Wheel Spinner Blues

It’s happened to all of us. We get up, struggle through a hard day, and at the end of it realize we didn’t accomplish anything. For many non-Outsiders this is simply a way of life. For some, that way is a useless job and for others it’s a useless brain. But it happens to one and all at one time or another. Spinning one’s wheels.

What does this have to do with the 49ers? Nothing. I just had to write something that justified the post title, which I promised one of my nieces I would do. Polishing the old uncle apple. [Ed note: He’s lying. He stole the idea from her description of a typical day of travail in young motherhood.]

The closest the 49ers come to wheel spinning is the Sardine Can Offense they insist on running a ridiculous amount of the time. As noted by PFF Wednesday, Frank Gore led the league last year in percentage of carries when facing 8 men in the box. A whopping 42.3% of his carries, against a league average of only 23.3%. And the biggest reason was not Gore’s scary ability, but that the 49ers led the league with 53.5% of their rushing plays occurring with only one or none receivers split out wide. I.E: “Hey, other team, we’re running up the middle here! Let’s see how many bodies we can cram into a tiny little area!”

Why the 49ers get such a bang out of this cave man philosophy is a mystery no one in the blogorama has yet deciphered. Surely with an emergent Michael Crabtree joined by long time stalwart Anquan Boldin, plus a stable of young hot shot WRs, the 49ers will scale back dramatically on the SCO this coming year. Right?

Probably not. The curse of Mike Singletary lingers over the franchise.

The rookies will report for duty Friday morning. For three days, they’ll get introduced to the NFL. It was during this 3 day minicamp last year that first round pick, WR AJ Jenkins, discovered he was out of shape. And he never caught up, finishing the year as a zero catch disappointment.

AJ won’t be at this camp, but maybe he should be. HC Jim Harbaugh has already said more positive things about this year’s fourth round WR pick Quinton Patton than he said all last year about Jenkins. And Patton hasn’t even laced up his cleats yet.

The two draft picks that garnered the most approval from us fan types — DE Tank Carradine and RB Marcus Lattimore — won’t be practicing at all this weekend due to their injuries. Perhaps they can get some tips from Jenkins on how to pose on the sidelines in their street clothes.

One thing we won’t see from the sideline brigade this year is any of them wearing Wrangler jeans. With Levi’s tossing in $200 million for the naming rights to the new 49er stadium, there’s no way the team will allow some clever TV camera guy to zero in on a cowboy cut butt in back of the 49er bench. This friendly advice will no doubt be dispensed within the blarney of Jed York’s first team speech this year.

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31 comments on “Wheel Spinner Blues
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We had the Stick, now the Stitch. If somebody tells on a 49er employee wearing Wranglers it will be the Snitch!

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners decided to partner with Levi’s and commited to be forever in blue jeans or at least the next 20 years and yes money does talk.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Blue Jean by David Bowie:

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Neil Diamond? Seriously?
    Bowie’s close . . .

  5. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. That’s one of Neil’s better songs. I still kinda like Bell Bottem Blues by Derric(sp) and the Domino’s.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, thght about that one as well. Love the slow blues from Billy Gibbons, though.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Wish I would of thought of the ZZ video. Good job!

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fandango’s one of my favorite albums.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings:

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Greatest song of theirs that gets no airplay.
    This is the pre-80s version where they remixed (and f**ked up) the drums

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Since you obviously like blues, if do not have this CD go buy it today. Here is one of the great songs off of it. This one is a hard driving blues song:

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    WOw. Goos stuff. I really dig Joe Bonamassa. I missed Jimmy Thackery in Auburn a few months ago, dammit. But I did see him at the Santa Cruz Blues festival. Going to Bottle rock in Napa the next 3 nights. Some weird ass bands, including Primus. Black Keys, Black Crowes, and about 70 others. Charlie Musslewhite’s gonna be there. Trippy-ass weird show.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Blue Jean Blues would be a great song for the new stadium because that is what opposing teams would be feeling when they came to town! After a win they play Tony Bennet at ATT, after a win we could play Blue Jean Blues!

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They are now marketing and selling moonshine nationally.
    Has anybody had the pleasure of trying this?

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve never had moonshine except one or two tastes. I’d be willing to give it a go.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have never tasted moonshine but know it’s potent reputation.
    Will give it a shot and buy a jar when I see it available.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rookie mini camp starts.
    First glimpse of the new talent.
    Like Lattimore it seems they will hide Marquardt on the PUP list for a year because he has a foot injury and he is raw.
    Okoye is interesting and has had a lot of press and hype.
    Sleeper FA to watch is MarQueis Gray who can also be the Joker TE lining up inside and outside but changing positions. Versatility is the key as the Moran Norris types are no longer options for this offense.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Levi’s fits right in with one of the all-time Niner greats #18
    “Blue” Gene Washington.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    unca – I’ve always like ZZ too. Have some fun at the festival. I’m surprised Musslewhite’s still alive. He used to play all over the bay area in the early 70’s and always had a briefcase with him. The only thing I ever saw in it was vodka.
    Some of the best whiskey I’ve ever had came from the Tenn/N.carolina area. There is some shine that is so smooth it’s hard to believe.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh opened up the afternoon practice to the media and let them watch it in it’s entirety.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You can buy tix here and prices
    seem reasonable for the game at Tampa Bay.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Answer: This 46 yo white male and life long 49er fan has the bone density of an 80 yo woman. He also currently has partial tears in his rotator cuff, glenoid labrum and bicep tendons. As an addendum and medical aside, he currently is getting drunk on Bud Light.
    If you cannot provide the “Who is?,” you have no shot on Jeopardy.

  23. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    This is the San Francisco 49ers starting QB.
    Reno is a freakin genius.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be catching the final Bonamassa Night at the Beacon next Saturday 5/18 with a few friends.
    Hope he brings down the house in style.
    Joe puts on a great show.
    Hoping the closing night has a little extra kick in store.
    If you ever have the chance, don’t hesitate.
    Joe Rocks The Blues.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One rule that NFL needs to change is not allowing rookies to report to OTAs until their college has their graduation.
    Two points about that.
    More than 80% of NFL bound prospects drop out of school after the football season to prepare for the combine, workouts and the draft.
    Traditionally West Coast schools
    don’t have graduations until Mid June.
    This rule is archaic and hurts some rookies just because of the school they attended. NFL needs to set a date for all rookies that is uniform and fair.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to the Mothers and spouses of those who post here.
    It seems these Mom’s put up with a lot and your sacrifices should be appreciated.

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Tru dat.

  28. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, are you lonely tonight?
    I simply don’t have the time or effort to deal with your constant libel.
    Don’t care much, either.
    Football takes the edge off of driving my friends to the hospital, saving lives in my old tiny little way and whatnot.
    Thanks for asking.
    Keep your grimy hands off of my friend.

  29. 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