Zombies or ZZzzzz …..

The blogs have been a bit quiet this past week. It’s difficult to tell if this is lingering apathy, exhausted anger, or careful optimism. Being a 49er fan has been no picnic this year. A draining experience, for sure.

Any way you slice it, the 49ers have been one of the major disappointments of this 2010 NFL season. The fact that the team can be termed a disappointment is somewhat of a change, since it implies they were deemed to be a good team on the rise, instead of the ongoing butt of league wide jokes, which their dreadful performances have once again made them.

The Seahawks play at New Orleans this Sunday and the Rams play at home against the Falcons. A victory by either team would be considered a massive upset. If they both lose as expected and the Niners beat Tampa Bay, there will be only one game separating all three clubs. If the fading Cardinals can somehow beat the Chiefs in Kansas City, it would be a foursome at the top, or maybe more appropriately, at the bottom of the NFC West. As comical as it sounds, coming from a 4-6 team, the 49ers would actually be in better shape to win the division this year than they were at the ten game mark last year.

If we are indeed looking at this scenario come Sunday night, it would be hard to resist getting some juices flowing out here in fan land. A three game winning streak in the NFL, by any team but the eliters, is no small accomplishment. Especially when that run of victories can be traced almost exclusively to a player who has been a difference maker. A guy who turns an underachieving club into a team that wins close games instead of losing them.

Unfortunately, Joe Nedney is out this week, and … just kidding. Troy Smith has made believers of his teammates, if not yet the fans. When your guys start thinking YOU can do it, sooner or later they start believing THEY can do it, too. Another win come Sunday might just get this squad to finally turn the corner, a corner that has been as elusive for this franchise as Wiley Coyote’s dream of catching The Road Runner.

One thing good about having your enthusiasm squashed repeatedly during the team’s 1-7 start is that there is no agony left to experience should the team fall flat come Sunday. This site has already produced two Monday morning obituaries for the 2010 season, so the team is already twice dead. Which would make them zombies at this point, I guess. Somehow, zombies seem a lot scarier than physicals with an F. If I was a Tampa player, there’s no way I would want to be going up against a team full of zombies.

At any rate, I’m not dreading this game, I’m looking forward to it. Even a little pumped up, you might say. Are we witnessing the birth of a legend here? Or the final act of a box office flop. The beginning of a playoff run, or the third and final R.I.P.

It’s not Colts vs Patriots, but it will have to do. Go Niners!



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18 comments on “Zombies or ZZzzzz …..
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs… after Troy Smiths first game ..i was looking forward to see how he played against the Rams. After the game he played last Sunday….ive been REALLY looking forward to this game against Tampa….I havent felt this way in years…i know its WAYYY to early to get carried away…but ive got a really good feeling about this kid..im actually excited about an up coming game again…..just like the old days…:) go niners!!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Need I remind you, we lost to Carolina.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the Cardinals beat the Saints. And the 49ers beat Denver who crushed the Chiefs who crushed the Niners who beat the Raiders who crushed Denver.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And we lost to Carolina with Carr at QB.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Troy Smith has been touched by the lucky bug. He goes 0-11 on third downs but makes a bunch of big plays. He fumbles in 2 straight games and the ball bounces the correct way for him. He should have thrown 2 ints in each of two games and the defenders drop the ball. If this is the kind of luck that follows this guy then we need him to stick around.

    The difference last week was the play calling. Nobody was talking about Gore between the tackles every 1st down, like we have every other week this year. What we need is the play calling to stay the same as last week with better play at QB. I don’t think they’ll be dropping those ints every week and doubt 0-11 on third down will win many games.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I turned into Mr Negativo when we lost to the Panthers. I can’t shake this feeling.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bill Belichick says third down % isn’t as important if you make big plays.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Then he better keep making big plays.

  9. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I’m right there with you. I think I burned out most my excitement and passion for the season in the early weeks, as the losses and embarrassments began piling on. The Carolina loss was so pathetic it pretty much wiped out my enthusiasm.

    It’s not that I’m a front runner, but I find it hard to root for a crappy team. I figure this year’s team should get to about 7-9, miss the playoffs and show just enough potential to keep Sing in the head coaching seat for another 7-9 season next year.

    If the OC game planning continues to show some creativity and thought, I’ll feel better. If the D manages to hold a lead for a significant length of time, I’ll feel better. If T Smith can show improvement and consistency, I’ll feel better.

    On the other hand, I have tix for the Dec 12 Seahawks – Niners game, so I must have some spark of positivity buried deep in my soul.

  10. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    BTW – I haven’t been to a game at the ‘Stick in a few years. What suggestions do people have for getting to and from the game? I remember the parking lot as being an automotive purgatory. Any public transit recommendations?

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Mr Fletch- You seem to be a nicer person than me. God bless you.
     
    I did not go to a game this year but last year you could not get into the parking lot near the stadium if you got there too early, unless you have a pre-paid parking ticket. You must park in the dirt lot across the street. They open the inner parking lot for parking pass holders and then at some point before the game, maybe an hour, they open it up for all parking.

  12. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Bucs’ leading WR, Mike Williams got p/u for a DUI last night. His status for Sunday might be in jeopardy.
     
    I’ll take potent potables on Berger’s Thanksgiving Day table for $600, Alex.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fletch, 7-9 does NOT save Singletary’s job.
    No way on Earth he keeps his job given the expectations of the team this year. Reaching the playoffs may not save his job. They get in at 8-8, say, and lose big, he’s gone. Their only hope is to win the division, and somehow beat the WC team.

    Sing needs to get in the playoffs and WIN A PLAYOFF GAME to save his job.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fletch, I used to always park near Geneva St (for free) on the other side of the freeway. It’s on;y a 15 minute walk, and you miss a lot of traffic. Either that or take the Muni.

  15. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Fletch, it’s been a few yrs. since my last game, but the BART/Muni combo worked out well. BART to the Balboa Park St. and the Niners have an express Muni from there. Here’s the info and enjoy the game.
     
    http://tinyurl.com/2bboh3p

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- How did those big plays work out today? No big plays and 3 for 15 on combined 3rd and 4th downs. Belichick would’ve been in a quandary.

  17. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    There’s not enough beer in the world (or at least in my house) to make that game palatable.

    How about instead of loudly shouting for our dream coach for next year, how about sharing our nightmare coaches.

    -Wade Philips. (No, wait, Jed’s BFF Jerry Jones just fired Wade.)

    – Jason Garrett (On BFF JJ’s recommendation…)

  18. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    its time to fire the coach and move on from this ugly nightmare of a season,its just laughable

2021 Schedule
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 10
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
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

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