What a glorious time to be a Bay Area sports fan. The Giants just took 3 of 4 (and could have easily swept), the dreaded Dodgers, the defending champion Warriors triumphantly beat their demons in San Antonio by winning in a building they hadn’t won in since 1997 when Chris Mullin and David Price roamed the hardwood. A feat that stopped the Spurs bid to win out at home this season. Shit, even the Raiders look to be on the upswing as their young QB and the shoring up of their non-existent defense gives their fans hope. The A’s? Well, sorry. Your GM is a fool who never met a good player he wouldn’t trade for middling prospects.
And then there’s the 49ers. The fly in the ointment. The turd in the toilet. The monkey’s paw if you like. The 49ers, and Trent Baalke are still in the pissing match that is the Denver Broncos bid to wrestle away our once and future passed quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. The latest out of Denver is they want to pay Kaepernick like an ‘elite backup’. This is of course after floating out a trade for him that involved a pick they didn’t have, and the talk of asking him to take close to a $10 million pay cut based on his incentives here. So, instead of our own front office casting aspersions his way, which they did with gusto last year, we have the team trying to GET him casting doubt about his abilities and their diminishing comments.
I have no problem with Kaepernick telling both sides to take a hike. In the end, it’s his ass out there getting pounded into oblivion behind a shitty line and getting bad-mouthed by the front office that he did a favor for. Namely by signing a team-friendly deal that was supposed to keep the talent here. Instead we got the epic migration of talent that rivaled the dust bowl Oakies heading here during the early 30s, and the hiring of a coaching staff that will go down as one of the most inept in recent memory. Then, the changing of the guard yet again. So, if Kappy casts a jaundiced eye at the state of affairs in his current situation, more power to him. He’s the one holding all the high cards at this point.
The Niners aren’t going to let him go on the cheap. Kappy certainly won’t take a huge pay cut to play in the Mile-High city, and all he has to do here is show up. Everyone knows the stakes involved, and I think the biggest factor here is that if Denver doesn’t make this trade, they are starting the season with a soon-to-be 30 year old Mark Sanche as their starting quarterback. The fan base would be pretty pissed off should ol’ horse teeth starts the season with butt-fumble, and Trevor Siemien as their QB corps.