The Oakland Raiders were the only Bay Area team that I had not yet seen play at home, though I had little desire to do so, being a San Francisco 49ers fan. When the schedule for the 2014 season came out, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Niners would have a 9th home game of sorts, at the Coliseum. A team with a 1-11 record surely would crumble to even a marginal 7-5 team, right? Here are the photos of my horrible Sunday afternoon.
We all missed church that day, this guy included.
Department of Homeland Security actually had officers at the game, augmenting Oakland PD.
I've been to the "O.co" Coliseum numerous times, but only for A's games or concerts. First time for a football game.
Fun fact = my aunt was once a Raiderette, back in the 70s.
Derek Carr (#4)
At the center of the photograph is Bo Jackson, legendary Raider.
Bo Jackson being interviewed.
Defensive end Justin Tuck
Alex Nester and Salvador Santana (son of Carlos) did the national anthem.
In-camera effect to sort out the percentage of visiting team fans.
Hall of Fame cornerback / safety Ronnie Lott was appropriately selected to light the Al Davis memorial torch; while Lott is most famous for his 4 Super Bowl wins with the 49ers, he spent two season with the Raiders (when they were in LA).
Kaepernick, moments before throwing an interception to start the game.
The Raiders fans loved the turnover.
Though on their successive drive, they had to settle for a field goal. Still, Raiders were on the board first.
Kaepernick readies himself...
...and finds Vernon Davis.
This elderly veteran was honored for his WWII service, on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
Ronnie Lott being interviewed.
Emotions getting to everyone on the field.
I heard there were 30 arrests and 100 people escorted out of the game. Just trash talk in our section.
Jim Harbaugh, hunched over at the sidelines.
Derek Carr finds his man.
This guy was two rows in front of us.
Our neighbors to our right.
Oakland responded to the Niners being up 7-3.
And going into the half, the Niners tied the game with a field goal.
Michael Crabtree about to catch and go.
Frank Gore gets ready to run the ball.
Can Carlos Hyde get it into the end zone? Nope - Niners get held at the two-yard line, and settle for a field goal... their last points of the day.
Touchdown, Marcel Reece. Oakland leads 17-13 (after the PAT).
Even more swagger...
The Black Hole - not a place for Niners fans.
Derek Carr in the 4th quarter...
This was getting ugly.
Center Marcus Martin was injured - extra ugly.
Martin escorted off the field.
God shined His light down on the Raiders...
#1 trash talker in our section - it was fairly impressive.
That's a wrap, folks. Oakland wins 24-13.
If Harbaugh takes a job in Oakland, I'm going to throw up.
Adrian and I are 0-2 in Niners road games.
Ugh - an Oakland Jerry Rice jersey.
To add insult to injury, I lost my fantasy football playoff game by 0.03 points, when I had been up by 0.17 points with all of my opponent's points finalized. Russell Wilson screwed me over yet again...
Coming up next = BroFestivus 2014. Stay tuned.