Didn't get to watch much of the game yesterday folks because Comcast decided that the opening weekend of the NFL season was a good time to take a massive, systemwide, dump. There were grown men on the streets where I live yesterday looking to tar and feather any Comcast tech they could find. A bunch of people in my hood are switching services today and tomorrow. Comcast still doesn't understand what they did wrong.
But -- that's another story. From what I heard -- this was a boring win. Fine, I'll take it. It's a win. The beat writers don't like it much. Lowell Cohn, for example, claims "Singletary is in run denial." Screw Cohn. He wants a statement game. And he might get one. But not every game of the year.
You see -- for every 45-14 statement win over the Cowboys in 1981 -- people forget the 13-3 victory over Green Bay. They don't remember the consecutive 17-14 wins over the Steelers and Falcons that year. Want to know why? Because they were BORING folks. That's right. Bill Walsh brand football. The vaunted West Coast Offense. Zzzzzzz! You think Montana was lighting up the scoreboard every game in 1981? Not in that 17-10 win over the Giants -- or that 15-12 loss to Cleveland in November.
To put it short and sweet: It was dink, dunk and pray that the defense holds.
But many of us who lived through that year have forgotten those games. Many of you born after or during the Walsh era didn't see these games. Nope -- we remember the thrilling 33-31 win over the hated Rams in Los Angeles -- or the 28-6 dismantling of Bum's Houston Oilers. Those are the games that we remember.
But for every blowout -- there were two more wins that came from efforts that took place just yesterday. Dink, dunk and pray for the D to hold on.
Now, it's only one game. Doesn't mean a think in the big scheme of things. But then again, it's a win over a division rival on the road. A win over a team that didn't lose a single division game last season.
These games aren't memorable folks. They are just wins. Pile up a few more ugly, boring wins and toss in a few memorable blowouts and guess what? The Niners are a winning team again.
At least I'm interested in what happens next week.
Now, if only Comcast can get their act together. It would be nice.