Two weeks ago, in the aftermath of the Lakers’ triumph over Orlando, I brought you photos and observations from ground zero of what would become a full-blown fan riot in downtown Los Angeles.
(I look like Van Pelt now, but only if he’d lost a kidney as a child)
Today, at least for a moment, I thought I was facing a possibly similar situation in, of all places, Marina del Rey. That’s where I happened upon a very large gathering of Oakland Raider fans at a local restaurant.
(Raider fans or security detail at Inland Empire Applebees on Fri. nights?)
Upon infiltrating the gang of Silver & Black fans, I quickly learned they’d made the trip in from Oaktown and East L.A. to celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary.
(Raiders-Themed Truck Was NOT Reconditioned After Last Deep Purple Tour)
So much like someone who stumbled upon a public funeral of a fallen leader of the Taliban, I felt it imperative to chronicle the events for
the LAPD my faithful readers.
(Ride to the Rainforest Cafe? Anyone?)
Like the early throes of the Lakers’ postgame downtown celebration, the requisite denizens of the Black Hole were friendly and accomodating.
(”To All The Guys At Mike’s Hard Lemonade … “)
But, like that previous, fateful evening on Figueroa, I wasn’t about to hang around to encounter the business end of a CNN overhead shot. (Anderson, I regret to report that the victim was wearing tragically out-of-style cargo shorts.)
So I snapped some pics and fled the scene.
(Inspired by Michael Jackson autopsy. Too soon?)
Of particular interest to
law enforcement me was the $100,000 Raiders-themed truck towed in from the I.E. for the occasion. (What, you were expecting Holmby Hills?)
(Oakland Raiders: Commitment to Meth-inspired artwork since 1959)
Now, if you guessed that the vehicle, as an ode to the Oakland NFL franchise, would feature artistic renderings of the Raiders’ greatest players and moments … you will be disappointed.
(Free money + 8-ball + getting stepped on repeatedly = Raiders gameday!)
But if you guessed that the vehicle, as an ode to the Oakland NFL football franchise, would feature artistic renderings of semi-automatic weapons, implied illicit drug use, tequila bottles and a grotesque, disturbing portrayal of death and destruction … you will soon ascend into a world of blissful enchantment.
(Raiders-Themed Truck Also Includes Tribute To Amy Trask. Nice Touch.)
evidence photos after the jump.
Before I go, you might be wondering if any relevant members of the Raiders organization attended the evening’s sumptuous festivities.
(What’s playing? I know, too easy)
Actually no. But, I did hear head coach Tom Cable may have been in attendance.
(Stay thirsty, Raider fan)
Finally, for those interested
peace officers parties, I’m not aware that any city or county ordinances have been breached tonight. That’s not to say a valet, upon pickup, didn’t detect a stray, unexplainable pair of Vans - still boxed - under the seat of a ‘92 Corolla. But like you, I think we all realize that Raider fans have earned the benefit of doubt in curious cases like that.