Stop Gore, Make Alex Beat You. You Did.. And He Did…

Alex, don’t say anything. Just smile and walk away. Jim Harbaugh… just say, “I’m proud of our guys.”  In the post game after that thriller against Eli Manning and the New York Giants, it’s obvious that Mr. Harbaugh reads every little morsel that’s written about Alex Smith, who’s often referred to as “a game manager” in a tone that suggests that’s something to be ashamed of. And isn’t it about time Lowell Cohn asks Jim Harbaugh “What did you see in Alex Smith?” I wish Jim would say “How many freaking times do I have to answer that? Weren’t you here the other 350 times you asked that question?” As for the New York Giants, a lot of good teams would kill to be 7-2. You’re one of them. As for the 49ers?  Eight. And. One. Who’s Got It Better Than Us?
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November 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Feels Like A Playoff Game…

The reality is… the New York Giants are damn good. And this Sunday’s 49ers-Giants match up feels special. Oh, I know it’s way too early to even think about post season but come on, Candlestick will have a playoff atmosphere. I even heard a rumor that “The A Team” may do the TV broadcast, replacing the usual “D Team.” And that’s the way it should be. If the Niners lose, you can bet there will be plenty of “fans” jumping off the bandwagon. The experts will say the 49ers are nothing but pretenders, overachievers or poseurs. I just wanted to use poseur. A loss would put them at 7-2, a record that a lot of good teams would kill for. On the other hand, a win would, well… Who’s Got It Better Than Us?

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November 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Watch as ESPN Analyzes the 49ers at This Point In Season

Who knew Kordell Stewart was an analyst for ESPN? You wouldn’t know, as they never show him on TV. They’ve buried him on video for the website with the very attractive Prim Siripipat. He needs a little more personality.

He does tell of facing Harbaugh as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers. They talk at length about the 49ers successes below.

November 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Alex.. The Worst 7-1 Quarterback In History…

About Alex Smith, Lowell Cohn’s mantra is “he’s so limited.” Limited, as if Alex were some sort of contest winner plucked from the stands…and who gets to line up behind center as a promotional stunt. I’m getting tired of it. Certainly the 49ers are not seriously thought of as one of the league’s elite teams. Especially not elite is their quarterback. So who’s better than Alex? How about Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Michael Vick, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Sam Bradford, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Josh Freeman, Mark Sanchez, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Matt Stafford, Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, Colt McCoy… did I forget anyone? No, Alex is at the very bottom of the list. The bottom. We get it. He’s not 6’5”, he’s not strong armed, he’s not a superstar, he’s not a glory hog. Don’t you see, that’s the beauty of it all. If you’re the Eagles, the Lions, The Bucs, The Browns, The Seahawks, The Redskins or The Bengals… you just got beat by a team that has Alex in charge. He’s not anything you like… but he is something you’re not. He’s 7-1.
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November 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Watch Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott Comment on the Current 49ers

Tout used to be just the place Shaq made announcements. Now, it’s gaining a lot more steam. 49ers legends Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott sat down to discuss the current state of the franchise. Montana, as one example talks about Frank Gore set to become the all time leader in rushing for the team.

November 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

49ers Bandwagon Is Getting Crowded…

The 49ers have been so irrelevant the past ten years or so… I knew it would take a while for their 6-1 start to gain some traction. Being under the radar for weeks was great for Jim Harbaugh. But, inevitably, the “experts” are starting to take notice. Matt Barrows wrote that no less than NFL film guru Greg Cosell says Harbaugh is attacking with formations and calling plays he has never seen in the National Football League… and Greg has been paying attention to this stuff for three decades. I think you know what’s coming next… especially if the 49ers continue to play well. The high profile pundits will bring their satellite trucks to Santa Clara.. and want precious time with Harbaugh. If it were up to me,  I’d say stay on the East Coast and keep fawning over the NY Giants, the Steelers, the Eagles and the Jets. Oh, and get off our lawn! Sorry…
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November 4, 2011 at 11:46 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

ESPN Crew Previews the 49ers/Redskins Game

Leave it to the experts, Trey Wingo, Mark Schereth and Herm Edwards. They sit down for a quick review on what to expect from the 49ers/Redskins matchup, which you can hear Sunday morrning on ESPN 1320.

November 4, 2011 at 10:32 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Please Keep Ignoring The 49ers…

This doesn’t surprise the Faithful who follow the Niners. After last week’s NFL action, most of the pundits couldn’t stop talking about the Philadelphia Eagles or the New York Giants… Oh look at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rex Ryan’s Jets… How ‘bout the New England Patriots and yeah, the Detroit Lions are back! The 49ers get nary a mention, and I suppose that’s just what Jim Harbaugh wants… to stay completely under the radar, to be an afterthought. That’s fine. But I heard a couple of sportscasters struggle through the 49er-Cleveland highlights.. and one guy says  “that’s Isaac SOPO-GO-AH…” You idiot… that’s Isaac SOPO-AGA. But what do you care? Way to do your homework.

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November 2, 2011 at 10:27 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

“Who’s Got It Better Than Us?”…

I love hearing Jim Harbaugh exhorting his team in the locker room, “Who’s got it better than us?”  And they yell back.. “Nooo-bodyyyy!”  The new 49ers head coach is driven, intense, competitive… and he’s as tough as nails.  But the genesis of this celebration goes back to his childhood.  I heard Jim tell the story in Andrea Kremer’s excellent piece on HBO’s Real Sports last summer.  It was his dad, the patriarch of the football family and long time college coach Jack Harbaugh who used to ask his young boys, John and Jim…”Who’s got it better than us?”  They would holler from the back seat… “Nooo-bodyyy!”  When Jack Harbaugh, now 72, speaks of how proud he is of his sons, there are tears in his eyes.  And I know he’s now watching these locker room exchanges, which were born in their tiny house a generation ago.   When he hears “Who’s got it better than us?”…  I can only imagine the pride that fills his heart.

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October 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

49ers.. On An Unlikely Roll…

After The Bee’s Vic Contreras pointed out that, for the 49ers, this season feels a little like 1981..  how can you not get excited?  30 years ago, the Niners had come off a 6-10 season… after missing the playoffs for the eighth consecutive time.  This year, the 49ers are coming off a 6-10 season… after missing the playoffs for, uh… the eighth consecutive time.  We all know what happened in 1981.  The Bill Walsh-led Cinderella team went all the way to the Super Bowl… and won it.  I know, it’s way too early to think about anything beyond the next game.  But no one expected Jim Harbaugh’s guys to be 5-1 at this point.  Most of the “experts” picked the Rams to win the West.  And no, we don’t have Joe Montana.  But 1981 was long before Jerry Rice.  Their running back that year was Lenvil Elliott… and the tight end was Charle Young.  They were underdogs to the very end.  That’s the way we like it.  So whatever happens….at least 49er football is fun again.  I know we didn’t say that very much last year.

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October 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

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