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Jerry Jones doesn’t think 49ers fans took over stadium

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There were times during their win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers may have thought they were playing a home game. AT&T Stadium in Arlington was loaded with Niners fans, which was obvious when a loud roar came over the crowd after each of Tony Romo’s three first-half interceptions. Jerry Jones must not have heard it.

When Jones was informed after the game that roughly half of the 91,174 in attendance were cheering for Colin Kaepernick and company, the Cowboys owner became visibly irritated.

“First of all, I don’t acknowledge that there were half of them there.” he said, via Tim McMahon of ESPN.com. “Did you count them?”

Jones was then assured that there was a sea of burgundy and gold all over his $1.2 billion stadium. He was also asked if the number of Niners fans indicates that his team has a marketing problem.

“BS,” he snapped. “I know you didn’t count them. Anyway, nothing went through my mind. I was looking at the game. Listen, I’m interested in the football game and what went on with the game. It’s not good when you don’t win — from any perspective, marketing or otherwise. I had my eye on those turnovers and interest on those turnovers.”

It’s fun to pretend, isn’t it? While the Cowboys have finished 8-8 each of the last two seasons, they usually have as strong a following as any team in sports. The fact that so many people were cheering for the opposition at the home opener has to be concerning, whether Jerruh wants to admit it or not.

Photo via Twitter/Eye on Football

Seahawks won’t sell tickets to California addresses

Seahawks-fansThe Seattle Seahawks know they have the best home-field advantage in football and maybe all of sports. CenturyLink field is one of the loudest venues in the country, and the Seahawks have consistently credited their “12th man” with contributing to their success over the past few seasons. The team does not intend to let that change in the NFC Championship Game next weekend.

After the Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, the team announced that they will not be selling tickets to buyers with California addresses in advance of their game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. In fact, the team is limiting sales to addresses from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, and any of the Canadian provinces.

Does that mean Niners fans will be unable to attend the game? No, but it does mean they will have to dig much deeper into their pockets to get there. The cheapest ticket to Sunday’s game on StubHub.com is currently listed for $464. That price will likely go up since the team has made it so difficult for people outside of the seven areas listed above to obtain tickets.

Some are already calling the stunt petty, but the Seahawks know stadium noise is their best friend. Like last season, the Niners proved on Sunday that they are more than capable of winning on the road in the postseason. The 12th man will do its best to put a stop to that.

H/T LBS tipster David

49ers fans to buy billboard in Seattle taunting Seahawks with Super Bowl trophies

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The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks currently have one of the best rivalries in football. The NFC West foes are two of the NFL’s best teams, and they both know it. Earlier this season, Seahawks fans bought a brick at the 49ers’ new stadium and paid for a “12th Man” banner to be flown over Candlestick Park. Now, Niners fans are firing back with a billboard.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, a group of Niners fans have raised more than $8,000 to pay for a billboard less than a mile from Seattle’s stadium. The proposed billboard would feature a photo of Dwight Clark’s legendary play “The Catch” hidden behind five Vince Lombardi Trophies — signifying the five championships San Francisco has won.

The idea is the brainchild of a Niners fan named Aasheesh Shravah, who currently lives in New York but grew up in the Bay Area.

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49ers send letter to fans reminding them how to cheer

49ers-Fan-Climbs-Onto-Church-Roof-After-Loss-to-EaglesThe San Francisco 49ers have a huge game on Sunday against the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks. We all saw the way Seahawks fans can impact a game when the New Orleans Saints were blown out in Seattle on Monday night. Can Niners fans duplicate that type of atmosphere at Candlestick Park? It’s highly unlikely, but the team is doing all it can.

Earlier this week, the 49ers sent out letters to their season ticket holders that basically refreshed their memories on the proper way to cheer. The letter urged fans to be quiet on offense and “deafening on defense,” while also reminding them of some traditional rallying cries that have become a part of Niners home games over the years. Deadspin shared a copy of the letter with us:

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As usual, I have only one word for this — lame. It was ridiculous when the St. Louis Rams released a “Ram Rules” video and even worse when the Dallas Cowboys reminded their fans how to cheer only to have them wind up booing.

Stadium noise should be a natural occurrence. The fans in Seattle don’t need instructions on how to cheer. They just care about impacting the game and living up to their reputation as the best 12th man in football.

49ers fans write letters to the editor complaining about Seahawks fans making noise

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In an era where arrests are constantly made at sporting events for stuff like fighting and intoxication, innocent fan noise should be the least of anyone’s concerns. The idea of a home field advantage is to make as much noise as possible, and the Seattle Seahawks have probably the best home field advantage in sports. At least two San Francisco 49ers fans think it has to stop.

On Wednesday, a Reddit user shared a letter to the editor from the San Francisco Chronicle that had to have been a perfectly-executed joke. There can’t actually be someone out there who thinks a visiting team should be able to stop a game when the crowd noise becomes too much, right?

Was anyone else appalled by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Seattle Seahawks and their fans, juiced on noise, which surely creates as big an advantage over an opponent as any performance enhancing drug and which, to their shame, NFL officials turn the same blind eye they have to concussions and drugs?

It would be simple to fix. Seahawks players and managers would ask their fans to cease and desist, and the NFL would implement a new rule: The visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games. Things would quiet down.

At a time when the world seems sour, sports give us a place of joy, community and hope, and to have it spoiled is a bigger loss than it seems on the surface.

Believe it or not, someone actually agreed with this person. Another fan wrote a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle the next day entitled “Game, less noise.”

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San Francisco 49ers fan has ultimate team tribute tattoo across his back

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Given the number of atrocious athlete tribute tattoos we have shown you over the years here on LBS, it is with great pleasure that we show you one that is actually not all that bad. In fact, it’s pretty impressive.

A Twitter user who goes by @OH_Kai_ shared the photo you see above with Patrick Willis over the weekend, who decided it was worth passing along to his more than 250,000 followers.

“Wow! I can’t say I have ever seen myself tatted on someone before,” Willis wrote. “That’s wild! Thanks.”

As you can see, the ink includes Willis, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Bill Walsh and some other Niners legends. The most important thing is that the artwork is well done, which is much more than we can say for tattoos like this and this. Don’t worry, I’m sure someone will come along who makes us lose our faith in tribute tattoos again very shortly.

H/T The Big Lead

49ers, Ticketmaster give Super Bowl tickets to couple scammed over Craigslist

Super-Bowl-XLVIIEarlier this week, a group of San Francisco 49ers fans from Hayward, Calif. fell victim to a Craigslist scam after paying someone $5,900 for what they thought were four tickets to the Super Bowl. That price would mean the tickets were selling for double face value, which is reasonable compared to the triple and beyond that most secondary markets are charging. However, 49-year-old Sharon Osgood says she never received any tickets.

After wiring the money to the seller’s credit union, Osgood said she received a package in the mail on Monday. That package contained nothing more than a Super Bowl 47 promo picture and a note that said: “Enjoy the game!!!! Go Ravens!!! LOL.” Ouch.

“I’m just sick — like, physically sick,” Osgood told the San Jose Mercury News. “All over the envelope it says ‘go Ravens’ — even on the FedEx label. For a week I was on the phone with this guy. That’s the only reason why we trusted him.

“Do we want to let this affect our celebration of our team going to the Super Bowl? We need to get past that.”

Osgood was not the first person to be scammed for Super Bowl tickets on Craigslist and she won’t be the last. However, she could be the only one whose story has led to five free tickets to the game — four courtesy of Ticketmaster and one from the Niners.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard heard about the unfortunate story and called Osgood to offer tickets to her and the other members of her family who were scammed. The Niners had already offered a free ticket.

“My heart literally was in my throat; it was fluttering — I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening.’ I can’t put into words how grateful I am,” Osgood said while fighting back tears.

Some will say that Osgood doesn’t deserve free tickets, since one of the most basic rules of Craigslist transactions is that you never wire money to a stranger’s account. You’re better off dealing with someone who is looking to trade their wife or a bag of weed for tickets. That being said, sometimes we have a tendency to believe that there are good people in the world who wouldn’t steal our money. In the end, it all worked out nicely for Osgood and company.

H/T Deadspin