PUT IN ALEX SMITH! Things that we yelled at the screen while watching Superbowl XLVII this past February whenever Kaepernick fubz’d a play. The Alex Smith chirps definitely gained a few chuckles over the NFL post season, as injury for the former turned into opportunity for the now GQ-cover-Jaguar-drivin Colin Kaepernick.
I want to holler at the 49ers fans for a minute (@ShelAlexander). I can’t help but notice now looking back that Alex Smith had the best completion percentage in the league during the first half of the 2012 season, and was 19-5ish (not counting the stupid tie), but somehow it always seemed like Alex Smith never lived up to anyone’s expectations. Or at least that’s how the NFL broadcasting machine made it out to be. Was this the same feeling amongst Niners fans?
The 49ers are one of those teams with such romance surrounding them… with the likes of Joe Montana, Flash 80, Steve Young, and this guy, you can’t avoid the 49ers success in the 80’s and 90’s. Maybe that’s why Alex Smith had it so rough (it seemed) at the start of his career in San Fran. The franchise was desperate for a playoff appearance, and the pressure to perform was at an all time high.
Then there was Mike Singletary. It was hard to figure out how a team with so much talent simply couldn’t perform. (Oh wait… I live in Toronto. There’s a team called the Toronto Blue Jays. Fuck my life). I’ll never forget the instance where Mike Singletary proceeded to pull his pants down in the locker room to portray how his team looked like on the field.
“I used my pants to illustrate that we were getting our tails whipped on Sunday and how humiliating that should feel for all of us. I needed to do something to dramatize my point; there were other ways I could have done it but I think this got the message across” – Coach Singletary
Mike Singletary was soon fired, and Jim Harbaugh took the helm. That team, mostly unchanged, went 13-3 in 2011, then made it to the Superbowl in 2012.
Back to Alex for a minute though… because the brunt of my jokes for the better part of the 2012 season is now 7-0, and giving that incredible feeling of winning to Kansas City, not San Francisco. I guess Niners fans are happy with ditching their original squeeze for a younger one who rubbed your junk on the dancefloor? Don’t be jelly Niners fans… cuz your old squeeze is properly servicing the city of KC, and it seems like they really, really like the feeling.
Good on you Alex Smith, glad you found a home.
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