The 49ers’ two year reign as NFC West champs will face its sternest challenge this coming season, with many pundits already picking Seattle to unseat our boys at the top of the division in 2013. That might warm Seattle hearts, and it might even happen, but as we’ve learned the past two years, the regular season is so much last year’s news. The playoffs begin in January and everything between now and then is just weekend amusement.
The 49er large fellows probably amused themselves this morning by enjoying a petite breakfast of a dozen eggs, a pound of bacon, 24 pancakes, and a half-gallon of orange juice. No syrup on the pancakes, our boys have to watch their weight.
20 years ago, the large fellows began the day eating nails, broken glass, and gophers, swilled down with an ampetamine laced quart of whiskey. The old wild and rugged NFL days.
The nineteenth century ended with the industrial age roaring over the landscape and the twentieth century ended with the binary age whisking soundlessly through aerospace. Our football lads now are biometric marvels and we fans are digitalized and wired in.
Fittingly, Candlestick Park will pass into history after this 2013 season, a 53 year old relic from an America that no longer exists. It doesn’t rank up there with the Fenways and Wrigglys of the world, but the old dame has had some glory in its time. This coming year will no doubt be filled with nostalgic and less than nostalgic retrospects of The Stick.
It would be sweet if this year’s team rose to the occasion and closed down the place with a rousing victory in the playoffs. Reality rarely lives up to fantasy, however, so a luck-out, fluke, referee-aided squeaker would suffice just as well. One thing that never changes with fans, we’re shameless. We’ll take a win however it comes.