If there’s one thing Oakland Raiders fans can be reliably counted upon to do, it’s act like barbarians at the team’s games.
And when you stir in a dose of the old rivalry between the Raiders and Rams from the time in the 1980s and early ’90s when the teams shared the spotlight in the city of Los Angeles, things always have the potential to boil over.
But…in the preseason? Really, guys?
That’s right, police had to be called Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in after a gang of Raiders and Rams fans got into a scuffle in the stands that got so far out of hand that two fans were thrown over a railing.
Even Scottish soccer hooligans would look at such a spectacle over an exhibition game like “Oi, mate, calm yersel’ doon.”
Word of warning, the language in this clip is extremely not safe for work…or for anywhere else for that matter:
Parental Discretion Is Advised: More fights in the stands than on the field at the #Raiders #Rams game at the #LAColiseum #LARams defeat the #OaklandRaiders 19-15 in the #NFL #preseason #OAKvsLAR #OAKvsLA #Repost pic.twitter.com/p4kRol1Bc0
— └A DODGERS LAKERS NEWS (@DodgersLakers) August 18, 2018
“Welcome to L.A., motherf—ers,” an off-camera voice can be heard saying. And if you’re going to go ’90s Nostalgia Day, that’s…one way to do it, pulling a scene straight out of “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”
From another angle, you can see what happened to the fans who got thrown over the railing as the fight continued.
— xiomara (@xioramos_) August 19, 2018
The crazy thing about that latter clip is just how clear it is that one woman is so determined to get her licks in that even a police officer restraining her does not deter her in any way from committing an act of assault and battery. If she managed to get out of this without criminal charges filed against her, then the cops either have superhuman patience or still remember when nobody wanted to waste LA courts’ time on Raider fans.
Getting crowds of people riled up for reasons other than sporting competition is always dangerous alchemy, and it rarely ends well.
After all, “Violent ’90s Nostalgia Day,” in which the Raiders and Rams played a meaningless game that mainly served as an excuse for a bunch of lapsed Raiders fans from the City of Angels to go to a football stadium and get rowdy, was probably never going to end well.
One wonders what the L.A. Coliseum will cook up next.
Maybe Ten Cent Beer Night? Disco Demolition Night? Cash Dash Money Grab Night?
There are plenty of reasons to cut down the NFL preseason, from unnecessary risk of injury to the league trading those preseason games for a longer regular season to the gigantic ripoff that is making season ticket holders pay for those meaningless exhibitions as part of their ticket packages, that last being a possible culprit in tickets showing up cheap on StubHub to make the game a Raider takeover in the first place.
But let’s add fan brawls to the list. If fans are going to fight over stupid, petty crap, at least let the game on the field count.
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