Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Originally posted by kem99:
Its funny the reaction people have to the ESPN analysts. If they don't talk about the 49ers, they're bums. If they do but not enough, they're bums. If they do but aren't positive enough, they're bums. Then when they do talk about them enough and are positive, they're bums for jumping on the bandwagon after not talking about them enough when they were terrible for 6 straight years. And, all of this criticism comes from a collective group that is probably much more critical than any of the national writers whether it comes from one of the different significant factions that has wanted to get rid of many of the players that are now coming into their own, is rarely happy enough with a win and acts as if someone needs to get fired or cut for each loss.
That's a hard argument when ESPN was like this during (even) the Mariucci years. Half their analysts/writers/management is made up of catty Jew Yorkers, or ex-NFC East football players/coaches/GMs who could give a s**t less about any team beyond the Dallas Cowboys (the further you head west).
This doesn't just go back to the fact that we've sucked over the past six years, but markets/east coast sports syndicates have had a strong disdain for the 49ers since the late 90's. (And sadly it isn't our team's fault completely, but the fact that we play in a run-down stadium that doesn't produce the type of revenue numbers the NFL would consider "sexy" enough for maximum exposure.)
You do know that the 49ers haven't had a Sunday night football game since 1997, right?
You do know that "Sunday Night Football" is a recent invention that began last year? So, yes, you're right, the 49ers have not had a Sunday night football game in the year and 4 games its been running when last year they were coming off the disastrous 2007 season. Yet despite being terrible, they have still appeared recently at least once per season on Thursday night or Monday night.
In terms of the "strong disdain...since the late 90's"...they bottomed out after Young retired, recovered briefly under Garcia but then went through the Erickson and Nolan years so what would you expect them to do...lead with the 49ers each week on NFL Countdown?
Moreover, a lot of the "disdain" was linked to where the Yorks were taking the franchise, especially in the beginning after they took it over from Eddie D. That "disdain" was echoed by then current and former 49ers, not to mention many of the posters here until recently.
You also ignore that Berman has long been a 49ers homer, not to mention that Steve Young has been with ESPN for the last few years.
All I'm saying is that as a whole, many of the posters here that complain about ESPN and other NFL "experts" are far more critical than those they criticize.