49ers-Seahawks: They Hate Us. They Really, Really Hate Us.

Categories: 49ers
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Joe Eskenazi
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: 

"Bummer."

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). 

First of all, only the most hardcore (read: masochistic) boxing fans can name more than one or two heavyweights. Many of the fighters are slow and plodding; the real skill is at lower levels. And, finally, due to the twisted and nonsensical economics of boxing, the very best fighters seldom take each other on -- and, when they do, it's often years after they were in their respective primes

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. 

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28 comments
Anne-Marie Dumaresq
Anne-Marie Dumaresq

Dear Nicholas, SUCK. IT. UP. Signed, #ninersaregoingtowin P.S. Have a nice day. :)

Jeff Crane
Jeff Crane

Go Seahawks! I want a close battle with little trash-talking as possible (yeah, right) to prove they these two are the best in the NFL with some resemblance of class, not bitchy bantering. Close, yes, but of course I want to see laughter and smiles walking out of the CLink wearing Seahawk colors.

non_mechanical
non_mechanical

I will never understand is people who are genuinely hateful towards other teams and the cities they belong too. People were born and live in other cities, you follow me? They grow up watching the local teams, right? Its a good thing this is the case because otherwise you wouldn't have any other teams to play...


Newsflash: Football, like every major sport these days, is a game dictated by those cities that were fortunate enough to attract investors or owners that either had the money, knowledge, or pure luck to hire the right people to deliver competitive teams and/or championships. As citizens of those cities, we attempt to connect and feel the victories of those teams to feel some sense of the glory for ourselves. If we root hard enough, maybe by some small token our loyalty and fandom will have helped lift that team to victory...


Football- A battle of endurance and athletic prowess, determination, and triumph of the human will... and also a barbaric display of our desire for chaos, destruction, and a dose of the darker corners of our animalistic human nature. Its beautiful really. Its everything that is great and gross about America in a way...


Every football stadium in America come Sunday has its fair share of mouth-breathers. Its the nature of the sport. Every team has players and staff who are from all over the country.  Hopefully we get to live and identify with a city that has chosen the right people. Every team at one point or another has among its ranks every kind of major athletic personality- the rank, the righteous, the radical, the role-model, and everything in between. 


The culture of sports media is one of the most insular, obsessive, ruthless, self-fulfilling, and agenda-biased industries. They frame narratives that should be taken with the same grain of salt as when you consume any kind of media. We certainly have evidence to point us in one direction or another- towards something like the truth. But the actual reality of what actually happens in the lives of those we see portrayed through the television is only completely known to those who actually experienced it on the ground....


By all means take part in some good ole' ribbing; there are few tales that are as rich and dramatic as a classic rivalry... But just know- this is only a goddam game people. And if you can't see it for what it is... Grow the hell up!

Ronnie D
Ronnie D

Not many people like the niners. The ones that do are mostly bandwagon fans.

sfhrod
sfhrod topcommenter

When tech companies are not properly regulated, and tax breaks are handed to them unopposed, their digital ego soars uncontrollably and anyone that stands in their way get crushed. Damn shame.

Parri Assem
Parri Assem

We'll beat them, we really really will

Jon Thirlby
Jon Thirlby

Conclusion: Seattle doesn't think it's team has the ability to get the job done without help from its 'twelfth man'

Loretta Plunkett
Loretta Plunkett

I noted that Seattle will not be selling any tickets to people from CA!

Teresa Hendrickson
Teresa Hendrickson

They're just jealous, they don't even have ONE super bowl win behind them. most football teams have a few, Niners as you know, have 5....Jealousy is a compliment. ;-)

John Losavio
John Losavio

How did Seattle get so mean? It's practically Canada.

Jack Coleman
Jack Coleman

Disrespectful Nicholas? Nah that's your 12th Man fanbase in a nutshell. Now get the fuck outta here and pray that state of the art shit stadium doesn't collapse on your dipshit fanbase very lives.

Rolando Sanchez
Rolando Sanchez

Boycott StarSucks and all Seattle stuff!! VIVA 49rs!

Nicholas Polimenakos
Nicholas Polimenakos

what you have is a dumbass dissepectful QB who will get his world rocked sunday

Hiram Rodriguez
Hiram Rodriguez

I'm a long time Niner fan, but I can see why we would be prevented from buying tickets. We have some rowdy ass, shit talking, bandwagon jumpin' fans here in the Bay and it gets annoying even for me. Let our team do the talking on the field, that way we don't get blacklisted. Keep it classy Niner fans.

sfhrod
sfhrod topcommenter

I'm a long time Niner fan, but I can see why we would get shut out of ticket sales. 

We have some rowdy ass, shit talking, bandwagon jumpin' fans here in the Bay and it gets annoying even for me. 

Let our team do the talking on the field, that way we don't get blacklisted. 

Keep it classy Niner fans.

njudah
njudah topcommenter

the pissant seahens suck and seattle sucks. they can't even bear to sell tickets to Californians. Fuck them and their bullshit and it's time to have the seahawks fans gtfo of SF. Go to South City for your games, losers.

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