Okay. Here’s why I was late to work today.
I went to a wedding Sunday for one of my nephews. Weddings are interesting on one level because they mix together two separate family structures and roots in one room where people get to drinking and anything can happen.
I went out for a smoke at one point, for instance, and found myself listening to the life story of a young skinhead fellow who was clearly a borderline psycho. He had the letters L O V E tattooed across the fingers of one hand and the word K I L L tattooed on the back of his neck. He was also chain smoking while explaining to me that he didn’t have an addictive personality.
As it turned out, he had just dumped his girl friend for infidelity. His girl friend, ominously enough, was the daughter of one Ralph Hubert “Sonny” Barger, the notorious Oakland Hell’s Angels leader, who apparently was still alive and kicking at the ripe old age of 72. This kid was explaining to me that everything was cool with Sonny, but I couldn’t help noticing he was constantly looking furtively around like he expected to be attacked at any moment. He also had some alien injection marks on his cheeks, but I resisted the impulse to grab hold of his forehead and rip his face off to see whether he was the gray type of alien or the green type.
Back inside, I discovered a brawl had erupted over religion. I have yet to determine which brawls are ugliest — those over religion or those over politics — but they both bring out the beast lurking within.
At any rate, a fairly goodly amount of damage control was required, which caused me to get home about three hours after my bedtime, and I didn’t meet the call of duty this morning. Sorry. I was going to write about the ugliness of being a lawyer, but screw them. I’m not in the mood. Maybe I’ll just throw out some roster guys we can debate a bit.
Unfortunately, the spector of Mike Singletary hovers over the 49ers off season like a cancerous tumor that has been identified, but not yet removed. Whenever I glance over the team’s current roster, I realize there are several guys that we just don’t know what to think about because they were brought in by Singletary and/or Scot McCloughan, and everything about these two now must be viewed with a suspicious eye.
Were it not for the blasted owner/player CBA dispute, we would have been getting some answers to our questions by now. Guys would be getting cut or new players would be getting signed that clearly indicate some player at some position was not viewed all that highly by Jim Harbaugh and his staff.
Here’s a list of some of the players that fall into the Head Scratchers arena:
- Tremaine Brock, CB
- Alex Boone, T
- Phillip Adams, CB
- Thaddeus Gibson, OLB
- Ahmad Brooks, OLB
- Scott McKillop, ILB
- Reggie Smith, FS/SS
- Will Tukuafu, DT
- Chilo Rachal, RG
Of the names above, given our suspect secondary, Brock and Adams are the most interesting, along with Gibson, the OLB pass rush specialist. Are these guys any good? Is Reggie Smith any good? Is Rachal a bust? Is Brooks just a teacher’s pet?
More importantly, perhaps, does anybody give a shit right now?