Bleacher Bits: The 49ers loss falls on me
The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Seattle Seahawks 29-3 on Sunday.
They didn't just lose. You could say they were embarrassed, smacked down, out-played or out-coached. Call it what you will but there is one thing you should be sure to call it — my fault.
No, I was not responsible for any of the five turnovers, nor were any of the idiotic personal foul penalties my doing. The paltry running game was not due to me losing a step from last season, and the overall lack of execution had nothing to do with me.
Or did it?
A popular beer commercial getting heavy TV run during NFL games shows some of the superstitious rituals fans go through while rooting for their favorite teams — either at the stadium or while watching them on television. The tagline to the advertisement is "It's only weird if it doesn't work."
For the first time in I don't know how long, I watched Sunday's game sans anything bearing a 49ers logo. Oh, it was all clean — as I made sure I got caught up on laundry when I didn't cover any sporting events on Saturday. I had a sea of red-and-gold gear at my disposal, I just didn't bother to put any on.
I'm purposely ignoring my cellphone in fear I'll be getting a call from the 49ers organization telling me what my fine is for such an egregious offense.
I have three different 49ers caps I could have chosen from that would have helped the offensive line open up holes for Frank Gore so he would have gained more than 18 yards.
If I had expended just a small amount of energy to put on one of my Niner t-shirts or sweatshirts, Colin Kaepernick's three interceptions go away.
And if I had donned my vintage Zubaz, I could have personally reduced the noise of Seattle's "12th man" to a modest murmur.
Instead of squeezing the TV remote hard enough in anger to leave permanent imprints, I should have been rubbing the head of my 49er bobble-head or at least dismembering my stuffed 49er player whose head, arms and legs are Velcroed on for just that reason
I should have learned by now how important it is as a fan to do whatever is necessary to help my team win.
After all, look at all the triumphs I've enjoyed from wearing my Chicago Cub and Iowa Hawkeye caps.
CONTACT Craig Purcell at 824-1036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.