A week after violence inside and outside Candlestick Park overshadowed the 49ers-Raiders preseason exhibition game, fans settled down Saturday but were treated to a 30-7 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Texans. Read More
The first two practice games have been meaningless, but 49ers fans should get some idea of how fast players are assimilating Jim Harbaugh’s offense in Saturday night’s game against the Houston Texans.
The problem with evaluating a team in the first two exhibitions — and the fourth one, when the starters hardly play — is that coaches are calling plays to see how they work in specific situations, not to win that specific game. Read More
Police released a sketch Thursday of the suspect wanted in a cowardly Candlestick Park bathroom assault.The suspect beat a 26-year-old San Rafael man into unconsciousness during Saturday’s particularly rowdy preseason game between the 49ers and Raiders that saw more battles in the stands than on the field, police said.The vicious fan fighting has league officials considering ending the preseason matchup dubbed “Battle of the Bay.” Read More
Perhaps I’m reading too much into the displays of dumbness being exhibited on our streets and at our stadiums these days, but anarchy tends to breed overreaction.
It would be easy to dismiss almost any skirmishes involving Oakland Raiders fans and BART protesters these days because we’ve come to expect some cave-dwelling behavior. Yet the real characteristic about the recent episodes of mob behavior in San Francisco is that it’s no longer an aberration. Read More
Former San Francisco 49ers President Carmen Policy has weighed in on the violence at Candlestick Park during Saturday’s preseason exhibition game with the Oakland Raiders, saying the stadium’s aging infrastructure may have played a role in the worsening of behavior. Read More
Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating following a baseball game in Los Angeles in March, has taken "two steps back" over the weekend after taking "three steps forward" last week, according to a statement released by his family Monday.Last week, officials at San Francisco General Hospital said Stow was showing significant improvement after undergoing a third round of surgery on Aug. 10. Read More
A man brutally beaten at a Candlestick Park bathroom during a preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders on Saturday has been transferred to a different hospital and remains in fair condition, according to San Francisco General Hospital officials. Read More
So now what do we tell L.A.? That we have as many thugs at our sporting events as they do? That Candlestick Park is every bit as dangerous as Dodger Stadium? That the scofflaws and punks have imposed their will on society, just like in Southern California?
Fans entering NFL games are patted down. As if it does any good. Fights — brawls, really — were prevalent in the stands in the second half of the Raiders-49ers game Saturday. There were shootings in the parking lot. Read More
After a rash of fan violence marred Saturday’s game, 49ers President Jed York said Monday that the team will impose an array of stricter security measures, including banning tailgating during games and asking the NFL to postpone further preseason games with the Raiders. Read More
Reports of rowdy fights and shootings at Candlestick Park after Saturday’s 49ers-Raiders exhibition game keep coming in, and video of some of the incidents have surfaced on YouTube. Read More