“A pitcher’s political views, a manager’s tobacco habit and a quarterback’s feelings…”

…What are “three things I don’t give a crap about,” Alex?

So the great QB shakeup that seemed very possible just a few days ago will not come to pass. Peyton Manning is going to Denver, Alex Smith is going back to the Niners, and Tim Tebow will most likely become northern Florida’s best-known NFL branded clothing salesman.

And now the worry is that Smith is going to feel betrayed and angry because the team took a run at Manning after saying for months that he was the guy. If that really is the case, and it really does affect the way Smith prepares and plays on Sundays next fall, then he is an even bigger candy-ass than Mike Nolan suggested.

Surely Smith realizes that he’s not Peyton Manning. He has to grasp that one of the best quarterbacks of this generation was on the market and showing interest in the team, and that they would be fools to not at least consider bringing him in.

I know Smith is said to have confidence issues, but he’s not delusional. After more than half a decade of frustrating play he can’t be that detached from reality to think his spot is locked down in the way an Aaron Rodgers’ or Tom Brady’s is.

It’s nice that cooler heads prevailed and they were able to make a deal out of this, but for Smith’s camp to let it carry on beyond this is just monumentally stupid and completely irrational.

Smith had a very good year, but he’s not an elite QB at this point. The team had a chance to upgrade, and they considered taking it. That’s how the NFL works. Of course, if Alex really wants to lock down some job security, he can go out next year and win a Super Bowl.

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60 Responses to “A pitcher’s political views, a manager’s tobacco habit and a quarterback’s feelings…”

  1. xoot says:

    The report on sfgate this afternoon, recounting a media conference call with Smith, makes it sound as if Smith’s not pissed off at anyone, including his agent. Might’ve been a roller-coaster ride for him the past week that cruised back to the starting gate under control. Strange interlude, no matter what really went down.

    • JDR says:

      The Dolphins beat writer mentioned that both the teams and agents have been especially fond of using the media as a pawn in the contract talks this summer. It seems just about every report has to be taken with a grain of salt.

      BTW- How the hell does Jacksonville not top the Jets offer of a 4th and 6th for Tebow? He’s not a great QB, but he would have brought enough revenue and interest to that team to fix what is wrong with them. You get the feeling Khan bought the team with one eye already on LA…

      • Chico says:

        I was wondering the same thing. Gerrard? He’s a re-tread whose best days are behind him. Tebow would have put a lot of butts in the seats in Jacksonville, and this is not political, but Jacksonville & Tebow would have gone hand in hand. You couldn’t get a better match than that demographic. Now he’s second fiddle to Sanchez in New York? What a strange couple of weeks its been.

        • xoot says:

          Good points about Tebow in Jacksonville. wtf not? Surely be a money maker. That state is split north and south almost as deeply as Calif. (I lived in the north for a while as a kid.) Still, I’m sure the north-state fans — those assholes who so passionately desecrate the Seminole name at the college level on prime time tv every year — would happily tolerate a few gator heads in the stands at the pro games, and welcome Tebow home with big fat outstretched arms..

          • JDR says:

            The only reasons I can think of would be A: They think they’re a lot closer to contending than everyone else does, or B: They’re looking to move to LA. On one hand, yes he would be a money-maker, on the second hand you are sending the message to your team that you think they’re no better than a side-show attraction. It has to be demoralizing to the other players to see management deliberately make them worse because they thought so little of the team to begin with.

  2. mailorderwife says:

    Here’s a bright business story with local roots:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/16/business/fi-himi16

    Last week, I was telling people down here of my evening bleacher adventures and the lone malted vendor who’d walk by and stare at us through his horned rimmed frames with no glasses.

    Also to brighten your day:

    • Chico says:

      The story was interesting, and very cool. He sounds like he has his head screwed on tighter than the person he used to work for, Leigh Steinberg, a Cal grad who has fallen on hard times as of late. Very cool that you remember him MOB.

    • xoot says:

      Those guys in the video must’ve grown up playing soccer. And watching 3 Stooges movies.

  3. shaman138 says:

    Looks like poor Meth Boy is on a rampage over on the Splash….I would pity his lonely ass if I didn’t know he’s just playing games for attention. Whatever.

    And the whole QB circus will be forgotten if Smith and the 49ers win the SB next year but since it’s back to “Super Bowl or Bust” mode for the Niners expectations will be very high. What a fucking bizarre off-season, though….including the fact that there’s two players who left the Raiders for the Bears because it’s apparently a lot better to be back-ups in Chicago than in Oakland. I repeat: Whatever.

  4. mailorderwife says:

    I think about returning home to San Francisco everyday. You all don’t know how lucky you are. Anywho, I decided to take the blog plunge from the perspective of a native San Franciscan stuck in Dodger zone. If you’d like a silly read: http://www.annapirhana.tumblr.com.

    • Chico says:

      THAT, was an epic read. Loved it! Thanks for sharing that.

    • xoot says:

      Very nice. First thing that really grabbed me was the portrait of the B210: “The car would shake whenever I pushed it past 65 mph, which was often, but it stopped on a dime and could fit into any city parking space.” Now don’t you just see MOW zipping along, stopping on that dime, and backing into a rare curbside space in North Beach? Great sentence. Few of the bloggers sfgate publishes will ever write a sentence that enjoyable.

  5. Chico says:

    OK, seriously, the Splash is more fucked than its ever been. Deleted comments, Kenny accusing SFDF and Xoot being the same person, earlier he accused all of us being the same person.

    Mailorderwife, you’re doing a great job of staying away from that place. I’m sure if you posted there today he would accuse me of being you!

    We had a good thread going today until the update than all hell broke loose. If the man who ran that site cared more about content than page clicks, he would put an end to this shit.

    • mailorderwife says:

      Well, I was sort of hoping you guys would all move to this place but you seem to love torture. I go there sometimes because it can get lonely here, but just seeing Mr. Bryn Mwar whip his Oswalt’s .WHP around drives me bonkers. If that is how that misogynistic dweeb envisions women, he should quit the estrogen injections and surgical implants. He would be very disappointed in the reality.

      However, I will go over there to see the drama. It’s like maneuvering through a mine field with all those deleted posts.

      • Chico says:

        I did too.. Most of the time, I find myself talking to myself here, (I lead this blog in posts by far). I think people are obsessed with trolls, to be brutally honest. I know they get a lot of traffic over there but if this is about sports, then we should be talking sports here instead of over there.

    • xoot says:

      Believe me, I check in here all the time. I would much rather read new posts here than waste time on the splash. Keep posting!

  6. xoot says:

    ok. Here’s a football question for you cognoscenti–why is it always the Colts? When I was a kid, Johnny Unitas and the Colts were up there with best. What happened? (Actually, I remember some of the history, but give me a minute.) Remember John Elway? He threatened to go into the NY Yankees minor league system rather than play for the Colts. The Colts traded the rights to draft him to the Broncos. Many years later, the Colts got to draft Peyton Manning. Now, as the worst team, the Colts yet again get to draft the most promising QB in decades — Andrew Luck. I don’t see this as good luck for . . . Andrew.

    • mailorderwife says:

      The way they took the ol’ moving van and rolled on over to Indianapolis was very sly. I could not appreciate that move, especially because it cost Cleveland a potential super bowl winning team (finally). They will always be the Baltimore Colts to me, because the only thing I ever associate with Indianapolis is fast cars and high flyovers.

    • Chico says:

      I had to look that word up xoot.

      No clue, but they do always seem to have the luck at the QB position. I seem to remember Harbaugh playing there as well, #4? I was just a little shit but I remember him sporting the horse shoe helmet.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        The Colts have always seemed to score ”better talent” at that position than many teams. Since the 50’s they have been (mostly) blessed with outstanding QB’s. Morrall, Matte (yeah, I said that) and Jones…they had some severely lean years, even during the boom QB times but I’d say that was due to their infamous former G.M., whose name escapes at the moment…

  7. Chico says:

    Since xoot brought up the history of Chavez Ravine (I knew nothing about Dodger Stadium other than its a great place to catch a ball game), I’m fascinated about it.

    http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assetserver/controller/view/EXM-P-S-STA-CHA-RAV-002

    An aerial view before those folks were kicked out. I try to get a lay of the land by using google maps, but pictures rarely tell you which way is west, east etc.

    Here’s a link to the USC digital library. Cool stuff for anyone who is interested. I spoke to my father tonight and he recalls the whole thing very well. I asked him why he never told me about it, he replied: You never asked and we were too god damn busy talking about the Giants!’

    http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search/controller/browse.htm?summary=COLLECTION&mode=list&panelId=tree1Panel

    • mailorderwife says:

      The history of Chavez Ravine seems to be fresh to many Hispanics in LA, who still hate the Dodgers because of this entire incident.

      • Chico says:

        Yep, McCarthyism. Tear down their neighborhood, many never received a dime for their homes. They were promised housing that was never built because the ‘socialists’ were coming! Sounds like some of the wing-nuts today.

        • mailorderwife says:

          Seems like the wealthy politico use cultured neighborhoods as their whipping post for money or property. My old Western Addition ‘hood went through Feinstein’s “urban renewal” which resulted in the disappearance of the once vibrant black/hippie neighborhood.

          • unca_chuck says:

            Yeah, better to build a stadium on a godforsaken windswept ex-Naval shipyard toxic waste dump site spit of land . . .

            And yeah, The answer to the latest trivia question:

            Q Who was the last starting QB for the Indianpois Colts before Peyton Manning?

            A. Jim Harbaugh

  8. unca_chuck says:

    The Splash, like it’s couterpart, the Niner Insider, has become overrun with imbeciles and morons. It is night impossible to talke about anything without either being deleted or drowned out in a sea of negativity. To make things worse, the Insider will update the page like 15 times in a 24 hour period. Makes no damn sense. I’ll check in once in a blue moon just to see if anything interesting is going on.

    Is FlyingV still posting as BullitWingRazor?

    The signal/noise ratio is intolerable.

  9. Chico says:

    VK has his A’s to Japan front and center in sfgate, and he even chimed in!

    Home cookin! Happy friday folks.

    From Bull Durham.

  10. xoot says:

    Well, the Kentucky Wildcats did ok tonight. They can run and gun and score 100+ (35 of 37 from the FT line tonight, btw); or, they can play the controlled, half-court game and defend against anyone. Still, anytime it’s one and done, anyone can win. I also watched the Giants game. Bumgarner is ready.

    • mailorderwife says:

      Madbum looks sharp! I’m pretty pleased with most of the progress in spring training, although I am still very very wary of Zito.

      I wonder what the plans are for Bianco?

      • xoot says:

        The Giants have a lot of moves to make before opening day, and then soon thereafter. Vogelsong may be on the DL April 6, even though he doesn’t need to pitch the first time through the rotation, just to make room on the roster for Blanco, or Belt, or Burriss (who I’ve always liked–and now he seems to be able to hit). I think they should keep Fontenot and trade Theriot for anything they can get, put Freddy on the DL, keep Burriss. They can start the season with 12 pitchers and easily have room for Blanco, Belt and Huff. Unfortunately, that probably means Stewart or Whitey backing up Buster, and not Sanchez — at least to start the season.

        Hey, maybe we need a 25-man prediction contest now! Didn’t some bright boy suggest that a couple weeks back?

  11. JDR says:

    It seems Slats is now taking shots at the blog. Typical of him to do it from behind the apron of the Dumbeat’s ICUC nanny squad.

  12. Chico says:

    What a Puss! The same dude who tried to slander JDR, the same dude who claimed that sanfraqndodgerfan said that he lived in Pac Heights, when I know for a fact that he never said such a thing. I have known sfdf for years, he doesn’t lie, never has lied. I mean, what Pac Heights resident goes to Elixir for a drink?

    He got frustrated because of some bad news that day regarding an A’s move to San Jo, so he blew his gasket and started making up lies and when called out on it, made up more lies and ran away like the little Puss that he is.

    I just watched J. Edgar. . Moss had the lead role and Slats was his. . . companion, it seems.

  13. xoot says:

    At least mosshead is consistent — a-1 asshole all the time. slats is a slimy hypocrite.

    • sandy32koufax says:

      Nearly every comment I have posted in the past week, (and yes two were definite violations of ‘the rules’) even comments on nonsports related topics, have been deleted.

      WTF?

      • shaman138 says:

        SFGate is a fucking twilight zone of an online news website. Everything is distorted and slanted just for reader clicks and making asinine, childish troll-like comments is encouraged because they feel that’s how they can sell more advertising. One of my comments was deleted yesterday and then today it magically re-appeared. What the hell is going on with that place??

        • sandy32koufax says:

          I dunno, shaman but I do know that none of mine have been re-posted. I feel like no matter how on topic or benign my comment may be, it will be deleted. Fucking moss, slats, kenny, etc…all multi account operators…vk, etc., sucks big time for how he has allowed this shit to occur…

          • JDR says:

            I’m tempted to contact ICUC directly. According to this article (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/03/BUJP1M773S.DTL) they outsource the dirty work to locals. I’m guessing in this case it’s to an A’s fan who gets a kick out of seeing people trolling the Giants blog. Notice how much more diligent they are on the Dumbeat.

            • sandy32koufax says:

              Good link, thx…I do believe an email, or a series of themfrom various ‘gaters,’ is in order:)

              And I agree…Drumbeat is treated differently than Splash. In part I think, due to the (usually) lack of comments from non-A’s fans. At least before this entire fishwrap, mossy, mac shit reared it’s ugly head.

  14. mailorderwife says:

    Barry Zito already sucks. Good to see some players stick true to form.

  15. sandy32koufax says:

    Man, I have never rooted for NC so it’s killing me to see this game so close and Kansas having two studs in foul trouble…check that, now it’s three…

    • sandy32koufax says:

      All of sudden it’s looking good…but there’s still lots of time on the clock for a basketball game.

    • xoot says:

      Ky Wildcats looked good today. Those Baylor big guys did their best to beat them up, but the Cats just played ball.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        I was mucking out the chicken coop-to beat the rain-so I missed most of the Baylor game. Shame the Bears lost, again.

        What was that kids name that was murdered several years ago, a Baylor hoopster from Santa Clara?

  16. sandy32koufax says:

    best delete that wbb post, x-man-whoever ‘they’ are-they’re gunning for us…

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