Spent the weekend agonizing over which was worse: clubbing a teammate with a beer bottle (Ahmad Brooks) or giving the finger to the entire 49er fan base (Colin Kaepernick). Drunken beligerence or clueless arrogance.
Brooks is a defensive line type guy and aggressive nastiness is almost part of his job description. But cluelessness from a QB, the brains of the team, is definitely not what you want to see.
Saturday, over 1,200 Patriots fans turned in their Aaron Hernandez jerseys to terminate any rooting interest in this ex-Patriot shame. That’s over a hundred grand in merchandise. Teams like to make that kind of coin, you might surmise. To then see your star player trotting around being an advertisement for another team’s gear is not something that will make Jed York happy, let alone Jim Harbaugh or the rest of us Joe Blow 49er fans.>
This is Fandom 101 stuff. You learn about team loyalty when you’re eight years old. Mets fans don’t wear Yankee caps. Giants fans don’t wear Dodger caps. Turlock boys don’t wear Modesto caps. And 49er guys do not wear Dolphin caps. Where was Kaepernick when the dohs were handed out?
The next step is going to be tricky. After Harbaugh takes Colin out to the woodshed for a good, solid tanning, will our QB emerge chastened and bedecked accordingly? Or will he be merely an obedient but sullen conformist. Can he keep his good humor when confronted by reporters wanting him to discuss his treasonous behavior?
Of course, Kaepernick could just stuff a Super Bowl victory down our fan throats and give us the finger again. Then the emotional dilemma would pass over to us.
Not that it would be much of a dilemma. Pittsburgh fans had no trouble rooting for Ben Roethlisberger after he served his suspension for unconvicted rape. Eddie Debartolo wiggled his way out of the same problem, and he’s now our beloved ex-owner. This is Fandom 102: everything is forgivable if you bring home a winner. As Paterno State U. quite vividly demonstrated.
In the meantime, there are 1,600+ players out there roaming the streets, with three more weeks until training camps open. We most probably have not heard the last of knuckleheads on parade.