While tailgating outside of the Oakland Colliseum before Sunday afternoon's game against the Steelers, two fans had to be rushed to the hospital after attempting to raise a 20-foot flag pole into a high-voltage power line, according to the Coastal Times.
The fans had non-life-threatening injuries and were reportedly being treated for electrical burns at the hospital.
The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, when fans were gearing up for an afternoon of heavy excitement and, in all likelihood, boozing. Oakland Fire Chief Darin White seemed to think alcohol was involved.
No sober fan would be dumb enough to actually raise a metal flag into a high-voltage transmission line, right? Even the Raiders faithful, who tend to be some of the more ferocious and potentially incompetent fans in football, couldn't possibly consider that to be a good idea.
Whatever the explanation, everyone can breathe a big sigh of relief that
the two fans are resting safely and, of course, that the Raiders won.