Green Bay and Game One

The Alex hooraw (zzzzzzzzzzzzz) tomorrow notwithstanding, game one of the season looks to be a real interesting matchup. A real barn burner for the last opening day at what is the grand old (crippled, and derelict at 43) dame of football stadiums, Candlestick Park. After the Pack had manhandled the Niners for, oh 18 years, the Niners suddenly have the upper hand. Beating Green Bay in their house to open the 2012 season and trouncing them in the playoffs last year at home. In both games, the Niner defense held the high-flying Green Bay passing game and Aaron Rogers to fairly pedestrian passing numbers (249, and 278 respectively). This was accomplished by pressure. The Niners didn’t blitz, or even sack Rogers much in either game (3 in the 1st game, 1 in the playoffs). But they were able to generate constant pressure with their base defense, which allowed more downfield coverage, and thus picks (1 in each game). It doesn’t sound like a lot, but Navarro Bowman’s pick in the 1st game slowed a GB comeback, and Tarrell Brown’s pick in the playoff game kept the game tied. Each pick was followed immediately by a touchdown on the Niners part. Those were both big momentum swings in the Niners favor.

So, Green Bay has us up in their sights. They have been perennial Super Bowl contenders, and therefore feel its their God-given right to reach and succeed in the playoffs. They don’t lose very much, either, and we have handed them some of their most recent painful losses. Beyond that, the Niners edged the Pack out last year for the #2 seed, and the playoff bye, and used that to their advantage.

You don’t (or ever) hear much trash talking come out of America’s Dairyland,  but the Cheeseheads are a proud lot, and don’t take very kindly to losing. Especially to the 49ers. A team that they used to beat with sickening regularity. I’m sure the Cheeseheads will be out in full force come opening day (and they are pretty damn nice and unassuming for the most part having seen them at the Stick for 2 straight playoff losses back in the day), but they certainly aren’t nowhere near the assholes that the Seahawk fans are. And what has Seattle done?

Beyond that, it beats talking about the preseason. Plus, one of our own, 12th man, is going to the game. Take some pics and I’ll post them here, 12th.

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107 Responses to Green Bay and Game One

  1. Nipper says:

    Chuck doesn’t like assholes! News at Noon!

  2. Del Mar Dennis says:

    How do you think Harbaugh is feeling about his comments about Seattle now? The Niners now employ a thug (Brooks), a drunk (Wright) and a pothead (Dobbs). I don’t care about any of the offenders (allegedly) or the offenses they committed. If you can play, you play. It’s all about winning. But Jimbo needs to STFU and be reminded each and every breath he takes that he LOST the Super Bowl. Keep your head down, your mouth shut and make the team better. That is all.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Like I said, better that than PEDs. But yeah, it’s pretty stupid to be casting aspersions all around.

    Thankfully that’s all ancient history. Except to you . . .

    Harbaugh has done more in 2 years than the previous 40 coaches not named Walsh or Seifert did for the history of the franchise. He can say what he wants.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Harbaugh has done nothing but lose the two biggest games at the end of the year in each of his first two seasons. Not to mention he’s taken at least ten years off of my life.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Beating your teammate over the head with a beer bottle (allegedly) is better than taking PEDs? Chuck, I get to force you to take some PEDs or I get to hit you over the head with a beer bottle. Your choice. That’s what I thought.

      • Chico says:

        I once got hit in the head with a beer bottle across the street from Kezar pub, in the parking lot of Kezar stadium while going to the Bruce Mahoney game with my wife.(SHCP vs SI). I then pummeled the guy so bad that his friends didn’t even want to jump in. Then I went to the UCSF ER and got my head shaved and received 16 stitches. Thank god I was insured. But was he?

  4. rtfirefly2 says:

    PEDs are great. They were the tiny little candy dispenser all we kids bought. Worth a small fortune now. Wish I’d kept one of the many I owned.

  5. Chico says:

    I like Rogers (Cal Bear), so I’m always rooting for him unless it’s against the Niners.

  6. rtfirefly2 says:

    Chico, you were in the WCAL too? Small world. We were a poor academic school.
    Now they’ve put swimming pools up and redone the whole school.
    Mitty Monarchs. Still not enough room for a real football stadium.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Serra Padre, do or die.

    Pop the Cherries, baby.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Right Dennis. I know in your twisted little mind, you enjoyed Mike Nolan much more than Jim Harbaugh so you could piss and moan all day and night. Much better to be thoroughly shitty than a contender.

    With fans like you, who needs fans?

  9. Flavor says:

    Surprisingly, I can tepidly get behind Dennis and his fury over those 2 losses. Maybe the rest of u have gotten over it, but I just can’t accept that we were down on the 5 with 4 plays to get in and….failure. And once again, we were out game-planned in the first half. How does that happen with 2 full prep weeks?
    But not being able to get over the SB loss doesn’t mean I don’t love Jim Harbaugh. I never want to feel what it’s like to have a “Nolan” or an “Erickson” coach of great team again.

  10. rtfirefly2 says:

    SI, Riordan, Serra, Sacred Heart, Bellarmine, and the Mitty Monachs!
    I’m missing two because of old age. There were 8.
    The West Coast Athletic League.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    St Francis is one of them. And its West Catholic . . .

  12. rtfirefly2 says:

    Right on target, Chuck. West Catholic.
    Randy Cali, my old schoolmate went to St. Francis. His family owned half of our town.
    I had to take a test there once in HS, and I really didn’t like it.
    The Lancers.
    Go Monarchs! I think the green chile and the coffee from the restaurant are kicking in, so I’ll say sayonara for the evening.

  13. rtfirefly2 says:

    Well, one more. I actually did like the St. Francis campus, just it was a lot more urban than suburban me.
    Bellarmine sucked. Bad neighborhood, rich boys. Kinda like USC.
    SI and Riordan in The City, Serra in San Mateo, St. Francis in Mountain View.
    Mitty in San Jose but right on the borders with Santa Clara and Cupertino.
    Sacred Heart also in San Mateo IIRC. The one that Barry later went to.
    I’m still missing one. I think it was a lame San Jose area school (lame in that it was academic and not athletic, but that’s how we thought then).
    I can’t remember the name for the life of me.
    I think the green chile and the coffee have kicked in now.

    • Chico says:

      SHCP is on Ellis St. in the city. Bellarmine had some good sports teams in the mid-late 90s and your comment was spot-on. Just like USC.

  14. rtfirefly2 says:

    Oops, Barry went to Serra.
    Damn, they make strong coffee next door. It’ll be hours before I fall asleep, but they make fantastic chile and it makes it worthwhile.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, Barry was 2 years behind me. He could hit a ton back then. Saw him play in a couple JV games as a freshman.

  16. rtfirefly2 says:

    Paul Jones was Mitty’s best athlete ever until Kerri Walsh became the best woman’s volleyball player IN THE WORLD.
    GO Monarchs!
    Paul was a million dollar running back with a 10 cent head. He blew out his knee in his rookie season at Cal. Hopefully he’s grown up and doing well.
    WORLD CHAMPION Kerri Walsh! Go Monarchs!

  17. Chico says:

    Yeah, it was always nice to beat the rich kids. We considered any private school the ‘rich kids’ but looking back, my wife’s family was far from rich. Raised by a single mom, they barely scraped by but she invested in her daughter’s education. Went into big time debt, too, but it payed off.

  18. rtfirefly2 says:

    I watched Paul run for 400 yards. In one game. But I also saw him in the corridors being BMOC.
    I hope he’s grown up. He was Jim Brown in HS. Seriously, but 10 cent head.

  19. Chico says:

    Keith Hernandez and Bob McLure were the best to come out of my high school. I also know Greg Reynolds who plays for the Reds (who the Giants lit up a few weeks ago). I played ball with his older brothers. One of my good friends who moved away freshmen year holds the single season batting record for Cal State Fullerton – Steve Woodward. Funny thing is, he wasn’t even that good in little league.

  20. rtfirefly2 says:

    Chico, I paid for my own education at Mitty. Janitorial work, then later good ol’ McDs.
    Nothin’ comes cheap.

  21. Chico says:

    I also played ball with this guy and his cousin Joey. Rob moved to Santa Rosa before high school, too. Chuck, this is why I don’t like steroids and why I’m critical of their use. A sad read. I don;t want my kids being around that shit in the locker rooms when they grow up.

  22. rtfirefly2 says:

    Voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in my ’78 class. Given a 4-year Mathematics award they invented for me.
    Sometimes, too much fame and pressure too young can break a guy.
    I like training horses now and analyzing old movies and criticizing them.
    It’s much more fun.

  23. rtfirefly2 says:

    My grade school algebra teacher and honors program HS calculus teacher met up again in college.
    He apologized in front of the entire college class for his behavior towards me, and it wasn’t sexual, it was a professional disagreement between friends.
    He was teaching summer school, and I wanted to get into his class on Statistics.
    He was a Cuban refugee from the Castro revolution, and didn’t like what I said about Cubans in HS.
    We kissed and made up and remained friends for many years afterwards.
    I can dish it out Chuck, and I can take it. So when does football start?

  24. rtfirefly2 says:

    Yeah, that didn’t write right. I’m straight. My teacher taught me advanced Mathematics and had a wife and a couple kids.
    Our affair was strictly professional and Mathematics.
    We both like women. He has his wife, daughters, and grandpups now.
    I’m getting there.
    When does football start? I’m tired of putting my figurative foot in my mouth.

  25. rtfirefly2 says:

    We don’t know what injuries are going on, that’s what drives Jimmy the Greek crazy.
    Half the Niners might have qualified for IR by Super Bowl time. We just don’t know, and don’t expect anybody from the Niners to tell you.
    We’ll be fine. Tell Skeebs I’m in for 13-3.
    Playoffs, who knows? I say we win it all this year. Lombardi Trophy #6.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Pup you are, Chico! Ain’t no thang though. Class of ’79. . . .

  27. Alleykat says:

    They are pups Chuck.
    Class of 74
    Hell the HS San Carlos High closed down in 82…Baseball,Football, and the Nude Relays were my specialtys.
    LOL..Relays were a big tradition at San Carlos getting drunk,having the cops always wondering where were going to run and drop our jocks and run.Great Night!!

  28. unca_chuck says:

    San Carlos was a cool HS. Had a few friends that went there. Great location. Had a few parties out at the water temple. Including a senior cut day near-riot in ’79. We got there early and I met up with my Serra friends and some San Carlos high buds who had the same sr. cut day, with the usual assortment of combustables and beer. Soon enough there were some football players from both schools and sure enough, a couple 12 packs into it, and the football players started talking shit. Brilliantly, one of the Serra football players thought it would be cool to show how tough he was by breaking a bottle over his own head. Hilarity ensued as he cut the shit out of himself, and the melee started. I was long off the team by that point, and didn’t give a shit about those clowns, except to sell them pot, and we watched and laughed from the woods and hung out til the cops came to break things up and toss everyone out of there.

    The pisser about Serra was, whenever we went to a party and too many Serra guys started showing up, there was a guaranteed fight, cops arrive, bust up the party, and run from the law. Major buzzkill. Learned very early to cut my losses and take shit to the Point.

    The other pisser is that was the moment they decided to put up the 2 miles of ‘No Parking’ signs on Canada Road, and close off the parking lot to the Pulgas Water Temple. BUT, that led directly to Canada Road being closed to car traffic on the last Sunday of the month between Edgewood Rd and 92 for bicycle and ped traffic

    • Chico says:

      Ha! I sold pot in my mid 20s. Come to think of it, I was rolling in dough at the time compared to my friends. My brother lives on the border of San Carlos/RWC (it’s actually RWC) where Alameda turns into a residential neighborhood just south of Sequoia hospital. My nephew will be a freshmen at Sequoia in a couple of weeks. Football & baseball.

  29. Flavor says:

    Just got back from Vegas. The o/u line on the number of times Dennis wishes death/broken neck on Alex Smith tonight is 36.5. And that’s just the first half!!!!

  30. Winder says:

    Yeah, the Peninsula had a lot of good football teams, Unfortunately I went to Ravenswood and Menlo-Atherton and we both sucked.

  31. NoFear49er says:

    Personally, I wish nothing but the best for Alex.

    Worst case for me is he stinks it up, gets cut loose and starts thinking about how nice it was living on the west coast.

    I’d have a lot more respect for the guy if he’d just once take some responsibility for his own shitty performances instead of perpetuating the story of “poor Alex” at every interview.

    • Winder says:

      That scenario did evolve into a saga of it’s own. Be interesting to see KC’s take on everything. I also wish him the best, I am just glad he’s gone.

  32. rtfirefly2 says:

    Only one thing counts, and that’s performance on the field. Well, 2 things if you’re a Niner. Character and behavior off the field, too.
    Let the Cowpukes have the Charles Haleys of the world, let TO go run around the country destroying locker rooms.
    We’re the San Francisco 49ers, baby!

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      I’d *prefer* character guys as well, BUT if it came between playing “Mr Congeniality” who couldn’t play a lick or the All-Pro who hit guys over the head with a 2×4 in his spare time…well, how long would you like me to cut that board for you, sir?

  33. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Quinton Patton is in uniform catching passes with BOTH hands during warmups. I hope he plays. Hell. Even he Patton plays with one hand he still has a better chance catching a pass than A.J.

  34. rtfirefly2 says:

    Did you catch that “Pawn Stars” epidode where the former Niner cheerleader was trying to hock her ring from 1989?
    They asked her straight up how she got it.
    “We weren’t allowed to fraternize with the players.”
    Then she laughed. It was hilarious. She kept the Ring.

  35. Flavor says:

    Denny, enjoy your venom spewing tonight. This is really a game for you to truly shine.
    Me? I’m not an Alex Smith “fan” since he plays for another team. But I respect what he did for us especially after Harbaugh turned him into more than serviceable

  36. rtfirefly2 says:

    Pats-Bucs. All I can get but it’s only exhibition season.
    Think I’ll watch a Jolie movie or something.
    This is torture and it only just started.

  37. rtfirefly2 says:

    TD, Brady to Amendola. That must’ve taken at least a minute.
    2 point conversion now. This is pathetic.

  38. rtfirefly2 says:

    63 yard kickoff return by the Bucs. At least there is one guy who thinks they can win.
    Their defense might as well leave the field now.

  39. Del Mar Dennis says:

    I’ve always said the team performs best when Alex is sitting on the bench.
    7-3 Chiefs. Great to see our ST have improved since the SB. Did you see who whiffed and was trailing at the 5 yd line? Craig fucking Dahl. I want his neck broken even before Alex’s.

  40. rtfirefly2 says:

    First play after that return. Sack. Then a fumble. Now an incompletion.
    Welcome to the world of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
    At least Rob’s area of the world is gorgeous. They sure don’t know how to play football.

  41. rtfirefly2 says:

    16 straight completions by Brady, counting the Eagles game.
    It’s men against boys.

  42. rtfirefly2 says:

    I’m just waiting until Brady throws an incompletion. He’s up to 18 now, going quick count, no huddle.
    HE DID IT. He threw a bad pass. I’m gone LOL.

  43. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Our STs look atrocious. In every conceivable way.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Correction: Phil “Richard” Dawson doesn’t have XXX against him. The Smith family will try to steal…

  44. Irish Kevin says:

    Well let’s hope this vanilla offense is not what we are going to see in the regular season. And if we go run heavy after crossing the 50 yard line it is going to be a long season. Only seen a few plays, but…

  45. Irish Kevin says:

    Boy oh boy, Harbaugh must be scared shitless of the injury bug to put in all second team in on offence!!

  46. Irish Kevin says:

    Damn and I thought the SF Giants offense was awful!!

  47. Del Mar Dennis says:

    There’s yet to be a completion to a WR by either team thus far.
    ‘Nuff said.

  48. Flavor says:

    Denny–I’m bummed for you dude, 2 Niners had a chance to light Smith up on that run and they both peeled off. Oh well, maybe he’ll get killed in a car crash on the way home—something to look forward to for you……..

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      His play this first half was death warmed over. The Niners STs and offense gave Alex terrific field position for all 30 mins. Smith generated a total of 6 pts.

      Oh! The Chiefs are keeping Smith in. He DESERVES to get injured.

  49. Del Mar Dennis says:

    I’ll tell you this, if you play in a PPR league you best draft Jamaal Charles first overall. With Checkdown Charlie leading the way JC could catch 100 passes out of the backfield.

    • Flavor says:

      For 3 yards a catch? What’s the point. Charles has gone top 3 in most NFBC drafts and 1st in a few of them.

      • Del Mar Dennis says:

        What’s the point? How bout 100 of them for just catching the goddamn ball. Not to mention JC could very well run for 1500 yds. I think he’s a great pick. But I sort of have to root for Alex if I select Charles. I’m torn.

      • Flavor says:

        I don’t really play fantasy football, I was just thinking about the # of yards/td’s generated, not the # of catches…. I’m a 5X5 guy, fantasy baseball.

  50. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Have we cut A.J. Jenkins yet? Fuck him and the horse Baalke rode to Illinois to scout him on.

  51. Del Mar Dennis says:

    When is Art Schlichter up for parole? The Niners need a b/u QB. Art could do better than what we have currently. I’d bet on it. So would Art. 😀

  52. Flavor says:

    Daniels is a fun little story but he’s a midget there’s no way he makes it against first team NFL guys– those dudes are fucking buildings, he’ll never see around them

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      I agree, but Daniels has looked the best of the lot. But it matters not who’s out b/u QB. If Kap goes down the chances of winning the SB is over. As well it should be. If Rodgers goes down, the Pack are the out. Brees goes down, Saints chances are over. Matty “Ice” slips, the Dirty Birds are finished. If the “Rapist” from Pittsburgh gets put behind bars, the Steelers are done. If Andrew Luck has none, the horseshoe doesn’t find the ringer. If the midget in Seattle gets swept up in a tsunami, the Hawks chances are washed away. If the future president of the United States gets vetoed, the “Hoodie” will say absolutely nothing as usual, but the Pats w/o Tom Brady are useless. And if Peyton Manning breaks a leg and the Bronco needs to be euthanized, I’m sure you guys will make me watch the horse take the needle underneath the tent. That’s a tough one. But I’ve been there and done that.

      Early SB Prediction? You kidding me? It’s way too fucking early. But I’ll tell you this: I’m hoping for 49ers vs Bengals. I know that outcome. Saw the first one in person in Pontiac. Sec. 111 Row 45 Seat 35. I play those numbers in the Lottery. How’s that working out? I’m still sitting here talking to you guys. 😛

      • Flavor says:

        Daniels obviously has skills that play in the NFL. Tolz and Colt are just dudes who can take snaps and know the plays. That’s it. Maybe Daniels overcomes his height, other QB’s have over the course of history. Different NFL today tho

  53. Flavor says:

    My buddy owns Undisputed Gym in San Carlos– frank gore worked out there exclusively in the off season. He said Gore trained like a madman, like a fiend. He wants to have a monster season

  54. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Hey, Chuck. I just tweeted your blog to my 800+ followers on Twitter. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but I was just at 600 just a little while ago…just trying to attract more Niner fans. The more the merrier I always say. Especially when someone else is buying drinks.

  55. barleyfreak says:

    I’ve only two things to say. I hate preseason games. AJ Jenkins sucks.

    • Nipper says:

      I second that!

      • Del Mar Dennis says:

        Nipper, who’s the most famous guy you ever stood next to at the men’s urinal? Me? It was former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. Fairmont Hotel circa 1984. I was there with Moms and the GF enjoying the Tonga Room. I told him I voted for Reagan.

  56. ninerdog says:

    The 49er defense is going to be a monster. Haralson, Reid, I. Williams, and Cox are sure making it better than it was last year…which is hard to do.
    The offense will have home run potential with Kap. Alex, while being classy and talented will never be that guy. I still want to see if Hunter can be effective again. Gore will need to be handled right for him to make it to the end of the season.
    Iupati needs to keep his head on a swivel during pass protection or Kap’s head will be on somebody’ pike.

  57. rtfirefly says:

    Sorry, I’m still trying to gouge my eyes out after watching the Tampa Bay Bucs last night.
    When I get done throwing up, I’ll be back.

  58. unca_chuck says:

    Fuckin’ A. Another day, another move. Caught some of the game after getting the cable hooked up here in Lafayette. Done with the beach and out to the hills. Fricking Haralson looked pretty good yesterday. Didn’t see much else but the last TD to Jacobs?

    As far as Daniels goes, fucking Russell Wilson is short. He gets the job done. Uh,he did last year. It’ll be interesting to see how Wilson. RG and Kappy do this year

  59. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, Chico, Yer crackin ,me up. Used to live on Walnut St. in San Carlos. Right near Eaton on the RWC border. Did I tell ya about the good old days going to Harry’s Hof Brau back in the day when the Niners used to practice at Sequoia?

    • Alleykat says:

      Hey Chuck..I Still live in San Carlos.Top of Eaton above Alameda (Roland) .Great times watching the 49ers practice down in RWC
      Still go to Harry’s great comfort food and Bar.
      Also still pop into Canyon Inn.Lots of 49ers went there after practice. Owner still has all the great old shots of the the “DYNASTY TEAM” all over the walls.
      Including one of my All-time favorites ..DanBunz stuffing that Bengal RB at the goal line…”IN YOUR FACE” DENIED ENTRY TO OUR ENDZONE MOTHER FUCKER!!!!!!!

  60. NJ49er says:

    Two observations from the KC Game.
    Alex can’t beat our 2s
    Our ST kick coverage units need lots of work.

    After that.
    Our future looks bright on Defense.
    Wilhoite, Stupar and Moody all looked good to go.
    Once we find some WRs we should be absolutely solid.

    Liked how Jewel gets into the scrum and looks for daylight.
    Doesn’t think too much like Dixon does.

    Should be interesting to see how Baalke massages the Roster for Manningham too.
    Don’t have the details on how the PUP works once the 53 Man headcount is whittled down.
    Perhaps he can buy 6 weeks there?

  61. unca_chuck says:

    I thought if you were on the pup list to start the year you were done for the season. But I could be wrong.

  62. rtfirefly2 says:

    No, Chuck, they change the rules on the PUP every year. The IR puts you out for the year.
    The PUP is just for some 6 weeks or so. I think. Like I said, they change it every year and I can’t keep up.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    We’re both kinda right. Here’s te deal:

    A player who finishes the preseason still on the PUP list can then be placed on the regular-season PUP list. Such players must sit out the first six games their team plays. At that point, teams have a three-week window in which to allow the player to begin practicing; from the day the player begins practicing, teams have an additional three-week window in which to decide whether to activate the player to the 53-man roster. If either of those deadlines pass, the player must remain on the PUP list for the remainder of the season.

    • NJ49er says:

      That’s about what I figured would happen.
      Manningham and Crabtree can be evaluated through pretty much the first half of the Season.
      If AJ comes along well enough to be active they’ll have the option to let one or both practice while not needing to declare them Active on Sundays.
      Not holding my breath with AJ however.

      Little I’ve seen of AJ so far, he’s playing timid.
      It’s mental with him.
      I fully expect Patton to make a major push for playing time.
      He and Chad appear to be very aggressive with their play.
      Lockette? Can’t make that call at this point.
      Seems to me he’s taking an awful long time to gel with Kaep too.

      Guessing Marlon and Kasim Osgood will stick simply for ST contributions.
      Hawkins and Collie?
      2 weeks left in Preseason to see if they can standout.

  64. unca_chuck says:

    That should have posted 10 hours ago.

  65. NJ49er says:

    Caught some of the NYG/Indy game tonite too.
    Fleener looks lost too.

    I’m surprised, especially since he has some history with Luck.
    Similar to AJ perhaps, being timid of the Pro level?
    Worrying about contact instead of running proper routes and thinking on the fly?

  66. unca_chuck says:

    It is early. But based on what you saw, Vance looks pretty good, then. Even with the drops, he gets open and rumbles around pretty well.

  67. barleyfreak says:

    Good to see Baalke can admit it when he fucked up. Bubye, AJ. Good luck keeping upright in KC.

  68. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. One crappy wr for another. One guy at least has some numbers in the NFL.

    New thread is up.

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