If you follow American football, then you already know — my hometown team, the San Francisco 49ers, lost to the New York Giants today. They will not be going to the Superbowl this year. Sad. Still, it was an exciting first season for the 49ers new coach, Jim Harbaugh. There was actually a whiff of the magical “dynasty” years of the 1980s, the decade when the 49ers, led by Coach Bill Walsh, won many Superbowl games. I actually look forward to next season.
I must say that I’m relieved about one thing. Had the 49ers won today, they would be playing in the Superbowl game on Sunday, February 5.
So what, you ask?
Well, Feburary 5 is the last day of the San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print, and Paper Fair. Had the 49ers been in the Superbowl on February 5, all of San Francisco, fervent football fans or no, would have skipped the book fair to watch the game. While I know that the worlds of book collectors and football fans rarely intersect, all Bay Area citizens, even those like me who don’t follow football, would have been home watching their home team play in the big game. Now that two East Coast teams are in the Superbowl (New England Patriots vs. New York Giants), most San Franciscans won’t give a hoot. Maybe they could give the book fair a try?
See you in the stacks!