Ghosts of Franchise Past: Family and Tradition Keys to 49ers’ Success?

July 29, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 49ers’ brass talked a huge game at Tuesday night’s second-annual State of the Franchise event. After having listened to Jed York, Trent Baalke, and Mike Singletary discuss where the team is and where they expect to be in the very near future, how could even a casual fan not be chomping at the bit for the start of training camp later this week?
Clearly the majority of the motivation behind these events is based in rhetoric and appeasing season ticket holders, both present and future. As a college-trained rhetorician, it was an impressive tour de force.
However, embedded in Jed York’s opening meander through mystery, whimsy, history, and punitive glory, there lay some legitimate reflections of a mentality which once brought immense success to a great dynasty.
Yes, it is true Jed’s words about winning with class bore a strong resemblance to the edict laid down by his grandfather in 1977. After ceding control of his newly-purchased team to ...

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