It may seem like the season has been on the line for the past twelve games for the 49ers, but next Sunday it really, really is! A loss to the Seattle Seahawks would mathematically eliminate the team from the playoffs. When figuratively gives way to literally and becomes mathematically, it’s science.
2010 has been an agonizing journey. Excitement, optimism, high hopes, crushing disappointment, tears, disgust, anger, angst, despair, rage, resignation, sarcasm, black humor, and slapstick. The emotional roller coaster has been a total throw up ride. But we are finally there. It’s NO TOMORROW time.
No tomorrow for the team and for the coach and for the QB who has single handedly kept the blogosphere roaring for the past five years. Alex Smith is back! His mission is to win three division games. They are all winnable and he cannot lose even one of them.
Okay, Baby! I’m pumped. High Noon. Man or mouse. It doesn’t matter if Troy Smith should have kept his job or not. Philosophically and dramatically, the QB for these fateful end games MUST be Alex. It’s poetry.
This might well be the most fan appealing game in eight years. There is an aura of finality to this next game that has not been approached since the Buccaneers tossed the team aside in the 2002 playoffs. Those fans who have come to, well, hate Mike Singletary and Alex Smith will be perched on the edge of their guillotines, ready to let fall the fateful blade. Fans who lost interest in the season somewhere between the opening game Seattle loss and last Sunday’s loss at Green Bay, can now rouse themselves for one last hip-hip-hooray effort.
Even people who aren’t fans can smell the blood in the room and stop by for a prurient peek. And there are many fans who just don’t know what to feel. Their gut tells them to root for the Niners and their head tells them to lose one more and show Sing the door. The Quandary Section. I will not get into what Mrs. Singletary and Mrs. Smith are feeling about this game. That would lead us irrevocably into the Lifetime Channel, where people are known to have entered and disappeared endlessly.
This Seattle game also features, for you comic book fans, the Return of Kentwan Balmer as a subplot. Kentwan has gone from fat, lazy quitter in SF to starting DE in Seattle. True, it took two injuries to oof him into the lineup, but there he is, nonetheless. It would not be surprising to see Singletary request OC Mike Johnson to run over his ass with regularity.
Jed York is probably happy about this game. He’s done his job waving pom poms to get us here. One more sellout is assured, with only the season ender against Arizona left on the home game slate. Whew! Dodged the dreaded black outs for yet another year.
Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that Jon Gruden’s son Deuce says the family is probably moving to California. Hmmmm. Not Oakland, for sure. San Diego, maybe. More likely … ?