It has been 18 years, 18 long years of blood, sweat, and tears, to finally bring home the Lombardi Trophy back to San Franciso. 49er Faithfuls around the nation have long anticipated this day to arrive, and it is finally here. I spoke with long-time diehard D.J. Dayola, of Hercules, California regarding the Super Bowl drought, and he had this to say:
It’s a feeling of excitement, even when the 49ers went 2-14 in 2004, I still believed in the 49ers, and knew they were a team with a strong heart. The torture, the heartaches, the disappointments, has all been worth the wait.
My heart still stings from the way we lost last season, and now it’s time to redeem ourselves.
In addition, the San Francisco 49ers have yet to lose a Super Bowl, boasting a perfect 5-0 record. So with history on their side, it certainly bodes well for the reigning NFC Champs. However, the game still has to be played, and with the Baltimore Ravens standing in their way, this will certainly be no cake walk.
With the bay area showered in red and gold, everyone is anticipating a happy homecoming!
As I was driving down freeways 101 and 280/680, I witnessed numerous vehicles sporting 49ers flags. Then as I continued to walk around Santana Row and Valley Fair Shopping Center, more faithful pride was apparent, as I saw everyone, from grandparents to babies, donning 49ers clothes. One could not simply walk into Sports Fever, Lids, or Winners, without a long line out the door for 49ers memorabilia. It truly put a smile on my face, as everyone is collectively in it together, for one common goal, and that’s to win the Super Bowl.
In my 29 years of living in the bay area, I have never seen so much 49ers pride. The team spirit has quickly spread like wildfire, and you can’t help but love the overwhelming support. Whether the fans are just wearing the apparel to support a bay area team or a life long die-hard, we are all in it together, as we root our team on, in their quest for six.