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My journey as the 49ers Fangirl began on January 14, 1990. It was on that day that as a young girl, I traveled to San Francisco with my family for the 1989 NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. A native Angeleno, I was rooting for the Rams. Then at some point, in the middle of the second quarter, I turned to my mom and said, “I love Joe Montana.” And that was it. I became a die-hard, gold-blooded Niner Faithful and never looked back. Tracy Sandler and San Francisco 49ers and 49ers Fan GirlAs a teenage girl, I watched every game, dressed in good luck outfits on game days – even if those days were Monday and I had school, educated my teenage girlfriends about Steve Young and Elvis Grbac, while discussing Tom Rathman, Jerry Rice, and Ricky Watters with my teenage guy friends. I cried when the Niners lost to the Giants in the 1990 NFC Championship game – damn Matt Bahr field goal! Instead of a Sweet 16, I went to Dallas for the NFC Championship game, which did not turn out nearly as well as the Rams game. I was a little older at that point, so I didn’t cry, at least not on the outside (same for Super Bowl 47 and the 2013 NFC Championship in Seattle. I was there for both – kept the tears inside, at least while in public). I’ve cheered on every quarterback from Montana to Young to Elvis Grbac to Jeff Garcia to Alex Smith to now Colin Kaepernick. From 14-2 to 6-10, I’ve stayed strong. A sportswriter in college at The University of Michigan – Go Blue! (yes I have conflicting emotions about the whole Jim Harbaugh thing, happy to discuss), I decided to start a blog during the 2014 season. I pace during games; I stand during the 4th quarter; I don’t eat on Sundays. My dogs – one of whom is named Kappy – have jerseys. I am convinced my white Kaepernick jersey can be the difference between a win and a loss, while my red Kaepernick jersey is more fickle. I fly to Santa Clara from Los Angeles for every home game. I have a blog about the red and gold. I am the 49ers Fangirl. Like the team, I’ll make you laugh; I might make you cry; but together, we’ll get through it bleeding gold and staying Niner Faithful forever. GO NINERS!