Battle of the Bay is no more

Why can’t we all just get along? Are you SURE that you want the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders sharing a new stadium, down in Santa Clara? Really? I wouldn’t think so.

Thanks to the hopeless fans that have very little sense of reality and competition, Raiders versus 49ers have been suspended until further notice, in the preseason. It was all fun and games until a few bullet holes killed a couple of fans.

The San Francisco 49ers announced that the team would discontinue preseason games with the Oakland Raiders after violence marred last Saturday’s cross-town meeting at Candlestick Park. Team officials also announced yesterday that the 49ers would tighten tailgating rules and crack down on season ticket holders who sell their seats to troublemakers in the wake of two shootings and a beating at the stadium. Because, yeah, as if season ticket holders are out to create riots by selling their tickets on Craigslist. 

On Sunday, Oakland Raiders Chief Executive Amy Trask came to the defense of Raider fans in the wake of the violence, calling the majority of Raider supporters “terrific people and terrific fans.” HAHAHA! terrific fans? They flip cars upside-down in Oakland when they win, and shatter store windows when they lose. “I’m aware of the perception, and I don’t believe the perception is the reality,” she said. “Stereotypes are insidious. It’s so simple to stereotype Raiders fans. It’s an easy story. If you are hearing frustration coming through in my voice it’s because there’s frustration in my voice.”

Authorities were still sifting through evidence and puzzling over whether the incidents involved team loyalties. One of the shooting victims was wearing a T-shirt with an expletive-laced anti-49er slogan, according to police. The violence occurred during and after the 49ers’ 17-3 victory Saturday night in their home stadium. Videos taken by fans and posted online depict fights and aggressive behavior in the stands during the game. Callers to a Bay Area radio show Sunday said they had to navigate a gantlet of drunk and abusive fans just to use a restroom. Sgt. Michael Andraychak of the San Francisco Police Department said police and stadium security officials assigned extra staff Saturday, as is customary for games between teams with a strong rivalry or whose fans have a history of violence.

A 24-year-old man who was shot multiple times in one of the parking lot incidents was reported to be in serious condition Monday. After being shot, he managed to drive to a security office for help, Andraychak said. Another man in his 20s who was shot numerous times remained hospitalized with less threatening injuries, according to police.

A 26-year-old man from San Rafael who was beaten unconscious in a stadium bathroom was hospitalized in serious condition, police said.

Officials with the 49ers said Monday they believed the problems come from a small group of people but said changes were needed. “The degenerate behavior that happened on Saturday is not going to be tolerated,” Jed York, the 49ers’ president and chief executive officer, said at a news conference, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “If that means we need to make a business decision to not sell a ticket to somebody, … then that’s something we’re going to do.”

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It’s an awesome ride. =-)