Pretty clever stuff coming out of Seattle.
1. No stadium naming rights deals can ever be considered “cool,” even when the corporation involved produced the Silvertab® jeans I proudly wore throughout junior high and my freshman year of high school. But CenturyLink is a telecom out of Louisiana. It’s not cool just because you call it the Link, or the Clink, or whatever the “12s” call the place where they pump in a bunch of fake crowd noise and claim to set dubious world records. There are four sports facilities with the CenturyLink name, and once CenturyLink gets bought by some other telecom they’ll all get some new name like SynerTech or VirtuMobile.
2. If KJR is planning to call the San Francisco 49ers the Santa Clara 49ers from now on, they should also be forced to continually refer to each of these teams by the following:
- Landover Redskins
- East Rutherford Giants
- East Rutherford Jets
- Arlington Cowboys
- Miami Gardens Dolphins
- Orchard Park Bills
- Oklahoma City NotTheSonics
Oh, that is hilarious. I wish I could think of a suitable retort, but all I have is this.
KJR better watch out or we're gonna get Paulie Mac to sing a song about them! Maybe call them poopie heads or something.
To reflect on the value of a name...Is there a better, more perfectly apt name for a region's sports team than '49ers?'
-references a specific historical event of the given state, along with the specific city/region (1849 is an historical reference to which all of California can claim real association. (Titans?-Falcons?-Hawks?-lame.)
-The new stadium--LEVI'S--perfect! Most popular jean in the world ORIGINATED in and from the 1849 event that the team itself is named after.
-Our mascot...a 49er--of historical accuracy (Yosemite Sam would also be a proper, fitting candidate)
-Even the move to Santa Clara has some historical logic and association...San Francisco: St. Francis OF ASSISI, Santa Clara: St. Clare of ASSISI...a close and personal friend to St. Francis himself. In Assisi they have to major basilicas: Santa Ciara and San Francesco. It's very exciting to see sporting teams honor such history.
Long live Francis and Clare...together and united yet again...in their faith, their city/ies, their sports.
@scottathan Wow, never looked at it that way. Now that you mentioned that, I wonder if that could be a reason why the 49ers have trained in Santa Clara all these years
@Jon_in_SoCal centurylink field isn't in renton, it's in downtown seattle.
It's odd to see an inferiority complex from a group of people who now actually have a claim to being better with the Super Bowl win. To me, it just shows that despite all the insults and condescension, they know the 49ers aren't going away any time soon and know just how close they came to being second fiddle last year.
Nobody and I mean NOBODY cares.
Seattle just won the Super Bowl, why are they still so obsessed with the 49ERS?
Actually the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce might be happy about it, but I can't imagine that matters very much.
If its the same Ron and Don that was on the Ticket 1050 in SF over 15 years ago, then they are probably still bitter they failed in this market.
@erikh not sure but that wouldn't surprise me - what makes their comments even more ridiculous (at least IMO) is that neither of them claimed to be Seahawks fans until 2 years ago (one of them was a Saints fan the other a Bears fan). Typical
I live in Seattle and sports radio here makes me wanna puke. There really is no integrity over the airwaves up here. The final straw for me was hearing the Ron and Don show claim that the 9ers bought their 5 lombardy trophies as opposed to earning them. The inferiority complex this city suffers from is pathetic.
@Linky77 They could plausibly make that claim about 1994, but the other four were earned by teams built through the draft and any sports radio personality worth his/her salt should know that.
@Linky77 Sports radio in general doesn't have a lot of integrity. Well, let me extend that to most radio/tv media. They go after low hanging fruit and spew all sorts of spin and narratives to maximize their ratings.
Fortunately the 49ers will ALWAYS keep the name San Francisco, btw as I'm sure most are aware, the 49ers' Lombardi's have been sitting in a trophy case in Santa Clara for over 26 years.
But they're not obsessed with the 49ers and Harbaugh or anything . . . . nahhh. Too funny . . . still with the little man's complex
The problem with you argument is the other teams are the only team that represents that area. If the raiders weren't in the bay, the niners being in Santa Clara wouldn't be a big deal since they would represent the SF Bay Area. The raiders now have more claim to represent SF since they are located closer. The niners might as well embrace San Jose since that's basically where they play.
@GoldElephant No problem, they can represent SF until they move back to LA.
As long as the Raiders have a place to call its own, I'm all for a move. It's not like the Bay Area media covers the Raiders much any ways.
@GoldElephant "The problem with you argument is the other teams are the only team that represents that area"
I wasn't aware that the Jets and Giants weren't representing the same area
Haha, their team just won the Super Bowl and they are still threatened.
Also, you forgot the Sacramento NotTheSonics.
Your teams stadium is sponsored by jeans while ours is sponsored by broadband internet! BAM! take that! You want some aloe for that burn?!?! oooh
As a native San Franciscan and former life-long 49ers fan, I'm OK with this. Santa Clara is not San Francisco and no amount of pretending by the team will make it so. They've abandoned us and the honorable thing would be to change their name.
@Scott no2 Doesn't the aderal, et al...bring a certain eclipse-ing to the dangles.