As a Niners fan since the late 70's, I personally have had the opportunity to witness greatness! I have also had the misfortune of witnessing defeat and heartbreak. In an age where everyone has an opinion and can easily share that opion with millions of others, it has been challenging to be a 49er fan over the last decade to say the least. After decades of domination, many fans and media have felt no sympathy for our erroding franchise and laughing stock of a team. While many pundits and media personell have found it "trendy" and "outside the norm"to endorse the 49ers over the past few seasons, I dont think any of them down deep feel our team is on the level of the big boys (Packers, Saints, Steelers...).
Hell as a fan over the last decade, I dont know if I firmly believe this year's team is as good as any out there. But as a true fan, that has never mattered to me. I have always rooted for, sported gear of and loudly protested for my 49ers no matter how bad we were playing at the time (excluding Chris Weinke's start). But make no mistake about it this season has been magical so far...through the toughest part of our schedule we not only competed, but often dominated. You cant watch NFL Network or ESPN or pick up any NFL related material that doesnt want to talk about what we are doing out here in the West. In fact they are running out of stuff to write about. The storyline about Harbaugh being responsible for the transformation has been beaten to death. The story lines are slightly turning from positive and refreshing, to synical and predictive of failure. These pundits thought we would beat up our division, but to win against the heavy hitters...come on.
And so to finally get to my point....the next 8 games will no doubtedly be much different than the first 8. Like it or not the 49ers now have a target on their backs from other teams, other fans and the media. The same pundits who thought it was trendy to pick the Niners as a contender in the NFC will quickly dismiss us should we...lets say lose to the Giants this weekend. A few interceptions by Alex and the world will no doubt be crashing in for our young team. While I would love to see the 49ers win every game from here on out, I know its highly unlikely. Some times a loss can strengthen a team and feed a need to get better that may have been dying down.
This board alone can be a place of negativity and hate after a Niner loss, for the Noobs go back and look at articles written after the Dallas loss for confirmation. Which to me has always been fine. It allows you to more clearly see through the BS and spot your fellow loyal fans and those who just want to hop on board. If we lose to the Giants and lose a game or two to the likes of the NFC West, I will be steadfast in my belief that this team has and is getting better. Though many will want to talk about, "here we go again" and "told you so". I am definitely not saying this team is void of criticisim or in need of improvements, but the bottom line is this. We are now relevant in the NFL, we are fun to watch again and we are building a solid foundation. To those on this board who love to wait for failure and are currently towing the line, get on board now or stay the hell off!!!
[ Edited by TonyMantana on Nov 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM ]