BEE INTERVIEWS SACTOWN ORIGINAL BOOSTER CLUB ABOUT RAIDER/49ER RIVALRY

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This story is taken from the Sacramento Bee / Sports Section

Raiders, 49ers fans square off –

Rivalry off the field not always friendly

Special To The Bee

Published Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009

 Before there was a Raiders booster club in Sacramento, Denise Browne recalls walking into sports bars with her silver and black jersey and being taunted by 49ers fans.

“I wanted to watch my guys play in peace,” Browne laughed.

She wondered if there were other Raiders fans in Sacramento who wanted to watch the games in public.

There were.

Browne called the Raiders and was given the go-ahead to start a booster club in Sacramento. The Raiders recognized the group in 1992, and the Sactown Original Raiders Booster Club is still going strong.

“We had about 50 people that first year, and it grew to over 300 pretty quick,” said Browne, now the vice president. “That was before people had big-screen TVs, so we’d go to sports bars to see them play.”

The booster club survived the team’s relocation to Los Angeles. Browne estimated groups of Sacramento-area fans attended about three games per season in Los Angeles. When the franchise returned to Oakland in 1995, buses of fans made the trek down Interstate 80. Now the club uses more of a carpool caravan.

Browne said about half of the booster club has season tickets and the other half picks a few games to attend every season.

Now the group plans trips to training camp in Napa and one road game per season. This year, it’s Oct. 4 in Houston.

Browne has talked to her share of 49ers fans over the years. She said she holds no animosity toward any of the knowledgeable supporters, especially those who go all the way back to Kezar Stadium.

“I think you have to differentiate between them,” she said. “There was a portion of the Raider fans who jumped on the 49er bandwagon when they were winning. It’s funny, but a lot of times those bandwagon fans can say the most vicious and nasty stuff.”

Browne recalls going to Candlestick Park for an exhibition game three years ago and being hassled and flipped off by 49ers fans. However, she enjoys the good-natured ribbing that comes with the football rivalry.

There actually isn’t much 49ers-Raiders history to speak of in the series. Oakland holds a 6-5 edge in the regular season, so the exhibition matchups are often the only times fans of the Bay Area teams can compare their teams on the same field.

Del Stanback, a 49ers fan from Sacramento, plans to attend tonight’s game against the Raiders at Candlestick Park. He doesn’t care much about the result, preferring to see how the starters and new players perform.

The 49ers’ fans, Stanback said, “are laid back and easy to get along with. Raider fans are … “

Well, you can use your imagination on that one.

Stanback recalls going to a Raiders-Chiefs game in Oakland one season and seeing the hysteria up close.

“(The fans) are just crazy,” he said.

Browne had a tough time picking her least favorite 49ers of all time.

“I always appreciate talent,” said Browne, who added that she had a hard time accepting Jerry Rice when he first switched uniforms, joining the Raiders in 2001.

Why do 49ers fans dislike Raiders fans so much? Browne has a theory about that, too.

“I think that originated way back when when we had the image as the bad boys and were intimidating to a lot of people. You went into Oakland, and that was the house of pain,” she said. “At the time, we had more Super Bowl rings than they did, and we were right across the Bay.”

RAIDERS VS. 49ERS

When: 5:15 p.m. today.

Where: Candlestick Park.

TV: Chs. 13, 58.

Radio: 49ers – KCTC (1320 AM), Raiders – KAHI (950 AM).

Line: 49ers by 3.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

1. Raiders rookies: The Raiders promise to start two rookies, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy, at wide receiver. That combination didn’t fare well in scrimmages against the 49ers this week, especially with JaMarcus Russell throwing the ball. The 49ers intercepted seven Raiders passes Wednesday alone, some because receivers could not hold onto the passes.

2. Alex Smith’s last chance: The 49ers are close to choosing their regular-season starting quarterback. Shaun Hill leads the competition, but Alex Smith will have another chance to turn heads tonight. Smith is a notoriously slow starter, but the 49ers’ decision makers still believe he ultimately will be their best quarterback.

3. Rushing the passer. Mike Singletary called the 49ers’ pass rush “nonexistent” following last week’s game against Denver. The pass rushers, especially the outside linebackers, will be under the microscope. The best of the bunch, Parys Haralson, will not play because of a foot injury. Promising but inconsistent Ahmad Brooks will replace him.

– Matthew Barrows

 


For more information about the Raiders’ booster club, go to: rbcsacramento. wordpress.com.

 

 

 

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~ by Sactown Raider Boosters on August 22, 2009.

One Response to “BEE INTERVIEWS SACTOWN ORIGINAL BOOSTER CLUB ABOUT RAIDER/49ER RIVALRY”

  1. […] Bee interviewed the Sactown Original Raider Booster Club  about the Raiders/49ers rivalry click here. (Thanks to Denise for putting up with the reporter.) See you at the Republic.  Let’s keep […]

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