Now that the new Santa Clara stadium bid is secure and shovels are going into the ground, the San Francisco 49ers can finally look toward the future.
Granted, the 2011 season was a precursor of things to come, but that's all healthy and good and right because the future should always start on the football field.
And, granted, the 49ers came just two turnovers and a few poorly executed offensive plays from going to the big dance. Such opportunities may or may not come so easily again, the organization and the fanbase can rest assured that things are going in the right direction.
Might I add that the New York Giants are the luckiest franchise of all time. That's three Super Bowls now that they've managed to muster on pure luck. Roger Craig fumble and Scott Norwood miss. David Tyree helmet catch. And now Kyle Williams' fumble and Pats dropping passes. They play lazy 60 percent of the season and then turn it on in the playoffs. That is bad football and I don't support it or credit it with anything beyond talent meeting luck. Because they are talented, I'll give 'em that.
The first notable step in cleansing the old goofy guard of the San Francisco 49ers that plagued the team for the better part of nine years has been this dismantling of Mt. Singletary.
Mt. Singletary was a constructed hill that stood 45 feet high at its peak.
Singletary used to call it "Mount Pain."
I like to call it "Mount Stupid," because it, along with the overcompensating bravado, ties to a sworn enemy in the Chicago Bears and a coaching style that lacked all basic fundamentals of coaching, all amounted to one thing: stupidity.
Yes, the San Francisco 49ers went through a very dark period of stupidity.
They had severed all ties to their past. They had nothing built toward the future and began to muster a reputation of pure tomfoolery.
This was all changed when Trent Baalke, who just signed a three-year extension, came on board as GM—a move that was not lauded or applauded at the time.
The momentum continued swiftly when, less than a month later, Jim Harbaugh was brought in as head coach.
Harbaugh's entrance was lauded and applauded and immediately a sense of hope was renewed in San Francisco. The Walsh coaching tree had returned and with it the West Coast offensive philosophy of running an organization and team.
Now, in the wake of what amounted to an impressive season, both the players and the front office are excited and ready to take the field.
The dismantling of Mt. Singletary firmly erases a past which was indeed tarnished and embarrassing.
If the 49ers can muster a Super Bowl victory within the three-year window that they have this elite defense together, then Mt. Singletary might become the ultimate metaphor for what was and shall never be again.
As the dirt from the infamous mount scatters and settles into the bedrock of what will be the new San Francisco 49ers stadium, these old memories will literally be built into the future history.
We learn from the past so that we're not doomed to repeat it.
And the San Francisco 49ers organization learned a valuable lesson in those years.
Like Clemenza says in The Godfather, "These things gotta happen every five years or so, 10 years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood."
Well said, Capo. Well said.