Monday, December 18, 2006

How Do You Classify a "Faithful"?

I can't begin to tell you how many times I saw a John Brodie to Ted Kwalick reception. Gene Washington dragging his toes through the back of the end zone for a go ahead score------only to watch a pathetic defense give the lead back a possession later. And yes, there was a time when I thought Nolan Sr. was the worst coach in the NFL.

The Rams would dominate us most of the time and when we finally got past them, the Cowboys would knock us off in the playoffs.

Then came the 80's and Montana. I wore out my personal video repaying the "Catch". With an all-rookie defensive backfield of Hicks,Wright, and Lott starting in their first Superbowl in Detroit, the defense made just as many big plays as the offense did. I can still see Archie Reese lieing on his back on the pile (pumping both fist in the air), stopping the Bengals on a 1st and goal from the three yard line, in what has been billed as "one of the greatest goal line stands" in Superbowl history. Ray Wersching's Super Bowl record-tying 4 field goals didn't hurt with the final score 26-21.

Four Superbowls later, the Niners had dominated the league like no other team since Lombardi's Packers. (Bradshaw would be the first to argue that point, but he's still an ass.)

Oh, and Steve Young wasn't a slouch either, ( 24-of-36 passes for 325 yards and 6 touchdowns), over the San Diego Chargers as the 49ers won their fifth Super Bowl.

All of these teams were just that-------complete teams------offense, defense, special teams. Players from other teams would die to come play with the Niner organization (which was termed "a class organization" by John Madden) under Eddie D.

What ever the Niners do the rest of the year, it's been a success, and a bright silver lining, (or should I say gold), in what can be described as a "future franchise" commanding respect from their peers. ( I'm certain Mike Holmgren would grudgingly agree).

Playoffs? Niner fans will never again be completely satisfied until we reach the playoffs and win another Superbowl. We've never lost one.

Forty-Niner Faithful?-------- You bet I am!

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