Horse Latitudes . . .

When the still seas conspire in armor . . .
And her sullen and aborted currents . . .
Breed tiny monsters, true sailing is dead!

Say what you will about Jim Morrison, the dude could write a song. Mute nostril agony indeed. Here we are stuck in the doldrums. The Sargasso Sea. The Horse Latitudes of the sporting landscape. Sure, basketball and hockey are grinding inexorably to the playoffs, but this is the time of resting key players and healthying up for the playoff grind. The dog days of both those sports are in full swing, and teams are actively playing it safe and trying to avoid injuries.

Baseball is nearly here, but watching spring training games is like eating tofu at a steakhouse. Not very fulfilling and you will leave severely disappointed. Football? Well, that might as well be a mission to Pluto, the misbegotten planetoid. It is so far off in the distance that we can barely see it.

Even the draft is a month away. And we can talk about it but once you get past the first 5 picks, no one gets anything right. Look at ANY prognosticator (and yeah, I’m sure they’ll dig up Mel Kiper’s head and put it on some unsuspecting brain-dead accident victim, and crank up the hyperbole machine.

Do you guys have any favorite draft moments? Mel Tobin calling out the helmet-headed one springs to mind.

Also this draft. I think you all know which one this is:

1  Ronnie Lott 8 DB USC
2  John Harty 36 NT  Iowa
2  Eric Wright 40 DB  Missouri
3  Carlton Williamson 65 DB  Pittsburgh
5  Lynn Thomas 121 DB  Pittsburgh
5  Arrington Jones 122 RB  Winston-Salem St.
6  Pete Kugler 147 NT  Penn St.
8  Garry White 203 RB Minnesota
11  Ronnie DeBose 286 TE UCLA
12  Major Ogilvie 313 RB Alabama
12  Joe Adams 322 QB Tennessee St

I mean, who can forget Joe Adams? 3/4 of your defensive backfield in one draft is quite the mean feat. That and getting Hacksaw Reynolds and Fred Dean paved the way for Bill Walsh’s offense, which was already doing pretty well under Steve DeBerg, became the well-oiled machine that was the envy of the league, and still is.

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50 Responses to Horse Latitudes . . .

  1. Winder says:

    Interesting, the first 5 picks were D guys and the last 5 out of 6 were O guys. I know by then Walsh knew he had something special in Montana. But getting all those DB’s and picking Hicks off the scrap heap was incredible. It’s been so long since we really scored in the draft that it seems like the monkey is firmly embedded on our backs.

  2. Winder says:

    I just had to add this one. they do a fantastic job of this song

  3. unca_chuck says:

    I went to Sequoia HS back in ’79 to watch the team try to find DBs.

  4. Berger says:

    Anyone notice the 2 nose tackles! Got to be able to stop the run.

  5. Nipper says:

    Hey lets hope for the best. Team has defensive needs too so getting the best guys in the draft should be paramount.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Used to see some of the players at Harry’s Hof Brau all the time.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Second concert I ever saw was BTO with Canned Heat.

    And Flash Cadillac and his Continental Kids.

  8. Berger says:

    I let the heat out of the can and four hot Kings came out!

  9. unca_chuck says:

    King Crimson is too fricking good. Loved ’em since Court of the Crimson King. Saw the Belew group in the 80s.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Fox theater in Oakland 6-16 and 6-17.

    I will be there.

  11. NJ49er says:

    Berger to your question regarding a Trade with TN.
    It’s simply a shot in the dark, as to whether they covet someone that strongly.
    Does give them an option to leapfrog JAX within the Division too.
    It got my attention simply because the math adds up between us and them.
    I’m fine with Pick 2. So long as they don’t waste it on a QB.
    Better value on Defense IMO.

    • Berger says:

      We will waste it on a QB except I don’t see that as a waste. We will draft Trubisky or use the pick to trade for Cousins. QB is a position that is hard to fill. If the biggest knock on a player is he started only one year, then he must be good.

  12. Winder says:

    This Goddamn draft can’t come soon enough. No one is talking about them but I wonder what Peters and Mayhew’s thought’s are about all this. We have a whole new staff of people trying to isolate the ‘RIGHT’ guys and they are supposed to be pros. So whatever we do I am going to go along with it just because I have to if I am going to believe we can turn this team around. To bad I don’t have a job making mocks and getting paid for it. I could do just about the same thing these guys are doing.

    • NJ49er says:

      To keep myself busy Winder I analyze stats.
      An-a-lyze. The root of the word, of course, is ANAL.
      We all stand as good a chance as the ‘Pundits’ in terms of getting it right.
      Having done this exercise for years, it all comes back to the GMs handling the ‘Slotting’.
      It’s a gamble they take, not knowing what the other 31 GMs have in mind.
      IS,WAS,ALWAYS WILL BE, a roll of the dice.
      You want a guy badly enough, you turn in the card, and hope for the best.
      Otherwise, you gamble on him being there in the next RD, or the RD after that.
      It all adds up to pressure if you take a guy in RD1 that everyone thinks had a RD3 Grade.
      On the flip-side, if the RD3 guy performs like a RD1 Pick, the GM looks like a genius.
      That’s why they get the big bucks I guess?

      • Berger says:

        Are you going to working or be watching it when we make our 1st pick?

      • NJ49er says:

        Draft Party Berger. My place.
        Anyone NFL Team Fan is welcome.
        Bring something to share and, a beverage of your choice.
        It’s a holiday in my World 😀

      • NJ49er says:

        *Anyone ‘who’s an’ NFL Team Fan is welcome.
        Believe it or not, I get a regular crowd that includes, Dolphins, Bears, Cowboys and Eagles Fans along with the expected NYJ/NYG Fans in this Area.

  13. Winder says:

    By far the best I’ve ever heard him do this song. Usually addiction songs bring me down but this one does the opposite. Wish I could have been there.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    That’s the thing about the draft. You get past the first 6-8!pixks and everybody is 99% wrong. I’d do just as good as any Of these clowns that get paid to do it. NJ I’d say you would do much better than all of them.

    • NJ49er says:

      Appreciate the kind words Chuck.
      Truth be told, I’d do it for the 9ers at 1/2 Price and a place to live 😀

  15. NJ49er says:

    Would this qualify as the Immaculate Inhalation?
    Franco Harris: “I have no pain, but if I ever do I’ll use marijuana.”
    Similar perhaps, to, “I’m not a Neurosurgeon but, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”

  16. NJ49er says:

    As long as we’re going musical classics……

  17. NJ49er says:

    Another guy I’ve seen multiple times and, he NEVER disappoints – BUDDY!

  18. NJ49er says:

    Another classic – With SRV…

    • NJ49er says:

      And a great version with Mick and The Stones….

      • NJ49er says:

        Buddy MuthaFuka Guy!

      • Winder says:

        Good stuff. Very few Blues players left from the 50’s and early 60’s. He was fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time with greats like Sonny Boy, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy. He definitely had a unique singing voice and over the years lots of people continue to imitate him in that way. John Mayall was one of them.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Belushi did an impersonation like 2 months before Joe was scheduled to perform. It was great.

    When they did it together I was crying from laughing so bard. Great stuff guys.

    Never saw joe unfirtunately. Seen Buddy Guy a few times including the Hendrix tribute tour. Always great.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    new thread is up . . .

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