I have a 9 year old son who's been a 49er fan with me since he was born (or since his memory can serve), and you all know they have never been good (in that time span). He took flack as school the past few years as the kids are starting to follow sports at this age. He started mentioning 2nd favorite teams or liking other teams and I explained the importance of sticking with your team.....and now he is on cloud 9 since they are winning, and actually can truly apreciate it. Its a feeling that you cant explain if you just jumped on board and ride the bandwagon.
For me - I've been a fan since the 80's so this is the first time I've experienced going from the basement to the roof myself, but it is like nothing else. Unlike the 80's and 90's, I feel like I've been a part of this thing - almost like I've fought along with them to get back to the top. I may not have, but emotionally it feels like it.
I feel comfortable saying this: The fans know who they are, and no fairweather newb feels this like we do. I dont waste my time worrying about them, I'm busy breathing this in and enjoying this ride. Its been a long time coming.
[ Edited by d49izme on Nov 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM ]