A few weeks ago I drove south on 880, and passed O.Co Coliseum. At first I thought there was a hardcore industrial fire happening there, but then realized it was game day and the smoke of 5000 BBQs was coloring the sky a hazy blue.
Realizing this was the heart of the wildest fan base in the NFL, I decided I'd visit the next home game with my camera and check it out close-up:
Absolutely a secular ritual involving a most-devout congregation, the Oakland Raiders tailgate party was one of the more amazingly passionate gatherings of people I've ever experienced. I feel now that one is not a true resident of the Bay Area until experiencing it... and I will be returning!
more photos here