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October 20, 2008

It's always Halloween in Raiderland

Maybe it's just a happy coincidence that the Raiders are coming to town the weekend before Halloween, but I can't wait to see if Sunday's game brings out any of those glorified trick-or-treaters they call fans.

I'm trying to remember the last time I got all made up like a pirate or a viking, other than on my wedding night. It was probably in my pre-adolescent years, and I was still slightly embarrassed about it. Raiders fans claim to be the toughest fans in football, then show up at the games in Oakland dressed like cartoon characters. Really, when you dress like that, you're supposed to carry a pillowcase and beg for candy.

I can sum them up in one sentence: They make Eagles fans look intelligent.

Of course, I don't really expect any of them to show up in Baltimore for Sunday's savage beating at the hands of the Ravens. You generally have to be able to work a telephone or a computer to buy a plane ticket.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 9:01 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Just football


Whoa, Pete. You have some raging animosity towards the Raider fans, do ya? Is that from some bad experiences when you were on the left coast? Yeah, they look silly, but so do some Raven fans and other fans around the league on game day.
Just having fun, that's all. Aren't you in touch with your inner child? I'm just kidding, but after reading your blog you sound mad about somethin'.

Pete's reply: I was working in LA when the Raiders were there, but I'm not really mad. Every team has face-painters, but the Raiders fans are in a crass by themselves.

Hey RAIDER FANS. Show up this sunday at RAVENS stadium this weekend and we promise to give you a treat you will never forget. A swif kick in the butt back to LA...........

I love it! As someone from the west coast, I couldn't agree with you more!!

There are two reasons that only with the Raiders fans every costume conceils their identity.
1) the football team
2) the football team

RAVENS 31 Raiders 9

I know "baiting" when I see it. The Ravens are fair at best. Hardly a juggernaut. I wouldn't be so confident about beating the Raiders this week. We will give your guys a handful this Sunday. I was going to make a smart aleck comment about the Ravens fans but who knows anything about them. They seem to be quiet and timid creatures.

Even though the Raiders just came off a win, I don't see them winning this game. Teams traveling coast-to-coast have pretty bad records, and that could be why the Raiders beat the Jets.

I expect the Ravens to put up at least 30 on the board. Add in the travel and the Ravens have a very favorable matchup.

That said, if the Ravens lose, I'm really worried about them.

Save a little bit of that animosity for the Sqeelers. Their fans are by far the most obnoxious, hairy faced, unbathed, and scarred bunch out their. And that's not saying much for their male fans either!

Looking forward to the Ravens game, I came here for intelligent discussion, not fashion critique.

Pete's reply: Well, you're in luck because you got both.

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