You’ll have to excuse me for being a bit awkward here, this is all very new.
No, not the part about writing another blog post. Smartass.
But this whole idea that the Giants and the Niners are both legitimate contenders at the same time… it’s a bit weird. You see, the last time both teams were seriously looking at title in the same year, back when the name “George Bush” referred to a president who was at least slightly less than awful, I wasn’t even in grade school.
Since then, the two clubs have taken turns being anywhere from frustrating to terrible. First it was the Giants in the early-mid 90s, and since then the revolving merry-go-suck that has been the Niners. We rooted for one team because we knew that tomorrow we’d have to endure the other one biting ass.
Now, it’s different. Now the Giants are cruising their we into October and the Niners are causing opponents to lose sleep. Matt Cain is getting run support and Alex Smith is throwing passes that are actually being caught by the guy he was aiming for. We can actually watch a Giants game on Sunday and know that it won’t have to tide us over while the Saints or Eagles spend an entire second half handing the ball off to run down the clock.
And that’s a little weird.
I’ve always felt that when one team is losing, we tend to root a bit harder for the other. In recent years fans have gotten so into the Giants because it was so much better than the thought of sitting at a run-down Candlestick and watching a 6-10 team crap away another game to the Cardinals or Seahawks. Now the Niners are something to look forward to.
Now we have to fight off the urge to turn into Boston sports fans. To get cocky, to somehow think that the teams are winning because we’re such great fans. Most of all, we have to understand how lucky we are. Winning is great, but it’s not an entitlement. If the Giants go down in the NLDS, or the Niners fall apart against New York again, we have no right to be outraged, or mad at the team.
We have to remember a time when they were both awful, and appreciate this rare window in which both teams are so much fun to see play.