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Just play the game
January 16, 2014, 05:00 AM By Nathan Mollat Daily Journal

Anyone else getting tired of the buildup to the NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks?

Whether in the newspapers, TV or the radio, you can only break down the matchups so many different ways and any analyst worth his salt will simply say the same thing as the last expert.

Things have gotten so bad, if you will, a couple of columnists have latched onto the “Colin Kaepernick is a bad boy” story line and Tuesday’s big story was Jim Harbaugh’s wife deriding his choice of pants on the sideline.

(On a side note, apparently Harbaugh will ditch his $8 Walmart pleated khakis for a more expensive, flat-front pair of slacks. You’re welcome).

As the sports editor at the Daily Journal, I’m often asked who I think will win any given game. Considering I’m a 49ers fan and the people asking me are usually 49ers fans, what am I supposed to say? My heart says 49ers win Sunday, but my head is not so sure.

The bottom line is both San Francisco and Seattle are really good teams. Easily the best two teams in the NFC. Both defenses are terrifying, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and 49ers Frank Gore are two of the toughest runners in the NFL. Seattle’s Russell Wilson and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick are two of the quarterbacks whose NFL stock is on the rise and potential seems limitless.

So who will win Sunday? I’m not going to make a prediction. I’ll use a cliche I hear high school coaches use all the time: the team that makes the least number of mistakes will be victorious.

***

Last year, a lot of the criticism of Kaepernick surrounded his multitude of tattoos. This playoff season, it was his “mocking” of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.

Since entering the league, Newton has chosen the “Superman pose” as his end zone celebration. One in which he pretends to tear apart his shirt to expose Superman’s “S” underneath it.

Sunday after scoring during the 49ers’ 23-10 win over Carolina, Kaepernick started to rip open his shirt, only to pretend to button it up before doing his own end zone celebration of “Kaepernicking,” where he kisses his bicep.

Since that little incident, one online — reporter? Blogger? — used it to call Kaepernick and the 49ers the “bad boys” of the NFL.

I literally laughed out loud. You’ve got to be kidding. Kaepernick is the not the first — nor will he be the last — football player to mock another in the end zone.

Let’s face it. This is a new era of NFL quarterbacks. Young and brash, players like Kaepernick and Newton view themselves as more than just quarterbacks. Watch any number of running backs or wide receivers who score. Very seldom do you see any of them simply hand the ball to the referee or go with the old-school spike. Those position players have their end zone routines, why not quarterbacks who score?

Besides, I don’t mind a little theatrics in the end zone. What gets me are all the celebrations after mundane plays. The jump-up-and-signal-first-down celebrations are the worst, followed by the sack dances of defensive players.

I wouldn’t miss seeing those celebrations fall by the wayside.

***

The Burlingame Panther Booster Club is offering a little incentive for those fans who show up early to the quad games Friday night when Burlingame hosts Mills.

The first 25 fans who show up at the beginning of each of the four games will receive a free order of nachos from the BHS Athletic Booster Snack Shack.

That’s right, be one of the first 25 fans at the frosh-soph girls’ game (3:15 p.m.), the frosh-soph boys’ game (4:45), the varsity girls’ game (6:15 p.m.) and the boys’ varsity game (7:45 p.m.) will get free food.

I don’t know how they’ll determine that after the first 25 fans at the start of the first game, but I’m just the messenger.

And by the way — players, cheerleaders, coaches and administrators are not eligible.

Nathan Mollat can be reached by phone: 344-5200 ext. 117 or by email: nathan@smdailyjournal.com. You follow him on Twitter@CheckkThissOutt.

 

 

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