Having covered the San Francisco 49ers as a beat writer for three seasons and having also cheered for them since my childhood, it’s sad for me to see them get this far, but fall short of the Super Bowl win.
It’s harder for me because in those three years, I met a lot of great players, coaches and staff members. I feel for them because I see them work hard every single day to get to their ultimate goal.
Even though I am emotionally invested in this team, it’s been almost half a day since the game ended and I don’t feel all too bad or sad. In fact, I feel OK. I am disappointed, but I’m not moping around.
Got enough of these two? Well, you’re going to get more!
Here it is, folks. After two weeks of nonsense, the game is finally here. The Ravens and 49ers will face off in the Super Bowl today!
This isn’t going to be a long analysis of every aspect of the game or anything like that. In fact I want to keep this as simple as possible. After all, I am not John or Jim Harbaugh, so it’s not my job to analyze a game to the core. Instead, I am going to point out 10 things that stand out to me in this game.
And who knows? I could be completely wrong, but this is the fun of it, right?
“I became mayor in November of `78 under very difficult circumstances with the assassinations of my predecessor George Moscone and Harvey Milk. There was hatred like I have never seen. San Francisco had some very, very dark days.
“Into this very disparate situation came the Niners and began to win. People took great pride in something going right.
“I can truly say, the first Super Bowl victory united a fractured city. It’s a sense of fulfillment in the wake of the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk, the Niners helped a broken city heal.”
– Former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein on the 49ers’ impact on the city
Every so often I get asked which professional sports team means more to the city of San Francisco. Even with the Giants winning two World Series in recent years, the answer always comes back to the 49ers.
Earl Cooper’s iconic touchdown spike in the team’s first Super Bowl.
Even if you look at the Bay Area as a whole, the 49ers are one of two teams to be born in the Bay and have never left. You can include the Sharks in the conversation, but they don’t have a long history like the 49ers. The 49ers have always been a part of the city of San Francisco and because of that, the entire community will always hold them dear.
New cleats for the 49ers and Ravens.
Nike has just unveiled the new cleats and gloves the players have the option of wearing for the Super Bowl this Sunday.
CHECK OUT THE NEW GEAR RIGHT HERE
The uniforms remain the same except for the Super Bowl patch. As confirmed last week, the 49ers are the home team and will wear their red jerseys. The Ravens are in the whites.
Let’s get a closer look at what the two teams will be wearing.
Randy Moss made waves during Super Bowl Media Day.
Super Bowl Media Day gives us a bunch of great opportunities for nonsensical questions from media to players in hopes of one quote that could be used and spun into 500 different stories.
Randy Moss obliged the media with this comment about being the greatest receiver ever.
“Now that I’m older, I do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever do it. I don’t think numbers stand. Because you can talk about this and this, I think I’ve had … this year has been a down year for me statistically. The year before I retired was a down year, and Oakland was a down year. I don’t really live on numbers — I really live on impact and what you’re able to do on that field.”
A flashback to a time when video games were simple.
Thanks Tecmo Bowl for giving us another great nugget and helping us get an idea of what could happen this Sunday!
Congratulations 49ers on your 31-17 win.
Two warriors from The U.
Even though I grew up a 49ers fan, I am a fan of other players on other teams. It’s hard not to be a fan of other players because there are so many talents and personalities that you just can’t get enough of.
For me, the above two players are two of my favorites of all time. There’s a certain mystique about both Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
With Reed, his ball-hawking skills continue to amaze me. Even though he’s fallen off a little this year, if you look at his overall career, you can’t ignore the kind of impact he’s had on the game. He’s a game changer and one of the very few NFL players I am always cheering for no matter who they’re playing.
He’s been through a lot in his life, including the loss of his brother two years ago and his contemplation of stepping away from the game.
Plus, he went to The U, which makes him even cooler in my book. This is his first Super Bowl.
Colin Kaepernick’s success came in part by Alex Smith’s willingness to mentor him.
Yes, I criticized Alex Smith for costing himself the starting job due to the concussion. But it was what happened afterward that made me appreciate his attitude towards the whole thing.
Instead of being bitter about not being the star quarterback of the team heading to the Super Bowl, Smith told Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports that he’s happy for all that’s happened.
“I’m so happy, man,” Alex Smith said afterward as he dressed alone at his locker. “This is so surreal. It’s such a crazy time, such a crazy moment. Obviously, it’s been a unique year, and it would be great to be in there. But I couldn’t be happier. This is a great group of guys, and they’re all Super Bowl bound. I’m just so happy for all of them.”
Patrick Willis and the 49ers are going to the Super Bowl!
Isn’t it great? The 49ers are heading back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1994 season. It’s a great feeling for me since I grew up a 49ers fan but it means a lot more to me because it’s special for so many people I know.
My dad loves the team and I can just imagine him being so happy. He taught me the game and we watched the Niners when I was a young kid. This is for him.
I got so many friends who are also Niners fans and this is something that I know they are enjoying. They are true fans, not the bandwagon kind and they deserve this too.
But most importantly, this victory means so much to me because of all the great people I met in my three years on the beat covering the team.
It is now official. Beyonce will be performing the halftime show at the upcoming Super Bowl. For the most part, this was a pretty solid choice. She has international appeal, fits the younger audience demographic and looks to revitalize the halftime show after a very OK show last year with Madonna and visual/audio disaster with Black Eyed Peas two years ago.
After all, I doubt this would happen again.
I initially wanted an older group like Van Halen or The Eagles to do the show but after thinking about it, we’ve had older classic rock groups perform a lot recently. This might be a good chance to spice it up.