Podcast: 49ers/Eagles NFC Championship Preview →
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Barber on Bay Area fandom: “This is always going to be Niners country”

Jul 7, 2016 at 7:58 AM--

Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat was a guest on 95.7 The Game's Towny & Zakariah Show on Wednesday and touched on the Bay Area's fandom when it comes to NFL football.

"I do believe, that in some ways, this is always going to be Niners country," said Barber. "You know, up where I am in Santa Rosa ... the Raiders trained in Santa Rosa for years. I mean, that was there town in the summer. They were legendary there, but still, even before things really went south with the Raiders after that Super Bowl year in 2002 – even before then really – the coverage – or I should say the readership at our paper still kind of skewed toward the 49ers. So there will always be a strong fanbase just kind of waiting for the 49ers to come back."

"But I will say this," Barber continued. "Just like every little kid now is wearing a Steph Curry jersey and just like the Warriors brought in a ton of new fans over the last couple of years, I think the Raiders are in position to do that and kind of – think of it almost like the presidential race to win all of the neutral states – to bring in all of those neutral fans for sure."

When asked earlier during the segment to share his thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback situation, Barber said, "It certainly feels like Colin Kaepernick is the more talented of [Kaepernick and Gabbert]. I guess I would put it this way. You hope it would be Kaepernick who emerges as the starter there. I feel like I can see why Chip Kelly is giving Blaine Gabbert a chance, and maybe more to the point, making Colin Kaepernick earn this position and really prove that he's the guys we say two or three years ago, not the guy we saw last year. But if Gabbert winds up beating Colin Kaepernick and he's the starter in that offense this year, I'm with you. I don't think that bodes very well for that team. You'd certainly like to see Colin come through.

You can listen to the entire segment here.


Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

A Game for the Ages - Matchups, History, and More Ahead of 49ers-Cowboys Divisional Game

By JD Salazar
Jan 21

Do you smell that? It's playoff football. It's a time to celebrate. For a few more precious hours, every team in the tournament still has life, still has reason to hope. There are no more guaranteed games, but there's football to be played, and right now is the time to exult in it. No matter who you root for, you can imagine your team finding a way to win, a way to keep playing football, and filling your February with excitement and joy. Right now, there's nothing standing between your team and glory except the vagaries of chance and a well-fought effort this weekend, and hopefully the next. And for those of you who aren't rooting for a team that's made it this far, never fear. 7 of the 14 playoff entrants this year didn't make it into the dance last year. The

The X-Factors for the 49ers and the Cowboys in the Divisional Round

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Jan 21

The San Francisco 49ers are renewing their longtime rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys when the two sides face off on Sunday in the NFC Divisional Round, one season after the former defeated the latter in the 2021 NFC Wildcard round. Both teams have strong offenses and defenses, which means that there will be many impactful players on both sides of the ball. But, for now, let's eye in on the X-Factors for each team that could help determine the outcome of the game. 49ers Offense: Brandon Aiyuk Brandon Aiyuk has enjoyed a breakout

Eagles to host winner of 49ers-Cowboys in NFC Championship Game

By David Bonilla
Jan 21

The Philadelphia Eagles await the winner of Sunday's Divisional Round playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles advance to the NFC Championship Game following a 38-7 win on Sunday night over the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Next weekend, Philadelphia will host the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 2017 season, a game the Eagles won 38-7 against the Minnesota Vikings. Sunday's 49ers-Cowboys game will be the ninth playoff meeting all-time between the two teams. The 49ers have won the previous two meetings, including a 23-17 victory last year at AT&T Stadium. Sunday's game

Kyle Shanahan, Brock Purdy preview 49ers-Eagles NFC Championship Game matchup

By Site Staff
Jan 25

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Brock Purdy spoke with reporters as the team prepares for its NFC Championship Game matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. Here is everything they had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan Opening comments: "Injuries for today. [QB] Jimmy Garoppolo, foot, will not practice. [RB] Christian McCaffrey, calf, won't practice. [WR] Deebo Samuel, ankle, won't practice. [RB] Elijah Mitchell, groin, won't practice. [DL] Charles Omenihu, oblique, will be limited. [CB] Ambry Thomas, ankle, limited. Go ahead." What is Charles's status with the team after the arrest on Monday?


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone