History my friends always has great lessons :
For those of you that remember the Greatness of Mike Tyson , before he became a punch line and punching bag you will remember the Buster Douglas affect !
Tyson was one of the most feared boxers of any era , he would step into the ring with little to no fan fare , no robe , no posse , just the desire to take apart the other man . You literally could see the fear in the eyes of his opponent . They were beat before they entered the ring ! Until a 50-1 long shot named Buster Douglas stood in the ring with nothing to lose and took the mystique of invincibility away by knocking out the most feared man on the planet !
So what does this have to do with the 49ers ?
Seattle has shown the rest of the league that our Niners are mortal , if you stand up to the bully and out hit him , he will fall . Now , when Seattle does it the football world says " well they are Seattle , they are built to play the Niners , it was a home game and probably to be expected " but when Indy comes into our Back yard and kicks our ass up and down the field , it is our " Buster Douglas moment "
The Niners had the same look of confusion yesterday that I remember in the face of Tyson . Tyson had never been hit like that , he had never had a man stand in front of him and take his punch . In fact , Tyson caught Doulas with one of his crushing punches and down went the challenger ! Douglas then stood back up and instead of folding he delivered huge punch after punch and with in a few rounds left Tyson sprawled on the floor in Tokyo , just a shell of the feared fighter he once was. Tyson's career never recovered because his invincibility was gone . In yesterdays game Indy took the early lead but no one in the stadium including the Niners thought this would last . In fact the Niners delivered a drive of brute force as they ran the ball right down the throats of the Colts , surely the Colts would know their destiny and fold up and run away from the mighty Niners . Nope , Ahmad Bradshaw made sure of that , he ran like a man who wanted to send a message to the league , the colts and the Niners. He picked the Colts up off the floor and he delivered the counter punch to the the guy known for doing the punching.
The rest of this season will be a brutally hard fight every game , each team now will say " we know your not that tough ,we think were can knock your ass out as well " . Even the nobodies will want to say yeah we want a piece just so they can sit around and talk about how they beat the bully that one time.
Psychology is a VERY important thing in sports , if the Niners come out and get a win no matter how ugly it looks on Thursday against a team that is not intimidated , then the team may pull together and weather the storm of injuries and off field issues. A loss on Thursday could cause major problems for the organization . You could easily see the wheels come off the bus and end up with an extended losing streak with the niners looking at a 1-4 start with an additional loss against Houston.
The great Niner teams of the past , specifically the 1988 team , had to fight through major adversity to become Champions and several recent Superbowl winners have done the same , maybe this team will do it . Only time will tell how this team responds and maybe , just maybe this is what the Niners have needed , some adversity . If they can get healthy before the end of the season , get a wild card spot , get hot a the right time then maybe this has a happy ending.
Time to see what this team is made of !
[ Edited by Paulhofer on Sep 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM ]