Meanwhile, Back on the Sunny Side of the Rock . . .

Shit, I don’t know. OTA’s have gone along swimmingly according to the interwebs. No serious injuries or problems yet. According to the scribes that get paid for this shit, Joshua Garnett has gotten himself into shape, and lost 25 lb to better play the zone blocking scheme the Niners are now running, and coach Shanny has nothing but praise for him.  Great. We need all the line help we can get, and having our 1st round pick from 2016 be a contributor would be good, and it would be Baalke’s last hurrah. His last draft has netted 3 guys. Garnett Buckner, and Ronald Blair. Yet another underwhelming draft for him, but I digress as I digest. A few of the OTA standouts include:

  • Richard Sherman, the Draymond Green of football, is providing to be a useful guy even if he isn’t participating in OTA’s. He’s coaching up the young secondary, and is providing his vast knowledge of the game, and the system he came up in (Selah’s), to his charges. Apparently he’s on schedule to play, but that is a long way away from being a reality. And he’s getting as jump on his coaching career.
  • Fred Warner is proving to be a solid addition as he has already taken 1st team snaps at the Mike (Middle linebacker position, making all the defensive calls, and doing it right.  Unlike Flounder, smart, fast, and athletic will get you far in life. Beyond that it looks like Foster will be suspended, so the faster they get Warner up to speed the better.
  • Another guy looking good is Jerick McKinnon. Shanny has stated that he is what they hoped for, and more. based on the practices, they are lining up McKinnon everywhere, including WR plan to get the ball to him any and every way they can.

Hey, it’s early.  These are the doldrums of the football season. Speaking of doldrums, check out Skeebers’ bog. It’ll get you in the mood for the noose. Hyuk!

Hey, the Dubs are poised on winning their 3rd championship in 4 years, the Giants are playing exciting baseball even as their line up is getting waylaid by injuries, and it looks to be a return to meaningful football in the Bay Area. These are good times.


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30 Responses to Meanwhile, Back on the Sunny Side of the Rock . . .

  1. unca_chuck says:

    If anything, we are a shit load faster than before. This of course is in the mold of Mike Shanahan and the last Super Bowl winning team that was the 1994 49ers.

  2. Winder says:

    It looks like we have a lot of minor injuries at the moment or else they don’t want to take chances with certain players yet. The pads are not even on and hopefully we don’t have to live through another injury plagued season again. I think we have improved in just about every area of the team. l thought we were really fun to watch last year even when we were losing for the most part. This year should really be a good time.

  3. Lurker John says:

    Speed kills, baby.

    I think the team will be much more prepared for the upcoming training camp so we’ll see fewer injuries. They’ll know what’s expected of them. Just my two bits worth. Either way, I think Winder has hit the nail on the head; this is going to be a fun season for the fans and the team. Even if it doesn’t meet some of our lofty expectations, progress is going to be made and this team is going to be uber-competitive. I really hope they wax Seattle twice.

    GO 49ERS!

  4. rtfirefly says:

    RIP Anthony Bourdain, 61. That guy rocked, loved his food/culture shows.

  5. rtfirefly says:

    Congratulations to the repeat NBA Champion Golden State Warriors!!!!!! their third championship in four years.

    That’s 8 (count ’em) Rings for Steve Kerr!

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, that’s pretty sad. Loved his TV shows. Bourdain was a guy who as far as I’m concerned had the best job in the world. Get paid to eat, drink, and travel.

    Smart, funny, self deprecating, and interesting. his shows were all about finding our similarities rather than our differences. Weird shit going on.

    But then again, the Dubs WIN!!!!

    Team ball wins. Bron Bron will go to LA and get bounced in the 1st round next year.

  7. alleykat69 says:

    Lebron will stay in the east..Boston Celtics is my pick

  8. unca_chuck says:

    If they get rid of Hayward. I don’t know if they will, though. Philly don’t seem right either.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I think Bron understands that the west is the harder path, but he justs want the money and fame LA has to offer.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Congrats to the Warriors! 3 in 4 years is better than 3 in 5 bu the Giants.

    Just hope the Niners get off the schneid and get all these teams as champions.

  11. rtfirefly says:

    I’m not worried about LeBron. It wasn’t that long ago that the Warriors were a laughingstock with a joke of an owner and no future.

    Now they’ve given me 3 NBA Championships. To add insult to injury, they beat LeBron’s team 3-1. If they never win another one I’ll be grateful. I just wish the personnel genius Jerry West hadn’t left. That concerns me more than anything else.

    • rtfirefly says:

      The scary thing is I’m old enough to remember hating West for repeatedly terrorizing the Warriors in his HOF Laker playing days.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Oh yeah. West was a pain in the ass back in the day. He and Gail Goodrich used to piss me of no end.

  12. zumiee says:

    Somehow warming up to Sherman is going to be a big challenge for me. I’m not sure how that would happen. Maybe it could. Somehow.
    Even if he plays great, I’m still not sure it does it for me.

    • Winder says:

      Hard to say what is going to happen with Sherman two Achilles on a guy that is supposed to cut. I am hoping that he bring his game back up to level. From what I have read so far he has done wonders helping the kids in our DB and they are all responding to him. To be honest so far he’s shown nothing but class. I also think he came over here to win.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Sherman is fine. He’s a very smart guy who is already paying dividends by helping the young DBs on the team. If he can play well, he’s a bigger bonus. He’s not a press cover guy so he should be OK.

    He’s a lot like Draymond Green of the Dubs. A shitty opponent but a great teammate.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Didn’t read yours before I posted mine, Winder. As usual

    • Winder says:

      I just hope he gets his game back because he will be a force if he does.

      • NJ49er says:

        Boundary CB who knows how to keep his guy outside the numbers.
        He relies on great Safety play between the numbers.
        Never was a shutdown guy so, youth around him should pay dividends in a system he knows inside and out.
        Player Coach of sorts.

  15. Rob says:

    As much as I couldn’t stomach Sherman after his diss of Crabs and Kap having him will make a world of difference to our secondary and our defense as a whole !

  16. rtfirefly says:

    Chuck, no mention of Jerry West and the old Lakers-Warriors matchup for me would be complete without me mentioning the worst NBA fail I ever saw (on TV). Unfortunately this typified the Warriors for me for 4 decades of failure! Trading Robert Parrish and the draft pick that became Kevin McHale for the ultimate Warrior: Just Barely Cares (JB Carroll), trading Bernard King, trading World B Free, trading Mitch Richmond for Billy Owens… Any time the Warriors started to get something good, they shot it down before it got off the ground.

    This actually happened in the ’70s; I don’t remember where or when. BEFORE the 3 pt. shot, Warriors-Lakers. Warriors led by 5 with 0:16 to go in the game and HAD THE BALL!! Guess who didn’t win, lol. The Warriors inbounded in the back court, a Laker stole the ball, went in for a layup AND WAS FOULED!!!! That foul made it a 2 pt. game instead of 3 with seconds left. The Lakers stole the ball again, scored again, and sent the game into overtime where the Warriors barely showed up.

    I will never, ever forget that fail. After that and 40 years of failure with so many bad teams along the way, the Warriors success now is really, really, really sweet.

  17. rtfirefly says:

    RIP Keith Fahnhorst, 66

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. That sucks.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    RTF, I managed to catch the Warriors as a kid when they still had Jim Barnett at forward. Jeff Mullins, Nate, Al Attles, Cazzie Russell, Jerry Lucas. I was SO pissed when they traded away Thurmond, but that was actually their last GOOD trade for about 45 years.

    Don’t forget the Chris Weber for Tom Googliota trade. Urk . . .

  20. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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