Winners Grin and Bear It; Whiners Complain

Glenn Franco Simmons@fotodifrancoAnalyst IOctober 12, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 27: Shaun Hill #13 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the 49ers 27-24.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Before you put your hands over your ears and close your eyes in the wake of this loss, 49ers fans, do not despair.

We've been here before.

And came back.

This most likely will not be a Super Bowl season.

It may not even be a playoff season.

So stop your bellyaching.

You sound like whiners.

I remember the good old days of the mid to late 1970s, when the 49ers were absolutely horrid, kind of like the 49ers for most of this decade.

Do you need reminders of past blowout losses?

I think I recall a blowout loss to Philadelphia in a Super Bowl-winning year.

Now, let me digress.

Don't get me wrong; last season, I also unleashed on my beloved 49ers organization because it had become a shadow of what it once was.

And it had the potential to become worse than it ever was, which is definitely saying something.

Not even the ghoulish ghosts of the 1970s could match some of the hair-brained decisions of the former 49ers ownership.

"Feel the pain" became the new 49ers' mantra.

And then the Jed York era began.

Jed York: the kid wonder.

Then the 49ers began winning.

York is on a laser-guided mission to return this franchise to its Super Bowl-winning roots, whether we win one or not.

He has brought a new wave of optimism to this franchise, and if anything comes out of this season, it is this change in attitude.

So, 49ers fans, take it from an old, weathered fan who saw John Brodie play at Candlestick and who thought we were Super Bowl-bound for three seasons in the early 1970s: It could be worse.

And it has been.

So stop your bellyaching.

Winners lose—sometimes big time—and when they do, they grin and bear it.

49ers whiners continue to complain.

Oh, but for a little perspective.