Because the 49ers and Seahawks have trouble with conflict resolution, we put in a call to Seattle's most famous on-air therapist, Dr. Frasier Crane. Actually, it was Peter Casey, the co-creator and co-producer of the popular "Frasier" sitcom that ran from 1993-2004.

Casey, a San Francisco native, grew up selling programs at Kezar Stadium and was in the Candlestick Park stands for "The Catch." He remains such a 49ers fan that he has been known to go skiing in a Frank Gore jersey and already has his season tickets for the new stadium in Santa Clara.

Frasier, the character he helped create, said "Go, Seahawks'' on the air in the show's debut episode. But Casey confides now, "He was shamelessly pandering."

As the NFC West rivals get set to square off in a key early season game, Casey was able to summon his old friend one more time in order to provide what he called, "Frasier's Football Analysis":

Hello, Dr. Frasier Crane, noted psychiatrist and radio host, here. In yet another desperate attempt to win my father's approval I foolishly agreed to join him in something called a football pool. Knowing absolutely nothing about the game, other than taking note of the seemingly constant derriere patting between grown men, I am at a distinct disadvantage on how to choose who wins and who loses. Therefore I have devised my own deceptively simple system: which city would I rather visit?


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Last week while my father poured over mountains of statistics, I was comparing symphony orchestras, museums, architecture, geographic desirability, historical significance, and of course haute cuisine. The result? I scored 11 victories and won the pool. Sadly, my father managed to choose only 3 games correctly. On the bright side, he began speaking to me again today; and I quote, "That system of yours is idiotic!" To which I replied, "Scoreboard, Dog."

Anyway, I've made my choices for week two, save one. I am in a quandary over the Seattle/San Francisco contest. Seattle is my hometown, yet San Francisco haunts my soul with its beauty. Both cities have enchanting hills, are surrounded by sparkling waters, and boast iconic skylines. Their symphonies, operas, museums and restaurants are of equal quality. So, how do I choose? What tips the scale? There is only one answer. Wine. Napa Valley trumps Walla Walla. I choose San Francisco to be victorious over my father's beloved Seahawks and thus, once again, disappoint him. And take his money.