I get it. I really, really do. There’s three categories that are hammered beyond believe about the San Francisco 49ers….especially in the off season. Now, stick with me here, because my intention is not to go to some beyond the realm of possibility here. In fact, it’s quite simple. When it comes to our illustrious 49ers, you either talk about the past, the present, or the future.
The past sure is glorious. It’s extensive, highly successful, and thoroughly entertaining. I, myself, have multiple books, magazines and movies on the 49ers subject matter. I revisit them all on numerous occasions. I absolutely love the topic myself, but finding material to cover that hasn’t been beaten to death can become a tricky venture.
The present, especially in the off season, is a persistent head scratcher. Ok let’s see here….we can finally put that Desean Jackson story in the “past.” Uh, where’s Jim Harbaugh at today? How about Trent Baalke? We reach and yearn for news of the present that’s going to guide us to the future.
The future focused stories during the off season are even more so blatantly redundant. It reminds me of one giant Telephone game. Instead of whispering and passing it on, a known member of the media quotes unknown sources about a known possibility. This pertains to the draft, free agency, or trades. Then, we all jump on board and pass it on ourselves. I, by no means, am free from this very accusation. If we all could just get it straight that “I’m going to the park carrying the Hubble telescope and eating egg salad sandwiches blue elephant.”
But do you know what I love and live for? Those 60 minutes. It’s not about rumors or hearsay. I love the contest of wit, strength, and overall physical prowess that exists between sideline to sideline and goal line to goal line. Knowing (currently) that Jim Harbaugh will be dressed in his black sweater and khakis coaching his proverbial butt off, makes every repeated story and anecdote worth it.
So, go ahead and write it……again……..and again…..and again. Put a twist on it. Put a little extra spin on it. Yeah, I’ll probably read it. Because when fall hits and our boys strap them up once again, it’ll all be worth it.