The first exhibition game is this Saturday against Houston. Which means we’ll have 49er football games to entertain us each week until January 3rd, when the season ends for our red and gold, or black and atrocious, warriors.
Big year for owner Jed York. He’s screwed up the stadium grass, demolished the team, replaced good coaches with retreads, and presides over the most dysfunctional front office in the NFL. GM Trent Baalke isn’t far behind in the disaccomplishments. Most of his draft picks have either retired, quit, left for other teams, or flamed out.
Niner fans have a few days left to steel themselves for the year ahead. I can almost hear Cris Collinsworth now, leading off a Sunday night broadcast: “Whoa! The San Francisco 49ers. What is going on with these guys?” It might be a good year for the sensitive fans to leave the TV on “mute” while watching the games.
As usual, the starters and the QB are expected to only play the first quarter against Houston before taking the night off. It might be less than a quarter if J. J. Watt flattens Colin Kaepernick every time he drops back to pass. Probably a good time to work on the running game and save the passing attack for a later day.
Still no injuries through the second week of camp, although the release of Aldon Smith is probably at least as damaging as an ACL tear to a major player. More so, since Aldon will not recover in a year — or maybe ever. We’ll always have the memory of Aldon’s 3rd down sack dance, though. A true gem. Racing off the field and taking a seat on the bench. The anti-sack dance.
Meanwhile, ticket prices for the 49ers are down nearly thirty percent compared to the same time period as last year on TicketNetwork.com. They’ve analyzed more than 30,000 NFL ticket sales this year and the drop for the Niners is the league’s largest.