Going in to the game I knew regardless of the outcome, I loved every minute of this season and am proud to be a fan again!
|LOVE this man for turning it around!|
Now I get to say something I haven't said in maybe 10 years.
We'll be back next year!
I'm still in shock we played in the NFC Championship Game AND almost won. I was born in to a championship team in 1981 (I know, not literally). I grew up expecting the Niners to be in the playoffs every year and contend for the Super Bowl. The past 10 years leading up to this season changed that. We were slowly weaned off any expectations with Jeff Garcia, Shaun Hill, J.T. O'Sullivan, and yes, Alex Smith. We cycled through coaches and coordinators like we were one-and-done college basketball players.
Then came 2011. I don't know anyone who hoped for more than a .500 season, other than maybe Harbaugh. No expectations. Every win has been a victory. Yes, I know winning and victory are practically the same word, but think back to the Lombardi quote about lying exhausted on the field, victorious. We fought, almost every game was a battle. When you win without expectation, leaving your entire heart on the field, it's a completely different high. We earned this.
Next year expectations will be there. We'll have the Coach of the Year, possible Defensive ROY and should-have-been Comeback Player of the Year (I still don't get why it has to go to a previously injured player, he did win the NFLPA fan's choice). The Stick will be packed at every game and hopefully, fingers crossed, I'll be there to watch! Finally an off-season where I can worry less about coaching changes or who they'll draft with the 1st, 3rd or 5th pick, and more about who they re-sign. I'm not gonna lie, I could get used to this. Again.
It's been one hell of a ride, Niners. Thank you for bringing entertainment back to football!
I promise I'm done talking Niners/Football for awhile. Well, maybe. There's still the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl commercials. But let's be honest, I really don't care about the Super Bowl game, other than the Pats crushing Eli and entertaining Wes Welker interviews.