After staying up until 1:30 in the morning and watching the Broncos do awful, awful things to the Raiders, I've spent some time this morning surfing the internet for reactions to the dismal Oakland debut in 2008. The early consensus seems to be unanimous.
Actually, it reads like a lot of knee-jerk reactions, and I understand those. Really, I do. We're all sports fans, and that's what we do, especially in the NFL where there's only 16 games and every game matters. And I can sort of relate to the Raiders fans since I've been a Pittsburgh Pirates fan for the previous 16 years, so I understand what it feels like to be embarrassed every season in strange new ways, while having those optimistic opening day thoughts be flushed right down the crapper.
Anyway, some reactions from Bay area scribes and Raiders blogs after the jump.
Columnists and Beat Writers
Cam Inman writes in his column at the Contra Costa Times that 'D Is For Disgraceful'
Pick on virtually any Raider you want, be it the franchise icon who doled out crazy millions in an offseason shopping spree, or the offensive lineman whose false start euthanized the Raiders' miserable first half, or the bozos responsible for the familiar fumbles, sacks, dropped passes, blown coverages, missed tackles, injured starters and idiotic penalties that have been a staple of the Raiders' post-2002 diet.Gwenn Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says the Raiders Still Aren't Ready For Prime time.
Just be sure to flog the defense, and specifically cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Make that Angelo Hall. He didn't play "D."
Sacramento Bee writer Jason Jones details the Monday Nightmare.
The folks over at Silver And Black Pride talk about The Opening Night Dud
Lane Kiffin looked like an uninterested and outclassed kid. His play calling was TERRIBLE. He was still trying to run the ball when the team was down 27-0 at the end of the third quarter. I really find that inexcusable.Raidertopia: D-isappointing
Raidertake offers up this after watching the game in person:
I don't know how it looked on television, but it was sure grim inside the Coliseum. This was a gutless, confused and undisciplined performance, especially on defense.Across The Silver And Black Pond calls it 'Embarrassing.'
Silver And Black Report gives out some game grades.
On the plus side, there's nowhere to go but up.