I don't really engage on it a whole lot here on Niners Nation or even on Twitter, but I do quite enjoy me a little bit of trash talk when it comes to sports. Talking trash -- good-spirited trash, of course -- is simply how my family raised me when it comes to sports and since I haven't made anybody cry yet, I've been doing it well into adulthood.
Over the past couple seasons, I've really enjoyed jawing at friends of mine who happen to be fans of the Seattle Seahawks, particularly due to the rivalry that's been heating up with our San Francisco 49ers. Tonight, I had a great opportunity to burn a Seahawks fan friend of mine when he was talking about Malcolm Butler, the cornerback who sealed a Super Bowl win for the New England Patriots just a few months ago.
But I realized that, with so much that has happened this offseason, it didn't even feel right making fun of that. I know that's an irrational urge as the whole point of boasting and making fun doesn't really rely on your team actually being good, but man that's something that bummed me out that revealed to me something a bit bigger: I really, really love it when the 49ers get love from folks outside of the fandom.
Maybe that's ... what's the word, vain? But I liked having some success to actually back up that trash talk. Here's to hoping that all the doubters are proven wrong this season and the 49ers wind up actually doing something good (I know, good or bad, I'll find my trash-talking legs at some point over the next few weeks ... football is football, after all) this season, yeah?
One day out from the first preseason game -- GO NINERS! Onto your links for the day.
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