- Joined Mar 13, 2004
In wake of the shootings @ the 49ers/Raiders game on Saturday, this article was written on the Shutdown Corner blog:
We were all so anxious during the lockout because we all value football so much. Football can give us a reprieve, for a few hours a week, from legitimate problems like violence, debt ceilings and all the other real problems of the world.
Saturday night, those real problems and football merged in a tragic way when two men were shot and another was seriously beaten at Candlestick Park after the 49ers/Raiders game. That's not the entire list of violent acts, either. If you don't believe me, spend a couple of minutes on YouTube searching for "49ers Raiders Fight." There's no shortage of brand new material.
Rest of Article in Link
In what I think is a knee-jerk reaction, the 49ers/Raiders have agreed to NOT play each other anymore during the preseason....
In a response to the violence at Saturday’s exhibition game at Candlestick Park, a high-ranking NFL source said it is certain that the 49ers and Raiders will end their annual exhibition game against each other.
The source said that both the NFL and local police strongly support such an end to the preseason cross-bay rivalry.
Raiders CEO Amy Trask and 49ers president Jed York have broached the subject of ending the annual game in the wake of the violence–which left two people in critical condition.
Part of the problem IMO is the tailgating....it's a fun time, but it's also when folks get their beer balls and do things they wouldn't normally do. I think you get more $#$+ at a NFL game for wearing rival colors than any other sport that I can think of or I've been to live. NFL atmosphere is like no other.
For the stadiums that you've been to, do you think NFL fan violence is a problem....or is it strictly limited to certain fanbases?