Free Pudding Post-49er Loss

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Although San Francisco didn't get a Super Bowl win on Sunday, 49ers fans can get free pudding cups throughout the city today as a consolation prize from Jell-O.

The company is making chocolate pudding drop-offs at five locations just days after the 49ers fell 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

One of the first pudding giveaway spots opened this morning at 7:30 a.m. outside the Civic Center BART station near the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

At the top of the station elevators, Chuck Stephanski, a fervent 49ers fan who lives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, was armed with a map of all the pudding locations and an empty backpack.

Stephanski said he was watching the game on Sunday with his daughter, a student at Roosevelt Middle School, when he saw the ad that the losing team would receive free pudding.

After the heartbreaking loss, which came after the 49ers nearly came back from a 22-point deficit, Stephanski decided he would fill up on pudding.

"Somebody has to lose," he said. "The pudding will get us through the day."

He plans on stopping at the other locations and then making his way to his daughter's school to drop off pudding for her and her classmates.

Although he was enthusiastic about the prize for the runner-up, Stephanski, a nurse, said, "I'd rather have the Lombardi Trophy."

Another pudding drop-off was held this morning between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. at Sutter and Sansome streets.

Another stop was planned at the Chinatown Gate at Grant Avenue and Pine Street starting at 9:30 a.m.

Later in the day, free pudding will be available at the corner of Broadway and Columbus Avenue and on Lombard Street at Hyde Street at 12:30 p.m.

At the Broadway and Columbus location, NFL Hall of Famer and 49ers great Ronnie Lott was expected to be on hand to greet fans.


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