Fact; Chiefs fans love to hate those dastardly Oakland Raiders….
How venomous is it? There’s even a Wikipedia page on the subject. No kidding.
"The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders of the National Football League are considered to have one of professional football’s most bitter rivalries," it begins.
The teams first met in 1960, but "the rivalry did not become so apparent until the Kansas City Athletics baseball team moved to Oakland, California in 1967," Wikipedia adds. "The move was met with considerable distaste in the Kansas City area and much of the frustration was put upon the Raiders when they played in Kansas City."
Then there was the infamous 1970 game where Raiders defensive end Ben Davidson speared Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson with his helmet. Chiefs star Otis Taylor went after Davidson and a bench-clearing brawl ensued.
What Chiefs fan hasn’t trafficked in banter about how rude and crude Oakland fans are, how nasty the city is?
"That’s all bullshit," says former Streetside, Pennylane & Pitch owner Hal Brody who now lives in Oakland. "Oakland is a great community. It has the best weather in the world – it’s a great place. People (in Kansas City) don’t know what they’re missing."
As for the team, the fans and the town’s bad rep,totally bogus, Brody says.
"It’s the bad press it gets," Brody says. "I’ve been to several Raiders games and it’s not nearly as bad as people say it is. It’s not as bad as people like to portray it."
Starting with the arbiters of political correctness at daily newspapers…
"People like to play up the bad news," Brody says. "The daily paper in Oakland – all they write about practically is crime."
Sounds like the TV news hounds here.
All of which added up to Brody’s turning down an offer to buy the Pitch back from Village Voice Media at a steep discount from what he sold the unprofitable newsweekly to VVM for in 1999.
"You’ll never get me back there," Brody says of the Cowtown. "Not that you want me, anyway. There’s more opportunity here and the weather’s better."