The Cyclone

Got back late Tuesday night from Steeler country and have not had a chance to catch up on the Rams debacle. I did not have an opportunity to see the game, but am sure I will soon be edified by reading through the remarks of our fine blognoscenti.

In the meantime, I’m taking a personal moment to honor a fine gentleman. At the end of WWII, there were approximately 116,000 POW’s freed from incarceration. Today, there are only about 6,000 of them still alive. My Dad is one of them.

He was shot down over Germany on a bombing run and as he floated to earth I guess you could say my existence was hanging by the threads of his parachute. When he hit the ground, he was surrounding by a throng of pitchfork wielding locals. Luckily, he managed to elude them and was later captured by German troops and tossed into Stalag Luft III, about a week after The Great Escape took place. That camp was not nearly as hospitable as is depicted in the movie. It was brutally cold and food was scarce. He weighed 195 when he enlisted and, after fifteen months as a POW and the long march to the French evac camps, he came back home an emaciated 130.

A few years back, a local paper wanted to interview him for a story on WWII heroes, but he turned them down, saying the real heroes were the ones who never came home.

He’s a tough old guy and he and I have butted heads many times over the years. I like to think it’s made us both stronger and broader, but I could be FOS. I do know we’ve come to respect each other over the years, which is all any father and son should hope to achieve.

So, happy 90th birthday to my old man — The Cyclone.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So I imagine your absence and trip was to celebrate his 90th
    Bday. Happy 90th Bday Senior Skeebs.
    I am sure your trip was fulfilling and rewarding.
    Welcome back to a chaotic season.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Bullit. It was.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- Attending your fathers birthday party had to be better than watching some 49er play calling that reminded everybody of the Jimmy Raye days. The difference between now and before now is with a new QB the Alex haters are starting to notice the play calling instead of blaming the QB. They are now claiming to have always noticed. LOL!

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Kaep may or may not give us a better chance to win, but at least he gives more bloggers the ability to rationally observe a game.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Well said.

  6. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats to your Pops Skeebs. Those guys are a rare breed.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, 12th. He would agree with you.

  8. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    My Dad was over there at the end of WWII, he stayed after in the army of occupation. Never did say much about his time there though. We owe a lot to the price they paid.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Cards just cut Todd Heap and are thinking about starting their 4th different QB this year in Max Hall.
    Whisenhunt is track to get canned and Kolb might be cut loose depending on who Ariz hires as coach.
    Cards have lost 8 in a row and Fitzgerald who some see as one of the best WRs has been a non factor.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco has listed next year’s Niner draft inventory

    49ers 2013 picks
    1. First round: Own pick
    2. Second round: Own pick
    3. Third round: Own pick
    4. Third round: From Carolina in trade-back during 2012 draft
    5. Third round: Likely compensatory selection
    6. Fourth round: Own pick
    7. Fifth round: Own pick
    8. Fifth round: From Indianapolis in trade-back during 2012 draft
    9. Sixth round: Own pick
    10. Sixth round: From Miami in trade-back during 2012 draft
    11. Seventh round: Own pick
    12. Seventh round: From Cincinnati for Taylor Mays
    13. Seventh round: Likely compensatory selection
    14. Seventh round: Likely compensatory selection

    Niners need to bundle them and move up in the first 2 rounds as they are in a postion needing quality over quantity.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I thought war stories were verboten. Good on yer dad, though. 90 is no mean feat. Congrats to him and his sacrifice.
    Anyhow, I didn’t realize we had this many choices. It’s all bee said before. Need to draft for D line depth. Safety depth. O line help (C), and maybe a WR or 2.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sadly the great Dave Brubeck passed away today. He was 91.
    Take Five will always be a timeless classic. RIP DB

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahag sports radio station is mocking Harbaugh. Not very flattering

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Until Petey actually wins a game against us, they should probably be keeping their mouths shut.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, it was three consecutive days of war stories that I tried to re-direct back to football, Chuck. You must have read NoFear’s carefully truncated interpretation. You should know by now that he never tells the whole truth – that would weaken his distorted presentations.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Seahawks CB Brandon Browner suspended four games without pay, effective immediately.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Their 3rd DB suspended? Crazy.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No, Chuck. The first of the two that were facing suspensions. His appeal was turned down.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    ahhhhhh . . . nevermind

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Some folks at Cal are messing with wikipedia.
    Check out Hue Jackson’s bio.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Pete Carroll is making a fatal mistake trying to appeal Richard Sherman taking Adderall because all appeals have been denied by the NFL in similar cases. It’s open and shut..
    The suspension is for 4 games.
    If Sherman plays this Sunday that forces him to miss their first playoff game (if they make it) which would be a brain fart of epic proportions.

  22. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    E.J. Manuel from Florida State with one of the thirds. Great future backup QB who doesn’t think he’s the backup.
    Trent Richarson with the other ones. Get him and the Niner offense grows immensively overnight.
    Gonna have to give up a lot of picks.

  23. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    TR is on the Browns.
    Welcome home, Skeebers.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs belated Birthday wishes to your Dad.
    They don’t make ’em like that anymore.
    Quite the feat to see 90.
    Hope this finds him in good health as well.
    Welcome back.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    How about a kicker with one of the 3rds?

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Best case scenario for us as it pertains to Seattle is Sherman’s appeal turned aside.
    As stated, if 4 games holds up after the appeal, it could impact any 1st Rd Playoff game they hope to participate in.
    Perhaps the thinking is to lose Browner now just in case?

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t think a K would go that high Berger but, we really can’t fit 14 guys on the Roster either.
    I’d buy Maiocco’s scenario.
    Use additional Picks to target specific needs and try to move up if possible.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    1st- NT
    2nd- DE or DB or C
    3rd- Get a kicker with one of them and go crazy!

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Move up for a kicker!

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just kidding but you get the idea, I want a kicker!

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, et al, if you’re looking for some new music to enjoy, I’d highly recommend Indigenous, featuring Mato Nanji.
    An enjoyable listen.
    I also give my endorsement to the new Zeppelin, (Celebration Day) and Walter Trout, (Blues for the Modern Daze).
    Zep stuff is Live, performed for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegan in London 2007.
    All good stuff.

  32. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    E.J. Manuel and Joseph Richardson. Then pick the rest.
    I want to light it up, especially after watching RG III in the Pistol.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The second most accurate kicker this year in the NFL is Justin Tucker who happens to be a rookie from Texas. At UT he was reliable and dependable but nothing that special. He won a couple of games with clutch kicks. Ravens signed him as an undrafted free agent.
    I thought Henery was special but he has struggled for Philly and Crosby has missed a lot of kicks for the Pack. Slumps seem to be common.
    Akers get touchbacks on his kickoffs and that is a requirement for any new kicker.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger we had the K from Cal on the Roster this year.
    Giorgio Tavecchio.
    He kicked during the PreSeason too.
    Perhaps he’s still on the radar?

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tavon Austin from WVU would be a nice weapon for us too RT.
    Returns kicks, punts and plays well at WR.
    Little dude, similar to LMJ, hard to know whether we’d need 2 smaller burners like that but????
    Speed kills.

  36. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Joseph Randle. LOL

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Austin had over 1200 yds as a WR with 12 TDs this year.
    Kid is quick too.
    He earned the Big East’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2011 by averaging a gaudy 14.1 yards per punt return (tops in Big East, sixth nationally) and 26.6 yards per kickoff (including returning two for scores in 2011, three for his career).
    Have to figure Ginn is gone after this Season?

  38. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Randle said his biggest goal this year is to graduate.
    I’m one who will never fault that.
    But if it’s a ploy by his agent, I want to be there first.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    2 OLB I like are Chase Thomas from Stanford and Khaseem Greene from Rutgers.
    Greene actually played at S before Schiano moved him to LB.
    He’s got great hands and would be a nice addition on passing downs IMO.
    Tackles well but, is a little short.
    Thomas has some good looking Sack numbers and is a taller.
    I think Baalke would be shopping for some depth this April and guys that can be utilized right away on ST.
    We don’t necessarily need immediate impact Starters as is evidenced by AJ and LMJ this year.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I would target DT and CB high.
    Can’t predict whether Baalke has his answer for Goodwins’ replacement on the Roster right now either.
    Can Looney or Kilgore be the answer?
    If not, I’m onboard for Barrett Jones from ‘Bama.
    My strategy to compliment Aldon at this point is still David Bass.
    I’d look for him in the Mid Rd area and let him play situational pass rusher while he develops.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The other day I said there was a DT at Stanford that kept caching my eye. I tried to look up his name and couldn’t find him. Now I know why, he a LB. Chase Thomas. The guy is really good. And tall.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not targeting a pass rushing OLB but it never bothers me to pick one. You can never have enough of them.

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    USC has a top notch center that can be had in Rd #2.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke will get it right.
    Can’t question his genius to this point.
    Our FO is holding it’s own with the Cap mgt and personnel moves to date.
    If Alex becomes expendible, his Contract has been worked with the future in mind.
    Be nice to have some Picks offered for his services in March.
    In return, Alex would get another $1Mil paid as a Roster Bonus.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This Draft class has good depth at DL and CB this year.
    I’ve never seen him play but, the CB from UCONN, Blidi Wreh-Wilson has some excellent stats.
    Want to see if he’s a Combine invite to see him move.
    He’s listed at 6’2″ 190 4.42
    Xavier Rhodes from FSU is another big CB worth looking at too.

  46. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Who said Janoris Jenkins as a shutdown corner was worth a 1st in the supplemental draft?
    I missed it by THAT MUCH.
    Did the guy kill a woman, or rape a woman, or throw a woman off the balcony while he was on steroids?
    He tested positive for marijuana.
    Sooner or later the NFL is going to figure this out.
    I’m not advocating marijuana any more than I advocate alcohol.
    Just get rid of the hypocrisy and the double standard.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I feel bad for anybody who needs a QB in this draft. The only one I’ve seen that I like is Geeno Smith and he is no 1st over all pick. I like McCarron some at Alabama, is he available?. The best looking QB is probably USCs back up, Whittek. He is a red shirt freshman so not available.

  48. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    No QBs in this draft, Reno.
    Good RBs this year, though. If you are going to run this Pistol, you had better have one.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is a great year to have a starting QB to trade. I wonder if any team has one of those around?

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Makes Alex a valuable commodity Berger.
    Instant starter.
    The idiot GM in NY, Tannenbaum guaranteed Sanchez 8+Mil for next year.
    The NYJ have 3 QBs and can’t win with any of them.
    Barkley and Landry Jones were the early favorites coming into the Season this year.
    Can’t see anyone that says instant success at the position either.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I love the RB from Stanford, Stepfan Taylor, just don’t think we’ll be shopping for a RB in April.

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Pistol is a ball control running offense. It always has two WRs very wide. Usually it features 3 wide. Ault’s theory is to unload the box and let the QB read the DE. That tells him to keep or hand off the ball. In the pros it isn’t as easy. But since it is a down hill running formation it will catch on big in every level of football.

  53. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, it was great to hear about your Dad, they just don’t make em like they used to.
    I don’t see any reason to worry about the season, we are in control of our destiny. And, “F” Pete Carroll and the horse he rode in on.
    I bet we draft another QB next yr. Can never have enough of em.

  54. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Giants defensive line didn’t have a clue.
    In this offense, you need a couple RBs. One guy with speed to the outside, and Frank and another with speed up the middle. Frank wants to carry the ball on every play, but he just can’t do it week-to-week.
    Super Bowl, he may be MVP.

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I serously doubt the Niners get a QB in the draft.
    RG III and the Skins run that in Wash, Bergs. They were running triple option at times vs the Giants.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another guy to watch is DE John Simon from Ohio St.
    Dude is short but keeps on coming.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s what I think you need to do to beat the NYG too Chuck.
    Negate their pass rush by forcing them to move sideline to sideline.
    I just want to see Aldon eclipse Stahan’s bogus sack record.
    He should have a good shot vs Miami and AZ over the next several games.
    Not sure he’d get to Brady or Wilson.
    Perfect scenario?
    Get 5 against Miami.

  58. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, that’s the pisser, Bergs. Smith hasn’t been allowed to run mucn spread. Willl they do it for Kappy?

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedule
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 · 10:00 AM @ CHI
11/07 · 1:25 PM v AZ
11/15 · 5:15 PM v LAR
11/21 · 10:00 AM @ JAX
11/28 · 1:25 PM v MIN
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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