49ers sending Packers home in 2014 Playoffs is such sweet revenge

I like to consider myself a fairly calm and rational person. Besides getting stuck in traffic, the only time I embrace my inner-lunatic is when watching my beloved San Francisco 49ers play.

My name is Jeffrey Lyles and I am a crazy 49ers fan. Acceptance is the first step to recovery they say.

A large portion of my lunacy comes from the mid-90s where my hopes of celebrating yet another Superbowl victory were repeatedly trampled, destroyed and otherwise wiped out by those arrogant, obnoxious Dallas Cowboys. I HATED the Cowboys and the fact that a lot of my friends in college were Cowboys fans didn’t make that any easier.

After the 49ers finally got over the Cowboys hurdle and won Superbowl 29, my excitement didn’t last long as we encountered a new problem — Brett Favre and his Green Bay Packers. Those guys became a serious problem for my 49ers, knocking us out of the playoffs and NFC Championships on four occasions.

Credit: http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/
Credit: http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/

As much as I hated the Cowboys, I loathed the Packers, partly due to John Madden co-signing a loan for Favre and being unable to contain his enthusiasm anytime Favre made a big play. Combined, the Packers and Cowboys (and bad Niners defenses…) were directly responsible for Steve Young and Jerry Rice not winning more Superbowls together.

In the 90s, the AFC team was simply there to coronate the NFC champ as whoever emerged from the NFC was all but assured another Superbowl trophy. I’m still grateful for the Broncos beating the Packers in 1998. Even now, watching Brett Favre on anything, including those lame jeans commercials, stirs up an irrational feelings of disgust and outrage. That tends to happen when a team knocks your squad out of the playoffs four times.

After enduring football purgatory with quarterbacks named Ken Dorsey, J.T. O’Sullivan, Tim Rattay and Troy Smith and the suit-clad Mike Nolan and pants-dropping Mike Singletary, I don’t take for granted the 49ers being playoff regulars again. Likely making me even more crazed than my younger, “calmer” days when playoffs and NFC West titles were a given.

Credit: http://madenext.com/comic-book-nfl-matchups/49ers-vs-packers/
Credit: http://madenext.com/comic-book-nfl-matchups/49ers-vs-packers/

I was giddy watching Colin Kapernick destroy the Packers in last year’s Divisional Playoff game with the read option play and thrilled when he dropped over 400 passing yards on them to kick off this season. Still, I wasn’t all that thrilled to see them in the playoffs this year and especially in that iced over frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

But fortunately, like the last three times we’ve played them, the 49ers — on the strength of our terrific defense and Kapernick’s nimble feet and laser-like passing — knocked off the Packers again and for at least one more week, this Niners fan can’t wait for next Sunday! Now it’s time to tame the Panthers!

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  • keith

    congrats to your team and my saints. I would love to see a rematch, but I cant lie and say carolina wouldnt be an easier match up. I think your team smokes them next week

  • I’d like to see that rematch as well. And if that does happen, I’ll have to fly out to Candlestick for the final game at The Stick!

    Good luck to your boys Saturday!

  • keith

    who dat

  • Pierre Mooney

    Well, I would like to say I think the Seattle folks will have the final say. I am into the NFL PLAYOFFS too. However, my DVD order came in so I was able finally see “THE BUTLER” and “12 YEARS AS A SLAVE”.

    Both of the films were quite moving to me and as I lived through many of the years covered in “THE BUTLER” It brought back many memories of those years. Years when a BLACK person having a government job was the top of success in Washington D.C. I was particularly impressed with Oprah’s portray of the wife. So real and honest I think it was the best work in the film. But that kind realistic portrayal does not win awards. Just as Howard’s gutsy performance will go unnoticed. Of course a lot BLACK folks would not want acknowledge them either. We would prefer ” the noble BUTLER” who was near the powerful folks all the those years. Or may be his son who fought for change.

    “12 YEARS AS SLAVE” did not disappoint me either. The psychological oppression that BLACKS endured was so vividly displayed. I always tell folks that the cultural effects of such oppression take a long time to be resolved. Plus, the many years of out right discrimination after “THE FREEDOM” hindered the process. The film shows how the culture of slavery dehumanized a person

    Watch out for the SEA HAWKS folks.

  • Of the two which did you enjoy more Pierre?

    I’m definitely concerned about Seattle. Think they are the biggest obstacle in the NFC due to their home field advantage.

  • Pierre Mooney

    Well I found them both intensely interesting and I really can not say I enjoyed one less than the other. I guess I could say there some scenes of “12 YEARS AS A SLAVE” I found so hard to watch. Not the whipping scenes – one was the scene in which “Patty” offered to pay Solomon to kill her as her life was so painfull. It was so sad and I wish I had not seen it. I felt terrible as I agreed with her. To live through the torment and hopelessness of her life would have been unbearable for me. I was angry that Soloman was so strong. I know I would have killed her out of a false sense of mercy. I guess it made me feel so weak and so ashamed that I do not have the strength and the faith all those folks like Soloman and my Great Grand Father must have had.

  • That’s true. 12 Years definitely is a hard watch. The Butler has lighter moments.

    That scene in 12 Years was gut-wrenching as it really put the viewer in the “what would you do?” perspective. I’m not sure which way I would have gone, but it must have been heartbreaking for him to leave her knowing how miserable her existence already was with no hope of getting any better.

  • Pierre Mooney

    Oh yes, that was another one that just brought up some many feelings. I could not feel happy for Solomon to finally be getting out of that horrible situation. I was so angry that he was going to be free again, but poor “Patsy”, who had begged him to kill her (to set her free) , was doomed to continue her sad mournful life. Yes, he knew he was leaving and he knew she had no hope for joy in this life. Also, I felt the film maker deliberately had shown both of them to us as they both still had that spark of life as opposed the other slaves who just existed. They walked around like “like dead people.”

    The woman who had been sold by her “master’s daughter” touched me deeply. Plus, Solomon’s first master who knew the mixed raced girl was going to be molested. He understood the evil contradictions of his own life, but had decided he could do nothing to change it. Yes, there were so many scenes in both these films that put me in touch with feelings. But I think what makes a film “a work of art” is its ability to make us feel something – to reach down inside us and grab us emotionally . A good film touches us in some way. “STAR WARS”, “THELMA AND LOUISE” or “TRUE GRIT” are entertaining as they touch something within us – just as these two films were truly entertaining as their stirred something in our emotions. It is just a great thing to experience, and you my friend get to do it for living wonderful.