Originally posted by defenderDX:
Ready for that 6th ring.
Oct 2, 2012 at 07:05:40"
I was saying that at the beginning of the 2009 season. When you first joined the zone. Where were you?
I originally started coming to the boards shortly after I got out of school, around 2002-2003. I was just plain old "jesserdumas" at that time, but then I moved to Hawaii and didn't log on for so long that my profile got deleted and I had to add the "2" to get going again. (Makes sense doesn't it?)
The whole point of my posting this topic was that it was dumb to assume the 49ers are the league's most popular team because they're selling the most merch right now. The team had been through such a drought that re-entering relevance has made people open up their wallets to buy merchandise again.
In reality, I don't think this is all about the hardcore fans buying gear, it's about friends and family of these fans buying gear for them. When someone's team blows and you're best players are special teamers, it's not going to be top-of-the-mind for your loved ones to spend their money on reminding you of your adherence to a losing cause.
Nevertheless, it's clearly pointless to bring up topics such as this without getting assaulted by trolls that are going to question your validity as a fan. It's for this reason that I think living outside of the Bay Area and away from the greater fanbase has actually PROLONGED my passion as a fan. If I was around all the mongoloid semi-tards that constitute football fans in general, I'd probably start hating the team as much as I do Green Bay and Minnesota, the fans I actually do have to put up with.