The Autumn Wind
Before the start of the Oakland-Houston NFL game on Sunday, the crowd in Houston’s Reliant Stadium observed a moment of silence in memory of Al Davis, the Raiders owner and professional football pioneer who died the day before.
The Raiders then went out and won the game, 25-20, which came down to a last-second attempt by Houston to score and move ahead for the win. That didn’t happen, as Texans quarterback Matt Schaub scrambled out of the pocket four yards away from the goal line and seeing a defender coming in fast to drop him, flung a bullet into the end zone. That wound up being intercepted and ending the game.
But no matter who won, it was an incredible game – it was thrilling, exciting and entertaining, all you would want from a football game played at the highest level. That’s the legacy of Al Davis, and wherever he is right now I hope he’s very proud. (And I’m sure that bastard worked some supernatural stuff to help the Raiders win and to make it rain on our sorry asses as we staggered back to our cars.)
Yeah, it was a bummer to see the home team go down in the final seconds but no NFL game is a gimme, no matter what the prognosticators say. Our team is going to win again, and the Texans will have some good days too. I’m not a Raider fan by any stretch of the imagination and I don’t want to diminish the great effort by the Texans, but it kind of felt appropriate to have the Raiders win on this day. In a game hard-fought by both sides, they may have fought a little harder.
And it was a cool day because we got to meet Los Lonely Boys, the Grammy Award-winning trio that sang the National Anthem. Like I said, a great day.