Ryan Adair's, left, and Paul Maldonado's shaved heads show that area 49ers fans go to great lengths to show their support.

Leading Off: Colorful 49ers fans show off their loyalty

Published: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Remember going to a 49ers game in the 1970s and '80s and the only team colors you could see in the stands were specks of red on a hat, a T-shirt, a blanket or one of those classic satin gold jackets?

These days, a 49ers game – or any NFL game, for that matter – means a sea of color. And last Saturday's divisional playoff game against the Packers at Candlestick Park was another example of the NFL cashing in with apparel sales. Fans of all ages displayed their favorite colors and players.

Joe Montana's No. 16, Steve Young's 8, even a John Brodie 12, roamed the 'Stick. There were plenty of Colin Kaepernick No. 7s, of course, some Jerry Rice 80s, a Ronnie Lott 42 and a few odd O.J. Simpson 32s, though there wasn't a single Jim Druckenmiller 14 or a J.J. Stokes 83 to be seen.

But there was a David Akers' No. 2 – yes, the kicker who has given 49ers fans plenty to fret about this season.

"I can relate to a kicker and what they go through because I was a goalkeeper for years – hero or goat," said Lonnie Mullick, 65, an aviation analyst.

Mullick's 34-year-old daughter Jaclyn was nearby – wearing Kaepernick's number.

"Hey, I go with flash and fun, and I'm superstitious – since I've worn this, we've been on a roll," Jaclyn said.

What to watch

NBA, Kings at Memphis, 5 p.m., CSNCA: The Grizzlies have lost three games in a row, including a blowout to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Is that good or bad for the Kings?

Today's poll

Who is your all-time favorite 49ers player?

• John Brodie

• Dwight Clark

• Roger Craig

• Colin Kaepernick

• Ronnie Lott

• Joe Montana

• Jerry Rice

• Steve Young

• Other

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to

Thursday's poll results

Which matchup would you like to see in the Super Bowl?

• 49ers-Ravens: 48%

• 49ers-Patriots: 37%

• Falcons-Ravens: 8%

• Falcons-Patriots: 7%

Total votes: 455

Be an expert, too

Think you can you pick football games as well as The Bee's experts? Here's your chance. Pick the winners of Sunday's NFL conference championship games and the total score. Of those who hit the mark, we will select a winner at random to join us in making picks for the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in our sports section. Go to:

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