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49ers Forever

Posted on: August 13, 2008 4:13 pm
 

I love football.  I love the San Francisco 49ers.  They could go 0-16 and it wouldn't matter.  They are my team.  The first NFL game I can remember watching on tv was when I was 8, in 1985. After that game, I paid a bit more attention to football.  When we came home from church on Sunday, the first thing I'd do was plop myself on the couch and turn on the tube to watch the NFL Today with Jimmy the Greek, Irv Cross and Brent Musberger.  They were awesome.  They seemed to talk alot about some guy named "Montana"  He threw the ball alot to a guy named "Rice".  I thought Montana was a state and the only other Rice I knew about  was the kind you put soya sauce on.  Oh well, I was only 8.  But still, these guys played football as their job, and they got got to wear those gold jackets when they weren't on the field.  How cool was that?

This team with Montana and Rice seemed to win alot too.  When your a kid, you never like to lose. So it was kind of nice seeing a them win most of the time.  Monday night football was great as well.  I remember getting so mad at my Mom for not letting me stay up and watch the end of the San Francisco games.

December 1988.  My parents decided to take me and my sister on a Christmas vacation to do some skiing in Lake Tahoe.  But first, we'd be spending a few days in San Francisco.  That was the place where they wore the gold jackets!  And even more of a bonus, the 49ers were going to be playing the Los Angeles Rams when we'd be there.  The parents new I loved Joe and rest of the players, so they decided to see if we could get tickets for me and my Dad. We drove out to Candlestick Park.  I can remember thinking how big the stadium looked.  It never looked that big on tv.  Well, no dice.  The game was sold out but it was on TV.  As it turns out, the 49ers got smoked 38-16, but it didn't really matter.  Watching a skinny guy like Montana throw the ball all over the place made a skinny kid like me believe I could play football like that for the 49ers one day too. 

The day after the game, I wanted one of those gold jackets so bad.  I turned the the whining up to a whole new level and after a relentless onslaught from yours truly, my parents gave in.  It was pouring rain, but, my Dad and I walked back and forth 4 times to a sports store so I could have my gold warmup jacket.  It was the coolest thing ever.  I had come of age was offically a 49ers fan from that point on. 

A few years later, my parents house was broken in to and the unknown miscrients made off with my beloved jacket.  All I can say is I hope whoever took it is having the same enjoyment I did when I wore it.  They may have taken my jacket, but they didn't take away my memory of how I became a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.

 

Kegger 

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Tags: 49ers.
 
Comments

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2008 12:18 pm
 

49ers Forever

Right on cosco. Gotta show your true feelings to your school mates.  Cheers to the 'Niners!



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2008 5:30 am
 

49ers Forever

Yes CanadaKegger, I share with you those same feelings of being a San Francisco 49ers fan but with me, the year was 1981 and I was about 12 or 13 years, the 49ers at that time were the laughing stalk of the National Football League especially the NFC West. They just acquired a new quarterback, Joe Montana #16 from the University of Notre Dame and they also had this wide-receiver named Dwight Clarke #87 from Clemson University, now I did not expect any miracles but low and behold the 49ers made it through the NFC Playoffs and ended up playing the Dallas Cowboys in the 1982 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Being a 49ers faithful fan you already know what happen that Montana throws a last second pass to a jumping Dwight Clark to beat the Cowboys, go on to Super Bowl XVI and begin their dynasty. That night I became a real San Francisco 49ers fan because it was one of the first times that the City of San Francisco as well as the Bay Area had something to be proud of. I also was a big fan of The NFL Today on CBS especially when Brent Musburger and Jimmy "The Greek" Schneider talk about game predictions, Jimmy the Greek really knew his stuff. A few years later, I wrote a fan letter to then 49ers owner, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. and he sent me back a 49ers baseball cap and jacket, I was so happy that I wore them to school for an entire NFL football season and I was a total jerk making sure everyone at my school knew that I was a 49ers diehard fan. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your special 49ers jacket but as you said, they can take all the physical items and clothing from my favorite team but they will never take the diehard fan out of me. I hope that this upcoming season will be the one for the San Francisco 49ers to return to the glory. 




Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2008 10:04 am
 

49ers Forever

That's too funny Thrashard, your Mom yelling at your Dad for watching the game!  I get that sometimes from the wife too!  Great story.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2008 10:59 pm
 

49ers Forever

Amendment to the above reply. The year was 1982.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2008 6:05 pm
 

49ers Forever

Nice story kegger. I can appreciate your loyalty to the team. I was about your age when I started watching the 49ers. It was 1980 and they were on their way to their 1st Super Bowl. The very first game I remember watching was with my dad, it was the NFC Championship game against Dallas with Dwight Clark's "The Catch". I, too, was 8 years old at the time. I distinctly remeber this game because we were in the midst of moving and my mom kept yelling at my dad because he was watchng the game.

I remain a loyal 49er fan to this day and watching every game win or lose...although they're much more funner to watch when they win :)




Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2008 4:30 pm
 

49ers Forever

Canada:

That sucks that you lost that jacket to a couple of stupid criminals. I would be sending out an APB to find it. Great story by the way. It's hard to concieve the impact that sports has on a child. I know that for me, growing up w/o a dad until I was 11, sports kept me on the straight and narrow. Great story kegger, I truly enjoyed reading it.  




Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2008 11:52 am
 

49ers Forever

Thanks Jelly.  I could only have prayed to be west coast kid.  Being in the central time zone meant a 9 pm,  half-time bed time.  That sucked big time! 



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2008 11:30 am
 

49ers Forever

I remember getting so mad at my Mom for not letting me stay up and watch the end of the San Francisco games.

Keggar, If staying up to finish a game was an issue for you on the West Coast as a child, can you imagine how it is in Eastern Time where the sun sets three hours earlier? 

One thing I hope professional sports can get past is maximizing profits in the moment.  All the late night games, especially during the playoffs in baseball and basketball, may well be alienating an entire generation of fans. 

Kind of you to wish your burgler enjoyment with your jacket.  I can think of a few things I would have wished other than an enjoyable day. 

Nice story.....




Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2008 9:13 am
 

49ers Forever

I never did replace the Jacket Moms, but who knows, someday I might.  I heard someone once refer to the 49ers as "the Roman Empire" of the NFL.  I hope as well one day they can get back to that lofty status.  Cheers.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2008 5:58 pm
 

49ers Forever

I hope you were able to replace the jacket, though I'm sure your first one is the most beloved.  Montana is one of the reasons that I started enjoying football as a whole.  The 9'ers were a great team then, eventually their time will come again.


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