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Believe It Or Not. Without Alex Smith San Francisco Will Be Starting All Over Again.

Believe It Or Not. Without Alex Smith San Francisco Will Be Starting All Over Again.

Good evening sports fans. I’m putting this piece together because I’m hoping that San Francisco doesn’t do what Peter Guber & Joe Lacob did. I know what you thinking, why am I still on the Monta Ellis trade thing? Because I’m a die hard Warriors fan and we Warriors fans know this is going to come back to haunt us later. I’m also a San Francisco 49er fan. I don’t want that to happen to me again, but it is looking that way. Alex Smith rejected  a 3 year $24,000.000 contract from Jed York and the Niner franchise. When he said no to that offer, he made his options of free agency apparent. What’s worse is because Peyton Manning is on the market, the Niners are also taking a look at Manning, along with Denver and Miami.

I was at a local haircut shop in San Mateo called Headlinerz, where I frequent there getting my hair cut. I must say they have some talented young hair cutters down there. Made me look half my age. While I was there some of the younger Niners fans were playing up the possibility of Peyton Manning starting for San Francisco. If they think signing Peyton Manning is going to get San Francisco to the Superbowl, they need to know a thing or two about the NFL. First of all to put together a winning franchise you have to invest time in the league first. It doesn’t happen simply because one player is playing on a team. Second, even if you have a decent core of players they have to do four things. 1. Play well together using the teams system, 2. As a team respect the leadership in the coaching staff and fellow players, 3. Know your competition, 4. Be better than your competition as a team.

I know a lot of young 49er fans want to see a big name franchise player like Peyton Manning taking snaps for San Francisco, but if  he did, it would still take time for Manning, who hasn’t played in two seasons to get used to Harbaugh’s system. Not to mention he’d also would be taking the risk of being hurt again. If I’m Jed York I would do whatever it takes to bring Alex Smith back and re-sign him in a hurry.  Let’s face it with Smith there’s no guess work. You have your quarterback who knows the system. You have a quarterback who respects his leadership of his coaching staff and his fellow players. Alex Smith knows his competition in the NFC West, you win your division you have a better chance of getting to the Superbowl. After last season there’s no question that as a team San Francisco was better than it’s competition in their division and even better against most of their east coast competition. Jed York, I hope your reading this, stay with what works.

Alex Smith is right now the best choice for San Francisco. It’s good for the Niners. It’s good for Alex Smith, and it’s good for the NFC West. When you take a good look at Mr. Smith, people talk about the turmoil he dealt with in his first five seasons with the Niners. It was turmoil. He had to endure 5, count them, 5 different offensive coordinators. So while Jed York & CO. were trying to figure out who was going to draw up plays for Smith, Smith meanwhile was running for his life and trying to do the best he could for the Niner offense. As everyone saw it was a disaster. But Alex didn’t quit. He could’ve hung up his hat and said, “That’s it. I’ve had it, I’m leaving to go play someone where else.” But he didn’t. He hung in there and patiently waited for the powers that be, namely Jed York to put together a system that he could really use. Once that was done Alex Smith started to be the quarterback every Niner fan had been waiting for in the last five seasons.

Now he’s  here, and with everything that’s happened it’s a no-brainer. I hope you get the common sense memo on this one Mr. York. Sign Alex Smith. He’s the obvious choice. Mr. York the Superbowl is in you hands, let Mr. Smith finish what he started. You bring Peyton Manning, Eli Manning or any other quarterback your going to ruin what we 49er fams have been waiting for for a long time, and that is to bring back 49er excellence. Does Alex deserved to be the next starting quarterback, or Peyton Manning? Tell me what you think. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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What’s up sports fans. Well it happened. I’m sure by now your like me trying to piece together the last 48 hours of the NBA trade deadline, like a bad night of alcohol binging.  You know that feeling of a massive headache, not sure where anything is, and the worst is trying to piece together why you threw you pants in the shower. The good thing is those days are long gone for me. Some thirty years ago in college. I gotta be careful here. I might be revealing my age. The bad thing is we aren’t  in college we are in the present day of the last 48 hours of  the trades,  they’re for real and no one was drunk. Although some people might be thinking Joe Lacob, and Peter Guber were when they made a trade that Warriors fans and NBA aficionados might be scratching there heads about.

After 7 Seasons The Best 2 Guard In The NBA Is No Longer A Golden State Warrior.

I’m sure your well aware that in the last 48 hours the Golden State Warriors traded long time 2 guard, and scoring machine Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks. They also sent a developing and budding defensive standout Ekpe U’doh and 7 foot center Kwame Brown to Milwaukee. In return Golden State got Andrew Bogut and , god I can’t believe I’m about to write this, STEPHEN JACKSON!! Yes, our old Capt. Jack was expected to return to the Warriors. But hold on, wait a minute, the Warriors attempt to make up for this trade, by trading Capt. Jack to San Antonio for Richard Jefferson , T.J. Ford and the Spurs 2012 first round pick. Now I gotta be honest with you in the beginning of this trade I was extremely upset. Because I’m a Monta Ellis fan, and I just couldn’t see the W’s trading him before Andris Biedrins. What is also notable is as much as everyone is warming up to Steph Curry, and I agree, cause I like Curry too.

Ekpe Udoh

Ekpe We Will Miss You

But if I had to pick someone to get traded it probably would have been Steph. Simply because he’s not in my opinion as durable a player as the Warriors need right now. I just thought that Curry needs more conditioning. Well let’s face it, the whole team needs that. But to me if one of them has to go, it would’ve been Curry, with Andris. I also thought Andris would’ve be gone before Ellis would. And how do you just let a rising defensive player like Ekpe go? Okay so, we trade Kwame, which I can see that. He’s injured. But we trade an injured center to get an injured center? If this trade would’ve stayed the way it originally was portrayed I would be still upset. Getting Capt. Jack now is like trying to re-sign Chris Mullin. Don’t get me wrong Chris is a great player, and is in the Hall of Fame, but were not trying to get him to play now. His career is over.

Andrew Bogut Is Now A Golden State Warrior

Kwame-Brown Is Now A Milwaukee Buck

So is Stephen Jackson’s. If he try’s to comeback at the end of this season, who would sign him? I’m not trying to bad mouth Stephen Jackson either, it’s just that it is what it is. You play in the NBA for a time and then you move on to something else. Unless Capt. Jack can prove me wrong, I think after this season I wouldn’t be surprised if he did retire.

Lacob & Guber didn’t get run through the “You screwed the trade up.” ringer long enough before they cleaned it up by getting Jefferson and T.J. Ford. Richard Jefferson is a nice acquisition. Andrew Bogut on the other hand is still a work in progress. Larry Riley was on Comcast Sportsnet last night during the Warriors loss to the Celtics, and stated to Jim Barnett and Bob Fitzgerald that the Warriors doctors believe that Andrew Bogut injury to his leg will heal and he can be ready by next season. This is the problem I have with that prognosis. Doctors make mistakes all the time, and no one can know Bogut’s future, at the end of the day Lacob & Guber are gambling with the fans season with this trade. If it works this post I’m writing will probably get burnt off the internet. But if I’m right you who have read it will be remembering this post. I hope I’m wrong.

Richard Jefferson Is A Golden State Warrior

But they did get Jefferson, and on the business side of the NBA by trading Ellis, U’doh and Brown they’re looking for to the  future results of this trade. The problem I have is that when you look at the franchise track record for trades, it is down right brutal. If your a Warrior fan like me, then you know the saying. If we could bring back every player we’ve traded in the last five years we’d have the NBA championship for the next ten years. Bogut is 7’0 foot at 260lbs. He averaged with Milwaukee 11 points, 8 rebounds with two block shots per game. If he’s healthy he could add what the Warriors want, more beef in the paint. Richard Jefferson is 6’7 at 225lbs. He averaged 9 pts. and about 3.5 rebounds per game. But I think with him it’s playing time. I’ve seen Richard Jefferson light it up when he get hot. Well it doesn’t matter now.

What’s done is done. Warriors executives only want to dwell on the positives of this trade, and this season was short so the trade won’t really matter until next year anyway.  We will see Monta’s reaction on the court tomorrow night when the Milwaukee Bucks take on his former Golden State Warriors. What’s your take on the trade. Tell me what you think. Remember folks, it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


What’s up sports fans? If you’ve been following my blog then you know I owe you an apology. I didn’t cover a few of the local games that have been going on. It’s because I’ve been extremely busy. Trying to cover allbayareasports is and can be difficult. Trust me this isn’t an excuse, just the truth. Le’ts face it I’m playing catch up right now. I didn’t cover the Niners vs. Tampa Bay game and I should’ve. It wasn’t much of a game but it did have it’s surprises.  A 48-3 lopsided surprise. But let’s face another fact. San Francisco has changed their critics view of them as a team. They had a rookie head coach, an inconsistent quarterback, a running back who some say had injuries that were signs of his old age. Frank Gore  proved to them with age comes efficiency. The 49ers offense had more false starts in this game then I’ve ever seen in history of watching this franchise. Harbaugh’s coaching staff deserve a big pat on the back. On two separate occasions the coaching staff elects to go on 4th down and it payed off. They realize that if they’re going to win games they have to trust their players.

The 49ers also have rookies who don’t know the league, no stand out receivers, and were coming off of seasons that were less than stellar. When you add in a division that most spectators in the NFL laughed at, it just made a recipe for disaster. But San Francisco didn’t focus on those things. Didn’t care about the past. Really it’s something that most of us should do when we are out to capture a goal.  San Francisco is at the top of the NFC West at 5 – 1. Three of those wins were on the road and they weren’t against any slouches in the league. Beating Philadelphia was a work in progress, and they had to deal with the talk from Tampa Bay about how they were going to drag the Niners all over the field. Those wins showed the critics to reconsider this team. The win in Detroit would make the critics get their erasers out and make some more corrections. San Francisco went into what is now a very intimidating place to play. Ford field has been revitalized, so have the Detroit Lions, and their fanbase. A team that was unbeaten at 5 – 0 and some aficionados believe that they would win the NFC title.

The Niners say “Not so fast.” San Francisco went into Detroit into what their fans have dubbed “The Lions Den” and tamed Detroit with a 25 – 19 win. This was a game that as I stated to some of my friends, would come down to the last quarter. I thought San Francisco could get the win if they outlasted the Lions in the fourth quarter. This was a game that got heated, but I don’t think the players got as heated as the coaches did. Because as the game ended both Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh got into a shoving match, and then the players got into it. By the end of altercation it was followed by everyone walking into the locker room. Which makes you wonder why it is that players and coaches start things on the field anyway. After all there isn’t going to be any real fighting because security will be breaking it up before any real damage is done. Everyone who gets on the field knows that it is a contest, there will be winners and losers. If you can’t handle losing then you probably shouldn’t play the game. I think after watching what happened Jim Schwartz shouldn’t being in the game. The Niners should be commended on the way they handled the entire situation in Detroit.

They went into a hostile environment and came out with a victory.  Harbaugh will take the blame for what happened between him and Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz, but on camera it clearly looked like Jim Schwartz lost control.  “I went to congratulate Coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way,” Schwartz said after his team’s 25-19 loss. “I didn’t expect an obscenity at that point. Obviously, when you win a game like that, you are excited, but there is a protocol.” “I’m sure it is on video, and you can see it,” Schwartz said. Well I wasn’t on the field so I’m not sure what really caused the two coaches to want to get upset but it just looked like Jim Schwartz was the instigator in this thing. But Harbaugh say’s otherwise. “That’s totally on me,” Harbaugh said. “I shook his hand too hard.” Frank Gore finished with 15 rushes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Matt Stafford was 28 – 50 for 293 yards. The Niners defense stayed stingy only allowing detroit 66 yards on the ground, and the Lions breakout receiver Calvin Johnson put up 113 yards. But the defense applied intense pressure to get the win.

“Matt didn’t have a whole lot of time today,” Schwartz said. “We had a hard time getting the run game going. When it’s one-dimensional that way, and I think it was, you’re going to have a difficult time.” Alex Smith had 125 yards passing but they were significant yards because they were much needed yards for a road victory.  “I’ve never been a part of anything like this, especially since I’ve been a pro,” Smith said. “The defense played unbelievable today. They deserve all the credit.”  One of the reasons why is  the Niners defense sacked Stafford 5 times. Two of those times was by a rookie stand out in San Francisco who’s slowly but surely making himself known around the league and his name is Aldon Smith. Mr. Smith had his  sacks and forced a fumble which confused Detroit’s offense. San Francisco is in first place in the NFC West and have earned a much needed rest with their Bye week coming up. But can they stay at the top? What do you think? Tell me your side of the story. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYSPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified.


 

 

What’s up sports fans? This is our first take at a really special part of Allbayareasports.com. This is our “Throwback Legends (Segment), and we are very honored and pleased that we started with Bay Area native Rich Kelley. Rich started playing at Woodside High in Redwood City California he eventually went played at Stanford which is a enormous accomplishment in its own right, and he played so well there he eventually was called up to play on the professional level. We are ecstatic that he allowed us to do this interview. So sit back and take a look. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Andrew Luck with The Stanford Cardinal seeking National Title Bid.

Andrew Luck with The Stanford Cardinal seeking National Title Bid.

What’s up sports fans. If people were wondering what the Stanford Cardinal was going to be like without Jim Harbaugh coaching they got their answer on Sept. 3 2011. New head coach David Shaw was given the game ball by Andrew Luck for winning his first game as Standford’s new chief of operations. He had good reasons for it. The Cardinal roasted the Spartans and barely left any life in them with a 57-7 beat down. Stanford has the N0. 7 ranking in the country. I almost can’t believe what I’m about to write because it’s been so long, but for the first time in almost two decades the Stanford Cardinal of the PAC-12, formerly the PAC-10, has a Heisman Trophy candidate in Andrew Luck who really has a better shot at winning than last year. He scored on a 1 yard pylon dive which set the tone for the game.

It’s also nice to see that bay area college football is still putting up wins and even though there are a lot of east coast nay sayers and haters who don’t like west coast sports. They’re going to have to give credit where credit’s do. The Cardinal this season like last season looks for real. Andrew Luck finished 17-26 for 171 yards passing against the Spartans. He also did well spreading the ball around by hitting 7 different receivers. If your the defense, that type of pass distribution is hard to to keep up with and will probably keep you guessing. If your offense that what you want. Chris Owusu caught 7 passes for 76 yards. The Cardinal’s ball control allowed them to have full control of what is dubbed “The Sillicon Valley Classic.” Stephfan Taylor added 61 yards on the ground and scored twice. San Jose State didn’t help much with their brand of south bay football. They fumbled the ball six times.

If you fumble that many times you can only expect it to be a long day, and it was for the Spartans. With that many fumbles it’s only a matter of time before even a lousy team is going to take advantage. If playing against a team that ‘s ranked N0. 7 in the nation, well you get the picture. The Cardinal scooped up three of the six fumbles, including a errant fumble when San Jose State attempted the Wildcat formation that resulted in Brandon Rutley fumbling and gave Stanford the ball on San Jose’s 13 yard line. The Cardinal took full advantage of the short yardage when Luck threw a pass to tight end Zach Ertz for the score. At this point it was 17-0. You’re starting to think, “Oh Boy, here it comes.” It did come, you know, the avalanche. By the time it was over the Spartans of San Jose were glad just to get out of The Cardinal’s Stadium.

It is interesting that Andrew Luck decided to stay at Stanford another year and it was questionable whether or not that was a good idea. Everything this guy chooses to do is speculative, and no matter what he does he still has critics saying he’s not going to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. We all know there’s always going to be a critic, but to say that Andrew Luck won’t when the Heisman is just pure bias on the fact that he’s playing for a team that is representing the PAC-12. The critics are forgetting he did finish N0.2 in the Heisman balloting last year. If he where playing for the always televised and meticulously watched SEC, Big 12, ACC or The Big East, then he’d be a lock. This is a direct message to coach Shaw, Andrew Luck and to the Stanford Cardinal. Go show them what Cardinal football is. Take the N0.1 position in the polls, Andrew Luck win the Heisman, and Stanford win the National title so we can shut the critics and everyone else who thinks west coast can’t play championship football. Am I right? Or is this just another rant? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Kaepernick Under Pressure From Houston's Texans

Kaepernick Under Pressure From Houston's Texans

 

 

What’s up sports fans. Well I guess this is a question we Niner fans don’t want to hear but know we have to answer. What do you think of the 49ers pre-season so far? If your like me you probably can’t call it. The Niners pre-season has been like a seesaw. They loose, then win. When they finally get a win it’s ugly. Was it their fault? No. Let’s be honest the players on the field had no idea the fans from both NFL organizations were going to act they way they did two weekends ago. But still if your like me, in the back of your head you gotta be thinking, what are we going to do with the regular season begins. We’re not really sure about our quarterback situation, Frank Gore still hasn’t been offered a contract, and most of what we have is only signed for one season.

Those are the minuses. I wanted to list the minuses because I like good news better than bad news. I like our defense. What I’ve noticed in the pre-season is teams are finding it difficult to score in the red zone against us. That’s very good. Even though we lost by a lot against the Texans, a lot of their scoring weren’t all driving down and throwing touchdowns in the end zone. We had some penalties. There weren’t many of them but they were at crucial times which allowed Houston to take advantage of us and score. What is still encouraging is the Texans think they did a good job. I guess I would too if my team won 30-7. I think what they did forget is even though they put up 30 points, passed for 245 yards, rushed for 172 yards, racked up 28 first downs, and dominated the time of possession at 40:36, all this was done against the second and third string defense.

It’s a pre-season loss I’m sure Alex Smith wants to forget.  “Obviously we took our lumps tonight,” Smith said. “It was rough for all of us. We have to find a way to get something going and get right.” Still if I’m Jim Harbaugh, and I watched him when he was at Stanford. He a statistician. A guy who meticulously keeps track of everything and everyone then on Monday goes to the briefing room with his assistants and adds everything up to see what he has. If that is so then you can bet even though they lost, Jim Harbaugh is happy because he found some answers that he didn’t have before. Like in a regular season game a lot of those players out there on Saturday couldn’t handle a top rated first string offense. See, Houston was using their first string for three quarters of the game. San Francisco barely used their first string at all. Which is why the game was so lop sided.  The ugliness of the game still had to be tended to.

The city by the Bay came through. The game was so secure even the security chief Jeff Miller of the NFL attended the contest.  “We all recognize what happened last week was very unsettling and something we want to change,” Miller said. “Tonight what I saw in the parking areas was that the police were extremely engaged. They did a fantastic job working with the fans, trash removal, little things like that.” Obviously the experience of the game for the San Francisco organization has always been for the fans and their families to come out to candlestick, relax and enjoy game. That’s the message that was permeated throughout the day. There was a special message from San Francisco’s players during commercial breaks to re-emphasize the need for fans to keep things civil so that everyone can enjoy the game.

Now Jim Harbaugh and San Francisco know where their mistakes are, they also know what changes need to be made, and they also know this is still a work in progress. If the 49er fans think that Harbaugh is going to come in and in one season transform this team they’re grossly mistaken. They need to remember this is the NFL. Building a championship team in this leagued is like Rome, and we all know Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Think I’m telling the truth? Do you think I’m wrong? Maybe you the reader have a better understanding of the franchise. Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


The Shameful Battle Of The Bay NFL Rivarly

The Shameful Battle Of The Bay NFL Rivarly

What’s up sports fans? It’s funny I always start my blog with that statement and after this weekend I’m not sure if it applies. Last weekend we watched a classic match up with the “Battle Of The Bay.” From the start it went well if your a Niner fan. If your a Raider fan you weren’t happy from the start.  San Francisco’s Alex Smith went 8-13 for 126 yards, and only had one interception. This is good if your a Niner fan because the big question this years is can Alex Smith be the starter that Jed York and San Francisco’s front office thinks he can be. “Despite not getting in the end zone, I think we still did a tremendous job with learning a new offense and putting everything together within three weeks,” responded Vernon Davis . “I think we have a promising future ahead of us. Once it’s the opening of the season, I think we’ll be where we need to be.”

Now if your a Raider fan it wasn’t a good day. Raider fans had to wait until the fourth quarter before they could even score. Raiders were 1-8 on third down efficiency, and only had 6 rushing first downs throughout the game. Jason Campbell got hurt and what’s worse the entire game is marred by the violence that overshadowed what should’ve turned out to be a fun weekend. It was so bad that police had to contain the situation and they had to have it contained by using more than half of it’s police  force.  San Francisco Police chief Greg Suhr stated that there were 10 percent more officers at the game than normal, and that the fight was “An aberration.” What is interesting is that the fight itself is the first of it kind. I mean I’m a die hard Forty Niner fan and in all the years I’ve been following them there has never been a tailgating fight between the Raider Nation and the Forty Niner Faithful.

S.F. Police Chief Greg Surh with S.F. 49er Owner Jed York Try To Asess NFL Melee.

S.F. Police Chief Greg Surh with S.F. 49er Owner Jed York Try To Asess NFL Melee.

Even though I am a die hard Niner fan I don’t hate the Raiders. I see them as I’ve always seen them as our cross town cousins. I even root for them in the AFC. I would love to see them play us in the Superbowl. It would be like the Dream Series in 1989. Really I think what Frank Gore said about it puts it all in perspective, “I think some of the fans take it too serious,” Gore said. “It’s a football game. I don’t think they should be fighting and shooting and all that.” He’s right. After all, not only is it just a game, but it was just a pre-season game. I don’t know about you but I work my tail off because I’m poor. When the weekend comes if I have any money left I try to use some of it to enjoy with family or friends. A chance to see a live NFL game even if it’s pre-season is a chance of a lifetime for me. So why would I let some guy who has a strong opinion about his team be a cause for ruining my weekend.

Not to mention that some of those guys got arrested.  Especially those who thought “Well your team isn’t as hard as mine. I’ll show you how hard my team is.  I’ll pull out a gun and….”  You get the picture. By the way, when  those people got arrested, they might have forgotten it is the weekend, so they won’t even see the judge until Monday. And to the people who were fighting, you set an example to your children, family, and your friends they will never forget. The fans should remember at the end of the fourth quarter the clock will go 00:00.  When it does the fans have to go home. I don’t know what that means for you, but for me it means to go back to my job where I make just enough to keep the lights on and get ice cream for my nine year old every now and then. The fans should also know that the players on the field are getting paid millions, and they’re not in the parking lot fighting the visiting opponent week after week for bragging rights or because they lost the game.

Trust Me Folks, This Isn't Bay Area NFL Football

Trust Me Folks, This Isn't Bay Area NFL Football

You fans even went as far to go way beyond what NFL competitors would do by pulling out a gun and shooting someone.  The whole thing was disturbing but two things that were very disturbing and stood out to me is that in one of the fights a woman was trying to get clear of the fight because she was holding a child and it appeared because of the crowd she didn’t really have a lot of room to run away to.  The second was that there was video footage of some ladies fighting, although from the view I saw on Channel 7 News at the time they didn’t look or acted lady like. If I was single, which I’m not I know I wouldn’t want to be dating any of those women. It’s hard I wanted to blog about the game but just like the Melee at Candlestick took away the fun of the game, it also took away me covering the game like I wanted to.

I guess if I can fit it in the Niners prevailed 17-3, in what shouldn’t been a nice way to spend a Saturday.  Instead it became a day that we both Niners and Raiders fans showed the NFL, that here in the San Francisco Bay Area our thirst to win is more important then simply playing what is considered to be a decent game of what players, coaches and sports enthusiast call, a game of healthy competition. I say to the fans pull out your Webster’s dictionary and look up the word sportsman. You might learn something. You think I’m right or is this just another rant? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!