The Snatch: Gracious Even in Defeat

Occupied Territory

Faithful SF Weekly readers may recall a series of stories about a humiliating football-related wager engineered by San Francisco and Seattle's longshoremen. Well, their team won. And, since the Seahawks went on to win the Super Bowl, too, now San Francisco's longshoremen are obligated to unfurl a massive, 25-foot Seattle “12th Man” flag from atop a 125-foot crane at the Port of Oakland (since the Port of San Francisco long ago ceased to be a functioning cargo center, Oakland will end up bearing the brunt of a San Francentric bet). Melvin Mackay, the president of the San Francisco ILWU, said he'll hoist the flag as soon as his Pacific Northwest colleagues get him one to hoist. His Seattle counterpart, Cameron Williams, didn't return Sunday night calls, but considering the last time a Seattle professional sports franchise won a league title was in 1979, he may have been otherwise occupied. So it's unclear when the 12th Man flag will arrive in Bay Area territory. But when it does, it'll fly for a full week.

A Time to Heel

San Francisco authorities last week shot and killed a pit bull named Frisco after he was seen mauling a man in Golden Gate Park. His sister, Cleo, was reportedly participating in the crime, but fled the scene when cops shot her brother. She remained on the lam until the following morning when Animal Care & Control staff spotted her at a homeless encampment in the park; they hauled her to the city's animal shelter where she's awaiting her Vicious & Dangerous Dog trial. It's not the first time these two dogs have run into legal trouble. According to Rebecca Katz, director of the ACC, both dogs were hauled to the shelter back in December after the vehicle they were in was towed. But Katz says this incident shouldn't give all pit bulls a bad rap. “It's unfortunate that these incidents have a negative effect on pit bull adoptions. The breed can make wonderful, loving companions,” Katz says.

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