Just recently an article on NN was posted asking who was our biggest rival. The argument was mostly between the Cowboys and the Seahawks with a mix of the Giants and Packers thrown in. (Honorable mention to the Rams.)
I want to turn the conversation in a different direction. There are two different trains of thought. One follows along these lines:
The other has no problems rooting for another team, though usually in the AFC. I’m not going to argue which side is right or wrong on this issue. I am going to ask this question though: Outside of the 49ers, which team do you respect the most? I have a few suggestions, but feel free to crucify me and add your own suggestions.
Baltimore Ravens: Yeah, the wound still stings with me as well. However, they are a gritty hard-nosed team that doesn’t back down. They stopped us on a furious comeback. They believe in the team. They fight until the very end. Oh, and their coach seems to know how to get the best out of his players. For me personally, I call them our "brother team" because they are very similar to us.
Kansas City Chiefs: Which among you old-timers weren’t rooting for Joe when he was a Chief? This may be just an extension because it is one of our own who was traded away to lead another organization. Say what you want about Alex Smith, but he is a baller. Plus, KC has the talent to make the Bronco’s life miserable and even have a remote chance of snatching away the AFC West title.
Washington Redskins: They have RGIII. They play the Giants and Cowboys twice a year. I’m rooting for them at least twice a year.
Minnesota Vikings: Ok, this is a crazy pick. Two letters why I respect this team: AP. They play in a very tough division, and still got to the playoffs! They are a young up-and-coming team, and will be fantastic if Ponder works out for them.
And one other team worth mentioning.
Nobody: The only team that has it better than us.