49ers fans criticize FOX broadcast for 'San Fran' references originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Bay Area natives -- especially those born in the city of San Francisco -- do not appreciate it being called "San Fran" in passing.
So when the Fox Sports duo of Brandon Gaudin and Jonathan Vilma continually used the slang term for the city during Sunday's 49ers-New York Jets broadcast, 49ers Twitter was less than thrilled.
Ok, this announcer (Brandon Gaudin?) needs to stop saying “San Fran,” it’s too early on a Sunday to deal with this— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) September 20, 2020
My ears are bleeding from all of these San Fran references. Good lord.— Bonta Hill (@BontaHill) September 20, 2020
Can the announcer please stop calling us “San Fran” 🤦🏾♂️— Eric Davis (@_ericdavis_) September 20, 2020
Jonathan Villma seems like a nice guy and solid analyst but I wish he’d stop saying “San Fran.” 😆— Sal Castaneda (@sal_castaneda) September 20, 2020
49ers fans (including me) every time Jonathan Vilma says “San Fran”. pic.twitter.com/la16UCT2cU— Bryan Samudio (@BryanSamudio) September 20, 2020
Given the unrelenting wave of injuries that the 49ers experienced Sunday, it seems there are more important things to be complaining about, if you're a fan.
But for whatever reason, using "San Fran" or, God forbid, "Frisco" in the Bay Area is akin to fighting words.