Niners Fans Are Revolting: Not Showing Up, Selling Their Seats
There was a time, my children, when 49ers fans were revolting in an entirely different way. Like, their air of superiority, and tendency to bring fondue sets to games.
That was in the halcyon days of Joe Montana, Steve Young and yes, Colin Kaepernick (check your records). Now those fans are not even showing up, as seen above, Many are even selling their seats -- unheared of even in the troubled, early Candlestick Park era.
49ers fire sale: these club seat licenses cost $60k face value last year, now selling for $15k $45k down the drain https://t.co/Jn7bcxYQPU
— Mike Rosenberg (@RosenbergMerc) December 20, 2015
They are officially a 10-loss team, and Colin Cowherd today called the Niners the most badly-coached team I have ever seen." San Francisco lost to the Bengals on Sundat 24-14, on a cold, rain-soaked day in Santa Clara, and here's what the scene was like in the fourth quarter:
Could have never imagined last year at this time that a 49ers crowd in 4Q would ever look like this pic.twitter.com/a3V6fTD1K2
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 21, 2015
The culprit? Survey says ... 49ers CEO Jed York. And to a lesser extent, team president Trent Baalke.
— Tami (@480blonde) December 21, 2015
Here's an excerpt from a Dec. 29, 2014 press conference with John York, former 49ers CEO and father of Jed York, via the San Jose Mercury News:
Q: What's the expectation for the next coach?
York: "To win a Super Bowl."
Q: Right away?
York: "We expect to win the Super Bowl every year; that is our goal."
Q: Is Trent accountable for that? He hasn't won a Super Bowl.
York: "Absolutely he's accountable."
Q: When does that start coming into play?
York: "You have a stopwatch?"
Far from a Super Bowl victory, the 49ers instead head down the stretch as one of the worst teams in football. They rank last in the NFC West, have the league's worst point differential (minus-127) and have scored fewer points than any team in the NFL with just 19 touchdowns through 13 games.
To be fair, injuries, legal troubles and various retirements were big reasons that this team is currently occupying a shallow grave in the Mojave. But the 49ers showed enough promise with a season-opening win against the Vikings and in three other victories that things should have ended up better.
San Francisco has 12 (count 'em) picks in the next draft, among them four compensatory picks and three via trade. York is likely banking on that, and if you're a Niners' fan, shouldn't you be rooting for them to lose at this point?
Maybe. But if you're Jed York, you gotta make sure that the populace doesn't storm the Bastille in the meantime.
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