The NEW NFL (or, how I stopped worrying and learned to love the police blotter)

Far be it from NFL players to be removed from the social media circus these days. In fact it appears to be a cottage industry. Whether it’s TMZ staking out LAX to break the Aldon Smith bomb hoax story, or some dude taking pics of Johnny Foot (Eight) ball rolling up a $20 in a Vegas bathroom (what happens in a Vegas bathroom apparently doesn’t stay in the Vegas bathroom) getting ready to partake in some recreational drug usage, or Ray Rice cold-cocking his soon-to-be wife and caught by the hotel security cameras, no one is safe at any time any where.

Throw in the fact that players still get in trouble the old fashioned way (failed drug test, DUI), Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon, he of the recent fame of being involved in the Jim Harbaugh trade, pulled a triple-triple by recently failing a drug test for pot, getting arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana, and then getting a DUI last weekend.  Teammate Davone Bess was recently arrested for beating up a cop at the Ft Lauderdale airport, Viking Erin Henderson pulled a double-double of his own getting arrested on separate DUI and drug possession charges, AJ Jefferson (not Jenkins),  Henry Melton, and Thomas Keiser were all arrested on domestic abuse, public intoxication, and assault charges.

Point being, I didn’t hear about a lot of these. I had to look these up. We’ve gotten to the point that getting busted as a player is getting pretty passé, unless it’s either a name player like Colin Kaepernick, or it’s a big crime, a la Aaron Hernandez. As we all know, our own team has suffered the slings and arrows of getting bad press for a bunch of players in the spotlight for various misdeeds. Throw in the high-and-mighty comments of head coach Jim Harbaugh and you have a side of shit to go along with the already beefy shit sandwich Coach has to eat.

As is obviously apparent, major fines and suspensions have done little to curtail these screw-ups. Shit, even with all the steroid busts in baseball, no one really gives a shit, provided you come up with a conciliatory mea culpa. No matter how trite or contrived. So, what next? For all intents and purposes, all these busts make Aldon’s situation look pretty mild in comparison. Or at least on par. I still think it’s only a 2 game suspension despite all the hooraw in blogland.

Chris Culliver’s case looks to be hitting the courtroom soon, so we all get to see how THAT turns out. For me, this one is a bigger deal. He faces five charges in all: felony hit and run, felony reckless driving with injury, felony possession of brass knuckles, misdemeanor hit and run, and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. But Goodie Goodell doesn’t really come down hard on domestic abuse/aggravated assault charges. Plenty of players have beaten up their girlfriends and gotten in bar fights with little or no repercussions. Not to mention having a shit-flier of a party. Hitting children on bikes and then threatening passers-by may not be seen as a good model for their players to follow. But really, these misdeeds are not slowing down, and no one seems to care.

What do you think? Should these misdeeds be treated as a necessary part of the game? Should Goodie Goodell suspend guys harder? Ban repeat offenders indefinitely? Turn a blind eye to it, as was done for so long? The fans have shown that they don’t care one whit. Most are of a mind that if you can play, you deserve a 2nd (or 3rd) chance. As long as you are a star player. If you are a special teamer? Sorry. Don’t pass Go, don’t collect $200.00. It’s the nature of sports in America.

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124 Responses to The NEW NFL (or, how I stopped worrying and learned to love the police blotter)

  1. Winder says:

    Most of these guys are so young that they probably don’t feel they have a serious problem yet, or else it’s the I’m smarter than you and no way am I gonna get caught syndrome. Or it’s the I got more money than God and that makes me God too. What’s that old saying “youth is wasted on the young,” anyway it’s something like that.

  2. Spitblood says:

    Two things come to mind…. actually, three. One is that you’re all idiots. But really, who doesn’t think that before pulling up the Niners Forever page? If you don’t think, “These guys are all idiots and I’m better than them,” before pulling up Chuck’s page, you’re the idiot. What did Matt Damon say in “Rounders?” If you can’t spot the fish at the table within five minutes, you’re the fish.” I honestly think NJ comes here to blog with friends who he considers equals. Man…. that would suck.

    The other two things are….. Remember when Roger Goodell came down hard on all the NFL players who were, shall we say, troublesome? Where did that guy go? Roger came in with a furry and left with whimper. He’s still here? Oh? I wouldn’t say anything either after making 50 million last year, or something like that. I’d be silent as a lamb. What a crock.

    And the other thing is….. remember the psychologist that Bill Walsh used to have on staff, or retainer? What was his name? Edward or something? Black dude – looked like a former Black Panther? We need another one of those guys around the team today. The 49ers probably have a few guys like that who don’t want the spotlight, but we need a PR shrink for our current cast of miscreants. And how….

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Gee, you understood my point, Spitty.

    You get the gold star for the day.

    I think his name was Harry Edwards, BTW.

    You’re welcome.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Goodell came in with a furry what?

  5. NJ49er says:

    Chuck the NFL isn’t anything more than entertainment, with the athletes providing the show.
    Because there’s so much money involved, there’s a perception that these guys should be role models first, entertainers/athletes second.

    For the most part, many of these guys take the high road and do things the right way.

    A guy like Patrick Willis for example, had a tough life prior to making it big as an athlete.
    Broken home, loss of a sibling, brought up by a white foster family etc.

    We typically don’t get stories about guys like Patrick on the front pages of PFT or elsewhere.
    It’s a Jerry Springer World that sells and gets the ratings.

    • NJ49er says:

      Lawrence Taylor was as deep into partying and drugs as one could get, for most of his playing career.

      Coaches like Parcells and Belichick, NYG ownership and, anyone who admired his football talents, looked the other way, while allowing him to skirt the drug testing and continue his reckless lifestyle.

      What it boils down to is, making sure the product sells, and the cash cow is well represented.
      Billions of dollars are made on this game.
      Goodell makes it plausible to sell some of these thugs as choirboys until they ultimately come to their senses or, crash and burn before fading into obscurity.

      Average Joe’s like us wouldn’t get a sniff of consideration if we committed some of the transgressions many of these athletes have committed.

      Leonard Little or, Donte Stallworth, who each committed DUI vehicular homicides for example, hardly got more than a slap on the wrist.
      Stallworth served 30 days in the pokie and wrote a check to the victims’ family.

      Perfect example of how the almighty dollar circumvents the system and caters to the privileged.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Stallworth did get suspended w/o pay for a full season. I think Little got 8 games off after his manslaughter DUI. 0 game suspension on the NEXT DUI a few years later.

  7. NoFear49er says:

    Why is the NFL responsible for punishing criminals? We used to have courts and the farce of an entire legal system for that. That was before things like google and the social networks ran the interwebs and our lives though. PC police have deemed some crimes, like killing the right types of people, merely laughable and others, like using “bad words” totally unacceptable and punished with full and knee-jerk force immediately if not sooner.

    Need I remind you that in this Orwellian nightmare of Obama’s world, some pigs are more equal than others.

    • Spitblood says:

      The NFL isn’t responsible for punishing criminals, but it is, however, in the NFL’s best interest to protect it’s brand by making all “employees,” respectable people – or getting them as close to respectable as possible.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Just like the NBA enforcing its will on Sterling. They are protecting the brand.

    Or Hobby Lobby pushing their religious views on their employees.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Right. Social media didn’t exist before 2008. 2008 was such a great time, wasn’t it?

  10. unca_chuck says:

    In other words, if corporations can force their religious views on their employees, the NFL can certainly impose its will on the players representing the shield.

    It ain’t right, but that’s how SCOTUS wants it.

  11. NoFear49er says:

    You sound like some fuckin’ idiot repeating nonsense that someone told you to repeat because it’s party before anything else, nonsense or not.

    You don’t seem to have any trouble with Barry shoving your copycatted views down everyone’s throat but the Hobby Lobby decision is pushing no one’s views down anyone’s throat. It merely says the stinkin’ fascist government can’t force their views down everyone’s throat despite their religious views to the contrary. Pay for your own abortion. What a concept.

    Barry’s efforts to destroy the first amendment along with most of the rest of them isn’t quite complete. He’ll need one more phony party-line judge for that.

    In yet another example of Barry’s fascism and trampling of the first amendment here’s how the press will be allowed to visit the illegal immigrants being herded into the country in direct violation of the immigration laws on the books

    ““The tour guide will detail what goes on from room to room and the services youth are provided on a daily basis,” Garcia added in an email that was forwarded to reporters by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), who had been barred from visiting the Fort Sill alien children shelter last week.

    But the HHS email to reporters made clear that journalists won’t exactly be allowed to do anything related to their jobs while on the tour of the facility at Fort Sill, other than jot some things down in a notebook.

    “In order to protect the safety and privacy of the children,” the email set out ‘rules for participation’ for the press corps, which included:

    – No recording devices allowed for reporters
    – No questions from reporters permitted during the tour
    – No interactions with staff or children
    – No on-site interviews with HHS staff before or after the tour
    – No photos of the facility – photographs will be provided by HHS

    No fascism here! No trampling of the first amendment here!

    Some folks think life is better with their heads in the sand.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Better the sand that up my own ass. Try to find something less arcane, skippy. Like SCOTUS siding with corporations on nearly every ruling to cross their path. So, corporate rights trump women’s rights? Got it.

    D0 you agree with Citizens Untied? Are corporations more important than the populace?

    Bush wanted to rewrite the Constitution for Terry Schiavo. Whoopie.

    Laughable doesn’t even begin to describe your flavor of lunacy.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    People like you voting against their own interests repeatedly just makes me laugh.

  14. Spitblood says:

    Yawn. When. Is. Fuckin’. Football. Season. Going. To. Start? Fuck. Me. Sideways.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Tell me about it. The fucking Giants are unwatchable right now. When NoFear beats you in post length Spitty, there’s a problem. Oh lucky me.

    So glad I run an insane asylum.

  16. NJ49er says:

    That’s the game in Politics Chuck.
    Money buys influence.
    Influence writes the laws.

    The premise of ‘We the people’ is slowly vaporizing before our eyes.

    The whole damn system is predicated on buying influence.
    Politicians are nothing but Corporate shills.

    Makes me sick.

    • NJ49er says:

      Congress has become nothing more than a no-show job.
      Network of Good Old Boys looking after the special interests that got them there.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Bingo. Anyone with half a brain can see the shell game. Sadly, some folks are lost in the smoke and mirrors that is Fox News and the media in general. The media is controlled by 5 companies that spoon-feed the pablum that is the red vs. blue horseshit while SCOTUS votes for corporate rights and Citizens United gets passed with nary a discouraging word. Less government? Sure except in the cases of thousand points of light, no child left behind, the drugs for seniors debacle, and now religious rights for corporate people, and taking away women’s reproductive rights.

    Fuck socialism, we’re heading for a theocracy.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Meanwhile Congress votes themselves the right to insider trade, and vote for lifetime bennies at full pay in perpetuity.

      This is a government for the corporate people. And people whine about the silliest things.

    • NJ49er says:

      DC is all about the Red vs Blue.
      I vote to elect candidates that I believe will go to DC to work for us, the US of A.

      Once these boneheads get together, it becomes a Country Club of billionaires doing nothing more than working on the next presidential candidate and hurling grenades at the other side of the aisle.
      Who leads?
      Those big dollar Corporations do.

      Eff them all.
      None of them work for the people anymore, unless there’s a big donation attached.

      • unca_chuck says:

        That’s the thing. When it comes to voting themselves wonderful perks, they get along fine. The rest of the time is pandering to their corporate masters, and playing to the cameras about ther so-called problems with the other side.

      • NJ49er says:

        Talking points and media brainwashing while making it look like the other side of the aisle isn’t playing nice.

        Meanwhile, we all eat sh!t.

  18. NoFear49er says:

    Really?, demonize corporations which provide jobs and create wealth and ignore the lengths the dems will go to to appease every freakin’ minority they can find at any cost to every taxpayer. Even the illegal minorities. What happened to the rule of law? A government of laws? Anybody in office following or enforcing laws? Or citizens making sure they do?

    Corporations aren’t the enemy. They can only buy influence when it’s for sale. Nobody wants to recall _their_ senators or rep, only the other guy’s senators and reps. Very few check the voting record of their elected reps and hold their feet to the fire over it. Even fewer keep their reps honest or recall the dishonest among them.

    Voter apathy and ignorance is what’s wrong. And fixing that is the only way back.

    • Spitblood says:

      Demonizing corporations which provide jobs? Do mean companies like Walmart who only hire 30 hours a week to avoid Obamacare, paying minimum wage and do everything in their power to break unions? Do mean the owners of companies who know if they can somehow keep their employees making under $40k per year, they’ll never be able to save enough to leverage capital to be able to get out from under their shitty jobs? And trust me, owners of businesses think like this because they don’t want to create competition.

      In my last job, I worked alongside the CFO of the business who was a Warton Business school man (and interestingly enough also an NFL handicapper for Bally’s in Vegas in his previous job), and all he was concerned about was fucking the company’s employees out of laws or benefits they were entitled to like overtime, health care benefits and even unemployment insurance. His entire job, as the CFO of the company, was to screw those people, his employees, out of any kind of benefit they could receive by law. And he was good at it. So good that I left because he made my stomach turn. He had single moms working for him struggling their asses off while he made bank and pissed it away with his gamble addiction. I saw him the other day riding a bike with his wife through town. I almost knocked him off his bike with a throat punch. Another funny thing, even though he was handicapper for Bally’s, I advised him the Seahawks were going to beat the Broncos by two touchdowns in the Super Bowl. He didn’t take my advice, which warms my heart.

      Bottomline is that these so called great companies that NoFear loves to death and holds up as the answer to American industrialism are the very companies that are turning American employees into their own new brand of slave labor. The other interesting fact that goes along with the terrible working wages in America today is that America is becoming less and less educated. Each generation is dumber. So, in a way, they get what they deserve. But let’s not kid ourselves like NoFear is kidding himself – Big corporations in America ARE the devil and they need tremendous oversight so they are forced to do the right thing by their employees. If you had a guy like Bush in office, he’d turn a blind eye to the rape and pillaging of the underclass. Obama doesn’t and NoFear hates him for it – which says something about NoFear’s compassion for his fellow man.

      • NJ49er says:

        With you 100% on the topic of CFO incentives Spit.
        Close friend of mine did the same thing.

        Crunch numbers to benefit the bottom line at the expense of employees making ‘too much’ money.

        Creatively engineered early retirement offers, and cutting back hours while earning himself bonuses on those incentives.

        Landed himself end of year bonuses, often upwards of $40K, by screwing the rank and file and making the Ivory Tower crowd richer.

  19. NJ49er says:

    NoFear49er I see the whole process as tainted.
    In exchange for the jobs those Corporations provide, they are given plenty of incentives, usually in the form of tax breaks, which the employees foot the bill for.

    For me, this is equally attached to both the Red Team and the Blue Team.

    The process is for sale.
    Lobbyists cater to many of those DC officials we put in office.
    The corruption starts there.

    This Congress is going to go down in history as one that got paid to do nothing.

    This entire gang on the hill is deadlocked in a vacuum.
    No one can work together to find answers for the myriad problems this Country is faced with.

    What was more ridiculous than all those Corporate Bigshots flying back and forth to DC during the bailouts, in their private jets, to pick up OUR money for running their businesses aground?

    Or later, taking those funds and rewarding their Ivory Tower Chronies with lucrative golden parachute packages, while those that they put out of work can’t make a mortgage payment?

    The whole system is effed in the head.

    • NJ49er says:

      I vote a candidate into office only to see him or her bought and paid for by the Political Machine called special interests.

      Kinda ironic how Cantor spent more money in steak houses than the guy that beat him did on his entire campaign.
      People in VA sent him a message loud and clear.
      Hopefully more and more of the voters in this Country will do the same thing.

      Who the eff has our interests at heart anymore?

  20. NJ49er says:

    Another ingredient in this mess of ours, which makes my head explode, are the laws to prevent abortions.

    On one hand, they feel the right to life is corrected by taking away abortion clinic options.
    Putting more people out of work.

    Then, when those unwanted children are brought into the world, often to people who can least afford them, they refuse to give them assistance.


    Many unemployed people living below the poverty line, got nothing better to do than make more babies.
    How exactly do you break that cycle when you don’t allow them to abort unwanted pregnancies?

  21. NJ49er says:

    I don’t look for the Gov to take care of me, or provide a handout of any kind.

    What I do expect is, that those that get to take my tax dollars, look out for me when they make decisions that impact the Middle Class.

    When Wall Street and big Insurance Companies can get away with what they did, without penalty, there needs to be more scrutiny placed on their practices.

    Many of those companies accepted bailouts, screwed their employees out of jobs and retirement benefits and, got away with it.

    And they’ll continue to scream for less government regulations, simply because they don’t want to answer to anyone.
    I do expect government to regulate them, because it’s been proven that they won’t do it without oversight of some kind from a neutral interest like the Fed.
    That’s what I expect from Government, that we are properly protected from business fraud and taken care of after we’ve paid into Social Security when we’re no longer able to work.

    In exchange for tax breaks to some of these Corporations, there should be stiff guidelines enforced for anyone caught manipulating pensions or cooking the books at the expense of the employees.
    Ask folks from Enron, for example, how they’re doing today, especially those of retirement age.

    Guess the Fed picked up that tab too, in the form of unemployment benefits and Social Security.

    Meanwhile, those at the top that got busted, and went to prison, hung onto their loot.
    The employees they screwed should be entitled to damages, at the Ivory Tower Crowds’ expense.

    • NoFear49er says:

      I agree with all you just wrote. Those aren’t red or blue points. There are greedy business owners. You don’t have to work for them. If they break the law they should pay the price.

      I’ve owned businesses and I never screwed an employee. I’m not foolish enough to think all business owners are like me.

      Tax incentives are just government levers to make business and citizens do their bidding. Voters have the power to fix that.

      • NJ49er says:

        I fully understand the tax incentives aspect involved NoFear49er.

        I just go ballistic when employers receive those breaks and, continue to screw employees by limiting hours, diminishing benefits and/or, cooking the books in the name of profits.
        Greed is a sickness that infects too many in the business world.

        There needs to be a balance between business and Government that is enforceable and fair to both sides.

        I’ve had numerous friends that were literally screwed out of years of retirement savings or, lost their jobs on Wall St entirely, due to greed and mismanagement involved in the financial sector.

        Government should be there to protect both sides in the workplace.

  22. NoFear49er says:

    If you don’t accept that the voters have any power to change things if they cared enough to inform and assert themselves I guess all you can do is throw up your hands in surrender and complain. I don’t let citizens off the hook of responsibility so easily.

    As far as gridlock, Obama took office and immediately declared half the population his enemy. And declared his intention to punish those enemies, aka conservatives that didn’t support him. Do you think that promotes bipartisan progress or gridlock? So re-electing him and complaining about gridlock is like falling in the hole you just dug and wondering how it got there.

    You do things Barry’s way or it’s Bush’s fault, the Republicans’ fault or you’re just a racist that hates blacks. Quite the brilliant leader.

    Also, you have to realize that to probably more than half the country abortion is murder. You may not see it that way but they do and it’s not a question of economics to them, it’s a core belief and they can’t condone it. You don’t have to agree but you should at least respect it’s an honest position of many. Belittling other people’s beliefs is not the way to win support for a compromise. I’m just a “clinger” myself.

    Nothing better to do than make babies? And I should pay for them to raise as many as they can make? That’s a recipe for the downfall of any society. Why should I work and support myself and my family if I have to support yours, too, and anyone else too stupid or lazy to quit making more babies or figure out how to pay for them. If I have the means I escape this tyranny or replace it or quit working and get in the free stuff line, too.

    • NJ49er says:

      I understand the core religious beliefs involved with abortion NoFear49er.
      For those that oppose it, I give them that right to do so.
      I’m with you in terms of having to pay for those children too.

      If you take away the right for those to have the abortions, if they choose to do so, you invariably add to the problem of additional mouths to feed, by parents with little or no resources to do so.

      Whether the Church is willing, or able, to provide for these children becomes the question.
      If we allow more and more children to come into our society, with parents that won’t, or can’t, provide for them, we continue to fuel the problem.
      Leaving the Fed, (the taxpayers) to do so.

      I would propose that legislation be enacted in such a way as to give a woman the option of putting a child up for adoption or, having the pregnancy terminated, before making that mother/child eligible for Fed benefits.

      Pro-Life/Pro-Choice debates will go on forever, as does religious conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere.

      I just can’t see the logic in removing clinics, by law, which could prevent many of these children from coming into our society, with little or no chance to lead a fulfilling life.

  23. Nipper says:

    In conclusion: BLEEP !

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Hmmmm. Based on my high-level scan, there are roughly 1 million abortions per year. 30+ years of abortions = over 30 million more mouths to feed avoided. Seeing as most abortions are for lower-income families, and they are the ones being denied assistance, where does it end? Why are some so concerned with the pre-born, and then they shit on them once they are born?

    At what point do the zealots that are so against it stop denying assistance for the lives they are supposedly saving? The dichotomy of all the religious aspects of this is those who are more fortunate are supposed to help the less fortunate. All that is happening is the less fortunate lose more and more assistance and rights at the cost of the freeloader aspect that the right constantly pushes. They find one guy taking advantage of the system and trot him around like a prized pony. While big oil, big pharma, and big agro get huge subsidies.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Pinning this on the voters is ludicrous, NoFear. The choices are ALWAYS 2 guys that are part of the system. And if not, once they get in, they BECOME part of the system. They spend 75% of their days soliciting campaign money for their next election.

    Gerrymandering has taken congressional and senate races out of the equation. That’s how you get a 9% approval rate, but a 94% re-election rate.

    When the choice is 2 crooks, or 2 morons, or a crook and a moron, what do you get? A crook or a moron. You have guys on the Science Council who think wind is a finite resource. Which is why we need to burn coal.

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Obama is a prime example. Hope and change and all that, and all he is is another pol who kowtows to big business. Health care reform to me meant going after the insurance companies and their intrusion into what shouldn’t be a for-profit system. Much like the prison system these days is now for-profit, and you have states shuttling prisoners around like cattle to maximize asses in cells.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    As far as abortion goes, if you take away a person’s right to choose, you should then provide support once the child is born. You can’t have it both ways. This isn’t really a matter of who wants it more or majority rule. Is the government intruding on a woman’s right to choose less government? No. It’s about the biggest government intrusion that could possibly exist. All the hoops and barriers put in place by states is tantamount to keeping women away from the process. All this rigamarole to force women to have their babies and then say sorry, you don’t get any help now that the kid is born perpetuates the cycle of poverty in low-income areas.

    I liken it to the death penalty. I think more Americans are against it, but it goes on. Funny that the people most against abortion are pro death penalty.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Can’t have it both ways? That’s a false choice. I don’t want it any way. It’s not my business. The government getting in the middle of it and making laws and mandating behavior and using tax money for it all gets me involved. I don’t want to have to take a position on every aspect of the private lives of Americans.

      I have my beliefs and moral compass and you have yours. As long as you living yours doesn’t interfere with me living mine, and it doesn’t cost me anything, leave me out of it. Government intervention with intent to control everything drags me into it.

      Why should Hobby Lobby or any other business be forced to provide health care to their employees? Let alone health care options that contradict their religious beliefs. Why not just pay employees that much more or make their house payment or buy their groceries? Why is it health care and why is it on employers to provide it at all?

      The government doesn’t know what kind of groceries you want any more than it knows what your health care or insurance needs are. Why should they mandate employers to pay for either?

      Funny that the people most against the death penalty are pro abortion.

  28. Spitblood says:

    I can’t stand another day of this. If Jim Harbaugh doesn’t declare an early start to the season, I’m going to go insane here….. more insane.

    Here are some fresh topics to write about.

    1.) Del and his monkeys. Instead of mallards, Del needs to adopt monkeys at the SF zoo and go there frequently….. for the jokes.

    2.) Women: Can’t live with ’em, can’t shoot ’em. We don’t talk about women enough around here. It’s probably because guys are either 70 year old virgins like Del, married and don’t want bloggers going there, or simply old and disgruntled. I’ll tell you one story. Went out on a date the other night with a smokin’ hot brunette…. body tattoos. Went to dinner and then we walked out on this boat launch around mid night and before I knew it I was nailin’ her ass to the boat dock. She had it comin’, and she was a giver.

    3.) Travel – Gay, I know…. but it’s better than Politics with NoFear. Trust me. Best place I’ve ever been….. Mexico. Spitblood doesn’t travel much. That’s gonna change. Still love Puerto Vuerta which I know isn’t spelled right but who cares? It’s Mexico.

    4.) Who’s your up-and-coming, sleeper NFL team. My number one sleeper is a good one…. the Houston Texans. I know, I’ve told you I like the Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, and I’m somewhat skeptical of the Chargers because of Frank Reich calling the plays, but the Texans are interesting.

    If one more person talks politics here I swear I’ll be swinging in the zoo with Del’s monkeys.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    Hey, someone has to visit the zoo.

    Shit, the Raydurrs may beat their 8-8 goal this year. They did some major retooling of their defense, The Chargers blew their wad last year. I think they sink back to obscurity amid turnovers. The rest of the division is too tough. Then again, who knows what happens to KC. They had a creampuff schedule and a solid defense. They got waylaid by injuries to close the season and in their playoff game. They should remain good, though. Reid keeps them relevant for the reg. season at least. Better than SD and the Raiders anyway. Denver? Shit, on paper all is good. But building an entire D backfield can be a dicey proposition. Ware is aging, and may not be near the force he was before his injury, but they do have Von Miller.

    The Houstons and the Atlantas are two teams that completely fell off the table last year. Atlanta’s cratering was due to the loss of their wideouts. Houston? Not really sure. But Matt Shaub had a disaster of a season. One that got him banished to the hinterlands of the east bay mud flats and Prince Not-So-Valiant’s realm. The Raiders looked OK with Hue as their OC, and even HC as they went 8-8 both times. Under Dennis (I’m not George) Allen, and new GM Reggie McKenzie, they’ve struggled wildly while pulling themselves from the morass of Re-Undeal Al’s final spastic gyrations.

    On paper it looks good, but as Philly showed a couple years ago, looking good on paper sometimes doesn’t translate to wins.

    My sleeper? Miami. Why not? I thought last year would be Tannehill’s breakout season. I missed by one year.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Here’s a report of the NFC West from the Niner website.

    Pretty lightweight shit, but hey, it’s football.

  31. unca_chuck says:

    And, speaking of the gift that keeps on giving, looks like Richard Sherman is having an inferiority attack.–blasts-him-again-181923032.html

    Here’s to shutting his stupid-ass mouth this year.

  32. Nipper says:

    Chuck thinking of bed………now for breakfast…..where’s Miss Piglet? Why is Spit bragging?

  33. “I’m going to go insane here….. more insane.”

    “Sometimes the only sane answer to an insane world is insanity.”
    —Fox Mulder “The X-Files” (1994).

    Raise your hand if you wish it were 1994 again? Damn. I was still full of piss and vinegar back then. It didn’t take five days to recover from a weekend bender. It sure in the hell didn’t cost $17 to see the monkeys at the SF Zoo back then. And a certain football team actually used to win Super Bowls back in 1994. Now? Don’t even get me started.

    And I’ll stick to my mallards, thank you. And don’t even get me started on these new monkey/ape movies. I’ll shovel out another $17 for the zoo before I pay to see a bunch of CGI crap. The only ape movie worth its salt starred Moses and had a cameo by the Statue of Liberty.

    “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”

    Crabtree should use that line next time he thinks he’s being held by Sherman.

  34. unca_chuck says:

    Charlton Heston had quite the run there in the early 70s. Omega Man, Soylent Green, and Planet of the Apes. Great stuff.

    Charlton got to live my dream of driving a souped up Mustang through the empty streets of a big city.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    It’s almost dark, baby!

  36. Irish Kevin says:

    I just love to drop by and see the drivel that is being said here. The NFL does not police the players cause the player pool for outstanding players is soooo small. Good points on Taylor. a drunk and a drug addict, nice combo and get paid miliions on the side. What if Joe had been a party animal in his day. We all would have turned a blind eye to it. So get over the sh!t about players and what they do. The NBA is full of thugs and street bums. But they have skills. It is slowly entering into Baseball also. I forget what team he plays for but there is a relief Pitcher who wears his Baseball cap to the side. Just like the punks on the street. If I was the manager I would yank that cap off and tell him to show some respect for the game. ha ha I jest. I would be the manager who got fired, the pitcher would claim I was prejudice. So sports in general just turns a blind eye to thugs and thieves. It is what it is.

  37. You want insane? I’m doing everything in my power to avoid ESPN and every other sports media outlet so I don’t have to hear LBJ’s name one more time. Like I give a shit where he goes.

    Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “Great Society” sounds more appealing then LeBron James at this point.

  38. I have the horse racing ch. on and a horse named “Cleveland Song” is running at Delaware. And who the hell do you think they start talking about? I can’t avoid this shit.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    There’s always the highway beautification act of Lady Bird . . .

    Stairway to Cleveland?

  40. Spitblood says:

    Holy Crap, NoFear…. I just read that Obamacare now has 20 million new members!!!! Holy shit. It wasn’t three months ago that Obama did his “Between Two Ferns” with Zack Snuffalufagus hoping for 7 or 8 million new members. Now he’s at 20 million and even some Republicans are now starting to like the program. HA! Do you mean to tell me all the bullshit that Republicans were preaching about the program being, “socialism,” or it “not penciling,” or blah, blah, blah was all bullshit? Were Republicans dead wrong, again? First homosexuality isn’t a lifestyle choice, global warming is now proven to be very real, and today Obamacare is over 20 million new members and the process is lowering our deficit to boot! Holy crap! Looks like Democrats know how to govern better. Know why? Because they aren’t in denial, and they’re trying to do new things. Saying “no” is not governing. Republicans are full of crap.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Are you insane? Everything you wrote is.

      Global warming is the biggest scam going. Wasn’t it you who was recently crying the mean ol’ Repubs are fear mongering? WTF do you think global warming is if not pure unadulterated fear mongering? None so blind as he who will not see.

      Hell, even the global warming idiots realized their game was up and have re-branded their scam “climate change” in order to keep sheeple from wandering.

      Climate change much? Yeah, everyday. I just don’t see the phony panic over it. Here’s a hint, it’s a power grab and a way to tax and control every aspect of your life. Wake up and smell the bullshit all around you.

      Democrat leadership knows two things. One, how to create phony crises to strong arm more tax money and do nothing to fix, and two, how to shit and fall back in it. Your man Barry’s an expert on both.

      If you think that guy’s doing anything except turning this country into a shithole you’re seriously deluded, beyond simply not knowing your ass from a hole on the ground.

      • Spitblood says:

        I seriously think NoFear is becoming my new favorite blogger. First it was NaziBerger, then Del, then Grumpy, but now NoFear is in the lead. It’s little gems like “none so blind as he who will not see.” Or making an issue out of the difference between global warming and climate change without actually making a point. And to you, Unca – I don’t want to talk politics, but I’ll be god damned if I’m gonna sit around here and talk about The Planet of the Apes and Dick Sherman.

        NoFear, I notice that you carefully didn’t address the success of Obamacare (which is a Republican failure), or the incorrect Republican view that faggots have a choice. That’s kind of a harsh term there, faggot. (The question you need to ask yourself is whether or not I just called you a faggot in that last sentence, or if I was highlighting the term. Three guesses – first two don’t count, homo). You stuck with Global Warming because it’s not an already landslide public opinion loss for Republicans. There’s still a few knuckleheads out there hanging on to the opinion and hope that somehow, against all hope, Global Warming will be proven wrong. But there is overwhelming evidence that global warming is very real, and it’s not an issue of taxing or government leverage, but an issue of health, safety and quality of life going forward. This is what I mean by Republican denial. If you deny global warming, you won’t be able to solve problems like increased hurricanes or tornadoes (frequency or intensity). You won’t be able to identify the source of the problem regarding changing ocean currents due to changes in the amount of sea salt all around the world which is starting to disrupt migratory patterns of both fish and birds. If you claim there’s no such thing as global warming, good luck finding a cure for these two immediate problems. It’s not about fear mongering. It’s about solving problems quickly. Fortunately there are scientists out there who don’t have bunker mentality, sitting around throwing darts at Barry while polishing their full metal jackets, drinking Natural Light. Those scientists actually try to be objective.

        Did you know, NoFear, that in the 50’s the tobacco industry paid doctors to tell the public that cigarettes weren’t a health hazard? Doctors, who were bought, went on the TV and said, “No health risk here. Smoke up, Johnny.” I bet, NoFear, you smoked and slept like a baby knowing Uncle Sam was looking out for you and if Big Business in America said it was true, by golly, it must be. However, overtime people started realizing the propaganda and bs the cigarette industry was throwing around. But by then it was too late – people were addicted. Another propaganda win for big business. Do you not see that Big Oil in America hates the idea that the oil and gas industries are directly responsible for climate change? There’s your propaganda this time, NoFear. You missed being on the right side of the argument with cigarettes, and you’re missing it with big oil as well. Who has more at risk and more of a motivation to lie like the old cigarette doctors? Big Oil or the US Government? And it’s not a tax issue if you get into compliance. If an oil company gets into EPA compliance it’s not a tax issue. Sure, they’ll need to pay to be inspected and that’ll take the money and time of the private sector, but since when did big business in America do the right thing just because? Here’s a hint…. how ’bout fuckin’ never. Big Oil is running the propaganda that there’s no such thing as Global Warming, and NoFear, you’re eatin’ that shit up with a fork.

      • NoFear49er says:

        As I said, seriously deluded. Don’t talk to me about Obamacare. Millions of insurance policies of paying Americans have been cancelled. Everyone I know that pays all or part of their insurance premiums are now paying two to ten times more for less coverage. Millions unable to keep the doctors they’ve had for years, many lose them mid-treatment.

        The promise was $2500 savings and you could keep your doctor. All so much bullshit but spitblood is touting it as glorious success.

        Anyway, don’t talk to me about Obamacare. I’ve been fighting the VA system for too long so I know what you don’t. It’s the same as Obamacare and it mostly sucks. You want doctors that are forced to care for more patients to make a paycheck because the government tells them what they can and can’t do and how much they charge for it, not to mention the extra paperwork load and unpaid police duties the government will impose on them. Talk to a doctor about it.

        Regardless, it’s not something that should be forced on every American like it or not, oh, except for the selected friends of Obama. It’s so good they need to be excused, and are. Is that what you think America is about? Free stuff for the lazy? Yeah, you and your ilk are what we need leading the country. Right into third world status.

        Why doesn’t Obama and the congress that passed it in the dead of night behind closed doors without reading it have to use it for their healthcare?

        Answer that and you’ll know it sucks and the folks that forced you onto it know it sucks. Everybody knows it but you.

        BTW, I smoked for many years and I never, ever thought it was good for me. I didn’t need the government or the tobacco companies to tell me either. What a miserable helpless dependent life you must lead waiting for the government or sales people to tell you what’s good and bad.

        I know it’s PC for cigarette smokers to be shamed and pot smokers to be praised. Sheeple are idiots!

      • Spitblood says:

        You said, “You’re seriously deluded?” Wow. That’s big of you to admit. And you’re so sharp with your evaluation of yourself when coming to the deluded conclusion that you can’t be all deluded.

        What a typical Republican move right here from NoFear…. He writes…. “I’ve been fighting the VA system for too long so I know what you don’t. It’s the same as Obamacare and it mostly sucks.” Laughable. Trying to use a smear campaign with an entity in trouble, calling Obamacare the VA II. Honestly laughable. Nice try. Those are two very separate entities.

        Your best point is broken promises. But who the fuck cares about Obama’s broken promises? It pales in ethical comparison to Dick Cheney’s lie regarding weapons of mass destruction. Its so damn impossible to get things done with a Republican majority that I’d knock both front teeth out if it made my lie go smoother with those ass clowns. The Republicans are bought by the wealthy in America, and the wealthy in America have it so good they don’t want to see anything passed. And this is why it’s congressional gridlock. So if Obama lied knowingly or not to get Obamacare passed, so what?

        The bottom line is that now Obamacare is working and just yesterday there were reports that in the 7 months Obamacare has been active, 20 million new members have joined up. Do you know what that is, NoFear? That’s ethical governing from the left. Why ethical? The Republicans would never offer up coverage for the poor in America- they’d let ’em burn. And frankly, Republicans let the poor in America burn for years in regards to healthcare. Not covered? You get one of two options: Bankruptcy or shit coverage on Uncle Sam. Good for Obama. He’s keeping us out of wars, and helping the poor and middle class get back on their feet while stabilizing the economy. Fixing George Bush….

      • NoFear49er says:

        You say who cares if Obama lied to get his ACA passed and call it ethical government in the same rant? You object to being labeled deluded but insist on living in bizarro world.

        You’re so in the bag with the far left talking points you just enforce my point with your every rant.

        Now don’t go getting your feelings hurt. You come on here all bluster and bullshit and full of insults for everyone. Don’t let a few pesky facts get to you now.

      • Spitblood says:

        You ever hear of the team, “The end justifies the means?” Of course you have, and you’ll apply it to the war in Iraq. No doubt.

      • Spitblood says:


  41. unca_chuck says:

    . . .says the guy that doesn’t want to talk politics . . .

  42. unca_chuck says:

    2 to 10x more? Millions losing coverage? Where do you get your news? Facebook? Stop sprinkling those lead-filled paint chips on your Rice Krispies, skippy.

    The VA has been a problem since the end of WW II. Probably even before WW I. But yeah, blame it on Obama.

    The problem with the right in the country is they want their entitlements but want to deny them to everyone else. Plain and simple.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Uh, yeah, it’s people that I know who are paying that much more. It’s a fact. The millions losing coverage “news” is all over the place for anyone that looks to see.

      And I’m not blaming Obama for the screwed up VA although he has no interest in fixing it even after it being forcefully exposed to the general public. I’m saying Obamacare is the same thing as VA healthcare. It will operate the same and have the same problems. It was and is a cruel mistake to foist on the public for the sake of political control.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    Spitty, want to know something really funny? Global temperatures haven’t risen in 17 years.

    While I know dumping shit into the atmosphere isn’t sound environmental strategy, the effects of what we are currently doing isn’t following the models that have been put out there for the past 35 years. For all the shit over the ice caps melting, there are areas where the ice shelves are growing.

    And certainly there is a ginormous cottage industry in exaggerating the claims. The doomsayers on the left are just as wrong as the doubters on the right. I mean when you have senators believing that the wind is a finite resource, or that Guam is going to flip over due to overcrowding, you have some major stupid out there.

    Again, though, I think this country should lead the world where it comes to environmental policy, but with big oil in the picture, it’s but a pipe dream.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    Basing anything on anecdotal evidence (bigger, more damaging storms) is just as bad as saying climate change doesn’t exist because it’s cold outside.

    The hottest month on record in recent history was May 1923 I think.

    • unca_chuck says:

      “Two years ago during the scorching summer of 2012, July 1936 lost its place on the leaderboard and July 2012 became the hottest month on record in the United States,” Watts wrote. “Now, as if by magic, and according to NOAA’s own data, July 1936 is now the hottest month on record again.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    And in football news, here’s Michael Crabtree’s response to Dickie Sherman’s insecure rants re Crabs:

    “I don’t get into talking about these guys. I concentrate on football. It’s my life. I don’t have too much to prove when it comes to talking on TV. I’m a baller.”

    Way too much time between now and the Seattle game.

  46. Irish Kevin says:

    Ah, politics and religion the two most debatable topics that no one wins at.

  47. unca_chuck says:

    You forgot climate change . . . rocketing up the charts as the next go-to divisionary talking point.

    • Nipper says:

      Please don’t give these guys any ideas! Thinking sometimes is dangerous. Deep thinking is even worse.

  48. Nipper says:

    LeBron is returning to Cleveland…….all is not lost!

  49. unca_chuck says:

    Shit, Cleveland has Johnny Eightball and now Bron Bron returns.

    Stairway to Cleveland indeed.

  50. RTFirefly says:

    The first radio station in the country to broadcast MJ was in Cleveland. Nope, that was rock’roll.
    I’ m sitting here patiently living next door to Colorado for the walls to come tumblng down.
    If you think this is a personal crusade, it is, but what about NBA players? Some of the finest, best-conditioned athletes in the world are not tested.
    NFL. Budweiser. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    End of story.

  51. rtfirefly says:

    If I can’t get somehiing going with an issue with MJ being legal (which I’ve tried before on this blog), and the hypocrisy between the NFL rules and the NBA rules, then I guess I should go back into bllog hibernation until we’re at Jerruh ‘s palace in 58 days.

  52. rtfirefly says:

    The painters and the Internet experts just left for awhile. I’m still trying to repair the damage. Forgive me for the typos

  53. unca_chuck says:

    No dog in the fight, but for tax purposes alone, Cali should legalize it.

  54. rtfirefly says:

    Try getting “Twist and Shout” from that N* Chuck Berry. Not on Yahoo. The Beatles, that’s OK and approved .
    Same with MJ and the corporate plutocracy. The people will win; it’s just a matter of time.
    Chuck Berry’s version was awesome. Too bad I can’t get it easily this time of night

  55. unca_chuck says:

    YouTube, pal. Everything ever recorded is there,

  56. unca_chuck says:

    You’re welcome.

  57. unca_chuck says:

    Chuck Berry never recorded that. It was the Isley bros.

  58. unca_chuck says:

    2% get higher rates? Oh well. Greater good and all that. The richest country in the world should be able to provide basic healthcare for the needy here. Not kowtowing to the 1%.

    Fuck politics. I can’t believe Chuck Berry is still touring at 87 . . . .. .

  59. NJ49er says:

    Maybe the Plan for the future is to make the atmosphere too dangerous to breathe?
    Then. THEN, the Politicians could find a way to charge for clean air.

    In current terms, related to big industry and the EPA.
    Look no further than NC and Duke Energy.
    Coal ash is destroying the ground water.
    Fact –
    It would take them years and, billions of dollars to clean it up, so, of course, those costs would be passed along to their customers.

    Leave them alone. Coal is cheap and abundant.

    Just a little ironic that the Governor of NC is a former Duke Energy executive.
    How cozy, and convenient.

    Big business and Government – Lying to the masses since the dawn of the industrial revolution and laughing all the way to the bank ever since.

    Until we break the strings between the Political process and lobbying, our voices as voters are going to become extinct.

  60. unca_chuck says:

    We’ve been out of the loop for a while now, NJ.

    Went to the Stick tonight. Pretty cool. Eddie D caught the last TD thrown at Candlestick. Joe and Steve both hit Rice on deep passes, and Marino threw a ball over 50 yards in the air.

    Fun shit.

    My son was happy to see the guys I talk bout all the time, and he sees on all the highlight stuff, actually throwing and catching passes.

    • NJ49er says:

      Sounds like a good time Chuck.
      The passing of the 49ers torch, so to speak, between Father and Son is always a good thing.
      I’m actually enjoying seeing my Boys passing it along to their kids now.

      Making it harder to get to the 9er games here in NJ too, since we need more tickets to get our a$$es into the stadium.
      Can’t say no to the Grand kids.

  61. unca_chuck says:

    Took a bunch of pics. I’ll post them on a separate page …

  62. Spitblood says:

    Jimmy Smith being cut by the Ravens helps the 49ers a lot. Both Harbaugh brothers have had a hell of an off season. The Ravens have had five players arrested. It doesn’t sound like Smith did much other than not listen to a cop’s instructions, but the Ravens had reached their limit of off season player transgressions.

    Being that Jim and John are brothers, this might serve as a warning to other 49er players. It might not, but players are smart enough to know that Jim and John talk about problem solving together from time to time. Could be that the Ravens just did the 49ers a huge favor.

    And even more interesting is the idea of bringing Jimmy Smith to the 49ers. Lol. Why not? We just lost another troubled corner in Eric Wright.

  63. NJ49er says:

    Found a little video of the event yesterday Chuck –

  64. NJ49er says:

    Catch the other wordly news from Cleveland, not related to LeBron?

    They’ve added a new mascot – A bulldog that will go by the name of Swagger.

    For a team that hasn’t got anything close to what might be considered swagger, I’d have named him Deuce.

    As in drop a deuce.

    Adding a bulldog, to a team named Browns, opens one’s mind to a myriad of options, if you give it a little creative thought.

  65. Nipper says:

    Stop the snoring you BLEEPS! World Soccer is OVER! Good riddance!

  66. unca_chuck says:

    Cool, NJ. ESPN had Kenny Mayne emcee the thing, and I saw a longer vid about it I’ll try to find.

    The pisser? Full price for everything including $30.00 to park, and $10.00 beers. I hope all that money went to the fireman’s fund, or whatever.

  67. unca_chuck says:

    VD may hold out after all. From Mike Florio:

    “A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, at the present time, Vernon Davis would not be reporting. That doesn’t mean he won’t show; with nine days to go, Davis can change his mind and change it back again a few times or more before the time comes to report for duty.”

    Said it before and I’ll say it again. If he holds out, trade his ass. Welcome to Tampa Bay, VD.

  68. unca_chuck says:

    And, for old time’s sake:

    Heed the warning, VD.

  69. Spitblood says:

    This is already the most tired of all tired angles, ever….. I vow not to mention the names VD or Boone from now until both issues are revolved. Exhausted….

  70. unca_chuck says:

    Well, like it or not, if VD skips out, he’s fucking with the team in a big way.

  71. Why would any team in their right mind give up a valuable draft pick(s) for a guy holding out so he could come and not play for their team? That’s like drafting an injured college player who you know won’t be playing right away. Oh wait. We do that all the time. Maybe we could trade VD to ourselves.

    • NJ49er says:

      All about the $$$ Del –
      Teams like Cleveland and the NYJ for example, have excess Cap $$$ to spend and, could use a weapon like Vernon to improve their own rosters.

      I love both Vernon and Boone, however, we’ve got other potential FAs to secure for the future.
      Part of the reason Baalke and Marathe structure these deals is to budget for those concerns.

      For Vernon and Boone to decide they don’t like the deals they took, puts those plans in jeopardy.

      For me, it’s about the health of the roster, present and future.

      As I suspected, with Boone hiring the Mevis Agency, he’s being instructed to play the process this way.
      Mevis was notorious for holding the NYJ hostage year after year when other CBs got better deals.

      It wouldn’t be so bad if each guy was entering the final year of their respective deals but, 2 years upsets the Cap planning that went into each deal, as presently constructed.

      Franks’ Contract frees up additional savings for maybe 1 guy from the Iupati, Crabtree, Aldon Smith contingent.

      Dealing with 2 additional guys, like Vernon and Boone, forces thoughts of making a deal to move 1 or both onto another team.
      Baalke has plenty of OLinemen at very attractive wages, waiting to get a shot at a future extension as well.

  72. NJ49er says:

    Good piece from BR on Frank –

  73. NoFear49er says:

    Hey NJ49er! You didn’t have to read the article I’ve been making the same case for years, right here!

    I don’t believe VD will hold out into camp. But it didn’t seem to hurt Crabs’ future here. Not to mention his aversion to camp life.

    Of the three guys you mention I would rank their priority to re-sign as Iupati, Crabs and Smith and I think the FO would probably put them in opposite order.

    VD’s restructured before and I think that would be enough now with maybe an extra incentive or two thrown in to make him happy. With Baalke/Paraage doing the deal we might even gain some cap space.

    • NJ49er says:

      It’s a Cap-O-Nomics issue NoFear49er.
      I agree that Boone is extremely underpaid at this point but…..He’s going about this thing all wrong IMO.
      I blame that on the Mevis Agency primarily.

      As for Vernon, I agree with you in one respect.
      Give something to get something.

      He’s gotten a good deal already and, of course, he’s flirting with Father Time now.

      I’d rearrange your priority order this way.
      Iupati at the right number is a given.
      Aldon is a freak, like Vernon, so I typically always give credence to a guy that isn’t easily replaced.
      His history as a bad-boy might help with extension talks, given the risks they’d take to put a Brinks truck in his driveway.

      Crabtree has changed my mind since Kaep became his trigger man but, he’s had some well documented issues with his feet and an achilles injury already, aside from his TC-itis.

      I feel comfortable with the stable of OLinemen Baalke has assembled to date so, if Iupati can’t be retained, or Boone for that matter, I’m not too worried about the rotation-in-waiting to get a crack at stardom.

      We’ll see how it shakes out.
      Just wish this holdout nonsense would cease.
      It creates too much dissention within the roster, not to be a major distraction.

      • NJ49er says:

        As for Frank, I’m with you.
        He’s been our Rock in terms of Offense.
        Just glad to see that the media hasn’t overlooked his production.

        Good Man ‘Ol 21.
        Hope to see him in Canton someday.

        Be nice for him to get the Ring before he hangs up the cleats, he deserves it.

      • NoFear49er says:

        I’d hate to let one or the other go to FA only to have the money committed to sign Aldon forfeited to a bad conduct suspension.

        As for the holdouts, I guess Boone would rather have stayed a backup so he could feel like he was getting paid enough. Or maybe should have put a “if I become a starter early” clause in his contract. Outplaying contracts happens to new QBs routinely when they start out as backups. Boo freakin’ hoo.

        Can’t help but think Davis isn’t all that serious about it. Likes to be in the limelight and the news more than anything I think.

  74. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the noise from Florio was the first I’d heard of VD thinking of holding out of camp. Whether he’s just sending out smoke signals to test the wind is up for debate. But if so, he has to know that the fans for the most part aren’t happy with his decisions at this point. The front office and the coaching staff certainly isn’t.

    He has to know it paints him in the light of the me-first guy he came into the league as. Both Boone and VD played a couple uninspiring seasons with the team, and were resurrected (like Young Sir Alex) to the point of being at the top of their game in a couple years. I get that they feel they deserve a raise, but at least in VD’s case, he’s really biting the hand that feeds him. He got a great deal as a rook, got a huge extension based more on promise more than anything, and now is whining for more, 2 years shy of the deal’s completion? That’s selfish.

    As Spitty has said, he’s got zero leverage. The Niners have a stable of WRs now that are much better than anything they’ve had in recent memory. They can move away from TE plays and go to more of a WR-based offense without too much adjusting of the passing game. Boldin can take some of his slot routes. Yes, he’s a tough matchup and he draws attention whenever he’s on the field, but if he decides to skip practice, it’s easy to think the team will move on without him. Either by trading him or letting him sit out the season.

    It’s all up to him.

  75. unca_chuck says:

    The Niners are going to wait until the end of NEXT season before even thinking about Aldon Smith’s new deal. If he keeps his nose clean for the next 2 seasons, then they have a pretty good indication that he’s over his youthful hijinks.

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