Game Day XII – A New Hope

Cue the Star Wars music. This, I suppose is the official game 1 of the Colin Kaepernick era. If you don’t know the story, it’s a pretty good one of a kid born in Milwaukee, adopted and raised in Turlock, CA. He was a phenomenal athlete no matter what he did, and was an outstanding pitcher and all-league basketball player at Pitman High in Turlock. He was recruited by a bunch of colleges for baseball and basketball, but only University of Nevada Reno offered him a football scholarship. After a stellar college career, he ended up as the only guy to evern throw for over 10,000 yards, and rush for over 4,000 yards in a college career.

I’m going to be out of town for the next few days, and I’m leaving this to you guys. Please try to keep it clean. Or at least civil. Ahhhh fuck it, you’re on your own. See ya Sunday night.

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157 Responses to Game Day XII – A New Hope

  1. 12th man says:

    Hooking up with Skeebs back East no doubt. Have fun.

  2. twinfan1 says:

    I’ve been reading some of the knock down drag outs that Chuckles and NoFear had on the Insider- not just with each other- wiith everybody and anybody.Don’t get me wrong, I’m diggin’ it- and I wasn’t even involved. I mean, these dudes would have slugged it out with Mother Teresa if she called for world peace. On that note: let’s rock ‘n roll…

  3. Del Mar Dennis says:

    I have better things to do than talk about the BACKUP quarterback.

    • twinfan1 says:

      I think that’s been pointed out already.And we know it’s killing you.

    • Flavor says:

      Actually talking about the QB is the only thing you ever do here at the blog. So when are you going to get started in Kap? Come on Denny! What stupid shit do we get to look forward to reading from you every day about Kap? Or do you just roll with your obsession with AS and keep that all going?
      Hey, good news is that you can finally start rooting for the NIners to win again since no sane person could root for his team’s QB to fail (or be murdered) while at the same time rooting for his team to win………

  4. rtfirefly says:

    Dang, Brees looks off tonight. He looks like our backup QB two years ago.

  5. twinfan1 says:

    Anyone catch that Jimbo said that ” Michael Crabtree has ‘far and away the most mouth-watering and lickable hands’ of any receiver playing today or any he has ever coached?

  6. rtfirefly says:

    The Saints are getting smoked. Well, you win a few, you lose a few. I really thought the Saints were better than this shit.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Me too. They sure don’t look like they want the win very badly. Maybe they’ll get the malaise speech at half-time.

      The ATLs found their running game, too. They don’t look over-rated here, against the NOs anyway.

      I gues we just knocked the play out of them.

  7. twinfan1 says:

    Indeed it’s time to see who live with not talking aabout the second string QB. What will be interesting to follow is if the animus toward that has been will be overcome by the incredibly powerful affliction that makes otherwise sane people clamor for *any* second string QB. A quite vocal fan club formed backing Guy Benjamin to replace Joe Montana after Guy went 1 for 1 in mop up duty against the Chargers in 1982.
    My guess is that there will be a groundswell of support for a new QB after Kap throws one too many passes into the “mouth-watering lickable hands” of the opposing cornerback. But the call will be for the ever popular Nate Davis, said to be already halfway through the Jimmy Raye playbook.

    • rtfirefly says:

      At least My Guy Nate has heart and is still trying on his level. What was the name of the QB the Chargers got with the overall #1?
      Or the QB Long Dead Al signed with his #1?
      My Guy Nate might be short on the brains department, but he has heart.
      And he think he could start for Jacksonville tomorrow. Just MO.

    • Flavor says:

      hilarious. Who was dumber, Nate Davis or Druckenmiller?
      I know Davis has dyslexia so I should lump him in with *dumb* or Druckenmiller*. But still, that playbook must have been awfully *deep* for him…………
      I just checked to see what The Druck has been doing since he pumped out all those bench press sets….. Wiki says he is “….An American business man.” Sounds impressive. I scrolled down further to find out that…….
      “In 2003, just as Druckenmiller was offered a job as a sales manager for a Little Rock, Arkansas-based cargo trailer company, the Indianapolis Colts offered Druckenmiller a tryout to be Peyton Manning’s third-string backup, but the Colts ultimately signed Jim Kubiak.”
      Alas, the NFL was not to be for the *Pectaculous Pec Champion of the Bench Press*. But being an “American business man” seems to have been the way to go for The Druck. I wonder what business he finally ended up *manning* in America……..

  8. rtfirefly says:

    Last I checked, Nate Davis helped win a League Championship this summer. Drafted in the 5th round, because Niner staffers read these blogs and that was my recommendation.
    What did Ryan Leaf, or JaMarcus Russell do this season?
    I’m not Nate’s press agent. Just trying to keep things in perspective.

  9. twinfan1 says:

    I woukd give ‘The Druck” the edge no doubt. Leaf was the Charger guy, he was said by many to better than our second string QB.Nate had more problems than a learning disability-his willingness to learn was qiuestioned. Since this was the Sing era, I’d question their evaluation, but when he hadn’t gotten a grasp by his second camp ,well, enough said.

    • Flavor says:

      I remember distinctly listening to an interview with Sing on KNBR as I was driving on I-80 a few years ago. I even posted his exact comments on my blog (maybe Chuck’s too). I couldn’t believe how ignorant he was, his comments about dyslexia were hilarious. Safe to say that the Niners didn’t handle Nate Davis the proper way. And I’m not doubting his *other issues*, I’m sure he had many. But Singletary exposed himself as an unadulterated dolt during that interview on KNBR that morning………

  10. rtfirefly says:

    Half my job as a computer consultant was downtime, waiting and waiting for a program to finish and dealing with the consequences after. Surf, surf.
    Don’t kid yourself. Jed read some of V’s posts on the Insider and probably read them to Eddie D on the phone.
    A guy with pride and a $1 billion company won’t take that for long if he has any gonads.
    Jed has shown gonads after I dissed him consistently. So has Alex for that matter.
    I just love football.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    I was pissed the NIners got Druck instead of Plummer. It was the anti-what-would-Walsh-do draft.

  12. NoFear49er says:

    Always fun to dump on ex-49ers and current QBs, except that one twinfan puts off-limits, ol’ whathisname?

    • NoFear49er says:

      LOL, must be it, ol’ Alex Bono.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Fear knows all about dumping on QBs- it’s not illegal, is it? If it was, Fear would be doing 25 to life..

    • NoFear49er says:

      Good one, fan. Seriously, you don’t see the contradiction between your demanding everyone have nothing but praise for Alex while you’ve done nothing but constant sniping at Kaep? and Harbaugh since he made the upgrade.

      Seems like you’re the one rooting for Kaep’s and therefore the team’s, failure now.

      But no, high hypocrisy isn’t illegal, yet.

      • twinfan1 says:

        You poor racist birther pig.. not that there’s anything illegal about that, of course..

      • NoFear49er says:

        So much for your phony plea for civil discourse. Hypocrite.

        Speaking of hypocrites, you certainly do cower in hurry for a guy who’s so loose with the ‘fightin’ words’ insults.

        No, that’s not a threat against a poor hopeless, I mean helpless, sad sack. Don’t piss your pants or anything. I’ve recalled the black helicopters.

      • twinfan1 says:

        One person changed the tenor of today’s talk-YOU. And when you consider me not being sold an Kap yet as rising to the level of your 8 years of abusive, ad hominem attacks on Smith , it merely showis how abvsurd your football posts are.. And what’s the problem with calliing you a racist birther? You’re proud of it. Wait, it was the “pig:” part, wasn’t it? Well, I sincerely apologize for that. To pIgs I apologize, that is.

  13. twinfan1 says:

    Leaf has become as successful out of football as he was in the NFL. In June he was sentenced to five years on felony drug, burglary charges.
    Don’t know a lot of details on JaMarcius but he apparently blew through all of his 40 million since he couldn’t make his mortgage and taxes…
    So Nate’s success with the Amarillo Venom definitely makes him the Man compared to those two.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    Saints are firing on all cylinders in the second half. Shows what a true smackdown the Niners gave them in the Other South Dome, where the Super Bowl will be this year.

  15. Winder says:

    The Niners turned the corner, no looking back. It was obvious that Alex was not who they wanted to run the ship otherwise they would have given him a contract to that extent. Alex has been a great 49er the last couple of years and I for one am totally grateful.

  16. rtfirefly says:

    And then Brees throws the worst pass of his career. LOL, I’m glad neither team is the Niners.

  17. rtfirefly says:

    Watching Brees tonight, he looks like the old man. Peyton looks like a little kid getting his first start. No comparisons.

  18. phil fan says:

    Time fer some perdictions: Niners vs da Rams. Who you gonna call?

    Phil: 28-20 Niners. This is our last 2am game of the year and the only reason I’m watching (listening) is because of Colin Kaepernick. I think the D rises to the ocassion and shuts dow Amendola.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Already did that Phil. 37-16 Niners in the Dome.

    • 12th man says:

      Technical issues Phil or too tiring?
      35-21 Niners, mint sauce anyone?

    • phil fan says:

      unca_chuck: 28-17 Niners . . .

      Will consolidate these later

    • phil fan says:

      twinfan1: As I’ve said, I don’t like to pick against my team. If I have doubts, I prefer to just watch the game. The Rams game is one we should win but we played so terribly against them at home, it’s not an easy call.And I flashback on the second game against them in 2010 when Singletary did everybody a huge favor by starting Troy Smith. If he hadn’t, he’d still be the coach.
      Anyway, I’ll take a flyer anyway, 20-13 Niners..

    • phil fan says:

      Grumpy Guy: 27-6 Niners. I think the DEFENSE will be up for this rematch. They know they shit the bed big time at the Stick. They’ll be wanting to show that was an anomaly. I’ll take 27-6, 49ers.

    • phil fan says:

      Winder: 26-16 Niners

    • philippinefan says:

      Irish Kevin: 24-10 Niners. Now the Niners Game, Jimbo is still conservative when he has a lead. I just don’t ever see a blow out like the Niners had when Bill was the coach. there will not be any 55-10 game. 3-4 TD’s is all Jim wants to see and then put it on the D. With that said Niners 24 – Rams 10

    • philippinefan says:

      snarkk says: 30-17 Niners. I do think that the Rams game was at least partially the result of some Niner rust from the long time between that and the previous game. Niners sleepwalked in the first quarter. I doubt that happens this time; Fangio will have the alarm clock set, the defense will come to play. Bowman will have about 25 million guaranteed reasons to smack Stephen Jackson. 30-17 Niners…

    • philippinefan says:

      barleyfreak: 23-13, Niners. The Rams have only scored over 20 points 15 times since 2010. Yes, you read that right. 2010. Four of those were against us though. But not this time. Our D was a sieve to their run game last time. Not this time. Amendola got off the LOS easily and had Rogers spinning like a top. Not this time.

      CK plays just ok, defense dominates, 23-13, Niners.

  19. phil fan says:

    RT did you already make a prediction? Thought I saw somethin’

  20. rtfirefly says:

    Shoot, Sproles dropped an easy dump off. Roger Craig he ain’t. Why is Sproles going into the middle??? The Saints blew this game and have some very serious problems.
    The Niners can and will beat the Falcons if they meet in the playoffs.
    Matt Ryan, meet the Smith brothers.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Saints are killing themselves. Oh well. They likely lose Payton as well. Strange days have found them..

  22. unca_chuck says:

    28-17 Niners . . .

  23. rtfirefly says:

    5 INTs for Brees. I don’t think My Guy Nate ever threw that.

  24. twinfan1 says:

    As I’ve said, I don’t like to pick against my team. If I have doubts, I prefer to just watch the game. The Rams game is one we should win but we played so terribly against them at home, it’s not an easy call.And I flashback on the second game against them in 2010 when Singletary did everybody a huge favor by starting Troy Smith. If he hadn’t, he’d still be the coach.
    Anyway, I’ll take a flyer anyway, 20-13 Niners..

  25. Grumpy Guy says:

    I think the DEFENSE will be up for this rematch. They know they shit the bed big time at the Stick. They’ll be wanting to show that was an anomaly. I’ll take 27-6, 49ers.

  26. rtfirefly says:

    Alex would have whipped the Falcons’ butt in the GeorgiaDame.
    But Drew Brees, future HOF, had a meltdown on national TV.
    Picking a QB means staying with him, no matter what.
    Drew Brees threw 5 Ints and he will be going to the HOF.
    Carp. Nate Davis played better than Drew did tonight.


      Nate Davis had too much to overcome and didn’t have the inner drive to meet the challenge. If you can’t master the playbook you can’t be a QB in the NFL. Just like Stevie Wonder can’t fly planes and land a jet.

  27. Winder says:

    26-16 Niners

  28. Irish Kevin says:

    Lets see, talking about ex niner QB’s really, slow day on the blog! Nate Davis had atheletic skills, thats all!! You need more than that in the NFL. Nate, Ryan, Jamarcus. None of them should have even made it in the draft!!
    Now the Niner Game, Jimbo is still conservative when he has a lead. I just don’t ever see a blow out like the Niners had when Bill was the coach. there will not be any 55-10 game. 3-4 TD’s is all Jim wants to see and then put it on the D. With that said

    Niners 24 – Rams 10

    • twinfan1 says:

      We did have a 45-3 this year, and a 34-0,last year a 48-3. Just took a peek at Joe’s best year, 1989.People used to bitch about Bill being conversative with a lead, as well. They had two blow outs, 45-3, 26-0. That was regular season, they blew everybody out in the postseason, culminating in the 55-10 thashing of Horse Face and his Broncos.

  29. snarkk says:

    I do think that the Rams game was at least partially the result of some Niner rust from the long time between that and the previous game. Niners sleepwalked in the first quarter. I doubt that happens this time; Fangio will have the alarm clock set, the defense will come to play. Bowman will have about 25 million guaranteed reasons to smack Stephen Jackson. 30-17 Niners…

    • Touchdown Tommy says:

      Saying 49ers played poorly becomes a lame excuse because the Rams also were coming off a bye. Coach Fisher outgameplanned Coach Harbaugh.

  30. barleyfreak says:

    The Rams have only scored over 20 points 15 times since 2010. Yes, you read that right. 2010. Four of those were against us though. But not this time. Our D was a sieve to their run game last time. Not his time. Amendola got off the LOS easily and had Rogers spinning like a top. Not this time.

    CK plays just ok, defense dominates, 23-13, Niners.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Well, ixnay on the iptray. We got to Lodi, and the rain was torrential all the way there. We got word that I-5 was shut down in Stockton due to flooding. Then word that there was a big rig accident in Stockton before the closure. This was all after witnessing a semi jump the median on I-5 in south Sac. Fricking crazy shit out there. Bat country. . .

    5 hours to get nowhere . . .

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Say whatever you want about the [revious Ram game but the Niners pretty m,uch shut them down after those first 2 drives. ST failures were atrocious though. The 2nd fake punt sealed their fate. If not for that, the Niners win.

    • 12th man says:

      I used to watch the Niners stomp the Rams in Anaheim then lose or tight win at the Stick. Let’s hope the home and away thing is still working.

  33. twinfan1 says:

    Well, we got a big break on the penalty that called back amenwhoever’s long gain, a break on the pass to Williiams that would ended the game if he’d turned around, they got a break on the Akers miss, everybody sucked. If there ever was a game where a tie was too good for either team, that was it. I think Smith saw the future in his woozy state and said “fuck this”. Elizabeth is looking for property in Carefree, AZ. ( insert the gay smiley face).

  34. 12th man says:

    I thought on balance the Rams did enough to win that last game.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Fisher totally blew it by giving the Niners an extra 3rd down play on the penalty near the goal line. Instead of it being 4th and 2 and forcing the Niners to kick the FG, Fisher backed up the Niners for 3rd and 7, and Crabs scored on the re-do.

      Makes no sense. Then again, the game had about 15 plays that could have turned the game in either team’s favor. Chalk it up to, I don’t know, one game in 24 days?

  35. NoFear49er says:

    I’m afraid we underestimated the Rams and I don’t think we were very well prepared for them week 10. With all the starting QB distractions I hope we solve that element at least.

    Their o-line blocked very well against our front and Amendola isn’t all that easy to jam at the line as I keep reading we should do. He’s mostly motioning and mirrored by Rogers and sets behind the LOS. If we try to trail cover with a safety on top they’ll just run on us more or go to their deep burners. Linebacker help would work but their keys are generally in the backfield and Amendola’s too fast to cover as a second or third priority. It’s not impossible and disguising looks helps but it’s not as easy as some would have it. Luckily, Amendola’s been faking injury all week and maybe it’s not a fake.

    The Rams are undefeated in their division games and it’s a big deal to them so they’ll come to play.

    • 12th man says:

      It’s true Amendola won’t be easy to jam but they need to do something other than playing Rogers off him 3-5 yds in the slot. Run D has to be better too.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    Both Amendola and Jackosn are dealing with foot problems. I’m sure they both play, but they’ve both been ‘limited’ in practice this week. Just like Rice used to be ‘limited’ as well . . . He used to hobble around in pregame warmups, and throw a buck fifty on some hapless team.

  37. rtfirefly says:;_ylt=Arp0DloZLMM36jeN50IItA6bvZx4?fr=yfp-t-521-s&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&p=ccr%20stuck%20in%20lodi
    Glad you made it back safely, Chuck. Now we need to get Skeebs back so we can be one big happy family again.

  38. rtfirefly says:

    I posted the wrong link. Ach so, ask Drew Brees about mistakes.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    Thanks, yeah, we’re due around 6″ – 8″ of rain in the area these next few days . . .

    • rtfirefly says:

      Here it was 75 today and 45 at night. Last year on this exact date, we’d had a foot of snow already and had two straight -20 nights where even the icicles come inside to get warm.
      Hell, Chuck, I might move to Lodi next spring. NM springs and early autumns are spectacular. But the winters really suck.
      I think the Niners are going to open it up this week like no other game under Harbaugh. A couple INTs for Kappy, even a fumble. And 350 yards passing, 3 TDs through the air and another 60 on the ground.
      Remember, Kappy. You’ve got the best defense in the league behind you.

      • Touchdown Tommy says:

        Forty Niners had over 600 yards total offense against the NY Jets.
        Kappy had 117 yards passing in 3.5 quarters against the Rams 3 weeks back.
        Harbaugh would only get pass happy if the team fell behind.
        Take the lead and they run the ball and bleed the clock.

      • rtfirefly says:

        The Jets had just lost The Island for the year. Then Holmes on O. The Jets were falling over the edge already, D, O, you name it. And on their best day they suck. The Jets are not a measure by which to rate a team. The Bears? The Pack? The Gints? They most certainly are.

  40. rtfirefly says:

    A couple of reverses to keep Long and Quinn guessing. Walsh used to try one a game if only to give playoff DCs sleepless nights.

  41. Irish Kevin says:

    Chuck, where are you? I am in Sacramento, and Chi is up El Dorado I want to say.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    Worst reverse I ever saw was Niners/Raiders in 1988. Niners were down 9-3 in the 4th quarter in a downpour. 4th and 2 from the Raiders 34 yard line. Walsh calls a reverse to Rice that loses 8 yards. Game over. The girl I went with ditched me midway through the 3rd quarter (haven’t seen her since) so I had to find someone to give me a ride back to Belmont. In the pouring rain. Never even found out why she ditched me.

    Supposedly that was the game the decided Walsh’s fate. Eddie D came down on Walsh so hard that game that he nearly fired Walsh on the spot. This was of course after the disastrous playoff loss to Minnesota in 1987. After the loss, the Niners were 6-5, and looked to be dead in the water. When Walsh told the team what had happened with Eddie, he then told the team he was thinking about quitting. They they rallied around Walsh and ended up going all the way. Walsh retired after that Super Bowl.

  43. phil fan says:

    The spread for the Rams game ranges from 7 (twin) to 21 (RT and Grumpy). Keep an eye on RT- he won last weeks contest

    • rtfirefly says:

      Only fair since the UFO Coyotes got knocked out this week by 5 points. Already lost one by 0.84 on a Thursday Yahoo correction after the W was already posted.
      Always next year, but they’ll be the Roadrunners.
      Check out Silvers’ column today, Phil. Great stuff.

      “Let’s be honest,” said Harrison, an analyst on NBC’s Football Night In America. “The fact that he’s doing this, he’s getting national attention for his team. That’s what he wants. If he’d just announced the switch and left it at that, it wouldn’t be as big a story. Now, people care, and we’re all talking about the San Francisco 49ers.

      “Now that I’m in the media, I know the tricks of the trade. That’s what this is about. He’s playing with [the media]. It’s a game. And he’s winning.”
      -Former teammate Rodney Harrison

  44. unca_chuck says:

    Here’s the article:

    Some interesting stuff from his former teammates. Notably, like stuff I’ve (and others) have said regarding the differences between what the press hears and what the team hears . . .

    • rtfirefly says:

      “This one’s totally different, because Alex Smith was playing well,” said Billick, now an analyst for both FOX and the NFL Network. “It’s a bold move on Jim’s part, but there’s something special about this kid [Kaepernick]. Forget about this guy’s ability to make plays with his legs. His throwing motion and his accuracy are eye-popping to me. The delivery of his ball reminds me a little bit of Warren Moon. Remember how effortless his throwing action was, no matter what body position he was in, and how accurate he could be? And this kid, the game’s not too big for him.”
      Great article, Phil.
      -Brian Billick SB Champion

  45. rtfirefly says:

    Ever ridden a great horse after he’s been foaming at the mouth and off his feed because you just can’t ride him until the snow is cleared?
    I’m convinced now about Alex. He’ll be ready if Kappy gets concussed running.
    QBs are just like great horses. Brilliant in some ways, stupid as shit in others.

  46. rtfirefly says:

    8-2-1 and on the fast track for the Division Title.
    Jed I owe Trent and Paraag a formal apology.
    I still wish you’d picked up Jake Plummer. Think this whole thing could’ve been prevented.
    But laugh your butt off at me after you earn your First Ring.

  47. twinfan1 says:

    The QB deal has to have been a distraction but the two leads in Harbaugh’s soap opera have kept the team together. As far as we know Colin hasn’t been moonwalking through the clubhouse since getting the good news; and Smith, while noticably disappointed, hasn’t been seen keying Jimbo’s car.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I’d rather be the Niners with a 2-headed quarterback than any other team in the league. The trick of course is only 1 can play at a time and who can beat the Gints in January right now?

    • rtfirefly says:

      That was a rhetorical question. RG III will show the Niners how to smack the Gints in the playoffs. On Monday night. This guy is seriously good.
      The Niners can beat the Skins in the playoffs, this year. But they need more firepower.
      Next year the Skins aren’t going to be a joke.

    • twinfan1 says:

      I’m serious that I think Colin and Alex have diffused what could have a major problem. Colin is obviously happy and Alex bunmed, but they’ve both been as low profile as possible and Kaepernick has been very respectful of Smith, A lot was made about Alex appearing unhappy on the sidelines last week, but my God, what could anyone expect? He was 35-38 5 TDs 1 INT since halftime of the Seattle game. He forgot the pom-poms, I guess. I knocked him for not tearing into Harbaugh, but that’s just not his style-for better or worse.. anyway, I commend them both for how they’ve handled this.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Kappy’s only had 2 starts and done brilliantly. I just think Harbaugh is going with the hot hand. I predicted it last week only because I heard him saying that was what he was going to do.
        I’d still rather have RG III and make this a real controversy. Only it that case there wouldn’t be any.

  48. twinfan1 says:

    And good morning…usually when the starting QB falters, is injured,or is named Alex Smith; there’s a huge groundswell of support for the backup. With AS now the backup, it falls on Tolzien to be that guy. Our real 3 is the 2 in the hearts and minds of the faithful. It’s a bummer for Nate Davis who could have a career of being “anybody but Alex” if he’d ust kept his nose to the grindstone instead of looking for chicks with his “I’m not Alex” T-Shirt.
    But I digress. The problem with chanting for “Tolzie” is that he’s really the FOURTH string QB. Despite a horrendo final preseason game and a great one for Josh Johson, they kept him because they thought he’d be better running the “look” team than Josh.
    So the well documented “Back Up QB” syndrome has taken a big hit with AS number 2 and the real number 3 out of football when the UFL folded up for the year. There’s a rumor that Cody Pickett will agree to work for food as the honorary Number 2…

    • 12th man says:

      Twin, you do know that pre-season game 4 is worthless right? Tolzein 2 pre-seasons in a row showed himself to be a competent decision maker, an accurate passer and a gamer. He beat out the guy Harbaugh called “a son” because he was better. Where do you come up with these ideas?
      Prediction for next year: Kap starts, Tolzein #2 and drafting a #3 mid to late rounds.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Obviously it was a tongue in cheek post but the idea about Tolzien-Johnson and why “Tollzie” was kept came from Matt Barrows.His Email address for your bitching and moaning pleasure is

      • twinfan1 says:

        As Barrows pointed out, a lot of teams don’t keep 3 QBs, and even though his *full* preseason was spotty- 41.9 rating to Johnson’s 115.3, Tolzien was kept, as Barrows said, for his scout team work.
        With a number 3 QB never expected to take a snap, his familarity and excellence at that job won him the spot, not because he was better than Josh,

      • 12th man says:

        yup I remember that play, nice 30 yd in the air throw, one of 6 30+ in his last 276 attempts as opposed to the 6 30+ throws Kap made in 74 attempts. See the difference?

      • 12th man says:

        Oh well why didn’t you say Barrows said it first? That makes all the difference. It means you copied his B.S. and it wasn’t your own authentic B.S. Still B.S. however.
        You do love this stats thing Twin. Have you ever tried to formulate opinions based on what you see with your own eyes?
        I need to add a tag line “There are lies, damn lies and statistics” Benjamin Disraeli

      • twinfan1 says:

        And dude, when your picking through an obviousy tongue-in-cheek post for something to kvetch at me about, and it’s “Who’s number 3?” at that… well, you’re digging deep. Chill out. BTW, Colin’s 2 30+ air yards *completions*, were the one to Kyle in the Bear game and one to Mario in the NYG game.

    • twinfan1 says:

      You do realize that Cody isn’t really the honorary two, don’t you? BTW, here’s one of the throws that only Kap can make…now chill out, I know Kap is the one for now and I’m ready to to cheer on him tomorrow while you watch Alex to see if he’s frowning …

      • 12th man says:

        yup I remember that play, nice 30 yd in the air throw, one of 6 30+ in his last 276 attempts as opposed to the 6 30+ throws Kap made in 74 attempts. See the difference?

      • twinfan1 says:

        But it’s a throw the dunderhaeds claim he can’t make-ever.
        And Kap has not made 6 30+ air throws,he’s had 2 30+ yard air throws completed,

      • 12th man says:

        Your wrong Twin.

      • twinfan1 says:

        Sorry, but I’m not wrong. I even checked the play by play for each of Kap’s games. Whoever made the original claim just just counted all 30+ yards pass plays. But this is strictly FYI, I don’t penalize the guy for four 30+ pass plays just because YAC contributed to the yardage.That’s strictly Smater BS.

  49. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Stanford wins the Pac-12 Championship and not a goddamn peep.

    “Everything’s coming up roses…”

    • Winder says:

      Yay. It’s about time they made it back. I guess I am a little old school but I think the Rose Bowl should be a Pack 10 and Big Ten thing again. “F” the BCS

  50. twinfan1 says:

    “Jimbo knows Best” kinda stole the show this week, Denny.Even at the game, fans could be heard asking “Huh? Where’s Kappy?” After the game Barry Tompkins asked Shaw “OK, where’s the *real* coach?”

  51. Flavor says:

    Very few people, outside of alumni and Palo Alto natives, like the Cardinal. I get that they don’t like them, probably because they think it’s a privileged school, but their success is undeniable and really something to be honored. They have turned the program into an elite football program–3 different BCS games in three years is proof of that—and building it all the while having to deal with the strict admissions requirements as well as the workload that the student athletes have to deal with over the course of a season is really unbelievable……..


    Neither Tiger Woods, Condie Rice, Chelsea Clinton or Michelle Wie post here.
    I went to a different college so I could care less what Stanford does.
    So Del Mar Dennis is a Stanford Indian?

  53. twinfan1 says:

    Flavor is right, and Stanford alumni might be the epitome of what Right Coasters and Red Staters think of when they characterize Giants’ fans as Chardonnay sippiing effete dweebs noshing on Tofu dogs…another problem those folks have is that Pac-12 games are actually EXCITING on occasion, no at all like those 9-6 Alabama-LSU REAL games..

  54. 12th man says:

    Yes Bullit USC.

  55. NoFear49er says:

    12th Man, on the Amendola defense strategy;

    The nickel, or slot, corner replacing a backer or lineman has run responsibility, too. Could be Amendola wins the jam with our corners more often than not. Culliver’s losing the jam resulted in their wideout running free for a TD catch.

    They line Amendola up at different spots trying to gain an advantage. They don’t mind taking what the defense gives. They are, or were last time anyway, winning a lot of their blocks on our front seven for Jackson. They double Sopoaga in base or Justin in nickel and they get on our ILBs run blocking. Making Rogers more important in his run duties.

    I’d think we’ll try to man Amendola and play some zone with the ILBs and the safeties to bracket him. If we do it’ll take two deep coverage and one less in the box so we couldn’t make a steady diet of it.

    We like to put Willis on a RB or TE if they’re big threats. But Willis had a guard on him a lot the last time we played.

    There’s no doubt we have a much better team but their play calling and schemes can make us show up, stay focused and work hard.

    They know us and our tendencies as well as any team, Kaepernick could be an advantage if rookie mistakes don’t hurt his game. He should present preparation problems.

    Speaking of which, I was surprised when the Saints DE Will Smith was so completely fooled on Kaep’s read option TD. I thought everyone had that play in the Kaep package.


      Rookie mistakes by Kaepernick?
      Is he getting a do over? Colin Kaepernick is not a rookie.

      • twinfan1 says:

        Tommy, there is a dream world wherein Colin steps in for a 19-5 Smith (games started and finished) and “rookie” mistakes and puddinghead decisions are forgiven because he’s just learning. If he plays as he has, that won’t be an issue.but taking over, say, a 5-11 team with a struggling QB gives the new QB a lotta slack. On a good team expecting to once again go deep in the playoffs, no such slack exists.
        Meanwhile, loved another piece about AS, where his play against the Saints in the playoffs last year is trashed. The story begins…:”without the last two drives”.
        Sorta like “If not for the “Catch”…

  56. 12th man says:

    Cox is behind Ginn in the return game depth chart.

  57. unca_chuck says:

    Guess we should talk to the Jets about how to beat the Rams.

  58. twinfan1 says:

    Serious and tragic news:
    “Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in front of the team’s coach and general manager at the Chiefs’ training facility Saturday after killing his girlfriend in a seperate shooting, Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Snapp said”

    • 12th man says:

      Yeah absolutely tragic.

    • NoFear49er says:

      It’s too bad he got the order of the killings wrong.

      The headlines give short shrift to the fact that he murdered a young woman and orphaned his baby.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Well, to this day the “Donnie Moore tragedy” pays short shrift to the fact that he shot his wife 3 times, leaving her for dead, before killing himself.
      One of his 3 children, who witnessed tjhe shootings, drove his wife to the hospital. Tonya Moore survived and last I’ve seen is a nurse in Huntington Beach. She’s always blamed the fans for the trajedy, saying their jeering led to the shootings. She’s also said he’d previously beaten her and hit her the night that he gave up the HR to Henderson. Classic abused wife behavior and quite sad.

  59. NoFear49er says:

    While Sybil and Sybil’s hypocrite doppleganger would like to make the case that a guy who made his first NFL start two games ago must be mistake-free to justify his heartless hostile takeover there’s the minor problem of them both having had to make excuses for way too many of them for eight years for the guy that got benched by the coach they held up as the QB expert, Smith’s best friend and the best thing to happen to Smith in his enitre career, only yesterday it seems.

    For some delusional fans everything in the football world can only be viewed through the Alex Smith prism, no matter how foggy or rose colored it turns reality.

    Both claim they’ll root for the guy under center no matter who he is or how he earned the job, but their posts since the upgrade put the lie to that hysterical bit of posturing.

  60. phil fan says:

    It’s true I desperately need my beauty sleep as Man is quick to notice BUT, and it’s a huge but, IF by chance old phil isn’t ‘with you at the game’ 2am Monday morning it will be because this cyclone is bearing down on us. With luck it crashes the coconut internet After we beat the Lambs. Technical issues…We are on the southern island of the PI right in the path. Shades of Sandy.

  61. twinfan1 says:

    Well, night all. I’ll be rooting for Colin to really suck……the life out of the Rams..

    • Flavor says:

      well if he does suck we’ll know you meant this post as long as you don’t clog the blog with 18 million “Have we given Alex Smith back the starting QB job yet?”
      Yeah, I know, not your scene. Try to give the Alex comments a rest, we’re all woefully tired of them…………

  62. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    Not a minute too soon, apparently . . .

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