Golden Nuggets: How's The Optimism?

I'm interested to know if the level of optimism has gone up around here. I certainly feel a little bit better about the team, but I won't allow myself to get suckered into the technicality that includes the 49ers in the NFC West race. It also may just be that warm, fuzzy feeling leaving a residue after our Niners beat down the Seattle Seahawks. That always makes me feel pretty darn good. Anyway, I was off playing some Call of Duty earlier and my buddy, a Vikings fan, told me "The 49ers are such a weird team." And I understood what he meant. It was just the Seahawks, but he still understood that there are some very good players on this roster. They are definitely a weird team. I used to love Mike Singletary, then I hated him, loved him after that and now I hate him again. I don't know what to do about that. Oh well, I guess. We've got the Chargers coming to town. Let's go ahead and give them a similar beatdown, yeah? Here's some links. Go Niners.

It worries me that both Takeo Spikes and Patrick Willis have hand injuries. I fully expect both of them to play on Thursday against the Chargers, but I'm thinking their might be a little less production from the both of them. (CSNBayArea.com)

The 49ers' hopes for the remainder of the season rest on ... Alex Smith. Yet again. For the umpteenth time. Will he ever do what we need him to? (Yahoo.com)

I'm a big fan of running back Anthony Dixon. I don't know if he'll be a premier running back, but it sure would be nice. I hate that the 49ers are trying to make him into something he's not, though. I also do) enjoy the fact that Alex Smith ran downfield to make a block, that was awesome. (PressDemocrat.com)

Can Alex Smith do anything to remain with the 49ers next year? I firmly believe that the answer is "no." I do not think he will be back, not as a backup and definitely not as a starter. (CSNBayArea.com)

You can catch Vernon Davis on MTV Cribs later on tonight. I honestly thought this show was gone a long, long time ago. I can't believe it's still around. (49ers.com)

Where is Michael Crabtree? I don't understand where he's been, but he definitely hasn't been out there on the field catching footballs. I saw another go off his hands against the Seahawks and it's really bothering me. His hands have been awful, he gets a pass for some of those horrible throws, but too many times I've seen a football go out of his hands. If it hits both of your hands as a wide receiver, there is not a single excuse to not come down with a catch ... unless you're hit REALLY hard. (MercuryNews.com)

Here's some audio from conference calls with Phillip Rivers and Norv Turner, San Diego's quarterback and head coach, respectively. (49ers.com)

No blackout, folks - the Chargers have sold enough tickets. I seriously considered going as the best damn band on the planet (Foreigner) is playing in the parking lot before the game. (NFL.com)

San Diego Chargers: First Look (49ers.com)

Raiders fans have become 49ers fans, at least until Friday. (SFGate.com)

There really could honestly be a losing team winning the NFC West this year. Brian Billick will cry himself to sleep, and I'll shrug my shoulders. Get over it. (PressDemocrat.com)

Yesterday on Niners Nation

Golden Nuggets: Need Any Advantage We Can Get | Ninjames
49ers vs. Chargers: Phillip Rivers And The San Diego Passing Attack | Fooch
Fun With Math: A Breakdown of the 49ers Playoff Chances | Florida Danny
49ers Playoff Picture Simplified | Tre9er
Week 14 in the NFL: The Apocalypse is Here | urnext
49ers vs. Chargers: Alex Smith And Vernon Davis Re-Connecting, Part 2 | Fooch
Justin Smith vs. He Who Shall Not Be Named: Comparing Streaks | Fooch

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