Okay, we’re now atop the NFL mountain with appropriate accolades pouring in from all over. Gregg Easterbrook of ESPN’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback calls the 49ers the NFL’s New Beast, the newest monster team. The one other coaches would least like to have on their schedule.
Some pockets of ignorant and tremulous opinion still have the Patriots as the NFL’s top team, of course. They are more impressed with their East Coast darling team whipping the AFC South’s cellar dwelling mess than the Niners whipping Green Bay. I’ll say this, though, the last team Tom Brady wants to face right now is the 49ers. If the Titans can give the poor lad an owie, God help the wimp when it’s our turn.
But, lest we get too carried away with our new found RESPECT, it might be wise to remember that being number one in September is about as significant as having the lead at the one mile mark of a marathon. In fact, being the top seed in January doesn’t carry much weight, either. Since 1975, the top seed in the playoffs has won only six SBs. In this century, only the 2003 Patriots went in on top and came out that way. Three top seeds have lost the SB this century, but the 49ers don’t do SB losses. That’s the specialty of the Cowboys, Patriots, Bills, and Vikings. Very tawdry.
With victories in the past year over New Orleans, the Giants, our nemesis Philadelphia, and now the Packers, the 49ers have proof that they are legitimate SB contenders, and can handle any type of team. The only thing important now is to make the playoffs and arrive there healthy.
In the meantime, we are certainly guaranteed to have lots of enjoyable football games this season. The 49ers have regained their status as an elite NFL franchise. And they’ll be relentlessly chasing after that sixth SB title until they bring it home.
It’s the closest to peace on earth we will get in this life time. While on my walk the other day, I passed a house with two huge 49er flags posted on either side of the front door, flapping proudly in the breeze. A little further down the block, I saw a little boy in his front yard, blowing his nose with a Raider handkerchief. What more can I say?
Detroit comes to town this weekend and we’ll probably trample them. They did not look like a dangerous squad, squeaking by the Rams, at home, last Sunday. The problem is their coach. Jim Schwartz is a runt trying to act like a big, tough dude. You see Jim Harbaugh talking to one of his players and you see two big guys at eye level with each other. You see Schwartz talking to one of his players and it looks like a ball boy asking for an autograph.
Detroit is not a lovable team. Their city went bankrupt sixty years ago and the only people who live there now are criminals, crooked lawyers, second rate mobsters, dope fiends, and people who wished they didn’t live there. Kind of like Oakland, actually. And we all know who plays there. It’s right in the dictionary:
SUCK: v. intr. to exhibit Oakland Raiderness. To perform in a vile, dog-breathian manner. syn. n. troglodyte.
It will be good for the Lions to come out to the Bay Area. They’ll feel cleaner when they fly home losers.