Take A Number

The 49er rookies will tee off their NFL careers this weekend with a mandatory minicamp. Good luck, plebes. You’ll need it.

Some of these kids will become household names in the coming years, maybe even some pro bowlers in the lot. Right now, though, they are just names wearing numbers we associate with players from the past.

First round pick, Jimmie Ward, will be wearing number 25 — which was worn for the past seven years by Tarell Brown. Brown, like many ex-49ers before him, is now playing out his career for the cross-bay low life Oakland Raiders.

Keith Reaser is going to spend the year rehabbing on IR, an ominously fitting scenario for a guy wearing number 31, the number worn by Chet Brooks, a SS from the late ’80s whose promising career was cut short by injuries.

LB Aaron Lynch is wearing 59, worn last year by offensive center Jonathan Goodwin. Goodwin is currently a Free Agent, and he can obviously write off the 49ers as a potential employer this year.

CB Dontae Johnson is wearing 36, most famously worn by Merton Hanks from the ’90s 49ers. Merton hands out league fines for unsportsmanlike play now, and will probably pay close attention to Johnson’s behavior, should this new recruit attempt to sully Merton’s jersey history.

RB Carlos Hyde is wearing 28, a number last worn illustriously by Beats Me. Perhaps I could be mistaken. Our astute readers will no doubt have a more elucidatory answer.

It’s a good thing God has not, to my knowledge, adopted a human numbering system. It would be the height of pipsqueakedness to wander the trails of life sporting a number like 5,876,248,713.

The 49ers have 12 retired numbers (8, 12, 16, 34, 37, 39, 42, 70, 73, 79, 80. 87). The Seahawks have 4, but one (12) is for their fans. (*eyeball roll*).

By comparison, the SF Giants have 11 retirees, plus the MLB mandated number 42 worn by Jackie Robinson. The Yankees have 17, with another two coming shortly for Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Rivera will be the last MLB player to wear Robinson’s number 42, which was retired permanently in 1997. The Celtics have the most retired numbers — 21.

The Raiders have ZERO retired numbers (by choice). Naturally. Al Davis was too cheap to waste a number on anyone. Wanna wear Ken Stabler’s number, Rookie? No problem.

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54 comments on “Take A Number
  1. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers have 12 retired numbers (8, 12, 16, 34, 37, 39, 42, 70, 73, 79, 80. 87). The Seahawks have 4, but one (12) is for their fans. (*eyeball roll*). That’s great Skeebs ..need to post that on a seachicken site… 馃檪

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t have time right now to look it up but if memory serves me right Joe Cribbs was #28?

  3. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    #28. I remember a corner named Dana Hall that just KILLED us.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to believe they haven’t retired Dave Wilcox’s number.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I feel Merton Hanks inherited Paul Hofer’s #36

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And no love for Donte Whitner? He wore 31 very well.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Because of the modular design it takes less than a minute to install or replace a seat at Levi’s.


  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Good to know.


  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith!

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Fuk it!

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How does one pronounce Machi? Mack Hi is pitching great for the Giants!

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ma sheeeee

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner PR Dept released some video from rookie minicamp.
    First look at Lattimore


  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    FA and practice squad player OT Luke Marquardt was released yesterday.
    Niners took a flyer on him signing him as a FA out of Azusa Pacific.
    Things just didn’t progress fast enough to warrant keeping him on the 90 man roster.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kawakami badgered Harbaugh yesterday about Aldon asking him what is the limit (he used 10 felonies as an example). It is known that one more felony (conviction or guilty plea) in the near future sends Aldon to prison and signals the end of his career and he blows up any contract extension and the millions.
    Because of the legal issues and pending sentencing you can see why Harbaugh can’t answer because there are a lot of unknowns.
    Kawakami is vying with Lowell Cohn to see who can make Harbaugh flip out.

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Funny you should post that. I was watching “A Shot in the Dark” (1964) last night. Arguably the best of the “Pink Panther” films. I’ll watch anything from Blake Edwards. George Sanders won the best Supporting Actor Oscar for “All About Eve” (1950). That’s a can’t miss classic that should be crossed off everyone’s “to see” list.


  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, is that the face that Alex Smith gives you? LOL

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I think Alex Smith is a really good QB. A Super Bowl winning caliber QB. I just love it when Del, Spitty, NoFear, NJ, 12th man and Etal shit their pants over that proclamation. Of course, NJ and 12th Man will deny the feeling. They’ll say they never said that, they didn’t have to. We all knew their feelings. All the others will come clean. Thing is, I love you all, but still, fuck you all anyway. It is a matter of blog principal!

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Damn it, I didn’t misspell the word Fuk and just got a really good post sent to Skeebers jail. Hopefully Skeebs will retrieve and post because I’m not rewriting the F’ing thing.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- The jailhouse post was in response to your Alex Smith LOL.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmie Ward had foot surgery March 11? I heard a blurb that he broke his metatarsal today, the one the screw was put into, but I haven’t heard anything else.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmie Webb is the second player named Jimmy Webb the Niners have selected in the first round.
    In 1975 they drafted Jimmy Webb DT Miss State with the 10th pick.
    Played 6 years with the Niners in a 7 year unspectacular NFL career.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As far as current Jimmie Webb breaking a bone YESTERDAY, I’d check your “SOURCE” because it didn’t happen as Webb isn’t participating in the Rookie Minicamp.
    You should know better than report major injury news that never happened.
    What can I say if you rely on Spitoon as your sole source?

  24. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It was comcast, skippy. Shut your smarmy pie hole.

  25. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said, you live for being a weenie and leaping on any little perceived slip.

    Good for you, skippy. The blog world is in your debt.

  26. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    But please tell me how many vendors will be at the new stadium, and how many players were named Jimmy. You know, that hard-hitting stuff you usually post.

    Are you 12?

  27. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Harbaugh never lies to the press about injuries and such, either.

    Forget 12. I think you are 8.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You need to either learn to listen and comprehend or read and comprehend better.
    Fact is Jimmie Webb did not break a metatarsal yesterday.
    A normal person would say he was mistaken.
    But you seem to still stand by what you said.
    I am not into spreading misinformation.
    Maiocco of Comcast said nothing about Webb breaking anything yesterday.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hard hitting stuff that I post? I posted a link to an article about the new Levis Stadium.

    Didn’t you recently have a thread on your blog about lesbians and what positions they would play in the NFL?

    Cut your holier than thou sanctimonious crap. Everyone knows who you are.

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I was making fun of the avatar with your Alex Smith post. Poor little guy looks scared or sick.

    Yeah, seriously, Alex is a good QB. It took a long time for better coaching and experience to get him to that level, but at this point, he can get a team to the playoffs. I still think we made the right call in going with Kaepernick as he has a ceiling well above anything Alex is likely to reach. I still don’t see Alex winning it all. Kaepernick has come up short too, but he has won playoff games on the road, something Steve Young never did, and Montana only did once. And his skill set suggests he won’t peak for another few years. In any event, the Hate Alex Smith Days are over. At this point, I wish him well – except if / when he plays against the 49ers. Then it’s Kick Alex Smith’s Ass Day.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- I agree. Alex was a good QB with bad coaches. Singletary didn’t even think the QB was the most important player on the field. I’d rather have Kap over Alex too but it was fun to get a drunk on last night and rag on the old Alex haters, just like the old days!

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ami missing something? Jimmy Webb or Jimmy Ward? Webb was the DT in the ’70s and Ward is the safety from this year.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Brain fart on my part.
    It is Ward and not Webb.
    I posted the wrong info.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Thanks for catching that. The memory bank is not what it used to be.
    Won’t be the last mistake I make , but when I’m wrong I freely admit it.
    I’m not a fan of misinformation, especially if and when I post it.

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Webb from Ole Miss. He was a pretty decent D-lineman, started from about ’75 to 1980. Had the misfortune to be completely outshined though – he played with Cedric Hardman, Tommy Hart and Cleveland Elam. It’s pretty easy to be the ‘other guy’ on that kind of foursome.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niner DT Jimmy Webb was kind of like Ray McDonald, a guy who just did his job. I suppose 6 years can a be a career for a Dlineman with injuries.

    Jimmy Webb was also a songwriter who wrote: By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Up, Up and Away and McArthur Park.

    Watch out for those Wichita Linemen. They are tough guys.

    He also wrote

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Still can’t keep your Jimmies straight, Bullitt? It is to laugh.

    They can change out the seats in 60 seconds? I’m breathless. How fast can they rearrange the scoreboard?

    And please, since you read my blog and post under random pseudonyms, please post a link to my thread regarding whatever your wet dreams are.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Apparently Chuck can’t even set the record straight and say he was wrong that Ward broke another bone recently.

    What’s really hilarious is how hypocritical Chuck is when he chides me for not being able to keep my Jimmies straight and also laughing at me for naming players named Jimmy.

    On cue just like the cartoon character we know you to be your current thread on your blog is titled “Jimmie James and the Blue Flames”. It’s OK for you to rip other people bringing up
    the name Jimmie as trivial but living the life of hypocrisy there seems to be no problem when you do it.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As for posting on your blog with random pseudonyms, I don’t yet you keep up the false accusations.

    Please let me know the last time your blog has had a new poster period?

  40. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. That’s nonsensical, even for you, Touchdown Tommy. I posted my thread way before your memory bank was overdrawn. You see, Jimi Hendrix started a band in high school called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. A reference to our 1st round draft choice. Hence the video I posted.

    And, BTW, when was the first time you mentioned Jimmie Ward’s surgery on his foot? I don’t remember seeing anything from you until I mentioned it yesterday, Mr. 60 seconds seat guy.

    Anyhow, I’ll share that video here, since I think it is such an amazing piece of 12-string guitar work.


    Night, folks. And you too, skippy.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Since you asked
    May 9, 9:50am I posted
    “Baalke said the thing that impressed him about Ward was he covered Dri Archer and his 4.26 speed and ran with him stride for stride. Ward has to show on the field he鈥檚 worthy of his 1st round selection. That鈥檒l happen in TC and pre-season.

    The link I posted talks about his foot injury. Like I said you need to improve your reading comprehension.
    Just because you are in the dark about something doesn’t give you license to misinform everyone. Ignorance is not an excuse
    but you apparently think it is.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Today is just not a 3 day weekend holiday.
    It is a day of remembrance to honor those who have sacrificed
    so we might enjoy the freedom to blog and do the many things we take for granted.
    For military past and present I am grateful and thank-you for your service.

  43. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ooooooooh. Got me good, skippy. I didn’t read one of your links.

    Actually, you didn’t mention it, so piss off. You are wrong, 60 second boy. Context, dumbshit. If I had to read all your inane links that you post, I’d never get anything done.

    False accusations, my ass. You’re as easy to see through as a 30 year old t shirt. Bravo, Redbull. The funny thing is you posting here that I’m driving people off my blog. It’s you I’m driving off. Since you read it all the time, why not post?

  44. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Under your real handle, of course.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Okay, children. Enough of the nonsense.

  46. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Comment #49 Cooooooooop!

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Or the current model Del – Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce! 馃榾

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    #49 I think back 25 years and Jeff Fuller and how his career ended at Stanford Stadium.
    Lott said Fuller hit harder than he did.
    He lost the use of one of his arms but that is one of the risks of playing football.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anquan Boldin was a steal last year and Stevie Johnson could be this year’s version. I am anxious to see what he can do.
    Inside The Film Rooms take on Johnson

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Stevie did a good job on Revis while the 2 were AFC East rivals too Bullit.

    I see Stevie as the insurance piece to the possible FA departure of Crabtree actually.

    The hope would be that, Patton or Ellington, develop into the outside weapon to compliment Vernon, as a deep threat.

    As many of us expected, Baalke did not Trade up in RD1 this year.
    Instead, he utilized all 12 Picks with an eye toward the future.

    To me, this is a good indication that money for Kaep is the desired goal.

    Getting all this young, cheap, talent accomplishes a step toward Cap reduction via Rookies.

  51. 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