First off, a moment of self-indulgence. I'm a Niner fan, so I'll be pulling heavily for the Niners to right the ship tonight.
In addition, three fantasy leagues rest on the legs of Frank Gore. In one league, even a subpar game (three pts) will ensure my victory. But I need diametrically opposed results in the other two leagues to achieve victory. In one, I'd need a transcendent game for a victory; in the other, a solid game from Gore coupled with a solid game for Brees will assure my defeat.
I am faced with the all too common moral dilemma, do I root for my real team or my fantasy team? I'm also faced with he fantasy reality that I'm rooting for Frank Gore while I'm rooting against Frank Gore, sounds like a John Kerry political slogan.
Basically, my best case scenario is a dominant game from Gore, and a hapless outing for Brees; as you'll read below, I don't think this will happen.
And onto the preview…
The Niners are a mess, word came out this week about Jimmy Raye having to frantically shuffle through papers looking for plays as the play clock ticks down, conjuring up images of a drunk Bob Uecker trying to find stats in Major League. They've gone as far this week as to give Alex Smith plays on a wrist band. This type of act is normally saved for a College freshman, not a guy in his sixth year, needless to say the Alex Smith experiment has turned into a grease fire.
Just to add insult to injury, the Niners could have drafted Aaron Rodgers–these are the things that keep me up at night. Just in case there weren't enough chips stacked against them, Vernon Davis told the media that he "guarantees" that the Niners are the better team. Like I said, grease fire.
That being said, if the Niners are any type of a team and if Mike Singletary has any motivational tricks up his sleeve, or down his pants, the Niners will be ready to play their home opener on Monday night. If they don't show heart here and if Mike Singletary is thanking Sean Payton for another wake up call, the season is over.
The Saints, acting like professionals,