Where’s Waldo?

Game 3 Sunday in Cincinnati and a golden opportunity to show Frank Gore that Moran Norris is holding him back, not pushing him forward. Norris has a bum ankle or foot and is out for this game. May his outness become permanent.

Rookie 7th round pick Bruce Miller will take Norris’ spot in the line up and hopefully keep it. A fullback with some playmaking skills has not been seen in 49ertown for many, many moons.

Game 3 also marks the 3rd installment in the Where’s Harbaugh saga. It was hoped that this saga would be a quick little short story, but we’re now into Chapter Three and the Eureka! moment has not yet been glimpsed. Good things are not often located in Cincinnati, for those citizens operating on the legal side of the law, so it could be we’ll be heading towards Chapter Four come Sunday night.

Dashon Goldson will be reclaiming his starting spot at free safety for this game, which may or may not be of any help to the secondary which was totally torched by the Cowboys in week two. The Bengals are not the Cowboys, so maybe we can keep the aerial assault flame to a reasonable flicker this week, Dashon or not Dashon.

Michael Crabtree will also be returning to action tomorrow and it would be nice to see him make some kind of impact and maybe at least make it through a whole game without limping off to the injury list yet again. Where’s Crab has become an ongoing sub-plot to the headline story in Ninerland going into it’s third season.

Another player to observe in this game will be Alex Smith. Where’s Alex is a question that may already have been answered, so it’s difficult to place this hunt in a real time scenario. It’s like looking for your glasses and eventually finding they were on top of your head all along.

Smith has generally performed well at home and not so hot on the road. Putting up a clunker tomorrow would do some serious damage to Harbaugh’s rehab efforts regarding Smith. At the rate Smith has been getting pounded through the exhibition season and two games into the real season, it may become a moot point. Colin Kaepernick is looking like a solid bet to get his first NFL action a whole lot sooner than next year, or even next game. More like any moment. Be sure to jot down in your diary where you were when Colin took the field, just in case a legend is born. No need to note what you were doing, unless you like to keep tabs on the brand of liquor you were consuming at any one point in history.

Where’s Aldon is still in it’s infancy and the excitement of the search has not yet been dulled by many false sightings. There is the wondrous feeling that any game now he will explode onto the NFL scene as a pass rusher extraordinaire. It would be okay if that occurred tomorrow, Aldon. What the heck?

Of course, overriding all these fun fan festivities there is the matter of winning this game. It appears to be a bit of a necessity, quite close to the MUST category, but not quite there just yet. Whether there’s any There any Where, get a W fellas. Find a way.

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41 comments on “Where’s Waldo?
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My refrigerator is not lionized today. I’m out of beer. I will fix that later today.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    All’s quiet on the Western Blog these days. I doubt if even a tornado of bullshit would find a pulse. Strange.

  3. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I was hoping to see Dontay Moch play tomorrow, but he’s listed as OUT once again for the Bengals.
    What’s the deal with those guys from Nevada? Moch is always OUT of the game. Kaepernick looks OUT of sorts. And Berger is always passed OUT.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Please tell me I don’t have to start explaining the jokes to you also. It’s bad enough I already have to do it for Rob. Bonsai!

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have a simple solution for the fake injury controversy to stop the no huddle. The injured person
    who stops the clock must sit out for the remainder of the series.
    If the coach doesn’t want this he must burn a timeout to get him back into the game.
    There really is no way to determine if a player is injured or faking it. This seems to be the fairest solution IMHO.

  6. robNo Gravatar says:

    anybody think the giants really had an injured player !

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t see any problem with the fake injury deal. The no-huddle is a strategy to take advantage of the substitution rules and the fake injury is a strategy to thwart it. Fair is fair.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    By conducting a fake huddle at the LOS.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If you made the punishment for faking injuries death by a firing squad I’d bet you’d see less guys faking injuries.
    How bout dem…never mind, that was last week.

  10. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Despite having over 8 lbs of weed found in his house earlier in the week, Bengal WR Jerome Simpson is going to play today.
    Only in America.

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    This from Adam Schefter: Simpson’s doctors have told the Bengals they are worried if the Bengals would try and push him away and try to exclude him it might upset him.
    Now he’s the victim? If there’s any justice in this world, Patrick Willis will literally decapitate Simpson on a crossing pattern today.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol. I can’t see pot making anyone a better player. If the Cincy players want to be stoned then I say “let them.” Now, where did I put my bong?

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think the death by firing squad enforcement would work!

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We’d see arms hanging by a thread and players would say I’m fine coach. Coaches would tell a bad player to fake an injury instead of waiting to cut him on Monday.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Last words would be one player telling another, “take my tchotchke, I’m going to fake an injury!”

  16. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Berger, we came out throwing, just not outta the spread, however. Andy Dalton is the real deal. Makes good decisions when nothing is available. Accurate and he already shows poise and generalship.

  17. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh HAS opened up the offense in the 1st Q. Went to the spread on 1st dn after the VD catch. Had 5 WRs on the field for another play. Result? Same old.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:


  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers should, and will lose their next three games. 226 TOTAL yds and 1.6 yds/rush. That kind of performance will not be rewarded vs a quality team, unlike the Bengals.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Goddamnit they won. At least enjoy a W for 10 mins. They are 2-1 and are in first place and could be there all alone at the end of the day..
    At least pretend to be a fan.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Del’s understandably gloomy. His boy Brady threw 4 picks and lost, his exaltation of Dalton was premature, and the guy he hates led a 4th quarter drive to win the game. His NASCAR driver probably lost, too.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    3 games into the season and Smith hasn’t laid an egg yet. No wonder the blogs have been so quiet. He was definitely shaky in the first half, but not when it counted.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith had me tearing my hair out (can’t afford to lose much more) at the end of the first half. He should know to get the snap off before the 2 minute warning.
    For a smart guy that was awful and stupid and inexcusable.
    Rachal needs to be benched in favor of Snyder.
    There was no replay of the Crabtree non TD. They should have reviewed it because it was a TD.
    One play later the Fox replay came on and it looked like he never stepped OB.
    Miller is a better FB than Norris catching the ball and making some plays.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the 9ers are alone in first place.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We won because Gore fumbled. It forced the Spread offense as base, not sporadic. The Spread wins. Period, end of story.
    If we go to the Spread we will be 10-6 or 11-5, if not 7-9. Let us run NoFear’s offense, 7-9. Period, end of story. What say you NoFear?
    NoFear loves Moran Norris and the offense he brings. Until NoFear makes a declarative statement that says otherwise, this is fact. One thing is for sure, NoFear will never advocate the Spread offense. NoFear is a dinosaur. I want the Spread offense as base. Period, end of story.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I have not seen before is Gore’s lack of effort in picking up a blitzer and allowing Smith to be sacked. Very poor effort on Gore’s part.
    Also on one play where Ron Pitts the Fox play by play guy was saying Crabtree dropped a perfect pass, it wasn’t. That ball came through a Bengal LB’s arms and Crabtree’s line of sight must’ve been blocked out as it hit him in the helmet.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- On Gore not getting the block, you are correct(notice I didn’t say right, you aren’t smart enough to be right), but it is possible he was releasing at the time he thought he could get past the rush. I’ll forgive that one. But the Crabtree one is not forgivable. He wants big money and adulation, catch the ball, it was a perfect pass. If he catches it we get another 20 or 30 yards, isn’t that what we are paying him the big bucks for?

  28. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    That 4th quarter is something to build on…i really liked the play calling…the coaching staff got a good look at what happens when they open things up…

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tony- They did it because they had to,not because they NoFear thought it out.

  30. robNo Gravatar says:

    we won , and on the road !
    that’s another step in the right direction imho !

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- How are the Bonsai sales?

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It blows me away to see Manning not playing. Phil Collins just retired from rock-n-roll for the same injury. I have the same injury and am in my 50’s. I never realized how injured I am. I should be a Democrat and make some money off of this! What say you bullit? To hell with America, milk the system? We don’t need to exist in the long run.

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    ” rob- How are the Bonsai sales? ”

    ummm i’m not sure , i just retired from bonsai sales !


  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- So do you agree or disagree that we won because of Gore’s fumble, which caused us to go into the Spread as base offense?

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I forgot you had that butt lift done last year but gravity overcame surgery.
    Still think Crabtree was obstructed by the LB when he dropped the pass. He made a helluva catch in the end zone and was jobbed.
    Gore just wasn’t there today and he half assed that block. If that was a play where he was supposed to go out then their spacing was about 7 yards short

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In case you missed it, this was the most incredible play of the day. Too bad it was called back because of a penalty that had nothing to do with the return.


    simply amazing!

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You’ll never know. Learn it on your own like the rest of us. What I’m learning is if you can’t read it you can’t know it. You are more book smart than street smart.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Howard Eskin the Eagles sideline reporter and talk show host has said on his show that both Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin will miss next Sunday’s game against the Niners. Not sure if Young or Kafka will start.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    OK, since I am the giving Berger I am going to try to explain this simple theory to you NoFear.
    The Spread simply means three or more receivers wide. Nothing else. It has nothing to do with personnel packages, and nothing to do with if the QB is under center or the shot gun. If you see three or more receivers wide it is a spread formation.
    College runs the true spread which requires a running QB as an option. The pros don’t do this because QBs are more valuable in the pros.
    The big advantage of the Spread offense is it backs the safeties out of the box. If they don’t back out of the box and help in coverage, the QB has 3 or more one on one match ups to exploit. A dream situation. The other major advantage of the Spread is it allows for multiple pre-snap hot reads to help neutralize the pass rush. One other advantage is it gives a good RB more space to run because the safeties are out of the box.
    Simply put, the Spread is a ball control offense utilizing methods of spreading the defense so the QB has more options to get the ball in the playmakers hands in space. Typically it is a quick strike, short to medium, passing offense that usually features a high YPC running attack.

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
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12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
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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