Well, the big shitstorm that everyone who’s ever been to a Niners/Raiders preseason game would tell you was going to happen, happened.
When you get a bunch of drunken assholes in a big stadium together, they tend to act like drunken assholes. People fought in the stadium all night long (if you watch the broadcast over you can catch a couple of occasions where the guys on the sideline even stop and look over into crowd to watch the fight.) And then of course things got even worse in the parking lot, with at least one person sustaining a serious gunshot wound.
The knee-jerk reaction here is to go into a diatribe about people taking sports to seriously and the tribalism of modern fanbases and blah blah blah. But once you look a bit deeper into the individual events, you see that absolutely none of this had anything to do with a Niners/Raiders rivalry. The shooting was between two guys in Raiders gear. The big fight on you tube was mostly between Niner fans. This was a case of assholes being assholes.
Jed York wants to cancel next year’s Niners/Raiders game. But that’s mostly because Jed York, like so many other children of royalty over the years, appears to be inbred to the point of mild retardation.
I’ve got a better idea: take the show on the road. Pre-season games are basically exhibitions anyways, so treat them like other sports treat their exhibitions. Rather than amateur night at the stick, have Niners/Raiders in Reno or Sacramento. Have the Niners and the Broncos play on the Blue turf in Boise, or some other area that isn’t used to NFL football where the fans might show up for reasons other than a chance to spot rival gang members.
Also, Taylor Mays has been traded. I’m guessing Harbaugh was less than impressed with the kid at USC and it didn’t take him long to see in camp that not much had changed. Mays was the classic draft mistake: a kid with huge measurables and awful technique. It seems that Harbaugh has decided that he doesn’t have time to deal with a safety that can’t do 75% of what an NFL safety is supposed to do.
Fortunately they sent him to the Bengals, who just might be dumb enough to give them back something of value.