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Associated Press (Family Edition): In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, possibly asserting silliness and having fun, The Nosebleed 4 (jerseyed Paul Foster Jr and Charlie Foster, accompanied by Paul Foster and Lee Foster) share a jubilant moment very high in the stadium celebrating the hopeful new Jimmy G era in San Francisco 49ers football. The final score against the Tennessee Titans was 26-24. The immediate family team shows the jersey of cousin Reuben Foster, #56, said to be a positive defensive aspect of a brighter future for the 49ers.
By Lee Foster
Hoping you allowed my humor lapse, above, below you will find my section on 49ers Football, slightly amended, in my new ebook SF Travel & Photo Guide: The Top 100 Travel Attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The 49ers certainly rank as one of the top 100 travel experiences in my SF Bay region.
If you haven’t been recently to one of the enduring Bay Area major sports venues (49ers, Giants, Warriors, A’s, Raiders, Sharks), it’s a treat to experience the roar of the crowd once again and lose yourself in an a-political moment (even at the 49ers game). This is live theatre, somewhat different from the TV or movie experience.
The purity of sport is a refreshing aspect of excellence on earth. The ability to move your body forward through other bodies in football is a feat of physical power and cunning. The ability to put a ball through a hoop is the quest at a Warriors game. The diamond-like elegance of baseball is an entirely different aesthetic experience of long pauses punctuated by intense 100 mph moments.
As a travel journalist, I must create an evergreen presentation that will be accurate for today and next year. The fortunes of the team will oscillate from euphoria to depression, year on year.
For the 49ers, the only direction possible was up towards the end of 2017. The third Jimmy G victory suggested a new era. Possibly Paul Foster Jr and Charlie Foster experienced a moment that they will look back on forever, as their lives proceed. Perhaps they witnessed the start of the new Jimmy G glory years at Jimmy G’s first start at Levi’s Stadium. Perhaps this hopeful prediction is way overblown and disaster exists soon ahead. That is the chancy essence of sport.
If you have not been to a 49ers game at Levi’s, you may have to brush up on your resilience skills regarding getting pounded by subtle commercials for the entire performance. There will be a Poppa John Pizza commercial coming across the big screen as a win for free pizza for 10 folks in section 214 row 116. The ongoing commercialization of the game will not disturb the experienced fan, who has already internalized that a hotdog will be $10.
Sport is a great metaphor for life, especially if carried on in a totally pure way. Physical prowess quickly vaults beyond class distinction (no rich or poor, except in sports where the parents need megabucks for training, as in skiing), or racial advantage, or religious persuasion, or ethnic background. The purer the sport, the more glorious is this great leveler. Possibly the purest sport of all is the worldwide focus on soccer, which requires nothing more than a ball and brilliant footwork. The barrier to success in soccer is perhaps the least burdensome regarding incidental factors of all sports.
Here is my SF 49ers entry in my new ebook on the SF region, titled SF Travel & Photo Guide. The book is now on Amazon and all other viable ebook sellers. I have sections on some other major Bay Area sports teams that will continue (sorry, Raiders.) They are the football 49ers, baseball Giants, and basketball Warriors. The baseball Oakland A’s would be a next candidate, as would the hockey Sharks.
The 49er entry, slightly touched up, is as follows:
San Francisco 49ers
A glorious past helps the follower to accept the dismal present. As everyone knows, fortune can change quickly in sport. There was hope towards the end of the 2017 season that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and defensive players such as linebacker Reuben Foster could turn the franchise aroud.
Your Best Shot: Memorable photos can be made if you are in the stadium, looking down at the gladiators, recording yourself and the contest.
The 49ers have been one of the legendary franchise dynasties of the National Football League, so fans always await in down times a return to the glorious past. The golden era was the 1980s and early 1990s, when the 49ers won five Super Bowls in 14 years, four of them in the 1980s.
The dynasty began with the appearance of Coach Bill Walsh in 1979, followed by the acquisition of quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young, plus pass receiver Jerry Rice. Coach Walsh strategized to develop a “West Coast offense” of short pass gains that proved difficult to defend against.
During the glory years, the 49ers played at windy Candlestick Park in south San Francisco. In 2014 they moved to the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
If you take the 49 Mile Drive self-tour through San Francisco, you pass close to Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. Kezar was the original home of the 49ers. The setting has a quaint and retro feel to it, recalling football before the modern era of huge television emphasis and multi-thousand fan seating. The San Francisco 49ers joined the NFL in 1949.
Sports fans in San Francisco have three main options for professional teams. Besides the football 49ers, there are the baseball Giants, who play in a handsome stadium along the Embarcadero. The basketball Golden State Warriors now play at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, but will likely re-locate to a new stadium on the San Francisco waterfront.
The following information is for the 49ers.
If You Go:
Area: South to San Mateo Coast/Bayside
Address: 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Price: Expensive, for game day tickets, if the team is winning