MNF 1990! 10-1 49ers Vs. 10-1 Giants. Both teams lost their first game just the week before. It was just a brutal defensive game. There were 17 or 18 punts in the game, and 49ers won 7-3
. Giants had Parcells and Bellicheat on the sidelines. Mark Bavaro caught a pass, got hit by a couple of 49ers - then DRAGGED Ronnie Lott and a LB for 10 yards before they could bring him down. Then he caught a pass over the middle and was just DESTROYED by Ronnie Lott! Later on he got blasted by Lott and Waymer both! Most players would have been carried off the field, but Bavaro got right back up! It was an awesome unstoppable force Vs. immovable object scenario. Twenty years later I still remember those hits. Bavaro is one of my all-time favorite non-49ers. I HATE Lawrence Taylor and Leonard Marshall - always have, and always will! But there were a lot of players on that Giants team that earned my respect.
Ronnie Lott will always be my favorite 49er, and that Monday night I think he had the toughest challenge of his career. The next season, Lott and Craig were in Raiders uniforms - and all was NOT right with the world!