The 49ers are desperately seeking their first win of the 2010 season in week six, and these words are getting really hard to write by now.
If they are going to forge out win No. 1 this weekend, it will come against a revitalized regional rival in the Oakland Raiders.
At 2-3, the Raider Nation has been tormenting the 49er Faithful since the beginning of the season. If there's one thing San Francisco fans could really use right now, it's a victory over the Raiders.
There's no disputing that both teams will need to bring their A-games. The Raiders have about as much momentum as they've had since Jerry Rice showed up there, and the 49ers seem about as bad as they've been since Bill Walsh's first year.
In a regional rivalry like this, however, that all goes out the window.
Forget records. Forget playoffs. Forget divisions. This is the Battle of the Bay.
This is for more than a W. This one is for bragging rights; this one is for the fans.