Here is the opening to a column I wrote a while back for the Press Democrat’s special section on the 49ers. It is about the Niners’ first Super Bowl (well, it starts a little before that), which I covered, and the current Super Bowl attempt, which I am not covering:

The man in the navy blue bellman’s outfit grabbed suitcases as players and media walked off the bus. Who was this guy? He was aggressive, grabbing the way he did. Some people tried to brush him off. But he kept taking bags.

To read the full column, please click here.

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  1. KezarMike

    One of your very best columns EVER, Lowell! A beautiful piece of work that brought a tear to my eye (really!).

    *by the way, I was 30 then and thought I was a real veteran 49er fan, having suffered through the playoff defeats of 70, 71, & 72 (especially thatlast one) all by the hands of the Cowboys. I remember the week before the Steeler game, we played the Rams if I’m not mistaken and they ALWAYS beat us in those days, but this time the 49ers stopped a number of 4th quarter attempts by Fred Dean sacking Pat Haden a few times. I think Wersching kicked the winning points in that game too and we went 6-2. And if I correctly remember the Chronicle Headline in the sporting green – “This is serious!” Pretty sure that’s what it was. (wish all the Chronicle 49er stories were available online – you can read every single Cowboy game story from 1960 to the present if you wanted to, not that I want to of course).

    Well, hope there’s lots of new memories made this Sunday and lots of great stories to read about another great 49er victory.

    February 1st, 2013 8:26 pm

  2. KezarMike

    Note: I didn’t mean to single out the Chronicle as any paper of choice right now. As I no longer live in the USA, my current paper of choice for the 49ers is always the Press-Democrat, just so you know. I rarely check the other papers. Though strangely, for the Giants, it’s the Mercury-News, which is usually the only one I check during baseball season (other than your column of course!). I do miss reading Glenn Dickey, I’ve written him a few times over the years, he’s a good guy.

    February 1st, 2013 8:32 pm

  3. Johnc

    Great column, Lowell. It transends sports and speaks to the fleetness of our lives.

    ” Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
    So do our minutes hasten to their end;
    Each changing place with that which goes before,
    In sequent toil all forwards do contend”

    February 1st, 2013 10:16 pm

  4. Gopal

    If that game in Pittsburgh was the true turning point for the miserable team of the late 70′s, then what was the turning point for the Niners who struggled through the Nolan and Singletary years?

    I think it was probably last year’s road game in Philly, coming back from a double digit halftime deficit against a team that had beaten them many, many times in a row.

    February 2nd, 2013 5:54 pm

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