Game On! NFL 2014 Kicks Off Tonight!!

“Raise your hand if you think this was the best preseason ever. . . .  No raised hands.” To paraphrase Jimbo there, what a trainwreck this offseason has been. Just when you think the Seahawks would get all fat and happy, run for the money, and lose their focus, it turns out the 49ers were the team to shoot themselves in the feet about 15 times since February.

I won’t even start with the myriad distractions, fuckups, and arrests, but it’s safe to say the issue with the 49ers isn’t very much about on-field issues. Yes, we have a young secondary, and yes, our D line has taken a hit, along with the linebackers, but now there’s news that Michael Crabtree has a calf injury. Not sure of the prognosis yet, but hey, at least he didn’t give his leg a molly and try to bang it.

And, in what should be a very rousing start to the NFL season, we have Green Bay and their All Universe QB, Chico’s own Aaron Rodgers going up against the Legion of Boom in the great white Northwest. This game will surely be a test for Green Bay’s maligned defense, as well as an early test for Seattle’s vaunted D.

This season can’t get started fast enough. Bring it on.

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79 Responses to Game On! NFL 2014 Kicks Off Tonight!!

  1. Spitblood says:

    I hope Ray McDonald starts on Sunday. I think he’s the real victim.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. How long did it take to come up with that gem?

    That musta hurt your head.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    And you wonder why you don’t get invited anywhere, skippy.

    Niners injury report includes Crabs with his calf, Anthony Davis with a hammy issue, and Marcus Martin and his knee.

    For all the babying around Crabs these days, dude can’t stop from getting hurt. Christ, hard to make the big score when you spend 2/3 of the season cooling your heels.

    • Spitblood says:

      “And you wonder why you don’t get invited anywhere, skippy.” What are you talking about? You better check your med dose again. Are you implying this entire blog goes out and does stuff together? Because I’m not interested in going to the monster truck rallies with you, or going to the comic-con with NJ or Survival Awareness Week / War rallies with NoFear. I might go to the ponies with Del, but maybe once a year, not twice a day.

      Chuck… don’t let this blow your mind, but McDonald should play on Sunday. In America we’re innocent until proven guilty. And this is still America. The rest of your morons clamoring for McDonald’s head can go kick rocks.

      If he’s convicted, cut him. Until then…. play him. And that’s in no way a Harbaugh contradiction although the whoopleheads won’t get that. Cry for Harbaugh’s head when McDonald plays Sunday. It’ll make me laugh that much more.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    And, in news of the weird, Josh Gordon, recently suspended from the Brown for the year, will go to work as a car salesman.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/josh-gordon-will-spend-his-year-off-of-football-as-a-car-salesman-160458452.html

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Bullshit, spitty. teachers, doctors, lawyers, cops, etc. are routinely suspended (with pay) pending investigations of this type. Key word there is pending, skippy.

    Harbaugh comes across as a major hypocrite in hiding behind due process. Even you have to see that. He rails on his bro for welcoming Ray Rice back, and then 3 days later hides behind due process when it one of his guys? Chickenshit. Utter pussery. Jimbo needs to shut his pie-hole because every time he opens his yap, he ends up shoveling his feet into it.

    Even if Baalke decides to let Happy Meal play, Harbaugh can still park his ass on the sidelines. Which is what he should do. Otherwise, we become the Jail Blazers.

    • Spitblood says:

      Yes… and those teams, organizations and government entities also routinely run their own investigations to “hedge” their bets if it looks like their employee is going to walk.

      The difference between you and I, Chuck, is I’m under no illusions regarding the what drives businesses. You think it’s ethics. I used to feel that way. Now I’m more cynical and just think it’s the almighty dollar.

      Ray Rice scores a few touchdowns and everyone forgets Ray dragging his “soon to be” through the lobby…

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Really? Money drives business, Skippy? There’s a Pulitzer in your future. Unfortunately for you it’ll be going up your ass in care of this award-winning blog.

    The point is, Harbaugh is the one belaboring the zero tolerance stance. Riiiight up until the point that it its one of his guys. Now it’s ‘due diligence!’

    Like you keep saying pigs get slaughtered. This will be yet another indication that these guys will keep playing by a different set of rules.

    Not that I expect these guys to be saints, but holy shit, strangling chicks, punching them in the face, and the band played on. . . .

    • Spitblood says:

      Did you hear the DA today said no charges pressed “at this time.” Doesn’t mean there won’t be, but right now there’s not enough to warrant charges, which to me, following what Snnark wrote earlier, means the DA doesn’t see an easy conviction.

      Maybe you need to take some law classes, or maybe lower your medication dosage. I’m not a doctor or a lawyer, but you’re hysterical. Not hysterical, ha ha. We all know you aren’t funny. Hysterical like crazy – bananas, bonkers. You don’t know what Ray McDonald did. And you’re jumping to the conclusion that he’s “strangling chicks, punching them in the face.”

      Maybe you’re confusing Ray Rice with Ray McDonald. We all know what Rice did because it was caught on camera. We don’t know what McDonald did and this is why you’re hysterical….. and again, not the funny kind.

      Until the facts are sorted out, what you’re asking the 49ers to do is take a symbolic stand against domestic violence just because Harbaugh has stated previously he’s against DV. But who isn’t? The 49ers aren’t obligated to take any kind of ceremonial stand just because you want the team to clean up its image. Kick rocks.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Harbaugh comes off looking like a hypocrite. And I’m referring to the NFL in general. Sorry the nuance escapes you. . . .

    Then again, that probably went over your head as well . . .

  8. NoFear49er says:

    All the rush to judgment and cries for RayMac to be suspended is nothing more than fans rooting for a cause they think provides some sort of proof they are “good” people, no matter the leaps in logic required or who or how many are left under that bus.

    I don’t remember this reaction to Kaepernick and friends being accused of misconduct. How many wanted Kaepernick off the team when the accusations were leveled?

    If RayMac has done something that warrants punishment I’m sure he’ll get it. What’s the benefit to such an over-reaction? To show we hate wife beaters as much as dog abusers?

    When murderers take the field on a weekly basis and you pay good money to participate in the experience you should get over the notion that the NFL will act with a conscience and become the long arm of the law for its fans enjoyment.

    • Spitblood says:

      Exactly.

      • Spitblood says:

        Hey Hysterical Chuck: Did you see the Ravens just put a statue of Ray Lewis up in front of their stadium. He was apart of a murder… and now he has a statue up in front of his stadium. And you want McDonald to sit for a few bruises? Up your dosage.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Don’t pretend to know anything. One of you lives in a bunker with 10,000 Asian porn DVDs, and the other lives in his mom’s basement.

      Kaep’s supposed crime was partying with an ex-girlfriend, not strangling her.

      I know, foreplay to you.

      • Spitblood says:

        You might be the stupidest 49er fan ever. TMZ reported sexual assault with Kaep. That’s not partying. Is minimizing or fabricating the truth your basic debate strategy?

        “I know, foreplay to you.” Did you hit your head this afternoon? Do we all need secret decoder rings to hand you your ass each debate? Is incoherence your self-defense mechanism? It’s a good one.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Again, nimrod, this is about Harbaugh and HIS comments. Not the court system and not the NFL.

      Get it? No. You’d rather rant on the lib media and the black helicopters.

  9. Nipper says:

    Lets get together at a Firing Range somewhere and practice with our Uzis. Maybe Chuck and Spit end up shooting at each others feet. Throw in football, some right-wing politics and some alcohol imbibing and perhaps a boozing Dennis it should be a good time for all.

  10. Spitblood says:

    I’m all for this. I like it when my team or whatever I’m apart of is “the most expensive.” However… it only works if the product on the field is one of the best in football. If Harbaugh has one foot out the door, I smell George Bush economics (two wars + tax cuts + tax surplus refunds + zero wall street regulation =’s great recession). You try to charge 49er fans this much with Jim Tomsula as your HC and Levi Stadium will implode with a quickness.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11465929/san-francisco-49ers-game-costs-family-four-nfl-high-average-641

  11. NoFear49er says:

    The master of the ad hominem argument! And even for that lack of basis in facts you have to resort to building a straw man. You prove yourself to be on the wrong side of this one.

    You compare Kaepernick’s situation to RayMac’s but conveniently try to ignore the actual comparison and make up your own. Kaepernick was ACCUSED of sexual assault. Rape. Is that less heinous to you than a girlfriend with marks on her neck?

    You pretend to be upset that Harbaugh may be a liar? So effin’ what? We all know he’s a liar. You care what he lies about now?

  12. rtfirefly says:

    If and when RayRay is actually indicted for a crime, let’s have this discussion again. We will know a ton more about this case on the 15th.

  13. Ray McDonald is guilty. Wes Welker is guilty. Jim Irsay is guilty. Josh Gordon is guilty. Bell and Blount are guilty. And so too is Aldon Smith. Everybody is fucking guilty. I don’t need to wait for any goddamn “due process” to come to those conclusions.

    So help me Jesus H. Fucking Christ. If Ray McDonald is allowed to play Sunday, I will openly root for him to break is his fucking neck and be carried out on a stretcher. I will also root for Jed York, Trent Baalke, Jim Tomsula, and last, but certainly not least, Jim Harbaugh to fall down a flight of stairs and break theirs. I want wants coming and what’s deserved.

    I’m sick and goddamn tired of *my* once classy and proud organization conducting themselves in these abhorrent and gutter-lined off-the-field manners. It would be one thing if we acted like filth and actually won a goddamn Super Bowl or two these last three years. But we can’t even be pond scum like Seattle and win the damn thing. We’re the fucking worst. Nothing but second-rate criminals who blow the big heist and get caught without the garnering the jewels. Nothing to show for but empty trophy cases, guilt and shame.

    How bout dem Cowboys!

  14. And on a light note, football is back! Go Seapack! I dunno.

  15. Pack running the hurry-upon their first drive vs SEA.
    What a concept. That sure in the hell isn’t in our vernacular.

    • NoFear49er says:

      The concept was fine. The payoff was a passing yardage loss. Think the ‘Hawks were ready for a hurry-up attack?

  16. Pack starting a C that’s never snapped the ball to Rodgers in a live game.
    Welcome to the NFL.

  17. I believe I started Percy Harvin in our FFL. Go Percy! Have Faith, especially with his orchestra. I had a really bad drinking stretch back in my mid 20’s to mid 30’s (go figure) and “Theme From A Summer Place” by Percy Faith and his Orchestra was one of my favorite drunk play on the bar jukebox songs. Drove patrons nuts that I played it incessantly. Good thing you guys didn’t know me back then. Hell, not much better that you have to deal with me now.

  18. Seattle givin’ away freebies with PR gaffes…can GB capitalize?

  19. rtfirefly says:

    GOOOO Gordy! I got him.

  20. Rodgers on that last 3rd dn convo, was, well, Aaron Rodgers. Beauty.

  21. John Kuhn with the RTD. That helps absolutely no one in FF.

  22. IH1977 says:

    Alright!!!!!

  23. NoFear49er says:

    Clinton-Dix on the field? Ha Ha.

  24. IH1977 says:

    I like touching myself.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Yer givin’ my ’76 Scout a bad name.

      • IH1977 says:

        Dirty comments are fun, however, I would never disparage the best SUV ever manufactured.

      • Spitblood says:

        NoFear – You’ve got a ’76 Scout? I sold my ’78 Ford F100 stepside. Biggest mistake ever. She was beaut. How long have you had the Scout?

      • NoFear49er says:

        Yeah, it was one of my rigs when I lived in the N Idaho woods. I was a gypo logger and it saw duty as a skidder, stump puller, snow plow and pulling real skidders out of the mud. It was indestructible.

  25. rtfirefly says:

    Nice tackle there. Ha ha.

  26. IH1977 says:

    I’m an asshole

  27. rtfirefly says:

    I see it’s kiddie hour now. See you guys later and GOOOO Pack!

  28. Great shot of Mt. Ranier in the Seattle skyline. DYK? In the excitement leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado, named 53 mountains after the 53 members of the Denver Broncos. In response the Washington State Senate passed a resolution on Friday January 31, 2014 temporarily renaming the mountain Mount Seattle Seahawks. The resolution expired on midnight Monday, February 3 2014.

    Your tax dollars at work.

  29. How the hell does Aaron Rodgers continue to get gigs to be the “Discount Double Check” guy? He makes Adam Sandler look like Brando.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Well that was fun. Think Green Bay misses Raji? Ouch.

  31. Spitblood says:

    It’ll take a miracle for the Seahawks not to win the Super Bowl. Nobody else is in their class.

  32. Talk about laying down the gauntlet and punching your opponent in the goddamn throat. Seahawks picked up right where they left off after they got through throttling my man Manning. Their offense, and I’m sure Berger will tell you, looked more wide open and complex than ever. Scary good.

    Still the team to beat.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I wasn’t paying attention to formations, but I noticed one empty bacfield set that I’ve never seen before anywhere. Neither of the WRs was truly wide, near but not next to the line. One had one receiver behind him slightly offset. The other had TWO receivers behind him. I do remember the passing play being a big success. I’d like Roman to be half that creative.

  33. NoFear49er says:

    Well, besides Percy Harvin, who is a freak, and probably won’t stay healthy for long, he only went to the TE. Lynch was their game plan which makes double good sense against a team with a broken NT and Aaron Rodgers to keep on the bench. And he certainly wasn’t running in wide open lanes like Berger imagines. He was steam rolling through bad tackling like he always does.

    • Spitblood says:

      One game does not a pattern make. We don’t know if Seattle’s O line is improved with all the hype Carpenter is getting, or if the GB middle of their defense is weaker than Unca Chuck logic and debate. We don’t know if Aaron Rogers’ effectiveness is hurting from the Packers’ loss of both Finley and James Jones. Right now, all the above look true, but until those truism are put to a three or four game stretch test, we’re still in the process of building arguments. But one thing is clear to me…. GB is soft, and the Seahawks are young and maybe the most physical team in the NFL. I honestly think the best chance of stopping a Seahawks’ repeat is the 49ers getting home field advantage. And that my friends is not going to be an easy task because that stadium basically gives Seattle 8 wins each year, which is a huge advantage. With all the problems the 49ers have, and Jed York not able to secure Harbaugh long-term, the Seattle Seahawks could be the new dynasty in the NFL, and right or wrong, many people will say, if a few things line-up correctly, that Pete Carroll ran Jim Harbaugh out of the NFC West. My own opinion will be that Jed York ran Harbaugh out, but by that time it won’t matter much. Without Harbaugh the 49ers will be the Seattle Seahawks’ bitch for the next decade.

  34. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Russell Wilson had a typical RW day. Short passes, move the sticks. Under 200, and 3 balls that shoulda been picked that GB graciously dropped.

    If this is to be the Niners game, they need to do a shitload better on 1st down to help with their 3rd down conversion rate. More often than not, Seattle got 5+ yards on 1st. They didn’t get into 3rd and long very often. They wore GB down with the run run run. GB was rolling early, and made a lot of 3rd down conversions, but that well runs dry more often than not. And Green Bay’s defense is no great shakes with BJ. Without him, they were killed trying to stop the run, and missed a boatload of tackles, and not just on Lynch. To the tune of 200+ given up. Offensively, GB just doesn’t seem to have the horses to keep up with the big boys anymore.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    To borrow a phrase from Dennis, this game is crucial to the season. Lose to a crappy Dallas team with no discernible defense, and we could very well be singing the dollar bill blues.

    This offense needs to be a little to a lot more explosive depending on how the defense comes out. Dallas has playmakers on offense, and can score. Can the Niners braintrust use their newfound wide receivers? Can Jim and Greg pull out of the 70s college football offense? Jim and Greg. Pancho and Lefty. Make it happen.

  36. Spitblood says:

    Niners over the Cowboys, 45 – 17.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of Rainier Beer . . .

    Best ad ever . . .

  38. unca_chuck says:

    The stadium hype is nonsense. Teams should be able to get their plays off without too much trouble. Green Bay wasn’t beaten by the crowd. They were beaten by 2 dropped picks early, and a few poorly timed penalties.

    Seattle ran right through BJ Raji’s shadow and did their usual dink and dunk to move the chains.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    J Mart starting in place of Anthony Davis. Oh joy. Let’s hope no one hurts his feelings out there.

  40. rtfirefly says:

    I’m not too concerned about last night’s game. Just NFL schedule rigging again. I mean, wasn’t the last GB-Sea game in Seattle? Wasn’t the last SF-NO game in NO?
    I saw this when the schedule came out. 1 game likely edge to the SCrows. GB can’t defend the run and a mobile QB. Lambeau would not have changed that, but it would have changed everything else. Like, say, what happened to all those preseason D holding in the secondary calls? Seattle had one obvious long PI last night, but otherwise the Pack was repeatedly guilty but the Crows were little angels all game?
    Nothing to see here, move along.

  41. Jim Harbaugh is a fucking hypocrite and has done absolutely nothing but sully the reputation of this once proud and exemplary franchise. Add to the fact that he’s tightened up his sphincter, not motivated his players properly and has lost his cool at the three biggest moments during his 49er tenure as its head coach. That makes Jim Harbaugh without question the worst coach in 49er history.

    Hypocrite, liar, pious SOB, self-centered egomaniac and a fucking choke artist.
    Playing Ray McDonald on Sunday? We fucking *deserve* to lose.

    How bout dem Cowboys!

  42. Fuck this. This team needs to be punished. And I’m not talking Roger “Fuck you for ruining the NFL” Goodell type of punishment. I’m talking karma, bad luck or even from your God if you still even care to believe in that bullshit kind of punishment.

    Bad call(s) Sunday? We had it coming.
    Bad bounce of the ball? We had it coming.
    Bad use of the replay booth? We had it coming.
    Injuries to players? We had it coming.

    If Ray McDonald gets carried out on a stretcher I will stand up and applaud. But it won’t be for the same reason why other Niner fans are clapping. He had it coming.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, if your God cares about football, then he’s a worthless god.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    String theory is the cosmic force holding the universe together. Not your dime store karma

  45. Nipper says:

    Lets declare Ray McDonald Day this Sunday! Wack the little woman in preparation for a day of football! Hope her bruises are healing. She took one for the team!

  46. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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