dont vote based on when you were born.
being a real fan is something that requires watching every game, knowing the players, knowing the history, knowing the game, etc. I cant just say ive been a fan since 1986 because thats when I was born, and I had a little 49ers shirt.
I became an actual fan in 1995. up until then I liked the 49ers, but mainly because we were from the bay area, and my dad had been a fan for a long time. I remember casually watching the 1994 Super Bowl, and it being no big deal because the 49ers always won the Super Bowl. little did I know that when I really started to pay attention the next season, that would be the last time they won it all for a very long time.
I remember when we changed the helmet logo in 96, and went to the darker red. I remember the 97 NFC Championship game in the mud vs. the Packers, Young getting knocked out and Grbac playing out a very painful loss. I remember the Garrison Hearst 96 yd TD run in OT vs. the Jets, and still have the game on VHS tape. "The Catch 2", probably my fav. Niner moment since I became a fan, Young getting hit by Aeneas Williams and never getting back up, the whole Garcia/Owens growing pain years, the 2001 season where we went 12-4 and looked to be right back on track, the 2002 Wild Card comeback against the Giants, then getting dismantled the next week in TB. for some reason the only thing i remember about that game was an early Rashad Holman interception. probably the last glimmer of hope that season had before it all went down the drain.
And then there was the hiring of Dennis Erickson after a slew of interviews, and everyone going "HUH!??" after he was announced as the hire. I think we opened the season by completely destroying the Kordell Stewart led Chicago bears like 49-7. in my mind, that was the last hoorah for the 49ers dynasty of the era. from there everything became an 8 year long blur of losing and frustration.
Hopefully we are back to making winning memories again!