The end of an era…

July 31, 2007 at 5:48 am (Uncategorized)

Today, Bill Walsh, former coach of the San Francisco 49rs died of leukemia.  I still remember in 1981, when the 49rs began their season 1-2.  We had no idea what was in store for us.  That year, the 49rs made it to the Superbowl beating the 500 to 1 odds that Vegas had laid down on the team prior to the start of the season. 

 The most memorable games of that season for me were the Dallas games.  Prior to this season, the Cowboys had regularly made mincemeat of our team.  But during the regular season, we KILLED them 45-14.  This was the first inkling that we got that this 49r team was something special.  It was so appropriate that we met the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game.  It was a battle from the very beginning.  Dallas scored first and led by halftime.  Both teams had clearly brought their best games. 

Everyone knows what happened next, but I remember that drive like it was yesterday.  The drive stalled at midfield.  Only a 5-yard offsides call against the Cowboys saved it.  Then we had a first down inside the 20.  The first 2 plays were runs.  A sweep to the left carried by Earl Cooper.  Then a run through the middle by Lenvil Elliot.  Then it was 3rd and 3 from the 6 yard line.  I swear that Joe Montana was going to get sacked.  Ed “Too Tall” Jones was right in his face.  But somehow Joe got that pass off and somehow Dwight caught it.  The rest, as they say, is history.

And Bill Walsh was the mastermind behind it all.  He will always be in our hearts as the wizard who brought glory to the bay.

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2 Comments

  1. erikadee said,

    You have a very good memory! The end of an era, indeed….

  2. justwhimsical said,

    Welcome to wordpress!

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