• Gary Mialocq
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    Gary Mialocq
    Native of SF. Attended Washington HIgh, CCSF and SF State University. Investor & Startup Business Consultant, Former Juvenile Detention Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Self-employment Specialist, Real Estate Investor, Genealogist. Senior Pro Golfer.

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  • By Gary Mialocq
    Nov 15, 2019 at 9:04 AM 4 comments
    The year was 1953, and on Sunday, Sept. 27, the Buck Shaw-coached San Francisco 49ers welcomed the Philadelphia Eagles to Kezar Stadium for the first time in their short history on opening day before over 44,000 rabid fans. It didn't take long for nastiness to erupt as Hardy Brown, well known as one of the meanest men in football and a legend with his infamous shoulder block tackle that knocked out 22 players in a single season, laid out Eagles RB Toy Ledbetter with a vicious shoulder tackle that broke his cheekbone. With teams exchanging vicious hits throughout the first half, in the third quarter, Eagles WR Bobby Walston made the mistake of exchanging blows with Charlie Powell, who quickly subdued him. At the same time, two Eagle players took off their helmets and attacked...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Nov 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM 1 comment
    HOW WE GOT HERE: In late September, with the 49ers showing an exceptional defense, I wrote an article entitled, DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS -- DO THE 49ers MEASURE UP? After only three games, it was very clear that this defense was special, and I went on to compare it to the greatest defense of all-time, the 1984 49ers. Now, after nine games, it is clear that Robert Saleh's defense is right up there, although not quite as deep as George Seifert's 1984 squad. However, by mid-October, it became evident to me that this season's offense has some serious deficiencies. With the 49ers fanbase flooding the Internet with forecasts of 16-0 and other fantasies, it had become clear that this...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Nov 13, 2019 at 8:51 AM 18 comments
    It has been a crazy week for 49er fans. A heartbreaking loss on Monday Night Football to Seattle created an online frenzy among 49er fans who went into full panic mode with cries to bench Garoppolo, cut Pettis, Goodwin, and to a lesser extent, Bourne, return Staley and McGlinchey to the bench and fire Shanahan. All this after one loss that very easily could have been a win. At the same time, Terrell Owens could be heard on local radio stations saying he loves the 49ers, feels his career is incomplete unless he can finish it as a 49er. He feels he would have caught the easy passes that handcuffed Pettis, Goodwin, and Bourne vs. Seattle, and posted a video online of his current workout just two months ago. He is an incredible physical specimen and is in great shape and badly...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM 4 comments
    Defense wins championships, and there are none better than Robert Saleh's 49er group. With a front four that reminds some of the old Rams' Fearsome Foursome, or for antique 49er fans, the great GOLD RUSH of the early 1970's of Cleveland Elam, Cedrick Hardman, Tommy Hart and Jimmy Webb, there is no doubt that this defense is a Super Bowl contender and can do plenty to mask the offensive deficiencies of this year's team. Mistakes and blown opportunities have limited this year's offense. The Niners could have had 20 more points against the Rams and have left many points on the field thus far, yet are winning by comfortable margins. Let's face it, the wide receiver position is inconsistent and streaky at best. Drops are prevalent, running the wrong route occurs more than we...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Oct 2, 2019 at 10:37 PM 3 comments
    For the first time in 21 seasons, the San Francisco 49ers are undefeated at 3-0 and leading the NFC. While old-time 49er fans look on with interest, recognizing the similarities between this team and some of the great ones, like the 1981 and 1984 teams, and posting mainly positive responses on social media, younger fans are not familiar with winning and the focus is on what will happen when the bottom falls out. So let's look at this week's opponent, the Cleveland Browns. Very few fans are aware that Cleveland has been a thorn in the side of the 49ers since they both became franchises in the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) in 1946. For the four years the league was in existence, the 49ers were an offensive powerhouse, finishing 39-15-2. Unfortunately for the 49ers,...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Sep 27, 2019 at 6:02 PM 9 comments
    The old saying goes, "Defense Wins Championships." I first learned the true importance of defense not from football, but from basketball. That happened in 1955 and 1956 when my Uncle Al ("Big Frenchy"), a sports nut, took me to every one of Bill Russell's home games at USF. Bill just didn't guard the opposing center, he was so quick he would terrorize opposing forwards as well. In fact, the NCAA had seen this coming and had widened the lanes to try to stop it in advance, to no avail. Over that two-year period, Bill averaged 20 points and 20 rebounds per game, and USF won every game but one and back-to-back NCAA titles. It really left an impression upon me that a supposedly honest organization in charge of supervising school championships would resort to changing the...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Sep 24, 2019 at 10:03 AM 14 comments
    I'll admit the first half of the 49er victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was painful to watch and very confusing. While the defense dominated the Steelers' offense, the offense looked like it had overslept. In fact, the new long snapper had enough and retired after the game. It was obvious that the 49ers were struck by nervousness. Here they were with an opportunity to move into a lofty first-place tie at 3-0, but the entire offense looked like a deer in the headlights. Dante Pettis and Matt Breida dropped passes that resulted in interceptions; Jimmy G fumbled a snap which may or may not have been caused by poor timing on the snap; Raheem Mostert took his eyes off the ball on a pitchout, but miraculously recovered it away from two Steelers while losing 18 yards on the play....
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Sep 17, 2019 at 6:50 AM 1 comment
    Last week I asked the question if it was finally time for Raheem Mostert to breakout and demonstrate his greatness. In the online poll, we had 489 responses to the question, "Will Raheem Mostert become the next great 49er RB"? Sixty-nine percent said "YES," so I'm happy to see there are plenty of astute Niner fans who recognize extraordinary talent when they see it. In Mostert's case, I think it's because 49er fans are used to seeing him for the past few years in the usual role afforded undrafted running backs — a life on special teams with little chance of starting. Now all of a sudden, they are saying, "Who is this guy?"? I don't think anyone expected to see this development so quickly. Mostert is a prime example of a player with...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:00 AM 3 comments
    I have been a fan of RAHEEM MOSTERT'S for a long time. Few would listen, and I was told a dozen times that "he's nothing but another undrafted free agent RB, and not good enough for the varsity." I was asked what I saw in him. So, I decided to investigate and find out why my immediate gut-felt support was so strong for THIS guy. I thought the answer was simple. A major reason, of course, is his blazing speed (4.28), he was called "the fastest player in the NCAA" by NFL.com the same year as Tyreek Hill. But, that wasn't it. There was something else. Why was THIS guy so special? Every game, he seems to get stronger as the game progresses. You definitely want him in there in the 4th quarter. Then I realized that his special toughness is what sets him aside. He won't quit. Not by...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Aug 10, 2019 at 3:45 PM 2 comments
    As I enter my 72nd season as a 49er Faithful, the team seems like it's finally ready to break out under Kyle Shanahan's leadership. One area of continuing concern, however, is the running back position. Over the past few seasons, injuries have taken quite a toll on the team's progress. Jerick McKinnon missed the entire season and his preseason appears iffy as his knee problems continue. Matt Breida's explosiveness was limited by repeated injuries, and the 49ers finally went to their undrafted special-teams star, Raheem Mostert, who took advantage of the opportunity to average 7.7 yards per carry including a 52-yard touchdown versus the Raiders and an excellent 87-yard performance against the Packers. Unfortunately, he broke his forearm against the Raiders which ended his breakout season...
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