Yes, the unofficial American holiday, Super Bowl Sunday, has arrived. The San Francisco 49ers fan base, however, could do just fine without it. True, the commercials will be funny, the halftime show will excite many and disappoint just as many others, and it is the last bit of football for quite some time, but the game hits too close to home for many fans, not to mention Colin Kaepernick, who said he would not be watching.
A year removed from what was almost the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and two weeks removed from yet another painful NFC Championship Game loss for a franchise that has experienced more than its fair share of them, the strongest supporters of San Francisco will be struggling to watch the game tonight. Losing a conference championship is one thing. Losing it the year after barely losing the Super Bowl–and barely losing in the NFC Championship the year before–is quite another. Niner fans could be forgiven for feeling as if they are the modern era Buffalo Bills. On the bright side, Jim Harbaugh‘s squad claims a young, talented team, but it takes some good fortune to make it deep into the playoffs, and one can question how much more good fortune a guy who has made the NFC Championship in his first three seasons as an NFL head coach can get.
In the meantime, all 49er fans can do is hope Peyton Manning plays the game of his life.