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Origins of a 49ers Fan

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As promised Drcocktail, this is for you, whatever personas you may be today

This Super Bowl features Baltimore vs San Francisco. I am a big time NFL fan and this match up has a bit of irony for me personally.

I grew up in suburban LA. Most of the people in our Leave it to Beaver neighborhood relocated to southern California after WW II. They brought their sports loyalties with them. None of the kids were Los Angeles Rams fans as I recall. My dad was an educator including being a football coach, but he didn't have an NFL team he favored though he and I watched games together every Sunday

I became enthralled with the Baltimore Colts and they went on to be winners in the fifties and sixties Then in 1972 Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom and Rams owner Robert Irsay traded ownership of the two franchises, with players and coaching staffs remaining intact I was not happy about this because the Rams had been doormats for years.

The Colts began to slide under the new cheesy owner and I divorced the Colts as "my" team in 1979. By then I had lived in the Dallas area for four years. I didn't like the Cowboys to begin with because they were the last team to allow players to have long hair and facial hair After living there I couldn't stand them because of their whiney ignorant fans Cowboy fans remain the only ones to cheer and not be quiet when their team is in the red zone Consequently my other favorite team on any given Sunday is whoever the Cowpies are playing

So I needed a new team to call my own. I saw potential in a team that had only won two games but was exciting, dynamic and hailed from one of my favorite cities. I adopted the San Francisco 49ers and that move would soon prove to be very interesting for a guy living in Dallas as we became the team of the eighties and had five super bowl rings by the early nineties

Fast forwarding, after largely not wearing my 49ers sweatshirt and hat for most of this century, I am very pleased to wear them almost everywhere I've gone this season And, otherwise, I never wear a hat unless it is my Texas Rangers hat

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Feb 1 @ 8:26PM  
I have been somewhat of a 49'er's fan since they beat Miami in the Super Bowl in Jan. 1985, and even more of one since they beat my Bengals in the Super Bowl in 1989 for the second time. Bengals will always be my favorite team, but San Fran. is right behind them.

Joe Montana to me was the best quarterback of all time!

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