Originally posted by GNielsen:
I know I'm not going to make any friends with this opinion, I think the entire making noise to screw up the opposing offense is a joke. I think it's pathetic. It's a tacit admission that the professional team on the field needs the fans help to beat another team. Yes, this is an old-school opinion, but I'll stick to it. I think the incessant screaming and carrying on detracts from the purity of the game and the experience of watching a very complex game out there on the field. And like I said, if you get your team used to that kind of phony trick at home, then they have a tougher time dealing with the lack of it when they're on the road which is half the season. Plus, it sets a team up for a huge letdown if things don't go well. Walsh used to use that dynamic with his teams. He would tell the team that they were not just playing the other team, but the city and the point would be to quiet them down and break their hearts. When the home team is used to hearing all that noise, the lack of it becomes a problem - they become disheartened. I say get up and scream when your team makes a big stop or when your team scores. Then your team gets the feedback it needs to pump it up to do it again as opposed to this constant cacophony noise that is so incessant that players end up hearing nothing at all.
It's obvious that there's a pretty big gap in old school Niner fans and younger fans like myself's belief in how to participate and cheer at games. My first year watching the Niners was when I was 8 years old during the 94 season. I wasn't around to see Montana, Lott, Craig, Taylor etc. While I respect and admire everything Walsh did to not only create a dynasty but ultimately change the way football is played, time's change. The only "old school" football players that are left are going to be gone within the next few years (Manning, Brady, Brees, etc.)
With that said, football as a whole is changing too, with new generations of football fans like myself becoming the majority of every team's fan base. As stadiums, players, coaches and fans change so does the old culture of football. The Niners are considered an old school football team all because we like to run the ball. You should obviously see that your belief in how a fan base should act is totally outdated. If you fail to realize that, then that's your issue. Like Bob Dylan said "The times they are a changing." Looks like you and the few left that think like you are just going to be left to yourselves.
PS- This younger fan base does have a lot of issues. In no way am I excusing all of the dumb fights and ridiculous violence that's happening around the league especially our own fans. I just think that as time goes by, as this team continues to change and grow, so do the fans.