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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 2:15 pm

Fans of the San Francisco 49ers football team are gearing up for game day, buying cartloads of chips and dip, pulling out ice chests to be filled with cold drinks, and dusting off those lucky jerseys. But one Lodi family took it outside.

Denise Schenone paid a local artist $150 dollars to spray-paint the 49ers’ logo on the front lawn of her home on Interlaken Street in Lodi.

The red and gold design took about 90 minutes to complete and about five cans of paint, said Schenone. Since the grass isn’t growing in the cold, the design should last until spring.

“If I had known about (logo lawn painting), I would have had it done at the beginning of the season,” she said.

The family has a tradition of attending every game they can. They have an admirable collection of fan memorabilia, from a football signed by Steve Young to photos signed by Jerry Rice and Joe Montana. The super fan had some decorations up last year when the Niners reached the NFC Championship, where they lost to the New York Giants.

“I said, ‘This year, we’re going to go all out,’” she said.

Schenone got the idea when a friend posted photos of her own painted lawn on Facebook. The design was painted on Sunday and the whole scene has grown each day, totaling $250 in supplies. She added three sweeping bunting flags to her porch and balcony, and decorated with ribbons of 49ers duct tape streaming from brickwork.

On the front door hangs a homemade fan wreath, along with a flag that’s very special to her son, Jerry Schenone. It lists each year San Francisco has brought home the Lombardi Trophy. Last time it happened, it was 1995, and Jerry Schenone was only five years old.

“He barely remembers the game,” said Schenone.

But there is plenty of room on the bottom of the flag for a sixth entry, she said.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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  • Denise Schenone posted at 9:41 pm on Sun, Feb 3, 2013.

    DSShopper Posts: 3

    Just wanted to say...after game walking some friends and family outside.....Laughing so hard....someone neatly placed two Ravens balloons on our columns. It was great neighborhood rivalry at it's best. They could have easily destroyed or stole my decorations...but no, they neatly placed the balloons, and left ALL Niners stuff in tact. It's nice to know people can still have good honest rivalry with no destruction. I left the balloons in place! Great Game....wish NINERS had won, but holding my head high! Congrats Ravens fans, there is always next year! Niners fan for life!

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 2:39 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Hey Denise, If the shoe doesn't fit don't wear it sweetie.....

  • Denise Schenone posted at 8:29 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    DSShopper Posts: 3

    Thank you Mr. Bechill.
    Mr Jacobs, in my family being a 49er fan is genetic...lol! It goes back for generations, with a few traitors here and there...making for some fun family rivalry. Let's hope we have World Series and Super Bowl champs in the same back yard!! For now, we are happy with having something to celebrate. Win or loose....49er for life! GO NINERS!!

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 10:32 pm on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Yeah its real easy to back a wining team. I didn't see anyone painting the 49er logo on their lawns when they weren't going to the super-bowl!

    There are very few true football fans left in this NFL world we live in!

  • Bob Bechill posted at 4:37 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    Bob Bechill Posts: 41

    Looks great! Go Niners!!![smile]



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