Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
It might not be true that any 49er fan was wishing on a star these past few weeks. Maybe ROB was, but nobody else. More likely, the wishes emanating upward to the heavens were instead directed downward toward the Big Red Guy to send his evil axe-wielding minions on a terminate with prejudice mission to 4949 Centennial Blvd.
Howsomever, in the land of WTF, beaming straight and true through the hole in the ozone layer, came the bolt out of the blue.
Troy Smith is 17-20 for 357 yards and 17.9 YPA when throwing on first down. If he keeps that up, Frank Gore will soon see an end to 8 in the box on first downs. Or any other down. Frank Gore is happy.
Five receivers had 60+ yards in catches for the Rams game. A Franchise first. The receivers are happy.
Two tight ends and two wide receivers is working very well under Troy. Delanie Walker is happy. Moran Norris is unhappy. 49er fans are ecstatic.
Mike Singletary is dumbfounded. No change there. Win or lose, he’s a rock of dumbfoundedness. It’s a life issue. Good luck, Mike. There’s one out there for you. It does not appear to be here. Try West Virginia.
Alex Smith and David Carr are playing checkers in the back of the room. No doubt discussing where they’d like to play next year, with “anywhere else” being quite an acceptable option. Neither one of them has any feelings left to experience. They are both just nonchalant numb.
During the Singletary era, the 49ers have reflected their coach. They take life too seriously, show almost no sense of humor, and view everything they do as dull, repetitious, thankless drudgery that will somehow elevate them to a state of exaltedness. They don’t enjoy what they do and get no pleasure from their efforts. Honnnnkkkk!!
Every time I see guys like Rex and Rob Ryan having fun with themselves and football, I get the franchise blues. Bill Walsh had a great sense of humor. So did George Seifert. Six years of Nolan and Singletary has had all the humor of a trip to the dentist.
I don’t know how long Troy’s magic wand will last, but this brief two game demo has clearly resparkulated the team and put some fun back into the game for these guys. And for the long suffering 49er fans. His act is so out of the blue that the blogosphere has not yet had a chance to develop a divisive pro or con attitude about him. Nobody endlessly touted him and nobody yet dislikes him.
For the nonce, Troy has achieved the nearly impossible feat of producing a fairly unanimous blogosphere — even a POSITIVE blogosphere. Regarding himself, at any rate. Regarding our HC, the sphere seems equally unanimous in the NEGATIVE. Harmonious spheroidal sphincterism. Go ephing phigure.