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Temper Your Expectations: The case against irrational exuberance



Someone's gotta be the Debbie Downer. Sorry, guys, it's me this time.

Like many of you here, I've been a lifelong Niners fan. I've dealt with basically a decade of nothingness from the team. And I'm always looking for signs of improvement.

So I'm happy to see this team at 5-1, with a few solid victories and one blowout victory. But I don't like people talking about playoffs and the Super Bowl just yet.

I want to offer one simple cautionary tale so that we don't get carried away.

The 2007 Detroit Lions. More specifically, they started out the season 6-2. Read the following psasage and imagine if you could see it being written about the Niners:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=271104008

The Lions (6-2) have established themselves as a legitimate contender in the NFC and perhaps the surprise team in the entire league at the midway point of their season. They are one game behind Green Bay (7-1) in the NFC North.

 

"This is real," defensive tackle Cory Redding said. 'This is a different team. It's not the same-old Lions anymore.'

 

In the Super Bowl era, 76 percent of the 146 teams that started 6-2 made the playoffs. The Lions haven't won six of their first eight games since 1999, the last season they made the playoffs.

 

"I hope we keep playing one snap at a time," coach Rod Marinelli said. "The rest of that is too far down the road. I know that's boring. I'm boring.'  

Anyone remember what happened to them? They finished the season 1-7, then followed that up by going 0-16 the next season.

That is all. Cheer the Niners, but please don't look ahead and please don't tempt karma by talking about the Super Bowl.

 

Thank you.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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