The Sea Hawkers Podcast has obtained an “exclusive follow-up editorial” from Rich and Judy, the writers of the San Francisco editorial on the excessive crowd noise at CenturyLink Field. Here is the text of the article:
First we want to start by thanking the fans of the St. Louis Rams. They were so much more cordial in terms of noise than the Seattle Seahawks fans. By the 4th quarter, they were even nice enough to empty out their stadium so we could watch the game in peace.
But the question I really want to get to and ask is this: Was anyone else appalled by the fact the Seahawks were matched up against the Jacksonville Jaguars two weeks ago? While our 49ers had to face off against a team that made the playoffs last season, the NFL allowed one of the worst teams to go into that noise-infested stadium. Those fans are juiced on noise, you know.
This type of scenario should be avoided in the future, and it would be a simple fix through the following rule changes:
First, 49ers players and managers would be allowed to directly ask the NFL commissioner for changes in opponents after a weekly strength of schedule analysis.
Second, teams like the Colts shouldn’t be allowed to pick up really good players right before playing the 49ers. That’s just not fair. The NFL should’ve allowed us to pick up Adrian Peterson to balance things out.
Finally, if we want to see playoff caliber teams back in the playoffs, why do they schedule games against playoff teams during the regular season. I’d be okay with waiting to watch the 49ers play the Colts in the Super Bowl. If we have to play an AFC team, let us play the Raiders, Jets and Jaguars twice each if we have to.
You can’t deny that having Jim Harbaugh in the Super Bowl last season was good publicity for the league, especially with his brother playing there too. How great of a story would it be if a Harbaugh were in back-to-back Super Bowls. I hope NFL fans will join us in petitioning the league to help make this happen.
-Rich and Judy
You can listen to the audio in Episode 9 of the Sea Hawkers Podcast.