Monday Musings

Just when it was safe to have an inkling of hope for the 49ers, Aldon smith decides to go an a little rampage and get into a fight with someone over a parking spot. After ramming the offending parker, Smith apparently left the scene and decided to get his drink on. Smart guy that he is, he goes back to the scene of the dust-up and is promptly arrested. Of Course Aldon denies being drunk when he hit the guy. He decided to get drunk after the fact.

Whatever. Until he realizes that he’s his won worst enemy, he won’t get any help. Thing is though, a talent like that won’t be on the sidelines forever. Pacman, and a few others, have made the trip from iron bars to the gridiron.

Anyhow, Tomsula apparently insisted on handling this alone, much like Harbaugh did the first time around. The only difference being Jimbo felt no problem with letting Aldon play hours after being let out of jail. Or letting RayMac play despite 2 run-ins with the police regarding domestic violence charges. Because, you know, winning matters more than character. say what you will about Tomsula, but he handled this situation very well.

Other than that, Frank Gifford passed away over the weekend. He was a little before my time, and Christ, I’d think death would be a happy escape from Kathy Lee, but for all intents and purposes, he was a great football player. I never liked him though. And I don’t know why. Too goodie goodie I guess?

Guys of that era went through a lot more punishment, as penalties were pretty much not called on anything that didn’t constitute attempted murder. The guy was MVP one year, and led the Giants to a championship in the 50s. He played running back, a little QB, defensive back, and became a WR after famously getting knocked unconscious by Chuck Bednarik of the Eagles and retiring for a season. No penalty of course. The picture of Bednarik exulting over his unconscious body is an enduring legacy of football in the golden age.

Beyond that, he was a very good, if bland, announcer for The NFL Today on CBS, and more famously as the foil for Howard Cosell and Dandy Don Meredith on Monday Night Football for nearly 30 years. Though he was a highly respected football player, he didn’t reach the HOF until 27 years after his retirement. Hmmm. I don’t dislike him so much anymore.

RIP Frank.


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76 Responses to Monday Musings

  1. Winder says:

    i wonder how many players could hang even through one game with the equipment and rules that were the 50’s and for the most part 60’s football. And most of those guys did it for peanuts. The love of the game had lots to do with it, indeed.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Players are bigger and faster now, but they got away with a LOT more shit back in the day.

  3. Nipper says:

    Imagine coming home most nights and seeing Kathy Lee. That’s a sentence I wouldn’t wish on any man.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Here’s some fun info from the revisionists:

    Skeebers says:
    August 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm
    I have to admit it will be high comedy watching the barnyard boys try to dig their way back to reality as the season progresses.

    Why the fuck does he feel it is necessary to proclaim about 150 times that the team will suck? And if they do, he’ll be happy as a little baby in shit. Because we thought they had a chance,

    Wow. How stupid is that? Yay! We suck! I can tell some anonymous blog people how dumb they were! This paints a picture of some happy little trolls banging away in mom’s basement (well, in V’s case, it’s a busted-ass trailer) “I said we’d suck FIRST!!! Look at ME!!!”

    I mean really. What was their record WITH Harbaugh last year? 16-0? If Kappy needed help 3 years ago for his future yet unrealized problems created by the coaching staff, the same applies to Harbaugh’s blindness to his shortcomings in the red zone. And his problems getting plays off in time. Did harbaugh fix those problems? No. Did they exist before Kappy? Yes. Did we lose Super Bowl 47 because of this issue? Could be.

    Frankly, if the team does well now, it’ll be one of the best coaching jobs in NFL history given all the shit they’ve dealt with.

    But please. If they don’t do well, proceed to jizz all over your keyboards, and each other, fuckwads. Better yet, proclaim that you won’t go to any games or buy any more merch. Like you have ever gone to a game in your lives. Too scary. High comedy? Your mere existence is high comedy, Skeebs.

    • Nipper says:

      Yeah you’re taking a beating on the “other” blog. They love you Chuck in a weird sort of way.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Well, I’ll never know.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Thanks for having my back, Nippy. I just don;t get the glee over which they want the team to fail.

    Crowing about it? What fun! ! ! Between them, and Dennis’ sick relationship with the team, its a wonder that these guys get anything done in their real lives.

    Oh yeah . . .

  7. Winder says:

    Just saw this and thought it was interesting

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Damn, we’re only 5th . . . I know Denver had a few front office personnel, and famously, the owner of the Colts is in his own hot water.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I ascribe about 90% of this to cell phones. If this technology was around 30 years ago there’d be s shitload more record of all these guys fucking up.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, modern technology has screwed many a criminal. You figure half those arrests were Ray mac and Aldon.

  10. Nipper says:

    I’ve been declared a non-person in Geneoushire! So have Lurker John and 12th Man have been declared non-persons too. Sir Spit is serious minded. Lucky No Fear has some common sense and disputes the 12th Century Man. Madness runs wild in the Kingdom of Geneoushire!

  11. Berger says:

    Here are some interesting comments by Gabbert today:

    Gabbert said he believes that’s where he’s seen the biggest improvement in Kaepernick.

    “He’s just more and more comfortable,” Gabbert said. “Everybody is going to talk about throwing and this, I think the thing I’ve seen is he’s more comfortable in this offense. Geep and coach Logan have done a great job of helping the quarterbacks out, asking for our input.

    “That’s helped us out tremendously as a group. The more comfortable the quarterbacks get, I’d say the better our offense is going to be.”

  12. Berger says:

    I put some money on the 49ers today to win the Super Bowl at 40-1.

  13. rob says:

    A little good news for a change.
    Deandrew white is looking good so far.
    Tank carradine has been very impressive too
    Maybe tank can help us offset the loss of smith.

  14. rob says:

    I just read that we could be under the cap in 2016 by up to 38 mil. Does that sound possible ?

  15. rob says:

    Brent Jones says he likes tomsula as head coach and we’re going to be better than the naysayers think.

    First preseason game Saturday !!!

  16. rob says:

    In fact Jones said he’s sure the players are all in with tomsula and he won’t see players going through the motions like last year!

  17. Berger says:

    Brent Jones did say we were just going through the motions last year. That is what I saw and the main reason I say if Harbaugh was still the head coach we would definitely be sub .500. Probably about 5-11.Maybe worse. Any moron could see that a change was necessary at the head coaching post. And now Brent Jones just confirmed that the players were just going through the motions for Harbaugh last year. I have no idea how any idiot could not plainly see that.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Goin’ through the Motions. One of BOCs lamest songs.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Well, that’s the overarching point I’ve been trying to make for oh, 5 month now. That I choose to look at the positives for Harbaugh’s departure is my opinion, and no Commies (or village idiots) are going to change my mind.

    No one knows how this season turns out, no matter how many people blather about it. And there’s a ton of blathering. Some people (superficial sheeple-types) look at Harbaugh’s departure and think “Oh no! Fearless leader is gone!” Some people think he was part of the problem, not part of the solution. Going forward. Folks bemoan Tomsula’s creds as a head coach, but gee, how many games had St. Jim head coached in the NFL? His grand total of NFL experience was 2 years as Al Davi’s QB coach and lackey back in 2002-03.

    The Eagles were flying high when they put together their ‘dream team.’ ALL the pundits installed them as favorites to go to the playoffs. Vegas had them at 6-1 to WIN the thing. That didn’t work out as planned, did it?

    Everyone is burying these guys, but like I’ve said, all they need to do is improve the offense and they should be in the thick of the playoff race.

    All this strength of schedule bullshit is, well, bullshit. As are the ‘power rankings.’ Looks like a good season to pick up cheap tickets. All the hangers-on who have let go can always jump back on and plead temporary insanity. Hyuk!

  20. unca_chuck says:

    And yes, Harbs sucking the life out of the building with his massive ego had something to do with the players checking out . . .

  21. Berger says:

    That’s how you get 20 players on IR. They were going through the motions and checking out.

  22. Berger says:

    Here is a list ofm the top remaining free agents. Name,pos, age, note:

    1. Aldon Smith OLB 27 SF Off-the-field issues
    2. Evan Mathis G 34 PHI
    3. Jake Long OT 30 STL ACL surgery
    4. Red Bryant DE 31 JAX
    5. Pierre Thomas RB 30 NO
    6. Brandon Spikes ILB 28 BUF Legal issues
    7. Lance Briggs OLB 34 CHI
    8. Chris Myers C 33 HOU
    9. Zach Miller TE 29 SEA
    10. Anthony Collins OT 29 TB
    11. Chris Cook CB 28 SF
    12. Ahmad Bradshaw RB 29 IND Broken leg
    13. Geno Hayes OLB 28 JAX
    14. Jacquian Williams OLB 27 NYG
    15. Brian De La Puente C 30 CHI
    16. Bernard Pollard S 31 TEN
    17. Gosder Cherilus OT 31 IND
    18. Sam Baker OT 30 ATL Possibly Retiring
    19. Dawan Landry S 33 NYJ
    20. Barry Cofield DT 31 WAS Offseason surgery
    21. Chris Johnson RB 30 NYJ
    22. Dwight Freeney OLB 35 SD
    23. Reggie Wayne WR 37 IND
    24. Steven Jackson RB 32 ATL
    25. Rob Sims G 32 DET

  23. unca_chuck says:

    Sims is likely cheap. He was coming off knee surgery, and had a down year, but a one-year shot is worth a try. He was good for a lot of years.

    Get on it Baalke.

  24. Berger says:

    The interesting name on there for me is Brian DeLaPuente. He played at a high level at C and OG for a few years. He was originally a 49er.

  25. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile on the “other” blog they’re predicting between 2 and 6 wins for our Niners. Sir Spit doesn’t see how the Niners can beat anyone. The white flag of defeat is flying high over Geneoushire! Skeebers is ready to abandon his foxhole and retreat into the hills.

    • 12th Man says:

      Is that the same Spitty who is no longer a fan of the Niners as of the leaving of Jim Harbaugh? Go Wolverines!
      What a lame hypocrite. Not that he ever had any but cred is way gone loser.

  26. rob says:

    I still like Evan Mathis

  27. unca_chuck says:

    He needs to get off the pup list before end of preseason. Then get in game shape.

    This line is going to be a big deal. They need to get ready.

    Oh Buwwitt. Chuckles this, chuckles that. Unrequited love is a bitch. Sorry pal. You guys have been saying for months that the clubhouse wasn’t divided. What Jones said is a direct contradiction to that.

    Players checked out. They weren’t in it to win it. Going through the motions, indeed.

  28. Lurker John says:

    Ah yes, the famous Chuck Bednarik hit. Knocked Gifford out cold. Bednarik was known for his vicious clothesline hits, as Gifford can attest to (could attest to?!) Gifford was before my time as well, but I used to be a real nut for NFL as well as MLB history, so I read a lot about guys of that era, looked at a lot of those great old photographs. No pansy rules in those days, it was kill or be killed and I say that more in literal terms than figurative ones. To quote the great Jack Lambert, “There ain’t no cowards out here.”

    I believe that game was at the old Yankee Stadium. You think Levi’s has bad turf? Cop a gander at the sod in the picture. You didn’t hear a lot of bitching about things like the grass then.

    You can read some of Chuck Bednarik’s quotes here:

    A bygone era indeed.

  29. Lurker John says:

    The Niners are not alone in this recent history of thugish behavior, not by a long shot, but they keep this bullshit up and they be recruiting from Pop Warner teams.

    • unca_chuck says:

      All this shit was going on back in the day. From domestic abuse to drinking and driving to fucking around and all the other shit. It was either not discovered, swept under the carpet, or ignored.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Agreeing with Jones isn’t the point, Buwwitt. You stupid fucking toad. All I heard for months was how Jones had the pulse of the team blah blah blah he knows everything about the players

    You are the one spinning what he said, dumb-fuck. He said the players checked out. He could see it on the field. That isn’t a few players, nimrod. (but but but….!)

    Sorry, I apologize to all the other nimrods out there who might take offense to me calling Buwwlitt a dumb-fuck. After all, his bother’s friend’s mom’s uncle is a nimrod.

    Bubble boy indeed. More like Glue head.

  31. Berger says:

    Brent Jones clearly said that the 49ers were just going through the motions last year. The North Korean does not want to hear that. He is dismissing and diminishing what Jones said. His narrative is his own. Typical. In North Korea one must believe what they tell you to believe, not what is true. He is proselytizing his false perceptions and idolizations about last year and Jim Harbaugh. “Sometimes a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”

  32. Berger says:

    It looks like Tomsula is not placing a lot of emphasis on winning pre-season games. He has stated he is not playing some veterans because he knows what they have. He wants to see some younger guys and what they bring.

    • Winder says:

      That is exactly what he’s supposed to do. We do need do find a couple of gems in our rookies. We got pretty slammed this off-season. Get a few good rooks and we can take a lickin and keep on tickin.

    • rob says:

      Good. Perfect approach to preseason. Just one more sign that tomsula is on the right track

  33. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile on the “other” blog ……..Chuck and Berger are getting roasted alive by Bullit. Man does the guy have issues! Perhaps they have a “shrink” on the other blog and will help him out.

  34. rtfirefly says:

    The Pack on O looked very impressive behind Rodgers tonight, both in the air and on the ground. They weren’t able to punch it in, but there’s some Game 1 sloppiness both from the Pats and them.
    The only reason The Pack won’t put up 50 against our new defense is that they’re methodical rather than big strike. 38-17 Oct. 4

  35. rtfirefly says:

    The Jets and the Redskins are pathetic, and Johnny Eightball actually looked like an NFL QB, though the Redskins will do that to a lot of people. Too bad the NFL won’t let me watch the late games. has gone out of business after years of semi-enormous satisfaction (I sure learned about anti-malware software, that’s for sure). Anybody know where to find a good site to watch these games?

  36. 12th Man says:

    I hope Carrier grabs the #2 spot behind Davis, he has the best hands of the TE group.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    He’s got to stay healthy first.

    Not sure RTF. I’ll ask around.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Thanks Chuck. The streams from and its derivatives were hit and miss, and some malware was harder to stop and more dangerous than others, but I sure watched a lot of games that way. Believe it or not, The Department of Homeland Security started to crack down on it a few years ago. Terrorists using the malware in the football streams, or the NFL using its enormous monopolistic non-profit clout in Washbag D.C.?

      • Berger says:

        Direct TV. It uses satellite and you can take the dish to a new address. They have every NFL game.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Thanks Reno and Chuck. I found what I was looking for: ifirstrowus. eu (no space before “eu”. This was the sort of site that justin linked to.



      • rtfirefly says:

        I’m watching Bills @ Carolina right now online to test it out.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Car @ Buf (Buf’s home)

      • rtfirefly says:

        Figures. Company came over during the first quarter and I mostly missed what I wanted to see. I really did want to see Buffalo, and get a hint of whether Roman can turn chicken shit into chicken soup. But I got a rare hassle free, near perfect link (very small screen the only problem). It must be preseason. I’ll try again next game.

  38. Berger says:

    There is only one thing that I care about for the 1st pre-season game. The snap. I’m so tired of the Singletary/Harbaugh system of sending in plays and running the clock down to one that I had to have Harbaugh fired if it didn’t change. If Tomsula does the same thing I just give up. I’ll immediately call form his head too. Blaming a QB for a bonehead coach is just as tiresome. This is the most important thing I want to see.

    If the snap count and tempo is good I’ll look for some other things. First things first.

  39. Winder says:

    berger- to be honest i’m not gonna look for anything until the 3rd game. If by then we don’t have a little continuity with the offense I will start to wonder. We just have to many new faces to take much seriously at this time. It sure would be nice to see the ball put in play with some time left on the clock, that’s something that hasn’t been seem for years now. With the new OL I imagine we will not be in tuned with everything just yet.

    • Berger says:

      Winder- Getting the ball snapped in a timely fashion is a coaching thing. It doesn’t take until game 3. We will see it immediately or we will not see it. I can understand some issues with personnel making for some delay of game penalties in the first couple of pre-season games but I don’t want to see a play calling system that takes over 10 seconds to snap the ball once we get set in the formation. Call one play in the huddle, line up and either call an audible or snap the ball. There will probably be zero audibles in the first game.

      • Winder says:

        Hopefully we won’t see the confusion that was prevalent last season. I agree it’s something that the coaches have to fix.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    My take on the play calling was Harbaugh and Co made it way too hard. They wanted to get the perfect play in and they never got things in fast enough. Given that there were 4 guys in on every decision makes the situation slow at best and unworkable at worst.

  41. unca_chuck says:

    Thanks, John.

    From one CB to another:

    “As soon as he (Gifford) caught it, I really puffed him, and his head snapped back and the ball flew, and (Unca) Chuck Weber fell on it. I clenched my fist, I turned around, and I closed my eyes and I said, ‘this fucking game is over!'”

    – Chuck Bednarik, after his hit on Frank Gifford

  42. rob says:

    More evidence that we’re moving in the right direction. I just read somewhere that we’re working on getting the snap off in under 20 seconds

  43. rtfirefly says:

    Carr with an ugly endzone pick. That one’s tied with Mariota’s earlier for dumbest pass of the day.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Ponder with a remarkably similar pass from the exact same location moments later on the next drive: TD! Ponder was another guy I thought would be great. He sure wasn’t on the Vikes. He looks good in the Silver and Black.

  44. Nipper says:

    Yeah in these pre season games it’s nice to look good and not get hurt. Oh yeah and make the team. So few do.

  45. rtfirefly says:

    Broncs beat the Seahawks in Seattle. I don’t care if it’s 4th stringers who won’t make the team, YEEEEEEHAW!

  46. Berger says:

    If I hear the QB yell out “let it roll” or “kill” today my only thought will be to “kill” the coach!

  47. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up!!!!!!!!

    Huzzah! The season is nigh!!!!!

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