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

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

A Joyful 49er Homer

written by Andy Hawk, ESPN 1320’s resident 49ers Homer

Steve Young, Jerry Rice, and Brent Jones sure do look great this year.  At 6-1, The 49ers are ranked by ESPN as the #2 team in the NFL.  Don’t mind me, I just have that tingly feeling anytime someone says anything about the NFL or even football in general.  Come on… six and freaking one!  How did this happen?  It’s felt like an eternity since our team was a dominant force on Sundays.  I mean Alex smith is our QB!  I thought we had holes in the offensive line?  I thought the Niners were too weak at the WR position?  Isn’t Frank Gore too old?  No, nope, nah, and not at all.  The San Francisco 49ers have improved every week in almost every facet.  The defense is so good they’re physically knocking star players out of the game every week. 


The 49ers run the ball and can’t be run on.  This spells very bad news for the hapless Redskins on Sunday.  John Beck, you’re in trouble.  I’m so excited for Sunday at 10AM, I can’t stand it!   As the playbook is evolving we are starting to see some serious creativity coming from coach Harbaugh.  Never in our wildest dreams would anyone have guessed Joe Staley and Isaac Sopoaga would both have huge catches for first downs.   I’m not even going to try and predict what trick play we might see on Sunday morning


I’m Andy Hawk, your San Francisco 49er homer, reminding you to catch the game this week on ESPN 1320 and hold on…pregame at 9:00am, kickoff at 10:00am, with Ted Robinson and Eric Davis.

November 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Brian Lopez's Blog, Uncategorized | No comment

Alex Smith.. At Last…

I just want good things to happen to this guy.  No, I didn’t expect him to return to the 49ers this season.  He’s been vilified, spit on, virtually tarred and feathered… and blamed for everything including the Lindbergh kidnapping.  To say his first six seasons were a little rocky is the understatement of the year.  But look what’s happened.  Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter says Alex is “reborn.”  With Jim Harbaugh on board… and with essentially the same roster as last year… the Niners are 5-1.  I thought if Alex Smith was just decent this year, it would be a confidence boost for him.  He’s been better than that.  And this humble kid (who’s the same age as Tim Lincecum), still gives credit to his teammates.  And his guys love him back.  The other day, Frank Gore said “Number 11’s coming!  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”  If Alex keeps this up, he’ll be more than the Comeback Player of the Year… he’ll be Comeback Player of The Decade.  No, Alex Smith is not Joe Montana.  The good news is…. he doesn’t have to be.  In this week’s SI, Peter King suggests that Alex Smith vs. Aaron Rodgers in the NFC title game is not impossible.  Yes, this is the same Peter King who picked the Rams to win the West.

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October 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Excited About The 49ers Yet?

Written by our resident 49ers Homer, Andy Hawk


Digesting everything that happened last weekend, with the Niners winning another game on the road that no one (NO ONE!) thought they would win, are you pumped on this team yet?  With the lockout,  a new coach,  and Alex Smith returning as QB it seemed that if everything went as well as possible a 2-2 start would be perfect after four games.  If you read my last couple of Niners Homer blogs I practically predicted this play per play, with a big apology to Frank Gore.  Frank I’m sorry and stand corrected.  Frank Gore has gas left in the tank!  Kendall Hunter is less Gore’s completion but maybe the best thing that has happened to him.  With a two back system the burden is not solely on Frank, and less touches will help Gore last a lot longer this season.


The 49ers front seven is as good as it gets right now with the #1 run defense in the NFL.  Isaac Sopoaga is finally playing his true position, plus Ray McDonald and NaVorro Bowman are joining Willis and Justin Smith as standouts at their positions.  Not to mention rookie Aldon Smith is starting to look scary-good.  The secondary is gelling, the tight ends are being used correctly, and Alex Smith has not been making mistakes.  The offensive line finally putting it all together against the Eagles last week seemed to fix every problem.  Funny how that works? All hail Coach Jim Harbaugh!  Like I said no one thought San Francisco would be 3-1.  Except me!  I know we covered that.


Tampa Bay will be tough but they have to travel after playing a Monday night game.  That puts them in a tough spot, and a perfect equation for your San Francisco 49ers to go 4-1.  I’m Andy Hawk your San Francisco 49ers Homer reminding you to join me in listening to the Niners beat Tampa Bay this Sunday on ESPN 1320.

October 7, 2011 at 10:00 am | Brian Lopez's Blog | No comment

Dream Team Experiences.. A Nightmare…

Oh the 49ers didn’t do much.  They only came from 20 down midway through the third quarter to upset the Philadelphia Eagles on the road… and are now an unlikely 3-1.  Yeah the Eagles, known as The Dream Team, amassed a staggering 500 yards on offense… and Michael Vick is as dangerous as advertised.  So how in the world did this happen?  That’s what Philly coach Andy Reid is wondering.  His tight-lipped post game comments were priceless… he was STEAMING.  Did the Eagles aid in their embarrassment?  Of course… two field goals missed and a couple of big fumbles.  But the 49ers took advantage… and with every first down, every completed pass, every dive into the end zone…. their confidence grows.  And it looks like DeSean Jackson likes to trash talk before the game’s over.  You know what that makes you?  1-3.  Hilarious.

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October 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

Get Ready For 1st Place After Week 3

Written by our resident 49ers Homer, Andy Hawk


On a week after a heartbreaking loss where QB Alex Smith had a secret concussion, the starting WR’s are injured and out of the lineup, and Frank Gore looks a step slow and ineffective – is there a reason to be a 49ers HOMER this week?  Sure, mainly because the Niners are playing The Cincinnati Bengals this week.  Hey, the Bengals are young and hungry, but they are still the Bengals.  The Niners, even with their struggles right now, are favored on the road this week to win plus 2 and half.  That’s how little the Bengals are thought of.  San Francisco to start 2-1.  Yeah, I can still be a Homer this week.


We can say for sure the 49er run defense looks great.  That’s not a problem.  SF should figure out their issues with the secondary this week against a rookie QB and batch of very young receivers.  While the Bengals have shown promise, there won’t be Pro Bowlers like Witten and Austin on the field this week.  Last week may have been some good medicine the Niners secondary had to take preparing them for better for the rest of the year.


With limited weapons Harbuagh is certainly going to earn his money with a creative game plan this week.  I’m predicting a 24-16 win on the road this week, and will be listening early on Sunday morning on ESPN 1320.

September 23, 2011 at 9:59 am | Brian Lopez's Blog | No comment

West Coast for the Win

written by Andy Hawk, our in-house “49ers Homer”

Tony Romo has lost 7 of his last 8 starts, while Alex Smith has won his last two starts. OK now I am being a homer. Seriously, while both teams have been really bad the last couple of years, there is still a sort of magic about a Niners/ Cowboys battle on a Sunday afternoon.


With the Niners winning their opener against Seattle it is nice to be excited more about our local team than my Fantasy Football  Leagues.  Both lost the first week, that’s a whole different saga but thanks for asking.  Some would say that San Francisco is nothing to be excited about since they beat an awful team in Seattle.  I agree here, Seattle is terrible.  They are so bad they could end up with Andrew Luck next year(don’t get me started on how bad that would be). It is that Seattle was so bad Harbaugh had the luxury of calling a conservative game, and it WORKED, IN THIS CASE.  Alex Smith did everything asked of him completing 15 of 20 passes mainly throwing short passes with a few throws down field to Vernon Davis that were all successful.  With a bad team like Seattle this strategy was brilliant.


The 49ers had zero turnovers and gave up no sacks.  You see my points!!!  There is reason to be fired up about this team even if the pretty part of the game was on defense and special teams.  By the way, in the last eight years this has not been the case.  Perfection on special teams and solid overall defensive front is very welcomed over here. Oh yeah it is!!


Now, this week will have to be different. Dallas is starved for a victory and does have explosive offensive players.  I expect to see the west Coast offense that we have heard so much about on full display this week with a variety of Harbaugh trick plays. This week is what we have been waiting for and I can’t wait for the game. Niners and Cowboys Sunday on ESPN 1320. 

September 15, 2011 at 10:24 am | Brian Lopez's Blog | No comment

The Hug…

Alex Smith.. a resurrection?  Too early to tell.  But this was huge for him… seven years of underachieving, and now he wins?  Sure he was only 15 for 20, but what was more significant was what DIDN’T happen:  He didn’t fumble, throw an interception, get sacked…. or run out of time getting a play call in.   It’s only one game, but The Jim Harbaugh Era has begun.. and this means way more than just beating the Seahawks.  Things have changed, and here’s how I know…  It was The Hug. When Alex came to the bench following his touchdown plunge, the coach hugged his quarterback as if he’d just won Dancing With The Stars.  I thought he was gonna French Kiss him.  That moment told me this team has moved on… from the darkness of Singletary-Nolan-Erickson to something resembling hope.  Yeah, Dallas is coming in and we could lose to the Cowboys 45-3… so what?  For the moment, the 49ers are tied for first place.  And after what we’ve seen the last few years, isn’t that worth a hug?

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September 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

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