49ers greeted by only five fans upon return from Super Bowl LIV loss
Generating buzz and drumming up attention on social media is considered the lifeblood of professional sports organizations’ efforts to connect with their fans in this digital age. That said, simply being the source of a viral video, news story or what have you on Twitter and the like is of course not necessarily a good thing.
Case in point: Footage of the San Francisco 49ers returning home from Miami after a disappointing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV is making the rounds on social media. In the video, it is revealed that the Niners did have a contingent of fans greet them at the airport as a sign of support despite how the team blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter on Sunday to lose 31-20.
The problem is the crew of backers congratulating the 49ers on a fantastic season that ended on an unfortunately sour note numbered … five.
49ers players & staff were greeted by a 𝘩𝘶𝘨𝘦 crowd at the airport…. pic.twitter.com/sXZUmYBYlq— Los Angeles (@ChargersHype) February 5, 2020
@mercnews even documented it…https://t.co/KQbgmGwUnE pic.twitter.com/2cE3OLp8lW— Los Angeles (@ChargersHype) February 5, 2020
Awkward. The fact — as noted in the above tweet — that San Fran’s esteemed Mercury News was on hand to document the sad welcome home party for the 49ers only makes matters even more embarrassing.
It should hardly come as a surprise that 49ers fans did not come out in droves to welcome home their favorite NFL team given the outcome of Super Bowl LIV. The fact that footage exists of the sorry scene is what makes it so unfortunate, especially in the Age of Twitter.