Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders fan party had another star.
Jon Gruden threw the Oakland Raiders Fans Party, but his co-host was Ricky Ricardo (with his wife Tina Ricardo) the owner of Ricky’s Sports Theater and Grill in San Leandro. Believe it or not, folks, for all of the Raiders games I’ve attended.
For all of the work that I did in trying to bring the Super Bowl to Oakland, I’ve only visited Ricky’s once – and I had a good time some years ago. So, the Jon Gruden Oakland Raiders Fans Party was my one chance to make up for this massive deficiency in life, and in a big way.
For those of you who may not know Ricky’s Sports Theater and Grill in San Leandro, first it’s located at 15028 Hesperian Blvd in San Leandro, California. Second, it’s kinda like a cool place you might see if Walt Disney were an Oakland Raiders Fan: it has neat nooks and crannys, and then larger meeting rooms, and yet it’s a bit of a maze you like getting lost in. It has 90 televisions, but they’re dotted all over so you can talk and really not miss the action. It’s hard to explain unless you experience the place. (Watch the Zennie62 on YouTube Livestream from Ricky’s for Jon Gruden’s party here.)
For Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden, Ricky wore the “Jon 317” Raiders t-shirt. For those of you not well-versed in The Bible, John 3:17 says “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Translated, it means that Ricky and many Raiders fans thank God and Mark Davis for sending Jon Gruden to be the coach. For all of the rightful blasting Davis gets about the Las Vegas relocation effort, hiring Jon Gruden was a move that (save for a rather sad statement against USC Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin and regarding The Rooney Rule), Davis got right. But I digress, this is about Ricky, and Ricky’s Sports Theater and Grill in San Leandro,.
If you have a chance, go down to Ricky’s and thank Mr. Ricardo for all that he’s done for Raider Nation. The event was a long time coming, and reminded me and others of the Raiders Kickoff Party at Jack London Square in 1998. Ricky was only happy to help produce the event, saying “Jon’s a good guy and I want to see more of him. He has been a long time friend of mine.”
There was a lot of love in that place Friday night. Truly a time in a bottle moment. Thank you Ricky and Jon.
I’ll be back!
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