An Open Letter To Jed York & Trent Baalke

Dear Beavis & Butthead,

You have taken an awesome NFL team and F$#@ed it all up.   49er-logoWHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Do you even like football?

You got smart (or was it an accident?)  in 2011 when you hired Jim Harbaugh and his staff. HE had his stuff together, HE loves football, HE had been a Quarterback in the NFL and worked well with Alex Smith and then-rookie Colin Kaepernick. After years of losing more games than winning – the 49ers finally make the playoffs. Then Alex gets hurt and Colin takes his place. Kap’s athleticism, strength, and talent blew everyone away.  The NFL commentators & the press fell in love with Colin and he was now the “chosen one”. Sorry Alex, but the kid walks on water, so we are giving him your job.

THEN…  Something happened. And we can’t get a straight and honest answer about what. For some reason last year you couldn’t get rid of Harbaugh fast enough. This put morale in the dumper, and, adding stress to that you have yourself a team that can’t focus. Remember, this is the team that had to work with a new head coach every year, until you hired Harbaugh. With one out of the four years of his contract remaining, rumors started that Harbaugh was looking for another job. I suspect you guys started it, but that’s moot now. Harbaugh is history.

Jim Tomsula has been with the 49ers long enough to know that he took a temp job.  No 49er coach makes it to the end of their contract. Everybody knows that.

We faithful convinced ourselves it was a nasty rumor, right up until the announcement.

That was the first of your BAD stupid STUPID decisions.

WHAT was your problem with him? He was shaping the 49ers back into the well-oiled machine they used to be.  We were gaining momentum, our reputation and pride were growing again. We liked this guy, Jim Harbaugh. We loved how he watched the plays so intently, and was emotionally committed to the team. He took bad calls personally, and he celebrated along with his players and their fans. We were so happy you brought him to the team.

Either you guys have really bad memories (brain damage?), or there is no loyalty in football. At least not in the executive booth. The players and the fans have plenty of it. Maybe not as much as they used to – considering…

FrankGore  Considering that you two bozos are firing, letting go, or not keeping key players on board. 49er greats like Gore and Iupati are moving on to other teams. Wait, WHAT!?!  FRANK GORE!? is no longer a 49er?  He signed up with Indianapolis this week.  Apparently, you did NOT do everything you could to keep him. LIARS!

You were so broken up about losing strong, veteran players (Ha!) that you hustled and hired 4 new guys. I would guess you were familiar with their NFL records, but were you aware of their criminal records?  Remember Ray McDonald? Bruce Miller?  You signed up for more of that? AND YOU DIDN’T TRY TO KEEP FRANK?  I imagine the NFC West are doing happy-dances about now.

OK, this is the horrifying nightmare of the 2015 season:

Who will NOT be a 49er:                           

  • Patrick Willis
  • Frank Gore
  • Justin Smith/ Aldon Smith – assumed will be gone
  • Mike Iupati
  • Chris Culliver
  • Dan Skuta
  • Stevie Johnson
  • Perrish Cox
  • Michael Crabtree

  Who WILL be a 49er:

  • QB-Blaine Gabbert (re-signed for 2-yr)
  • TE-Garrett Celek (re-signed for 1-yr)
  • LS-Kyle Nelson (re-signed for 4-yr)

NEW Guys:

  • WR-Torrey Smith (5-yrs)
  • DT-Darnell Dockett (2-yrs)
  • WR-Jerome Simpson (2-yrs)
  •  RB-Jarryd Hayne, from Aussie Rugby Team (3-yrs) free-agent

Well, that concludes my rant. I feel a little better now, but I won’t be able to relax until this free-agent craziness ends!

Be well and prosper, guys. No matter which team you are playing for.  ❤

Little 49er Fan






Strange Days

49er-logo I have watched football for over half of my life, and this is rapidly becoming the strangest NFL season. Ever. The fact that it is only Week 3 coming up makes me nervous.

First off, the number of flags flying at each game should not out-number the ones flying at the United Nations. Are this season’s referees having to pass required eye-exams? Are they being audited? New quotas?

What it looks like, from a fan’s point of view, is that one ref throws his flag, the others don’t want to look like they’re not paying attention, so they throw their flags. Then, they huddle together to decide just what the penalty is going to be, and who is going to get it. Has anyone else noticed this? Did they hire the ‘temp’ refs from last year? Remember those guys?

BTW – If you can help answer any of these questions – don’t be shy – write a comment and clue me in, would you?

I would like to know if it is ‘off-sides’ when a player turns his head.  Is it ‘encroachment’ when a player moves his feet to get better balance? AND, I REALLY  want to know if the ref’s actually believe the guy who jumps up and down, pointing, like a bratty sibling, trying to get the other team into trouble?  Seriously.

Then we hear about a new “rule” about “inappropriate language”.  ARE YOU  F@$%&*#!!  KIDDING ME?!?  Come on, NFL, have you never watched a game on TV?  Can’t you read lips?  EVERY player, coach, manager and water-boy curses about things gone wrong.  That means one team is cursing after every play. The FANS are probably using worse language than they are, should we expect flags to be thrown at us in the near future?

Even baby and toddler fans cuss during football! Little 49er Fan
You can’t read their lips, but I’m pretty sure when they remove their pacifiers to say something – it isn’t pretty.

And get this – the new ‘rule’ does not come with a “forbidden word list”. I believed Bob Costa when he told us the NFL’s take on this: “The ref’s ‘will know it when they hear it’ “, because that is too stupid to not be true.  Eventually a team will learn what is allowed and what is not by when they get penalized. How fun to play this little game, within a game?  Of course, the fans will never know what was actually said to get the penalty, and for some reason this makes me mad. I don’t care who says what to whom and that includes commentators. I want to watch the game. Can I just watch a game? Like in the ‘old days’ when you maybe see one re-play instead of  the same re-plays and commercials over and over until you miss the next play, by the way. But that is another rant for another day, because I’m still ranting about the game in Week 2.

For the record, I want to tell that referee (and you know who you are), that it was very un-cool to throw a flag at a Quarterback (for unsportsmanlike conduct: using ‘inappropriate language’), after he just threw an interception, and was getting harassed by the other team, and maybe some of his own teammates. What a humiliating slap in the face for Colin Kaepernick, and the 49ers, especially at their home-field.  You couldn’t let that word slide, just this one time?  You even seemed happy to nail Colin for something.  That is not impartial refereeing. I know that Jay Cutler said a few choice words during the first half of the game, and yet, you did nothing.


Well, I have had my say about that. Thank you for listening.

And, it isn’t only the referees making this season strange…

What’s up with The Oakland Raider’s, and THEN The San Diego Chargers, BEATING the Seattle Seahawks?  This is a happy, happy dance, development, of course, although it’s confusing as Hell. You can bet here will be many wagers on the 49ers December line up:

  1. Seahawks
  2. Raiders
  3. Seahawks
  4. Chargers

I’m not a betting kind of girl, but if I was, y’all know who my favorite would be. 😉
By December, we (the 49ers & their fans) should know what exactly causes flags to fly & what words not to say.  The rookie goofs and other issues will be all worked out by December.  I am confident Jim Harbaugh will shape and tighten things up, like he has in the past.

Colin, if you’re listening, your fans know that you are a superb athlete and quarterback, and no matter what the newspaper reporters or sportscasters say, WE LOVE YOU.  NO BUTS. NO EXCUSES.  We are NOT fair-weather fans, we are the Faithful.  Always.    🙂

I wonder if Coach Harbaugh will be foaming at the mouth more often, since he cannot curse. I only mention this because he is so damned fun to watch. Oh-No! Is damned a forbidden word?  No offense Coach, but it’s not like we can watch anything else, every camera on the field is focused on you. [ Maybe you can carry a handkerchief, and give us a wave sometime. Just sayin’.  We love you too!]

I have a feeling we will still be lip-reading this year. I have not gotten a yellow flag in my face yet, so “damned” may not be on the forbidden list. Either way…