I'm one of those 49er fans who struggle immensely with the off-season. Being that I am only a fan of NFL football (and the 49ers specifically), I really have a hard time between January and July. Other sports just don't do it for me, so I hover around NinersNation and NFL.com looking for nuggets (because our Golden Nuggets are often thin during this time frame) to get me through. Pre-season football is only a small relief for me.
I'm like a junkie who can't get a fix because there simply isn't any product out there. It's sad, really. So even with the victory against the Vikings yesterday, I find myself yearning for more. Thank GOD for my DVR.
This morning I arose a bit early and (being a father of 4 children under 5 years old) relished the opportunity to skim through the game from yesterday. But I'd also forgotten that I had set the DVR to record another show: NFL Yearbook - The 2011 San Francisco 49ers.
If you haven't had the opportunity to watch this show, I highly recommend it. It's a 30-minute run through a season that will not fade soon from our memory, and it's a beautiful summation of what our team accomplished last year.Some of my favorite parts about the show:
1) The validation of Alex Smith as our go-to guy. Love him or hate him, it's difficult to watch this show and not appreciate what he did for our team last season. Hopefully, it tells of bigger things to come. Some of the Alex-to-Vernon Davis highlights are pure poetry.
2) Our Defense is, simply put in technical terms, BAD ASS. Just about every player contributed some phenomenal effort throughout the season.
3) Jim Harbaugh is the real deal. A player's coach. A lover of the game and a motivator of young men. He's our "Arc of the Covenant," in my opinion, and I don't think opposing teams stand much chance so long as we march with him before us. (To cop a phrase from Indiana Jones...)
4) Vernon Davis once again showed he's an elite TE. Duh. But he deserved his own bullet point, for sure.
Have any of you watched the episode? If not, I highly recommend it. This was the closest thing I could come to getting a "real fix" for my habit. Hopefully, it helps others with theirs! :)