There’s something poetic and profound to be stated here. It was an amazing year that will go down in history as one of the great turnaround. At some point we will touch on that.

But not now.

I’m proud of the Niners and what they’ve done, but that’s hard to look at right now. Kyle Williams is a great player and I’m looking forward to having him back next fall. He does not need to be forgiven, because he did nothing to slight us. The kid deserves our support now more than ever.

But that really was a shit way to go. It’s going to take a few days to get everything back in order.


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  1. 85Mattalac says:

    A disappointing end to an incredible season. Football is my third favorite sport behind baseball and basketball. I’m a casual Niner fan at best but really got into them this year with the NBA lockout. There isn’t a hole big enough for Williams to crawl into right now but it was encouraging to hear on KNBR that the team (with the lone exception of Mr. do-nothing Crabby) stood behind Williams. As many have noted it’s difficult to win a game when you’re 0 for 3rd down. My birthday is Feb 6th so I’d already requested the 5th off in hopes of seeing the Niners in the SB. Now I’ll be watching it solely for the commercials. Bring on Spring Training!

    • lasttraintoyuma says:

      I’m with you, Matt. Baseball is my first love. Football is just something to do to pass the time until spring. I had 30 people at my house to watch the game – all but one was a Niner fan. Some of the Niner fans were so bitter and angry. I couldn’t muster up too much anger since the season was such an unexpected pleasant surprise already.

    • DatsRight says:

      Just a terrible way to see your team lose such a big game.

      One pundit down here said last week that the problem with the Niners is that their margin for error is paper thin. That was true yesterday.

      Manning was great, but three picks were lost when CBs collided
      The non-call on the fumble was obviously just a quick whistle. The “expert” referee said it was the right call—yeah so would calling holding every time an OL grabs some shirt—there is the rule then there is how it is called—dude blew the whistle by accident
      Brown’s replacement gets beat for a TD
      Williams returns 6 punts all year and gets 10 in that game on a lousy day
      Smith overthrows a wide open Williams
      V Davis’ 30 yards of idiot penalties
      Lee’s punt from the 50 that is fair caught at the 20. The 20?

      Some of these things go the Niners way and they win that game, of course the Saints could make the same argument.

      As a fan, would have preferred Williams be a little more contrite instead of his “my teammates said it wasn’t my fault”—those teammates must not have been the ones who wouldn’t look at you when you went to sit down on the bench. How about I’m sorry, I tried to make something happen and I feel terrible?

      Crabtree, as a fan bad days I can accept, bitching about not getting the ball when you have failed to live up to your money and high draft pick makes me think Harbaugh sends him packing for a 3rd round pick before the draft.

      • Chico says:

        Pretty good summary DatsRight. +1

      • lasttraintoyuma says:

        Spot on. Although, I’ll say that even though the key moments did hinge on Williams, the Niners did themselves no favors with their inability to convert on 3rd down. It doesn’t all hang on his head but you’re right: he should have accepted it like a man and let others excuse him.

  2. lasttraintoyuma says:

    It’s tough to lose like that to the Giants. Those two teams were evenly matched but the Niners were the better team on the day. Turnovers were always bound to be the story of the day since both teams lived off of takeaways throughout the season. The first Williams turnover was the real killer, though. Without it, the 49ers have the ball around the 25 yard line, up 14-10 with 10 minutes to go in the game. At that point in the game, the 9er defense was absolutely smothering the Giants. The Giants’ offensive line looked exhausted and one of the Smiths was breaking through to Eli on nearly every play. Then, boom, they were down 17-14.

    The other big turnover was Bradshaw’s turnover that wasn’t. The refs’ “Forward progress” explanation was absolute horseshit. I replayed that play over and over again. The whistle blows when the fumble is in the air. I don’t know what the NFL can do about it because the rules are written as well as they can be to allow for replays. You can’t ask players to play after the whistle is blown or there are bound to be even more injuries. But for fuck’s sake, can the refs just let the game unfold without being so fucking whistle-happy? That fumble would have sealed the game for the Niners.

    But it wasn’t to be. Oh well, that’s part of football.

    Good game by the Giants. I felt like they were the lesser team but it really could have gone either way and the Giants took advantage of their opportunities when they were available. The Niners should have taken advantage of the other opportunities that they had, so it doesn’t all fall on Williams.

    Thanks, 49ers, for a really enjoyable season. And for making me believe that you’ll be in the postseason for the next few years.

    • Chico says:

      I was at my buddies restaurant (beers on tap) but the volume was down. I see the fumble, it goes to commercial break so I run outside to my car for something, I come back in and the Giants snapped the ball. WTF? I don’t really understand the explanation either.

  3. Nipper says:

    Yeah the NINERS had a surprisingly great season. Remember when this season started and all the low expectations? It seems like years ago.

  4. You forgot my personal fav, bags…”COCKSUCKA!”

  5. xoot says:

    Good post-game note, JDR.
    Now we hear that people with twitter accounts have sent Williams death threats. Don’t these people understand they may get tracked down almost as quickly as the 24-year-old A’s fan who in 2003 threw his cell phone at a Texas Rangers OFer? The SF office where the subpoenas will issue is just down the street from Twitter’s headquarters, isn’t it? Don’t these people understand that their emotional problems aren’t likely to get much better if they spend the next few years learning self-defense techniques from friends and colleagues in an over-crowded county jail? Is this sort of blind rage common among average football fans — or is it limited to those with both defective souls and low IQs?

    • 85Mattalac says:

      Nicely put, Xoot. I can’t sit here and say I’ve never lost my cool watching the Giants but that’s completely seperate from making death threats. That’s why I can’t understand how a supposedly educated older man such as Wbb could post comment after comment celebrating serious injury to players. There’s no place for that in sports or fandom. I’ve given up on Sfgate but I still lurk there and report abuse anonymously when appropriate.
      Xoot, your comment about WBB sweltering away in the Paris of the South had me in stitches! Thanks for the laugh after the downer game.

  6. Chico says:

    Cot converting on 3rd downs and those two fumbles are what sealed the deal. Crabtree didn’t see the ball because he wasn’t open much at all, it was almost as he wasn’t even on the field.

    We almost picked Manning a few times but unfortunately, both of our guys were playing the ball at the same time especially on the collision. We have word to do in the offseason and I’m confident that our front office and Harbaugh will make the right decisions.

    A lot of people liked to trash Baalke the last few years but their frustration should have been directed at Nolan and Singletary who were the problems, not our players. Baalke built this team, we’re young and we’re only going to get better.

    To the idiots giving Williams death threats, Fuck you! Go to jail!

  7. Chico says:

    After reading some stuff, those weren’t death threats, people were tweeting Williams hoping that he would die. Still some dumb shit that Dr. Karma should look into.

    • xoot says:

      Well, true: death wishes, death threats — only the latter’s likely to be a crime, I guess. But I suspect we haven’t seen the worst of them published yet.

      • Chico says:

        Good point.

      • xoot says:

        There are some better stories posted now, on espn and other places, quoting Kenny Williams, Kyle’s father (and GM of the Chi WSox). He’s not being more specific about the threats, but it sounds terrible. He also mentions that Kyle suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter.

        • Chico says:

          I just read that story on ESPN. You’re probably right, the tweets that we have seen are probably the milder tweets that he received. His father sounds like a good man and so does Williams, “no excuses, we don’t do that”.. That’s classy.

          • Per my man Radnich, the ”Death Threats” were removed almost as soon as they were posted. But you’re all correct: immature, ill-conceived or emotionally bankrupt people making comments of that type are fools to believe they cannot, or will not, be traced and prosecuted.

            In SF County it’s known as a terrorist threat. Depending upon the severity of which may be charged as a felony…

  8. DatsRight says:

    I will be curious to see Harbaugh in year two. I mean this was the perfect spot for him, a team that is young, talented, underperforming and coming off bad coaching.

    I hope that his style is not one that grows old after two years ala Billy Martin. It seemed Billy Martin made ever team much better by year two, but they all hated him after year 3.

    Let’s face it, Harbaugh is a little crazy.

    My biggest regret was trademarking “Super Baugh I” and buying 20,000 t-shirts for the Ravens Niners Super Bowl. It was my best idea since putting mayo in the can with the tuna!

    • lasttraintoyuma says:

      I was wondering the same about Harbaugh, too. NFL coaches generally have such a short shelf life. Harbaugh seems so intensely focused that he doesn’t encourage the little dramas that happen with, say, a Rex Ryan-coached team. I don’t see that wearing on the players at all, actually. In fact, I think having a coach like Harbaugh will help to attract players who want to play for a winner. Can you imagine this team with a couple of legitimate WRs and a full training camp?

  9. mailorderwife says:

    The SFGate blogger dude reported that the Giants were gunning for Williams, as he was a vulnerable target because of his four concussions. Yeah. It’s football, but it reminds me of that scene in “Karate Kid” where the Cobra-Kai sensei tells Johnny to “…sweep the leg…”

    Nonetheless, it was a GREAT season. I was so angry when Alex Smith re-signed with the team, but this season exceeded *all* my expectations. I knew Hairball would make a show of the whole season, but who knew it was almost the big one?

    Anyway, it’s time to change the channel to the Giants. I heard that Timmy turned down 5 years/$100 million. I always wonder what people hope to do with all that money aside from losing half of it to alimony.

    • lasttraintoyuma says:

      “I always wonder what people hope to do with all that money aside from losing half of it to alimony.”

      Hahaha! Love it!

  10. Chico says:

    Wow, Henry was the first to break the story on the Timmy signing today according to KNBR. Baggerly usually beats him to the punch.

  11. lasttraintoyuma says:

    I caught a portion of KNBR’s interview with Tim Flannery on my way to work this morning. He said that Lincecum legitimately likes the short term contracts because they keep him hungry to perform. He also said that Tim is happy and comfortable in SF and that he finds AT&T to be a really great place to pitch. Basically, he indicated that there is no concern that Tim is planning to bolt from SF as soon as he’s eligible for free agency.

    Granted, this is not really any different from what Schulman had reported but he’s not necessarily going to get as close to the players as a coach will be. It just seemed even more authoritative coming from Flannery than when it was coming from Schulman.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Then why the talk of wanting an 8 year deal? Timmy’s positioning himself for a gigantic payday after the 2013 season. 5/$100 sounds great, but Sabathia and Cliff Lee are older and making more money than that. Timmy wants more than them.

      • lasttraintoyuma says:

        Agents talk on behalf of their clients all the time, chuck. Who knows where that rumor came from. I’m guessing that if he wanted a CC-esque contract out of the Giants, he probably could have gotten a back-loaded deal done. Maybe I’m reading it wrong but there is a lot of money left on the table by only going two years when the team was at least willing to talk about a five year deal. No question the Giants are going to pay through the nose if they want Timmy after 2013, but the notion that he’s planning to skidaddle once his arb years are done is definitely overblown.

        Of course, your point is well taken and it’s one that I’ve thought about over the years. By sticking with one and two year deals, Tim’s been able to significantly boost his annual salary to the point that nobody has made more than him in an arbitration year. And, regardless of whether he’s been shooting for it, he IS headed for a humongous payday in 2014. Certainly, you could argue that that’s been his sole motivation throughout arbitration but the guys who are close to him don’t seem to think so. Whether that’s right or wrong may be hard to quantify, even after he signs somewhere as a free agent, I suppose.

        • unca_chuck says:

          I’m not denying that it could happen that he really wants to stay, I just don’t see it.

          Frankly, this is the best way for it to work out. The Giants get him for 2 more years, and we’ll just see what happes then.

          • lasttraintoyuma says:

            Yeah, I’m cool with the two years on the Giants’ side. Lincecum has far better peripheral numbers than Zito had but anything can happen. A seven-plus year contract is just way too risky for a baseball team outside of the top five in revenue to take on. I look at the Pujols and Fielder deals this offseason and wonder how much those teams will regret it (a la Zeets) in year five.

            • Chico says:

              No doubt Yuma. The Angels and Tigers are insane! I guess that’s the way contracts are these days but 9 year deals? When did all of this start, with A-rod at texas?

            • mailorderwife says:

              Agree. Timmy can get a nice payday if things stay the course, and he assumes the risk and responsibilities of doing an outstanding job if he wants to get a bigger payday in two years. I’ve seen enough talent-to-couch potato transformations after a huge contract.

    • xoot says:

      Let’s hope Lincecum has better financial advisers than TO had. $80M in nfl salary, gone. Guy I know made a name for himself back in the 80s suing agents who ripped off pro athletes that way (bad investments with kick backs to the agents, often real estate limited partnerships, but other crap, too). Some excellent ex-Giants and 49ers were among the clientele; a Yankee or two, also. But the rules governing agents tightened up, and such fraud diminished (even as salaries sky rocketed). TO must’ve really picked poorly.

      Other issue: Lincecum apparently likes his freedom. Two years does not a a pair of golden handcuffs make — yet he’s rich. He has got it made.

      • lasttraintoyuma says:

        TO is certainly a good example of why I have no problem with players getting paid as much as they can during their short careers. It can all get cut short in one day and they’ll have to live off of what they made for the rest of their lives. Based on some of the comments on the Splash, you’d think that Timmy’s windfall was somehow their personal loss. Granted, I think that people with exorbitant amounts of money have an ethical obligation to help others but that’s really their choice, not mine.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Well, TO is a bad example of that. At some point you should notice that you’ve burned through zillions of dollars.

    As far as Timmy goes, the Giants got 5 years, 1 world series titles, 2 Cy Youngs, and possibly more in the next 2 seasons. Their commitment now is big, but short. That is the key. I think he has about a 5% chance of staying after 2013, but who knows? No family, no ties, and he still lives in Seattle. I think he ends up going back home. I’mwaiting for the Cain signing. HE should get something around 5/$80 mill.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    TO actually wasn’t one of the crazy Lambo-buying-jewelry-wearing-car-crashing-pill-popping-whore-chasing yahoos (although he’s paying child support for 3 kids with 3 different women).

    He stayed out of trouble and was just way too high on himself during his career. Still and all, trusting strangers to take care of your money without a care is nuts.

    • 85Mattalac says:

      I read that story too. While he didn’t buy anything crazier than a Mercedes he also let his dick do the thinking as you mention, Chuck. I thought I read 4 children with 4 different woman, none of whom he actually DATED! They’re suing him for the $46,000 he was paying a month in child support!!

      • Chico says:

        Besides T.O. not knowing how to pull out, I kinda feel sorry for him. Remember the whole suicide thing and him crying numerous times in front of the camera? I think he has some mental issues going on.

    • mailorderwife says:

      I admit to watching TO’s stupid show on VH1 because, you know, I love reality TV so long as it is excessively stupid, trashy and doesn’t attempt to teach me anything. He lived in a very swanky house in the Hollywood Hills, although I am going to assume that VH1 assumed the bill. It was clear that he was not too lavish, other than the nice car and the diamond in his ear, but that child support seems to have killed him. At 44k a month, I believe those baby mamas can now support him.

      I know so many people have been reveling off of TO’s misfortune, as one can witness on the evil SFgate, but he will always be that confused child who was bawling on Steve Mariucci’s shoulder after that spectacular catch against the Peckers.

      • Chico says:

        Very true, when I think of great Niner moments that one always comes to mind.

        • For all of TO’s spectacular play-making and his truly impressive career, the thing which stands out most in my memories is how needlessly (save for his mondo ego) he went out his way to create ‘spectacle’ for ‘spectacle’s’ sake (read: his mondo ego’s sake).

          Sorry…I must be too ‘old school’ but I think trash talk is one thing and unavoidable…making a scene to get more notice should be punished and discouraged…IMO

  14. unca_chuck says:

    It’s all just so weird. TO’s humble background, the quiet subdued man-child, the worshipping at the altar of Jerry Rice, the promise of being the biggest baddest WRs to ever play the game, and then turning into a complete narcissistic grandstanding idiot. From Garcia to McNabb to Kubiak to Mooch to everyone around him, he burned all his bridges, and now he’s broke and alone.

    It’s a lesson in something.

    • In his own way, he is no different than Tebow

      • unca_chuck says:

        I was thinking more along the line of Dennis Rodman. A guy who was quietly toiling in obscurity in Detroit as a hard-nosed power forward who suddenly turns into a spotlight hogging media-hungry clown. Granted Rodman’s act was an act that he constantly had to live up to, and it certainly was an act, but the same can be said of TO. TO seemed to be living inside his me-me-me act. Rodman was at least cognizant that it was all unreal.

        • Chico says:

          I remember when Rodman dated Carmen Electra and broke his penis. I was driving down El Camino in Belmont (on my way to a hardware store) when I heard that on the Stern show. I thought to myself, is that even possible? Apparently it is, OUCH!

    • mailorderwife says:

      I think he started going off the deep end when his grandmother was diagnosed with Alezheimer’s

  15. Chico says:

    Question: Has anyone been to Disneyland since the California park opened? My wife and I are thinking about taking a trip in April before my kids turn 3 (free admission under three) and we are thinking about staying in one of the hotels IN the park. I haven’t been there in 17 years and I remember getting to the hotels were a headache (the parking lot seemed huge as a youngster)

    Of course the price to stay in the park is three times the price to stay in a dump in the surrounding areas, I’m wondering if it’s worth it to pay the extra $$ for the convenience of being closer to the park, avoiding shuttles and toddler meltdowns etc.. Any thoughts?

  16. datsright says:

    CA Adv is more for older kids IMO.
    You may check and see if they still let hotel guests in the park before it opens to general public.
    There are a few rides open, for my kids it was Toon Town with roller coaster for the wee kid, no line and got them on before they had a chance to say no. Both emerged with no fear of rides.
    It is sweet to be able to walk or mono rail junior to the room for his nap. Also Mickey used to be in a house in toon town for early a.m. Photo opp.
    Early admission also gets you better fast pass times.
    It’s been a while so check and make sure.

    • Chico says:

      Thanks DatsRight. I’m researching right now, SIX grand for a 5 night, 3 day park hopper pass in a two bedroom suite in the Paradise pier hotel? I can’t believe it’s cheaper to go to fucking Hawaii!

      I’ll knock off the “park hopper” pass because like you said, the CA is more for teenagers.. I had no clue how expensive it was to stay in the park..

      We used to stay at the Jolly Roger inn on Harbor back in the day for like 80 bucks, LOL. Thanks for the info.

      • lasttraintoyuma says:

        Chico, I’ve never been willing to splurge for the large difference in price to stay in the park vs. outside. Our family has stayed at the Fairfield Inn and the Howard Johnson across the street. Both are well-maintained and a short walk to the park. Of course, at the end of your 4th day there, the walk seems longer. Last year, I think it cost us around $2K for 4 days/4 nights and park hopper passes. As I recall, it was at least $1K more just to stay at Paradise Pier, which I heard was aging poorly.

        As far as California Adventure, you might want to consider getting those tickets. There is a water show that’s really sweet and worth braving the huge crowds. They were also in the process of building a gigantic section dedicated to the movie Cars. The 3D (they call it 4D) Toy Story video game ride is flat out amazing. Plus, the Bug’s Life section is great for the under 5 set and there are rides that adults will enjoy, too. Basically, California Adventure is the Pixar-themed park. I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you spent a few extra bucks to go there. Our youngest preferred the rides there over everything but the Dumbo ride in the regular park.

      • JDR says:

        Haven’t been since I was about 8 years old, but it looks like I’ll be going at some point soon. My girlfriend works in theater tech and is a huge Disney fan, so she goes fairly often to see all the new rides and shows. May was one of the windows we were looking at, so maybe we’ll be able to meet up for a brew (apparently they have a bar in the new park.)

        • lasttraintoyuma says:

          Until I had kids, I hated Disneyland. Last time I had been was when I was 15 – I would have rather taken a vacation in Lebanon. I finally gave in to my wife’s demands and took my kids there several years ago. I had a totally different experience seeing it through my kids’ eyes. Of course, once my kids are grown, I’ll probably never go again.

    • mailorderwife says:

      Chico – how many people in your party who will pay, and what hotel? If you can, send me a message on SFGate or ask SFDF for my AIM or phone number. There is a reason why I’ve been down in So Cal for so long (if you get my drift).

      • mailorderwife says:

        Er…make that “require admission”.

        • Chico says:

          Thanks MOB! Just my wife and I for admission, kids are free before three years of age. Any hotel IN the park with two bedrooms, one for the kids and one for the wife and I. Looking at the week of the 14th of May, 3 nights during the week (avoiding the weekend for obvious reasons.

          SFDF has been busy and the only # I have on him was at the old place in Pleasant Hill so I’ll P.M. you on the Comical with my e-mail address and my cell #.. Much appreciated 🙂

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