When last we left Hate Week, we were discussing Boltheads’ love (Yeehaw – more sarcasm!) of all things Raiders.Â Being fair and impartial, we made a point of inviting in a couple of our resident members of Raider Nation to run their best smack at the Chargers.Â Please welcome to the Sportsbeast pages, Darth Raider (Okay, so he’s really our boss.) and Daryl!Â Have at, fellas!
Hey, it’s Daryl here:
Ahhh…rivalry week! The legendary Silver and Black vs. the always hopefulÂ (Is it still powder blue?) Blue and Gold? Yeah, I realize that the rivalry has been kinda one-sided recently, but let’s remember that the all time record of the 101 meetings between these two teams since 1963 still stands at 55-44-2 in favor of the Raiders. That includes a nice win earlier this season.
And yes, there have been some amazing players on both teams over the years. Off the top of my head…George Blanda, Daryle Lamonica, Jim Otto, Lyle Alzado, Howie Long, Ted Hendricks,Â Cliff Branch, Jack Tatum, Fred Biletnikoff, Marcus Allen, Bo Jackson, Tim Brown, Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, Dave Casper, Mike Haynes, Lester Hayes, and of course my all time favorite Raider, Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, are just a few of the legends who proudly wear the three Raider Super Bowl Champion rings.
On the other hand, the Chargers had Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, that one guy that took them to the only Super Bowl they ever went to where they got absolutely smoked by the 49ers, and….uhhhh….aahhhh…oh yeah, LaDamian Tomlinson! He’s kicking ass with The Jets now, right? Why did they let him go again?
Anyway, let’s all enjoy a little “Holy Roller” history from 1978 right now, and we’ll talk some more later after the Charger fans quit whining about whatever it is that they are whining about now.
And in case you’re at work and can’t hear the audio, (thanks to Wikipedia!) here’s a transcript of the call of the play from the Raiders Hall of Fame announcer Bill King:
“The ball, flipped forward, is loose! A wild scramble, two seconds on the clock…Casper grabbing the ball…it is ruled a fumble…Casper has recovered in the end zone! The Oakland Raiders have scored on the most zany, unbelievable, absolutely impossible dream of a play! Madden is on the field. He wants to know if it’s real. They said yes, get your big butt out of here! He does! There’s nothing real in the world anymore! The Raiders have won the football game! The Chargers….they don’t believe it. Fifty-two thousand people minus a few lonely Raider fans are stunned. This one will be relived forever!”-Bill King