A record number of San Francisco 49er fans -- all of them great Americans -- were tossed out of Candlestick Park during Sunday's showdown against the victorious New York Giants. A total of 110 Niners boosters were ejected from the 'Stick, where the sale of booze was cutoff at half-time.
What have triggered the police action was a widely publicized and angry letter that the San Francisco Chronicle published five days before the Seattle Seahawks' divisional rival took the field. Titled the "Ugly Side of 49ers big game," the letter by Don Moses of Mill Valley -- and a New Orleans Saints fan -- went on at length about the "hostility, vulgarity and intimidation" that he experienced with his two daughters during the Niners' hard-fought win over the Saints on Jan. 14.
"Every other word from dozens of fans around us was an f-bomb shouted at the top of their lungs," Moses recalled of the game, also played at Candlestick.
"Yes, we were proudly wearing our Saints color; that's what loyal fans do. And yes, we expected some good-natured jeering," Moses continued.
Miller admits that the show of force at Sunday's game "was in response to how some pretty credible Saints fans were treated at the divisional game. We wanted to make sure we did our best to create a better environment moving forward."
The number of ejections was twice the number of 49er fans booted during the Saints game, and was far more that the notorious pre-season game against the Raiders, when police threw 70 fans out of the park.