Ken, who was at the 49er Super Bowl party that fateful day in January 1990. Before the festivities, he predicted, conservatively, a 28-17 San Francisco victory. By halftime the 49ers had scored 28 points.
Not to acknowledge nor be beleaguered by creative, newfangled commercials promoting remodeled, but same old consumptive messages, Sutro Tower Video checked the archives and elevated classic commercials, such as this Twinkles cereal opus, into its version of football madness.
A dejected John Elway, who failed his Denver team miserably, during the most important game of the 1989 season, which happened in January 1990. By this juncture in football lore, Denver was suffering from the "always a bridesmaid, never a bride" syndrome.
KGO news and sports reporters, Pete Wilson and Dan Lovett, at the Parade of Champions saluting the 49ers. These reporters also featured prominently in the Sutro Tower Video "Field of Nightmares," produced several months earlier.
In the fantasy department, how San Francisco, noted as a fickle town when it comes to its sports teams, treated savior Joe Montana in 1999 after the 49ers predicted loss in the globalized Super Bowl. Though nary a single Sutro Tower Video prediction from 1989 actually did transpire by 1999, at least the internet had happened by then.
As almost anyone who saw Sutro Tower Video's earlier baseball (née baseball, evolved into earthquake) movie, "Field of Nightmares" might attest, a love of professional sports is not the primary purpose of documenting these cultural events that pierced into the fabric of San Francisco Bay Area Culture, not really in a mode unlike a filled syringe sates the desire of a heroin junkie. Despite this outlook, occasional, historical football snippets do make it into this movie.
The 49ers had some very good professional football teams in the 1980s and into the early 1990s. They were the best money could buy. They set records, won every Superbowl they entered, and otherwise threw the entire football world on its ears.
Their quarterback during much of this reign was Joe Montana, who is properly heralded as the next savior of the human species in this movie. The quarterback who could do it all.
With scripted precision, the 49ers completely demolished the hapless Denver Broncos, led by quarterback and former Bay Area player (at Stanford), John Elway.
At the end of the demolition derby, Sutro Tower Video took its life in its hands and went out into the debauchery mess occurring in local streets as drunken, reveling, zealous fans took control away from the usual humdrum, mundane, and organized mass.
A day later, a parade honored the pumped up team upon their return from New Orleans, where the bloodbath had occurred.
And in a final parting shot, Sutro Tower Video predicted the course of the future, in which an ancient Joe Montana, playing in Tokyo in the 1999 world Superbowl, failed Frisco and was martyred upon his return by an angry city, concerned only with throwing a good party. A sad outcome indeed for the former hero of the Bay.
"…And we are not very good."
—Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears Coach (out of context)
"42 to 6"
—Dennis's prediction, closest to correct at the party
"Let's sing the 49ers fight song, and we'll win the Super Bowl!"
—Men's choir song
"Blow the trumpet sound the cymbals for the new star-shaped cereal in the storybook package. Twinkles!"
—The Twinkles Elephant (commercial)
"If they become the St. Louis Broncos, at least they'll have a chance."
—Ken at halftime
Videos with an asterisk (*) are available for viewing courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The Detaxilification of Quemalt Aite (1992)
(sketched out: never produced)
The Last Time Dennis Saw Iowa (2005)
(see also: "Red Meat and Red Jell-O")
►The Rape of Colorado or Fifty 5&10 (1990)
Sturm in der Deutschstunde (1992)
A Tour of San Francisco (1987)
(the very first "movie")