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Alex Smith: 'It sucks' to lose San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback job
mercurynews.com ^ | 11/29/2012 | Cam Inman

Posted on 11/30/2012 10:32:42 AM PST by AmericanSamurai

SANTA CLARA -- Alex Smith got right to the point Thursday.

"It sucks," he said. "I don't know what else to say."

Speaking for the first time since 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Colin Kaepernick's "hot hand" would start at quarterback Sunday at St. Louis, the demoted Smith appeared agitated over once again losing a job that's repeatedly been swiped from his grasp since he was drafted first overall in 2005.

"I feel the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion," said Smith, who sustained that brain trauma Nov. 11 during the second quarter of a 24-24 tie with the Rams.

Smith did not, however, blast Harbaugh's communication methods.

"We sat down and talked. It wasn't a one-sentence thing," Smith said. "He explained where he was coming from, felt it was a difficult situation but wanted to go in this direction."

Did Smith try to talk Harbaugh out of starting Kaepernick for a third straight game?

"No, I mean at this point, what's talk going to do?" Smith responded. "I felt he made up his mind. He's not a guy who didn't put thought into it already."

In his last full outing, Smith completed 18 of 19 passes in a 24-3 win at Arizona, earning him a first-career NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Dating back to halftime of an Oct. 18 win over Seattle, Smith is 35 of 38 for 385 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.

"It's tough. You state your case with your play, and I feel I've done that," said Smith, who leads the NFL with a 70.0 completion percentage and ranks fifth with a 104.1 passer rating.

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1 posted on 11/30/2012 10:32:46 AM PST by AmericanSamurai
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To: AmericanSamurai
"It sucks," he said. "I don't know what else to say."

How about, "They pay me seven figures whether I can play or not. How sweet is that?"

Whiner.

2 posted on 11/30/2012 10:35:40 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: AmericanSamurai

Alex Smith: You suck.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 10:38:47 AM PST by Mashood
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To: TonyInOhio
So you're criticizing him because he has a competitive mindset rather than an entitlement mindset? Because he would rather work for his ample pay than sit around?

You sure this is the website for you?

4 posted on 11/30/2012 10:39:19 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake
So you're criticizing him because he has a competitive mindset rather than an entitlement mindset? Because he would rather work for his ample pay than sit around?

Oh, not at all - I can certainly understand his desire to compete. Corssing over to whining is unmanly, though - suck it up, be grateful for your outsized salary, and work to get back on the field.

5 posted on 11/30/2012 10:41:22 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: AmericanSamurai

I love a god pouter.. he got a concussion and loss his job.. what’s he pulling in this year?

I would think a coach would like the fastest horse running to be in the race.. besides funny things happen on the field.. be ready. ask Lefwich.


6 posted on 11/30/2012 10:42:16 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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good


7 posted on 11/30/2012 10:42:44 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: AmericanSamurai

I would add that Jim Harbaugh is one of the biggest jerks ever to graduate from That University Up North, and that’s saying a lot.


8 posted on 11/30/2012 10:43:05 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: wideawake

saw an interview and he sure thought he should have been the starter as soon as he was cleared.. whiny, ehhh.. more .. stuned.. ;-]


9 posted on 11/30/2012 10:44:25 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: AmericanSamurai

Smith is a good, though pedestrian, NFL quarterback assisted immeasurably by a great 49er defense. SF fans have long been begging for a QB that matches their D. Kaepernick doesn’t just have a “hot hand,” he can improvise and capably run when necessary, two qualities Smith lacks. Having watched him closely since his Nevada days, it’s obvious Kaepernick is the real deal.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 10:45:08 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: AmericanSamurai
"It sucks," he said. "I don't know what else to say."

Funny, that's pretty much how I've felt about Alex Smith's ability to QB since the 2005 season. Harbaugh and Greg Roman have let Smith dog-paddle in an offense which has hidden his many weaknesses for a year and a half while a great defense, running game and special teams have won games for the 49ers. This has actually deluded some into thinking he's a decent QB. He should be grateful and find out if some NFL GM out there is willing to give him a shot next year - though no GMs were fooled after least season, when he was a free agent.
11 posted on 11/30/2012 10:46:40 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AmericanSamurai

We’ll take him!

Signed “still missing Kurt Warner in Arizona”

:)


12 posted on 11/30/2012 10:47:11 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: TonyInOhio

Let’s say you are handsomely-paid to shoot guns for a living, and you love shooting guns. Someone tells you that you cannot shoot guns anymore, but will still get paid. The suck, or not?


13 posted on 11/30/2012 10:50:09 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: TonyInOhio

Why is he a jerk, because he’s not sensitive? The guy has turned around a losing 49er team in short notice.


14 posted on 11/30/2012 10:55:32 AM PST by AmericanSamurai
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To: wideawake

Bravo. [Not sarcasm.]


15 posted on 11/30/2012 10:55:39 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: SparkyBass
We’ll take him!

Signed “still missing Kurt Warner in Arizona”


In all honesty, the Cardinals already have at least one QB better than Smith (Kolb). Smith in the Cards offense will have you missing John Skelton. But if the Cards front office wants to give up draft picks for Alex Smith, by all means...
16 posted on 11/30/2012 10:56:54 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Maybe if Alex thinks his situation sucks he should realize that things could be worse and he could be an Oakland Raida. :P


17 posted on 11/30/2012 10:58:55 AM PST by AmericanSamurai
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To: JennysCool

I’m not particularly responding to your post. I’m only using your post to submit this to everyone:

I suppose it has gone over everyone’s heads that Harbaugh coached Kaepernick during Kaepernick’s freshman year at Stanford. I haven’t heard even one sports journalist to say this.

After his freshman year he transferred to Nevada. I have never heard an explanation as to why he transferred to Nevada. It could have been that Kaepernick saw Andrew Luck staring over his shoulder.

Also, Harbaugh thought a lot of Kaepernick even in his freshman year at Stanford. I was not surprised when San Franciso traded up to get him. Harbaugh saw something in him that no one else saw.


18 posted on 11/30/2012 11:02:45 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: AmericanSamurai
Why is he a jerk, because he’s not sensitive?

No, it's because he went to Michigan.

19 posted on 11/30/2012 11:06:02 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: AmericanSamurai

OTOH, maybe Smith wouldn’t throw away games as quickly as Carson Palmer does...


20 posted on 11/30/2012 11:07:44 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: SparkyBass
We’ll take him!

Signed “still missing Kurt Warner in Arizona”


Funny you should mention Kurt Warner, who got HIS starting job after Rodney Harrison maimed Trent Green in a preseason game. Green lost his job 'cause Warner had a great season and won the Super Bowl. He stuck around for a year as backup, showing he could run the Greatest Show on Turf when Warner got injured the following season, before starting for the rst of his career in KC.

Go back a couple decades plus, and Pat Haden was injured pitching a shutout (24-0) against the Seahawks in what would become one of the greatest defensive shutdowns of ALL TIME. (Seahawk total yardage, -8 yards). Vince Ferragamo went in, and led the Rams to their first Super Bowl, putting in a creditable performance. Haden never regained his status.

Signed, Rams fan still missing Kurt Warner ... and London Fletcher
21 posted on 11/30/2012 11:08:44 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: SparkyBass
I'm a Jet fan.

We have a Sanchez and a broken Tebow.

We'll take anyone.

22 posted on 11/30/2012 11:09:44 AM PST by wideawake
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To: TonyInOhio

How about, “They pay me seven figures whether I can play or not. How sweet is that?”

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So you want him to act like a a-hole instead?


23 posted on 11/30/2012 11:10:39 AM PST by dmz
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To: dmz
So you want him to act like a a-hole instead?

No, not at all. He's a grown man, a well-paid grown man. Grown men don't whine to reporters. Some things are best kept between an employee and his boss.

24 posted on 11/30/2012 11:13:46 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: wideawake

Same thought I had.


25 posted on 11/30/2012 11:14:44 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Mashood
Alex Smith: You suck.

In his last full outing, Smith completed 18 of 19 passes in a 24-3 win at Arizona, earning him a first-career NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.

What the hell more is the guy supposed to do? Frankly I do feel bad for Alex. He just can't seem to catch a break. For the fisrt few years of his career he was put back into the the game while still injured, never had the same offensive coordinator two years in a row, and played for some awful coaches. So he finally gets some good management, takes the team to the NFC Championship game last year, has them 6-2 this year and loses his starting job due to getting a concussion? I don't think it's whining to say that sucks, because it does.

26 posted on 11/30/2012 11:15:11 AM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: TonyInOhio

Exactly, Smith will never be able to live this down with Coach Harbaugh. The only way Smith will get his starting job back is if Colin has a complete meltdown.


27 posted on 11/30/2012 11:16:20 AM PST by AmericanSamurai
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To: Hugin

Unfortunately, that is exactly Smith’s problem, he just isn’t very exciting. He’s the Wally Cleaver of NFL QB’s.


28 posted on 11/30/2012 11:18:24 AM PST by AmericanSamurai
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To: AmericanSamurai
I have no problem with a guy losing his spot due to injury. This is a meritocracy. The better man plays. The issue is that if guys think they'll lose their spot if they 'only' have a concussion, they will be less likely to report the symptoms.

Bottom line: Smith will not be in SF next season. He'll be starting for another team. And he'll be fine. Unless his O-line sucks.

29 posted on 11/30/2012 11:19:23 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: TonyInOhio

Harbaugh is going to screw himself up big time going with Kapernick....The kid has talent, but is inexperienced and will make some critical mistakes in the playoffs...not that Alex Smith won’t, but Harbaugh is being very arrogant and short sighted turning this thing over to Kaperinick....and yes...Capt Comeback is even a bigger jerk as a coach than he was as a player...that’s saying a lot...


30 posted on 11/30/2012 11:20:47 AM PST by usafa92 (Conservative in Jersey)
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To: usafa92

I think he’s trying to redeem “Da Bears” image as head coach for the 49ers after his unsuccessful predecessor. :P


31 posted on 11/30/2012 11:23:24 AM PST by AmericanSamurai
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To: AmericanSamurai
He’s the Wally Cleaver of NFL QB’s.

Maybe he should get some tats and start fighting pitbulls.

32 posted on 11/30/2012 11:25:49 AM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Are you sure about that? According to Wiki, “ Kaepernick received his lone football scholarship offer from the University of Nevada”. He was a redshirt freshman there.


33 posted on 11/30/2012 11:27:05 AM PST by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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To: wideawake

The Jets have a much larger issue than just a QB. It’s called Rex Ryan.

Took his players a couple of years to figure it out, but they are free to run amuck and he can’t or won’t do anything about it.

Except tell us how he’s gonna fix it. And tell Bart not to say mean things about Jets fans.

Down here in Ravensland, he was not really thought of as head coach material. But I can’t really nya nya nya until our Harbaugh and Flacco win the big ‘un. And no, that’s not a prediction.


34 posted on 11/30/2012 11:28:44 AM PST by dmz
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To: AmericanSamurai

The headline is rather misleading. The reporter asked him how he felt about not starting, and his reply was, “it sucks,” and that he’d rather play. Smith also went on to say he’s in favor of whatever helps the team win.

Smith isn’t being a prick about this... he’s handing this situation rather well. While it is a difficult situation, it just so happened that the Niners have a guy out there.. Kaepernick.. who brings a more aggressive game plan.

Smith has rolled up what — for him — have been great statistics. But the key is what happens when you’re placed against a team that brings heat. It wasn’t Kaepernick who QB’d the Niners to a 26-3 loss to the Giants or to that earler loss to the Vikes. Smith is a decent quarterback with moderate-to-good pro-level abilities and middling arm strength and scrambling ability. Harbaugh has done an incredible job rehabilitating him and bringing him up to the level he is. But the unfortunate circumstance of Smith’s concussion opened up an opportunity to see what else is out there. And Harbaugh sees Kaepernick as the guy with the ability to take it further.

This situation would’ve been so much easier had Smith’s stats been in the doldrums like past years, but... it’s the pros... and sometimes circumstances do indeed suck.


35 posted on 11/30/2012 11:30:44 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: AmericanSamurai

I don’t see any bad guys in this scenario at all, it’s just the way things turned out. What’s Smith supposed to say, “Oh, it’s cool getting benched cuz I get paid anyway”. He didn’t rag on Harbaguh (whining) he just said it sucks, which I would expect any competitor to say. Harbaugh is doing what he thinks is best for the team. When Harbaugh was playing here in Indianapolis he was always a class act. Football is a business and life isn’t always fair. I wouldn’t be suprised to see Smith starting at Qb for a different team next year, so just like Brees, he’ll probably get a second chance to win the big one with another team.


36 posted on 11/30/2012 11:32:40 AM PST by circlecity
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To: usafa92
Capt Comeback is even a bigger jerk as a coach than he was as a player...that’s saying a lot...

Not sure how you've come to that conclusion... the Niner players like and respect Harbaugh.

37 posted on 11/30/2012 11:33:12 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: AmericanSamurai

Jerry Jones pick up the white phone. Pedestrian describes Romo and Sanchez.

(caveat I am not a Cowboy fan)


38 posted on 11/30/2012 11:33:24 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Mashood

not so much this year,,, but yeah
a little competition should make them better.
L O L


39 posted on 11/30/2012 11:34:25 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Mashood

not so much this year,,, but yeah
a little competition should make them better.
L O L


40 posted on 11/30/2012 11:34:40 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: TonyInOhio

Perhaps you misunderstood my meaning.

Smith getting up there and saying what you suggested IS acting like an a-hole.

Of course, I don’t buy into your notion that he’s whining because he said it sucks. Sounds like an honest appraisal to me for a guy who led the team to a 19-5-1 record during his tenure as starter.

And the only QB in history who doesn’t get credit for leading his team to the playoffs (and eventual SB victory) is Trent Dilfer.


41 posted on 11/30/2012 11:35:55 AM PST by dmz
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To: AmericanSamurai
Unfortunately, that is exactly Smith’s problem, he just isn’t very exciting. He’s the Wally Cleaver of NFL QB’s.

I thought that would be Trent Dilfer, who couldn't even keep a starting job AFTER winning a Super Bowl.
42 posted on 11/30/2012 11:37:21 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: AmericanSamurai

Had Harbaugh gone right back to Smith and benched Kaepernick, only to see Smith throw a handful of picks to the Saints, the same complainers would be second-guessing that move, too.


43 posted on 11/30/2012 11:37:57 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: Hugin

Stats only tell a part of the story. Smith was playing good this season, but he has limited awareness in the pocket, and checks down to safe receivers too often. When a play breaks down, Smith gets tackled or throws the ball away. Kap scrambles and makes a play.

It’s a ballsy move by Harbaugh. He’s going to look stupid if the league gets Kap figured out. In some ways it’s similar to when Montana replace Steve Deberg as the 9ers starting QB. The difference is that Walsh made the move with a losing team. This years 9ers are well on their way to the playoffs.

I do feel bad for Smith. He’s a good kid and a pretty good QB. Then again Wally Pip was probably a good guy, too. Hopefully, Smith can go to a team that needs a starter.


44 posted on 11/30/2012 11:38:30 AM PST by stop_fascism (Love your country, but never trust its government - R.A. Heinlein)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
"In all honesty, the Cardinals already have at least one QB better than Smith (Kolb)."

Ok, it is possible, though I have yet to see it. The AZ line has been practicing the "Matador" style... wave your cape and let the defender run by!... and is slowly remembering the need to block...

Kolb might yet step up.. so far just not seeing it. Then again, it's hard to see through tears :)

45 posted on 11/30/2012 11:40:26 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: JennysCool
Smith is a good, though pedestrian, NFL quarterback assisted immeasurably by a great 49er defense.

Exactly... and nobody gave Smith a better shot at self-actualizing than Harbaugh. Because of the work the Niners' coaching staff put into that reclamation effort, Smith will be able to land a starting job and a nice salary with a team who needs him. Absolutely, he will be starting next year.

46 posted on 11/30/2012 11:41:59 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: stop_fascism

I think that you had better check something other than Wiki.

I remember when Kaepernick was a freshman at Stanford and beat USC by the score of 14-13. It was considered to be a huge upset.

After the game, the sports journalist on the field asked to speak to Harbaugh. He pointed at Kaepernick and said, “Speak to him. He did it. Not me,” or words to that effect.


47 posted on 11/30/2012 11:44:50 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: AmericanSamurai

I would gladly take Smith on my team. Finding a league-tested quarterback can be very difficult. Just ask many of the current losing teams. If I was the Eagles GM I’d be on that phone in a heartbeat. And the Jets, Holy Crap! Don’t criticize him for making money. They ALL make money. And you guys pay for it. Man, you guys are so hyper-critical it’s bizarre. It’s sports. Sports is entertainment. Jeeze, mellow out and try to enjoy it. You guys are way too serious!


48 posted on 11/30/2012 11:46:31 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

That’s a very reasoned position. I appreciate the insight... although I still hate the 49ers because of their first game this season.


49 posted on 11/30/2012 11:48:16 AM PST by Obadiah (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: thefactor
I have no problem with a guy losing his spot due to injury.

I can think of one Don Majkowski, who lost his starting QB job for good after injuring his ankle early in the 1992 season. The sub who replaced him: Brett Favre.

**it happens.

50 posted on 11/30/2012 11:48:52 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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