|Who's got it better than us?|
There was plenty of car-door slamming in the Mission last night. As the sun rises on this, The Morning After, the barrage of honking horns and high-pitched shrieking appears to be settling to its workaday level.
If San Francisco prevails next week in Seattle, however, your investment in earplugs might prove prescient. The moments following 49ers playoff victories serve as a reminder that, while other teams do capture our hearts in the best of times
, this really is the Niners' city. We are always searching for the slightest pretense to stream into the streets and celebrate the team that brought the first and most success to our city -- and whose halcyon years
are treasured childhood memories for so many of the jersey-clad folks raising flags and flagons.
The forthcoming Battle of Seattle will provide backers of the respective teams with everything they could possibly desire: A once-and-for-all matchup between two squads that seem to legitimately despise one other. Even the coaches have a contentious history ("What's your deal
For San Francisco fans -- who, like so many San Franciscans, seem to exist in a bubble apart from the nation writ large -- it may come as a shock that enthusiasm for the NFC Championship Game in these parts is matched by enmity in nearly all other parts
To those out-of-towners agonizing over a San Francisco-Seattle Conference Championship matchup, let us direct you to the word off wisdom -- just one was sufficient -- uttered by erstwhile Niners coach Steve Mariucci:
So, that's dealt with. Now on to one other pressing matter.
In the coming week, you may hear many allusions to the pending San Francisco-Seattle matchup being akin to a heavyweight bout. It actually isn't; in fact that may be the most inappropriate analogy one could apply (other than bitter fans from elsewhere comparing it to Germany and Russia slugging it out on the eastern front in World War II).
Like 'em or not, the Niners and Seahawks are next-level teams with the ability to play a superlative game of football. Coach Jim Harbaugh's cocksure mantra -- WHO'S GOT IT BETTER THAN US? NOOOOOOBODY! -- is just the kind of thing that puts off anyone without a vested interest in his Niners squad.
But, this week, that doesn't matter. This week, he's helped ensure it to be true.