R.I.P. Len Rhode, Chris Cornell and Wayne Walker

Len-rhode.jpgRest in peace, Led Rhode. Great O lineman from back in the day. He was part of an outstanding line that gelled in 1970 to become one of the best in the league, and was instrumental in the 70-72 playoff run. Rhode in particular was squared off many times against Deacon Jones of the Rams, and more often than not, Jones was the one left beaten and dismayed. The team in this era was the team I grew up watching. My first game was in 1968 at Kezar, and these guys were etched in my mind as my favorites. Sure there was Brodie, Gene Washington, Ken Willard, and Bob Windsor, but Len Rhode at left tackle, Brodie’s blind side protector, center Forrest Blue, guards Woody Peoples and Randy Biesler, and RT Caz Banazek anchored the team through their agonizingly close to Super Bowl-glory days.

Dude went out at 79, and played in 208 consecutive games, so he apparently weathered his career unscathed.

“As an offensive tackle, there aren’t too many individual stats you can hang your hat on, but I guess playing in 208 games, winning the Len Eshmont, the NFC West, going to the Pro Bowl and the sack record aren’t bad.”

Not bad, indeed. A sky-point, and a drink raised in your honor . . .

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89 Responses to R.I.P. Len Rhode, Chris Cornell and Wayne Walker

  1. Nipper says:

    Warriors…..to step or not to step. Man Pop really went off on a nothing play. I hope SA loses each and every game. They cry like girls. A little strong play and their guy gets hurt again. He shouldn’t be playing on a bad ankle. They found out the hard way. Boo HOO! I just hate guys bringing up the past and attacking an individual player for playing hard. I hope Pop and the creeps he represents are proud of themselves. It’s so very pathetic.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Pop’s just trying to fire his team up. Bruce Bowen was coached by Pop to do just what he’s accusing Zsa Zsa of doing.

      My only concern is SA cheap shotting Steph. Not that he isn’t already, but that it increases.

  2. Winder says:

    Football was so much different in Rhode’s time. He played on some really good Niner teams and some pretty bad ones too. But, he was like family, you knew he was gonna be there year after year. He was on some of my favorite Niners teams and played with the best and against the best. He truly was tough as nails.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah football back then was worlds different. Worst thing about it was going from the grass of Kezar to the concrete of Candlestick. That field was absolutely awful. They were way ahead of the trend (thanks, OJ) to get rid of that shit.

    Here’s a pic of the lime green concrete field as they were enclosing the stadium for football.


  4. NJ49er says:

    Great album from Peter Frampton (Fingerprints)
    Here’s a sample…

  5. NJ49er says:

    Try Riding The Blinds….

  6. NJ49er says:

    SRV & Lonnie doin’ WHAM….

  7. NJ49er says:

    One of the BEST Blues voices in music – Great tune from Paul Rodgers and Queen.

    • Winder says:

      NJ- Nice to hear new stuff, I had never heard any of these before. I did have a Lonnie Mack album when I was a teenager and played the hell out of it.

      • NJ49er says:

        Happy to share Winder
        I’ve got years and years of collected tunes on my iPod that pop up from time to time that I get reminded of too.
        Music is good for the soul 😀

  8. unca_chuck says:

    My daughter’s boyfriend got me into these guys.

    They are playing in Monterey soon.

    • Winder says:

      I searched out some of their music and they do some interesting stuff. They look like they are having some fun too.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Sad day in music with the passing of Chris Cornell. Possibly a suicide?

  10. Lurker John says:

    Coroner now confirming suicide by hanging.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Aww man. Wayne Walker passed away. 80 years old. He was struggling with Parkinson’s disease for the last few years but I spent most of my life listening to him. Rest in peace.


    • Winder says:

      Walker was in the right place at the right time with the Niners. Wonderful broacaster and in his day a hellova football player. If memory serves he was a linebacker on the ’57’ Detroit Lions team that came back and beat us for the championship.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t think he was that early, but I could be wrong. Still and all a great announcer. He wasn’t flashy like Bill king but he was concise and knew when to keep quiet.

  13. NJ49er says:

    Any Ian Hunter fans out there?

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Oh yeah. Bastard is one of my all time faves.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Mick Ronson was great . . .

  16. NJ49er says:

    Good combo here – Mayer and Gary Clark Jr doing Born under a bad sign…

  17. NJ49er says:

    This one is fun too…

  18. NJ49er says:

    Good jam here too – JB and Warren –

  19. Nipper says:

    Anyone care? The Circus is closing after 146 years. Times are changing. Barnum and Bailey be damned.

    • Winder says:

      I wonder what will happen to all the animals. To bad for the kids they will miss out, but then again there is always u tube.

    • unca_chuck says:

      The circus? We are living it every day. Barnum & Bailey is an anachronism compared to what is going on now.

  20. NJ49er says:

    Old Rock-n-Rollers ….They improve with age 😀

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Going to see Robin Trower on Thursday in Petaluma.

    Can’t wait.

  22. NJ49er says:

    Another guy I wished I could have seen before he left us –

  23. NJ49er says:

    Might have shared this one already but….it’s worth another listen 😀

  24. unca_chuck says:

    What is scary/freaky/awesome is there’s a Trower Winterland show from 1975 floating around on youtube. My 14 year old self was there. Always dug James Dewar’s singing/bass.

    • NJ49er says:

      Music keeps us young Chuck – Never too old to R-n-R 😀
      I’m actually thinking about going back to vinyl just to hear some of my favorite music that was only available that way as a kid.
      Sound equipment has gotten so much better over the years that I’m tempted to spring for a new turntable and a venture into the attic to see if my vinyl collection is still intact.
      I envision a couple of milk crates full of my stuff turned into cubes of melted plastic though. Haven’t laid eyes on them in 35-40 years. Buried and out of sight by years of life’s junk and what not.
      Might be worth the effort one of these days?

  25. NJ49er says:

    Here’s another voice that hits the sweet spot – Beth Hart smokes

  26. NJ49er says:

    This young lady is extremely talented as well – Tal Wilkenfeld –

  27. NJ49er says:

    And now….Back to the old guys 😀

  28. NJ49er says:

    Put this on the same shelf with Tina Turner – Kicks A$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ –

  29. unca_chuck says:

    NJ, i did the same thing during our last move. I opened the one remaining box containing my albums (2 others were lost in a basement flood [waaah!]) and found a Japanese import Hendrix record, in purple vinyl, still wrapped, from Rod’s Used Records in San Carlos. No recollection of buying it. But it must have been around 1979.

    Twinfan gave me a USB turntable a few years back, and I recorded some stuff with it (early Stones and Traffic) but I haven’t opened that Hendrix album. I’m hoping to find my old ZZ Top records that the band ruined by remixing ALL the drum tracks in the 80s.

    • Winder says:

      Lol, I don’t have one decent record left. They are all beat up and pretty much useless. But I sure did enjoy them for awhile. Kinda like my old baseball cards, when I was a kid I used them for BB gun practice. I especially liked the Pete Rose rookie card because there were three different heads on it. Life goes on.

  30. Irish Kevin says:

    Joe Montana’s dad past away, RIP Joe SR

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Joe Sr. was a class guy all around if you read the stories. LaVar Ball could learn a thing or 500 about being a father to an athlete.

  32. NJ49er says:

    I’ll throw another curveball into the mix for some variety – Big James –

  33. NJ49er says:

    Any Cosmic Slop fans…?

  34. NJ49er says:

    Try a little Blues from Spain while you’re at it – Vargas Blues Band kicks some A$$$$ –

  35. NJ49er says:

    Can you smell the Funk?

  36. Lurker John says:

    It would appear that there’s trouble in paradise and has been for a while:


    Sherman will always be my most hated Seahawk.

    • Winder says:

      I can’t stand him either but the problem is is that he is still a really good player. I am hoping they pick up kap too.

      • Lurker John says:

        His goodness as a player is part of the reason I can’t stand him (and his mouth). If he sucked, it wouldn’t much matter. It’s just interesting to read about the crap that’s been going on in the Seahawk’s locker room.

  37. Nipper says:

    Hey the Giants still suck……..especially in Chicago. Three straight limp efforts. Changes have to be made in that pathetic hitting lineup. Somebody has to walk the plank for this.

  38. rob says:

    anybody (NJ/BERGER) have any insights on our big NT prospect DJ Jones ?

    • Berger says:

      Did we hire a disc jockey?

    • Berger says:

      DJ Jones is a NT we took in the 6th rd. He’s supposed to be a high motor guy which is good because most 6th rd NTs are suspect in the high motor category. He’s 320 lbs and can one gap. I’m sure at that weight the team is hoping he’ll be a good two gapper in a year or two. I’ve seen some hi-lites and he looked good. I’ll watch some game film soon and get back to you with more.

      • Berger says:

        I watched some film on DJ. It was all hi-lite so it didn’t show many weaknesses. The hi-lite reel is impressive. I only got one view of him taking on a double team. It looked OK but it was not a good angle. What was impressive is he was pushing the double team back, that wasn’t the impressive part because it was a screen pass. What he did was sniff it out and run laterally to make the tackle for a minimal gain. He really gets to the action.

        The guy is really quick for a 320 pound man. He plays way too high but what college player doesn’t. When he hits people they fly backwards. He also wraps up well. What I noticed the most were his quickness and good instincts for the game as it unfolded around him. He is a lot like Anthony Adams and Ian Williams but bigger and more instinctive.

        If he can learn to take on double teams well we might have something special. He definitely has the size for that. I like the pick. Hard to believe we got him with a 6th rd pick.

  39. Berger says:

    I always said Harbaugh ran a college offense and didn’t have much of a clue for the passing game. Here is a former player agreeing with some details. Jacobs was a disgruntled player but he still identifies some reasons our passing game sucked. The cancer blog that idolizes Harby will shit their pants and deny. NJ49er used to say we are playing checkers while they are playing chess. Here are some examples. Jacobs is quoted as saying:

    “Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won. Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man.”

  40. Nipper says:

    Last night Cain did his job but alas……..Giants offense was MIA.

  41. NJ49er says:

    R.I.P. Gregg 😦
    Used to blast this tune on the deck to annoy a former nosy neighbor who couldn’t find a life of her own to be involved in. B!TCH…

  42. Berger says:

    Here’s the song that got me into the Allman Brothers. They are my all time favorite American Band. Sometimes I go with ZZ Top but when asked I usually say Allman Brothers.

    • Berger says:

      One more try

      • NJ49er says:

        Wore that album bald Berger. That was the album to memorialize Duane Allman having been killed by the farmer driving the peach truck.
        Warren Haynes kept them going as the stand in for Duane for a number if years too.
        Always loved this song too, which Haynes does extremely well to this day.

  43. NJ49er says:

    Back in college in Daytona Beach I was sitting in a A1A honky-tonk with several friends, listening to an Allman Bros tribute band.
    During one of sets the band stopped in the middle of a song and, the lead guitarist took the guitar off his shoulder and offered to a guy in the audience, suggesting ‘I’m not worthy, please do it justice’.
    We see this cowboy hat pop up from the crowd near the front.
    None other than Dickey Betts was watching the band with us.
    Did a free version of In Memory of Elizabeth Reed for us.
    Brought the house down 😀

  44. Nipper says:

    Memorial Day……..does anyone give a damn? A poll somewhere came out and most Americans don’t know much about this holiday.

    • Winder says:

      This one still means a lot to me. I always thought it was one of the better holidays that we have. What I don’t like is that they move it around, it should be on the 31st.

  45. Nipper says:

    Giants brawl was more entertaining than yesterday’s game. I was watching the game on TV bored out of my mind and then it all happened quickly. Strickland and Harper put on a good show. Of course this was silly and stupid but it was entertaining while the actual game was not.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    New therereas is up.

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