Moss signing should make you laugh, not shout

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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?

With Travis sidelined, Stanford can't slow down surging Oregon Ducks

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With Travis sidelined, Stanford can't slow down surging Oregon Ducks

BOX SCORE

EUGENE, Ore. -- Chris Boucher had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Dylan Ennis scored 15 and No. 11 Oregon rolled to a 69-52 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

With preseason All-America forward Dillon Brooks on the bench and his left leg in a boot to protect a sprained foot, the Ducks (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12) broke a 104-year-old school record with their 16th consecutive win and 38th in a row at home.

Jordan Bell and Tyler Dorsey each had 11 points for Oregon, which overcame 19 turnovers by shooting 11 of 25 from 3-point range and outrebounding Stanford 40-29.

Marcus Allen had 13 points as the only scorer in double figures for the Cardinal (11-9, 3-5). Stanford went more than eight minutes of the second half without a field goal, shot just 32.3 percent overall (20 of 62) and had two players foul out.

Oregon spotted the Cardinal the first five points and then hit four straight 3-pointers in taking a 16-7 lead. The margin grew to 20 late in the half as the Ducks went 8 of 17 beyond the arc and 14 of 26 (53.8 percent) overall.

Stanford, meanwhile, went the last five minutes of the half without a field goal and trailed 40-22.

The Ducks, who led by as many as 25 late in the game, have won their last six games by an average of 24.3 points.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford hasn't swept a conference road trip since 2010. The Cardinal hope to have leading scorer Reid Travis (16.6 ppg) back from a shoulder injury in time for a visit to California in eight days.

Oregon finishes the first half of the Pac-12 season next week at Utah and Colorado, a road trip it hasn't swept in four tries since the Utes and Buffaloes joined the conference in 2011.

UP NEXT

Stanford, now 0-6 against ranked teams, hits the Pac-12 midpoint at California on Jan. 29.

Oregon goes for its first 8-0 start to conference play in 91 years at Utah on Thursday. The Ducks finished 10-0 in the Pacific Coast Conference in 1925-26.

Ex-Warrior rips Thunder for not defending Westbrook after Pachulia incident

Ex-Warrior rips Thunder for not defending Westbrook after Pachulia incident

Late in the first half of Wednesday night's game against the Thunder, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia made hard contact with Russell Westbrook, sending the Oklahoma City star sprawling to the ground.

The referees reviewed the play and gave Pachulia a flagrant foul.

Replays show Pachulia appearing to stand over Westbrook and none of his Thunder teammates coming to his defense.

Raja Bell, a 12-year NBA veteran who was briefly a Warrior during the 2009-10 season, was not happy with the reaction of the Thunder players.

"You are supposed to come flying across the court. You don't have to punch him, because that's a lot of money. But he should catch a forearm across his shoulder, a shove in the back, you ain't gonna knock down Russell Westbrook, the everything to the team I'm playing on, who feeds me, who makes me better, you ain't gonna do that and just stand over him and ice grill him. Not a chance," Bell said on Thursday during the NBA Crossover show on CBS Sports.

The incident started a war of words between Westbrook a Pachulia following the game.

"I don't know. He hit me kind of hard. But it's alright. I'm going to get his ass back. Straight up," Westbrook said when asked about what happened on the play.

He was then asked if he noticed Pachulia standing over him.

"I didn't see that until just now, but I don't play that game. I'm going to get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don't know, but I don't play that game," Westbrook said.

Pachulia responded to Westbrook's comments moments later.

"I can't worry about that kind of comment. I'm part of an amazing team and we have a great goal of winning a championship. I'm all in with my energy, 100 percent. So we're thinking about this team, staying healthy, moving forward, getting better, getting to the playoffs and playing for the championship. That's what I'm thinking about. I'm not thinking about those kind of comments.

"That team is not there, so they may be thinking about other stuff like getting me back. Okay, you can get me back. But again, it's my 14th year, we all know what my game is, to play hard, not dirty. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. It wasn't dirty at all. I'm not worried about this," Pachulia told the media.