Oakland Raiders Face Frisco in the 2011 Battle of the Bay

All true Oakland Raider fans have two favourite football teams: the Oakland Raiders and whoever is playing their cross-bay rivals, the San Francisco 49ers.

The Raiders and their arch rivals face off against each other in enemy territory on 20 August 2011 at 5 pm Pacific Daylight time at Candlestick Park. That’s 8 am 21 August 2011 in Hong Kong. This is Game Two of the pre season, so it doesn’t really count. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter!

The Battle of the Bay, as it is known locally, is all about Bragging Rights.

The Accidental Travel Writer will stay up to listen to this game, assuming he can figure out how to access the broadcast on line. It seems to change year by year.

Red, White, and Black?

Checking out the San Francisco 49ers official website to research this post, I saw so much black on it that I was starting to wonder if it was an Oakland Raiders website. And one of the two official T-shirts featured on the site’s Pro Shop was solid black (with a red and white logo over the heart).

I always thought the 49ers team colours were Red and Gold. Judging by the logo and the other imagery and memorabilia on the site, I can’t help but wonder if the 49ers team colours have evolved from Red and Gold into Red, White, and Black.

So what’s up, 49er Faithful?

Silver and Black Attack

When the Oakland Raiders play at San Francisco’s wind swept Candlestick Park, so many Men in Black from the Raider Nation show up that the place starts to resemble Black Hole West.

Have the 49ers decided to incorporate black into their colour scheme as a sort of preemptive strike? I mean, those images must look pretty embarrassing on television – more fans wearing the away team’s colours than the home team’s colours.

Now they can say, “Oh, all of those fans dressed in black aren’t really Raider fans. Actually, they are 49er fans.”

Whatever. But I think it’s a bit pathetic to sell out your team’s colours.

How to Distinguish Raider Fans from 49er Fans

Since the 49ers have decided to start emulating the Raiders by selling black coloured fan shirts, how are we supposed to know which fans are rooting for which team?

Here are a few easy to spot giveaways …

  • Raider fans will be drinking beer, 49er fans will be drinking white wine.
  • Raider fans will be eating hot dogs, 49er fans will be eating sushi.
  • Raider fans will be following the action on the field, 49er fans will be either text messaging or playing with their iPhones.
  • Raider fans will be rooting for the Raiders, 49er fans will be rooting for whichever team appears to be winning.
  • Raider fans will laugh at this joke, 49er fans will look puzzeled and say, “Wait a second! I don’t get it.”

A first grade teacher in an elementary school in San Francisco explains to her class that she is a 49er fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they are 49er fans, too. Not really knowing what a 49er fan is, but wanting to be liked by their teacher, their hands fly into the air.

There is, however, one exception. A little girl has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she didn’t raise her hand.

“Because I’m not a 49er fan,” she retorts. “Then,” asks the teacher, “what are you?”

“I’m an Oakland Raider fan, and proud of it!” boasts the little girl.

The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks the little girl why she is a Raider fan.

“Well, my Dad and Mom are Raider fans, so I’m a Raider fan, too,” she responds.

The teacher is now angry. “That’s no reason to be a Raider fan!” she screams. “What if your Mom was a moron and your Dad was an idiot? What would you be then? Huh?”

“Oh,” says the little girl. “Then I’d be a 49er fan!”

Four hours to kick off. Time to get some shut eye. I hope I don’t sleep through this!!!


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