A Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, in the case of the San Fracisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. Let’s take a look at a couple of football games from yesterday. The 49ers/Bucs game (of course), and the Dallas/GB game. Both featured teams that were expected to do very well and reach the playoffs with ease. Well, in both cases, each team has run into some roadblocks along the way. But as of yesterday, both had their fate in their own hands.

The Niners faced a tough road game against a team that, while 4-9, was on a roll, having won 4 of their last 5.The Niners of course have gone through their share of ugly losses, and a recent huge victory over the Seahawks. Dallas on the other hand, has yoyoed themselves through wins over the also-rans, and Philly before they got hot, and took a couple big losses in the shootout with Denver (51-48), and Chicago (45-28).

So, come yesterday, both teams had build up leads at the half. The Niners however, screwed the pup by going prevent late in the 2nd quarter to allow TB to march down the field and score a TD. Dalls, had build a seemingly insurmoutable 265-3 lead on the back of some strong DeMarco Murray running, and some big pass plays from Romo to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Throw in 4 field goals, and there’s your 23 point lead.

While the 49ers had dominated their half, they were only up by 10, and that lead quickly shrunk to 6 points after the Niners drove for a 43 yard FG, and Tampa swithced things up by going no-huddle, and scoring very easily to mae the score 20-14. Dallas meanwhile, started their 2nd half by instantly giving GB life by giving up a 60 yard run to Edddie Lacy, and letting GB score in less than 2 minutes after the kickoff. Still, Dallas was able to drive down the field and answer with a FG of their own on a 6+ minute drive, mixing runs and passes fairly well. GB then marches down the field 80 yards in 12 plays, making the score 29-17. Closer, but no need to panic yet.

Here’s where the coaching comes in to play. Both games were now entering the 4th quarter, and both teams faced momentum shifts that had gone the other way. The Niners were only up by 6, but at this point they started pounding the ball on runs. They engineered an 18 play (10 of which were runs), 75 yard drive that burned 10 minutes of the 4th quarter. That it only resulted in a FG is of little import as the Niners had a 2-score lead, and there was little time. Dallas, who had run the ball very well all game, suddenly and inexplicably gave up on the run. So their momentum-defining drive was 2 dropped passes, and a sack. Burning less than 1 minute of clock. So they were punting from their 2. A decent punt return, and boom. 29-24, and panic starts to creep in.

The Niners were then able to salt the game away on a very high risk reverse on the ensuing kickoff, thus allowing Kendall Hunter an easy touchdown on the blown excxhange. Dallas on the other hand, was in pass-only mode. To stem the fact that Their defense was turning very sieve-like, Dallas didn’t run. They did manage a tpouchdown midway through the 4th quarter, thus extending their lead to 36-24. Certainly a big enough lead, even though their derfense was starting to gag.

Sure enough, Dallas’ defense gives up a TD-scoring drive as GB marches 80 yards in 3 minutes. 36-31 Dallas. So, instead of trying to give their defense a rest, and take time off the clock, Dallas keeps passing. Incomplete pass, sack, then the killer INT. GB by this point is doing anything they want offensively. The Dallas defense is gassed and tiring, and they give up yet another scoring drive. 50 yards in 1:30. GB up 37-36 (2 pt conversion failed). At this point it still isn’t desperation time, but it’s close. Still and all, they just need to get into FG range to kick the game-winning FG. Unfortunately (hah!!), Romo throws yet another pick to ice the game for GB.

What do we gain from this? Well, as much crap as I’ve given Greg Roman over the course of this season, he called a masterful game yesterday. He did NOT go away from the run as he had in some earlier games when the momentum was slipping away. Namely, Seattle and Indy. He stuck with the run, and was rewarded with some tough Gore runs up the middle, and some surprisingly effective sweeps from Hunter. Kaepernick had, to me, one of his best games ever, as he effectively bought time and made some huge throws under big pressure, into some very tight windows. He also ran with reckless (and effective) abandon that kept drives alive.

Dallas on the other hand, is once again looking at a statistaical marvel of a game that sdomehow slipped away amid the HC blaming his QB for calling into the pick, and the prima donna WR walking off the field with 1:30 left in the game. In other words, just another day in Pleasant Valley.

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116 Responses to A Tale of Two Cities

  1. unca_chuck says:

    With Jason Garrett soon to be the next ex-head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, I really wonder if Jerry Jerk-Off goes the ‘tough discplinarian’ route and hires (*urk*) Mike Singletary. It would fit the pattern of the so-called tough guy rattling the cages of the ‘look-at-me’ prima donnas (hello Dez) among the players on that team.

    Who kows? Maybe Teflon Mike is ready for his next HC gig. Go back to where his daddy got his start.

  2. Nipper says:

    Well I’m no expert but it seems to me that Romo is called upon to do way too much. He needs more help to sustain drives and eat up the clock. In contrast, Harbaugh and Roman put Kap in a better position to succeed late in games. Niners have a strong running game that pays off like money in the bank.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Well, that’s the point, Nippy. Dallas was running successfully all day. They played give away with the ball when they should have been milking the clock. That’s entirely on the coaches.

      According to Garrett, Romo called out of the run that was then picked off. Completely Romo’s fault, but regardless what happened, Garrett shouldn’t be throwing his QB under the bus. Bryant shouldn’t be walking off the field while the game’s going on.

      There’s a huge lack of institutional leadership there, because of Jerry Jerkovitch. Which is exactly why I think he brings in a Nolan/Singletary type. Perceived disciplinarians. Hey, it could work. It’d be fun to watch either way.

      • Random9erfan says:

        Chuck,
        My guess is that if JJ’s Boys make the playoffs, Garrett gets a reprieve, and stays.
        If not, he becomes the scapegoat, and JJ brings in Lovie Smith. IIRC, Lovie is a Texas guy, has won some games, and is a perceived disciplinarian.
        Re Singletary or Nolan, unlikely. Pa York from what I gather is buds with JJ, something to do with Oklahoma football.
        What I do know is that JJ does whatever JJ wants to do. It’s good to be the King,
        I hope he never changes a thing.

  3. 12th man says:

    Bumped from the end of the last thread where Chuck left it languishing in obscurity!

    This is for Dennis really but interesting read for the rest of us mooks too.

    Seattle are the #1 rated team in football, Broncos the #2. To get to the SB it is almost certain to have to go through Seattle for the NFC team.

    As Dennis tends to say, “nobody beats Seattle at home, period”. So I did a quick google and came up with this article about success rates of the #1 and #2 seeds winning the SB with a side dish of how often those seeds win the championships (on their home field remember).

    I think it’s fair to say there is nothing certain in football. Debartolo expects the Niners to win the SB this year, even comparing it to the back to back years or yore.

    http://www.footballnation.com/content/nfl-playoffs-look-how-the-no-1-6-seeds-have-fared-since-1991/20555/

    Chuck says this doesn’t apply because of the noise at Squawk field.

    The noise makes it tougher to win yes, but they are beatable there is no doubt. KC is noisy and broke the noise record this year, NO is crazy noisy. This idea that the Squawks are already in the SB because they can’t be beat at home is B.S. Any number of eventualities can happen, just look at the Steeler Bengals game last night. That funny shaped ball has a mind of it’s own sometimes and the Niners are due a turn at lady luck. Squawks used all theirs up in the regular season.

    Niners were the last team to beat them at home and can definitely do it again if it comes to that.

    Niners need to win out to get the 5th seed. That currently sends the Panthers to the Squawks. Panthers are very capable of winning that game.

    It’s not easy of course but the play offs never are. Come wildcard weekend it’s a fresh slate, makes no difference who won what in season. Bragging rights mean nothing, it’s win or go home.

    I’m a Niner fan loud and proud and I choose to believe both from a rational and irrational POV that my team is good enough to get the 6th Lombardi they should have brought home last year.

    All this “Niners aren’t good enough” crap chaps my ass.

    Happy Monday Faithful.

    • philippinefan says:

      Nothing is written in stone, its all up for grabs yes sir. Seattle can be beat at home and I think our men will do it as they have before Cheathawks became “unbeatable”. This is shaping up to be a great end of season/playoff run and has a far different subjective ‘feel’ than last years effort. Will history repeat? In Walshs 3rd year we got our first SB and I say this is the Niners year again.

      • 12th man says:

        Eddie D says the same thing Phil.

      • philippinefan says:

        Apropos of nothing: Im close to 2 great Forty Niners. Eddie D and CK. (Ok this is weak) How so you ask incredulously? Our birthdays are 3 days apart with mine smack in the middle -CK 11/3, Phil 11/4 and Eddie D 11/6. If only those other 2 saps had my wealth, fame and football skills…

  4. unca_chuck says:

    If Carolina wins out as well, don’t the Niners stay 6th? I don’t see how we jump Carol since they already beat us and both teams would be 12-4. I love your optimism, and I’m hopeful Carolina gets the Hawks, because I think the 3 best teams in the NFL ARE the Niners, Hawks and Seattle. If those 2 can fight the battle royal the Niners can then beat the crippled winner.

    That’s my hope anyway.

    • 12th man says:

      Currently NO wins the tie breaker with the Panthers so if SF, CP and NO all win out the Panthers are the 6th seed. At least that’s what I read but I stand to be corrected. In any case you get the point. This sense of defeatism is not warranted, Niners have as good a shot as anybody and are built to do well in the post season. They are improving at the right time and getting healthy now too. Iupati probably plays next week just in time to get into play off game shape.

      The backups got solid exposure this year, even the WR to some extent, which serves well too. NJ has posited that the Harbs brain trust have been holding back plays this year, something they did do last year, and I agree with him. Did you guys see some of the things Kap did yesterday? I’m not sure any other QB in the league could have pulled it off.

      He threw deep to VD just off his fingertips earlier in the game too. If they made that play it was a TD.

      One black spot was Crabs idiotic penalty, he is salty and has done something dumb in each game since he came back. Hope he gets that restlessness out of his system soon.

      • philippinefan says:

        Finally saw some of his scrambles and passes for 1st downs, TDs on coconut replays. Wow looking good!

  5. snarkk says:

    The amount of pub that horsemanure team in Dallas gets is just ridiculous. They haven’t gotten the horsemanure off their boots and into the playoffs in how long? I think it has to be the cheerleaders. They’ve still got their game on. I’m assuming Jerry Jones does not have his hand in making the final choices for that team. If he does, then he should stick with that, and stay out of football operations…

    • 12th man says:

      Jets is a similar deal. Win nothing decade after decade and get tons of publicity, even without Teblow. I watched games last year where the winning team was almost totally ignored and the losing Jets coach was featured in the post game stuff. Even the announcer apologized to the Titans if I remember correctly for the shitty coverage.

      Dallass is the same shit. Mediocre describes them year after year. Romo is a huge choke artist yet to do anything of note when it counts. GM Jones aka the crypt keeper overpays for under performers time and again. He falls in love with stats, much like Dennis does, rather than results that matter like winning in the play offs.

      Dallass is currently 7-7 with a high probability of going 8-8 AGAIN!

      May the crypt keeper live long and flounder.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    The reason things are so fucked up is he won’t fire his GM. Who happens to be Jerry himself.

    Every decision runs through Jerry Jerk-Off. He’s the owner, GM, and Head Cheerleader. For good and (mostly bad, but good for the rest of the NFL) bad. He’s assuming the mantle of Al Davis in that he’s going to continue to miromanage the team to death with knee-jerk reactions.

    Davis at least was a very astute guy back in the day. The best thing Jerry Jones did was hire Jimmy Johnson. the worst thing Jerry did was fire Jimmy Johnson.

  7. NoFear49er says:

    Hate to say I told ya so…

    “We’ll address that with Dez today,” Garrett said in his radio interview with 105.3 The Fan Dallas-Fort Worth. “I understand why to a certain extent: They’re kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over. He’s an emotional guy; we’re all very emotional about what we do. But he needs to stay out on the field, and I’ll address that with him today, and just explain why it’s important to do that and he’ll understand.”

    Garrett described Bryant, 25, as “one of the great team guys I’ve ever been around.”

    “He loves his teammates, he loves this team, has a great passion for winning,” Garrett said. “You have to understand how to handle yourself in those situations. He’ll learn from this situation.”

    What a pitiful excuse for a man. Garrett or Bryant, take your choice. How does a guy get to this level with such disregard for team and sportsmanship?

    … and Bill Romanowski was just super competitive and an emotional guy, too.

    .

    btw, I laugh at the notion that Seattle is invincible at home. Give me a game with officials that actually call PI/holding and I’ll win the yardage battle on penalties alone.

  8. rtfirefly says:

    Chuck, there’s a NO@Car game yet to be played. One of them has to lose or both tie. Records only, no tiebreakers involved. Niners win out = #5.

  9. rtfirefly says:

    Lest we forget, Chuck, The Emperor Who Has No Clothes has a son Stephen who is Director of Player Personnel, as well as Assistant Emperor, Assistant Owner, Assistant GM, and Assistant to the Assistant HC!

  10. rtfirefly says:

    NF, I do not get your disdain for Bryant over this game. 11 catches for 153 yards and a TD strikes me as a kickass player fighting to win.
    Leaving the field early, with The Pack kneeling out the clock, so the national TV audience wouldn’t see him crying over the imminent loss shows me one player trying to stay afloat in a sea of “What, Me Worry?”

    • 12th man says:

      I’m with NF on this one RT. Bryant had a good game and is a good WR but there is no doubt he is a “me first” mentality. Team mates need to support each other win or lose. His running away from it is weak and selfish IMO.

      • rtfirefly says:

        To each his own. I’ll take the 11/153/1. 281/3932/38 career. 38 TDs. Has he behaved like Keyshawn Johnson or Randy Moss? Remember, too, he’s only 25 singin’ “Oh Lord, stuck in Dallas again.”

    • NoFear49er says:

      Rufus, would you get it if it were Romo? Garrett? the entire team?

      WTF makes Bryant’s disappointment so freakin’ special that everyone has to make excuses to accomodate whatever the f*** sort of tantrum he has on the sidelines during the game, every game that doesn’t go according to the rules of Dez? Because he’s a talented player of the foozball? If he was on my team he’d find a big yellow sticky on his locker this AM: “Your rucksack is in the hall.”

      • rtfirefly says:

        Are Romo and Garrett as good at their positions as Bryant is at his? He’s 25. You cut him, I’ll pick him up. To each his own. My sticker in his locker would read, “To Thineself Be True.”

  11. 12th man says:

    If it’s true that Miller is done for the year that will make a big difference in the run game and Kap loses his 3rd best receiver. I’ve said many times the opposing D should just run to Miller cause that’s where the runner will be.

    They don’t have a ready replacement for him on roster. Nearest would likely be Boobie Dixon.

  12. rtfirefly says:

    It rose above freezing today for the first time in ten days. Being New Mexico, it crept up to 65° with warmer on the way. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! And I’ve thawed out.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    All Bryant walking off the field does is set the tone that he is bigger than the team. That his feelings outweigh the rest, that he takes the loss harder than anyone else, and that the rest of the team doesn’t matter. If they had any leadership near anyone on that team, there would be repercussions for his actions. But it certainly won’t be Garrett. Or anyone else. Jerry’s bullshit generator will gloss over the fact that it’s a very loosely run program that will now likely implode through the end of the season.

    Crabs on the other hand I’m sure will pay some kind of fine to the players pool, or whatever kangaroo court they have. That was a horrific move on his part that could have been very costly. He did redeem himself by getting open on the 3rd and 14 and getting the 1st down. He threw a fit in the Seattle game when Kappy underthrew him. Like Kappy took away his favorite pacifier. Crabs has shown at times the ability to be a prima donna himself. but I think the other players (say VD) ‘remind’ him of how to deal with things.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    The point being, RTF, what if through some kind of Christmas miracle, the Packers fumbled the ball and Dallas recovered (remember the miracle at the Meadowlands?).

    What then? Bryant’s at his locker with his pants around his ankles while the team hits the field to try and win the game. Dumb move on his part. No if, ands, or buts. Putting up good numbers (hello Tony) doesn’t mean shit if you don’t bring it for 60 minutes. 58:30 don’t get you shit.

    Granted, it had to be sickening to watch the defense give up 33 points in 30 minutes, but you dance with who brung ya. You don’t walk out.

  15. Grumpy Guy says:

    I’m still laughing at Grant Cohnhead for saying back in August that the Cowboys would win the Super Bowl.

    That’s some Weapons Grade Stupid, right there.

    • philippinefan says:

      Yeah I used to tease Chuck about him “being” Grant Cohn couple years ago but now thats a mortal insult. Never do that now, lol.

      BTW Grants not done with stoopid: he called for the Niners to win 13-10 yesterday

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Hah! Didn’t know that. Classic. The rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the dead tree, eh?

    Almost as good as me predicting the Raiders win the AFC West last year.

  17. NoFear49er says:

    I can’t be too hard on pre-season predictions. My fantasy lineup looks bullet-proof every week. Right up until the games start.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Oh, I don’t know. Picking Dallas for anything but most headline generating is a lost cause.

      I mean, really. Cohn is mainly interested in generating thrash. Just like Lowell (trade Montana for Junior Seau) Cohn.

      Even I wouldn’t stoop that low as to pick the Cowboys.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Not that familiar with their “work.” Whenever I look at a blog with Cohn at the top he’s got a bunch of posters giving him hell for whatever he writes. Didn’t seem that unusual to me except the word idiot was pretty popular. And that can usually apply either way.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Touche, but L Cohn has mainly written from the viewpoint of ‘how can I piss as many people off as possible?’ I stopped reading L Cohn in the 80s. Haven’t bothered to read his son, but it appears that all I’ve gleaned from comments around the blogosphere is he’s following daddy’s path.

    • philippinefan says:

      He’s a complete fuckin douce bag moron. Grant not Chuck…

      • philippinefan says:

        GC does like to hate on the Niners to stir up controversy. Wonder where he learned that?

        Come to think of it Del Mar does something similar…

  18. rtfirefly says:

    Houston? Washington? Missed it by THAT much!

  19. NoFear49er says:

    Kinda surprised at your concept of team, RT. What makes you think Bryant didn’t walk off early just for the attention it would bring to him. No winners’ interview after my superb game? I’ll just pout, very publicly. He thinks it’s all him and I guess so do you.

    Isn’t Bryant the guy that had to have a 24/7 nanny from Jerry? Jerry’s Faustian bargain is paying huge dividends now, eh?

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Ahhhh, my semi-crispy synapses finally get it. The Niners get the 5 seed if Carol wins the NFC South. Because then NO would have a worser (bear with me here) record than us. Carol could fall behind us as well.

  21. rtfirefly says:

    “Let me hear it

    Let me hear why Jason Garrett is our future. Why this idiot can hear pass after pass go through his head set without issue when you’ve got a 23 point lead and a RB averaging 7 ypc, and have no problem with passing, passing, passing to try and protect a lead. Really, somebody make a case, I need a good laugh. Also, I’ll accept apologies here for those of you who’ve lambasted me over the months for calling for JG’s head long before this display of ineptitude.

    Callahan’s obviously idiot A, but Garrett’s equally to blame, the plays go through him too. I’ve never been more embarrassed to call this my team. Top 3 worst games I’ve ever watched. Absolutely embarrassing play calling, and Romo choking to top it off. Cowboys in a nutshell. Stupid, embarrassing, and chokers.

    by Useful_Idiot_ on Dec 16, 2013 | 4:38 AM”

    -bloggingtheboys.com
    —————————–
    No mention of Bryant in any of the comments that I noticed. No dissenters to this comment at all. That’s from guys that think Cowboys is a religion.

  22. rtfirefly says:

    “Let me hear it

    Let me hear why Jason Garrett is our future. Why this idiot can hear pass after pass go through his head set without issue when you’ve got a 23 point lead and a RB averaging 7 ypc, and have no problem with passing, passing, passing to try and protect a lead. Really, somebody make a case, I need a good laugh. Also, I’ll accept apologies here for those of you who’ve lambasted me over the months for calling for JG’s head long before this display of ineptitude.

    Callahan’s obviously idiot A, but Garrett’s equally to blame, the plays go through him too. I’ve never been more embarrassed to call this my team. Top 3 worst games I’ve ever watched. Absolutely embarrassing play calling, and Romo choking to top it off. Cowboys in a nutshell. Stupid, embarrassing, and chokers.”

    by Useful_Idiot_ on Dec 16, 2013 | 4:38 AM

    bloggingtheboys.com
    —————————-
    No mention of Bryant in any comment that I noticed, NF. I’ll take the 38 TDs in 4 years. Find yourself a #1 receiver.

  23. rtfirefly says:

    Testing. My reply to NF has been eaten. Spam filter?

  24. rtfirefly says:

    Let me hear it

    Let me hear why Jason Garrett is our future. Why this idiot can hear pass after pass go through his head set without issue when you’ve got a 23 point lead and a RB averaging 7 ypc, and have no problem with passing, passing, passing to try and protect a lead. Really, somebody make a case, I need a good laugh. Also, I’ll accept apologies here for those of you who’ve lambasted me over the months for calling for JG’s head long before this display of ineptitude.

    Callahan’s obviously idiot A, but Garrett’s equally to blame, the plays go through him too. I’ve never been more embarrassed to call this my team. Top 3 worst games I’ve ever watched. Absolutely embarrassing play calling, and Romo choking to top it off. Cowboys in a nutshell. Stupid, embarrassing, and chokers.

    by Useful_Idiot_ on Dec 16, 2013 | 4:38 AM

  25. rtfirefly says:

    bloggingtheboys

    Hmm… No mention of Bryant from any Boys fan on their blog.

  26. rtfirefly says:

    bloggingtheboys

    Will this get eaten? No mention of 11/153/1 being the problem.

  27. rtfirefly says:

    The name of the Boys b l o g…whence this came might be causing the problem.
    No mention of 11/153/1 being the problem in any comment.

  28. rtfirefly says:

    b l o g g i n g t h e b o y s (dot) com

  29. philippinefan says:

    With Miller done what might change? Courtesy of Kevin Lynch:

    http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2013/12/16/bruce-miller-how-will-the-offense-change-without-him/

    But now with Miller out, and with Kaepernick playing better each week, the 49ers might shift their offense back to Kaepernick and their personnel groupings might reflect the switch. The 49ers could go with more three-receiver sets and fewer formations with their popular “21″ personnel group (two backs, two receivers, 1 tight end).

    Much of that will depend on replacement Anthony Dixon and whether he can be an effective run blocker. If not, the 49ers could try to make up for the loss of Miller with the run stylings of Kaepernick.

    The lanky quarterback could be used on more bootlegs and designed runs, something he did with great effect in the last two wins over Seattle and Tampa Bay.

    If there is a positive to Miller’s absence, it’s that the 49ers might now become more unpredictable offensively. As “The Dude” said in the “Big Lebowski” there are still a lot of “in’s, out’s and what-have-you’s” on how to replace Bruce Miller.

    • Random9erfan says:

      Thanks Phil. It will not be an easy task replacing Miller, but Harbaugh has shown that he can adapt. He has also summoned Owen Marecic, for what it is worth.
      In other news, for the final game at the ‘Stick, the 49ers have named Eddie D as their honorary captain.

    • Irish Kevin should be happy with some 3 receiver sets and more focus on Kap

  30. NoFear49er says:

    Nobody watching the defensive/pass drop/flag-for-all battle in Detroit tonight?

    News: Megatron is Detroit’s offense. I wonder if he’ll walk off early in a snit if Detroit falls.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Just turned it on. Jeez, Deetroit must not have gotten the memo regarding hits to the head, blah blah blah. They are kings of the cheap shot so far tonight.

    • Random9erfan says:

      Sometimes I track how an assigned referee for a game has done in the past. Tonight’s ref is Carl Cheffers, who is usually good for a solid content of flags. Add to it the Lions, an undisciplined team by repute, and a few timely drops.
      If I did not know better, I would think someone wants this game shaped in a certain manner….but then, what do I know.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Damn. tickets are a fortune. I’ve only been to 6,382 games there . . .

    I can’t even imagine the ovation Eddie D will get.

  32. NoFear49er says:

    Miller’s a good FB in our scheme. I’m looking forward to our game plan without him.

  33. 12th man says:

    can’t stand Deetroits coach.

  34. 12th man says:

    I could see Lovie Smith in Dallas as I think Random suggested. Makes some good sense so the crypt keeper probably won’t do it.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Deetroit doesn’t even get the hometown call on PI.

  36. NoFear49er says:

    Nobody better at color commenting than Gruden! Give ’em hell, coach.

  37. snarkk says:

    Glad to hear Eddie D will be the last game captain at the last game at the ‘Stick. I do think there should be some Giants representation at the finale. They played there for nearly 40 years, too. There was a guy named Mays, and a few others like Marichal and McCovery that made a few plays and memories out there…

  38. unca_chuck says:

    They had their farewell in 1999. I was in the last row of Section 57 (dead center). I’d have been closer sitting on the hill.

    61 yard FG!!! Holy shit. 8 ball in the corner pocket . . .

  39. unca_chuck says:

    Say what you will, but the Ravens seem to figure out how to do just enough to win.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    RTF and NoFear, some of your comments went into the spaminator for no particular reason. I released them FWIW.

    Wish I knew why. Sorry bout that.

  41. NJ49er says:

    All this Cowboy related hoopla plays to the same beat.
    The owner wants media attention and he gets it. For being a meddling dick.

    Dez is another of Jerruhs’ prized puppets.
    Every piece of that Team is an extension of Jerruhs’ ego.
    As is happening in DC with RG III and Snyder, is exactly what’s happening with Dez and Jerruh.

    Football players need detail and direction from the Coaches, not interference and special privileges awarded from an owner who seeks the spotlight for all his ‘holdings’.

    Snyder and Jones are spoiled rich brats that treat their Teams as vehicles for their own need to be recognized.
    Hope they both continue to play ‘Fantasy Football’ in their dealings.
    Like the NYJ, they’ll get plenty of media spotlights shined their way, while all of us watching them, will simply be laughing in their faces.

    Jerruh fixes everything with a mike in his face and big splash Contracts which feed his ego.
    Chief Executive Moron.

    Dez was upset.
    Romo changed the play.
    Which means, Garrett is another puppet, with ZERO balls and now, an ultimatim to win in DC.

    I’ll take Shanny.
    He’s got BALLS.

  42. snarkk says:

    Looks like Harbs likely won’t be shaking the Schwartz’ hand after beating down the Lions is a playoff game. Niners maybe will have to get sized for some long-johns, either Chicago or Packers. I’ll take Chicago over Lambeau…

  43. unca_chuck says:

    I’m still jazzed over the fact that we can possibly get the 5 seed and avoid Seattle til the NFC Championship game. That Carol could go up there first and knock them off. Then we pick off Carol in Carolina.

    Actually I heard that if it came to that the game would be here? I don’t know how or why, but I though Maiocco said that.

    • 12th man says:

      I read it from Barrows. If Niners are 5th and Panthers beat Seattle the Champ game is at the stick.

  44. 12th man says:

    Not sure which of the tallest Leprechaun teams I prefer to play WC weekend. The Pack on the frozen tundra probably with Rodgers, Lions in that noisy den or Da Bears at soldier field.

    Will watch their games more closely next week.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Deetroit would be my preference. Mainly for the dome factor. No chance of playing in a blizzard. And Stafford is a turnover machine.

  46. 12th man says:

    Niners don’t have a matchup DB for Megatron but then not many teams do (Squawks).

    I guess Detroit for the weather factor makes sense.

    Good to see Skeebs and Berger tire of some of the nonsense their pet spouts. Funny but Berger never got a straight answer either, welcome to the club 🙂 Disagreements are what blogs thrive on but not when it’s simply argumentative for the sake of being “right”. Quantity of posts over quality is a poor choice for a blog master IMO.

    Funnily enough traffic has been building over here for a while, not just on game day anymore. Some thoughtful insights, banter and disagreements all go in the pot with minimal bickering.

    Thanks Chuck.

  47. 12th man says:

    This would be my point with Skeebs blog. Both you and he wrote a piece on Dec 16, Skeebs published first but no biggie. Skeebs has 69 posts now of which 24 are Bullit. You have 85 without any particular poster dominating.

    Skeebs is a decent writer and hosts his blog for fun from what I can see. He was accused of trying to make money from it but I don’t see it. IMO Skeebs allows Bullit too much leeway on his blog and it kills diversity of opinion because of Bullits style of attack and purile nature, that whole files of past posts thing is seriously creepy. Who cares that much about posting on a blog to keep years of shit categorized just to play “gotcha”.

    I don’t know if it’s a conscious effort or not but I have seen both Skeebs and Berger try to reign in Bullit lately.

    I read Skeebs blog each day, enjoy most of whats written but am turned off from joining in because of the pettiness of Bullit. It is tiresome and boring. Some will say I should just deal with it but truthfully I have a life and little room in it for infantile crap.

    It’s a shame as that was the first blog I joined and other than Skeebs mania for anything Alex Smith I find him thoughtful and interesting.

    Just my musings for the day, feel free to ignore them 🙂

    • Agree 100%, came to those conclusions couple years ago. The unanswered question for me is, since nothings changed, what is it about Skeebers that he tolerates such endless crap from Bullit et al? This drives traffic all right- Away.

      Merry Christmas everyone and may the better blog win. Also Go Niners!

  48. unca_chuck says:

    Thanks, 12th. And thanks & happy holidays to the rest of youse. I really do enjoy this, and it has been going relatively smoothly lately, except for the idiotic rantings of Bullitt’s altar ego, potty-mouth boy, during game days.

    Yeah, I suppose I shouldn’t bother going back and forth with Bullit, but I’ll be damned if I’ll have him lie about what I post and misrepresent what I say. He does it all the time so I should know better. Short of Flying V and Spitty though, both who were hell-bent on getting banned, I’ve had very little reason to do anything but let this ride.

    It is simply my intent to give people a place to talk about the 49ers.

    Thanks to all of you for hanging out here.

    Now if someone has a line on tix for Monday night , , ,

  49. Winder says:

    Duck Fallas. It still continues to do my heart good to see them implode, and they have gotten very good at it too. When we get to Seattle it will be a very special game. “If” the refs play it straight. These guys truly don’t like each other, muscle and coaching will win it.
    I wish I could be at the Atlanta game, my history at the stick began in 1960 when I thought it was the most beautiful place there could ever be. I had never seen grass look so good. It brings back some of my best memories with me and dad. What a place, I know Eddie D will get the best we have to offer.

    • 12th man says:

      Yeah I will miss getting my feet pissed on by the guy next to me at the trough. Many memories in that stadium. Glad Eddie D is being honored. He was an amazing owner and we owe him the modern history we all shove down other fans throats 🙂

      Not sure what to make of the new digs. Weird design they chose but will wait till I go see a game there to make up my mind about the place, $10 beers anyone? Not crazy about it not being in SF anymore that I do know.

      One things for sure, the Sticks time had come.

  50. rtfirefly says:

    Noch einmal…

    Should the Niners go in at #5, they could possibly then host (how do you like THAT for a split infinitive) either Carolina OR New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game.

    The LOSER of the NO @ Car game will likely (not clinched yet) enter at #6 and would remain
    behind the Niners throughout. That means road, that means Candlestick if if if both teams win their first two playoff games.

    How do you like them apples? One farewell NFC Championship Game at Candlestick!

    Whew! I’ve think I’ve got a headache…

  51. unca_chuck says:

    Right with ya there, Sidewinder. If Dallass loses 16 in a row, I’d hope all of them were blowouts. The beauty of it all is Jerry Jerk-Off’s son is waiting in the wings to continue the madness. Prince Valiant (Al Davis’ son Mark) is actually doing a pretty good job with the Raiders so far. I wonder if he keeps Dennis Allen. That team needs stability more than anything. They are the 49ers in 2006. Trying to gain relevancy while climbing out from under a huge pile of bad contracts and questionable heart in the locker room.

    Yeah. I’m glad I got my son to a game this year. He’s been to 4 football games there at the Stick. All wins.My first baseball game there was 1968. Giants vs Astros. The Giants blew a 6-2 lead to lose late.

    I shoulda taken more pictures of it, but really, it’s a just pile of concrete surrounded by more concrete.

    • snarkk says:

      I don’t give a rat’s behind about the Raiders anymore, but I pay a little attention to them. Darth Al left that franchise in a huge mess. They had to cut out dead wood and dead contracts before making headway. This current team is mostly cast offs and second stringers. I doubt Walsh could get the current Raiders to 8-8. Firing this young guy Allen after this season seems to me a wrong move, more of the same bullshit yo yo coaching that Al did. Give him one more year with another draft and money to go out and get some players….

  52. Irish Kevin says:

    All that crap about the 6th seed vs. 1st seed, is just that crap. Lets pull up all the rule changes that have happened over that time period. Losing teams have gotten into the playoffs. If you took that same period and ranked the teams by wins and losses how many of the true 6th seeds got to the Division championship game and how many got to the SB? So yes IMO that stat is crap.

  53. Irish Kevin says:

    oh, and I thought Seattle had the #1 seed. In the dude’s article he states the Falcons have home field advantage through out the playoffs.

  54. Irish Kevin says:

    Shit, the Falcons are dead last in their division. Someone had better do a check on all those stats he posted. If he made a mistake with the Falcons having home field advantage through out the playoffs, there is no telling how many mistakes he made with the stats he quoted.

  55. Irish Kevin says:

    Oh crap, I just saw the date of that article. A year ago. WTF??

  56. 12th man says:

    Hi Kevin. The point of the article, which has the latest completed play off results contained in it, was to show that being the #1 or #2 ranked team does not make those teams a lock for the SB the way some posters have been suggesting. In fact it is about a 50%/50% proposition.

  57. Winder says:

    Lol. Just goes to show u what the Niners can do with the opponents home field advantage.
    chuck, 68 was a great year at the stick. You got to see the best.
    Those colt45/astro games were always a little wacky.

    • 12th man says:

      Exactly Winder, folks have forgotten the Niners took home field advantage for the Falcons and shoved it where the sun don’t shine.

  58. unca_chuck says:

    If that comes to pass, Firefly, I’m going. By hook or by crook.

  59. Chico says:

    I’ll miss the stick. That’s where it all started (Giants and Niners) for most of us. Memories of my father taking to the games – eating carnation chocolate malts with the wooden spoon, wrappers flying around everywhere, freezing our asses off but it was home. We were at the SF Seahawks game last week and we stole a parking sign that’s been there for years. My buddies also won the taligater of the year award.. That’s be my last time at the Stick, and I’ll miss it. So many good memories.. btw Chuck, I sent you a friend request. That’s me.

  60. rtfirefly says:

    CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) upper deck left field outfield seats mid-sixties. After the fair weather fans from the lower boxes had cleared out, we’d move en masse down there.
    Great views of the “temporary” fence in left field in front of the no-longer-used 410′ permanent Mays-killer wall behind.
    Ah, Candlestick, the stadium of F-ups from the very beginning!

  61. rtfirefly says:

    The hot dog wrapper contests – going to the edge, holding the wrapper out and letting go…
    Bragging rights for highest and longest flights…

  62. snarkk says:

    Everybody seems to think the Niners are better off getting the #5 and possibly playing Seattle then in the NFC champ game in Seattle, putting them off till last. If everything goes as expected. I dunno. Why not just play them earlier — the second game, if the Niners get that far. One fewer other playoff game before you play ’em seems that reduces the chance of somebody getting hurt before you meet ’em. I guess some say that gives Seattle the chance to get bumped off by somebody else – Carolina — before we have to face them, but that’s a crapshoot. Whatever…

    • Winder says:

      I agree, it might not be a bad thing to go up there sooner than later. And, if the weather is good that would be the very best time to play em. I think a wet muddy field would benefit them and I wouldn’t put it past em to water down their field even in decent weather.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    My only reasoning is that Carolina could do us the favor and beat Seattle. Then Carolina would have to come here. Any way to get a home playoff game is prefereble.

  64. unca_chuck says:

    Well, this’ll play out as it does. To win in Seattle would be insanely incredible. I still think we win out though and get the 5 seed.

  65. unca_chuck says:

    What would be a little nutty is the fact that we could very well have the 2nd best record in the conference.

  66. philippinefan says:

    Ravens win with their 6th FG to account for their only points. This would drive Irish crazy. Jims approach to the game makes us look like the Ravens West. Whatever works, right?

  67. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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