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.

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It’s only weird if it doesn’t work

By From page B7 | October 26, 2012

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 [email protected]

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

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