Will Pope Francis Be Getting a Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey Soon?

Football players and fans are a superstitious lot. It is not unusual for players to adhere to strict game-day rituals because they believe it ‘works.’
Posted in: Op-edSports News
January 25, 2020 12:00 PM UTC
  • Football players, coaches, and fans are typically a superstitious lot.
  • Even if an advantage is just a perceived one, it is still an advantage and worth having.
  • So, if the 49ers want every possible advantage they can get heading into Super Bowl LIV, they may want to send Pope Francis a Jimmy Garoppolo jersey ASAP.

When Kyle Shanahan is coming up with his game plan for defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, he is going to try and take away as many competitive edges as he can from the Chiefs. It doesn’t matter what the advantage is or whether it is real or imagined. If it can help the Chiefs beat his team, he has to plan for it.

So, that must mean that between now and Feb. 2, it will be someone’s job to get a signed Jimmy Garoppolo jersey in the hands of the Pope.

Divine Intervention?

After the Ravens narrowly beat the 49ers during the regular season, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori brought Pope Francis a custom Ravens jersey signed by Lamar Jackson and head coach John Harbaugh.

The Ravens went on to cruise through the rest of the regular season. But then they fell to Derek Henry and the Titans in the playoffs. Hmm…so, maybe the gift didn’t help?

Perhaps seeing the flaw in the plan, the Chiefs upped their game a little before facing off against Henry and the Titans themselves. Bishop James Johnston of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph gifted the Pope an autographed Patrick Mahomes jersey.

Pope Francis appears to like his autographed Patrick Mahomes jersey. | Source: Vatican Media/Twitter

Well – we all know how the AFC Championship worked out for Mahomes and the Chiefs.

49ers May Want To Get A Signed Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey To Vatican City ASAP

Football players and fans are a superstitious lot. It is not unusual for players to adhere to strict game-day rituals because they believe it ‘works.’

A Chiefs fan left the game against the Texans because he was bad luck. So, for the conference championship, the team set him up to watch the game in style—at home.

Is it silly? Absolutely. But if there is anything that fans or a player feels gives the team an edge, they should do it. It—whatever ‘it’ may be – may not provide any actual advantage. But if the perceived advantage results in a mental boost, even a little one, it’s worth it.

But why a Jimmy Garappolo jersey?

Well, because Lamar Jackson signed the Ravens jersey. The Chiefs jersey was a signed Patrick Mahomes one. Since quarterbacks are typically the leader of the team, it makes sense. But maybe the 49ers should take a different approach and send an autographed Nick Bosa or Richard Sherman jersey.

You know, as a defense against the Pope already having an autographed Mahomes jersey.

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Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.