Game Night 2x (or how I learned to stop worrying and watch a football game and a baseball game at the same time and not go crazy)

<b>UPDATE:  Brandon Jacobs and Joe Staley are active, Marion Manningham is out with a shoulder injury.</b>

Well, it is officially crunch time in Ninerland. We are at a crossroads of sorts as the team tries to regain the form that led to such an impressive start. The Niers were clicking along, with one minor blip, when they ran into the New York Giants. They were buzzsawed into oblivion and were bad in every phase of the game. Problem is, as this is a ‘what have you done lately’ kind of deal, the Niners are on shakey ground. Gone is the euphoria of beating Green Bay and Deetroit.  Here now is the unshakeable feeling that Alex Smith may be reverting to old bad habits. the defense was pourous in these 2 losses, and the pass rush, which was so good last year, has mysteriously vanished like so many 3rd down stops.

Enter the Seahawks. A mystery unto themselves. They’ve beaten good teams and lost to iffy ones. However, they come to town to renew rivalry between head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll, and between Seattle GM Scotty (Happy Hour) McLoughan and his former team. These games always make for interesting fodder as Scotty has been picking up our scraps ever since he got there. Michael Robinson is still on the ‘Hawks, while erstwhile jersey-winner-for-me Kentwan Balmer has moved on to other endeavors (would you like to super size that?).

I have no idea how this plays out. But I do know that this is a game the 49er should win. If they lose, the entire program will fall under the kind of scrutiny that drove the 2 previous coaches mad. Losing at home to the Hawks would be, while not a fatal blow, it will definitely put a crimp in the search for back-to-back division titles. If Alex Smith falters in a big, or even not-so-big, way, the murmurs will start getting louder for Cappy to get more reps. I think they tone down the Cappy switch-outs, but I do hope they still use him down by the goal line.

Plus, we have the SF Giants quest to tie up the NLCS at 2 or run the risk of being shut down in 5 games. All they need is one win to take the series back to the Bay. GO GIANTS ! ! ! ! Depending on the outcome of these 2 games, I may not survive the night. Be still my heart.

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213 Responses to Game Night 2x (or how I learned to stop worrying and watch a football game and a baseball game at the same time and not go crazy)

  1. Grumpy Guy says:

    That was a fumble – but did we clearly recover?

  2. IH1972 says:

    Moss was wide open for an eternity! Another Smith fuck up

  3. Grumpy Guy says:

    Another Seahawk drop.

    For all the talk about defenses, the offenses have shot themselves in the feet tonight.

  4. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Seriously. Let’s all get on the same page here. Taking out Alex Smith at the goal line says it all.
    We sure in the hell wouldn’t be taking out Peyton Manning in those same situations. That I know for goddamn sure.

  5. rtfirefly says:

    That must have hurt, Marshawn. I know the ball in the numbers hurts. Ask Golden.

  6. Grumpy Guy says:

    Gore is at 11 rushing, 51 receiving tonight.

  7. Grumpy Guy says:

    Gore is out-pounding Marshawn tonight.

  8. IH1972 says:

    Lets see if they let Smith throw down here again

  9. Grumpy Guy says:

    Come on, Alex, don’t fuck it up here.

  10. rtfirefly says:

    Same 1 back sweep, this one to the right. Almost worked, and the corner got nailed.

  11. Grumpy Guy says:

    Well. That might have been better than letting him throw tonight.

  12. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Shit. 3rd and 7 and Jimbo calls for a QB call. That’s all about don’t let Alex fuck it up again and take the for sure 3.

  13. IH1972 says:

    Another red zone failure. Really it’s pathetic.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      What’s really pathetic are the Giants being down to the Cards 7-1 in the B7. No problem. The season is on the brink tomorrow and Bochy has Barry Zito on the mound. All Fats and I can say is…

  14. IH1972 says:

    If Gore and Hunter run like tonight, you make the playoffs and maybe win one. But you never, ever win the Super Bowl with Alex smith as the qb

  15. Brodie says:

    No question Alex Smith has regressed. He’s looking like the guy Singletary wanted to slap.

  16. rtfirefly says:

    Who is in front the 4th qtr IH?

  17. IH1972 says:

    Niners by 7. Can you count to 7? Should be 14. Smith fucked that up by not seeing a wide open Moss in the back of the end zone.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      Even if you miss the positive play, at least don’t turn it over down there – at least get the 3. Now it’s still a one score game.

  18. rtfirefly says:

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda IH. Woulda coulda shoulda.

  19. Del Mar Dennis says:

    WTF happened to Phil? Did he lose his coconut internet connection again?

  20. Grumpy Guy says:

    Culliver almost had that one.

  21. Grumpy Guy says:

    Run that ball. Get one first down after the two minute warning and we’re done here.

  22. Grumpy Guy says:

    Harbaugh has no more faith in Smith’s passing tonight.

  23. IH1972 says:

    Another stupid Smith run. Thy kind of play calling will give Seattle one more chance

  24. Grumpy Guy says:


  25. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Again, on 3rd dn Jimbo elects to run Alex and limit any mistakes. You people who advocated Alex > Manning really need to look in the mirror. You picked the wrong pony. Don’t feel bad, I’ve done it many times in my life. Just know that Alex smith belongs in the claiming ranks while Peyton Manning will be running in the Breeders’ Cup.

  26. Grumpy Guy says:

    Safety and that does it.

  27. IH1972 says:

    What’s the point spread? This decision is fishy.

  28. Grumpy Guy says:

    Well, that I’ve never seen – a team declining a safety.

  29. rtfirefly says:

    OOOo. Pete missed it by THAT much. Again.

  30. Grumpy Guy says:

    The kneel down is probably the safer play here though.

  31. Del Mar Dennis says:

    That safety just cost the sportsbooks major coin. But wait? Now Jimbo is declining the penalty and taking the ball on downs? So the Niners will win by 7 instead of 9? Harbaugh best hire himself a food taster. There’s a gambling bulls eye on his ass.

  32. Grumpy Guy says:

    Won the war. But did not answer the latest round of Alex questions. We’re in for another colorful week online.

    • barleyfreak says:

      OK, I’ll start. I just have no confidence in AS against good defenses. I wish I did. I don’t. I’m glad we won. I’m glad for our D. For PW. For Gore. But I’m tired of doing the AS dance. Fucking tired. Honestly, I don’t think he has it. I don’t. His inconsistency is maddeningly consistent. And I don’t even know what the fuck that means. I admit my predictions are all over the place, and I would love, LOVE for AS to force freaking crow down my throat, but I just don’t think he has the big time cajones to make it happen against top flight defenses. Yeah, we won, but not because of him.

      Bottom line, I think he’s good enough to win a SB when the planets align just so, which is not great strategy. CK may be, or may not be the answer, and probably is not, for this season anyway, but I just can’t keep on expecting AS to somehow be something he’s not. It’s fucking exhausting.


  33. rtfirefly says:

    A W is a W is a W, Grump. A day to rest up the bruises, and then smack down those other Birds. Don’t look for Frank to carry the load next game at his age.
    Roger Craig or Frank? I’m supposed to make a choice on this one?

  34. rtfirefly says:

    Grump, I didn’t understand you. This is Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh here. Pete, you missed it by THAT much. Again.

  35. Chico says:

    Well, at least one of our teams won.

  36. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Who has Frank on their fantasy team? Not too shabby.
    Who has Alex, if any, on their fantasy team? Pretty goddamn shabby.

  37. twinfan1 says:

    Hmm. Maybe I’m banned for making sense, made just one comment and it never showed up..I’ll try again..tough physical game played better on every level by the Niners. Alex was OK- one bad decison, one decisive winning drive. Highest QB rating all year aagainst Searrle was 81.5 by Rodgers. They mug the wide outs and get away with it Frank was great of course.All in all, a short rest win against a very physical team leaves the rational observer with little to complain about. For those who like football it was a good game.

  38. twinfan1 says:

    Night all. Menace:I have ro acknowledge the fine game from Manning. 8-8 seems more attainable for the Broncos now. As you’ve always preached before last year, the measure of a QB is wins. . Peyton has little chance to best T-Blow’s record last year, but I’m giving him 50-50 to top Sanchez this year.
    Now don’r get all huffy and spill your last bottle, I’m kidding about Peyton, I definitely think he’ll beat more than one good team this year

  39. rtfirefly says:

    Hey, you hear me trash Alex, Crabby? No, because I didn’t.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Didn’t read one single comment here tonight, pal, and never said one fucking word about you. Like I said, if one likes football, it was a good game. If one doesn’t, they didn’t think it was. Whatever shoe fits..

    • twinfan1 says:

      Hey, I enjoyed the game. As I said-a good one, with the Niners better in every phase.Maybe you can find someone to read for you.

      • rtfirefly says:

        “pal” and fucking. Yes I can read, Jack. Alex looked like Mark Sanchez tonight, afraid to throw, afraid to run. Just afraid. Do you really want me to go on? I have to put a mask on first in evaluting his performance.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Nate Davis plays better games on video than Alex ever will.
        It’s a long season, but if he were a rook after those last 2 games, he’d be gone.
        JackDaniels, let’s just see in a couple months.
        Alex will get another chance in the playoffs.

      • twinfan1 says:

        I’m deighted to have you go on. You’ve been wrong about Smith for as long as you’ve posted, why not now? You have no where to go with it anymore. 19-6 since decent coaching arrived, 90 plus QB rating since early in the season BEFORE Harbaugh, all you have left is the hate, nothing to pin it on.

      • rtfirefly says:

        I’m really too tired to do play-by-play and tell you how Alex sucked tonight, so don’t bother, Jack. The Niners got the W.
        If you want to argue about how Alex did it himself as a QB, you’ll have to argue with yourself.
        Good Night to you Jack, and 5-2 and division leaders!

      • rtfirefly says:

        Don’t think me wrong, Jack. I just like my QBs to throw it on target. Floating ducks are game birds in hunting season, and that 3-step drop, no-look pass to Crabtree would’ve been a pick-6 in high school.
        What’s Alex now, an 18 year vet. Remind me, I forgot.

      • twinfan1 says:

        5-2 and division leaders is MY point, moron. Do not EVER presume to think you know anyrhing close to what I do about this game. And I’m honest about it- Alex was “OK” tonight, as I said. Your Nate Davis post says everything one needs to know about your knowledge.and your conduct last week says even more- I was honest enough to declare the truth about Smith’s performance- it was awful and I said so perhaps half a dozen times yet you posted as if I was sayiing he’d been good. You are a simply a liar-pal.
        The “two game” point you made is a joke unless you apply it to every NFL QB who’s been around more a couple years- they’d ALL be gone by your standard. Now-good idea-,get your ass to bed and in future, don’t speak to me unless I invite you to.

      • rtfirefly says:

        MORON, now? Haha. Good one. I think I’m in 4th grade again!!!

      • rtfirefly says:

        Come on big mouth, tell us what you claim to know about the game. Because you’re acting, and you don’t know scheist.

      • rtfirefly says:

        A liar, too? I didn’t even get to that bit.
        Put down the bottle, Twinnie.

      • twinfan1 says:

        Well, the strategy of lying often has been shown to have some effectiveness by the Romney/Ryan people, so perhaps that’s why you fabricate what I’ve posted about Smith.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    These short games certainly wreak havoc with these teams. Not sure what to expect, but drops, bad decisions, and general ineptitude on offense on both sides of the field. A win is a win is a division win. The real good news is Seattle is 0-3 in the division, so even if the Niners lose in Seattle, they’d get the tie breaker (presumably) by having a better division record.

    Frustrating night all around offensively. Mario was a late scratch. Jacobs was activated, but he saw as much action as Brian Westbrook. The Cappy handoff again worked to imperfection, but was only used once (I think). I was flipping back and forth between this game and the Giants game, so I mighta missed a Cappy play or 3. The 1st drive of the 2nd half worked great, and the run game (Mr Gore) worked well. Gore came out, and looked a little dinged up, but I havan’t heard any news. The D played very well, but got 3 huge assists from Seattle’s receivers.

    • twinfan1 says:

      The Kappy play that nearly got him decapitated was the only attempt to use him, I think..Thank God. As one of the Comcast talking heads said in a rare moment of reason, interrupting successful drives in the red zone is throwing everything off. Kappy is a gimmick and like most gimmicks, it’s best urilized midfield..BTW, it’s an absolute fabrication, as almost all media idiots proclaim, that the Niners have been most successful offensively when they first establish the run- In their best offensive games, they’ve used the pass to open up the run game, not vice versa.

  41. snarkk says:

    On the decline of the safety — I see nada “fishy”. You take over on downs, you take a knee twice, you win. Simple. Why go through fielding an “onside punt” and ensuing scrum when somebody could get hurt, or if Seattle recovers, you have to defend several more contested plays? Makes perfect sense to me to take the ball and sit on it twice — bada bing, game over.. If there’s no safety, Seattle almost certainly loses by 7 anyway, so the result is the same. Tough for those who bet on the Niners to beat the spread, but hey, if you can’t handle the loss, then don’t bet, Hoss…

  42. twinfan1 says:

    With the safety, Seattle has to punt the ball away, down two scores with no timeourts and 43 seconds..Sorry, wrongo decision. Fumbling one of rwo snaps has a far greater chance of happening, with Seattle only needing one score if recovered.

    • snarkk says:

      Show me some stats on what has the greater chance of happening. Otherwise, my view is just as accurate as yours. Harbaugh’s not dumb, I think we can agree. If we agree with your point, either you’re saying he IS dumb, or you’re saying he’s making moves for spread purposes, which is pretty serious stuff…

    • twinfan1 says:

      I’m not denying you right to your opinion. Why is it that comes up? Really, I have absolutely no powers to do that here or on any other blog. And I don’t think Harbaugh is dumb, just wrong on this. You have pretty extensive experience questioning a smart leader’s moves ( I’ll guess 50 times a year, and I think I’m being conserative) and that guy won a championship. As far as stats on this, I’d wager that a team winining under the first scenario has NEVER happened. And since I know you’re not dumb either, I think you would also wager that it’s never happened.

  43. rtfirefly says:

    I dunno, Jack. Say something relevant to football, or this game, or something?
    ‘The “two game” point you made is a joke unless you apply it to every NFL QB who’s been around more a couple years- they’d ALL be gone by your standard. Now-good idea-,get your ass to bed and in future, don’t speak to me unless I invite you to.’ – JackCrabby

    I can’t always get on the blogs or the UFO Coyotes, because I try to help families in need.
    So stick a big one up your $aa, Jack. You might grow up and become as lucky as I.

  44. twinfan1 says:

    I’d love to hear what you allege to do to help families in need, But anyway, I did post about the game and didn’t refer to you, address you,or in any way, or say anything that would cause you to have your little fit. Just as last week, when saying Smith was awful several times wasn’t good enough for you, this week giving hm an “OK” set off your obsessive hatred.
    Lucky you? I hope you’ve been lucky, as I do everyone.But don’t presume to know how my life is or what I’ve done for my country and my community. i can assure you it isn’t luck- I’ worked for what I’ve achieved. And paid a price for my service,

  45. rtfirefly says:

    Are you actually reading your posts, Twinnie? If you want to keep up with the personal attacks, I can’t stop you. Just put down the damn bottle!
    It stinks. Come up with a creative thought.

  46. twinfan1 says:

    Prabably thr most accurate and unbiased account of what went down, without needless verbiage, was my first of the day:
    “Hmm. Maybe I’m banned for making sense, made just one comment and it never showed up..I’ll try again..tough physical game played better on every level by the Niners. Alex was OK- one bad decison, one decisive winning drive. Highest QB rating all year aagainst Searrle was 81.5 by Rodgers. They mug the wide outs and get away with it Frank was great of course.All in all, a short rest win against a very physical team leaves the rational observer with little to complain about. For those who like football it was a good game”
    Now let’s hear about this help you provide families in need. Don’t need a lot of details, just a general overview. I have extensive knowledge about such things, so be careful when fabricating your story.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Now you pass out, er, sleep well, I mean. I’m not a drinker, BTW, Clover 2% is as hard as my beverages get. So to be accurate, you should suggest I put down the carton.

  47. rtfirefly says:

    Pfffffffft,Jack. PFFFFFFFFT. Come up with something else. The football stuff was good; it’s a beginning for you.

  48. rtfirefly says:

    I finally waded through your diabribe. You accused me of being a liar, and you want proof positive that I help people.
    Join, you’ll find out.

  49. unca_chuck says:

    Get a room, boys . . .

  50. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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