Jim Harbaugh Has Right Mentality to Lead San Francisco 49ers to the Top

49ers fans are rejoicing with the news announced on Friday — they got their guy. Jim Harbaugh will become the new head coach of the fabled 49ers, signing a five-year deal. After years of doom and gloom, there is renewed hope for Niners fans that the sun will come up tomorrow.

Harbaugh had become the most highly sought after commodity in football after leading his Stanford Cardinal to a 12-1 season and a 40-12 BCS Orange Bowl beat down over Virginia Tech. Already a fan favorite in the Bay Area, Harbaugh is choosing to stay close to home, which will be a perfect fit. The victory starved fans in the Bay Area are a loyal bunch — give a little and they will give back more. Market St. never looked better than during a victory parade, just ask the Giants.

This was a very smart hire for the 49ers on several accounts. A fertile offensive mind like Harbaugh’s will free the weary fans from choking on the three clouds of dust and the punt they have been forced to witness time and time again. Season ticket holders will no doubt be much more inclined to renew. They will want to see what Harbaugh can do with a group of players many people felt should have performed better.

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Adrian Beltre Talking with Texas Rangers, Remains Risky Signing

The Rangers and free agent Adrian Beltre are reportedly close to finalizing a deal to bring the All-Star third baseman to Texas. The deal is said to be worth between $90 and $96 million over six years.

Adrian Beltre first broke into the league with the Dodgers as a teenager. He developed into one of the best young players in the game and peaked in 2004 when he hit .334 with 48 home runs, 32 doubles, and 121 RBIs. It just so happened that that was the final year of his contract with the Dodgers, and he used the monster year to cash in as a free agent.

Beltre headed to the Pacific Northwest to join the Mariners on a five-year $64 million deal. He dropped off in most offensive categories averaging 21 home runs, 34 doubles 79 RBI, and a .261 average with Seattle. The numbers were not bad, but not worth the kind of money he was given. However, you can’t knock his defense — Beltre was in the discussion for the Gold Glove every year and won it in 2007 and 2008.

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Mike Singletary Proved He is Not Head Coach Material

Mike Singletary began his San Francisco 49ers career with a powerful message: “I want Winners.”

He screamed and hollered and got the attention of the entire football world. He tried to make us believe that he was everything a coach should be. A football coach should be tough as nails and take no crap from no one. He should be able to command a locker room, scream louder than anyone, and force his players to listen. Everyone was excited about Coach Singletary, at least in a Bay Area hungry for the glory days of the past. Would he be able to channel his inner Ditka and lead the 49ers back to the promised land?

After two and a half seasons we have our answer — no. Late Sunday night, Singletary finally got what he deserved. Owner Jed York fired him with one game remaining in the 2010 season.

I’m typically not in favor of firing coaches mid-season, but this was a move York had to make. The fans were so angry with Singletary that the Niners owner had to let them know their cries weren’t falling on deaf ears. Singletary only had managed a 5-10 record with a very talented roster, so he had to go. His words were not enough to build a successful season — some actual coaching was needed.

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Eagles-Vikings Postponed Because of Snow? NFL Getting Too Soft

The NFL used to consist of a tough bunch of teams and players who would bite off your balls if that’s what it took to make a statement. Get in my way and see what happens. That’s right, I’m talking to you.

Now, it seems as if the wimps have won. You know, the fruity loops who couldn’t play — not even in the second and third grade — because they might break their glasses and their mommies would make a scene. Instead, those guys became lawyers. Now, they rule the NFL.

They canceled a game in Philly, for what? Because of snow? Are you kidding me? Some of the greatest games in history have been played in the snow. The players love it. The fans love it. Slip and slide and see where you end up.

Apparently, though, tough s#%t for them. Who do they think they are? The lawyers worry about liability.

America, where the NFL reigns supreme, land of freely kicking ass, you are doomed. People get ready. There’s a train a coming. Don’t ask questions, just get on board. Like good little lambs. Baa.

Too bad. But you can’t say you don’t get what you deserve.

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Cliff Lee to the Phillies Puts Them Into Greatest Rotation of All Time Conversation

The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the best teams in baseball over the past three seasons, reaching the NLCS three times, the World Series twice, and putting on one big fat ring.

This past season they were the favorites to emerge from the National League for the third straight year, but ran into a destined Giants team that dominated them from a pitching standpoint. The Giants had a very mediocre offense, but their superb pitching was able to get them over the hump. The Phillies clearly took note.

With the addition of Cliff Lee to a staff that already includes Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, Philadelphia has now constructed a pitching staff that is better than San Francisco. It is crazy good. One NL GM summed it up pretty simply: “Oh … my … God.”

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Terrell Owens Blames Coaching for Bengals’ Struggles, Surprised?

Terrell Owens is finally speaking his mind. I must say I have missed T.O.’s antics which have been limited to bashing former coaches and former teammates this season. He always has something to say and loves stirring up controversy. T.O. was recently asked about the Bengals’ struggles and he couldn’t hold his tongue. It wasn’t as blatant as he normally is, but he is definitely taking some shots at his coaching staff.

“I think there’s underachieving from the top down,” Owens said on his Versus TV show. “You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week.”

“Of course, we have to go out there and play the game. But in order for us to do what we’re allowed to do at the best of our abilities, the coaches have to put the players in the best position.”

T.O. has an enjoyed a mini resurgence to his career this season. After a disappointing year in lowly Buffalo last season, he is among the league’s leaders in receptions and yards with Cincinnati. T.O. is still good — there is no doubt about it. However, he always seems to bring trouble wherever he goes. This season has proven to be unsuccessful for T.O. and the Bengals, but I’d be shocked if a contender isn’t willing to take a shot on the veteran next season. Who knows, maybe he’d be a good fit for Belichick and the Patriots?

Juan Uribe Makes San Francisco Enemies by Joining Rival Dodgers

Boo-Ree-Bay will be the sound billowing from AT&T Park when Juan Uribe makes his return to the city by the bay. I can almost hear it now.

One of the most beloved Giants from the 2010 World Series team has signed a three-year, $21 million dollar deal with the Giants biggest rivals, the Dodgers. The three years were more than the Giants were willing to give him, although Giants General Manager Brian Sabean claims otherwise, so Juan is taking his talents to LA. He presumably will take over at second base as the Dodgers cleared the way by trading away incumbent infielder Ryan Theriot.

Juan Uribe fit in well with the 2010 Giants who were nicknamed the “Misfits.” Uribe joined the team in 2009 after the Chicago White Sox let him go to clear space for Alexei Ramirez. The Giants gave him a shot initially on a minor league deal and he quickly proved he could still play. Capable of playing shortstop, third base, and second base, Uribe developed into a critical asset for the Giants. This past season he had a tremendous year hitting 24 home runs with 85 RBIs.

However, if not for the risk on him taken by the Giants, would Uribe have ever been in position to sign his first multi-year free agent deal? My guess is probably not. In the age of free agency it is rare to see players who have loyalty to an organization. But, the Dodgers? In the minds of many Giants fans it is unforgivable for Juan to join the hated blue.

Uribe will always be remembered for his contributions to the first San Francisco World Series, but he is now a member of the enemy.  BOOO-REE-BAY will ring loudly in the Bay.