Hi Readers. I know that I said that this month was going to be about little indulgences for yourself, and I know that football isn’t really the most fashionable thing to talk about (although most of my girlfriends are Niner fans and they are incredible fashionistas), but I hope that you will allow me a little indulgence of my own in talking about one of my favorite things, the San Francisco Forty-Niners.
By now, everyone’s read that my beloved Niners aren’t going to the Superbowl and the Giant’s won the game in a nailbiter that went into overtime, so you’ll forgive this small rant (Williams $&@*@#**$#(#&%&!!!). Ok, I feel better now.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love football and that the Niners are my team. This has absolutely nothing to do with my geographical location (although living in San Francisco is a big bonus for this), as I’ve been a fan since birth. I grew up in Los Angeles, which meant shunning the Rams and later the Raiders when they both called LA home. I get my love of football, especially Niners football, from my dad, who grew up listening to radio broadcasts of Niner games on Maui (which is also why you’ll see a lot of Hawaiian Niner fans) before he moved to the mainland and watched games on TV. His love of the team naturally transferred onto me, as I would watch football with my dad every Sunday.
I grew up watching Niner football during that magical decade of the 80s in which superstars like Clark, Craig, Rice, Lott, Cross, Turner, Young and Montana dominated and brought the Niners four Super Bowl rings. I even lived in San Francisco my first year of college (1992-1993) when the team was still doing well (they would win the Super Bowl in 1994) and was lucky enough to meet Bill Walsh on a plane ride home for Thanksgiving. It was easy being a fan during these years, as they were a definite force to be reckoned with. It was being a fan the last fifteen years or so that have been a little tough. Time and time again, I would watch and hope for a return to the Super Bowl, only to be let down. I’ve been at a Niner gamse at The Stick when the fans collectively booed the team and coaches for plays and choices that didn’t make sense. What was it going to take for this team to win again?
When Harbaugh was picked as the new coach for the team, I couldn’t wait for football to start. I knew that the 2011 season was going to be exciting at the very least and average season at worst. I think the team went farther than many people thought they would. The unexpected wins, seeing Smith step into his own as a QB, the agility of Davis and Gore and watching a team collectively step up into the big shoes of their history has been incredible to watch. I can’t believe that it’s over, especially after the come from behind win against the Saints last week (once again, WILLIAMS!!!) The season turned out to be an emotional and amazing roller coaster that unfortunately came to an end at the NFC Championships tonight.
As I was getting ready to watch the game today, I was remembering all the games I watched with my dad, how we would both yell at the TV when plays went wrong, and how we’d both celebrate when they went well. How he helped me figure out what all the ref calls were and the difference between a Tight End and a Wide Receiver. What a Quarterback Sneak and a Hail Mary pass are. So many happy memories that come back to the surface whenever I watch a Niner game. The team can’t always win, but those memories are priceless.
It was a heartbreaking loss, but watch out for us next year. We will be back. We are going to the Super Bowl. Count on it.
And now back to our regular programming…
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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