Originally posted by GNielsen:
I actually have always kind of liked the Packers. I think it probably has something to do with the fact that the people own them. When I was a kid growing up in SF, I really couldn't stand the Cowboys and the Rams because neither of those teams had the slightest respect for the Niners and they always were vocal about that. Your "fearsome foursome" used to talk trash about how they beat Brodie up and the Cowboys just said straight out that they had no respect for them.
That's just one reason why the 80's were such an awesome period for long-time Niner fans who had been following the team since the '60's. It started with Montana yelling "respect that Mother****er" at Ed Jones after they beat the Cowboys in the NFC Championship and then they went on to pretty much own the Rams for more than a decade while the Cowboys fell by the wayside. A golden age for Niner fans.
This is when I became a Rams' fan. I remember the Niners at that time well. Might be because I lived in Arizona and not LA, but I remember the Niners being this great, unbeatable team that I respected - they were exciting to watch. Never really developed a hatred. Well except being frustrated when they played the Rams, and aware they were the enemy team.
I love and respect the Fearsome Foursome as a part of our history, but I did not get to watch them personally.
To many older Rams' fans, you are not a Rams' fan unless you hate the Niners and Pats. I do hate the Pats, as I experienced that reason. Except now they have Amendola. It will be very odd watching them this year, as I can't imagine not rooting for him.