Fortunate Sons

With the owners meeting cranking up, this seems to be an appropriate Creedence song. One that was directed at the fact that those in power who were escalating the war in Vietnam had little stake in the collateral damage to the families of the kids that they were sending off to fight and die over there. In other words, the working class and poor were bearing the brunt of the machinations of the fortunate. But this is no new concept in the annals of history.

Speaking of fortunate sons and daughters, our own Young Sir Jed is one of the chosen few. Since daddy was doing such a bang-up job of destroying the 49ers and catching shit all over the place for his penny-pinching ways, he bequeathed the team to his son. Much like the original scenario of Eddie Sr. and his conflict of interest since he already owned the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here, junior, go play with your new toy. A $750 million football team.

Tony Morabito, original owners of the 49ers, had the good misfortune of dying at Kezar at halftime of a game vs the Bears in 1957. The Niners were losing 17-7, and early in the 3rd quarter, head coach Frasnkie Albert got a note from the press box saying “Tony’s gone.” The team stormed back and won 24-17. Maybe we should have sacrificed Dr. Kedorkian before Super Bowl XLVII. . . Anyhow, with Tony dead, and Vic dead by 1964, the widows Jane and and Josephine ran the team until a lack of interest led them to sell in 1977.

The NFL is littered with teams that have been handed down through generations of families. Jim Irsay is is the squirrelly son of Bob Irsay, who bought the team in 1972. Bill Bidwell inherited the team from dear old Charlie Bidwell. The Lions have been passed down through the Ford family since 1963, the Steeleroonies since 1933, and of course, the Bears, who have been all in the family since George Halas took over control of in 1920.

Nowadays, NFL ownership is the purview of egomaniacal new-rich dick-swingers. The biggest dicks being Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder. Jerry’s 1st job was Executive VP at his daddy’s insurance company. Daniel was raised in money, schooled in England, but (with some of daddy’s money) built his own direct-marketing company from the ground up that he sold for $2 billion in 2000. he bought the Redskins the year before. Seahawk owner Paul Allen on the other hand has pretty much stayed out of the way of the people he hired, and has done pretty well for the city of Seattle.

Otherwise, I got nothin’. The owners meeting should be as exciting as reading this blog, so enjoy. Not much happening in these next few weeks. Unless the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes and subsequent empty froth is your idea of fun.

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57 Responses to Fortunate Sons

  1. unca_chuck says:

    FYI I added the 49ers draft positions on the right side . . .

  2. Nipper says:

    BLEEP! Dennis wants more!

  3. unca_chuck says:

    In other eaerthshattering news, the Niners signed Kassim Osgood to a one year, $1 mill deal. League minimum for an 11 yeat vet. Good work if you can get it . . .

    • rtfirefly says:

      Osgood’s a gunner and a darn good one. He was on my Niner re-sign list.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Yeah, I had him as a re-sign at the beginning of free agency. A no-brainer as he’s as cheap as they get, and he’s tough. Would like to see him catching passes.

      You know, use wide recievers in our 4 WR sets, rather than 270 lb TEs and 250 lb fullbacks.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Harbaugh ignores the local media to speak his mind re the state of the 49ers. On the NFL Network.

    Good for him.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-am/0ap2000000336248/Harbaugh-addresses-Martin-coaching-rumors

  5. Nipper says:

    Now that’s better!

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Niners get a 3rd round comp pick (100 overall) for Dashon Goldson. Thanks, DG.

    Niners get 6 picks in the top 100.

    Not bad, Trent.

    • snarkk says:

      How do they figure that? Why not a second rounder?…

      • From Matt Bee-rows (the only local reporter who is not a whore IMHO):

        “Under the rules for compensatory picks, a team losing more or better free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

        The 49ers lost Goldson, Delanie Walker, Ted Ginn, Ricky Jean-Francois and Isaac Sopoaga in free agency. They signed Glenn Dorsey, Phil Dawson, Craig Dahl and Dan Skuta. The 49ers also have extra picks in the second round — their own and Kansas City’s former pick — and the seventh round. Last year they entered the draft with 13 picks.”

    • Get yer mojo workin’? “On 35th anniversary of Montana’s selection, 49ers drafting in same slot via today’s compensatory reward”

      “Could the 49ers draft another Joe Montana-like steal next month? Well, they’ll be selecting in the same spot as in 1979, when Bill Walsh snagged the Notre Dame quarterback with the final pick of the third round.”

      Just for fun: http://tinyurl.com/kjfympm

      from Cam Iman at Merc

  7. Spitblood says:

    I just feel so used by the process. I feel like a cheap, dirty tramp. Lower than a tramp, really. A tramp’s servant, a tramp’s slave, a tramp’s tramp. I feel lower than that, though. I need a support group. I need something to help get his “We’re all suckers, but I’m a bigger sucker,” taste out of my mouth. The Browns, the Baalke / Harbaugh rift, the contract re-negotiations, DeShaun Jackson? All bullshit. I’ve been used and abused. It’s not pretty. I look in the mirror and see someone who now needs years and years of therapy. Damn you PFW. Damn you Matt Maiocco. Damn you Ann Killion, Ray Ratto, Tim K, and damn you Jason LaConfora. Damn all of you. Damn you too, Chuck. I didn’t need this. This is the kind of stuff that makes you feed mallards. I’m resentful, angry. I’m resentfully angry. At this very moment I’m going through the stages of grief. Ten minutes ago I identified I was had. Now I’m pissed. Acceptance is years away. Hope Del’s ducks are nice.

    • Obviously this is Del Mar posting on Spits account

    • unca_chuck says:

      I think it was one of the ducks.

    • phil fan says:

      Far as I’m concerned there Was A Rift but only in the minds of the local media who ran with a story like a pack of crazed mallards.Selling it like Dennis passes out crackers to ducks. Until it reached national proportions aided and abetted by media tramps @ NFL.com and likely innocent speculators nationally. This was patently intentional. It snowballed in our minds and in media and the story started to turn against the alleged parties, first Baalke, Maiocco et. al. to include Jedi. Killion was an allegation too far which was when Madden stepped in with the “suit’s easier” = classic quote. Harbaugh emerged unscathed and denied any conflict, scoring points. Jed said nothing but has communicated on twitter in a pleasant lighthearted manner indicating ‘no crisis’. Fine. Perhaps it was too illogical/unreal for him and/or perhaps it suited the purpose of ownership to just let the pressure- and there was indeed some psych-war pressure coming from the local media whores-to build up. Which it certainly did, nationally. All of this really did happen but without foundation as far as we’ll ever know. Fine.

      There is no evidence of a contrived rift concerning GM/HC that points to Jed, Baalke, Jimi. The evidence points to our now ignored media putas. And, the poor dears, if they felt discounted, ignored and- horrors- disrespected by Jimi before they are in for more of the same. So what? Tramps like them have now learned Hendrix is far more popular than themselves, than the GM, than the owner even. And smarter than themselves by far.

      If some of us fell for the manipulation that’s okay. We really shouldn’t blame the victims = ourselves. Maiocco and his collaborators are the losers in this affair as well as being the perpetrators. What they have lost is what perps always lose = RESPECT.

      So Jimi Hendrix is “said to be selfish”? Who’s looking demonstrably selfish now, hmmm?

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Welcome to the off season.

    Fuck me 2x.

  9. NJ49er says:

    This might suggest, a method to the madness Baalke employs, with the FA period.
    Lose some, gain value in return, don’t take on more then you need, Draft younger options, get Comped for the foresight.

    Iupati, maybe Crabtree, are the next hurdles to overcome.
    I’d still look to add a pair or WRs just in case.
    OG Gabe Jackson could be had in RD2, as a possible insurance plan, in the event Iupati bolts next year too.

    6 Picks in the Top 100 is quite impressive IMO.
    The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.

    • NJ49er says:

      Now we need Carlos to find work.
      Just don’t sign more then you lose.
      Or, overpay for guys that don’t contribute.

  10. Spitblood says:

    It’s interesting to me that we didn’t get any compensation for Delanie Walker or RJF. The NFL says they guard their formula for compensation picks like Coca Cola guards it’s formula, but I guess they deem both Walker and RJF not exactly worthy, or gave a 3rd for all players, including Goldson. Either way, the 49ers once again need a good draft because next year’s free agency period is going to get ugly. Oh, and I no longer hate Baalke. I was had by reports of a rift, and I chose a side. That’s why I feel so dirty and will be feeding the mallards as my penance.

    • NJ49er says:

      I did read about their guidelines sometime back Spit.
      Clear as tar but, I think it’s weighted somehow by original Draft selection losses, along with the total player gains/losses.

      Goldson and Sopoaga were 4th RD Picks for us, Delanie a 6th, RJF a 7th.
      I know it’s always predicated on the net FA losses mostly.
      Lose 5, gain 4, net 1.

      How they arrived at a 3rd RD level Comp Pick is certainly a mystery but, we’ll take it.
      I was expecting it to be a 4th.

      It’s also being reported that we gained $300K in Cap room with the Bruce Miller extension.
      Paraag squeezed some extra coin out of his new deal.
      Always a good thing.

      • NJ49er says:

        Here’s a brief explanation I located on the NFL website –

        Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a team is covered by this formula.

        Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by these teams were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).

      • NJ49er says:

        Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

        The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

  11. snarkk says:

    Breaking news: NFL owners have now banned dunking the football over the goalposts as a post-TD celebration…

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/25/refs-will-penalize-players-who-dunk-over-the-goal-post/

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Baalke apparently doesn’t abhor the local media. Unless this is just the first of many test flags fluttering in the wind.

    But per Matt Maiocco, Trent Baalke is going all-out to sign Kappy to a deal before training camp breaks July 26th.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Looks like Cox is back. And Eric Wright is back on the bubble.

    Somewhere in Florida, ROB IS HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Saw a report that FO/GM are working on an extension (no not That extension) for Young Sir Kap that they hope to have accomplished before training camp. This is exactly my earlier prediction = “before start of season” but with Blaine G on board set to double young Kaps salary as it stands looks like the timetable has been pushed up. Pay the man. But $16M won’t be happening as Niner FO sounds to be willing to be at market for top starting QBs. $18M?

  15. From Niners Nation: (Nothing new really just an updated depth chart @ CB)

    “Perrish Cox has reportedly agreed to a 1-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. We break down what it means for the cornerback position.”

    “The return of Cox means the 49ers cornerback depth chart looks like this:

    CB: Tramaine Brock, Perrish Cox, Darryl Morris

    CB: Chris Culliver, Eric Wright, Chris Cook, Dax Swanson

    “The 49ers will look for more depth and long-term options at the position, but conceivably, the team could go into the 2014 season with this group. They won’t, but we’ve heard the team is relatively comfortable with Brock and Culliver in the starting roles. Even if that’s an overstatement of their position, they’re in a position where they have a ton of flexibility in the 2014 NFL Draft.”

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2014/3/25/5546452/perrish-cox-agrees-to-1-year-deal-with-49ers-according-to-reports

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Interesting Jared Allen blew off the Seahawks in favor of the Bears.

    Playing time, I’d guess . . .

  17. unca_chuck says:

    I’d much rather have Brown than Cook, but them’s the breaks.

    They will go CB 2x inthis draft.

  18. snarkk says:

    How do these QB contracts work, Chuck? Niners have Kap under contract this coming season for chump change, right? Then, he’s a free agent. So, if they do a LT deal, they wouldn’t pay him $18M to take out this last chump change season, would they? So, a 5 year deal at $18M per = $90 million, but since he’s already under contract for one more season, they’d take that season out and give him a 5 year deal for, say $8M to change out this next season, then 4 x $18M = $80 million, with $35M guaranteed, or something like that. Or, am I totally off base with this?…

    • rtfirefly says:

      A new contract is a new contract. Any agent will insist on tearing up the old one, current year(s) included, and that’s what is routinely done.

      • unca_chuck says:

        If the Niners wait and see how the season goes befiore deciding what to do, and thus franchise him, the cap hit is immediate and killer. He’d likely get something around $20-$22 mill as the franchise QB, and he’d more than likely split after that.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Yeah. This year’s $1 mill would be dust, and they’d start over from now. The thing they can do is give Kappy a big (guaranteed) bonus this year. Say $35 mill over a 7 year $120 mill (urk) contract. The cap hit would be a manageable $5 mill + his salary of, say $10 mill. The guaranteed bonus gets pro-rated over the life of the deal cap-wise even though it is paid out this year. So the actual salary can start out low (like $10 mill is low), and grow higher as the deal progresses. A lot of QB deals are done like this. I think Drew Brees is scheduled to make $27 mill next year based on his escalating salary structure.

  19. Nipper says:

    Lot of do’s and don’ts in the new stadium. No belching in the parking lot. No bad words in front of the ladies. Cars must be new and cleaned and washed. Food must be tasty and good. No throwing of objects like footballs allowed. No BO! Deodorant is a must. Selfies are ok. Well anyway…… those are my rules. Oh no guns or knives!

  20. unca_chuck says:

    No Fun League, meet No Fun Stadium.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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