I don’t mind gloating. Yes, I repeat, gloating, because after witnessing Colin Kaepernick make his first start as the Niners quarterback in a Monday Night game December against the Bears, I said he was something special. I have never ever gone out and purchased a player jersey until they have retired with great careers, the only jersey I own is a Ronnie Lott jersey.
But I told my husband after that game that I was very tempted to get a number 7 jersey, that how impressed I was with this young man. I knew he could very well be the next 49ers superstar quarterback.
I and everyone sitting in the stands at Candlestick that night was blown away by his ability. What we didn’t know was how good he would become in just seven games.
Now, Colin Kaepernick, Kap, C-Kap, CK7, is all the rage. His “Kaepernicking” touchdown ritual, where he kisses his tattoed biceps has gone viral.
I called a few sports stores here in the SF Bay Area today to see if they had any Kaepernick t-shirts, every t-shirt is sold out. It certainly diodn’t hurt that he blew the doors off the Packers in the Division game.
The 49ers were three point favorites in that game, but that was only because of home field. The experts all picked against the Niners. Aaron Rodgers, Clay Mathews, they said, would be too much for the kid. Really?
Make no mistake, this team plays with a chip on its shoulder. And when it perceives it is the underdog they fight even harder. I rather like it when they are the “dogs”, they play better.
Here we are, Forty Niner fans, on the verge of another chance to go to the Super Bowl. For the second season in a row Jim Harbaugh has led his team to the NFC Championship game. The loss to the Giants in last year’s Championship game left us all feeling as if we let the game slip away. I felt that the winner of that game would be the next Super Bowl winner. Turns out I was right. Gloating? You betcha.
Now it’s time to go get that sixth Lombardi Trophy. How sweet it would be to do it with this kid from Turlock that goes by the name of Kaepernick.
49ers vs. the Falcons
There is no such thing as a gimme. The so-called experts had the Packers as the best NFC team, that is until last week. The Falcons as the number one seed haven’t gotten a lot of respect, and that may actually fuel them. I expect the Falcons to play well and play hard. But the 49ers will pull away in the fourth quarter as the defense dominates and causes turnovers.
Ravens at Patriots
These teams know one another and have played in some tight games.
I had no confidence in Joe Flacco but he and the Ravens surprised me with their upset of the number one seeded Broncos. Can they do it again? I think they can.