A Bay Area restaurant known as High Five Pizza, promotes itself as the friendliest restaurant in the San Jose area. It was even voted one of the top five places in the Bay Area to watch football, yet they have decided to refuse to air games involving either the Oakland Raiders or the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s hard to believe that any restaurant that bills itself as a place to watch sports would virtually ban the fans of any particular team. As we all know, there are good and bad people in all fan bases.
The only thing the restaurant’s policy does, is to continue to perpetuate stereotypes and encourage animosity between fans. Yet a phone call to the restaurant manager confirmed that indeed, this is the policy.
As an Oakland Raiders’ fan who is about as far from violent as it gets, I’m highly offended. But it isn’t just that. I’m not a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but I am a fan of people, and to make a group of people feel unwelcome based on a very unjust prejudiced goes far over the line being reasonable.
There are several groups, including Fans Against Violence, who are working to end violence at sporting events of all types. They aim to encourage good-will and sportsmanship. The actions of High Five Pizza are disheartening, and serves the opposite purpose of what Fans Against Violence is all about.
If you agree, let your voice be heard. Call the manager of High Five Pizza in San Jose, California at (408) 629-6800.
Jed York and the San Francisco 49ers have had another violent incident occur under their watch at Candlestick Park. Following the 49ers overtime loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, September 18th, the police were called to the site of a fight in one of the parking lots just outside the stadium.
Three men were attempting to leave the parking lot while the victim was standing behind their car. Some sort of argument broke out and the men got out of the car and began to attack the victim. The victim’s friend came to his aid was then hit in the head, as was the uniformed security officer who also tried to help. The most substantial injuries were the result of blunt force trauma to the head caused by a bottle and flashlight.
What’s even more disturbing is the concealed handgun found in the perpetrators car. No indication regarding team affiliation for any of the parties has been released; and honestly, it doesn’t matter.
- Parking Lot Map of Candlestick Park, SF
The post game violence at Candlestick when the 49ers hosted the Oakland Raiders made National news and caused officials from the NFL office to tour the facility and talk with the 49ers Administration. One of the specific issues discussed was the concern about security in the outer parking lots. If York and his staff do not take immediate and, if needed, extreme measures to ensure adequate policing of the surrounding lots, the San Francisco 49ers should be sanctioned by the league.
What changes were made? How have they improved policing of the lots? Is there surveillance? Why would a security guard report alone, without a partner? Roger Goodell and the league office need to sit down with the 49ers and devise a plan to make immediate corrections and hold the franchise accountable. Their fans deserve better.
One of our ‘eyes in the streets’ just sent us this photo from San Jose, California. Phil Richardson, resident of Los Gatos, spotted this sign in the front window of a San Jose pizza spot letting patrons know tonight’s Sunday Night Football matchup on NBC, Cowboys vs Jets, will not be aired due to “problems in the past.”
Our friend says this is a low key place and he’s really surprised to see this sign. Considering the significance of tonight’s game at the new Meadowlands, this 10th Anniversary of the events of September 11th, it’s a shame that fan conduct has canceled an opportunity for fans to sit together and partake in something as uniquely American as pizza and a game.