Week 8: Don’t count the division won just yet

The morning games have had a decidedly bizarro world feel to them.

Arizona, who has thus far been a tremendous flop, has Baltimore on the ropes early. Granted, that is mostly due to a punt return TD and the emergence of one Joe Flake-o at QB. But still, two touchdowns up in Baltimore is nothing to sneeze at.

Meanwhile, over at the Moving-to-LA-Dome, the Rams seem to have channeled the energy of that other St Louis team and are taking it to the Saints.

A strange development, and perhaps an aberration, but it also has to make you think. Perhaps this division race isn’t as one-sided as it appears, and all this talk about the Niners cruising to the playoffs is going to look very foolish come December.

In about an hour or so, the Niners will kick off what is more or less the definition of a trap game. At home, off the bye, against a struggling team that only managed 6 points last week.

It’s a much more ominous feeling than two weeks ago in Detroit. We all figured that would be a challenging game, but this is one the Niners should win, a game they’ve had an extra week to play for. It’s like being the #5 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament. It’s like having the bases loaded with no outs and Eli Whiteside at bat. -It’s a facepalm you can see coming from a mile away.

Maybe I’m making too much out of this. After all, even with a Niner loss and the assumption that neither Arizona or St Louis blow their leads they’ll still be three and four games out, respectively. And Seattle faces a Cincy team that has very quietly built itself a 4-2 record.

But still, it’s a reminder that the season is far from over, and the other teams in the division aren’t just going to roll over. That’s not to say St. Louis or Arizona will roar all the way back and finish ahead of the Niners, but they could both catch the Niners off guard and make the race a lot closer than everyone expects.

UPDATE: And just like that, Arizona chokes away the lead. This is why I don’t offer betting advice.

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32 Responses to Week 8: Don’t count the division won just yet

  1. xoot says:

    The niners are looking pretty good in the first quarter, too.

  2. mailorderwife says:

    Well…wanted to say YAY about the resigning of Lopez! Didn’t want to lose the guy. Also, good to know Affeldt is staying around.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Lots of money for role players that basically fill the same role. I wish they’d spend some money on hitting . . .

  4. unca_chuck says:

    You should see me on my blog. Happy as a clam in shit.

  5. mailorderwife says:

    Hey Xoot and others who hate Repo_man on the Gate: Your “friend” ripped off an early tweet that had been circulating and posted it on the Kim Kardashian article of the Gate. That shows you how “original” this guy is. With no savvy of his own to pull off the sarcasm he is not smart enough to have, this is the sum total of the dweeb who has been posting nasty things about Stow. Loser.

  6. xoot says:

    For anyone wondering, the new “xoot” on the splash is not me.

    • Chico says:

      Fucking trolls.

    • JDR says:

      Mossback trying to be clever? He’s taken shots at xoot’s profession before.

      • Chico says:

        Whoever it is has a short commenting history. Seems to not like sugary soft drinks, is for gun control, but spelled glory days ‘glorie days’… WBB, while being a troll, is not stupid and wouldn’t make that mistake. Could be mossback, he commented @ 12:17 pm today but nothing going on at the beat… You might be onto something Ugly.. He also commented about Ron Washington last night.

    • mailorderwife says:

      You have a fan!

  7. Nipper says:

    Xoot has an admirer…….lucky him.

  8. xoot says:

    Mosshead’s a good bet. I see he’s been posting for weeks, but infrequently. sfgate has turned into a very messy zoo. VK is in charge of “news” on the site, yet he can’t stay off the baseball blogs. Nor can he stop bragging about going to Stanford (see his comment on the Mike Aldrete batting coach story). No one’s really in charge. Not a good situation for what may well be a sinking ship.

    • And poor Sharon Stone is selling her house at a fire-sale price!

      Seriously though, Folks…I’ll be at the Lipstick Lounge all week…

    • Nipper says:

      Stanford grads are always bragging. I know one who claims to have three degrees and lives out of his van. LOL ……I did go to a Stanford game against Oregon with him a few years back. Luck was great even then.

    • An O’Malley in the drivers’ seat is the best news yet-thanks MOB…hadn’t looked at the Times all day, too much to do with painting, taping,etc PLUS work and packing!

      McDickless better not be playing a bad game and Selig better sell to a group or individual that has the Dodgers best interests at heart

  9. xoot says:

    Great surfing sessions at Ocean Beach this week for the surf contest. I’ve been following the video on line when I can. Good for SF, of course. But damn aren’t those world class surfers exactly that? Terrific surfing. If the waves had been triple OH, they still would’ve ripped it up.

    • Chico says:

      It’s been epic! Not only that but they are filming a movie in my town starring Gerard Butler as Jay Moriarty about his life and Mavericks.. One hell of a lineup too.

  10. Chico says:

    Matty Alou… My father will not take this news lightly.. RIP.

  11. shaman138 says:

    I’ve been away several days–dealing with some health problems and had to go to the hospital–and return to my computer only to see the Trash blog has gone totally fucking bonkers with troll nonsense.Those shitheads have taken it to a whole new level and they seriously think they’re so funny and clever when they make demeaning and slanderous remarks against a guy who’s been in a coma for months. And then they have the fucking nerve to go cry to Mommy Moderator when they get called out on their bullshit. Ah, well, why even bother talking about it? SFGate has gone to hell–you just have to read some of the comments on the “Occupy” stories to realize that–when a comment that basically says the cops should start shooting the “Commie” protesters and crack their skulls in for good measure gets multiple thumbs up you know that it’s pretty much fucked.

    RIP Matty Alou.

    • mailorderwife says:

      I hope you are doing better!! That’s way more important than a pack of punk impotent trolls.

      • shaman138 says:

        I agree and I’m feeling much better. It just amazes me how that site is allowed to continue to disintegrate in the name of ad revenue.

        • Chico says:

          I hope all is ok shaman.. Yeah, SFGate has been in the shitter for a long time but it’s getting progressively worse.. It’s hard to engage in a debate with handles like BO stinks, crypto marxist, uncle tom, socialistlemmings and on and on..

          Has anyone else been friended by that asshole repo man? I keep denying the friend request but it pops up right away again.

          If the gate required a credit card number with a valid name like other sites do, all of the problems would stop. SFD had some comments removed last night for no reason at all. It’s a troll fest which is why I go to the huffington post or a few other sites if I feel like schooling a tea bagger.

          • Best wishes on a speedy recovery, Shaman…just enjoy yourself for a few.

            Man…it isn’t just the splash…it’s the entire gate…sneaky, hideout trolls that want to espouse ‘free speech’ yet engage in silencing debate or opinions they cannot rival…I hate those cowards!

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