49ers Billboard, Seattle Seahawks fans can have their performance-enhanced stadium noise and status as Super Bowl favorites, but San Francisco 49ers fans have past Super Bowl success on their side and they’re not afraid to brag about it.
The budding rivalry between the NFC West teams will be ratcheted up even more in the coming weeks, when a group from the City by the Bay erects a taunting billboard somewhere in Seattle. It will play on the fact that San Francisco has won five Super Bowls compared to the Seahawks’ current total of zero.
The proposed billboard will feature the famous picture of Dwight Clark’s catch from the 1982 NFC championship set behind those five Lombardi trophies. Over $8,000 was raised online by a group of 49ers fans who were hoping to one-up Seattle fans’ recent gamesmanship, which included buying a brick at the Niners’ new stadium and flying a “12th Man” banner over Candlestick Park.
If the billboard goes through, it’s advantage San Francisco. Using the “five rings” argument is the ultimate trump card. It can’t be beat. There’s literally no comeback a Seattle fan can make when a Niners fan says, “oh, and how many Super Bowls do you all have?”
Though they don’t want to admit it, fans of teams without Super Bowl titles have an inferiority complex about their lack of historical success. Some embrace their lovable loser status, like in Cleveland, Arizona or Buffalo. Others, like fans of the Seahawks and Eagles, are super defensive about their team’s lack of rings. They’ve convinced themselves that recent successes outstrip years of glory. But they also know, deep down, that whenever the rings card is played, they have no comeback.