?

    What’s funny is all those examples of logos you mention are meant to do just that. That’s WHY they come up with names and logos you idiot!

    What the hell is a logo for? It’s either something local to the team, or something to inspire toughness, or fear. God, you are stupid beyond all reason.

    Why do you think there aren’t any football teams called the Pansies?

    Do you think of Atlanta when you hear the word falcon? Or Detroit when you hear lion? Sure you do. Because you are a delusional nitwit. And we all should feel like you do that Redskin is entrenched in the culture. Therefoire it’s fine Just like ni**er is in Mississippi.

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, was there this much outcry when the Washington Bullets changed their name? No.

    But I can defintely see why they would want to distance themselves from the Bullet name.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    That seems to be your problem. You dwell on the nickname too much.

    Do you know what you’re talking about. The Redskin logo looks like a profile of Iron Eyes Cody. What do you see? Or maybe what are you imagining?

    You seem to know very little about history.
    Being conquered and vanquished is part of the history of the entire world.
    Thousands die in wars and people lose everything everyday and have done so since the beginning of time.
    Aztecs and Mayans built their empires on the backs of tribes they conquered and enslaved.

    Deeper and deeper Chuck.

  69. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The name of the individual on the helmet means the slur can be perpetuated? Wow. Fun new facts from Bullit! This isn’t about you or me, idiot.

    Besides, are the Aztecs making billions off the tribes they conquered? Jesus. Miss the point much?

    To put this in a context you might understand, it would be like Germany starting a soccer team and calling them the Berlin Hooknoses.

    And yeah, as history has shown, genocide’s cool. Just ask the Jews. Or the folks in Darfur. Just a part of history, eh?

    What nationality are you, Bullit?

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Trying to get up close and personal now Chuck?
    I’ll answer the one question and one question only.
    I’m an AMERICAN.

    In your exuberance to defend the folks you feel have been wronged you managed to slur them and bring up bad images to further your point and introduce the N word and mention “wetbacks” insult Italians and Jews also.

    Good job Chuck. You know how to slur with the best of them.

  71. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Somewhat along the line of thought. The U, of Hawaii used to be called the Rainbows and they had a rainbow on their helmets. Somewhere along the way those in high places figured that rainbows don’t instill fear. Now they are the Rainbow Warriors but are mostly just called the Warriors. Personally, i liked it when we were the Bows.

  72. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, Bullit. Personal? What do you think this is all about? God, you ARE thick as a brick. You see, some Native Americans feel angry that their image and the slur that goes along with it is being used inappropriately. That it represents a painful time in their history. It IS personal to them as it IS their history.

    I’m sorry that you don;t understand that a racial slur is hurtful to people.

    I also see you have no idea what context is. I guess I shouldn’t be arguing with you as you haven’t make it through 3rd grade. Most 10 year olds understand context. And they also realize that they aren’t really ‘from’ America. Their ancestors came from Asia, Africa, or Europe. Sorry to see you’ve sold out your past. Because you are a little scaredy cat.

    Is it so scary to say ‘I’m Irish’? Or German, or whatever? Jesus Christ, you are a mental midget. Try to get someone to look at something froma different perspective, and I get John Birch.

    Carry on, Cracker.

    And Winder, you are sort of right. The U of Hi was scared off by the gay connotation of what the rainbow (as in flag) represented. Certainly that isn’t the image of toughness they were going for. Hence the name change. But yeah, there was some flack around that as well. FRom all sides of the issue.

    And watch Bullit call this post a condemnation of gays, midgets, rainbows, and the Irish.

  73. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think they went ahead and took the “Rainbow” out of their name. The logo, definitely.

    Thus another loosening of Bullit’s argument that logos mean nothing but the team they are sssociated with.

  74. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, to get the Bullit points straight here:

    Genocide is fun!
    Your birthright should be forgotten if you live in the US.
    It’s OK to be a racist as long as the slur is part of the accepted vernacular.
    Contextually presented arguments must preclude examples.
    It’s OK to change the parameters of any argument as you get your ass handed to you repeatedly.
    Who needs culture? You’re an AMERICAN, dammit!

  75. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    So much for “Oklahoma”. That’s Choctaw for “Red People”. Because we all know that modern Oklahomans are genocidal land-stealing maniacs. Red state, bible thumping medieval prohibitionists, yes.
    The others, not so much.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First please don’t put words in my mouth. Remember you have reading comprehension problems which leads to a lack of understanding of simple concepts.

    You sure haven’t forgotten your birthright to be stupid and ignorant.
    You have demonstrated you know how to slur and insult all ethnicities with your intolerance.

    Keep digging that hole.

  77. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How’s that neck brace working out for you, Bullit?

    You know, the one you got from watching all those points sail over your head?

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Why are you calling me a saltine? Another slur from a guy who claims he’s not a racist yet keeps using slurs and then claims it’s in context of proving his point.

    Keep up your cesspool of BS.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anyway this has passed the silly stage.
    I’ll stick to my original point that when Washington Redskins
    is mentioned I think of just the NFL team and that’s it.
    I’m done with this.

  80. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, to clarify. You saying the word Redskin is not a slur is tolerance.

    Me saying Redskin is a slur is intolerance.

    Carry on, Crackerman.

    Although ‘man’ may be giving you too much credit.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dickie Sherman is giving VD advice to stick to his guns with the holdout. A Seahag advising a Niner? Agenda here?
    Funny he didn’t say the same things to Marshawn Lynch who caved in from his “retirement”.

  82. winderNo Gravatar says:

    chuck – Not sure about how final the name change was, but many here still refer to them as the Rainbow Warriors. I think the baseball team is still called that. I guess visiting linemen used to have some pretty verbal dialog with our Linemen about rainbows.

  83. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t know you were in Hawaii, Winder. I’ll defer to you re: the U of Hi. Thought they changed the name but I remember a ruckus around it.

    Over, Buwwit? It’s over when I say it’s over.

    Love your pretzel logic. Mr. PC lets this slide. Laughable.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I grew up in very racially charged times.

    The times dictated that the color of your skin determined what, and who you represented, no matter the topic.

    Having participated in sports all during my younger school years, the color barrier was much less an issue in the context of ‘team’.

    Be it basketball, baseball, football or track, we were all just kids doing what we enjoyed.

    The ‘N’ word was used more specifically for the militant factors of those times, by both whites and blacks.

    Guys like Richard Pryor afforded many of us safe haven racially under the umbrella of humor.
    Black and white alike.
    Comedy was a bridge linking black and white.

    As with anything in life, racial bias is communicated with intention to harm or cause insult.

    Archie Bunker was accepted in those times as well.
    That won’t fly anymore in general terms.

    Accept if for what it is. Be it comedy or satire.
    Use of insults is clear.
    There are no guessing games involved.

    Our society was born of immigrants and survives today because of it.
    Morons come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

    Good people realize where the line of tolerance is and, work to keep in check.

  85. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Back to football. The Niners brought in Brandon Flowers on Fri for a look. He signed with the Bolts for a reported $5 mil.
    Niners still have an empty roster spot with 89 players.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Given the risk they took, and lost, with Marcus Cooper, I think they’ll be a little more cautious with the current crop of young DBs this year.

    The game is going more and more to the Defensive Secondary depth.
    I wouldn’t be surprised too see them take a longer look at this group this year.

    They hung with Carlos and Donte in hopes of overhauling the group, which is what Baalke did this Spring.
    Hopefully we’ll all be satisfied in the end.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The defensive line could be anywhere from average to great this year. This is because we have some young players that need to step up this year in Williams, Carradine and Dial. We think we know what we have there but in reality we really don’t know. We will need their depth and to see if we have a replacement for Justin Smith. IMO, we will go as our D-line goes.

    If the offense can be more dynamic that would surely help things a lot, but when the play-offs come the D-line will need to be stout.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Looking ahead to Game #1 against the Cowgurls, looks like a great matchup based on past history and the name but Dallas is not a very good team.
    Last season they were last in total defense (30th in passing D and 27th in rushing D) and they lost their best defensive player Demarcus Ware to salary cap and their Pro Bowl LB to injury in Sean Lee.
    Looking for a replacement for your LB on the waiver wire is never a good sign of depth on your team.
    Perhaps this will be the game where the tweaks in the Niner
    offense will be showcased. They will not show much in pre-season keeping it vanilla and generic.
    Cowgurls hope you get into an offensive shootout with them.
    Ball control keeping their most dangerous offensive weapons on the sideline could be key.
    Not interested in a shootout type game like last year where
    Denver beat Dallas 51-48. The QBs passed for a combined 900+ yards and 9 TDs. A big factor was bad defense on both sides
    contributing to perceived offensive fireworks. Bottom line proving both defenses were horrid and couldn’t stop anyone is there was a total of one punt in the game.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Pistol can be used as a basic running offense without the read option being utilized. The read option is only one aspect of the Pistol. The 49ers use the Pistol mostly as a basic running offense. They do not run the read option very often or very well. The formations used by Roman are too packed in to be effective for the read option.

    When utilized as originally designed, the Pistol is basically a deep I formation with at least 3 WRs all lined up wide, thus creating space for playmakers and down hill set up for a traditional rushing game that previously had been run out of the single RB deep I formation. It is a very basic offense.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the past it has been stated that Gore was not a fan of the pistol/read option having the QB placing the ball in his belly and taking it out when as he reads the play and keeps it.
    Maybe with Lattimore and Hyde getting more carries they might show this look more as they ran that in their college offense.

  91. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I was replying to one of your deleted posts. The Pistol does not have to include the read option. If we ran the Pistol correctly Gore would love all the yards he would gain. Problem is Roman packs the formations rendering it ineffective except as a power running game.

    Iowa actually uses it as a short yardage offense for power running. It is definitely not a gimmick offense as most believe it is. It is the single back deep I with the QB in shot gun instead of under center. Shot gun allows for more versatility. The 49ers run it as a full house backfield which takes most of the options away. That is definitely not what Chris Ault envisioned when he came up with the design.

    When used correctly the Nevada Wolf Pack produced the only team in Div 1 history to have 3 RBs with 1,000 yards rushing in one season. RoBaugh just can’t fathom that giving the RBs more room to run will actually improve the running game. Their philosophy is more the Sardine Can big bad Midwest power team that when behind in the 4th quarter usually turns the ball over trying to do something they aren’t designed to do.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here I’ll include what I used as a reference to the pistol straight from Chris Ault.
    Would run more play action off the formation if the defense sells out to stop the run.

  93. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Nice, seeing as it agrees with what Bergs is saying. Which is what some of us have been saying all along for years. Bunched formations don’t work well to run out of. As proven by Nolan, Singletary, and now Harbaugh. The diamond formation, simply a new variation of Bergs’ SCO, is not conducive to running either. The Miami game I went to with my son in 2012, they tried the diamond formation on about 5 3rd and shorts. It failed every time. They tried it on a ,ot of running plays and it wasn’t effective. I hope they distance themselves from that formation from here on out.

    As Ault says, they installed the pistol 2 years before they started using the read option with it. Besides, Gore ran out of the shotgun with Alex back there. It ain’t that much dofferent.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ault said exactly this

    “When we first put the pistol in, in 2005 and 2006 (at Nevada), that’s all we ran. We ran the power, the gaps, the counters, the zones, the outside stuff. We did not run the read at that time. So, the pistol offense, the most important thing there, is you can run any offense you’ve been running. And this is how we created it, and then we advanced the pistol run game — the read part of it — two years later.”
    “When that back sits behind the quarterback, the backers do not have a clear view of what he’s doing,” Ault said. “And everybody’s talking about the read-option, which is a big part of our offense, but you can run downhill power games, counters, gaps and all that from the pistol. And those counter steps and trap steps that backs take in this day and age — sometimes those linebackers lose it.”

    He says “So, the pistol offense, the most important thing there, is you can run any offense you’ve been running. And this is how we created it”.

  95. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ault should have added he mostly used 3 and 4 WRs lined up wide to give the running game better match-ups to gain yards. But that was not the topic. The theme was more about it started as a basic power offense. I’ve heard him say some of the stuff he added was because of Kappy’s ability to run. Just shows how he utilized the versatility of the offense changed up for the talent he had to use.

  96. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ahhhh. Quite the run . . .

    Eli Wallach, dead at 98.

  97. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    $9 billion lawsuit threatened against the Cleveland Indians. $9 BILLION? Hmmmm… Gotta talk to my lawyer.
    Notre Dame has a history of bigotry! Up the Irish!

  98. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith ‘unlikely’ to face jail time. IF he stays out of trouble.

    Probably a 2 game suspension.

  99. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny, I just mentioned the Cleveland Indians and their ridiculous grinning mascot.

  100. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Worth $9 bill? Uh, maybe not, but that’s how you get attention.

  101. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Timmy gets a NO-NO!


  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    July 25 is Aldon Smith’s day in court where he’ll find out if he has to serve time. had this posted yesterday by Greg Rosenthal
    “Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers: The pass rusher will be sentenced on July 25 in Santa Clara County Superior Court after pleading no contest last month to felony weapons charges, in addition to a drunk driving charge. It’s unlikely that Smith will hear from the NFL on a suspension before then, and it’s possible he could face jail time. It would be a big surprise if Smith was not suspended for a big chunk of the 2014 season, if not the whole thing.”

    It’s all speculation as far as jail time goes because it’s up to the judge. I don’t think the judge would leak info on the sentence.

  103. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He ain’t going to jail. Book that. The gun charges are all bullshit as he legally purchased the guns in another state. They be misdemeanors. The DUI is time served. Ergo, no jail. I said this 2 months ago. Fines? Sure. Community service? Possibly. But, no jail.

    If I was betting I’d say 2-3 game suspension due to time served last year.

  104. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rosenthal is full of shit. If it’s over 4 games, I’ll be surprised.

  105. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The gun charges can’t be all coyote dung if he already pleaded no contest to them. That’s the same as a guilty plea sans potential civil liabilies.
    I haven’t cared nearly enough to follow just exactly what he’s already pleaded guilty to, but (a) felon(y)(ies) in addition to a DUI is likely to get time served only from a Niner Faithful.

  106. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I still need an editor. It looked fine to me the first time.

  107. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon bought the guns legally in AZ. He has time served for the DUI. They bundled everything. Time served, community service, some kind of fine.

  108. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Goodie Goodell? I don’t think he’ll come down hard on Smith due to the time served and the likelihood that the felonies will be dropped to misdemeanors.

    2 games.

  109. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I shouldn’t say the gun charges are bullshit, but they won’t be felonies when it’s all said and done.

  110. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Are you counting his rehab stint as time served?

  111. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- Is there any way you can get a little more data capacity? These long threads get really slow.

  112. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Is that your polite way of suggesting a new post?

    I’ll see if I can break this into two pages.

  113. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That should do it.

  114. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats to Lincecum on his second no hitter.

    But why would you agree to do this when you depend on paychecks from and make your living in San Francisco? Wait until you retire.

  115. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Because he’s from Seattle?

    Bergs, for the DUIs, yes.

  116. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- That worked!

  117. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Rehab is not usually a one and done thing. Saying it failed would be you are closely informed of the details of everything that transpired. IMO, every 49er fan should be rooting for Aldon instead of calling him a failure.

    When I quit smoking pot at age 21 I had a few relapses in the next few years but I was able to stop because that is what I wanted to do. Was I a failure because I had a few relapses? My problem was most of my friends smoked pot and I was always around it. I still have friends that do that but I haven’t had any urge to smoke pot since the 80’s.

    BTW, even though I don’t smoke pot I think it should be legal. I wouldn’t smoke it if it were legal. The thing is, I don’t think there is anybody not smoking it because it is illegal. All we are doing is making criminals out of good citizens. Legalize it and get the tax money.

  118. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus Christ, Skeebs. We can’t talk about Aldon’s rehab?

  119. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Stopped watching the soccer match.
    Don’t know squat about Soccer but when Germany is possessing the ball 80% of the time and playing near your goal bad things are about to happen.

  120. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, you and Bullit can’t talk to each other. You can talk about whatever you want, but this endless kindergarten act between you two has got to cease. I’m on the verge of tossing you both.

  121. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Snodfart was way ahead of the curve when they changed their name in 1972.

  122. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Portugal scored. US will play Belgium in the round of 16 unless Ghana scores twice in 10 minutes.

  123. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I just hope Aldon takes care of what demons are bothering him.
    That incident at LAX was bonehead to say the least.
    He needed to keep his nose clean and he instead brings unneeded attention upon himself again.
    Details are murky but more than one person said he was intoxicated and that will be known when they release the police report.
    I just want the Niners to know the situation going into the season on whether they can count on him or fast track his replacements.

  124. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I make up shit about the origin of the term “Redskin?”

    In 2005, the Indian language scholar Ives Goddard of the Smithsonian Institution published a remarkable and consequential study of redskin’s early history. His findings shifted the dates for the word’s first appearance in print by more than a century and shed an awkward light on the contemporary debate. Goddard found, in summary, that “the actual origin of the word is entirely benign.”

    Redskin, he learned, had not emerged first in English or any European language. The English term, in fact, derived from Native American phrases involving the color red in combination with terms for flesh, skin, and man. These phrases were part of a racial vocabulary that Indians often used to designate themselves in opposition to others whom they (like the Europeans) called black, white, and so on.

    No go feed some ducks as your punishment. You effing ignorant mook.

  125. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    So we lose but still advance? Gotta love that goal differential bullshit. What a sport. Is it any wonder I only watch soccer every four years. Who’s going to win between the US and the Belgians? Belgium is going to kick our red, white and blue asses.

    You don’t need Hercule Poirot to solve that mystery.

  126. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Let’s celebrate a 0-1 loss?
    If this was American Football it would be called “backing in” based on tie breakers.
    I tried to watch but clearly the Germans were superior and attacked and the Americans were trying to keep things close and seemed to be playing for a tie.
    I clearly don’t understand the game and most likely never will.

  127. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    When do we play Belgium? I hope it’s a night game. I wouldn’t want to lose my Breakfast that I had at Tiffany’s over a soccer match.

    Audrey Hepburn was from Belgium. Let’s count how many Belgians I can toss into posts from now until the match starts. I guarantee you it will be more fun and entertaining then the game itself.

  128. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    That 4-0 (like 42-3 in our football) shellacking at the feet of die Deutschers in the opening game was Portugal’s downfall. Don’t think the German club didn’t see the opportunity to knock out a potentially strong threat before the elimination rounds and pile it on. Portugal could’ve rectified that by beating the US but oopsed (one of the US goals was bogus, btw – uncalled offsides).
    Ghana needed to beat Portugal in the final game and failed miserably.
    Hey, that goal differential thing – that’s basically how NCAA football rankings are made.

  129. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I can honestly say I’ve never witnessed a 1-0 score in anything in which it was so thoroughly one-sided. 1-0 and it was a complete ass whooping.

    The Germans must have thought they were playing this match in Pearl Harbor. They were bombing the shit outta of America. Is it over?

  130. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good job USA!

  131. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m assuming the US kept tabs on the POR/GHA score. Only when did the Portuguese secure that game late and ensure the US of moving on did the US loosen up and play free for the last few minutes. Up until then their sphincters were puckered tightly.

  132. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever, Dennis. Keep your racist shit to yourself.

  133. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Next Game: Tues at 1 PM PDT. That might be a problem. Pretty sure “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers” or “Swamp People” air on the History Channel at that time. Decisions. Decisions.

  134. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Whatever” I guess that’s your way of saying I was right and you were wrong sandwiched in between an apology.

  135. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Uh, no. You want to justify your racist behavior, go right ahead.

    You used to be a funny guy. Now you are something else entirely.

  136. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m now entirely something else? That’s. That’s. That’s. That’s…

  137. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of soccer where the hell is Freddie Edu?
    Wasn’t he supposed to be the second coming of Pele?
    The teen phenom has disappointed and has never lived up to crazy expectations.
    At least Michelle Wie finally won the US Women’s Open last weekend.

  138. robNo Gravatar says:

    Well what about my italy? They didnt just get beat … they got eaten alive ! Literally

  139. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    He thought he was at the Olive Garden Rob.

  140. 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 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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