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Report: Niners agreed w/Browns on trade of Harbaugh, who thought better of going to Cleveland

Browns tried to get Jim Harbaugh

The Browns were close to a trade that would have sent 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh from San Francisco to Cleveland, Pro Football talk reported Friday, citing multiple league sources.

Whoa. We have to think the reported tensions between Harbaugh and Trent Baalke had something to do with this. Additionally, the Niners are said to be lowballing Harbaugh in contract talks.

Clearly, Baalke thinks the talent he's assembled has been far more important than Harbaugh's contribution to the Niners having won 36 regular season games (and five more in the playoffs) over the past three years.

Also, who would want to make a lateral move from San Francisco to Cleveland?

You know who’s still stuck in the 80s? DIT-ka

Ditka is a Stafford fan but thinks he shouldn't wear hat backwards

“I’m not knocking him. I’m just saying that’s the first thing I would tell him if I inherited him. When you’re going to go do an interview, put [your hat] on like it’s supposed to be on, not backwards, sidewards, whatever way they put them on anymore.”

This might explain why Ditka isn't coaching anymore, since backwards caps have been pretty mainstream for oh, at least 25 years now.

SB 48 aside, Malcolm Smith is pretty awesome

Post-Super Bowl craziness for MVP Malcolm Smith finally ends

The day of Sam’s announcement, Smith tweeted: “There is no room for bigotry in American sports. It takes courage to change the culture.” He wasn’t just speaking about Sam.

“It was about the fact the Redskins’ name is what it is; the fact that (Miami Dolphins tackle) Jonathan Martin doesn’t feel comfortable; the fact that (Oklahoma State basketball player) Marcus Smart is being called names on the sideline,” Smith said. “It was more about all those things than just him. I think that’s just another example, Michael Sam coming out. We need to face things head-on and be a little bit more responsible about the way we see things.”

Does it reduce the sting of SB 48, that Denver lost to some well spoken young men with great perspectives on life? No, it does not. (via PFT)

Stink: Dolphins should have known there’s a line not to be crossed

Don't lose crucial parts of 'the code'

Many have said Martin has broken “the code” and will never be welcomed back in the locker room. What about “the code” that says we love one another? We play hard for one another? We set aside our differences and bond together as one?

What about that fraternity, that code?

It says a lot that Mark Schlereth - at the time, a journeyman scrap-heap signee, and self-proclaimed least confrontational person you'll ever meet - was able to stand up for a young Broncos teammate in 1995. And it says very little for the 2013 Dolphins and their apparent leadership vacuum.

KSK valentines have a very Broncos flavor


HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Time to either have a good time with your sweetie or complain about how Valentines Day is totally a made up corporate holiday and sucks while you eat ice cream in sadness. Glaring with resentment at all the happy couples who walk by.

But how to surprise your sweetie this year, be they a person or your hand? Well, lets try some NFL themed Valentines cards!

The one about Tebow's release is priceless.  The Manti Te'o one is good too, for being about a Charger (which, last I checked, is something inmates use to hide contraband in their rectums).

Michael Sam Sr. backpedals so well he could be an All-Pro corner

Michael Sam's dad claims he was 'terribly misquoted' by NY Times

“My son did the right thing, and I am not against him at all. He has made a great statement in coming out, and that he should be able to play in the NFL. I love him unconditionally,” Sam Sr. said. “Once he gets on the field and hits (someone) once, they won’t think he’s gay.”

Whatever it is that caused Michael Sr. to change his tune, let's all just hope he really means it. Of course, the end of his quote makes us something less than hopeful...

Nobody discriminates against gays, amirite?

Kansas House passes sweeping bill allowing anti-gay discrimination in government, businesses

[T]he sweep of Kansas’ statute is breathtaking. Any government employee is given explicit permission to discriminate against gay couples—not just county clerks and DMV employees, but literally anyone who works for the state of Kansas. If a gay couple calls the police, an officer may refuse to help them if interacting with a gay couple violates his religious principles. State hospitals can turn away gay couples at the door and deny them treatment with impunity. Gay couples can be banned from public parks, public pools, anything that operates under the aegis of the Kansas state government.

Yesterday was for the unapologetic bigots.  Today is for people who think we should just stop talking about the hurdles faced by gay people, because talking about it is impolite, or something.  I wonder what the venn diagram between those two populations looks like?

(And yes, I linked to a liberal blog post, because it was reporting on pertinent news.  If you don't like it, you're invited to go piss up a flag pole.)

This one’s for the bigots

Dallas Sports Anchor Delivers Perfect Speech to Michael Sam's Critics

“You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away? You lie to police, trying to cover up a murder? We’re comfortable with that. You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!”

You wouldn't think some old sportscaster in Dallas (OF ALL PLACES!) would be the guy to put the Michael Sam situation in language that should make any bigot feel like an idiot, but there he goes.

Manning’s Legacy is a just another frame for randomness

Peyton Manning’s Legacy

When Tom Brady leads the greatest scoring offense in NFL history to 14 points against a defense that allowed 22 points per game during the regular season, it does not become part of his narrative. When Joe Montana leads the 49ers to just three points in back-to-back playoff losses to the Giants, those games are pushed to the footnotes section of his biography…

The Montana over Manning argument is simple: Montana is better because he went 4-0 in Super Bowls, while Manning is 1-2. Such hard-hitting analysis ignores the fact that in each of the four seasons Montana won the Super Bowl, the 49ers defense ranked in the top three in either yards allowed, points allowed, or both. For Manning, “only one Super Bowl” is a scarlet letter. The common argument goes, “How could the greatest quarterback ever only win one Super Bowl?” That’s a fair question to ask, but we know the answer: the playoffs are a single elimination tournament where random events happen.

Anyone who has been with IAOFM for at least a year knows we rarely put a lot of stock in small samples. Unfortunately, that's what the playoffs are. Chug down a few bottles of historical bias, and soon you're drunk with the idea that Peyton Manning's legacy is suddenly tarnished by last week's performance.

Sherman: We knew what was coming

Richard Sherman Refuses to Go Quietly into the Night

“All we did was play situational football,” Sherman says. “We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half.”

Two weeks may have given Denver's offense plenty of time to prepare for Seattle's defense, but it works both ways, you know?