At Monday’s post game press conference, Jim Harbaugh pleaded with the media to tone down the praise and keep ripping the team instead. If that’s how he feels, he must be a great fan of the blogosphere! One poster on the SF Insider was even ripping the Yorks for making the players sit in the coach section of their chartered plane on the way home from Philadelphia.
The blog world definitely spun on its axis in the final 30 minutes of Sunday’s incredible victory over the Eagles. It was like a howling mob of vampires suddenly dissipated by the morning sun breaking through on the horizon. Poof! We’re out of here.
In truth, 49er fans are not accustomed to savoring victory these days. It was clearly difficult for them to, you know, just glow, baby, glow! Bask. Smile. Get the light feet do-see-do. A great many were stumbling around in a War Is Over daze. Coping.
Even bloggers who don’t rip the team had trouble enjoying the victory. Their first reaction was to turn around and rip the rippers. Payback time.
Those who enjoyed this victory the most were guys who have friends who are fans of other teams — like the Eagles, Raiders, and Cowboys. Eat it, not-Niner people. Suffer. Spend the week in total despair. Do you see my smile? Hahaha.
With all due apologies to the pure of heart, when it comes to football, there’s nothing quite as fun as another team’s fan’s misery. You can spend an entire offseason savoring the despair felt by, oh say, a Patriots fan in 2007. Currently, no fan of another team even spends a moment savoring the mess the 49ers have been for a decade. We haven’t been worthy of envy.
That might be changing, guys. Four games into the 2011 season, no 49er win has yet been credited to the quality of the team, so much as the failure of the opponent. In Philadelphia and elsewhere eastern-wise, the story is how could the Eagles lose to those awful 49ers. Heck, a bunch of our own fans are asking the same question.
So it will be awhile before anyone takes this team seriously. In the meantime, I suggest we all pull out some old 49er tapes from the ’80’s and re-learn how to enjoy victory. How to savor being good. How to nonchalant along the boulevard with a smug ass attitude. After all, when the spotlight finally shines on our beloved warriors, we don’t want to be caught with our mouths open, like some heehaw from the boondocks.
As for the fellows that have lived to rip for several years, this new era is going to be difficult. You would have my sympathy if I felt kind. But I don’t. Hahaha. Go Niners!