I don't often do the whole "kiss the rings" taunt to fans of other football teams, or harp endlessly on about how the San Francisco 49ers have five Super Bowls, second-most in league history. It's just not something I typically put out there as a retort or a brag ... but man do I think about it a lot when the postseason comes around. I suppose you could say I'm very inwardly petty. Stuff like that matters to me, even if it's not something I mention consistently.
For the past couple seasons, those thoughts have mainly focused on the 49ers capturing another title. Jim Harbaugh has had the 49ers competitive the past three years and all I could think about that entire time was getting Super Bowl number six. Now that the 49ers are eliminated, I'm taking a look at the playoff field and thinking about who I want to win.
Now that Jim Schwartz is gone, I kind of like the thought of the Detroit Lions actually being a good team and winning things. I've always viewed the Baltimore Ravens, even factoring in the Super Bowl loss, as a pretty inoffensive team. I don't talk about the other teams I generally root for when the 49ers are out because those teams are also typically bad -- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns, probably due to some underdog complex.
So this field has generally been about negativity for me. I dislike Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, so I don't want the New England Patriots to win. Green Bay Packers fans are insufferable when they talk about "title town," so they can't win one. I've never liked the Atlanta Falcons or the Carolina Panthers.
Truthfully, I don't hate the Arizona Cardinals or the Seattle Seahawks. As franchises, neither have done much to make me dislike them historically, and another title wouldn't change that. I suspect the majority of 49ers fans don't feel this way though, especially judging by the slew of replies I got on Twitter expressing outrage at the thought of Seattle repeating as Super Bowl champs.
But what I really, truthfully cannot stomach, is the 49ers losing even more ground to the Pittsburgh Steelers, or giving up any to the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers, I don't have a huge problem with -- that organization is incredibly well-managed and has been for decades -- but they have six Super Bowls and that absolutely does not fly with me. That can't happen.
Then there's the Cowboys, a team at which I have an overabundance of disdain for. I actually feel the weight of a potential Dallas Super Bowl victory physically on my person. It's a deep, bottomless pit where nothing exists but the sheer, biting colt, but it burns oh so badly.
I'll never wish anything horrible to happen to the players or the people involved in that organization, but if the whole lot woke up tomorrow and decided they didn't want the Cowboys to be a professional football team anymore, I'd be fine with it.
The Dallas Cowboys cannot win the Super Bowl this year. That's where I'm at. I want to know what your rooting interest are, 49ers fans, and if there's any team that you absolutely do not want to win.