Camp is Here!

Not going to bore you with a long post, but day 1 of camp is in the books, and a funny thing happened on the way to the cellar. The team was happy. Smiling. Having fun. For all the talk of Harbaugh and the record, he sure seemed to suck the fun out of the building. “Who;s got it better than us?” became a cliche that I’m sure the team rolled its eyes at. At least among the vets. The heavyhandedness is gone, and according to Matt Maiocco (another glad-handing media type looking for brownie points) the team seemed to be in great spirits and ready to take on the challenge of losing their Supercalafragelisticexpialadocious leader in St. Jim Harbaugh.

I mean really, the team HAS to hit the shitter because of the void left by that gimormous personality. Right. More like Ego. He placed himself into practice as a look-at-me-hang-with-the-guys type rather than be their coach. That’s fine and all, but not when the same guy that wants to be one of the guys suddenly says shit like no cards on plane rides. No loud music in the locker room. No fun other than driving all the players to distraction. You can’t play it both ways.

I said a couple days ago on this very bog that the players being happy campers guarantees zilch in the win column, but it does engender some ownership from the players to push the youngsters to get themselves ready for the bog-time. Harbaugh created and ‘us-vs-them’ attitude ward the front office, but he also put himself above the players by treating them like a college team and this grated on the vets.

I look at it through the lens of a successful coach like Bruce Bochy. He;s not a table-flipping bullshit flinging coach like so many in baseball. For all his country drawl and backwoods rambling lies a very acute baseball mind. He shoots straight with the players, and is forthcoming with the front office. He trusts his vets to hold the fort down, but isn’t afraid to do the necessary things to ensure the team puts its best effort out there.  Behind the scenes. He doesn’t give semi-incoherent rambling pressers, or giving any rah-rah bullshit either.  Tomsula strikes me a a more straightforward guy who will be in that mold rather than the hype generator that Harbaugh was. For all his coaching success, Harbaugh has one Orange bowl victory, and one NFC Championship to show for his chutzpah and bravado. Good luck in the Big House, Jim, but I ain’t gonna miss you all that much.

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109 Responses to Camp is Here!

  1. Winder says:

    The day has finally come, put on the pads boys and lets see what you’ve got. Growth starts now. I always thought how fantastic it would be to be able to put on a 49er uniform and be a part of the best organization in football.

  2. Lurker John says:

    Are we pumped for training camp? I am!

  3. Nipper says:

    Skeebers declares V “persona non grata.” No one wants the dude.

  4. Berger says:

    There is no way to guarantee we hired the right coach. We just need some time to go by to see. I think we hired the right coach but I was happy when we hired Nolan, Singletary and Harbaugh. Harbaugh was good but he ran his course and had to go. Go 49ers! Lets win!

  5. Berger says:

    I got my post deleted from skeebs last night. I’m guessing he didn’t like me pointing out that Maiocco says we were emotionless and didn’t smile last year more than any team he had ever seen. And that the 2015 team seems to be enjoying football again. Maybe me calling his entire sight a bunch of morons, or was it fu**ing morons, didn’t help preserve the post either. It’s his sight, he can run it the way he chooses. I guess after being moderated I was deemed not worthy of the North Korean blog that is run by skeebs/bullit. LOL!

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Skeebers scoreboard is going off the charts with negativity,

    God forbid we go 10-6 and reach the playoffs. The thought being it was OK for Harbaugh to not win a super bowl with a stacked team, but it is imperative that this incarnation has to be held to the same standard despite the retirements.

    Can you say double standard? What’s funny is they are all predicting 2-4 wins, but if the Niners win 9 they’ll still consider it the most awful thing to happen. The bassackward fan base.

    Wonder how many of those guys over there are Spitty?

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Where are my acid-washed jeans? That song is very 80s . . .

  8. NJ49er says:

    Looking like the Levi’s Stadium Turf is an ongoing issue?
    Must be good money in turf management over there?
    Talk of replacing the turf up to 8X before the SB?
    What gives?

  9. Your 2015 San Francisco 49ers…

    • Winder says:

      Go Cowboys

      • Tony Romo > Colin Kaepernick.

        And the margin between the two QB’s with Romo leading the way is widening. Tony is moving like a tremendous machine. Kaepernick (Sham), is dropping back. “Looks like they’ll catch him today.”

        The NFL has not only caught up to Colin Kaepernick’s act, but they’ve ate it up and spit it out.

        But enough about the NFL’s latest also ran at the QB position. A true and worthy Champ returns to the track later this afternoon when racing’s latest Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, returns fresh off his Belmont Stakes romp to run in the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park.

        Joe Montana = Secretariat
        Steve Young = American Pharoah
        Colin Kaepernick = California Chrome
        Alex Smith = Zippy Chippy (winless in 100 starts)

  10. Winder says:

    I know it’s late but this is my favorite Washboard Sam.

  11. NJ49er says:

    Try this one on Winder –
    Railroad Boy…Gov’t Mule –

  12. NJ49er says:

    And a little Detroit Iron from Thackery……

  13. NJ49er says:

    Cap it off with some Clapton/Knopfler perhaps?
    Same Old Blues – LIVE….

  14. NJ49er says:

    OK – Gotta throw Warren and Sonny in the mix –
    Some pickin’ and slide’n –

  15. NJ49er says:


  16. NJ49er says:

    How eff’d up is Joe Walsh in this set?

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Tony has won how many big games? Oh yeah. None. Kappy has more playoff wins. Rhomo has had many more chances to be good, but alas, he’s destined for this:


  18. Good music, I’m really digging this site! After 12 brewski’s last night Tony Romo was looking hot!

  19. Berger says:

    A lot of music coming down. It’s like the Music Never Stopped!

  20. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile on the other blog………silence. Even the crickets are gone!

  21. Just got back from the last Dead show in Chicago, me and my wife had a blast, good people good fun it was killer! Keep them coming on my first beer for the day right now…sssseeecond is just right around the corner. I was in heaven and took advantage of the free beer fest the other night, lost my wallet, got in a fight but that’s all right! Mystro please play me another mother fucken tune.

  22. NJ49er says:

    RIP BB……

  23. NJ49er says:

    Can’t stop at one for BB……

  24. Winder says:

    God, i love you tube

  25. Winder says:

    Just because it’s Sunday

    • Winder says:

      Fuck, once again it’s hooked up to a playlist. Sorry guys

      • Winder says:

        However, if you like Soul, R&B, and Rock, it was the blues and gospel that it all came from. Try the playlist. Of course all you guy know that already.

  26. I was walking last night and heard from the pavement below… help me…I thought it was a mother fuckin bum, right??…that’s what anyone would thank. I looked down and it was my wife drunker than a piss skunk lying almost in the street, she twisted her ankle and it swelled up like a watermelon. Her high heeled shoe was in tat there old cement crack I had to leave it there after trying for almost an hour to pull it out. Ain’t that a bitch doctor said she couldn’t walk for two weeks, who’s going to cook for me and bring me a frosty cold one when the game starts?

  27. NJ49er says:

    Winder Muscle Shoals for who?

  28. Forget the Allman’s and Gov, for while let’s get down to sum nitty gritty.

  29. You know what tastes really good? Ocean Spray Cran•Raspberry juice. I didn’t know you could drink the shit without vodka. Learn sumthin’ new everyday.

  30. The screw that was surgically implanted in my foot nearly a year and a half ago has broken in half. I literally have a screw loose. If the shoe fits…

  31. A few weeks ago I had a party and this family of about thirty came over for sum live music and good old eatens. I was hungry when wifey got all da fixins on dat table and aint dat a bitto bitch that there family filled my kitchen, yelling and screaming like a bunch of old hooter hounds. I drank bout three beers before I got my plate in order. When dat family left my wife asked me, “Who were those people?” I said, “I don’t know” I thought they were your friends? She said no I thought they were your kinfolks?? Them their people fooled us out of our grass roots entertainment and country style chicken. I was thinking it was just like that movie Wedding Crasher showing a while back at Wilson Pickett’s drive end theater.

  32. My wife asked me today, Do ye want sumthin deet? I told her my name aint deet. It goes both ways because I asked her ye got sum backer? She said you want Tobacco? I then asked her Deed ge git back yeet from town? She acted all educatted and said, Did I get back from the city? Yes I did. All these different talks makes me hungray and thristie for another coors light. Can wait fot dat old season to start I think the 49ers are gonna surpize sum folks.

  33. This here old Del Mar Dennis is probably the town drunk that comes home every night at 3:00 and slurs da words when trips into da bedroom, “There’s the little lady….”

  34. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Stay away from mescaline, V.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the comparison of the current team to 2003 is about the stupidest thing I’ve seen in print.

    Leave it to Skeebers and his merry band of downers for hoping against hope that the Niners suck. And we get to read another 1,000,000 words about how Spitty isn’t going to watch or care about the team. Funny if the whole blog disappears amidst the solid play. And if they don;t?

    Yay. They are cool for jumping on the hate wagon. Along with all the other sheep.

    And NoFear, better my head in the sand than your up your ass. Then again, that’s the usual location.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Yeah, in 2003 they won 7 games. That’s two more than 2015.

    • rtfirefly says:

      At least now I have the hope of rebuilding, and rebuilding right. After 2003, the Herschel Walker trade wouldn’t have helped. College interns watching film are doing the draft prospect grading? Holy Suckamole, Batman!

  36. unca_chuck says:

    You’d be a wild-eyed optimist in other places. They are referring to 2-14, RTF. Keep hoping for that draft pick. Look how well that works for Cleveland.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    Why would you have hope that Baalke will magically turn shit to gold by moving up 10 spots in the draft?

  38. Nipper says:

    There’s the insane asylum and then there is the “V Asylum” a mixture of the weird and unfathomable with pure fantasy and right wing politics thrown in.

  39. unca_chuck says:

    So, NoFear, every negative tidbit isn’t held up as a shining example of the upcoming suckitude in your world? Do you read the blog you post on?

    It is but to laugh. Look at the response to the o line being shakey after ONE fucking day of practice.

    If you have been paying attention, the O line is one of the biggest problems with this team. It was a big problem last year. A problem discussed many times here in recent memory. But you know that.

    In your world though, it wasn’t a problem. This is a brand new issue that didn’t exist before (where have I heard this before?). Everything was beautiful before the current regime came in. Despite the 8-8 record and the shitty line play and the front office miasma of bullshit and self-generated turmoil.

    Go ahead and keep acting like the 49ers would be super bowl favorites if Harbaugh was still here.

    Utter and complete bullshit revisionist hypocrisy. The Niners were 25/1 with Harbaugh still on the team. What does that tell you? That they were on their way? No. The vegas line was down because the team was not playing well. Injuries kill, yes, but the defense came through despite injuries. The offense, and especially the offensive line, didn’t.

  40. Irish Kevin says:

    I smell football, and it smells good! Let the games begin

  41. unca_chuck says:

    Right. The turf deal is getting gold. A billion dollar stadium and you can’t fix the grass? Stop having a million events on it and let it grow.

    That might help.

    • Winder says:

      “Stop having a million events on it and let it grow.”

      That might help. Ya think. I guess it’s gonna be hard for Jed to have a nice big stadium and not use it for other venues. He’s just gonna have to buck-up and deal with it. The Niners have to come first.

  42. rob says:

    Goddamm its taking a long time for whitesnake to get on stage.

  43. unca_chuck says:

    Where r u ROB??

    • rob says:

      Hard rock Orlando for whitesnake ” the purple tour”
      Wow what an awesome show. I hope they do a DVD

  44. Nipper says:

    On the “other” blog “Constant Fear” is lamenting the loss of Harbaugh……again.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t listen to nofear. He still has a hard-on for Nolan. Well, after the Viagra.

    Senseless? I thought you were a military guy, nofear. If you called one of your commanders a pussy to his face, he’d let that slide? Right. Tell me another bedtime story, pops.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    Constant fear. I like it, Nippy.

  47. NJ49er says:

    Love this piece from PFT on Jimmy Graham “preparing” to block.
    Smack his A$$ around long enough and he’ll disappear.
    Biggest headache with him is his height.
    He wins the jump ball matchup pretty consistently.

    • rob says:

      Screw graham . that being said NJ he couldn’t even out jump cox last time we played

      • NJ49er says:

        I’m guessing Dontae Johnson will be a good answer to Graham Rob.
        Chris Cook and Dontae are both listed at 6’2″.
        We just need to be very physical with him.

        Seattle got into his head and, basically beat him both mentally, and physically in there Playoff matchup.
        Ironically, he got traded there, and needed to repair some bad blood created by Seattle’s D calling him soft.

        Looking forward to seeing what Mangini has in store for him coverage-wise when the time comes.

  48. NJ49er says:

    Chuck I missed one for you the other night –
    A little Robert Plant…

  49. NJ49er says:

    Hey Winder…about the theory we share about Indian Spirits at Levis Stadium.
    Could it be a local influence from Fresno?
    Pat and Lolly Vegas?

    Maybe we need to….Chant 13th Hour?

    • NJ49er says:

      These guys were a fun Funk Band back ‘In the Day’ …..

    • Winder says:

      NJ – thanks for the Redbone. I am not one to discount any spirits but I think the grass at Levi’s is due more to overuse and incompetence

  50. NJ49er says:

    Looks like these guys are still going too.
    CD from 2014 – Peacepipe.

    Damn it!
    I am Somebody…

  51. NJ49er says:

    Here’s one just for fun because it came up on my iPod – Haven’t heard it in awhile. Good tune.
    Lonnie Mack – Riding the Blinds –

  52. NJ49er says:

    Show of hands.
    In the Summertime, do you think of Ray Dorset?

    • NJ49er says:

      The iPod is treating me very well tonight 😀
      Lots of good tunes getting piped into my brain.

  53. NJ49er says:

    And since we’re going Mungo Jerry –
    Gotta spin San Francisco Bay Blues….

  54. unca_chuck says:

    Attack of the killer V? Well played sir.

    Man, have t heard Redbone in years………….

    I think of Janis Joplin when I hear Summertime.

  55. unca_chuck says:

    That Lonnie Mack track kills . . .

  56. rob says:

    I was going to suggest donte too ! I hope he can win the #2 CB role !

  57. unca_chuck says:

    Donte’s definitely in the mix. He’s got good size and speed.

  58. Berger says:

    One of the things that is really good about Kaepernick is he was smart enough to seek other coaching than RoBaugh. He realized the coaching he was getting was not good enough to continue to improve his abilities so he went to get other opinions. Very smart!

    The coaching he received from Exos in 5 weeks was probably more educational than the 3 years he had with RoBaugh. We will see soon.

    The other thing that will be important is to see if we run an offense that makes sense. The RoBaugh offense sometimes seemed to rely too much on Kap making a big play to save their asses. I would rather have an offense with some rhythm and a scheme that makes sense.

  59. Winder says:

    I gotta thank V for putting on that BOA video. I forgot all about those guys. Been fooling around with some of their music and this one has some great guitar playing.

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