Home-wreckin’ Raiders should just leave, baby

This was supposed to be a Super season for the Raiders and their fans. If the Silver and Black were gonna leave Oakland, the least they do it in a blaze of glory and golden memories.

Boy, that dream didn’t last long, did it?

Here it is, only five games into the regular season, and the Raiders are a battered, beaten bunch. Already, they’re three games behind the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. They have practically no chance for a division title, and if injured quarterback Derek Carr doesn’t return soon, a wild card playoff berth is out of the question, too.

Just leave before it gets really ugly, baby.

As if a forgettable 30-17 loss to a crummy Ravens team at the Coliseum wasn’t bad enough on Sunday, the ugliness spilled over to an adjacent parking lot, where very offensive tackle Donald Penn got into it with a customer.

According to Penn, 27-year-old Raiders fan Sal Chavarria threw a water bottle at his vehicle. A video showed that Penn got out of his car and approached Chavarria and his pals before two security guards restrained him. Police arrived and he returned to his car and drove away.

Heck, the Raiders don’t even brawl like Raiders any more.

Penn makes for a bigger target than usual these days. At 34, he was rewarded with a two-year, $21 million contract extension after his missed block put Carr in a sling and pretty much wrecked the 2016 season. Chavarria was among those who chided him for the gaffe on social media, which prompted Penn to issue an expletive-laced, face-to-face challenge on Instagram.

Fess up, Raiders Nation, you’re gonna miss all this one day, aren’t you?

The Raiders have a lease agreement through the 2018 season, but owner Mark Davis might be wise to get his team the heck out of town as soon as possible if not earlier.

LOST CAUSE: The books say that a road underdog should opt for a two-point conversion when it has a chance to win late in a game.

After all, the chances that a bad team could get lucky on one play are a lot better than it could get lucky on multiple ones especially away from home, right?

But nooooo, Santa Clara coach Kyle Shanahan decided to kick the extra point and settle for overtime with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter in Indianapolis on Sunday. You know the rest.

JUST ASKIN’: When do the Warriors start the postseason, anyway?

JUST SAYIN’: The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose would be their backcourt starters. Craig Ehlo and World B. Free will come off the bench.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant threw their new sneakers to fans and not at one another on their trip to China, so the Warriors are off to a good start.

The MLB postseason would be a lot better with Vin Scully behind a microphone.

If the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t advance to the World Series this year, it may never happen again …

But the Cleveland Indians were the pre-season pick to win it all here, and Balls is stickin’ to it.

Rest in peace, Y.A. Tittle, one of the greatest 49ers ev-er.

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE … R.C. (Alley Oop ) Owens?

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