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Super Bowl Recovery

In Football on February 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

CDH’s Sam Sutton’s San Francisco 49ers lost on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it.

Dear Jack,

Things got pretty emo on Sunday night.

Not Dashboard Confessional emo, but definitely Neil Young circa “After the Gold Rush” emo. You may not realize this about me, but behind the obnoxious 49er snapback and super sick red Adidas hoodie, there beats the heart of a deeply sensitive young man [VOMIT].

That heart was broken Sunday night. As were the hearts of thousands — nay, millions — of Bay Area sports fans. Our hearts were broken by the cold realization that, although the San Francisco 49ers had a better team on paper, the Baltimore Ravens were in fact the better team on the field [more VOMIT].

What made them a better team? Was it Ray Lewis’s deer antler spray? Was it Ray Lewis’s inspirational journey from murderer to Bristol, Connecticut-ordained saint? Was it Joe Flacco’s recent propensity to throw frighteningly accurate bombs with almost unparalleled consistency?

I’ll never know. I could figure some of those questions out, but I really don’t want to do research right now because I’m watching the Warriors-OKC game. So, at the moment, all I know is hurt. Deep, deep hurt.

This would be easier if the Ravens’ defense had continued to stop quarterback Colin Kaepernick with three-and-outs after the blackout (did you know the 49ers converted only two of their 10 third and fourth down attempts?). This would be easier if the 49ers had just rolled over and died in the second half, rather than score 25 of their 31 total points. This would be easier if we hadn’t come  within two plays of winning the game in the fourth quarter.

But do you know what, Jack?

A funny thing happened Monday morning. I woke up. The sun was shining. I had a day off work. And most importantly, I had beautiful memories of Beyoncé being Beyoncé all over the halftime show. And no Super Bowl loss could ever take that away from me.

So enjoy this. Enjoy Baltimore’s little moment in the sun. You guys deserve it.

San Francisco Giants’ pitchers and catchers report in 5 days. Win two big ones in three years, then we can talk.



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