Friday, April 25, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

It’s only weird if it doesn’t work

The Raiders warm up before their game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. (photo by Tony Wade). Click to view gallery.

The Raiders warm up before their game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. (photo by Tony Wade). Click to view gallery.

By
From page B7 | October 26, 2012 | Leave Comment

There is a Bud Light commercial that supposedly takes place at the Coliseum with the Raiders kicking a game-winning field goal. Some fans make sure to turn their beer bottles label side out because they believe it helps the kicker. A reluctant fan joins in, the kick is good, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” plays and the tagline “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work” is shown.

In that vein I’ve figured out the secret to the Raiders winning home games. Sunday the reporter I sit next to in the press box, Malaika Bobino, sports blogger for the Huffington Post, decided to leave after the dreadful first half to go cover the SF Giants game. I warned her that last time she left early, against the Steelers, the Raiders rallied and won.

After I thought about it, I told her to go and that the Raiders would make a comeback. They did. Malaika will now be required to leave at halftime. As a matter of fact, to prevent the Raiders from even falling behind, I’ll physically block her from entering.

The Raiders would have had more credibility in the eyes of people’ whose opinions I don’t care about if they’d managed to beat the Falcons last week, but here’s something I know about teams like Atlanta: many first-half-of-the-season-wonders turn into second-half-of-the-season-blunders.

The Raiders’ division is not sewn up by a long shot and being the hot team six or seven games in is not necessarily the recipe for success. The formula that has been championed by the Giants and others is to be the team that heats up at the right time. The Raiders actually pioneered that formula when they were the first wild card team to capture the Super Bowl back in the day.

Honestly, while I hoped the Raiders would come back, the halftime show, which celebrated 50 years of the Raiderettes and had football’s fabulous females from the 1960s through today,  was way more entertaining than the first half.

I’d never heard of Jag’s receiver Cecil Shorts III (nor the 1st or 2nd either) and when he caught a TD pass and did the “shhh” gesture at the Black Hole, I was incensed. It reminded me of Ray Lewis doing it in the “Crunch Gannon’s Shoulder & Crush Our Dreams” AFC Championship game (I had to get special permission to even mention that). I love that John Lennon Instant Karma bit Shorts III and he was the goat who got stripped by Lamarr Houston that set up Sea Bass’s game winning kick.

And unlike the Bud Light commercial, Sea Bass don’t need no help.

Reach Fairfield Raider fanalist, part fan, part journalist, Tony Wade at ffraider@sbcglobal.net

Tony Wade

Tony Wade

Tony Wade is the slightly older yet infinitely more handsome brother of long-time DR columnist Kelvin Wade
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Suisun break ground on Walmart

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
District attorney candidates field questions at forum

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Daily Republic seeks good news for column

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3, 5 Comments

 
Sutter’s thank-you to children gets top marks

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Suisun Marsh plan gets federal signoff

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
Vacaville police promote 3 from within

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Machete-attack case goes to jury

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

 
 
Children battle in Suisun – using book knowledge

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Brown reappoints Vacaville man to post

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5

 
Community meeting on Fairfield crime set

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A5

Fairfield police log: April 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: April 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Water picture improves for some California towns

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Study links California drought to global warming

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

100-year-old California woman gets diploma

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
California bill attacks growing corporate wage gap

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Bill calls for enhanced lessons on Obama election

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Management, safety cited for radiation release

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Gaga over gorillas? 2 babies arrive at Bronx Zoo

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7 | Gallery

Senate’s newest class speaks out on foreign policy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Vatican: Pope’s private calls don’t reflect policy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Families of ferry’s lost confront SKorea officials

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Costa Rica is demanding US explain ‘Cuban Twitter’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

FDA OKs first-ever DNA alternative to Pap smear

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Postal workers’ unions protest Staples program

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
.

Opinion

 
Has the militia movement re-emerged in American life?

By Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis | From Page: A11

Easily swayed voters on both sides

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 3 Comments

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: April 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
.

Entertainment

 
Review: Walker memorable in gritty ‘Mansions’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Review: ‘Quiet Ones’ is more creaky than creepy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
.

Sports

Solano sweeps all-BVC softball postseason awards

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B7

 
.

Business

4Runner keeps rugged charm

By Ann M. Job | From Page: C1

 
Audi’s RS 7 is answer to Porsche, Mercedes

By Ann M. Job | From Page: C2

Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
Google, Apple settle high-tech workers’ lawsuit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

.

Obituaries

Judith Catherine Brooks

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Robert James Carty Sr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Jean Sophia Ruckdeschel

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8