Originally Posted by blayze
Your 2 pieces of "evidence" (and I'm using that term very loosely) really don't make much sense.
I said I believe the brownout HELPED turn the momentum of the game.... I don't think I ever said that it should help the Niners turn the game around instantly on literally the first play following the break.
I think it's a weak and far-fetched argument to suggest that it should help IMMEDIATELY on the very first play after half-time (which was a kick-off return, not even really a play), or the very first possession after the brownout. Momentum can change quickly for sure, but it does often take at least some time to build and trickle down through all the players on the team. Do NHL teams routinely score a goal on the very first shift after a time-out? Do they often score on the very first rush after a big fight? No... so going by your logic and "evidence", then obviously that means the timeouts aren't working right? Didn't think so.
I'm not disagreeing with you that the Niners would have come back due to better execution, etc... I already covered that in the previous post. I just plainly disagree with your sentiment that the brownout had nothing to do with the comeback whatsoever, and how you simply dismissed that possibility as a "misinterpretation" as if it were fact when really nobody knows.
My point is that momentum doesn't really exist and if you build some narrative of the game around momentum then you aren't telling the true story. You said it yourself, "momentum" can swing quickly. Well I would argue that if it swings so quickly then does it really exist at all? Sorry but I'm just not buying it.
The brownout happened in the middle of a football game and I don't think it would really matter at what point it happened because unless momentum swung at that exact moment then it didn't swing at all because momentum doesn't really exist. These are professional athletes. They aren't going to have their spirit "broken" by being down a large amount or by giving up a huge kickoff return or fumbling or what have you.
Remember, the 49ers made a huge comeback against the Falcons just two weeks ago and didn't need a brownout to do it. So this is a team that knows they can comeback. It's a team that knows who they are and has supreme confidence in their ability to execute.