• By Matt Faust
    Jul 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    For 49er season ticket holders, preseason means paying regular season prices for XFL level of play. Five o'clock Thursday start times, mean that by 5:30 Terrell Owens and Jeff Garcia have already hit the showers, just missing the late rush of fans filtering in from work. But after seven months of LeBron, Questec and a man they call Jiggy (Hockey, anyone?), football has returned to bring sanity back to sports fans' lives. With Stockton fading into the sunset, the 49ers arrive in Santa Clara a week from now to build from the failed expectations of the Mariucci era. Dennis Erickson comes to San Francisco equipped with new ideas for a team that looks remarkably similar to the one that finished 11-7 a year ago. Coming off of a 2002 campaign in which the team won their first...
  • By Matt Faust
    Jun 15, 2003 at 12:00 AM 0 comments
    Montana to Rice. The Catch. The West Coast offense. "The Genius" Bill Walsh. Memories of the 49ers glory years focus on the dominating offense, scorching opponents and lighting up scoreboards every fall weekend. The defense has always been appreciated by football aficionados, but is often underscored in importance compared to the offense's success. Most fans mark January 10, 1982 as the date the 49ers dynasty began. As Dwight Clark fell to the ground, with ball firmly in hand, America's team was defeated and NFL supremacy had finally been established in the city by the bay. As memorable as that moment was in 49ers lore, April 28th and 29th, 1981 was the beginning of the 49er dynasty. On these dates, the 1981 NFL draft took place, and San Francisco...
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