Tag:San Francisco
Posted on: November 12, 2008 3:39 pm

Arizona Massacre

Five days, four nights in Arizona. 40 hours of boozing. A terrible outcome for sports. Two losses by Bay Area teams. Am I surprised about the outcome? Yes. Yes I am.

When my buddy and I headed to Arizona to watch the San Jose Sharks battle the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday, followed by attending the San Francisco 49ers @ the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football, we expected a victory in at least one of the games.

Heading into Sunday night's game, the Sharks sat at 13-2, boasting the best record in the NHL. Packed 50/50 with Teal and White jerseys vs the Red and Black, Sharks fans were louder and dominated the noise at Jobing.job arena. The Coyotes were bottom feeders in the Western Conference, and I think the Sharks completely overlooked their opponents. Sharks got beat 4-2 (last goal an empty netter). Gretzky's squad is really young and talented. Sharks have a better team, but they didn't show up. It was that simple. Blame it on three consecutive games, but the Coyote's endured the same stretch. Sharks scored early, notting two power play goals, but simply lacked any sort of offense for the next two periods. Jeremy Roenick and Bouche', both ex-Coyotes, didn't play well at all. Man, do I miss Nabokov.

Westgate plaza boasted a fantastic retail center, which included the Fox Sports Grill, YardHouse, Margaritaville and even a Piano Bar. Festivities started early on Monday afternoon, as 49er fans came out in full force. Being in Arizona, you couldn't even imagine how many 49er fans showed up to root on the 5-time Super Bowl Champions.

The house was packed at game time. I had seats on the 49ers 50 yard line, ten rows up. People were pumped for Monday Night Football. The dome was open and the place was loud. Too bad the 49ers can't seem to keep a lead. It truly broke my heart to see them lose in a game they were expected to be dominated from the get-go.

Once Allen Rossum opened up the night with a 104-yard kickoff return for TD, Cardinals fans went completely quiet. The 49ers defense is lacking a pash rush, which enabled Kurt Warner easy access down the field. The 49ers were doing really well up until the end of the 3rd quarter. I hope everyone eases up on Sean Hill. The interceptions and turnovers are still a major problem for the team. Once again the 49ers beat themselves.

The Cardinal fans talked a lot of smack before the game. Even the radio announcers for the AZ networks were already calling for the division title. That game really did seal the deal. Singeltary looked confused, even sad at sometimes. I felt bad for the guy. He sure was animal on the gridiron, but I am questioning his coaching ability. I just dont think he will make it within the 49ers organization as an HC.

Mike Martz should have called for a pass play, something to mix it up at the end. Everyone in the stadium knew the 49ers were going to run the football. It was poor game-calling at the end, and there really should be no excuses from Martz. He has experience and should have called a better game in the end.

Weather was great. Glendale has a great facility. Scottsdale was crazy and Tempe boasts the most beautiful girls I have ever seen. Would have been nice to come up with at least a W, but as I have said for the last several months now - we as Bay Area fans are being punished for some reason.

At least the 49ers looked better than they did in their previous five losses. Hill was able to slow down the offense to give the defense a rest. 49ers should be able to keep the offense rolling and make adjustments from their mistakes. The team stepped up for MNF - i must admit a better showing than last years 27-0 beating by the Seahawks.

All in all, a great trip. I hope that both teams can learn from their mistakes and continue to grow as a team for years to come.



Posted on: October 15, 2008 5:49 pm

Dear Coach Nolan

Dear Coach Nolan-

First off, I wanted to ask you how you have enjoyed your time in San Francisco. It must be nice with the weather and all the cool things to do, right? In my opinion, you have worn out your welcome.

I am writing this letter to you today to say - that as a 49er fan my whole life - I am completely embarrased the way your team has performed on the field since becomming the head coach. Listening to several people on talk radio, both fans and "experts" included, I can conclude that the census states it is about time to pack your bags. I know you love football, but so do I and I think I could do a better job than you have been doing for the football team.

I am asking you to resign from your position as head coach of the 49ers immediately. There has been no growth or signs of improvement, which are the two things you have promised since day one as San Francisco's head coach. I understand there comes a lot of responsibility with your job, but I believe you do not have what it takes to successfully lead this storied franchise back to greatness.

The excuses are old, repitive and tiring to hear. Execution from the players is expected, and more so the decisions you make on Sunday's contradicts everything you have fed to me and the fellow 49er faithful. We don't believe in you any more. We aren't confident in you any more. It is not fair to season ticket holders, fellow fans and all the people in the Nation that love the 49ers.

I feel sad for you when you make the decisions you do. I would think you are hurting a lot of people's feelings with these poor play calls, poor personel decisions, and basically everything you do to shame this franchise as a whole.

Truth is Coach, we as fans believed in you. We had your back and listened to you when you said we will see a better team on the field. From the signing of Alex Smith to the calls you make, I no longer have your back.

If you were the head coach for the Oakland Raiders, only 30 miles east of where the 5-time Super Bowl Champion 49ers play, Al Davis would have fired you years ago. It's sad, but you have to admit you no longer can guide this team in a positive light.

How about this Coach. Why don't you take a final Trolly ride around the bay, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and hit up Fisherman's Wharf one final time. I believe Mrs. Nolan will have your bags packed in a U-Haul truck, and you can head out east, as far from San Francisco as possible.

Thank you very much for wasting the last few years of my life. I have always put my heart and soul into this team, and will do so when you resign as head coach for years to come. It takes a bold man to admit his mistakes Coach. I am waiting for you to accept the fact you don't deserve the position any more.

Sorry to be so frank, but you make me sad. I miss the 49ers of old, and want to open a new page in my life as a 49er fan.

Best regards Coach. Bon Voyage!



Category: NFL
Posted on: October 9, 2008 8:27 pm

Rep the bay - ALL DAY EVERY DAY!

I live in the Bay Area. I am not too stoked about all the hate some fans have about our fan base not only on the West Coast, but especially in the Bay. Although our teams haven’t produced a championship caliber team in nearly a decade now, I wanted to digress as to what people are thinking when they say we don’t represent as fans like others do.  <o:p></o:p>

From San Francisco to Napa County, people in this great area have more things to do on the weekends than anyone else in the country. We have a plethora of activities to do. California, especially in the Nor Cal, is loaded with mountains, rivers, and lakes. We have the hippies in Berkeley to the notorious city of San Francisco. We have the Golden Gate Bridge, Monterey Bay, and Muir Woods all at our doorstep. We have Yosemite and Lake Tahoe only hours away. <o:p></o:p>

The weather is always warm in the spring and fall, and we don’t get snow. 50 degrees is considering freezing, and I am not happy unless it’s 76 degree and sunny. I am a happy guy for most of the year.<o:p></o:p>

People outside of our great California borders might consider themselves “better” fans of their teams. I cry foul. In the Bay, we have two professional baseball teams in the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. We have two professional football teams in the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. We also root for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, San Jose Sharks of the NHL and the San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS. We boast several college football programs in the area. The California Golden Bears, Stanford Cardinal, San Jose State Spartans and St. Mary’s Gaels are all division one programs close by. We also have several California State Collegiate division two programs in the area that compete at a very high level. <o:p></o:p>

Based on the geographics, there are more fans of Bay Area teams to square feet we live on. We literally have a dozen or more teams we could back, and be completely happy about doing so.<o:p></o:p>

Those fans with one team to root for - please come forward. Just because 90,000 people can show up to a Clemson football game, it doesn’t make these Tiger fans any better than Bay Area fans of our teams. As a fan of several professional programs close to home, I think that it is unfair and unnecessary for others to view West Coast folks as a less-loving group of fans than the rest of the country.<o:p></o:p>

What point am I getting at here? Why am I posting this as my first blog as the newest All Star in the infamous CBS Sportsline world?<o:p></o:p>

I notoriously stick up for the Bay Area when it comes to haters. Oh yeah, by the way – the 49ers are the only team to win 5 Super Bowls and go undefeated. The Oakland A’s were the only team (now Tampa Bay Rays taking the spotlight) with a payroll of half the salary cap to make it to the ALCS. The Golden State Warriors two years ago were the first #8 seeded team to beat a #1 team in the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA playoffs. The San Jose Sharks have been in the playoffs the last several years, and we shall see them right in the hunt for 2009. <o:p></o:p>

Look at the current super-stars whom have come out of the Bay or have played in Bay for a championship team. First name that comes to mind is New England Patriot’s Tom Brady. How about both DJ Williams of the Denver Broncos or Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jaguars both coming for nationally known De La Salle High School? The late Pat Tillman, veteran of the War and former NFL player grew up in the Bay. Bill Walsh, the man whom invented the West Coast offense, leading the 49ers to several titles and playoffs also coached for San Jose State. Jeff Garcia of the Buccaneers also went to San Jose State. DeSean Jackson of the Eagles grew up in Southern California, but played and excelled at Cal.  The Bay also has Kerry Walsh, who won the Gold Medal in volleyball along with several other Olympic athletes bred in the Bay.<o:p></o:p>

Look. Attendance might be down, and the economy might be going south for years to come. Nothing will stop all people in the Bay Area from loving the team that they choose. At least they get the option to do so. Not many fans of some teams get a choice of what team they want to represent. If you are in South Carolina, there are two teams you have to like, the Gamecocks or the Tigers. They have the Carolina Panthers – but that’s about it. <o:p></o:p>

It puzzles me when a co-worker, whom has lived in the Bay Area their entire life, is a die-hard fan of the Celtics and Cowboys. It is their choice of course, but there are not that many fans of other state’s teams when it comes to California. I take great pride in the fact I am blessed with sports in the Bay. <o:p></o:p>

This is something I could speak, argue and discuss with anyone about for days, even hours. Even through thick and thin, good times and bad times, there will always be sports in the Bay Area. I will always represent these squads to the best of my ability. <o:p></o:p>

The first of many blogs to come. KGB all day… <o:p></o:p>

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