• By Sydney Mayhew
    Jan 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM 4 comments
    The long anticipated path to this years Super Bowl that was to run through Candlestick Park for the NFC Championship abruptly ended for us as San Francisco 49er faithful everywhere witnessed the catastrophic events unfold following the Kyle Williams fumble in overtime. Gasps of air could be heard and seen as an entire season of aspirations and dreams suddenly and utterly evaporated into Bay area air over Candlestick Park. Cameras caught the reality of it all along the sidelines from coaches to player's facial expressions engraved with the rushing and sudden knowledge that their season had come to an end. Fans sat and stood in absolute moments of silence as they experienced the painful sting of a season's defeat, after having built a memory of astonishing victories along the...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Jan 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM 0 comments
    This was an epic and monumental playoff victory that will go down as one of the very best in San Francisco 49er history reminiscent of the Catch where legendary superstar Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark in the end zone for victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Even still very much like the Catch II in the Steve Young last second gasp to Terrell Owens in the end zone for victory over the Green Bay Packers. Alex Smith's grand heroic offensive drive with 1:32 left to play in the game against the New Orleans Saints leading 32-29 on our own 15-yard line was a historic drive that will be remembered through the ages. From the New Orleans Saints 14-yard line Smith threaded a pin-point accurate pass to the leaping tight end in Vernon Davis who came down in the end zone amidst a resounding...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Jan 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM 2 comments
    It is not that long ago following the St. Louis Rams comeback in the fourth quarter for a total of seventeen points back in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri that we need to be concerned with having some rust proofing done to our league wide known defensive steel wall. If the St. Louis Rams are able, you darn well can count on the most explosive offense in the NFL via the New Orleans Saints can. Nothing could be more anticipated and surreal as having the two Goliath heavyweights in offense and defense coming together for a monumental clash of the titans so to speak. Every analyst and fan in the nation and internationally is set to watch this telecast as being one of the most dynamic scenarios ready to play out with favor going both ways. New Orleans Saints veteran...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Dec 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM 0 comments
    To the disliked Seattle Seahawks it was a must win playoff game do or die. To the San Francisco 49ers it was all about playing to secure better seeding and to experience the true nature of a desperate team struggling to stay within contention. This was a slugfest of enormous proportions in that both teams laid it all out on the playing field and via the sidelines pumping up teammates to fight the good fight to the bitter end, which we did in victory 19-17. The classic playoff fight carried right over and into the fourth quarter with but minutes to spare with the Seattle Seahawks driving under quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to get within field goal range and secure a victory. Jackson on third down and three scrambled out of the pocket paying only an eyeball moment with 49er...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Dec 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM 0 comments
    Last Monday night before a nationally televised audience the fearsome Pittsburgh Steelers with veteran Super Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger succumbed to the relentless 2011 San Francisco 49er defense with a total of four turnovers and three sacks, which sent notice to the NFL of our intentions. NFL analysts and critics alike questioned the ability of the 49ers to advance based on our struggles producing from the red zone. To be honest we all were concerned with the ineptness of our offense in producing touchdowns when they are in the red zone of their many opponents, this game was a revolutionary one to signal change in that spectrum of mounting depression. 49ers kicker David Akers was almost always put on auto pilot to come out and kick a field goal as are only...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:28 AM 0 comments
    Having lost two of our last three contests, every 49er fan from the West Coast to the East Coast is wondering what is in store next for our anemic offense that seems to find no realistic conclusions to its dilemma whenever it is in the red zone? Time and time again we see a David Akers field goal being the only compliment to a hard drive down the field and the opponent's defense celebrating because it limited us once again to just three. Playing games like Jim Harbaugh does close to the vest results in these types of games where only one mistake can be devastating to the final outcome of a game sometimes. Our offense is seemingly incapable of assisting in providing a comfortable point differential for our defense and special teams to work in unison with. We have to try and...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:52 AM 0 comments
    It has been a long wait, in fact nine long years since we actually clinched the National Football Conference Western Division. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh referenced this moment in winning the division to as achieving a diploma or a certificate you might receive from school. The list of accomplishments and your name is on it, now frame it, hang it, move on. Playing to be the undisputed National Football Conference's second seed is now the main object in our endeavor right now. Winning the division was a result of our shutout victory over our division rival St. Louis Rams inside Candlestick Park as San Francisco 49er fans did a tremendous power wave to celebrate the crescendo 26-0. 49er running back Frank Gore the very face of this franchise snatched a large 49er flag from...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:36 AM 0 comments
    The success following our victory over the Arizona Cardinals came to an abrupt ending as we packed up and flew out to Baltimore to face a wounded, but still lethal, Raven organization that had obviously done its specific homework, courtesy of Jim's brother John Harbaugh to derail our Cinderella story once and for all. The Harbaugh Bowl as it was advertised for the Thursday Night Matchup on the NFL Network Thanksgiving Night turned out to be a Raven's feast on our seemingly new and improved 2005 NFL first round draft pick in quarterback Alex Smith. Smith was literally the main course served up especially to the Baltimore Raven fans that cheered for more blood like a gladiator contest right out of the Roman Empire. Comparisons were made throughout the last few...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 23, 2011 at 7:51 AM 6 comments
    The stigma that led up to this game against the Arizona Cardinals, a hated and respected division rival, was that we were susceptible to playing a so-called let-down game where we surrender to the feeling of being just comfortable enough to not really care. That was and never will be the case when you factor in the one game at a time mentality of Jim Harbaugh. Every facet of this San Francisco 49er team was a distinct factor in our victory over the Arizona Cardinals 23-7 at home in Candlestick including the soggy Bay area pelting rain that caused the cleats to tear up huge chunks of Bill Walsh real estate. Of course, the defense once again led the charge with five turnovers as a nice round cumulative total with one of them being a muffed punt that was recovered by linebacker...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM 0 comments
    Inside Candlestick Park in San Francisco, we saw a game that may be the future forecasting of a playoff scenario within the National Football Conference as we successfully defeated the New York Giants 27-20 in an epic showdown for conference superiority. The talk of the sports analysts and broadcasters was how we would fare against an elite quarterback such as Eli Manning and a high octane scoring offense that has had early season success thus far into the season. By all standards, we again proved that we can hang with just about anyone in this league and lifted the stigma off our backs that we weren't sufficient enough to face and beat an elite team like the New York Giants that was just coming off a big victory over the elite New England Patriots. In fact, we...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM 0 comments
    When I look at the San Francisco 49er insignia on the NFL apparel I wear seven days a week, both to and outside of my workplace, I do so with a great sense of pride and complete satisfaction of knowing and understanding what Jim Harbaugh is trying to bring to this franchise. In my honest opinion he represents the second coming of Bill Walsh more than any coach I have studied or have come to know. Jim himself has said prior to his inauguration as our head coach that he was mentored by Bill as a young athlete and as a coach coming up through the ranks, keeping scripts, playbooks, video and even saving Bill's image as his main screen saver on his personal computer. He brought those teachings and examples to the University of San Diego and on to Stanford where, almost overnight,...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49er head coach Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff has become inventors and innovators in finding a way to make the offense a multi-faceted attack that features players contributing from positions that many are far too conservative to even imagine as distinct possibilities. Jim finds a way to be an active listener to the desires and experience each one of his players brings to the table and channels that into something many don?t conceive as practical or as possible. Enter offensive left tackle Joe Staley as a former tight end and now a receiver of an Alex Smith pass that he took for 17 total yards and then enter defensive nose tackle Isaac Sapoaga a former rugby player who practiced in various roles for the 49ers throughout training camp caught a pass that he...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Oct 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM 0 comments
    It was at Ford Field in Detroit Michigan that we saw adversity turn into triumph right before our eyes. The anticipation that was extended by sports broadcasting and the drama leading up to playing against one of the league's best undefeated teams was more then just intriguing to 49er fans. Well over sixty two thousand Detroit Lion fans attempted to disrupt any sort of rhythm our offense thought capable of. In essence they became the twelfth man on the field in the form of a boom box so extenuating that it caused our offense to move four times into false start penalties that fell like celebratory confetti on one's wedding day. The Detroit Lions succeeded in establishing so much chaos that at the end of the first quarter of play, they led 10-0 and had no intention of letting...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Oct 12, 2011 at 8:16 AM 0 comments
    Nothing could have braced us for the outcome we witnessed against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday at Candlestick Park. By all accounts and sports analysts this was to be a smash mouth defensive calamity type contest that would be so close it would be decided on who blinked first. Instead we saw our San Francisco 49ers unite in a way that symbolizes the very turning point of this team in finding continuity on both sides of the ball. For the very first time we saw our San Francisco 49er offense in nine years click in a rhythm we really began to believe would never happen right before our collective eyes. Every facet of the offense starting with the offensive line failed miserably the last four games to execute with discipline, all of a sudden meshed in a way that made...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Oct 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers under Jim Harbaugh trailed 20-3 at halftime as they trotted off Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past Sunday. There was a real euphoria across the field with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and head coach Andy Reid that their so called, "Dream Team," had and would sustain utter domination of the West Coast team that had no real outside support to believe differently other than what was inside themselves. Jim Harbaugh's insightful analysis of what had happened in the first half and what he told his players in that locker room caused his players to stir emotionally, as did quarterback Alex Smith himself, in not finding the panic switch that was previously so often a part of the psychology to this team. How the team...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM 0 comments
    We all dreaded the impending road game to Cincinnati after the overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys the previous Sunday, mostly in part that our road travels to wherever it may be are cursed to the point that we could star in our own Rocky Mountain Horror Picture Show. This past Sunday was of little difference considering the way the offensive line and Alex Smith executed. Toss in a dash of wrongful NFL officiating and you have your next sequel. What was especially positive about the entire game was the way the defense came together after the initial Cincinnati Bengal offensive drive that stalled within our four-yard line in the first quarter and forced them to kick a field goal to make it 3-0. The San Francisco 49er defensive line was amazing in rush defense with nose tackle...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49er head coach Jim Harbaugh continues to throw safeguards ahead of a stagnant offense that continues to struggle in finding any kind of identity and or rhythm. The 49ers fell to the Dallas Cowboys 27-24 in overtime at Candlestick Park last Sunday in front of a packed stadium that was seemingly more than 50% Cowboy faithful that Cowboy tight end Jason Witten suggested, “helped the players with their mindset.” It was without question an obvious sign heard and seen in the stands as the Cowboys made their resurgent comeback in the second half behind injured starting quarterback Tony Romo. Everything within this game suggested more of the same that we saw in the Seattle Seahawks game. Jim Harbaugh seems to be trying to micro-manage the game from an...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM 0 comments
    In just a short amount of seconds, San Francisco 49ers special teams superstar wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. erased any comeback hopes for the Seattle Seahawks. Late in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park, he returned both a kick return and a punt return for unbelievable touchdowns that culminated an ambitious debut for new head coach Jim Harbaugh's 49ers. Pete Carroll's defending NFC West champions had been soundly defeated 33-17 right before our collective eyes after coming within two points in a comeback. They had scored ten unanswered points to set the score at 19-17 before the Ginn machine was introduced. The expectations of San Francisco 49er faithful fans after the exhibition season was timid at best, considering that we had struggled to showcase our identities both as...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM 0 comments
    It has been nine long years since the San Francisco 49ers have seen a playoff appearance and we are now counting on head coach number four in Stanford extraordinaire Jim Harbaugh to apply the paddles and yell "clear," to resuscitate a failing 49er heart that has seen more traumas then any other throughout the entire league. Watching the NFL Draft was a tainted experience with the NFL Lockout and now seeing us waste a shot at acquiring needed quarterback experience has been even more of a call for Obama healthcare reform. The need for a new head coach was blatantly apparent following the 2010 NFL season. Acquiring Jim Harbaugh was a welcoming sight for all 49er fans as was purging the existing coaching staff to try something anew. The need for a new quarterback was just as...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Feb 24, 2011 at 7:04 AM 0 comments
    With the firing of Mike Singletary following the fifteenth week of the regular season this last December and the naming of defensive line coach Jim Tomsula as the new interim head coach to finish out the season. I was as a die-hard 49er enthusiast, volunteer staff writer and a dad at home newly inspired that the upper management and ownership of this franchise was finally accepting the reality of where we were and what needed to ultimately happen. Like Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary believed in a sound football philosophy that was to be adhered to at all costs in running the ball with authority and scoring enough points in the game for our defense to take over and hold our opponents at bay to secure the ultimate victory. Sometimes it worked but more often then not it didn't...
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