Archive for November, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Football Recap

Packers win. Cowboys win. Niners lose.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Family, friends, food, football & fun. And then frustration.

While most of you were nestled in bed early Thanksgiving night, sleeping soundly due to all that tryptophan, I was not. Pacing and pissed off would be an accurate description of my nightcap. Sleeping simply was not an option. Let’s review.

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49ers at Ravens: The Harbaughcalypse

Here we go, folks. This one’s a biggie. A playoff preview of two powerhouse teams built to win in the postseason. Leave your Michael Bublé Christmas album at home because this one’s going to be a bloodbath.

This Thursday the 9-1 San Francisco 49ers travel East to face a gritty, physical football team in the 7-3 Baltimore Ravens. And it’s no coincidence that these teams are playing on Thanksgiving. Both sides pride themselves on accomplishing the following: establish the run on offense then stop the run and force turnovers on defense. A mashed potatoes and extra stuffing style of play, if you will. This is the blueprint for blue collar football. And you can bet your next food stamp that the Packers, Saints, Steelers and Patriots will have one eye on the turkey and one eye on the TV during this game.

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Candlestick Conscience: The Maiden Voyage

The 2011 San Francisco 49ers: Defense Coaching Wins Championships
by Sean Jordan

Picture this. You wake up Thursday April 28th, 2011 and can’t wait for the NFL Draft at 5PM PST. KNBR is buzzing with draft predictions for your beloved San Francisco 49ers. Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have their own theories as to how the draft will unfold yet are in turn undermining each other. All you know is that the Niners need a lot of help on both sides of the ball, not to mention a franchise QB. Coming off a downright depressing 2010 season marred by Mike Singletary’s firing and Alex Smith’s regression into the Jim Druckenmiller void, the 6-10 Niners were looking to turn the page on an ugly chapter in this once proud franchise’s history.

But wait.

What if I told you that the 49ers drafted a Missouri Tiger? Duh. Blaine Gabbert would be an obvious pick: filling a position of need as well as changing the face of the franchise, something the front office desperately needed.

Not so fast.

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