Moss signing should make you laugh, not shout


Moss signing should make you laugh, not shout

So heres the question you, the 49er fan, have to ask yourself:

Is Jim Harbaugh powerless to resist the bad angel on Randy Moss shoulder?

I mean, you probably already decided Moss is powerless to resist the bad angel on his shoulder, even though a fellow can change when so forced. But for you to truly hate the signing of the 35-year-old wide receiver, you have to decide that Harbaugh is a sucker.

And that he forgot how to cut his losses the way he did with Braylon Edwards.

Theres your template. Edwards, coming back from an injury, frustrated by the 49ers offensive choices and unhappy with his location, got his papers before the regular season ended. No regrets, no breast-beating, no being mesmerized by the gifts the man could not produce. He was just football-style gone.
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And that is why the Moss signing should make you laugh if you must, but it should not make you shout.

Harbaugh is not yet Bill Belichick, the all-powerful no-nonsense prince of darkness who had and then un-had Moss in record time two years ago,. But he has enough power in the construction site known as 49er Intergalactic Headquarters to indulge his sterner side, as he did with Edwards.

And if he was prone to fall in love with Moss talents, at least the ones of four years ago, he hasnt shown such a proclivity in his brief time running an NFL team.

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And we get the sense, a strong one in fact, that Harbaugh likes the power that cutting Moss would prove, just as much as he liked the power that allowed him to get him signed.

A lot of owners would choke on such a deal, just because of Moss diva-tistic past. Jed York does not seem like a risk-taker in that way I mean, it wasnt like he defied public opinion to get Harbaugh (and even when he re-upped Mike Singletary, it was with the approval of the fan base, which had nothing to compare him to except Mike Nolan).

But York has gotten out of Harbaughs way on every other football decision, and believing the franchise has an out if this went bad, and believing that Harbaugh would exercise it in such an eventuality, made this a relatively easy call.

It also tells us that Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace seem out of their league monetarily, if not philosophically. Thus, Moss. A one-year deal, which is actually a week-to-week deal, to see if he has any petrol left.

It is Al Davis to the nines, only without the spendthrifty fall-in-love-with-the-talent-and-ignore-the-impetuosity part.

But it doesnt mean we wont be there to have a good howl if it does fail. Thats what fans live for another guys risk gone bad. When its your teams risk, you tend to be crankier, but be assured that the rest of the country is having a grand chortle at Harbaughs expense because they see the one thing.

The risk of team-destroying behavior that smart folks would bet Harbaugh would not permit. Hed rather Jed eat the money, and Jed is in no position to turn down the meal if it is served to him.

In other words, this has a chance to be genius, or it has a chance to be slapstick, but it does not have a chance to be a disaster unless Jim Harbaugh allows it to be. You want to bet he stops short of allowing it to be so?

Cubs' Epstein: 'History doesn't really weigh on this club'


Cubs' Epstein: 'History doesn't really weigh on this club'

The Cubs are going to the World Series.

Yes, you read that right.

The Cubs are going to the World Series.

The Curse of the Billy Goat is broken. 

The 71-year drought is over. 

The truly once-in-a-lifetime moment has finally come to Chicago.

Holy cow.

The Cubs punched their ticket to the promised land with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Best Pitcher on the Planet in front of 42,386 fans in the most euphoric moment in Wrigley Field's history.

Theo Epstein's vision is one step closer to coming to fruition.

"History doesn't really weigh on this club," Epstein said before Saturday's Game 6. "Just trying to win tonight's game. 

"These guys - a lot of them are in their early 20s and they're not burdened by that stuff. The organization isn't. It's just about trying to win and keeping it simple."


Rewind: Sharks slow, sloppy and undisciplined in loss to Wings

Rewind: Sharks slow, sloppy and undisciplined in loss to Wings

DETROIT – The Sharks had just one scheduled practice on their 10-day road trip, set to take place on Friday in Detroit prior to the fifth and final game against the Red Wings. It was canceled, though, as the coaching staff opted for rest rather than work.

The result was a 3-0 loss to the Red Wings in which the Sharks were sloppy in their own zone, were smoked in the faceoff circle, surrendered a plethora of odd-man rushes, and took eight minor penalties. They just couldn’t keep pace with a Detroit team that was playing its second game in as many nights. 

San Jose looked like a club that has held just a single solitary practice since the season began on Oct. 12.

“Some breakdowns, guys not being above [the puck], some giveaways in our own end, we’re kind of leaving [the defensive zone] early,” Logan Couture said. “We just don’t seem like we’re dedicated to defense like we were at the end [of] last year.”

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“It wasn’t very good tonight,” added Martin Jones, who lost his third in a row in goal. “Too many penalties, too many turnovers. Just wasn’t very good tonight.”

The start was actually a decent one, as the Sharks were attempting to put Thursday’s third period collapse in Pittsburgh behind them, but Detroit eventually took over. Gustav Nyquist broke the scoreless tie four minutes into the second period, and added to the Red Wings’ lead with a second marker about 11 minutes later.

On the first, Paul Martin was caught flat-footed in the offensive zone, leading to a two-on-one rush by Detroit. Nyquist abruptly stopped on the faceoff dot in front of Justin Braun, and rifled a shot though. On the second, Matt Nieto had control of the puck and was headed up the ice before he stumbled and turned it over to Ryan Sproul, who found Nyquist in the slot. 

A bad line change resulted in Andreas Athanasiou powering a slap shot to Jones’ far side six minutes into the third period, giving Detroit a commanding three-goal lead. 

“We were late everywhere tonight,” Pete DeBoer said. “When you’re a step behind a good team they expose you, and I think that was the story. We’ll have to go back and figure out why, and get our game back in a better place.”

“We played into their hands. They’re a transition team, a speed team, and if you’re going to play east-west and turn the puck over they’re going to make you pay for it. We talked about it, but we still fell into that trap. Obviously the penalties didn’t help, and we’re playing catch up all night.”

Among those penalties was a double minor to Joe Pavelski for spearing Steve Ott, just a few seconds after Athanasiou’s goal. The captain seemed agitated for much of the night.

Pavelski said he didn’t think he got a whole lot of Ott with his stick, but “it’s a play you don’t want to make.”

DeBoer didn’t take issue with the play which nullified what would have been a Sharks power play after a Drew Miller interference.

“Pav is a competitor. He was probably our best player tonight. He’s competing right until the final buzzer,” DeBoer said. “I don’t have a problem with that. It doesn’t bother me.”

The power play, though, is one area that the coach may need to focus on when the Sharks finally get a practice in on Monday at home. Despite being together for so many years, the top unit seems tentative with the puck and is misfiring on passes that are typically routine.

On one power play in the second period when the game was still scoreless, Pavelski was open in front of the net, but Patrick Marleau missed him on what would have been a tap-in goal. The Sharks finished 0-for-4 with a man advantage and have just one goal in a manned net this season during five-on-four play.

What has to change?

“Quite a few things,” Couture said. “We’re breaking in fine, [but] we’re too stationary, I think. I don’t know if we’re moving the puck well enough. Not attacking holes, not shooting the puck and getting it back.”

The Sharks will open up a three-game homestand on Tuesday with the Ducks. There is work to do before that.

“We’re 3-3. That’s the good news,” DeBoer said. “I think we’ve played some good hockey, but we have a lot of things we’ve got to clean up, too.”

Jones said: “Obviously it wasn’t the way we wanted to end the road trip. We’ll bounce back, and we’ve got a lot of games left.”