The Crying Game

NY Giants head coach Tom Coughlin mentioned after Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers that he thought his team was in control of the game and he was shocked that they lost. After pouring over the tape of the game, the Outsider staff was unable to locate any point in the game that would qualify as the Giants being in control.

They had a brief three point lead in the first quarter — was this the moment of which he bespaketh? They entered the fourth quarter with a one point lead — perhaps this was considered a controlling moment? And a moment was all it was as that miniscule lead vanished quickly into a fourteen point deficit, which then required the Giants to score two touchdowns, survive three fourth down game ender plays, and win in overtime. Such a strategy of “control” surely should be questioned.

There is another interpretation available, Coach Coughlin. You was whupped, you whiny, East Coast wannabe.

This inability to credit the 49ers, rather than blame the mysterious confusion of the cosmos, is a long running NFL trend. Supposedly tough guy coaches like Coughlin and, in the past, Bill Parcells and Mike Ditka, just can’t stand to have their butts delivered to them by a West Coast vendor. Specifically the 49ers. The old 49ers won through finesse. This year’s version wins with trickery, which is a form of manhood robbery.

Oh, stick it, you cry babies. Coughlin even whinnied that they had more injuries than the 49ers. Gadzooks! You came to town with a game plan geared solely to stop our star running back, and that back was injured and on the bench the entire second half! And you still lost!

The heart of the matter is the concept of “intelligence.” Bill Walsh, and now Jim Harbaugh, are more intelligent, football speakingly, than guys like Ditka, Coughlin, and Parcells. It killed them to be out-thought, out-maneuvered, out-played. It killed them even more because everybody knew it — they was dumb and we was smart. It’s a Bluto thing. Ask Oyle.

The 49er offensive line, which has received almost no mention the past month, which is to say they are performing excellently, especially RT Anthony Davis, who has gone from a house hold growl to invisible, clearly won the battle of the trenches against the Giants. The Giants D-line is acknowledged to be the strength of their team. It’s awesome. But it was whipped. If the teams meet again, it will be whipped even worse. It’s going to be whipped for the next five years.

Just when the Giants thought they could match up with Green Bay, because they matched up with New England, they found out they were out-matched against the 49ers. Thunk. Season over. Good bye, Blue Men.

The 49ers have now derailed the dreams of four playoff hopeful teams this year: Detroit, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, and now the Giants.

Sunday’s game was a departure from the 49er run-first script this year. It almost seems like Harbaugh took the slights against his QB harder than the QB himself took them and decided to stuff his QB down the Giants’ throats. That may or may not have been the wisest strategy, but it was clearly an “I believe in you” statement from coach to player to team. And that kind of faith goes over big in a locker room.

Over in the other locker room, it was just “sniffle, sniffle, waaah, waaah!” Coach to players to team. Sheesh. Here’s a hankie, fellas. Run on home to Rexville and try to keep up.

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47 comments on “The Crying Game
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are now in sole position of 2nd place in nfl power rankings….

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NY Giants are a bunch of sore losers. But, we are getting some good press from the media back there. Not sure who I would want to see again (dallass or the Giants) but we will probably see one of them.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Or the Saints.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You up early or out late, Winder?

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    imo we’ll beat baltimore !

    i’m going to one up SKEEBERS
    my new half-way season prediction is we go

    14-2 !

  6. grumpy guyNo Gravatar says:

    Greetings from Maryland… looks like i missed a hell of a game. Looking forward to firing up the DVR when I get back.
    8-1 now. Unbelievable.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are opening as a 10 point favorite this weekend against the Cards.
    I can’t remember the last time we were a double digit favorite over anyone. Outhouse to penthouse, noving on up!

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    GRUMPY !
    the game was awesome ! NY did what they do … and we still won ! great game !

    ” I can’t remember the last time we were a double digit favorite over anyone ”

    imo … get used to it !

  9. robNo Gravatar says:

    the best part of all is …
    we’re only going to keep getting better !

  10. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Did NoFear’s antenna melt? He hasn’t been here since, since, well . . . since the winning streak started . . .

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not hard to do the math. NoFear = Smith Haters President = Out of Business. Didn’t leave himself any exit strategy. Went all in. Bust. Maybe on the Miami blogs now. So long, Big Guy. We’ll miss you.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, there’s our guy. Thought we’d lost you. Getting harder and harder to squeeze a comment out you these days.

  13. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pure unadulterated bullshit, NoFear. But hey, welcome back.
    About 3 years ago I brought up the fact that no one yet had given Smith an offense he was familiar in playing. You pooh-poohed it as heresy that a coach would alter his coaching style to fit his QB. I said, well, that’s exactly how Walsh and Montana worked it.
    If you think this offense is dumbed down, well, go on hating. Watch a couple Denver games. Much like your hatred of Steve Young, your dogging Smith is petulant and childish. All the rest of the world sees the differences as part of the coaching he got. Hie improvement actually started with the removal of Jimmy-Hat Raye. He’s 13-3 as a starter with Jimmy gone. 23 TDs vs 7 picks. Improvement? You make the call.
    And, really. You HAVE slowed WAY down during this winning streak. Coincidence? I think not, sir. I’d say if the Niners were 2-7, you’d be writing like a madman.

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Funny, NoFear. When they are losing, it’s ‘coach killer’s’ foult. When they win, it’s a team effort.
    How myopic of you.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- But you enjoyed pointing out Smith’s faults more than anything else you wrote about. I am actually OK with that except that you denied your dislike for him. Actually, I’m even more OK with that because it is fun to razz you about it.
    You did make some astute observations. He has had more chances than most. I believe that is because he has always shown spots of brilliance, and most could see how bad our coaching has been for the previous 7 years.
    Another good observation is the play calling is so much improved. Our play calling/game plan in the past has been such that one mistake kills the team. News flash: All QBs make mistakes.
    The rest of the team is being celebrated, especially the O and D lines. But, us that recognized the bad coaching and chose not to trash our QB have taken so much ridicule over the past few years it is our time now. You can play along for a few months, right? You’ve already made it through one month. Who knows, maybe Alex will fall apart and you and Del can be happy. Then you guys can gloat again! In the mean time, try to enjoy a few wins with our good QB.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:


    all bullshit aside …

    how does it feel to be 8-1 !!!


  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, welome back NoFear!

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It seems as though the apocrypha spewed by the self proclaimed football experts that centered around hating Alex Smith is being rejected now that they have proven to be frauds. What path were they tying to lead us down, that we should listen to their expertize, complete with statistical analyzations.

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    just got off the phone to berger
    he said in his best phone voice …
    hell-o we’re not here to take your call right now , please leave your message after the tone
    got me some fresh squeezed OJ and pink grapefruit juice and vodka !
    awesome !
    the best part of this thing is that we’re just going to get better ! after missing the whole offseason , the 0-line keeps coming around , ! we finally have our top two WR’s in there so alex and edwards and crabs will be able to get on the same page !
    throw in vernon davis and more of hunter in the passing game and
    WOW !

    i say we beat the ravens in baltimore and go 14-2 !

  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    btw , nothing beats freshly picked oranges and pink grapefruits

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Watch out for Farmer Jones and his shotgun

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would worry more about R. Lee Ermey if I was eating a watermelon. He really doesn’t like watermelons.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- There is talk heating up about Alex signing a new multi year contract. How do you feel about that?

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Geez Guys, let’s recognize that this Team is a direct reflection of Harbaugh. Blue Collar, take no prisoners, tough guys.
    What I can see coming is more and more attention being paid to WRs and passing game in general. Clinch the Division and get Kaep some starting reps.
    I spent Sunday with 4 of my NYG Buddies and had to take shots each time we settled for 3 pts. Needless to say, between the Akers fueled Vanilla Vodka shots and numerous beers in celebration of a masterfully called game, I’m gonna watch the NFL Replay again to absorb all the details I might have overlooked in the original live action on Sunday.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The real beauty in this 8-1 run is that no one feels we’re for real.
    Gotta love it.
    Let them all keep thinking we’re invisible and, we’ll hit them in the teeth when Playoff time arrives.
    We need more work in the Secondary, which is where the high powered Offenses will take shots to force us away from the Run.
    Conversely, we’ll need some quick strike capability to ensure that we can play ball control at our convenience. I’d expect a continued effort to throw until we get timing established and pick up the tempo for the stretch run.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Your boy Anthony Davis is sure playing well!

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I’ve been spinning Peter Frampton’s “Fingerprints” for a month and a half now. Thank you!

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Some names for Jr GM. Sanu/WR, Barron/S, Winn/DT, Still/DT-DE, DeCastro/OG and the CB from Nebraska. All possible 1st round picks. I have a couple more but don’t think they’ll fall, like Kuechly/LB. I need to find out more about Toon/WR.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anthony has the ‘Mean Streak’ I like Berger. His technique is looking much better over the past several weeks. He’s keeping his butt down and not ‘reaching’ as often.
    Frampton is a keeper, good stuff.
    No problem at all, glad you like it.
    As Jr GM duties go, I’m too busy enjoying the Wins right now, really haven’t scoured the landscape.
    Sanu has a great attitude and always seems to battle for catches. I’d take him but, would prefer a CB/FS or OLB 1st.
    One guy I’ve enjoyed watching is Upshaw from ‘Bama, he’s been getting 1st round grades and could be a guy to replace Parys, not sure we’d go that high on him either.
    I’ll get more involved with the GM stuff after we shock the NFL in the Playoffs. Can’t get myself distracted now, we’ve waited WAY too long for this kind of Season to unfold.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also don’t think we’ll be looking at DeCastro or any other OLmen for that matter.
    Assuming we’ll be Drafting at the end of the Round will change the way I’ve gotten used to looking for additional Draft pieces also. Gotta get our hands on a Troy Palamalu-type FS if there’s one out there.
    Can’t ignore speed down the middle. We already have Willis and Bowman, put some speed and coverage skills behind them.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho our secondary is better than most from top to bottom !
    think rogers ,goldson , reggie smith , whitner , brown , culliver , spencer and williams !
    if we lose one d-lineman to injury we might struggle so …i say we go d-line next time

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think the CB you’re thinking of is Dennard. We’ll see how he stacks up down the road.
    We could look at stealing DE JCrick from Nebraska too. I think Bullit and I agree, he’s an injury guy that could slide and, he’s a high motor guy like Justin Smith.
    I’m hoping to see how Ian Williams is developing for us too. I’m always open to adding a disruptive NT to the mix.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I looked up “jock-hanger” to see what NoFear was accusing me of and it took me to a porn site. Hmmm. Not sure what to say here.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Naturally, Skeebette walked by just as the site appeared on my screen and asked WTF I was doing. I told her I was looking up the WOTD. She said that was the lamest excuse she’d ever heard. I showed her NoFear’s comment to prove I wasn’t lying. She said WTF is he talking about. I said it’s NoSpeak. She said no kidding. I said no more. She said no problemo.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- The safety you seek is Mark Barron. I’m thinking Upshaw will be long gone when we pick. For me, the two I like that will probably be there are Barron/S and Winn/DT. If they are gone I like Sanu but only after I see his 40 time at the combine.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The opuscule I’ve done on the draft is smaller compared to past years. I’m going by more of what I am reading than seeing so I could be more off ths year than past ones.

  37. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Along the lines of coaches adpting to players rather than vice versa, take a look at what John Fox says about Tim Tebow:
    “Do whatever the hell it takes,” he laughed. “I mean, what the hell? You don’t get points for style in this league. Let me tell you something: My man is really good in this offense. You know what I mean?”
    “If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.”

  38. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Jock-hanger? Don’t think I want to know . . . Skeebs, looks like NoFear has a loooot of time on his, uh, hands up there in the north woods . . .

  39. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Back in Saragosa we used to put lights on our jock-hangers, worked great for cave climbing.

    Skeebs – Rarely stay out late. I wake up with the animals they are truly a needy bunch.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    From Frank Gore:

    “(Nolan) just wanted us to stay in the game instead of saying, Let’s go attack them and see what we can do,” Gore said. “It ain’t about them, it’s about us — that’s the attitude you have to have. Coach Harbaugh? That’s how he and his coaches are. Look at his swag. I love it.”

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger a simple summary I read recently about Sanu was, ‘he is Kenny Britt without the baggage’. Pretty much how I saw him too. I call both guys ‘Aggressive’ at the point of attack. Sanu might be very similar to Braylon. Good leaper, not afraid to play in traffic and pretty reliable hands. Big problem for him is the Offense Rutgers plays. He would be a welcome addition but, I doubt we’d spend a 1st pick on him.
    I’m also thinking that Culliver could be moved to FS if we have a shot at another desirable CB.
    DT Crick is a 5Technique guy which would certainly work for us also.
    We’ll attack the GM shopping list with more vigor in due time.
    We have a Championship Run in front of us to attend to.

  42. bigjon49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to get a T-shirt made with the words “PAIN AND SUFFERING” on it with the numbers 52&53 below. Do you think it will catch on?

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I like it!

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I was watching Krick last year and was unimpressed. Is he doing better this year? I’ll try to catch him in a game since you are high on him. From reading around, the DE/DT from Boise St., Billy Winn sounds like the guy to be targeting. It is early.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winn looks good too Berger. I see Crick as a solid rotation guy. High motor like Justin.
    I’ll get further into my research as Bowl games and Draft info starts to become more complete.
    I believe Crick is on the shelf for the Season with an injury anyway. He was given high marks prior to getting hurt so he’s likely going to slide down the Board. As we go right now, we’re looking at Drafting high 20s anyway. Almost like starting in the 2nd Rd.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Crick is a DE. He’s credited with 19 sacks. I don’t know how he stands up to the run however.
    Our guy Ian Williams may already be in line for some interior duties? Not sure how Harbaugh and Fangio have him slotted?
    I’m still looking for the Secondary upgrades early. A good CB is always on the radar.
    Culliver has good speed and has some Safety experience already so, who knows?
    Looks to me like Baalke has a pretty keen eye and a vision for the future. We can’t fault his plans so far, he’s getting production from his Draft Class already.

  47. 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 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 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