Here is the opening to my Saturday column from the Raiders’ third exhibition game:
OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders’ story is so tired. And tiresome. And the season hasn’t even started.
Or maybe it’s the same old story.
This is a football team that can’t play football in the usual sense. The Raiders played their third exhibition game on Friday night — the third is the only one that matters at all — and they scored three points in the first half when their good players were on the field. Admittedly, the phrase “good players” as a description of Raiders is farfetched and unfair to the English language, not to mention an affront to clear thinking everywhere.
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