After watching their team lose to Seattle in the NFC championship game, and then enduring the Seahawks' celebration after they dismantled the Broncos in the Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers fans are surely sick of their team's archrivals by now.
So it's not hard to see why a new train design would irk 49ers fans more than a little bit.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system has released plans for its new trains, and from the looks of it, these trains are better suited to Seattle than San Francisco:
— KOMO News (@komonews) April 20, 2014
49ers fans have already started a petition on Change.org, the description of which includes a not-so-subtle conspiracy theory:
"The Seattle Seahawks are the chief rivals of the San Francisco 49ers. To outfit BART car seats in the team colors of the Seattle Seahawks (i.e. neon green and blue) is an outrage and a slap in the face of every San Francisco 49ers fan who rides BART. We call upon BART General Manager Grace Crunican (who oddly enough worked as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation prior to joining BART) to scrap plans to adorn BART car seats in neon green and blue and instead choose other colors."
As of Monday night, the petition had around 1,500 signatures.
While the level of hatred is strong on both sides, it's hard to believe that a person with Crunican's position would be passionate enough about the Seahawks to try and deceive everyone she works with. While this may be an oversight, it seems unlikely that it's intentional.