2015 might be a rocky campaign for the San Francisco 49ers, but the franchise has the pressure of satisfying a growing fan base since Jarryd Hayne’s defection. Sitting bottom of the NFC West conference with a record of 3 wins and 6 losses, the spiral of negativity surrounding the club is taking a toll.
Hayne’s departure and return illustrates that coach Tomsula and the organisation is under the pump as a multitude of empty seats during their 17-16 win over Atlanta adds another layer of complexity to this soap opera.
And like all good soaps, there is a vast number of commentators and analysts out there to provide the inside stories, gossip and breaking news to satisfy the viewers.
Regardless of whether you are a diehard 49ers supporter, jumped on the bandwagon with the Hayne Plane or simply an interested observer, these are the 5 accounts you must be following on social media to get the scoop.
- Mindi Bach @MBachCSN
Mindi is an incredibly popular social media player who reports on the club in an official capacity for CSN Bay Area. The news anchor/reporter is always out in the field and utilises her contacts to get exclusive access to the 49ers around the clock. Amassing close to 17,000 followers gives her the scope to gain exclusive interviews with players prior to and after all fixtures.
- Matt Barrows @mattbarrows
The phrase “finger on the pulse” comes to mind with Matt Barrows. Unlike sports writer in Australia, Matt Barrows has the San Francisco 49ers as his singular focus working for Californian publication The Sacramento Bee. If a Niners story breaks Barrows will be one of the first on the scene, just like he was when fill in quarterback Blaine Gabbert was announced to start his second game in a row against the Seattle Seahawks for week 10. 46,700 followers can’t be wrong.
- Matt Maiocco @MaioccoCSN
This guy is a veteran of the franchise. Matt Maiocco has 21 years and counting of covering all things San Francisco 49ers for the same organisation as Mindi Bach, CSN Bay Area. Since May 2010 Maiocco has been contributing to their official website csnbayarea.com daily on the Niners, outlining how much insight and dedication he has to the cause. Matt offers his own stats and commentary, always a useful commodity when you want someone to follow covering the NFL.
- Tracy Sandler @49ersfangirl
Tracy bleeds red and gold. Her claim to the @49ersfangirl account is well and truly deserved, creating a podcast on the franchise with @ninerpups that talks all things San Fran football. She adds tongue-in-cheek humour, such as taking pot shots with the departed Vernon Davis to compare his 2-7 record with the Niners 3-6, as well as going on live chats immediately after games on Periscope. Sandler’s star is rising and if Hayne can turn his fortunes around we’re sure a lot more Aussies will get on board with Tracy.
- Cam Inman @CamInman
The soap opera that is Jarryd Hayne and the San Francisco 49ers requires a skilled interpreter to relay what is actually happening in the Bay Area. Cam Inman is the definitive expert on all things Niners, turning up to every press conference, open training session and fixture to give the latest news and updates straight from the horse’s mouth. At the peak of Hayne Mania, Inman has been and continues to be Fox Sports News Australia’s go to man and following Cam on Twitter is the best way to know exactly what’s happening with Hayne and the 9ers before the Australian news outlets write the copy.