Fooch's Note: This is a fun FanPost for the evening. Post in it if you get a minute.
After my last fanpost, I learned a harsh lesson: I don't know near enough about my favorite NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. With this realization, I was forced to ask myself another question. Why am I a 49er fan?
After all, I live in Alaska and have never even been to San Francisco. The closest team to where I live is the Seattle Seahawks, and trust me, there are a lot of Seahawk fans here (though there is a decent mix of most teams, the only ones I see prominently are the 'hawks and the latest up-and-coming team). I don't get to watch near enough games since I am active in my church. So, why am I a niner fan?
I got to watch John Taylor walk in with the game-winning TD in Superbowl XXIII, got to watch Jerry Rice play, watch Ronnie Lott hit people. I got to watch a world-class orginazation play football. I watched Steve Young "get the monkey off his back", watch Montana embarass Elway, and watch Jerry Rice play. I got to watch Craig high-stepping and Rathman run people over.
I've also seen the bad times. Lawrence Phillips will always be on my evil list. Montana to the Chiefs still stings. Craig and Lott in silver and black made me cry. I watched T.O. earn his spurs because Young threw to him over and over despite him having hands of rubber. I watched Garcia play dang well only to be cut and insulted by T.O. I watched he-who-must-not-be-named (the coach after Mariucci) destroy our team and make Sing look like a genius. I watched as Sing broke my heart (I wanted him as a HC so bad, and look where it got us!). This pasts decade has just SUCKED. So, again, WHY AM I A NINER FAN?
Then the reason hit me: because they are the best dang team ever (and I think it was cool that they are like Alaska in that Alaska is the 49th state)! I have always followed them, even when I was a little boy looking through the Sears catalog and wanting that 49er gear (and the women models, but that's another story). The 49ers are trend-setters. They have class. And I am just that damn stubborn. I have been, and always will be a 49er fan.
Oh, and we now have Jim Harbaugh. (My apologies to Coach Harbaugh for calling him "hurtback" while he was playing QB in the NFL.)
This is an exciting time to be a 49er fan, and I fully expect us to get #6 soon. And even if we don't, I will still follow the best dang team ever.
I am curious. Why are you a 49er fan? Please let us know.