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Being the 49ers quarterback is one of worst jobs in America

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Being the 49ers quarterback is one of worst jobs in America

I so wanted Alex Smith to sign somewhere else and leave the 49ers in a quarterback lurch, I really and truly did. I wanted him to enjoy what so few NFL players ever experience, the joy of firing two middle fingers at the boss and going to work for a new boss.

And why? Because I know one thing that young folks learn too late that leverage is better than sex.

The proof? How many times will the average person have sex, and how many times will the average person get to tell his boss to face-pile a dungheap?

I rest my case.

But that didnt happen. Of course it didnt happen. It had zero chance of happening. The 49ers would either get Peyton manning or keep Smith, and all the other options werent options at all.

Then it hit me. Theres another reason why I wanted Alex Smith to get a better deal somewhere else.

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Because being the 49er quarterback is one of the worst jobs in America, and he deserved a break.

A break from being constantly talked about, even when he isnt even working out. A respite from the endless speculation, guesswork and free-range idiocy. A respite from finding out that no matter how well he plays, how far he takes his team, he still sucks. Hes still awful. He still isnt Aaron Rodgers.

And now he isnt Peyton Manning, either.

See? The game is rigged. He can never win. He went 13-3. He led his team to the NFC title game. He caddied for his coach. And what did that get him?

Squat on a stick. Thats what. And wheres the fun in that?

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The answer is that there isnt any. He got four free months out of seven years, all because he got taken by the wrong team at the wrong time by the wrong people. And now that hes with the right people, theyre still looking at him like hes not quite the right people.

This is a lesson Colin Kaepernick should be absorbing as fast as his fevered brain can absorb it. He may become the starter at some point, and if Comrade Maiocco is correct that day could come sooner rather than later, but he wont enjoy the experience.
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And why do we know that? Because Frankie Albert got grilled, and John Brodie got grilled and replaced about three times, and Steve DeBerg was thrown into the post-Brodie grinder, and Joe Montana started as a savior and then became the argumenttransitional figure to Steve Young, and Young became the impatient understudy and then the guy who couldnt hold Montanas jock for five years, and then Jeff Garcia became the replacement for Young who couldnt match his two predecessors, and now theres Smith.

All good to great quarterbacks with success in their resumes, and all who took regular rhetorical beatings for inadequacies both real and imagined in their home towns.

This means one thing, and one thing only. 49er fans hate their quarterbacks even when they profess to love them. This hatred comes out in so many insidious ways that Alex Smiths dilemmas are not unique in this town. And the media members, pandering single-minded hyenas they are, yap constantly on the subject no matter the time of year or situation, to the point where we hate ourselves.

Not enough to ever stop, of course. The 49er quarterback is our heroin, and at times like this our veins are collapsing like ice floes in spring.

And when I say media, I dont mean me. Im a hell of a guy. I know. I checked.

Point is, Alex Smith is trapped yet again doing a job few can do and that fewer still should want to do. The rewards are few, the punishments are constant, and the audience can never be pleased.

Frankly, this is the day when Colin Kaepernick should ask for a trade to anything, anywhere. The lesson of how bad his life will become when he gets this job will never be clearer than it is right now.

Colin Kaepernick's mom responds to Trump's 'son of a b----' remark

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Colin Kaepernick's mom responds to Trump's 'son of a b----' remark

In front of a raucus crowd at a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Trump had pointed words for NFL players that are kneeling and protesting during the National Anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said.

Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled before every 49ers game last season, has yet to respond to those comments. But his mom, Teresa, made her thoughts clear on Twitter Friday night.

"Guess that makes me a proud bitch!" Teresa said in response to a journalist tweeting an article with Trump's comments.

Roger Goodell, NFLPA angrily denounce Trump's 'divisive comments'

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Roger Goodell, NFLPA angrily denounce Trump's 'divisive comments'

SOMERSET, N.J. -- The National Football League and its players' union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest "when somebody disrespects our flag."

"Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players," the league commissioner, Roger Goodell, said in a statement.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, tweeted: "We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports."

Trump, during a political rally in Alabama on Friday night, also blamed a drop in NFL ratings on the nation's interest in "yours truly" as well as what he contended was a decline in violence in the game.

Smith said the union won't shy away from "protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks."

Trump kept up his foray into the sports world on Saturday, when he responded to comments by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who has made it clear that he's not interested in a traditional White House trip for the NBA champions

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Trump tweeted while spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was rescinding the invitation for Curry or the entire team.

Several athletes, including a handful of NFL players, have refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest of the treatment of blacks by police. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the trend last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, hasn't been signed by an NFL team for this season.

Trump, who once owned the New Jersey Generals of the U.S. Football League, said those players are disrespecting the American flag and deserve to lose their jobs.

"That's a total disrespect of our heritage. That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for," Trump said, encouraging owners to act.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired," Trump said to loud applause.

Trump also predicted that any owner who followed the presidential encouragement would become "the most popular person in this country" - at least for a week.

The players' union said in a statement that "no man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights. No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety."

The NFLPA said "the line that marks the balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just 'shut up and play.'"

On the issue of violence on the field, Trump said players are being thrown out for aggressive tackles, and it's "not the same game."

Over the past several seasons, the NFL and college football have increased penalties and enforcement for illegal hits to the head and for hitting defenseless players. A July report on 202 former football players found evidence of a debilitating brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them. The league has agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the concussion dangers of playing football.

During his campaign, Trump often expressed nostalgia for the "old days" - claiming, for example, that protesters at his rallies would have been carried out on stretchers back then. He recently suggested police officers should be rougher with criminals and shouldn't protect their heads when pushing them into squad cars.

It's also not the first time he's raised the kneeling issue. Earlier this year he took credit for the fact that Kaepernick hadn't been signed.

Television ratings for the NFL have been slipping since the beginning of the 2016 season. The league and observers have blamed a combination of factors, including competing coverage of last year's presidential election, more viewers dropping cable television, fans' discomfort with the reports of head trauma and the anthem protests.

Ratings have been down even more in the early 2017 season, though broadcasters and the league have blamed the hurricanes that hit Florida and Texas. Still, the NFL remains by far the most popular televised sport in the United States.

Trump said the anthem protest was the top reason NFL viewership had waned.

"You know what's hurting the game?" he asked. "When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they're playing our great national anthem," he said.

Trump encouraged his supporters to pick up and leave the stadium next time they spot a player failing to stand.

"I guarantee things will stop," he said.