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What it’s Like To Win it All

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 18, 2014

Today is the biggest game I can ever remember for me as a fan. I say “today” because there’s no way I’ll be able to focus on typing tomorrow. Too nervous. I could probably focus on “breathing” tomorrow. I hope.

I HATE the Seattle Seagulls. I despise their fans, at least a dozen or so who call me a close friend. And that’s a good example of how we live our lives in boxes.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been alive for 5 Super Bowl wins. I remember each one like they were yesterday. I was talking to one of my buddy’s kids the other day, a 12 year old boy, and I was struck with his passion for the Niners. He was wearing a Bill Ring jersey that his rad dad scored for him and he was wondering with wide eyes what it would be like to win a Super Bowl this year. And it was at that moment that I realized how many Niner fan kids don’t know what that’s like. They watch their dad’s strut around in their over-sized Niner jackets, bota bags in tow, giving their buddies knowing dude head nods about better days from the 80′s. But those kids don’t know what it’s like to have their team win a Super Bowl. They don’t know the glory. The destiny.

It’s the same now as it was then. When it happens, you just start running. Usually with a crazy smile on your face, sometimes without shoes. Always with abandon. And you just run. And when you stop and don’t know what to do next, you start running again cause you gotta get back to where you started. Only an idiot without shoes keeps running away forever.

Each step is another stride away from your losing ways. Losing days. Every heart beat is the joy of your new life as a winner, for eternity. “Flags Fly Forever” is one of the best things anyone has ever said.

I want all those young Niner fans flying through life flaglessly to come join the Eternity Party. #questfor6

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  1. Bozo said, on January 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    That first SB win, was a pretty emotional blow out for me. Actually, so were the rest. The first Giant WS win? Again a pretty emotional blow out. The first SB win was hitting the streets at a full run, going down hard, torn Levis, bloody knee and going crazy in the Inner Sunset (hello Wishing Well). The first WS win had me screaming at the top of my lungs, on my front porch, in a small North Cackalacky fishing village. Loved the first one, but the second was just as good. For the Niners, a quest for six sounds pretty fucking good to me.
    Pluck dem Seabirds!!!

  2. snarkk said, on January 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I’ll be ticked if the Niners lose tomorrow, but I won’t have a stroke about it. D’ya know how good it is around here to be a sports fan? Think about the goodies that surround us. Giants win 2 of the last 4 WS. Niners are in THREE straight NFC championship games, and won one of the first two to get to the Super Bowl. They’ve got a new, kickass stadium to open this August. A’s ( if you’re a fan) win 2 straight AL West Div titles. Stanfoo goes to a bunch of BCS bowls. Sharks are always in the playoffs (though they can’t seem to break through). Dubs are now getting their S together under a new ownership and a front office that looks like it actually knows what it’s doing, with appearance into the second level of the POs last year, and headed for POs again now. How many metro areas in the country have DOGMEAT teams to follow? Lots. We have a veritable treasure chest of success to follow as fans. The only thing missing is a decent Cal football team (Monty’s doing just fine with the BBall team, 5-0 Pac12 with blowout win over WashSt today at Haas), and maybe it will have a Rose Bowl appearance before I kick — but, at least rehabbed Memorial Stadium is now awesome. Enjoy it, folks, these are the good times. Oh, BTW, phuck the Raiduhs…

  3. chipower9 said, on January 19, 2014 at 6:28 am

    AWESOME thread Craig. Yeah, I remember each vividly (Niner Super Bowls and Giant WS wins). I was in Tahoe for the first Niner win. Was at Placerville Brewing Company for the Giants first win. I remember my daughter leaping into my arms…and us bouncing up and down endlessly…tears of joy running down my cheeks, washing away years of frustration and empty wishes…

    Today is the day to continue the march…to add on! Quest for Six! Go Niners!

  4. willedav said, on January 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I remember the first one, when I was doing a forklift job loading pallets onto trucks (benefits of a liberal arts education after Prop 13 wiped out all the teaching jobs in cal). One of the drivers used to come by every week with a new shirt for sale after every playoff W, including the big one. Guy raked.

    Kids in the news, b-ball division:
    larry nance jr. leads Wyoming over jose state with 18 pts 13 boards 5 blocks
    Lamond Murray jr. leads pepperdine waves with 16 over Portland. Portland has Bryce pressley, Harold’s kid.
    Bryce Alford comes off bench for UCLA, way more athletic than his dad the coach.
    Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 13 for UW (who Stanford thrashed for home sweep of NW).
    I know Hardaway and Doc rivers’ kids are in nba, see how long they last.

    Baseball it just seems a lot tougher for sons of famous guys. Griffey is more the exception than the rule. I don’t think any of Gwynn’s kids are still in mlb, are they? Didn’t Bochy’s son get an invite to camp?

    • blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Minor league contract with the Phils (he’ll get a spring training invite as part of his contract).

  5. blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

    You guys – being in the bay area – have seen and heard it all regarding the 49ers/Seahawks rivalry, but this is the best article, I’ve come across, with the video that accompanies the article, that does a good job in documenting why the 49ers and Seahawks dislike each other so much. Goes back to Harbaugh’s run up of the score during the Trojan/Cardinal game, where Carroll said, “What’s your deal?” LOL . . .

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/10306662/san-francisco-49ers-seattle-seahawks-rivalry-burns-intensely

  6. blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Speaking of Gwynn Jr., on June 1, 2012, Gwynn was part of a Dodgers lineup that featured the sons of five former Major Leaguers. Without Googling it, who were the other 4 players?

    • Flavor said, on January 19, 2014 at 9:45 am

      San Dawg would love this one.

    • willedav said, on January 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

      j hairston, van slyke, uribe. were all 5 on LA? cuz if not…if they were playing phils, mayberry..if it was Dago, Venable…all I got.

      • blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

        Close Willie . . . I will let SD chime in before I answer.

    • gianthead said, on January 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

      James Loney, son of major leaguer Skippy Loney;)

      • blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm

        Skippy???? Umm, no. Well, I guess San Dawg is surfing or something today . . . The answer to the trivia question is – Jerry Hairston, Jr., Iván DeJesús, Jr., Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke.

  7. gianthead said, on January 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

    My kid’s friends all said Niners would lose to the Packers. Then they said they would lose to the Panthers. So of course they say the Niners will lose to the Seahawks.

    And then they will say the Niners will lose to the Pats or Broncos.

    Of course he heard this before….”The Giants will never beat the Phillies…Rangers…Cards or Tigers!”

  8. Bozo said, on January 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Don’t know if you guys have seen this note from Flannery (I thought I’d posted it earlier, guess not). Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool.

    “News alert…just got a call from the great Will Clark. He said I’m sending a $10,000 check for what your doing for the Stow Family. With that money, Cd sales, Airstreams donations and Jeremy Affeldts $25,000 we have hit the $50,000 mark for Bryan, and we haven’t played a note yet for his 4 shows. It’s true ” together we’re GIANT” in tears, humbled and honor to be part of the love and healing. Amazing…..see you at the Fox in Redwood City Thursday….tim”

    • sandy32koufax said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Cool. I’ve put some money in the pot but I’m not McWhoops. Wish he’d pony up the “right” way…

  9. zumiee said, on January 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I’m often late getting around to movies, and I only recently saw “42.” It’s a good, but not great film. Worth seeing for its acting performances, but doesn’t have much new information for people familiar with Robinson’s story. The filmmakers made a wise decision to not try to do everything; but instead, focus on a concise storyline. The film just doesn’t have a great script, overall.

  10. blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Horrific injury to Bowman. Fox didn’t need to show it a gazillion times. Now, an interception. Pfffttt!

    • sandy32koufax said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      That was an ugly injury. Niners took some serious hits today.

  11. zumiee said, on January 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Two years in a row, the season ends trying to throw a jump ball to Crabtree at the endzone sideline.
    Hey, one of these years that play’s going to work.

  12. DJLoo said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    That Sherman’s a class act. Another guy who’d probably be doing 20 to life if he wasn’t a football player.

    • James said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      That was a bizarre display in that first interview on the sidelines. He seems more unbalanced than contemptible.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Yeah, I think that female sideline reporter was afraid for her life.

      • sandy32koufax said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        Didn’t he say “Muthuh fuckuh?”

      • blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        I’m not certain Sandy, I was so shocked when he was screaming incoherently, that I ran to lock my doors, forgetting that I was in Colorado. ;-)

      • sandy32koufax said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        You funny. Pammy did look scared and FOX cut him off right after his little outburst though

    • Macdog said, on January 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Must be that Stanford education.

  13. blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Listening to Trent Dilfer on ESPN. Amazing this guy was such a mediocre, piece of shit QB, but is able to sound like Einstein explaining the game. A conundrum that I have no explanation for. :-)

  14. twinfan1 said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    VD was livid, he was wide open.

    • sandy32koufax said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Eyes. You know what I’m saying too. You’ve got good field vision or you don’t. Kaep has to learn to see it all.

  15. sandy32koufax said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Flappers, enjoy the next few weeks, we have some baseball biz coming up very soon.

    Thanks Craig, til next time…

    • blade3colorado said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Take care Sandy. Looking forward to you posting more here. I have a theory . . . The Flap has a way of discombobulating minds, before you know it, you’ve become a Flapper and a Giants fan. All that nonsense about being a Dodger fan is wiped clean from your brain housing unit hard drive. :-)

    • Flavor said, on January 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      back at ya. Looking forward to you emerging out of the shadows one year and joining us for a Flapalooza. You’d be a big hit.

  16. DJLoo said, on January 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Erin Andrews just tweeted,

    “What a great game and a great interview I conducted immediately after it.”
    #‎BringBackSegregationInSports‬
    ‪#‎WhyIsntThisGuyInJail‬
    ‪#‎NotAGoodDayToResembleNicoleSimpson‬

    • Flavor said, on January 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      that last hash tag might be the funniest thing I’ve seen or read in years……

  17. SanDawg said, on January 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Bummed I missed the trivia question. I would have got Gordon and Van Slyke. Not DeJesus though—but I do remember the dad. I also forgot Hairston was a Dogger.
    My younger son is taking the Niner loss hard. I asked him if he wanted to watch a movie and he said “No, I’m tired and I hate Richard Sherman.”

    • Flavor said, on January 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      “No, I’m tired and I hate Richard Sherman..”
      Man, I’m with your son. And the worst part is that if you take out all that bullshit from his interview with EA, he fucking beat us fair and square. HE was better. That’s gonna stick hard tonight as I try to fall to sleep…….

  18. unca_chuck said, on January 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    If anything comes out of this season it’s that we need a better passing offense. Kappy needs to do a better job of seeing the open guy. I didn’t see VD on that play, but Kappy either throws it to Crabs, or he throws it out of bounds. You cannot throw a pick there.

    3 turnovers on the 4 th quarter will never win you many games.

    They have to get rid of Greg roman.

    • snarkk said, on January 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      VD was wide open over the left middle at the 5 yard line. A zip pass to him at the goal line and it’s TD time. The safety was rolled too far to the right sideline to have broken it up, pass to VD and it’s Super Bowl time. Kap made up his mind to throw to Crabs, or was told to throw there, don’t know which. But, you have to throw that one long and get the TD, or OB, plenty of time left with TOs to get 3 more plays off…

      • gianthead said, on January 20, 2014 at 7:40 am

        Looked like Boldin was also open in front of VD on a post…but give Sherman credit, great great play. He was playing for the ball to go deeper in the corner and Kap threw it in a great spot short of where Sherman was looking for it and Sherman just makes an incredible athletic play…

  19. unca_chuck said, on January 19, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Yeah, Kappy just cannot make that throw at that time of the game. The earlier pick was horrible, but the deep safety left Boldin to go deep, and Kappy thought Boldin was open.

    I’d look at that last pick again, but if he didn’t see 2 open guys and threw into double coverage, I’ll probably puke.

  20. Del Mar Dennis said, on January 20, 2014 at 1:47 am

    I am a complete and utter fool.

  21. Del Mar Dennis said, on January 20, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I’m hung like a light switch.

  22. Bozo said, on January 20, 2014 at 6:06 am

    What’s really on my mind? Well since you asked it’s that Del Mar Dennis is an asshole. Fuck us?
    No, fuck you and the air you breathe you fucking fucktard. May all your bets be on the losing side and the gutters you sleep in, have nothing to break your fall.
    Fuck you, Dennis.


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