Tecksus Ecksabission

The 49ers travel to Houston to play the Texans Saturday night. We all know what that means — COOTIES!!!

Fortunately, Houston isn’t Dallas, so the cooties aren’t super-sized, smelly, drooling, brain dead, road kill vermin. Just small, annoying, clueless, windshield splats.

If any of our readers are Texans, my condolences. It’s tough being a stranger in a STRANGE land.

Houston is famous for Sam, Bum, Earl, the Alamo, the Lone Ranger, oil, and the place to report problems in space when your ship breaks.

Michael Crabtree was born and raised in Dallas, BTW. [Eyeballs roll. Wellll, no wonder!]

The Texans have never been known as Super Bowl contenders, but that’s what they are this year. At least until kickoff time.

All kidding aside, Texas is a great state. It has … it has … hmmm … it has dirt. Lots of it. Miles and miles of good old weed growing dirt. As for the populated areas, we have urban drawl, which is a clever way to spruce up words so as to avoid admitting you are basically dumb as a rock.

Jim Harbaugh has hinted that Colin Kaepernick has pulled away in the battle for QB #2, but that seems more like Harbaugh horse manure than factual data. He declared this only one practice after last Friday’s game against the Vikings. C’mon! How much outstanding improvement can a guy make in one little practice?

At any rate, we’re now left with only a teensy battle for QB #3 — the clipboard holder and camp survivor. Last week, Scott Tolzien was first off the bench after the first two off the benchers had rebenched themselves, and Josh Johnson got the fourth quarter scrub duty. This week, the order will be reversed. It will also be our first extended look at Johnson, the guy many blog savants (BSers) considered a lock to either unseat Alex Smith or at least Kaepernick, but now finds himself fighting for a roster spot.

We didn’t see much of our big time offseason FA acquisitions in game one, nor our two top draft choices. That could change against the Texans. Or it might not. Since we and the rest of the league are quite keenly interested in the use and performance of these new 49ers, it’s possible Harbaugh is just as keen about keeping them hidden until the real games begin.

Given Harbaugh’s secretive ways, rooting for the Niners during training camp time requires a lot of faith — that virtue tossed into the dumpster by many people somewhere in their late teens. That we can even HAVE faith is a marked improvement from past regimes. In prior years, bloggists could push forth any sort of wild hair “expert” opinion and it was likely to be more accurate than anything fuming out of our coach’s lips. That’s a much riskier effort these days.

Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks will not be in the lineup for this game, so our pass rush is likely to be kind of weeny. It will give us a chance to see how good our secondary holds up when they have to cover WRs a few seconds longer than usual. Let’s hope the results aren’t too ghastly.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    The Alamo is in San Antonio
    and Austin and the surrounding Hill Country is a beautiful area.
    Texas is barbeque, steaks, chicken fried steak and Mexican food unlike the substitute they serve in California.
    The Oilers skipped out on Houston to b ecome the Titans (over a new stadium) The Texans was the NFL’s apology to Houston for letting thyat happen.
    You are right about Sam, Bum and Earl.

    http://tinyurl.com/8pbduqo

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The other day in discussing Frank Gore, it was stated he’s been the only bright spot on the Niners for years.
    That is not the most accurate statement as Vernon Davis came in one year after Gore and Patrick Willis two years. Willis had an impact the second he stepped onto the practice field.
    Gotta give some credit to Davis and Willis and put the Niner timeline in perspective.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    For the Niners this is very good news.
    “Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox will not face an NFL suspension this season after missing 2011 during legal proceedings associated with a sexual-assault case. Cox was acquitted”

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Picky, picky.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Texas might have the Alamo but we have the Alama. We signed him this week!

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BS takes on new meaning. On this blog we are Blog Savants! Does this make us smarter than other blogs?

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I made a comment that Bill Walsh invented the 3-4 one day and the Central Scrutiner went nuts. NoFear would have no part of me going Unca Chuck with my commnts. Yes I agree that Walsh did not invent the 3-4 but he invwented the Elephant and that changed how the defense is played. To help prove my point I tried to call Bum Phillips in Houston. The closest I got was leaving a message and he just left. That guy never returned my calls. Can you imagine that?
     
    Anyway, the lesson learned was don’t shoot from the hip, and if you use stats try to be close or people on the blog will tear up your comments. Then you have to defend those comments forever like Unca is always doing.
     
    What Walsh did is turn one of the OLBs into a designated pass rusher and the 3-4 has never been the same. When I say defensive lines win campionships I am including the Elephant position, which the NFL calls the hybrid, because I see he Elephant(or OLB hybrid) as a DE.

  8. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, seriously?

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That don’t make my shit wrong Bergs. This is a blog, not Encyclopedia Brittanica. Gut feelings have their place in any discussion. Take Micha . . . oh nevermind.
    .
    It’s when I have to constantly defend my opinions on players that I get annoyed.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, we had the Central Scrutinizer. Bullit is playing schoolmarm? Why didn’t you correct the spelling of the blog title?

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    You’re point is spot on.
    I don’t come here to blow smoke
    up people’s asses. That seemed to be Spitty’s and V’s M.O.
    It becomes how low will you stoop to make your argument?
    I think it’s funny that the abusive tactics employed are always the same. It’s usually you’re a little kid, you’re crazy
    or you’re on drugs. Those attacks come when somebody can’t deal with the truth when presented
    with facts.
    Chuck likes to call people names but can’t handle it when it comes his way and cries foul.
    The truth hurts.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Abusive tactics? Next we’ll hear you’re going to sue me for assault with a blog post. Don’t blather endlessly about others OPINIONS, skippy.

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh did not invent the 3-4 – that was Bud “Someday I hope we have a University our football team can be proud of” Wilkinson. Shula called it the ’53’ and used Bob Matheson as the 4th LB, rushing him a lot but also dropping him into coverage. Walsh and the 49ers changed it when they got Fred Dean, though. He was inserted into the lineup in passing situations to make it a 4-3. His play and guys like LT led to the evolution of the hybrid guys, like Haley and Aldon Smith. And I agree, these guys are *really* DEs – they drop into coverage occasionally, and have tremendous athleticism, but the way they play is closer to a DE than a traditional 4-3 OLB. It’s the unpredictability they offer that makes the ‘modern’ 3-4 so effective.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I had many of the same kind of arguments with V when he would say shit like ‘Bill Walsh invented the WCO.’ Not true. Or his classic that Joe Montana took the Chiefs the farthest they’ve ever been in the playoffs. Arguing facts is one thing. Even if those facts can be a bit misleading. As in how Walsh put the OLB on the line with his hand on the ground, and not off the LOS as in a standard 3-4. It was 3-4 personnel lining up in a 4-3 formation. Hybrid. Whatever.
    .
    Arguing about people’s perceptions of players is ludicrous. Bullit thinks Crabs is all that. Great. I don’t agree. He can’t wait to crow about Crabs if he does well. Good for him. And he wonders why I call him childish? I’ve got better things to do than track my sometimes flippant remarks. Some people seem to get their rocks off by jumping on casual remarks. You call NoFear the Central Scrutinizer, but you can’t resist either.
    .
    I defend my opinions because I have every right to HAVE opinions, and I have every right to defend them.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Glad I stopped by this morning(Hawaii time)I was having a shitty day until I read the comments. Now I feel better. Sorry bullit, there are a couple of nice places in Texas, and LBJ’s ranch is one of them, however, overall the state reallty does suck.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- You and bullit were starting to truce. I had to get it kick started. Since you react faster and louder than him I woke you up first. It seems the blog has been restored! Keep on guys. I’ll scrutinize your comments later. The statue, parade and clown comments were good. Actually, I feel more like the pot stirrer than the scrutinizer.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is what you guys need to know about the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Most of the women are good looking. In Dallas they are usually thin or shapely and in Fort Worth they are usually much bigger.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winder

    I have met very few people who
    have said anything bad about Austin.
    Can you name what parts of Texas suck and why?

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I have been to Dallas but never to Ft Worth.
    Kinda like visiting the Bay Area.
    You go to San Francisco but have to really find a reason to visit Oakland.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In Houston, the women come in 2 sizes: XL, and Large Marge. I had the ‘pleasure’ of going to Houston on biz all the time. I always landed late, and I always ended up at Walmart at 10:30 looking for booze. Talk about freakshow. Barefoot and pregnant 15 year old girls with their three screamning kids in tow, while their tweaker husbands try to buy beer with their fake IDs and food stamps. Fun shit.
    .
    Houston should just sink another 10 feet and bury itself. There aren’t too many other godforsaken places like it on Earth.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Heard Austin’s nice, though. Never been.
    .
    My old job they shipped everyone off to Austin. I took the money and ran. Well, took the money and stayed.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    All I’ve ever heard of Houston is that it’s like 300 degrees in the Summer. “But at least it’s a dry heat” – Oh, wait, no it’s not. It’s like 110% humidity, every day. No thanks, I’ll take the Bay Area any time. Now Austin is by all accounts a really cool place, at least according to my cousins there. San Antonio was nice when I was there a few years back. The Riverwalk is pretty nicely done. And El Paso is more like the southwest than most of Texas. So there are some decent places in Texas. Some awful ones too. But then, San Francisco is worlds away from Fresno, too.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the temp variations in Hou range from freezing rain to bubbling the asphalt.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Houston isn’t Hell, because the Devil wanted to live somewhere cooler and nicer.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Apropos of nothing, I was cleaning the garage, and found a box of CDs that somehow went missing.
    .
    I haven’t listened to Cricklewood Green in years. What a fricking kick-ass CD. . .

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m listing to Garbage while drinking Arrogant Bastard!

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Better than drinking garbage and listening to an arrogant bastard!
     

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey now! I resemble that remark . . .
    .
    Garbage? Really? Didn’t take you for a neo-grunge punk. Or whatever the hell they are. They have some good shit. Up there with Rancid. Hell of a tour, too.
    .
    Up next! Rancid, Garbage!!!
    .
    I brought cans camping (smart guy that I am), so I’m finishing off my 12er of Modelo Especial.
    .
    Love that shit . . . Is there a game on tonight?
    .
    When do you think Bullit turns 21?

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I am now onto the Ruination IPA while listening to Jimmy Thackery live. It is the signed copy I got at Squaw.
     
    I’m surprised I like Gabage. I’m not usually into Prog Rock. Here’s a song by Garbage that was a bit popular.

    http://youtu.be/esEdC0c3YI4

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    You just won’t let things go?
    You bait people and then call them stalkers.
    The question for you is when are you going to stop your bedwetting?

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I really dig her voice . . .
    .
    Prog? no. Proto-grunge? Maybe. More post new wave alt stuff.
    .
    Here’s the original shit.
    .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jztgaereXyI

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, I got nothing in the way of Thackery CDs. What’s the dillio?
    .

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You lost me. What’s a dillo? I know what a dildo is. He got kicked off of here and got lost lost fishing in Uranus, or somebody’s anus! He was spitting more than blood.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Bergs you may have a battle on your hands. My wife is down visiting her very sick mom (stage 4 cancer), my son is hanging with his friends, and it’s me and this fricking computer and a 1/2 a bottle of Bulleit (how f@#$ing appropriate) bourbon (some killer Kentucky straight shit) and a newly puchased case of Newcastle . . .
    .
    Yee hawwwwwwwwww . . .
    .
    How’s fricking Nate the Great Schierhioltz doin’ by the way? Oh yeah, broken widddwe piggie . . .
    .
    Maybe in a couple years, I’ll buy you a shot, Bullit.

  35. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Come on, skippy. What is a good Thackery CD? Fu345k I haven’t gone CD shopping in years . . .

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I am onto the IPA 395. Arogant Bastard was only 7.2%. Ruination IPA was only 7.7%. BTW, both excellent and both from Stone. IPA 395 is 8% with the taste of sage. My new favorite beer, and from Mammotrh Brewery. Mammoth Mountain was my favorite place to ski when I use to ski.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The first Thackery CD to buy, and a blues must in every blues library, is Guitar. I guarantee satisfaction. Here is my guarantee if you don’t like it you can send me a couple of IPA 395s. That would be your price for having bad taste in music.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dillio. DILLIO. 411. The shizzle. The info.
    .
    Sorry. I have teenagers.
    .

    You have dildos on the mind. You really miss ol’ Spitty don’t you?
    .
    Anyhow, where was I? Just wondering what a good Thackerry CD would be. I guess aoything with Apache on it.
    .
    Yeah, I ski in Nor Cal. Only been to Mammoth once, skied there 2 days, and it was pretty friggin bad-ass. With 395 closed though, it was a 9 hour drive. Yikies.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Holy shit! You made me laugh with that one, Bergs. Time for dial a shot.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A drunkinfest screed. Let’s see if we can get more participants. This hasn’t happened for a while. I’m usually flying solo.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Guitar has the studio Apache on it and it is the best version available anywhere.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, NJ sent me my 1st copy of Guitar. I liked it so much I bought a factory copy. It went bad so I bought another. That is saying a lot for a cheap bastard like me. It is a great CD.

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s why you have such a supple wrist, Bergs.
    .
    Cool. I’ll look that shit up now . . .
    .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cySnG42s0lE&feature=player_embedded

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The supple wrist comes from tacticle blogging! LOL

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skippy- Here is the best Who song.
    http://youtu.be/Rp6-wG5LLqE

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Not even close.
    .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygOaNo3M_Hw&feature=player_embedded
    .
    Alx Rose sole the shit out of this in November Rain.

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Who’s Next is a great album, but Quadropenia is about as good as all those guys got.

  48. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Why didn’t it put that video . . .

    whatever.

    Love reign o’er me. fricking epic. That album almost killed Pete Townsend.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ther is no way to argue with your 7:35 post. It comes down to opinion. Love reign o’er me is an incredible song.

  50. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I said this before somewhere. 1st album I ever bought when I was a kid was Tommy. 2nd one was (heh heh) Ohio Players, Fire. 3rd one was Quadrophenia. 4th? Axis: Bold as Love.

  51. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, I saw that tour in the vid. I think that was 1976.

  52. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Who was always one of the few bands (Skynyrd as well, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult) who were equal, if not better, live than in studio.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think my 1st album was Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense and Peppermint. Somebody left it at the house and I inherited it. My first album that actually was mine was George Harrison, Concert for Bangladesh. The first album I bought was Carpenters Greatest Hits. I still like it. On the way way home I brought it to my friend Craig Williams house and his mom hijacked it first.
     
    Craig was a black guy and I was called a few names for befriending him. I ignored the idiots. Then I invited him to sleep over and found out my dad was prejudiced. It is the first time I told my father off. I told him he embarrasses me. He learned something that night. I did too.
     
    Craig had some boxing gloves around. I saw them and asked how to box. We both put the gloves on and he said we square off like this and hit each other. I hit him, knocked him out with one punch and after he got up I said this is fun, let’s do some more and he said we’re done.
     
    I boxed two more times after that, knocked both out with one punch. One was a golden gloves champ. Maybe I should’ve been a boxer?
     
    Anyway, my next few albums, not in any order, were Elton John’s Brown Dirt Cowboy, Eric Clapton’s Derek and the Dominoes, Kiss Live and Fleetwood Mac big hit album. After that it was all Pink Floyd, Genesis and Yes. I still love all of those albums. Somewhere along the line I bough a KC and the Sunshine Band album. Nobody is perfect.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know Unca, Whos Next is top 20 all time and it is studio. Same with Quadraphenia. Great all time studio album.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I saw Rush, UFO and Pretnders 4th row. I expected a good show from Rush and UFO. I didn’t even want to go to the Preteners concert. My girl friend talked me into it. It was a great show.

  56. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hah! I had to talk a good friend out of buying Kiss-Destroyer. I knew they were overrated back in ’75. I made him buy Robin Trower – Twice Removed From Yesterday. He thanked me later . . .
    .
    I did inherit the soundtrack to the Hendrix movie. The ‘Hear my Train a’coming’ on 12 string acostic is one of the single most incredible things ever done with a guitar. Star spangled banner at woodstock as well.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jeez Loise, wifey already went to bed. She had the day off and started drinking early.

  58. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, all I’m saying is of all the band I’ve seen, the Who (and those others) were able to bring it to the stage. The Stones? They sucked shit when I saw them live. Aerosmith? Awful. Fleetwood Mac? Journey? Ehh. Pre-Steve Perry they were good. Plenty of other bands just weren’t very good live.
    .
    Chrissy Hynde had an awesome band when she started out. Rush? Yeah, they’re OK. Michael Schenker though, is just blazing. I saw him on one of his 1st touirs with UFO and he was out of this world. He played the keystone in PA with his MSG band. Great stuff.

  59. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit – My dad lived in Austin for years and is buried in Kerrville. I have nothing against Austin since it is a place of truly beautiful women. I even rather like El Paso. But, I would rather not live there. I am a California boy through and through and am used to beautiful country. I didn’t find Texas all that appealing. Sorry for the late reply

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When I sat 4th row for Rush and UFO it as right in front of Alex Lifesome(SP) and Michal Schenker. I have to admit, Schenker was better. Come to think of it, I sat 4th row for Yes, the Going For The One tour. I sat in front of Rick Wakeman. Awesome!

  61. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    winder- Get a bottle and join!

  62. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Went to a kid rock gig, not my speed exactly but wife #1 loved him. Have to say he killed it, seriously a good show.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    The first album I bought was Herb Alpert & the Tiajuana Brass, The Lonely Bull.
    The first 45 I bought was
    Cherish by the Association.
    Then it was Rare Earth, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Credence Clearwater Revival.
    College years was Carole King Tapestry, James Taylor, Bread,
    America, The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Lynard Skynard,
    Lou Reed, Boz Scaggs, Stylistics, Ohio Players. Parliament, Barry White and Al Green. That was 8 track time.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The best concert I had ever seen was Pink Floyd The Wall. It was the tour that played only in LA, NY and London. I went to opening night, day 4 and 7 of the 7 nights in LA. I had day 4 tickets sold for good money and when the people came to buy I told them sorry, the tickets are no longer for sale.
     
    That was the best show I ever saw, along with Blue Man Group, Until I saw Joe Bonamassa this year. Do not pass on Joe Bonamassa.

  65. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Bull it, I met Herb Alpert in Santa Monica at his Moms condo complex. Nice guy, he gave me tix to his show that week. Again not exactly my speed but a decent show.

  66. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, agreed, I saw the wall in Earls Court in London, best show ever.

  67. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Saw the blue man group at half time of one of the inner games, they were good, so I saw them in Vegas and they stunk.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Oh I forgot my favorites, The Eagles.
    Winder
    I’m partial to Austin because I’m a Bay Area guy that went the University of Texas. I was there and was privileged to have been there the same time Earl Campbell
    was there. We were a muffed punt from winning a National Championship. The guy that dropped the punt was Craig Curry.

    I’m partial to Austin because I really enjoyed my years there.
    This was when Austin had 120K people living there. We lived right on Town Lake. Now where we lived is a bad area and Austin has close to a million population.

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I forgot to mention Earth Wind and Fire. This was an early buy. I love this song. It has good meaning. I call it the yowls song!
    http://youtu.be/5vIIZydXDqg

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- One of my best friends from HS, and was in my wedding, lives in Phlugerville, just outside of Austin. His brother was an All American DE at Stanford and Bill Walsh’s accountant, Chuck Evans. He was part of the All American Book Ends at Stanford. The other end was Duncan McColl. His brother Milt was a team mate of mine when we were younger. You might remember him, he recovered a fumble for the 49ers in our first Super Bowl win!

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I also forgot the Doobie Bros.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTCyO9MpGUM

    And Chicago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlPaI6Jg6eU

    ZZ Topp, Paul McCartney & Wings,
    Santana, ELO.

    So much great music.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I remember those guys. They were called “the Thunderchickens”.

    Remember Willie & Waylon singing “Luckenbach Texas”?

    It’s also outside of Austin
    and China Grove is ouside of San Antonio.

    Andrew Luck and Nick Foles are from Texas.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of my friend Mike and his brother Chuck Evans, his father had one of the great quotes of all time. His mom asked asked how dinner was and Mr. Evans said “It’ll make a turd”. At Mike’s wedding Mr. Evans, Chuck and I laughed about that repeatedly while we swigged a bottle of George Dickle.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    I forgot Earth Wind & Fire
    For me it’s

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XOY7lsBVpo

    Also Peter Frampton was big as was The Who (Won’t Get Fooled Again)

    Karen Carpenter had the most distinct female voice I’ve ever heard. Not to be duplicated.
    I love “Solitaire”.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Keep an eye on Nick Foles. I still maintain he should have been a first round pick. Me and Dennis, fuk rules of english writing, OK, Dennis and I. Somebody shoot me. Me and Dennis tried to tell you guys about Foles.

  76. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- In Atlanta, and before I met her, my wife was pulled on stage to help sing a song with Earth Wind and fire. For me this is the best Earth Wind and Fire song.
    http://youtu.be/JJB03YW7NdA

  77. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Man, the Carpenters always creeped me out. Brother and sister? Weird. Yeah, forgot about ZZ Top, their shows were pretty epic back in the day. As was Terrible Ted, Sanatana and Eric Clapton. Back in the day, whenever they played here, Santana would join Clapton, Clapton usually popped in for a few songs when Santana was playing.
    .
    That Frampton live shit was pretty good (well, I saw the show they recorded at Winterland, and it WAS good stuff) but he was better with Steve Marriott and Humble Pie. Wish I coulda seen that.
    .
    Hard funk and hard rock. Kool & the Gang, War, P-Funk, Alvin Lee, Pat Travers, VH, UFO, Thin Lizzy, J Geils . . ahhh shit, memory lane.

  78. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tower of Power, baby. Sawe ’em in 1978, and later at the San Mateo county fair in like 1999. Still a badd-ass horn section.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Frampton came out with a great blues CD a few years ago. It is called Fingerprints from 2006. It is incredible and credit for me discovering it goes to who else, NJ49er. The CD would be a classic if people did not distrust Peter Frampton.

  80. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, Bergs. Way of the World? Feel like I’m back in 7th grade.

  81. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There is a former drummer for Tower of Power who keeps wanting to come over and party. I was there when he put his dog down to comfort him. I’ve had to tell him he can come over when he is not drinking, otherwise stay away. Two problems. He is an uncontrollable drunk. I can handle that, my wife can’t. The bigger problem is I think his pancreas is about to give out from heavy drinking.

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I was a sheltered kid. Sounds like a joke, but true. I am testimony that it doesn’t work.

  83. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, I saw David Bowie with my wife (HUGE Bowie fan), in somewhere around 2004, and he picked Frampton as his guitar player.
    .
    I don’t know what happened to Frampton, but I think Comes Alive f@#$ed with his head for a long time. I’m in You is plain dreck. The next couple albums were forgettable as well. Sgt. Pepper completely ruined him. Frankly, the earlier albums were spotty. Frampton’s Camel, Wind of Change, et. and I lost track, and it was only until the past 8 years have I reacquainted myself with him. I’ve heard some of fingerprints, and I do like it.

  84. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I was raised Catholic. There are 2 ways to go. Priesthood or hood. I think we know how that worked out.

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I had two Dr Peppers yesterday and I paid for it with more than money. I think soda is worse than beer?

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more round and a couple of posts gets me to bed.

  87. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t give this any thought, but what is Tecksus Ecksabission? Skeebers has some ‘splainin’.

  88. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Too bad Skeebers blog went down for over an hour while we were just starting to roll. Could have been a classic night. Good night.

  89. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Two amazing musicians no longer with us. RIP

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN1nMpmC0n4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhjYbfK9vrk&feature=fvwrel

    I’ll raise a glass to toast past girlfriends and old acquaintances.

  90. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis will like this one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc3OnSQc48s

    there was just so much great music back in the 70’s

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Tecksus Ecksabission = Texas Exhibition
    Skeebs was going phonetic

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Are we alive? I can stay for a little while. I was going to bed because I thought Skeebers blog killed us. I’m going to go check out bullit’s shit.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I did not know Dan Fogelberg died. I saw him live in Phoenix. Here is my favorite Dan F song:
    http://youtu.be/zz_jcyxfRXI

  94. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    But with Fogelberg this is a close second. Not an original but a great version of a classic:
    http://youtu.be/loRE25Sc4ec

  95. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    To each his own, I suppose. Yes, the 70s was filled with a lot of great music. Montrose, Pat Travers, Edgar Winter, on and on. My mom liked Jim Croce. Fogelberg had his moments. Much like REO speedwagon. I hated that band, but riding the storm out is a great song.
    .
    This is my kind of shit.
    /
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWa4if9LywM

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is one one the all time under rated songs. Kenny Rogers was great but this is a song not many people think of. If you listen to the bass and guitar at the end, this is a great song. The guitar lead at the end is just amazing, but nobody ever thought it.
    http://youtu.be/OoxeMmgvKiM

  97. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Guess I should clarify that (for no particluar reason). Fogelberg’s good if not really my thing. Reo speedwagon just makes my skin crawl. Like Kiss, I can’t stand them.

  98. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, yer gonna make me listen to Kenny Rogers?

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So are we talking 70’s. BeeBop Deluxe was good. How about a classic. You know how batters and pitchers in MLB have their intro music. This would be mine!

    http://youtu.be/OoxeMmgvKiM

  100. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of annoying. Loved these guys though.
    .
    Intro music? Have to be Bad Motor Scooter

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The 2nd Kenny Rogers was a mistake. Who can I blame it on? The whiskey! Yeah, the whiskey! Here would be my walk up music in MLB:
    http://youtu.be/fOEQTJV_3-w

  102. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I love the B-52s but you aren’t playing their best songs. Those songs aren’t bad but try this one:
    http://youtu.be/HDWm7pd643k

  103. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Zeppelin’s another band I have a love/hate deal with. I can’t really listen to them anymore.
    .
    Except for Physical Grafitti. Great album. Presence has it;s moments, but the other stuff maybe I just listened too much back in the dday.
    .

    Never saw ’em, but I did see Jimmy Page.

  104. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Their best song? I have a bunch. I just dug the early video. Private Idaho, Rock Lobster, Channel Z. I have a lot of faves. Mesopotamia’s a cool album.
    /
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GRX7xXTzHE

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This was my favorite song for about 3 or 4 months at one time.
    http://youtu.be/e7aGAIWe3uE

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m wearing down. I must go. Thanks for the fun!

  107. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Before I go, here is my favorite b-52s song:
    http://youtu.be/WJzuqZEbFHQ

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kolb is a complete bust being laughed at by the Raiduhs
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp12/story/_/id/8280090/oakland-raiders-tommy-kelly-says-arizona-cardinals-kevin-kolb-looks-scared

    Leinart is hurt. Maybe Niners can get a late round pick for Oakland native Josh Johnson from the Raiduhs. Pryor is not a legit backup and he is the second coming of Troy Smith

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Niners on TV tonight then going to saee Eric Johnson tomorrow. I think this guy is from somewhere around Austin?
    http://youtu.be/55nAwmVLQSk

  110. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Johnson the ex Niner Tight End from Yale? The guy that knocked Jessica Simpson up? (sorry Tony Romo)

  111. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Cards lost their starting LT
    Levi Brown to a torn triceps last night. He’s probably done for 2012.
    They now have to start a prectice squad player on an already leaky Oline.
    The major accomplishment a team can have coming out of TC and preseason is to be injury free.

  112. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I see your Eric Johnson and raise you a Gary Hoey.

    Got to love the song as well…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nob1olsxVSc&feature=player_embedded

  113. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t a group named Focus write that song? If so, here is the original:
    http://youtu.be/9fEkYxRCl_c

  114. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll see your Hoey and raise another Johnson:
    http://youtu.be/NUX_U160dFQ

  115. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    USC ranked #1 in the nation just 2 years after major sanctions, wow.

  116. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jenna Bush said her mom Laura used rock her and her sister to sleep with Bob Marley music. I never would have guessed. I have a Bob Marley shirt and even wear now and then.

  117. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    12th- That is amazing. People don’t know who Ed Orgeron is. He might be the top recruiter in the country.
     
    I can never figure out how anybody would want to go to USC. It is a beutiful campus but just over the walls there is price competition for hub caps and crack. They must pick the recruits up at the Airport and make sure the windows are rolled up and blacked out. They then roll the windows down after they get on campus!

  118. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be wearing my USC shirt every Saturday!

  119. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now that I’m sober I figured out Skeebers headline for this thread.

  120. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Well that makes 2 of us then Berger.

    I love the campus as well but you’re right about not venturing off it unless you’re in a Hummer.

  121. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I used to go to the colliseum every now and then, same deal there, heck of a place to visit.

    The Rosebowl has to change their ordinances to be able to host pro football games since they are limited to 13 sporting events with larger than 20,000 fans. They are trying to do just that and it goes to a vote soon.

    Sounds like prep work for a team to LA to me. A team can use the Rosebowl whilst waiting for a stadium to be built.

  122. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’d prefer an MRAP. Yeah, the yodelling song by Focus. Too funny. I love the Popeye part . . .

  123. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, maybe prince valiant will move the Raiders back to El Lay.

  124. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Now the Raiders are making noise about wanting a new stadium in Oaktown. The timing is right.

  125. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    RTF, try using tinyurl . c o m It shrinks urls like that down to 15 characters

  126. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Never used it; I’ll have to try it out.

  127. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Here ya go. You betcha.
    http://tinyurl.com/c2mjx99

  128. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Moran Norris and Cody Wallace are one the Texans.

  129. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    You guys want to hear a funny, sad and very true story? Of course you would. It’s one of mine…I got 86’d from both Longs/CVS Pharmacy and Safeway yesterday late *afternoon* for public intoxication. But that only covers the funny and true parts. What’s sad is that I never got the chance to buy either some pharmaceuticals or groceries. Fear not, I saved the best part of my story for the last…For all my troubles, I did get an escort ride home from the Pinole PD. It wasn’t a total lost day.

  130. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    U$C???
    Those cheaters?
    You pay for Reggie Bu$H’s parents house that’s how you recruit.

    Brings back a terrific memory.
    When they last met…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKPgUYrh2q4

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEXAS!!!

  131. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Am I the only one checking into Rob’s preseason game drink of choice for tonight? It figures. Either Berger or I were going to be the post time favorite anyway. Put this bay 46yo horse down for a Bud Light.
     
    Crabtree just caught *another* 4 yd pass. At least he’s consistent.

  132. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You should let us swear here, skeebs, because Jacobs is f@#$ed.

  133. robNo Gravatar says:

    vodka oj

  134. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck add ‘Sinner Street’ to the Thackery gotta have.
    Also, Tab Benoit and Thackery did a killer Live CD called ‘Whiskey Store LIVE’.
    Get them both, good stuff!

  135. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If you want a GREAT Fleetwood Mac CD – Grab the ‘Live at the Boston Tea Party Vol 1.’
    Absolute kickass version of Rattlesnake Shake that goes for almost a 1/2 hour.
    It was remastered in ’03 and sounds much better than it ever did when it was a vinyl only option.
    Peter Green was smoking hot for this set.
    Phenominal show.
    Sounding better than ever too.

  136. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As long as we’re on the music topic.
    Those of us finding new ways to listen to the classic old albums likely have an iPod or similar MP3 delivery mechanism.
     
    Having been through my share of earbuds over the years, I will give a SOLID 10+ to the pair I’m using now.
    Klipsch S4 people, fantastic fit and pissed all over my previous models, including Bose.
    These babies stay put, cover the lowest of lows and highest of highs without fault.
    Under $100 too.
     
    Chuck, I hear you about Zep too.
    Listen to them again with these earbuds and you’ll change your tune.
    Robert Plant has some good solo stuff too.
    Try his Manic Nirvana or Sixty Six to Timbuktu CDs.
    See what you think.

  137. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Niners offensive line struggled today. I blame it on the play calling. Less spread this week, better team and conservative play calling.

  138. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would not panic. Being pre season means trying to show execution without showing your hand. Our run blocking was good, our pass blocking sucked.

  139. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The pass Moss dropped inside the 10 was money for Brady. He won’t be dropping that one very often.
     
    One very encouraging thing for me was how often Jenkins was open. He looks like a keeper, so far.

  140. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex had Moss in one on one man coverage with no safety help a few times and did not look his way. Is this because it is pre season and we are looking to execute certain aspects, or is this an omen. I did notice. I have no problem with not exposing youself in pre season, I just hope that is all that was.

  141. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    1st team blocking was pretty bad. Still little more than 6 yard outs to the WRs. Except for the Moss drop. The news is good however on jacobs and LMJ
    .
    Jcaob’s knee has no structural damage to the patellar tendon or the ACL. He may miss a couple games, but he’ll be back this season. James said his injury was a ‘tweak’ to his ankle and he’ll return shortly. Grains of salt should be taken with this, but it appears they dodged a couple more bullets.

  142. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The difference in this game was our QBs were under siege and theirs weren’t. D-lines win championships.

  143. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, that Moss pay was a bit of a pisser. Moss drove the DB to the sideline and was instantly open down the seam. Instead Sthrew to VD on a 5 yard out play that would have done little if VD didn’t drop it.
    .
    He then dropped the pass to the goal line.

  144. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t get the thought that you don’t go for the play as it presents itself so some team later might see that. If that’s on Smith, then it’s a terrible play. It fuels the school of thought that Smith often doesn’t read the defenses quickly enough to make plays downfield.

  145. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The bonehead call of the game by an announcer goes to Tim Ryan. He said Alex had Moss open for a TD on the play where VD dropped the ball. His call was accurate but VD has 4.38 speed and a step on the LB. If he catches the ball there is a good chance he has a TD too. With two big play options takng the safest option is not a bad thing. Does it even matter what option the QB picks if the ball is dropped?

  146. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That has always been the issue with Alex.
    He’s too quick to check down and doesn’t see the entire Field.
    Not sure what he’s doing but it’s PS, really doesn’t concern me much….Yet.

  147. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Problem is you don’t know what they were specifically told to work on. I am not happy none of our QBs went deep except JJ and the Moss drop. There were opportunities. Harbaugh is secretive. Maybe he wants to surprise Green Bay. I hope that is what it is because I believe if you see something take it. Harbaugh had Andrew Luck at Stanford and played conservatively. Most coaches would not do that. All I care is winning and he was 13-3 last year. I won’t question him now, but I see things I don’t fully understand.

  148. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    When it’s a 20 yard seam route as opposed to a 5 yard out route, yes Bergs.

  149. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t buy that. I know you work on certain things, but we’ve got the 5 yard out covered to death in motherf@#$ing spades. You have Moss open on the seam, get him the ball.

  150. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s shit like that that will get Moss pissed off and thus cranky.

  151. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- VD had a step and it would have been a big play. It would be boneheaded to not throw it to VD. I 100% think it was the correct decision. What if he throws to moss and he drops it or the pass is overthrown? Does everybody get mad because he had the safe pass underneath which was also potentialy a big play? If VD makes a clean catch there was no way that play isn’t bank.

  152. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t see the game yet Berger, simply agreeing with the sentiment that Alex has had a habit of checking down.
    I don’t get too torques over PS games anyway.
    It’s time to work on timing and get things on film.
    Most important to stay healthy.

  153. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Didn’t see the game yet Berger, simply agreeing with the sentiment that Alex has had a habit of checking down.
    I don’t get too torqued over PS games anyway.
    It’s time to work on timing and get things on film.
    Most important to stay healthy.

  154. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tried to stop and correct spelling –
    Took ’em both sorry….

  155. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- You and I will agree to disagree. It is first half. Play percentages. Both were going to be big plays. Smith made the correct read. BTW, either read was the correct read in my book. Difference is, Alex got hit hard often previouslyinthis game. It is pre season. Get the ball out quick and don’t get injured. I completely disagree with your he screwed up verdict.

  156. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I agree that you’re full of shit. The LB was blanketing VD on the play, Bergs. At best that was a 6 yard gain. He breaks the tackle, he gets 12. Moss is wide open down the seam for a score.

  157. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s early, it’s preseason, blah blah blah. I just don’t ever see Alex going downfield. It is beginning to worry me. All this talk of hitting shit in practice is even more curious. If it works in practice, try SOME of it for real. Otherwise why don’t they just run every f@#$ing play all game? Can’t tip anything off, now.
    .
    I wasn’t very impressed with the blocking either. I mean, 2 TEs and a FB and they can’t keep the pressure off is worrisome as well.
    .
    I know it’s early. This doesn’t matter. Execution worries me.

  158. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    “The LB was blanketing VD on the play.” Funniest line of the week. If VD catches the ball clean he is gone. What LB in the NFL stays with Vernon? He only looked like he was blanketed because of the bobble. The play was set up perfectly, VD dropped the ball. A good strategy in football is to clear th DBs deep to open the underneath. I know you do not understand this strategy. The play was of good design. I saw VD as primary read with Moss as secondary. The safety was showing deep help. The pre snap read was VD one on one with a LB. Tim Ryan blew this call.
     
    One other thing you are not thinking of, because Alex threw short the safety came off of Moss. Tim Ryan was a DE. He is not a passing game expert. I would need to see coaches film to see the timing of when the safety bit and when the throw was made. To definitely say Moss was open before the throw was made is naive without proper evaluation tools. Go ahead and shoot from the hip. You are the best at that. I’m going to bed. I can laugh at your comments in the morning.

  159. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    None of the QBs looked good, but only one looked bad, Tolzien. He was throwing off of his back foot. That will cause the ball to sail and that is what was happening to him. The good news is that is usually an easy fix.

  160. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We spread many of the formations but not nearly as much as last week. This week featured more sardine can formations. It is my opinion that these formations make pass protection more difficult.

  161. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our first team defense did fairly well if you consider how much time Schaub had to throw. Skeebs predicted a weak pass rush because of not having Brooks and Aldon. Their absence was obvious.

  162. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    All in all, the lowest marks go to the offensive game plan, or lack there of. I think everybody here knows I hate bunched formations as a base offense. I call it the Sardine Can Offense(SCO), because the formations are so tight they fit in a can of sardines which allows the defense to more easily disguise any play they want to call. I like spreading the the defense out with formations so they have to declare their intentions. It allows for easier pre snap reads.

  163. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    They showed the downfield coverage, skippy. Moss drove the CB toward the sideline for 2 steps and cut to the post. There was no one between he and the end zone. The safety may have come over to make a play, but that would have been after 25 yards. The safety was on the other side of the field. The LB was in VD’s back pocket. The area may have been cleared out underneath, but the LB was on him like a blanket. 6 yard gain. Christ. What planet do you live on?
    .
    Try using your eyes instead of coming up with this convoluted bullshit to prove your erroneous observation.

  164. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The feed I’m watching now (on NFL Network) is different than the local one last night. They showed the view from behind Smith. The FS playing on the left half of the field. Moss was free and clear. VD had the LB a step away.

  165. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- One more time since you are not understanding how a football play is designed. I didn’t see the coverage, from seeing half of it I’d say it was cover two. Cover two has safety help. Moss ran a seem with cover two. The safety usually reads the QBs eyes and will often react way before the ball is thrown. The play looks like the design was to get as many players away from the left as possible. It was a clear out for VD. VD had a step, the LB was not blanketing him. You can stick to that story if you like. With 4.38 speed a step is all VD needs against a LB. The play was presented as it was designed. Even if Moss came open the first read was there for big yardage. Also, Smith was getting hit early, take the quick throw that was open. Wait for another half second to hit Moss and the QB could be eating grass. I have no problem with the decision on the play. If VD makes a clean catch he has 20 yards, or more.

  166. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing before I move on about this play. I don’t have a problem with the decision that was made and I would not have a problem with going deep to Moss. The designed play was open. It was actually one of our best designed plays of the night. Unfortunately the execution was reminiscent of my biggest concern of the game, a lot of drops by all the receivers.

  167. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I liked how AJ Jenkins was getting open. He was great at that in college.

  168. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think Baktiari(sp) is making himself hard to get rid of.

  169. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bakhtiari was the extent of our pass rush last night with Brooks and Aldon out. Haralson did as much as he has the last three years: squat.

    I’d keep Bakhtiari and cut Haralson. Look to the waiver wire for a 4th possibility. Keep Cam Johnson and Kourtnei Brown on the PS. Both have physical skills but need a year of practice before they maybe understand what is going on.

  170. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You didn’t see the coverage, dipstick. I did. Duh! Yeah, I think we should use Moss as a deke. Especially when he gets open on post routes to clear out a 6 yard gain. That’s winning football? You make Mike Singletary look like Don Coryell.
    .
    The FS was covering deep right (from Smith’s view). The SS was in tight. That’s my point, skippy. The play was in front of Smith. Behind the corner there was emptiness. Throw the 15 yard post and it’s a TD. Even if VD catches it, he has a 6 yard gain. Or maybe he breaks a tackle ad gets more, but I’d prefer the long TD.

  171. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy I’m with your assessment on Bakhtiari as well.
    High motor guy and doesn’t get out of position much in the little I’ve seen of him.
    Parys isn’t automatic for me either.
    See how it shakes out.
     
    Problem with the Jacobs injury is whether we’ll have to tie up a spot for Dixon on the 53 now?
    He’s gone otherwise IMO.
    Can’t get a yard? See ya later.
    Maybe we survive with Rock and Bruce in the meantime?
    Should be an interesting Week 3 of PS.
    If Dixon sees a ton of work in the next 2 games I’d guess he’s gonna be cut.

  172. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hoss Cartwright looked good last week. Hou’s a much better D though. Still and all, they run game looks solid.
    .
    Now, about that passing game.

  173. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m done with talking about the pre-season play in a pre-season game that has you all worried about the season. But I have to laugh at your exaggerations. 15 yard post?LMAO 6 yard gain?LMAO I saw the coverage but couldn’t tell what defense was called. I should have explained that better. From looking at half the field it looked like cover two. This would dictate the pre-snap read. We all saw how the coverage rolled Master Skippy. Since you saw it, what defense were they in?

  174. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I would still cut Dixon unless someone goes down for the whole season.

    We can get by a few weeks with Gore, Hunter, Cartwright and Miller at RB. Remember in a pinch Tukuafu can play FB as could Sopoaga. Hell, Dobbs probably could too, as he does everything else. Double hell: line up Kappy at RB in the same backfield as Alex and watch the Packers’ DC squirm.

  175. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We can explain our lack of pass rush with our two OLBs not playing. What I cannot explain is our lack of decent WRs. The Texans receivers were jumping high, reaching out, reaching back and splitting double coverage. Meanwhile, our receivers were giving classes on how to drop easy catches. The thing that was painfully obvious is they had much better receivers.

  176. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Sir, somewhere among that group we should be able to find someone to convert a 4th and 1.

  177. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    They also took more liberties I thought too Berger.
    Throwing to a spot and letting the WR go after it.
    We haven’t shown that kind of abandon to anyone, I hope we have it in the arsenal.
    Mostly looked like a short yardage clinic for us.

  178. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Almost seemed to me they wanted to show the heavy run formations and throw for 1st downs.
    Something we need to work on anyway.

  179. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s ALL you are talking about, Bergs.
    .
    Gawd, get a clue. You aren’t concerned about the plays, but in the next post you are concerned with the plays. Got it, skippy.
    .
    Quite the tap dancer.
    .
    I’ve been saying since Feb that want to see the WRs more involved. We supposedly have better guys. Of course Crabs gets his 4 yard out. Moss? 6 yard out. Did we throw a slant? No. Deep out? One to Ginn on a scramble. Deep crossing route? No. Seam route to VD? No. Nothing. Deep route. Sure but that was in the 3rd with AJ. They appear to be taking NO chances with Alex. I don’t know why. The blocking wasn’t all that good, but still, you HAVE to throw downfield to keep defenses honest. Otherwise we’ll be right back to the 8-9 in the box and minimal gains on 1st down.

  180. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Moss dropped the one good opportunity on the back shoulder fade.
    .
    Call me frustrated. There’s not tipping your hand and then there’s not really having it. I don;t know. They talk in practice how crisp the deep passes are, and how shit is clicking like mad. Game day, and they stagger around and do relatively little.

  181. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I gotta believe this is just vanilla conditioning-type stuff?
    Get some reps, get some film, hit the other guys.
    It’s PS after all.
    Doesn’t matter 1 stitch.
    The concern is getting the contact without getting injured.
    We aren’t having much luck there, but…
    In comparison to Levi and Vincent Brown however, we’re fortunate.
     
    Alex did step up and take responsibility for some hits too.
    Finally realizing a quicker decision saves wear and tear and lost yardage I hope.
    That’s what you want from PS, reps and timing to improve.

  182. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I get that, but I can’t count how many time I’ve heard in preseason how well things are going, how crisp and efficient the offense looks, and how Alex is hitting deep passes at will.
    .
    Come game day, we get 4 yard outs and Smith getting drilled. I know it doesn’t mean anything. I was telling my son as much. He was getting bent about shit as well. Like I said, color me frustrated with the offense.
    .
    The D doesn’t worry me at this point. The injuries do as well. Though it could have been worse.

  183. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Brandon Jacobs just tweeted, “Yeeeeaaaa” so I think we can presume his MRI was negative and he’ll be back soon.

  184. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Or maybe he’s in pain. . .

  185. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hope so Skeebs.
    Chuck there’s only so much Camp stuff they can do against each other I guess?
    Once the other Team gets involved your ticker gets a little quicker and things unravel some I’d suspect.
    Week 3 is the usual ‘dress rehearsal’ game.
    See how we look there.
    I’d still take it with a grain of salt, because no one wants to expose anything critical to the film crews.

  186. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, even still, look at Hou. They threw the ball all over the field. Are they afraid of giving stuff away? No. Another way to look at it is their approach is to practice what they will do during the regular season. Uncanny.
    .
    There’s WAY too much made of this hiding your real shit from the camera crews mentality.

  187. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think it’s the way Harbaugh does business Chuck, just my opinion.
    See how it goes.
    I think we possess as good a Team as Houston does.
    Granted, we don’t have Andre Johnson but our D and ground attack are just as solid.
    Harbaugh flipped out over the officiating too.
    Could it have impacted his plans?
    We’ll never know, we just watch and speculate.

  188. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Houston also took advantage of longer playing time with their starters against our 2s.

  189. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Andre vs TBrock and Robinson was a lay up.
    Schaub and a chuck and pluck.

  190. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping Alex and Randy can work some of that into their game too.

  191. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The problem I have with playing close to the vest is getting little real-time results to what you are trying to do. The back shoulder fade was nice in that it is something they HAVE to do a lot of down in the red zone. Same with the Pass to Swett Brain the 1st week.

  192. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not fretting over what I see in preseason. We had mostly spread formations vs Minn. This week we played last year’s #2 D and Harbaugh probably wanted to see some stuff that the fans don’t care for. We were in many more WCO and bunch formations this week. Who are we? What ind of offense is this? I don’t know yet, but I’m sure we didn’t go after all the speed on offense this year to run the ball up the middle.

  193. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can of Snakes guys.
    Put it all in the can and spring it on GB.

  194. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    IIRC, didn’t Smith have about a 25 yd completion to Ginn? Does that count as more than a 5 yd out?

  195. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I do agree with unca that I’d like to see a bit more aggressiveness from the offense, but then what does that matter to Harbaugh.

  196. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t disagree at all Berger, just speculating that maybe Harbaugh is ultra-secretive about exposing anything?
    Who really knows at this point.
    Stuff I’ve read suggests Houston players claim we showed up to play.
    I think we’re more about getting the running game warmed up right now.
    We’ll be fine, I get the point you guys are making.

  197. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Defense, special teams, and Frank.
    Bank on it.

  198. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Any way you slice it the passing game is almost exclusively in the 10 to 12 yd box, the notion that we are somehow fooling other teams by almost never throwing 20 yds is strange. Any team will quickly adapt to what you are doing if their personnel allows them to, so why not practice the vanilla 20 yd stuff against somebody else’s defense. What’s to lose, a pre season game?

    I don’t see the downside. Which makes me think that what we are seeing, although admitidly vanilla, is what we will be getting when the lights go on.

  199. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping for an aerial assault on GB week 1 myself.
    Heavy formation, D loads the box, bombs away.
    Just to make it interesting.
    With the speed we possess, throw a few up there and see who can track them down.
    Everyone expects us to run, run, & run some more.
    Change it up when they don’t expect it.

  200. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t see a conservative game against Rodgers & Co on opening day in warm weather.
    I’m expecting a Track Meet.

  201. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think so NJ. My guess is run heavy till they show they can stop it with a sprinkling of spread to keep it honest. 1 throw of over 20 yds per half is the standard quota.

  202. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A Fan can dream can’t he?
    We get down early, the passing game better be ready to roll.
    All for keeping Aaron and the Offense watching from the bench but nice weather in their yard would suggest they go for the jugular to force us off the running game.
    Looking forward to it nonetheless.

  203. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My plan would be to gain the upper hand early and grab the lead.
    We know we can run.
    We don’t know if we can win a shoot out unless we take a shot or two early and loosen things up.
    I favor our speed over theirs.
    Can’t wait for the Season to open.

  204. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    im with you on the game plan, throw early and often and run it down their throats to keep Rogers on the bench for the win. I just don’t see Harbaugh doing that.

  205. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to figure what Harbaugh has in mind for year 2.
    We add Randy and Mario and LMJ.
    Be nice to open with a wrinkle or 2.

  206. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Preaching to the converted over here.

    Alex looked jumpy again to me. Vikings didn’t really get pressure and he looked in control, even good body language. Texans got pressure and he lost confidence in the pocket leaving early and into trouble. Still threw reasonably well but skittish I thought.

  207. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed 12th, he’s always been skittish.
    He admitted to taking some hits he shouldn’t have too.
    OL not looking too bad to me, Alex is still guilty of checking down too quickly.
    I can forgive it in PS games with new guys etc.
    Hoping he’s the ‘Expert’ Harbaugh considers him to be.
    Need all his guys to catch up with him and think as one.

  208. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I think we are seeing the same thing NJ but his accuracy is improved and just maybe he has grown into the job enough this year.

    LMJ had some moves, Hunter looks ready for a starting role if Frank goes down. I liked Cartwright last week and Jacobs too. Dixon looks dome to me. Neither injury sounds too serious.

    AJ got separation which was good to see, OLine missed a couple but otherwise looked good.

    Smith drew the double team a bit and the rest of the front 7 more or less held their own. DB’s still giving up chunks of yards but get better from the 30 yd line where they get help from the LB’s on the short field. D will be better with all the starters too.

    Uninspiring is the word that sums it up for me though. Hope its just pre season crap.

  209. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Alex was getting hammered pretty good out there. Whatever happened to the quick slant, dump off swing pass, or screen? I figured we would toss some of that into the mix since they were comming hard and heavy. i didn’t like the play calling at all.

  210. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just got back from Eric Johnson show. The guy is amazing.

  211. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    winder- I agree.

  212. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I repeat, the difference in the game was they got pressure on our QBs, we did not get much pressure on theirs.

  213. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, Eric Clapton Crossroads 2, Eyesight to the Blind/Why does Love got to be so sad.
    Amazing jam.
    Do you own the CD?
    If you don’t, you should.

  214. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m with you 12th, we are ready for some real games as Fans.
    Problem is, it’s still vanilla PS squadoosh.

  215. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- What year? I’ve got 3 Crossroads DVDs. Is that the one with Dereck Trucks?

  216. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s an oldy Berger, late 80s? 4 CD Box Set. I’ll look for a link.

  217. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The DVDs are the actual Concerts he does for his Charity –
    This 4 CD Set is killer.
    The First set was out in the 80s, also 4 CDs.
    ’24 Nights’ is Outstanding too.

  218. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    DVDs are the Crossroads Guitar Festivals he sponsors.
    Excellent in their own right.

  219. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Last I saw, Clapton is doing the 2013 Crossroads Festival at Madsion Sq Garden in NYC.
    I’ll be doing my best to attend.
    Probably gonna be a $300 ticket though.

  220. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The guitar on the cover of Crossroads 2 is EC’s famous
    ‘Blackie’ strat.

  221. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In 2004, Blackie was sold for $959,500 at a Christie’s auction to support the Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centre founded by Clapton. The final bid was cast by the United States nationwide music equipment chain Guitar Center, causing Clapton’s guitar to set the record as the world’s most expensive guitar.
    In 2006, another Stratocaster—signed by a large group of celebrities, including Clapton—was auctioned to benefit the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami, selling for $US2.6 million, surpassing Blackie’s record.

  222. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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