San Francisco had a secret weapon against subzero temps
While YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans prepared to watch the weekend’s playoff games, the 49ers were making some remarkable preparations of their own. Before the San Francisco 49ers faced the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin on Sunday, they had a very special guest. Seeking some extra motivation before they braved the brutal cold weather, the San Francisco franchise flew in a very unlikely athlete to lift their spirits. Legendary wrestler Ric Flair, known to millions of fans as ‘Nature Boy,’ addressed the team for what must have been one of the most unusual pep talks ever given in the National Football League.
Apparently, the players really appreciated the wrestler’s pre-game speech. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis offended some Green Bay fans when he tweeted about the flamboyant showman’s appearance. According to a YouWager news source, Davis wrote, “Nature Boy Ric Flair flew into this sh*t hole to show us some love.” He also posted a photo.
It’s easy to understand why some online sportsbook bettors and longtime Packers fans were offended by these comments. After Davis received many hostile responses, he defended his remarks about Wisconsin’s extreme climate, saying, “Ok everybody that strongly disagrees w me can you defend your argument on this place not being a sh*thole? lol btw that is not Rhetorical.”
The 49ers, who were 12-4 going into the NFC Wildcard game, had beaten the Packers in the previous two matchups between these two teams. But when the Packers, who were 8-7-1, won against the Bears for the NFC North division title, they also won the right to play at home in subzero temperatures. Even though they were the favorite among leading online oddsmakers, San Francisco’s front office wasn’t taking any chances. They wanted their players to be truly inspired as they ran out onto one the coldest football fields fans have seen in the 2013 NFL football wagering season. So they got Ric Flair.
What could a notorious wrestler possibly tell an NFL team that would make a significant difference in their attitudes?
For starters, Ric Flair probably yelled his trademark battle cry, “WOOOOO!” a top sports betting analyst at YouWager speculates. Flair says he got the idea from “The Killer,” Jerry Lee Lewis, and his rousing rendition of Great Balls of Fire. The “Woooooo!” yell is often shouted by audiences when any wrestler performs a knife-edge chop, one of Flair’s signature moves. Also, the man does know something about triumphing over adversity. Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, with a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Flair has endured some personal tragedy along the way. After spending part of his childhood in an orphanage, he became a successful amateur wrestler and later played college football for the University of Minnesota. Just when his professional wrestling career was getting off the ground, Flair survived a plane crash that killed the pilot and paralyzed fellow wrestler Johnny Valentine. Flair’s back was broken in three places and he was told he would never wrestle again. But Flair recovered, and modified his style in a way that brought him more fame, more success, and the nickname ‘Nature Boy.’
Did Flair’s pre-game talk help the 49ers? It certainly didn’t hurt them. In the subzero weather, quarterback Colin Kaepernick managed to set up Phil Dawson’s 33-yard field goal for a 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick didn’t even wear gloves. He told YouWager’s source, “I’ve played in cold-weather games before. I feel like it’s more mental than anything.”
Mental? Head coach Jim Harbaugh’s first post game remark may have been more revealing. “Didn’t think we were going to pull it out, did you?” he said.