I love this time of year, especially when my team's a game within the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks today in the NFC Championship Game, with the winner going to the Super Bowl.
I've been a San Francisco 49ers fan since my uncle lived there between 1963 and 1977. I guess becoming a 49ers fan started with my late mother and still loves with me and my younger brother.
Things changed when Bill Walsh became coach in 1979, laid the foundations to five Super Bowl titles between 1982 and 1995.
One of the 49ers' greatest moments appeared in my first contracted book, Picking Cotton, at Red Rose Publishing. It's still available at Red Rose: http://redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=100&products_id=1070
Steve Young's bizarre 49-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings in 1988, was historic because it helped the 49ers get into the Super Bowl and win it all (See picture above).
A similar defining moment occured in Picking Cotton for its main character, M.L. Cotton. He made a zig-zag 53-yard touchdown run with seconds remaining as Spanish Fort earned its first-ever state playoff berth in 1985. The Conquistadors didn't win a state title, reaching the quarterfinals, but M.L. landed a college scholarship to play quarterback at Tampa University.
Hopefully by midnight, I'll be celebrating the 49ers return to the Super Bowl.
Until next time.....