San Diego Chargers fans have long hated the silver and black of the rival Oakland Raiders. That hatred among rival fans has escalated well beyond the football field and into the stands to produce some pretty intense altercations.
Just last year, an entire section of Qualcomm Stadium was cleared out by police during the Raiders-Chargers season finale.
On a league-wide scale, Chargers vs. Raiders typically goes overlooked as one of the more bitter NFL rivalries, but the reality is that these two franchises straight out hate each other.
That being said, please don't use that as an excuse to engage in fisticuffs with a large man donning spiked shoulder pads and black war paint.
As a Chargers fan, it's probably a good idea to know why you hate the Raiders (the answer isn't "just because").
It's tough to pinpoint when exactly this bitter rivalry began, but a good place to start is the 1978 season. In what has been dubbed the "Holy Roller" game (or "Immaculate Deception" by Chargers fans), the Raiders defeated the Chargers 21-20 after a fumble by Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler in the final 10 seconds of regulation resulted in a game-tying touchdown.
Depending on which team you were rooting for that day, it was either a lucky roll or a terrible call by the refs.
If that didn't make you pull your hair out, it was those pesky Raiders that prevented the Chargers from earning a trip to Super Bowl XV with a 34-27 victory in the 1980 AFC Championship Game.
Oakland would seal the deal in Super Bowl XV with a 27-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
A true Chargers fan would never rep any sort of Raiders gear. The same goes for a Raiders fan repping the lightning bolt.
You just don't do it.
To give you an example of how big a deal it is, just take a look at what happened to Chargers rookie Keenan Allen when he took a photo of himself sporting a Raiders cap.
Luckily, San Diego fans allowed Allen a pass on the mishap, but he did get a little slap on the wrist via social media.
-Raiders lead series 58-47-2
-Raiders have won 16 divisional championships; Chargers have won 15
-Raiders have won 4 AFC titles; Chargers have won 1
-Raiders have won 3 Super Bowls; Chargers have won none
Basically, these stats show the historic dominance of the Raiders franchise compared to that of the Chargers. Feeling the hate yet?
The Black Hole gets a bad reputation for being one of the most dangerous environments in the league, but the truth is that Raiders fans are simply intense. Oakland loves its Raiders. The best way for them to show that is with an overwhelming amount of passion, and the need to dress up in some unusual get-ups.
On the flip side, Chargers fans can get just as loud at the Q, making it impossible for opposing teams to hear near the end zone.
When these fans mix, it can make for some pretty testy situations.
Here's a perfect example of what it would be like for a Chargers fan to cross enemy lines:
The Raiders-Chargers rivalry is one of the best in the AFC West, and while the intense nature of these two fanbases can sometimes lead to aggression in the stands, we all need to leave the physical contact to the players on the field.
The best part of a rivalry is being able to hate your opponent without laying a finger on them.
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