The San Francisco 49ers and their fans are on the receiving end of an absurd amount of disliking. In fact many people would make a joke about me using San Francisco and the words receiving end based on stereotypical views of the city. But the team, and the "faithful" fans accept that hate. It is laughable, expected, and never ending. The "forty-whiners," led by head cry-baby Jim Harbaugh are always talked about, and talked down on by opposing fans. But they are looked up to on the field, in the standings, and in the NFL.
There is no denying that the players and the coaches in San Francisco are the best in the league. A Super Bowl title would provide the rest of the nation the exclamation mark at the end of the sentence that reads what 49er fans already know. That they are the best team in the league, and are only getting better. Are they invincible? No. Sure, they have ups and downs. But on any given Sunday they are the team with the best chance to win. Then why so much hatred, for such a great team?
Well, success brings enemies, and jealousy. But the Niners aren't the Super Bowl champs. Yet, even the fans of the champion Seattle Seahawks take more time to hate on Niner fans, letting them know how second place they are, than to celebrate their own success as Super Bowl winners. But when your star player is more concerned with letting the opponent know their mediocrity rather than his own team's greatness in the face of victory, it is not unexpected that the fans follow suit. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Especially when "picked" by Seattle.
Jim Harbaugh is perceived as arrogant, and whiny, and so are Niner fans. But the team is no doubt successful, and passionate, which bring out such behavior. Many times the enthusiasm shown by the coaches, players, and fans is mistaken for arrogance rather than what it actually is, confidence. And the whining is many times the fans "wine-ing," along with cheese and crackers, because the Bay Area sure has plenty of snobby fans who don't know what they are talking about football wise. They only represent the team they root for by proclaiming their team as the best. Okay. You can't fault them for thinking the Niners are the best, but you can call them out for thinking Frank Gore is the best wide receiver on the team. But for many of the fans that do know what they are talking about, the hatred is puzzling and a bit misplaced.
The Niners are in search of the franchise's sixth Lombardi trophy, one that would place them tied at the top for most ever. And realistically they are in search for another and another after that. The team, and fans know this, and know that they are not far from achieving it. This gives them an exciting feeling that is incorrectly seen as superiority. But really it is just something other fans wish they could feel, and they love to capitalize on letting the Niner team and its fans know they didn't achieve it if they don't. A great success of a season is deemed as a failure to the Niners and their faithful, but in reality they have been succeeding highly the past three years, and will continue too for a long time. The team is only getting better, along with their much hated quarterback Colin Kaepernick, coach Jim Harbaugh, and star pass rusher Aldon Smith. A wealth of great draft picks this year and last year ensures this. This is scary for opponents, and their fans. And unless Godzilla actually destroys San Francisco the team will be successful for years to come. So the hatred will keep coming as well, but it is welcomed. And it will be motivation for the team, argued against by the loyal fans, and unheard of by the yuppie fans in the luxury boxes and expensive seats (unless you find an app to show it to them).
The Niners know they are misfits, so does Jim Harbaugh. And they accept and relish that role. They love showing people who they really are, and proving people wrong. They're going to continue saying, "Who's got it better than us, nobody," because "heck yeah, we're the San Francisco 49ers, we can do whatever we want," with their success they have that right.