Bear with me today, Outsiders, this post may get a little tortured (like our team might this weekend).
Most 49er fans are aware that the team has what you might call some issues. Such as you might say stinking or sucking. These are pretty straightforward problems that are fairly easily recognized, if not easily or even ever worked out.
Green Bay fans also have issues, but theirs are a bit more subtle and elusive. You might say these problems fall into the category of Bridesmaid Hell. Since the evil okie showed up in Wisconsin in the early nineties, the Packers have been a perennial contender in the NFC North, but have always managed to fall short.
The Packers did win the SB in 1996, but soon afterwards their coach Mike Holmgren and their defensive superman Reggie White left the premises. Fourteen years later, the team still does not have another ring, despite contending for one year in and year out. They are a bit like the Eagles in the NFC East. Close, but no cigar.
Three times, the team has coughed away a shot at the SB by turning over the ball, and the game, at the end of the NFC Championship game. Brett Farve heave-hoed two woeful ints to accomplish this splutz and last year Aaron Rogers fumbled away the game one play after he had overthrown an open receiver for what would have been the game winning TD. Oh, no! Not again!
Most 49er fans would probably prefer to trade issues with the Packers fans. But this is not right thinking. The off season hurts a hellava lot more when you’ve blown another golden opportunity than it does if you’ve just had another forgettable season.
The Packers have had HOF caliber QB play for nearly twenty years, with only one SB to show for it. Hahaha. Losers! When the 49ers had twenty years of HOF caliber play, they trotted home with FIVE trophies. It’s entirely possible the Colts franchise is going to produce only ONE SB victory, also, despite fifteen or more years of top five all time QB play.
Why am I bringing this up? Probably because the Niners are going to get butchered this weekend and it kind of ticks me off. Not only will the team be non-competitive, but the Niner’s 2005 #1 QB pick will be sitting on our bench behind a short fifth round off the street QB, while the Packers 2005 first round QB pick will be on the field throwing for 300+ yards and four TDs.
These cheeseheads are a nasty reminder of a failed era in San Francisco. I would dearly like to see our boys grind them into the tundra like they ground up the Cardinals last weekend. Unfortunately, the Packers will actually be awake and trying to win the game. They also are a pretty good team. (But not good enough!).
In fact, to really gall these northern fellows, who are 7-4 versus the 49ers 4-7, this game is a MUST win game for them and a throw away game for us! We can lose and still make the playoffs. If they lose, they are going to be two games behind Chicago and virtually toast even for a wild card.
The moral to the story is simple: even when you do things right, the results can turn out wrong. The 49ers only need three ints and three fumbles to make this game enjoyable. But the Packers need Divine Intervention to have a successful season. IOW, 49er fans won’t be nervous Sunday, but Packer fans will be sweating, waiting for the Oh, No! moment. And there’s a real chance Alex Smith will be watching the playoffs on the 49er bench, while Rogers watches on his living room sofa. Now that would be delicious.
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Westbrook’s TD run finds the Cardinals’ D asleep.