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  • By Bret Rumbeck
    December 21, 2017 at 5:40 AM
    Imagine the humans who lived 6,000 years ago and observed the change of the seasons. As the autumn days grew shorter and shorter, people across the globe knew what was coming: the frozen grip of impending doom. It must have looked like a fantastical power from a celestial being in the stars, testing the souls of mortal men walking the earth. Only deep faith and belief would keep these people safe from the Grim Reaper's icicle scythe. I imagine my skepticism would have had me burned at the stake for witchery in early civilization. "It's science!" I'd scream. "Look at the abacus and these numbers! And the written history! We don't need to tithe to the high chieftain! He won't make the sun return! Winter happens every year at this...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    December 10, 2017 at 2:49 PM
    With just four career starts under his belt, San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is proving to be a battle-tested warrior. In the fourth meeting between the 49ers and Houston Texans, Garoppolo rebounded from a sluggish start to lead the 49ers to their second straight victory. It's the first time two-game win streak for the 49ers...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    December 10, 2017 at 8:33 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers released today's inactive players. LB Pita Taumoepenu RB Jeremy McNichols DB Antone Exum Jr. DL Leger Douzable DL D.J. Jones DL Ronald Blair III T Trent Brown Here are the inactive players for the Houston Texans: RB Alfred Blue T Julién Davenport LB Jelani Jenkins WR Braxton Miller WR Cobi Hamilton OLB Ufomba Kamalu NT Chunky...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    December 8, 2017 at 5:50 AM
    The valiant Arthur, who was at that time the commander of the soldiers and kings of Britain, fought against [the invaders] invincibly. Twelve times he led in battle. Twelve times was he victorious in battle. - Henry of Huntingdon. Historia Anglorum, c. 1130 Ancient myth and wild fantasy are vital elements that make up the legend of King Arthur. One of my favorite Arthur prophecies states that he returns to Great Britain when the kingdom needs him. Supposedly, Arthur 'fulfilled' this divination as Winston Churchill during World War II to lead the island nation through the relentless air attacks from the Luftwaffe. Myths make up the fibers and history of athletics. Without them, sports are nothing more than a bunch of adults on...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    December 1, 2017 at 5:58 AM
    She blinded me with science She blinded me with science And failed me in geometry - Thomas Dolby Science was never one of my better subjects. However, I did enjoy conducting experiments. I could embrace my inner Emmett L. 'Doc' Brown and devise a ridiculous hypothesis and test it, knowing full well my 'educated guess' would fail. One teacher encouraged our chemistry class to tinker with the experiment as we wished to achieve the desired outcome or different results. In fact, he loved it when the experiment went haywire. Kyle Shanahan: Inadvertent Scientist Head coach Kyle Shanahan never meant to wander into a quarterback science experiment, but he's smack in the middle of one. Shanahan...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    November 9, 2017 at 5:34 AM
    Yesterday, I posted two truths about this year's San Francisco 49ers team. Truth: The defense will return to greatness. But today, it's not built to win games. Truth: The passing game is Kyle Shanahan's white whale. In the spirit of the game, we now must face the lie. Lie: This year's 49er team is just like the 1979 team. I'm not sure the exact birthplace of this distortion, but I do remember a few reporters making veiled comparisons to the 1979 team shortly after the organization hired Kyle Shanahan to serve as head coach. The lie gained a little traction with some fans, and reporters still flirt with the comparison...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    November 8, 2017 at 6:37 AM
    It feels like we've been here before, and it's getting too familiar. We've experienced another week of professional football and hung our heads in yet another San Francisco 49ers loss. I know, I know. "That was last year's team! This year's team is different!" You're right. This year's team is different: Different roster, coaches, and front office. The 49ers shed a lot of dead weight in the offseason and drafted well. Plus, the careless whisper campaigns are a thing of the past. "Damn right. It's like 1979 all over again. We're rebuilding something great." It's far time to have an honest conversation about this year's 49ers, so what better way to do it than two truths and a lie. Truth: The...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    November 5, 2017 at 5:38 PM
    After playing four of five games on the road, the San Francisco 49ers returned to play a homecoming game of sorts against the Arizona Cardinals. The unanimous choice for homecoming king, newly acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, watched safely from the sidelines. But the script for the 49ers remained the same. The team fell victim to an injury bug that took...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    November 5, 2017 at 11:38 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers released today's inactive players. T Garry Gilliam DL D.J. Jones DL Aaron Lynch T Joe Staley DL Solomon Thomas CB K'Waun Williams LB Pita Taumoepenu Here are the inactive players for the Arizona Cardinals: WR Chad Williams RB D.J. Foster LB Scooby Wright III OL Daniel Munyer OL Will Holden TE Ricky Seals-Jones DL Xavier...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    November 5, 2017 at 8:07 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers return home today to take on the Arizona Cardinals. Once again, the 49ers are underdogs at home and are limping into the Week 9 matchup without key players. Earlier in the week, the team placed wide receiver Pierre Garçon on season-ending injured reserve due to a neck injury. Tackle Joe Staley will be out today after breaking his orbital bone against Philadelphia. Defensive linemen Solomon Thomas, D.J. Jones, and Aaron Lynch along with tackle Garry Gilliam and cornerback K'Waun Williams are also out for the game. It's not kickoff yet, and the outlook appears a bit bleak. However, this is a game the 49ers can win. Here are two keys to victory. Use the Short Passing Game This season, the 49ers...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    November 3, 2017 at 5:49 PM
    Former 49ers' tackle Anthony Davis has a new career in California. Earlier today, Davis posted a video to his Instagram account showing the extraction process of marijuana. ...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 31, 2017 at 5:51 AM
    Just in time for all Hallow's Eve, the San Francisco 49ers' locker room resembles a haunted Civil War hospital. Men with broken orbitals and forearms, stretched ligaments, bruised brains and strained necks are lurching around the facility seeking treatment for their wounds. The real horror show isn't a mangled body or a hospital bed procession making its way down 4949 Centennial Boulevard; no sir, the real disgusting mess is the regression of the 49ers as a professional football team. Week after week, this team becomes harder to watch. The press conference one-liners about "getting better" and "taking a step forward" or "watching the tape" have grown a thick, green mold. Getting outscored 73-10 over the last two games is nowhere near getting better....
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 29, 2017 at 2:25 PM
    On a rainy Philadelphia day, the San Francisco 49ers were looking to break free of the black cloud that's been hanging over them. The result was a brutal 33-10 loss, the first time in team history the 49ers start a season 0-8. A series of critical injuries, a non-existent run game, and an inability to sustain drives contributed to the...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 29, 2017 at 8:37 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers released today's inactive players. WR Victor Bolden, Jr. CB K'Waun Williams DB Dexter McCoil LB Pita Taumoepenu LB Reuben Foster DL Aaron Lynch T Trent Brown Here are the inactive players for the Philadelphia Eagles: CB Ronald Darby WR Shelton Gibson DT Justin Hamilton T Taylor Hart LB Jordan Hicks DE Steven Means DT Elijah...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 28, 2017 at 8:53 AM
    On Friday, the San Francisco 49ers left the comforts of Silicon Valley to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the unfriendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field. This matchup is shaping up as David vs. Goliath, though David enters the arena without a staff, sling, or rocks. The Eagles are riding atop an unstoppable wave of talent that's ready to crash through the winless 49ers. Despite being a 13-point underdog, there's always a chance the 49ers leave Philadelphia with more than a stomach full of cheesesteak sandwiches. Here are the win/loss factors for Sunday's game. The 49ers Win If… Rashard Robinson plays a clean game. Part of playing football is learning how to cheat and get away with...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 20, 2017 at 5:54 AM
    Have you heard the news lately Leaders stepping down greatly Shock, has come to pass All the treasonous lying And the thoughtless dying Earth, is crumbling fast Hackney, Bobby. (1975). Where Do We Go From Here??? [Recorded by Death]. On ...For the Whole World to See. Detroit, Michigan. Drag City. Witnessing a shift from the old guard to the new guard on a sports team is strange. Sometimes, it happens slowly allowing fans to get used to new players and faces. Other times, like in politics, a change hits like a ten-ton fist to the jaw. "Brick by Brick," said the 49ers' marketing campaign. Fans nodded, bought a trowel, and quick-dry cement to help the team build a path to its...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 8, 2017 at 2:54 PM
    The Indianapolis Colts set up a day to retire former quarterback Peyton Manning's jersey. Lucas Oil Stadium was covered in blue towels and No. 18 jerseys. Coming off an overtime loss to Arizona, the San Francisco 49ers showed up to try and spoil the celebration. The best the 49ers could do was...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 8, 2017 at 8:43 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers released today's inactive players. LB Reuben Foster S Eric Reid S Adrian Colbert LB Dekoda Watson OL Erik Magnuson LB Mark Nzeocha WR Kendrick Bourne Here are the inactive players for the Indianapolis Colts: TE Jack Doyle CB Nate Hairston RB Matt Jones QB Andrew Luck WR Chester Rogers CB Quincy Wilson G Kyle...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 8, 2017 at 5:48 AM
    It's another exciting Sunday of professional football, with your San Francisco 49ers traveling to play the Indianapolis Colts for a Week 5 barnburner. The 49ers are winless through the first quarter of the season, losing three of four games by a combined total of eight points. While the offense refuses to put the ball in the end zone, the 49ers' defense continues to place the team in winning situations. Today, the 49ers are 1.5-point underdogs, with many football experts across the nation expecting a low scoring affair. It's a winnable game for the 49ers, but the team will need a few elements to combine for a victory. The 49ers Win If… Once again, the defensive line wins the battle in the trenches. On paper,...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    October 4, 2017 at 1:49 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have played four weeks of agonizing football. It doesn't matter how close the 49ers came to winning; the fact remains that they've scored the second-fewest touchdowns in the league and complete less than 60-percent of their pass attempts. But, as in season's past, the 49ers have fantastic ability to kick field goals. There's plenty of blame to pass around on the offense: the interior line positions are below average, receivers and tight ends are dropping game-changing passes, and the team cannot convert on third down – they are 18-for-60 on third down this season. These variables are not part of a winning equation. Above all, quarterback Brian Hoyer cannot operate head coach and offensive coordinator Kyle...
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