Hey, everyone. It's my first day back from an extended hiatus. You may know by now, but my wife Lucy and I welcomed Quincy Michael Malone into the world on December 2nd. Everything went well. He's doing great, Lucy is doing great and I'm missing sleep, but am otherwise fine. He was born hours before the kickoff of the Rams game (we're a day ahead in Australia if you're wondering why the dates don't match up) and while his mother rested and recovered, he and I watched the 49ers stick it to St Louis. This week we watched the 49ers handle the Seahawks. The Niners are 2-0 in the Quincy era. Not bad...
As for the "real" news, Tank Carradine was shut down for the season. Things seemed like they were being delayed from the start with Carradine. One report stated that the 49ers practically returned his rehab to the beginning upon his arrival to the team. He was activated from IR about a month ago and anticipation built. However, while every other 49er who'd spent time on the injury lists had now made it back, Tank remained sidelined. Something didn't add up and doubt set in (at least in my mind). Now he's shelved until next year. The 49ers signed G Ryan Seymour to their 53-man roster from the Seahawks practice squad, presumably as insurance for our banged up OL. They also added WR Devon Wylie to their practice squad. Michael Thomas was signed by the Dolphins from our practice squad. Busy day!
Tank Carradine and Other Moves
Christian Gin gives you the entire rundown. | Report: 49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve, sign Ryan Seymour (Gin)
And here's the news that Michael Thomas will finally get to see a 53-man roster. Good luck to him going forward, he was a PS standout. And, who knows, the Dolphins might be making a playoff run. | Source: Dolphins lure practice-squad safety Thomas to Miami (Barrows)
How is it that BASG GIFs gets its own section? Well, when BASG goes buck-nutty-bonkers-bananas on the GIF machine, that's when. There are gems to be found throughout, but I particularly like the SEA holding ones, especially in light of Richard Sherman's "refs gave the Niners the game" accusation, and the one of Pete Carroll wearing a top hat, smugly strutting the sidelines.
Lingering 49ers - Seahawks News
Gin gives you his notes from the big win over the weekend. Great job by the San Francisco pass rush at maintaining lanes and keeping Russell Wilson in the pocket, even if they didn't tally many sacks. He also notes that Mario Manningham had a particularly poor outing. | 49ers vs. Seahawks Film Review: Pass rush kept Wilson in check (Gin)
49ers at Bucs
You have to think Eric Wright is thrilled. He got an easy interception on the last real play of the game on Sunday and he escaped the train wreck that was the Bucs season. Though, they don't look so train wreck-y at the moment. | 49ers notebook: Cornerback Eric Wright is set to face his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Inside Bay Area)
Here's the video and transcript from coach's media session. | Coach's Notebook: Dec. 09 (49ers.com)
Audio from KNBR - Harbaugh: 'We Understand the Challenge and Task' (49ers.com)
Misc Player News
For those of you expecting Michael Crabtree to have a massive impact upon his return, you were right. While his numbers aren't ridiculous, he sure has freed up Anquan Boldin. | Michael Crabtree's Return Has Helped 49ers (NBC)
Is Bubba Ventrone rocking a jheri curl or shirley locks or what in his photo? | Veterans add special-teams 'pizzazz'(ESPN)
Bill Williamson tackles the complicated issue of Aldon Smith's future contract. | About Aldon Smith's future (ESPN)
Frank Gore says 49ers need to "stay balanced" (Mercury News)
Misc Team News
There is one and only one comment at the bottom of this article and it explains my thoughts exactly. | New commercial paints Seahawks fans as lunatics (PFT)
Anyone doubt that our defense is a top-5 unit in the league? You could make a case that we're the best. | 49ers Defense Making Impressive Stand (Scout.com)
The last thing we needed was for the NFC East to produce a contender in the wild card race. Thank you, Dallas, for sucking. | Dallas loss helped 49ers' cause (ESPN)
If the playoffs started today (December 10, 2013)… (49erswebzone)
Sleepless Again, Anyway (49erswebzone)
Niner Talk Bonus: Frank Gore Keeps Trucking (49ers.com)