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Joe Staley asks 49ers fans to stop doing the wave

San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Joe Staley(notes) has a reasonable request for fans of the team: Don't do the wave when the Niners are on offense.

The former first-round pick became peeved with fans at Candlestick Park on Sunday when he noticed they were doing the wave after quarterback Alex Smith was sacked during the third quarter of a 26-0 victory over the St. Louis Rams. He went on Twitter and kindly asked the fans to stop the mass cheer.

"Thanks to the fans for being so supportive and great this year so far," he wrote. "Keep it up. Just don't start the wave anymore when we are on offense."

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Staley wouldn't have been out of line asking fans to stop doing the wave altogether, mainly because it's the the worst stadium ritual this side of the vuvuzela. He's accepting that sometimes fans just want to stand up in harmony to produce a rhythmic human undulation in a concrete bowl. Provided they do it at the right times, it's fine.

What's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander, though. Because when it comes to other sports cliches, Staley is all in.

Joe Staley asks 49ers fans to stop doing the wave

Don't worry, the 49ers weren't on offense when Staley gave coach Jim Harbaugh the congratulatory Gatorade shower.

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