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49erhaters.com: Want to join the club?

By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 12, 2003

For Bucs fans looking for a new source of postseason venom, there's no shortage of 49ers fan pages online, even some devoted to rooting against San Francisco's five-time Super Bowl champions.

Take, for instance, 49erhaters.com, which is home to "an international society devoted to debunking the myths and propaganda associated with the most overrated sports franchise in history!" While the 49ers' rallied to beat the Giants on Sunday, this site still was enjoying the season-finale loss to the Rams.

A "Midseason Report Card" critiqued the 49ers' first eight opponents, showing that San Fran's six wins had come against "mediocre to poor" teams. The 49ers' only two games against teams that received "B" grades from ESPN.com had resulted in losses.

"As long as the competition remains a "C' or lower, the 49ers are world-beaters," the site writes, "but once it rises above a "B,' the 49ers are a perfect 0-for."

There are headlines such as "Walsh cold-cocked in casino," and the site has a "Smooch Scale" that ranks national media members on a scale of one to four lips by how much they kiss up to the 49ers. ESPN's Chris Berman, "perhaps the most prolific purveyor of the 49er Problem," tops the list, though he's joined by fellow analyst Steve Young, who as a former Niner is slapped about mercilessly. "His time on air has done more to expose the myth about him being "intelligent' than we ever could," the site writes.

It's harsh, for sure, but there are sites with less malicious spins on the 49ers. The team's official site is sf49ers.com and the San Francisco Chronicle has its home at sfgate.com, while more local newspapers can be read at bayarea.com. Here are a few more worth visiting:

49erswebzone.com: Loads of news stories culled from area papers and a raging message board that debated whether it's racist that Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey is praised for many of the same things 49ers star Terrell Owens is vilified for. There's a great links page, even with links to international 49ers sites, such as a Spanish tribute to Joe Montana ("al mejor QB de todos los tiempos de la NFL") and a German fan site that described Sunday's win against the Giants as "einen monumentalen Kollaps bis hin zu ihrem neuen Long Snapper."

49ersnews.com: "All Niners, All the Time" is the slogan here, with links to commentary and tribute pages for longtime assistant Bobb McKittrick, who passed away two years ago. "I learned more football from him in one day than I knew when I first set foot at 4949 Centennial Blvd.," the site quotes Bucs coach Jon Gruden as saying. Check out the "Sack Watch," which has mug shots for each quarterback a 49ers player has brought down this season. That's six smiling Jake Plummers for those scoring at home.

ninerfanatic.com: More NFL stuff than 49ers info here, including 2003 draft lists and "potential 2003 cap cuts" for each team, with Martin Gramatica and Brad Johnson among the Bucs listed.

49ERS TID-BYTES: The top image at jerryriceonline.com has the legendary receiver in a 49ers uniform, and the site has his old red-and-gold colors instead of his current Raiders black. He does offer a link to his current team's official site, but none for San Francisco. ... A search for former 49ers coach Bill Walsh led to several celebrity-speaker sites such as lecturenow.com, which lists his appearance fee in the "above $20,000" tier, topped only by the likes of Neil Armstrong and former president George Bush. A cheaper option: pluck his 1990 autobiography, Building a Champion: On Football and the Making of the 49ers, off amazon.com for less than $10. Don't confuse him with newspaper copy editor Bill Walsh, who wrote Lapsing Into a Comma: A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print and How to Avoid Them.
- If you have a question or comment about the Internet or a site to suggest, e-mail staff writer Greg Auman at auman@sptimes.com

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