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Bye, Candlestick

[They played one last regular-season football game at the unlovable old pile in an unlovable corner of America's most overrated city. San Francisco's Candlestick Park—like most sports arenas, with the notable exception of the one replacing it—began life as a million-dollar swindle, and it seems only fitting that a building born of windy public bullshit would be escorted to its death by the likes of Chris Berman. There's an old line that comes to mind now—something about politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all getting respectable if they hang around long enough. The 49ers won last night, and some fireworks went off. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images.]


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