Here is the opening to my column from the Raiders loss to the Chargers:


Think of the Raiders’ Monday home opener as a play. A bunch of talented people with big money put together a show. They previewed this show out of town, and after many rehearsals and much fine tuning, they opened to a sold-out house and great hopes. All the critics showed up, and there was a sense of great anticipation.

That’s the Raiders’ story except they had more than a sold-out house. They had the entire nation watching on Monday Night Football because this really was a brand-new play with a new script and a new director and a new producer. Everything was brand new.

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