I’m trying to feel lousy about the 49ers losing the NFC Championship game, but it isn’t working. I feel bad, certainly. But not lousy. If I was a Packers fan or a Saints fan, I would feel lousy. Those two franchises had great teams with great expectations and they failed to meet them. The 49ers were a bunch of scrappers that defied and exceeded any and all expectations to even get to the Championship game.
In the end, the team wasn’t beaten, so much as fickled. A small, brief, sideways kiss of a wandering oblate spheroid on the leg of Kyle Williams is what put the Giants in the Super Bowl, and not the 49ers. When the 49ers have gone to the big game, they have earned their way in. Sorry, Giants. You didn’t. You were just plain lucky.
But that’s what happens when your team is constantly in the playoffs. Every now and then, the ball bounces your way. The two teams in the SB this year don’t really deserve to be there, but they are. And that is the hardest thing to deal with. That and having to avoid reading anything about these two teams in the the next two weeks. The East Coast can get all goo-goo faced about the Pats/Giants game, but for me, the season is over. I’ve checked into the self-induced coma room for a fourteen day ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz…………
This 49er season had two extra games to it and those two games were AWESOME! Absolutely awesome.
They’re also the start of a new era of winning football. The Dark Ages of the franchise has ended.
The 2012 season will have higher expectations and an increased capability for feeling lousy at season’s end. Those of us who are old enough can attest to the depths of attainable lousiness by referencing 1987 and 1990 as super downer examples. The 49ers were good enough to win the Super Bowl four straight years back then, but only came away with two.
Hey, guys! We won’t be clamoring all offseason for a pass rush OLB this year! Wow. What a year by Aldon Smith. The pass rush in the Giants game, especially in the second half, was overpowering.
This year’s clamor will obviously be for a scary WR. That’s what Michael Crabtree was supposed to be, but clearly isn’t. He’ll be much better and scarier when other teams are doubling up someone else. Braylon Edwards was signed for this purpose last summer and immediately contracted Jonas Jennings Disease and spent most of the year being useless at best and awful when used at worst.
For those poo-pooing the need for good WRs, take a look at the Giants. They were a 7-7 team until their WRs all got healthy. They haven’t lost since.
We won’t be clamoring for new O-line bodies this offseason, either. This year’s line really settled in after the Ravens game and looks destined to be a force for years to come. Chilo Rachal is a FA and not likely to be re-upped, which makes Scot McCloughan’s last two drafts here almost a total wash out. Alcohol and excellence are just not the winning mix they used to be in the pre-roided out world.
How am I coping, guys? It’s only Tuesday and I’ve already got a little spring in my step. It’s Trent Baalke time. What’s not to like? Go get ’em, big guy. Bring home some glue hands and speedy feet.