The Raiders abused a hideous team called the New York Jets on Sunday, 52-20 at last count, but know who deserved a game ball most of all?
Not Mario Edwards Jr., who had 1.5 sacks and two tackles for a loss. Not Derek Carr, who completed 23-of-28 pass attempts. Not Michael Crabtree, who scored three touchdowns. Not even Marshawn Lynch, who scored his first touchdown in Silver and Black.
No, 50,000-plus game balls should have been handed out — one for each fan at the Coliseum. That was the least that team owner Mark Davis could have done for those who devoted so much of their time and energy and money on their favorite football team over the years.
The blowout couldn’t have been more emotional or bittersweet. After all, almost everything is hunky dory with the Raiders these days, but it wasn’t always that way, you know.
The Raiders are 2-0 for the first time since the 2002 season, their last Super Bowl appearance. It’s easy to forget all the lousy football that they’ve played since then, the 11 consecutive teams that failed to win more games than they lost.
It’s easy to forget the 2006 clunker, which saw Art Shell’s jamokes lose nine games in a row, shut out three times and finish with a 2-14 record.
It’s easy to forget the 2010 lame butts who lost 13 games, one of them a 52-0 debacle against the Rams in St. Louis that finally put coach Tony Sparano out of his misery.
No matter. Through thin and thinner, Raiders Nation showed up large and loud on most days. Now their hearts are about to be ripped out again, and there’s no justice in that whatsoever.
EASY DOES IT: The Jets are the Philadelphia 76ers in shoulder pads, a team whose top priority is the first pick in the 2018 draft. You know, so they draft another Southern Cal quarterback to stink up the place.
So let’s just say the Raiders took care of business and nobody appeared to be seriously injured and leave it at that. We’ll know more about coach Jack Del Rio’s team on Sunday night, when its returns to the NFL portion of the schedule against Washington.
JUST ASKIN’: Why was Carr still on the field with three minutes left in the game, let alone allowed to throw a pass on third down? Uh, other than to have another leg broken, that is.
DARK DAYS IN PALO ALTO: No Stanford team has won fewer than eight games or a bowl game in the David Shaw era, but this could be one of those years.
Stanford blew a late lead and the game at San Diego State on Saturday, 20-17. The Aztecs scored the game-winner after a power outage left Jack Murphy Stadium in the dark for about 25 minutes.
You know, kinda like the Cardinal offense for most of the game.
In the past, the Stanford earth-movers would have ground out the final minutes of a close game. This isn’t that kind of team. That was never more apparent than late in the third quarter, when an obviously frustrated Shaw elected to attempt a field goal on fourth and inches inside the 5-yard line.
Of course, it might help if there was some semblance of a pass game. Quarterback Keller Chryst completed 8-of-19 passes for all of 56 yards and two interceptions. His worm-killer on third down preceded the game-winner.
Paging back-up Ryan Burns — your turn is ready!
Bryce Love had another big game — 187 total yards, two long touchdown runs — but the 5-foot-10 scatback can’t carry the load alone. Turn out the lights again. The party in Palo Alto could be o-vah.
WHO DEY? Not only is Cal off to a 3-0 start under new coach Justin Wilcox, but it blanked Mississippi in the second half of a 27-16 victory at Memorial Stadium.
JUST SAYIN’: Glad to repeat four of the best words in professional sports — NHL training camps open.
Giants scatterarm Matt Moore has a putrid 11-19 record and 5.01 earned run average in two seasons here. Rather than cut the cord for $1 million, the front office picked up his $9-million option. Please explain.
One of these decades, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will address the expanded September rosters that result in even more delays.
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE … Two-hour, 30-minute ballgames?
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