Good morning folks, hope you all enjoyed Jim Harbaugh showing the world why he's absolutely awesome yesterday. Also, apologies for the very quick Golden Nuggets, as neither the second nor third string were able to sub in for me. But I'm back for a full iteration tonight, through the haze of sleep deprivation, which I like to refer to as "sleep madness." Just like the good ol' days, yeah?
Anyway, I'm going to stick with my "five points" style of Nuggets for the next couple go-rounds so we see how it works. I do this partly to add some substance to the Nuggets and partly because I think it looks really, really awesome. So there's that. Let's get to it, shall we?
SAY WHAT? - Jim Harbaugh fired back at Kevin Gilbride, calling his comments "incendiary," which is like saying "inflammatory," but way cooler. And we all know that Harbaugh's cruise control is always set to "cool," ya dig? Anyway, I totally agree with Harbaugh here but I'll shutup about it in particular because I'm sure there's no surprise that a 49ers fan thinks the 49ers' coach is in the right. | Harbaugh fires back at Giants assistant Gilbride (Branch)
UNFAZED - I love the "who's this guy?" response in just about every situation. It's perfect, and a big middle finger to someone who was just looking for attention, or as Harbaugh put it, looking to manipulate the officials. Justin Smith is not a dirty player and he's also not letting comments from a desperate offensive coordinator get to him. | Smith shrugs: 'I'm going to have to look (Gilbride) up, see who he is' (Barrows)
NOT SO SPECIAL TEAMS - San Francisco's special teams has clearly regressed this season. They are without a big playmaker in coverage and honestly, they're below average in that area now. It sucks to see, because it was one of the foundations of this team. Special teams will be an important factor on Sunday, though not in the context of last year's NFC Championship game, because that had less to do with coverage and more to do with making stupid mistakes on returns. | 49ers vs. Giants: Special teams play to dictate momentum in rematch (SB Nation Bay Area)
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT - I'm sure many of you will find this post inflammatory, especially with that opening line. It's a bit odd that the prediction is based around Tom Coughlin having an intangible "win factor," which is giving him about as much credit as one would give Tim Tebow. There's some vague lines about running the ball and all of that but personally, I think the New York Giants are a team that's ripe for the picking when it comes to our rushing attack. They'll over-commit plenty and we'll knock 'em down, in my opinion. But here's Grant's anyway. | Prediction: Giants will beat 49ers by 1 point (Cohn)
Randy Moss: 'I'm having a great time' (Maiocco)