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NFC Championship Game

I want to start off by saying that I am biased.  I’m a die hard 49er fan through and through, and that I dislike the Seahawks (but I admit I’m starting to like them more and more being a follower of a sport and not a fanatic).  I dislike the Seahawks only because of Pete Carroll.  I thought the way he left USC was terrible, but those are the brakes, and even now how he has changed his coaching style and influenced his players is winning me over.  With all that being said, I’m officially nervous as crap for the game.

I’m nervous, not because of the “12th Man”, not because of the way we have been dominated in Seattle, not even because of the talent Seattle has.  I’m nervous because of the 2nd Coming JIM HARBAUGH.  If you have read anything on this site you know I think Harbaugh is the second best coach in the league behind Empreror Bill Palpatine Belicheck.  So why the worry?  Well I worry because I think Harbaugh will not feature Frank Gore like he should.  He has been limiting Gore all year so he would be fresh for these games.  Harbaugh has been smart enough to know he didn’t need Gore to run 20+ times in the regular season to win.  When Gore carries the ball 20+ in a game in the last 2 years the 49ers are 12-1, when carrying under 20 times a game 15-8, including 19 carries in the Super Bowl (when everyone thought they should have ran Gore in the red zone during the final drive).  Now it’s time to unleash Gore.  Harbaugh scares me too because he has a bit of Don Shula in him, where he has fallen in love with his star QB ala Shula and Marino.  Harbaugh might try to feature Kaepernick to show the world and doubters (Joe Montana) that Kaepernick can make plays totally from the pocket with precision and accuracy, just like last year in the Falcons game.  That is not how you beat the Seahawks.

If your Seattle you should feel confident that you are playing at home with a team you have dominated at home.  Even with the subpar play of Russell Wilson (and everyone back off the man, he has no WRs, Kaepernick with no Crabtree subpar, Luck without Wayne subpar.  Young QBs need a go-to-guy in the line up to make them comfortable and better) you have to feel great that you know your guy can win the game down the stretch with either his legs and arm.  The key for Seattle will have to be one of the WRs/TEs stepping up and making plays.  What no Beast Mode?  You will need that too, but Lynch gets his yards vs the 49ers when they only have 6 in the box.  If a WR can become a threat to keep the safeties and outside linebackers honest Lynch will have lanes and then the Seahawks are tough to beat.  Also Carroll doesn’t have to out coach Harbaugh to win (where Harbaugh has to out coach Carroll to win), but Carroll has to make sure he doesn’t make a coaching mistake (look at last years Divisional Playoff game vs the Falcons.  Carroll made a few questionable coaching decisions, Hell “Big Play Ray” wrote an article about it “Pete Carroll Is Who We Though He Is”) that will cost them a game.

I know this will be a beat’em up game.  This plays in both teams hands, the question is who will make THE PLAY!  My homer attitude is going 49ers all the way, but the follower in me has to be honest and pick the…  THE 49ers to win it.  I feel like it is our time and not only that, I think the refs will call more Pass Interference or Holding calls than usual against the grab happy Seahawks ( I though the league got rid of the Belicheck way, of holding secondary, to favor Manning’s Colts?).  I know I know, but this begins a Dynasty like no other #QuestforSix!!!

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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“I like him, I like him too, I wish I could draft the best players in the world!”  Sorry Lil’ Wayne for butchering your song, but Fantasy Football has changed the Football fan.  Now, for better or for worse is your decision.  The new age fan has an allegiance to a team, but they are more aligned to the players they decide to draft.  Now NFL and football purist have trouble conceiving how you can root against your team or draft a player off a rival team.  Yet this is the new fan, “The Fantasy Football Loyalist”.

A perfect example of this fan is my one and only fiance Jess (What’s your Fantasy? Football Team Name), she is a huge college football fan (Go Noles!), but not so much NFL.  Hell she was dumb enough to be a Jets fan at first (Sorry Raymond “Big Play” Miller) when she chose a team, she thought Rex Ryan would be a cool coach to play under, once they got Tebow she jumped off the Jets and joined me in 49er paradise.  I tell you all this to say she had an immediate advantage in Fantasy Football over me, because she carries no “Heart picks”.  You know the pick you do with your love (for me it’s always been Frank Gore, now currently it’s Kaepernick) of players on your team.  Instead Jess picks players solely on the “Janet Jackson Rule” aka the “What have you done for me lately”, she cares less about who you play for and if you play against the 49ers.  The new fan “The Fantasy Football Loyalist”.

We are seeing more and more of these types of fans pop up and a lot of them live by the thought of “If MY team wins the Super Bowl, I feel great, but if my Fantasy Football team wins I GET PAID (or at least bragging rights in non money leagues)”.  So now you are seeing fans that have huge allegiance to players.  Not the teams.  Not the organizations.  Not the legacy of a franchise.  None of that, just the player and what he can produce, that’s where the fandom ends and “The Fantasy Football Loyalist” begins.

These type of fans bother the purist who believe in one team, one rooting interest, and one goal of Super Bowl Championships.  Some purist go as far as to say that “The Fantasy Football Loyalist” are ruining the game, but I beg to differ.  These fans are changing and uplifting the game.  These fans will watch the dreadful Jaguars when I wont because they need Cecil Shorts III to catch a touchdown.  These fans a lot of times know more about players and the league than the single minded “I only care about my team fan” (I have lived in D.C. [Pigskin fans], Pennsylvania [E-A-G-L-E-S, Steel Nation], and now outside the ATL [Dirty Birds] so I know a lot about single minded fans), and that is what grows the game.  Teams you won’t watch they will, and root for their fantasy player as loud and hard as you will for your team.  Lets be honest these type of fans are the reason for the NFL RedZone Channel.  Thank You “The Fantasy Football Loyalist”.

All my NFL purist just face the fact that “The Fantasy Football Loyalist” is here to stay.  They have made old dogs like me learn new tricks if I want to compete in the Fantasy Football landscape.  So yes “I like Him, and I like Him too”, and if Russell Wilson is on the board at a reasonable pick, I’m taking him.  When he plays the 49ers twice this year, I will hope for 300yds 3tds, but a 49er victory.  Does this make me a bad fan?  Probably so, but I have lost to my fiance in a Fantasy Football playoff round and hearing her brag is worse than any Super Bowl the 49ers could lose to the Ravens.  Damn You “The Fantasy Football Loyalist”!

Fantasy Furnace for real Fantasy Football advice.  I lost to my Fiance so you know I need help @fantasyfurnace

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

Welcome to the Boom Boom Room, sit back relax, grab yourself a drink, (non-alcohol depending on what time of the day it is) and enjoy the show.

So here’s how I feel about Kobe calling out Dwight Howard; I UNDERSTAND IT.  Howard hasn’t played with a sense of urgency all season and clearly doesn’t know what’s on the line playing in LA.  Los Angeles is a big market and an organization that is known for championships.  When your team is stacked with a Nash, Mamba (Kobe), Gasol, and World Peace fans expect rings.  However, you can’t question a guy’s injury (some people’s pain threshold is stronger than others), or inability to play through it.  That is where Kobe was wrong in his quote.  I personally think that a Josh Smith and Ivan Johnson for Howard makes sense for both teams, lowered expectations for Howard in regards to winning a ring and Josh would be on a team that would appreciate his talents.

Onto my thoughts

  1. Throw the Flag! Damn Dwight now your daddy speaking for you, man up son.
  2. Did Antwan Jamison say that Jordan at 50 could average double digits? “Ninja Please, If you don’t Stop Now” (in my best R. Kelly singing voice)
  3. Love @MikeHillESPN’s comment on LBJ, “LeBron has become like NEO when he figured out the Matrix.  Everything around him appears in slow motion while he dominates” true statement.
  4. John Giannone (Hockey Reporter) is the toughest sideline reporter in sports.  Puck to the face still kept working.  Let me see you do that Craig Saeger while rocking a loud ass suit.
  5. Inside the NBA is the greatest sports show out there period.
  6. As a Knicks fan, an Iman Shumpert to Suns deal makes no damn sense.
  7. I like Miami (The U) to make the Final Four.  And maybe Ray Lewis will get God on their side to win it all.
  8. Indiana what kind of defense was that at the end against Illinois?  Looked like everyone went to sleep, and wasn’t smart enough to fall asleep in front of the basket.
  9. Melo is a BEAST!  But the haters will say he’s a selfish and a chucker #Melo4MVP
  10. So if the 49ers lose in the playoffs next year, will Kaepernick get even more tats?  Unbelievable

Make sure you tip your bartenders, servers, and remember these are just my thoughts right or wrong this is how I’m feeling at the time, so tell me what you think.

Follow me now @bprunsportsmenm

 Raymond

Through the eyes of “Big Play” (My own Monday err sometimes Tuesday Morning QB)

I’m shocked as hell at how well Joe Flacco played not only in the Super Bowl, but the entire playoffs.  Elite or not 11tds 0ints is not a fluke (Matty Ice its time to RISE UP! Your game).  Flacco went through Luck, Peyton, Brady, and the new Phenomenon know as Kaepernicking (kiss the bicep), I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like $100 million dollar contract.  Now on to my thoughts:

  1. Chris Culliver (#29 on the 49ers aka Aint wit that sweet stuff) was Beat Meat, just fall on Jacoby Jones IDIOT!
  2. Jerome Boger (NFL Referee during Super Bowl) was Deer Meat.  Remember there was a controversy about these refs, a lot of refs in the league felt that some members of this crew was unworthy of officiating this game #Gradechanging
  3. 49ers Corners got exploited! Revis to the 49ers makes a lot of sense we need draft picks (I’m a Jets Fan) and they have 13, yes 13 picks in this upcoming draft.
  4. Damn Beyonce fine.
  5. Damn Beyonce FINE!!!  And the game was cool too.
  6. I’m glad the lights went out (which saved the 49ers) before the Ravens turned it off their damn selves.
  7. I’m Happy Ray Lewis career ended with a Super Bowl win.
  8. I’m Happy Ray Lewis career ended PERIOD.  Just to much talk about him the past 2 weeks.
  9. Phil Simms was TERRIBLE calling the game last night.
  10. I thought the GO DADDY commercial with Bar Rafalei was NASTY! Man, my daughter was watching.
  11. Big J did predict the 49ers would win the Super Bowl in Jim Harbaugh’s 3rd year, so look out for that.  Big J also said that the 49ers would blow out the Ravens, so take that as you will.

*Bonus* I believe Ed Reed will retire.  Don’t know why, just have a feeling.

Thanks for reading Ray’s Boom Boom Room, these are just my thoughts right or wrong its how I was feeling at the time.  Grab a drink (non-alcoholic depending on the time) and tell me what you think.

Ray “Big Play” Miller

A great man once said “All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break them for no one.” –Tony Montana.

     We hear so many outspoken comments in sports that sometimes make you wish they never could speak.  Does their opinion change, once they apologize or does the organization (Harbaugh) make them break the words that come out of their mouths.

“Why don’t you try sticking your head up your ass? See if it fits”- Tony Montana.

     Chris Culliver of the 49ers made comments saying “We ain’t got no gay people on the team” and “can’t be with that sweet stuff” Now why would he say that?  As stupid as he sounds some people would agree with Culliver.  If there was a gay football player in the locker room some players would feel uncomfortable and maybe it would cause a distraction. The ignorant thought would be if I’m playing against or next to someone that thinks I’m sexy then that would be really gay and that would make me feel very uncomfortable.  At one point we talked about that very subject on UnSportsMenMic Conduct a month ago (Jason you need to find the episode and put it back up).

“I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.” – Tony Montana

     If your gangsta enough to say it, be gangsta enough to stand by it, Chris Culliver’s back track was almost as good as Deion in his Prime, because his comments officially made Primetime, so by apologizing and saying “that’s not what he feels in his heart” is a load.  I never want to doubt a man’s heart, but I’m not a believer.  We all know Harbaugh and the 49ers organization got in that ass and the PR made him apologize.  So are players really sorry for running their mouth?

“You don’t have the guts to be what you wanna be? You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, “That’s the bad guy.”- Tony Montana

     So do athletes have to apologize for everything?  Why can’t players be like Terrell Owens and believe in what their and some of our grandmother’s told us and say how you feel?  It probably will cost you your job but it at least you’re Keeping It Real! #EvenifitGoesWrong.  If that’s how you feel then that’s how you feel.  We all can agree that sports and sexual orientation, politics, and sometime religion (Sorry Paster Ray) don’t mix.  You CAN’T make those comments ever, especially during media day of the SUPER BOWL! So in my opinion Chris Culliver gets the dumb award.  Take us out Tony:

“Say hello to my little friend”

 That friend is the ignorance of some individuals, and that ignorance hopefully will end like Scarface.

Reece Thomas

With the Ravens intimidating D, Steelers zone blitzing, power hitting unit, and the Bengals no name fearsome D.  You would believe by far the defensive division in the league would be the AFC North. However, there is a new division doing the dam thing and it’s the NFC West.

Yeah yeah I know I said it the NFC West, we already knew about the 49ers, but how about the ever improving units of the Cardinals and Seahawks. These units are starting to be physical and dominant, we didn’t see this coming.  At the end of last season the Cards had won 7 of there last 9 with Patrick Peterson looking like a cross between Revis and Primetime, justifying his 5th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Seattle’s D, with their tall (avg. height 6’1) physical secondary, and run game had everyone eating skittles.  We know about the 49ers with “P-Will” (Patrick Willis) and LaVorro (NaVorro Bowman).

Although, the offenses are about as average as Katie Holmes; these 3 teams remain competitive and in ball games.  With the division beating teams like, the Packers twice (thank you Fail Mary), the Patriots (Gostkowski aint Vinatieri), the NY Jets (no comment), the Eagles (can’t have turnovers and keep winning), the Cowboys (jury still out on Romo), and the Redskins (in pee-wee you learn not to throw the ball at a player Josh Morgan).  The fact that Jeff Fisher is now coaching the Rams lends you to believe that Rams D will be on top as well. I pick the NFC West am I wrong if there’s a division I’m missing let me know and holla at your boy.

Ray “Big Play”

For a few years now, well specifically after the 2007 Monday Night Football game, Cardinals vs 49ers, I made a bet saying if Alex Smith led us back to win this game I would never call him a bum, or insult him playfully again.  Well the unlikely became likely and Alex Smith did it.   Ever since then I started calling Alex Smith “The New Hope,”  being a huge Star Wars fan I thought it was a funny reference, but when I started to look at it; it was telling.  So here is the Alex Smith story told through Star Wars.  Queue the Music.

Episode I:  New Hope, sorry I mean Episode IV

     A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away…  The West Coast.  Alex Smith “Luke Skywalker” went to Utah which it might as well be Tatooine.  Urban Meyer -“Old Ben Kenobi” – was Alex Smith’s college coach in Utah.  As an Ute, Smith showed immense promise with The Force – his Junior year he posted 67% completion, 2952 yards passing, 32 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 631 rushing yards, and 10 rushing touchdowns.  Meyer taught him the beginnings of The Force and he learned enough to warrant a 1st overall pick in the 2005 draft to the Rebel Alliance aka the San Francisco 49ers.

Commander Mike Nolan drafted Smith over Aaron Rodgers. He thought Smith to be a cerebral, introspective, and non-confrontational, while he felt Rodgers attitude wouldn’t mesh with Nolan’s.  Smith’s rookie year was a wash 1 touchdown to 11 interceptions.  In 2006 San Francisco gave Luke his Han Solo and Chewbecca, in the form of Frank Gore (the team leader, and anybody coming out of Miami can only be as badass and cool as Han Solo) and Vernon Davis (yeah partly because he had corn rolls and dreads – all that fur).

     Also, lets give Norv Turner a piece of the Obi-Wan Kenobi title.  Under Turner Smith had a 16 touchdown and 16 interception season, but that year Smith had a few Death Star moments. He threw 3 touchdowns versus the Oakland Raiders (hell, there fans wear Darth Vader Mask).  He also had comeback victories against Minnesota, Seattle, and Denver that year.  He started to build his legend and 49er fans loved it.  Until…  Obi-Wan got handled and took a job in San Diego.

Episode II, sorry Episode V (I will get this right I promise) Empire Strikes Back.

      From 2007-2010 we should just name the Empire the bad organization of the 49ers, because they gave him four different Offensive Coordinators in those 4 years.  Forget “Luke I am your father” and how about “Luke we will give you no consistency, terrible supporting cast outside of Gore and Davis”, (remember these Wide Recievers? Ashley Lelie, Darrell Jackson, Iaasc Bruce, Bryant Johnson, Josh Morgan, Arnaz Battle, and the list goes on). He did get his Princess Lela in Michael Crabtree, look at his professional career so far, from holdouts to toe injuries in preseason, and other dainty princess issues.

It got as bad as Mike Nolan questioning his heart and toughness while he was dealing with a grade three separated shoulder. In 2008 Smith missed the entire season because of another shoulder injury, once he got back Nolan was fired, but he had a new threat.  He had to fight through the pants dropping antics of Jabba The Hut aka Mike Singletary.  The greatest insult was Aaron Rodgers won his first Super Bowl in 2010, the same Rodgers that was picked 23 picks after Alex Smith.  How about “Luke you’re a failure and your city wants you out.”

           Episode VI:  Return of the Jedi (told you I would get it)

     Now I know all the geek purist are saying, “How could you talk about Empire and leave out Yoda,” (in my best geek voice ever).  Obviously I couldn’t figure a way to weave Yoda into the story (even George Lucas had a bad timeline in the prequels and he is a pro) because we all know who Yoda is, none other than Jim “Lil Crazy Walsh” Harbaugh.  He basically got the best out of Alex Smith, and yes he is a game manager, but we act like Luke didn’t need help from a team to be successful and Luke MANAGED to get Vader to turn on the Emperor to save the galaxy.  With a 13-3 season the 49ers returned to being thought of as a dominant Force in the league.  This chapter is not done being written – we still have a galaxy to save by hoisting the Lombardi.  So Alex let The Force be with you!

 

 

Jason

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