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PD Editorial: Bowl XLVII for super Bay Area

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is reflected in the Vince Lombardi trophy as he answers questions during an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game news conference at the New Orleans Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

It's become the defining chant for 49er fans, one inspired by the locker-room exaltations of their team's fearless and remarkably successful second-year coach, Jim Harbaugh. But it's a question worth examining?

Who does have it better than us?

In terms of overall success in sports, the answer should be coming into view to even those outside of this fog-shrouded part of the world known as the Bay Area.

Consider:

; Local baseball fans are still reveling in the glow of the San Francisco Giants winning their second World Series title in three years in dramatic fashion, taming the dreaded Detroit Tiger in four games. Given that almost all of those never-say-die players are signed through at least the 2013 season, the question needs to be asked. Who does have it better than Giants fans?

; Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are off to their best start in more than 20 years, having already won as many or more games as they won in three of the past four seasons — and it's not even the All-Star break. With the fifth best record in the Western Conference, they are on course for only their second playoff appearance since 1994. One has to go back to when the Warriors won the title in 1975, a year after the Oakland A's won their third straight World Series title and a year before the Oakland Raiders won their first, to find a similar age of success.

; And if you haven't noticed, the San Jose Sharks are back on the ice and are undefeated after the first seven games of the lockout-shortened season. They remain the only undefeated team in the NHL.

; Not to be overlooked are the successes last year of the Oakland Athletics (division champs), the San Jose Earthquakes (owners of the best record in the Major League Soccer before losing in the playoffs) and a number of Stanford teams, including the Cardinal football team (first Rose Bowl victory since 1972.)

On top of all that, the 49ers return to the Super Bowl on Sunday for the first time in 18 years.


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