A Special Season can only end one way.

What a season it’s been. And what an understatement that just was.

I was fortunate enough to witness all the dynasty years of the 80’s and early half of the 90’s. Since then we’ve had some highs, no doubt, but for the most part those have come recently. The Harbaugh years were awesome (Who Had It Better Than Us?!?), and were much needed after the way the millennium was playing out till that point under the Yorks. And I loved Harbaugh and much about those teams. But for me, they never really had a "special" feel to them. Don’t get me wrong, please. Three consecutive NFC Championship games and a Superbowl appearance is pretty darn special. But it never felt like destiny or anything was meant to be.

We all know how that Harbaugh run ended and the couple years of misery that followed.

Enter ShanaLynch. They said they would bring back the Niners "Brick by Brick" and by my grading system, they’ve done nothing but deliver. We are again an elite franchise and place where Free Agents and quality coaches want to be, and stay. These years haven’t been without their setbacks, but overall it’s been fun to be a Niner fan again. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate what they’ve done, and what they’re doing. We all can and should be proud of our team.

We all also know the stories of 2017 and 2018. Then the 2019 season, "Mobile to Miami" and a Super Bowl appearance. We fell short, but man, how far we’d come from the mutual parting and Tomsula passing gas in pressers (or was that his chair?). That was an awesome season, and similar to 2011, it was somewhat unexpected. I loved it, but I can’t say it felt "special" to me. Again, don’t get me wrong. I’ll take a season that ends with us playing in a Super Bowl any time.

2020 was 2020. Hope to never see anything like that again.

2021 (last year) ended with a nice run. And it was even starting to feel "special." But I always knew in the back of my mind that we were lacking what it would have taken to win it all. Our QB was playing with two injuries to the arm he uses to throw a ball, and our All Pro Left Tackle, and arguably the best Football player in the NFL was injured too. So was our RB1 (and 2). We won’t even talk about Josh Norman, but we could.

On to now and Mr. Irrelevant has never been and will likely never again be more relevant.

This season has all the makings, and it does feel truly special. We’ve got more weapons than ever (thanks again Mr. Lynch, for CMC). The team is the healthiest it’s been all year overall, and at the perfect time. We stopped losing games more than 2 months ago.

Watching the Niners play is what I look forward to more than anything. Every game beyond the 17 all teams are promised (Bills and Bengals exception appreciated here) I consider to be a gift. We’re into the post season, and I’m so thankful.

I’m not ready for this to end. It can’t! I refuse to accept otherwise, even though I know I may have to eventually.

This team deserves a Super Bowl win this year. They’ve weathered as much adversity as any team and more than most. The legacy of the 49er dynasties is built on Offense (the defenses were underrated, to be fair). And the offense is the best it’s been since ShanaLynch laid the first brick.

I’m done rambling. Thank you to Shanahan, Lynch, Jed and every player in our amazing locker room for an amazing season. I pray for your health, and stand by you no matter how or when this ends.

Please. Go finish this thing the way we all hope and get those rings you deserve!

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