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May 7, 2010 > San Francisco 49ers history book only for hardcore fans

San Francisco 49ers history book only for hardcore fans

By Richard Medugno

This past fall prolific sports writer and former pro baseball player Steven Travers published a new book titled: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from San Francisco 49ers History.

If this title sounds familiar, it's because this 177-page book follows hard on Travers' book from the previous year called The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Oakland Raiders History.

If you think having two similarly named books and borrowing the title from the old Clint Eastwood movie indicates a massive lack of imagination, I'm with you. By the way, Travers has also written a book about the Los Angeles Lakers with the same "Good, Bad, and Ugly" lead in.

I'm not a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, but I do respect the team and its roster of numerous hall-of-fame players that over the years won five Super Bowls. I was hoping this book would fill me in on the 49ers' history and explain how they came to be a "super" franchise and how they fallen back to where they are now - a mediocre one. Unfortunately, the author is not an "insider" and not an investigative reporter, so there is little insightful commentary or interesting revelations in this book.

The book's structure of "Good, Bad, and Ugly" makes little sense and has little balance. The "Good" is Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott and the organization's Super Bowl victories. The "Bad" is when the 49ers weren't very good both before and after the Walsh era. The "Ugly" is a small section with references to Terrell Owens' on-field misbehavior.

I was quite surprised by how little Jerry Rice and Steve Young were discussed and quoted though both were superstars and their photos grace the front and back of the book.

In short, this book offers little to anyone who isn't a hardcore 49ers fan, and not a lot to those who are. If you are a huge San Francisco football fan, I suggest you borrow a copy of the book from your local library as opposed to forking over money for this paperback.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from San Francisco 49ers History
Authored by Steven Travers
Published in September, 2009, 177pp

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