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Raiders Tie For 1st With Win Over Chargers



Oakland, CA – When you win, you’re rewarded, even if it’s for a short time. While there’s plenty of room for improvement. The Raiders accomplished something that’s been hard to do in the past and that’s share the spotlight.

They tied the Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West with a 34-31 win over the San Diego Chargers. Now, 4-1 Oakland moves into first along with the Broncos who lost to the Atlanta Falcons today. Despite the ugly win, Oakland scored three touchdowns in the second half.


“Alright, a little Wild West out there today,” said head coach Jack Del Rio. “A couple of AFC West teams going at. That’s what the idea is, come out of here with a smile on your face and celebrate being tied for first after five weeks. We’re happy with that.”


Not the best offensive start for Derek Carr and his offense. Carr threw an interception on the second series and failed to convert off three turnovers by the Chargers in the first half. Sebastian Janikowski kicked three field goals, missing one from 50 yards. Amari Cooper had two opportunities for two touchdowns but failed to drag both feet into the end zone.


Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor


“It was frustrating because it was little things,” Carr said in reference to the slow start. “The interception- they were holding our running back, on a screen, so I threw it at the running back, hoping to get the call. It was just bad. I told the guys; hey it’s my fault that we started this slow. I’ll pick it up. We’re fine. I’m fine. Let’s just win this game.”


Philip Rivers threw two interceptions in the first half but managed to connect with Ty Williams for a 29-yard touchdown. That was only touchdown scored in the first half. San Diego’s defense did a good job of keeping the Raiders out of the end zone forcing Janikowski to kick three times before halftime.


After Rivers fumbled on opening drive to start the third, the Chargers bounced back quickly when Rivers found Hunter Henry for a 59-yard pass. That setup Rivers pass to Melvin Gordon for an 18-yard touchdown making it a 17-6 game. But don’t count the Raiders out yet. Carr finally connected with Cooper after multiple incomplete passes for a 64-yard touchdown trimming the led by one.


Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor


“The difference is defense,” Khalil Mack said. “We can’t have too many of these games coming down to the wire so we got to learn from these games and continue to get better. We had a few turnovers in there. Karl [Joseph] turnover there was big. There are some things though that we got to finish coming down the stretch.”


The penalties were endless and continues to be the biggest problem for Oakland. David Amerson got called for a holding penalty that setup Henry’s 1-yard touchdown pass from Rivers extending the Chargers lead 24-16. Unable to get into the end zone, the Raiders settled for Janikowski’s 48-yard field goal.


Another turnover by San Diego late in the third led to a touchdown and two-point conversion for Oakland. Gordon fumbled the ball and Karl Joseph recovered. That setup Carr’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. The Raiders wanted to extend their lead and went for the two-point conversion making it a 27-24 game.


“I thought right foot, left foot and a catch,” said Rio. “There was a pass interference or an illegal contact, whichever way…Whether the ball’s in the air or not, I couldn’t judge that from my angle. He was definitely in the pocket. It was definitely an illegal contact of some sort. I thought he did re-establish himself, therefore it would be a touchdown.”


Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor


Carr’s short pass to Cooper in the end zone led to a long discussion among the refs early in the fourth. It appeared Cooper was pushed out of bounds, his foot stepping on the line, led to a flag. That call was ruled as a defensive pass interference. Oakland challenged the call and it was then ruled an incomplete pass.


The Raiders were still in good position and celebrated with a 1-yard touchdown from Jamize Olawale extending Oakland’s lead 34-24. The Chargers responded with a 4-yard touchdown from Antonio Gates to keep it competitive. Being down by 3 points, San Diego knew they had a chance to tie the game with 1:39 left in the game. But a bobbled snap ended their hopes and Oakland got the victory.


“You can’t make this stuff up,” Rivers said. “You think, ‘Is there any way we can find a way to do this’? Obviously it wasn’t going to win us the game, but it was going to get us right there and who knows. We may have it right back there again or we go to overtime.”


The Raiders faired well in their first division game, they will host the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend at home. In the end, Oakland didn’t have to do anything but run the ball and the clock. The Chargers fumble on a field goal attempt was the nail in their coffin. The win was great but there’s another divisional game to focus on. Unlike the Bolts being 1-4, the Chiefs looks to be a more competitive game.


“It’s nice, but the road still goes through Denver,” said Carr. “They are the Super Bowl champs, division champs. We’ve earned absolutely nothing yet. We’ve earned four wins in five games, which is a great feeling. It feels very nice, trust me, don’t twist that, it feels really nice, but we haven’t done anything yet.”

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IN MEMORIAM: John Madden, Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Winning Coach, Dies at 85

“We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.



John Madden.
John Madden.

By Bay City News

John Madden, who won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders and went on to be a television commentator and namesake of a popular football video game series, has died at the age of 85, the National Football League announced on Dec. 28, 2021.

No other information about a cause of death was immediately released.

Madden, who grew up in Daly City, led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory in 1977, then went on to highly successful careers in TV and video games, and was recently the subject of a documentary titled “All Madden.”

“We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

Madden’s death prompted widespread reactions on social media from those who knew or admired him.

The Raiders, who have since moved to Las Vegas, wrote “A brilliant coach. A loyal and trusted friend. A Raider.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote, “Tonight we mourn John Madden — he redefined the role of a sports broadcaster — his voice as recognizable as anyone who ever did the job. He hoisted a Super Bowl trophy with CA’s own Oakland Raiders. Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn this incredible man.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf wrote, “I join all in mourning + honoring SuperBowl-winning coach John Madden. He was a great personality who truly loved #Oakland. When his grandson played at O’Dowd, John was as enthusiastic about the Dragons as any NFL team. We will miss him!”

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors president David Canepa wrote, “RIP John Madden. A 1954 graduate of Jefferson High School in Daly City and Super Bowl winning coach for the Oakland Raiders. He did so much for Daly City!”

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City Seeks to Work With A’s, Major League Baseball To Keep Team in Oakland

City Council leaders said it’s incorrect “that the City Council is delaying or refusing to consider the A’s project proposal,” at Howard Terminal.



Leaders of the Oakland City Council told the head of Major League Baseball in a May 14 letter that they are willing to work with the As baseball team to keep it from moving out of the city.

    Oakland recently lost both its National Football League franchise the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas and the Golden State Warriors to San Francisco.

    The letter comes just days after MLB told the Oakland As to look for another city to play while pursuing a waterfront park in Oakland.  

    “The Oakland City Council is committed to negotiating in good  faith for a strong future for the A’s in Oakland, and we invite the As and MLB to do the same by agreeing not to seek relocation while the As complete the (stadium at the Charles P. Howard Terminal) project  process, the letter begins.

    But officials in Las Vegas revealed on May 12 on Twitter through Mayor Carolyn Goodman that they have been talking with the As since 2019 and they are excited.

    City Council leaders said it’s incorrect that the City Council is delaying or refusing to consider the A’s project proposal, at Howard Terminal.

    Rather, many, such as city staff have been working to bring the proposal to the council for potential approval.

   But the As have been working on the project for nearly five years, As president Dave Kaval said in February. Opposition, too, has mounted against the Howard Terminal site and in favor of a new stadium at the current Oakland Coliseum site.

    The City Council’s letter says that MLB has concluded without sufficient support that the Coliseum site is not viable.City Council leaders asked in the letter for the materials MLB reviewed to draw that conclusion.

    The councils letter is signed by council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, Vice Mayor and Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan and Councilmember Carroll Fife, who represents downtown and West Oakland.

    The Howard Terminal site is near both downtown and West Oakland.

    City Council leaders are willing to meet with MLB officials and the As ownership, the letter says, to thoughtfully move forward.

    Council leaders said the As leadership recently changed their requests.

    “Rather than send forward full completed deal terms for consideration, the As demanded that the council vote on summary deal terms.  

    “Council leadership expressed willingness to explore this request, and met with the As staff and other stakeholders to seek how best to move forward, according to the letter.  

    Council leaders were in the process of scheduling a vote on the summary deal terms before their summer recess when MLB told the As to seek a new home while it pursues a waterfront ballpark in Oakland.

    “This relocation announcement came without giving the council an opportunity to receive and vote on a proposal and did not even wait for the time requested for the vote, the letter says.

    “Since the request was for a vote by August, why would you announce permission to explore relocation, prior to the date of the requested vote, if the request had been a sincere one? the letter said.

    Council leaders asked MLB to confirm its intentions.

    “Can you confirm definitively, that if the council were to take such a vote for a term sheet regarding the As, that you would prohibit any action to seek or pursue relocation during those next steps?

    Kaplans staff confirmed late on the afternoon of May 14 that a vote on the summary deal terms will be scheduled for before the August recess.

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City Reacts as A’s Threaten to Leave

The A’s said on Tuesday said they will start looking into relocating with the backing of Major League Baseball.



Mount Davis Oakland with Fans/Wikimedia

The Oakland Athletics made a public threat this week to leave Oakland if  the City Council does not accept their latest proposal by the end of June to build a baseball stadium and huge real estate complex at the Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland.

The A’s said on Tuesday said they will start looking into relocating with the backing of Major League Baseball.

 A’s owner John Fisher said in a statement,  “The future success of the A’s depends on a new ballpark. Oakland is a great baseball town, and we will continue to pursue our waterfront ballpark project. We will also follow MLB’s direction to explore other markets.”

 A’s President Dave Kaval told the Associated Press on Tuesday, “I think it’s something that is kind of a once-a-generational opportunity to reimagine the waterfront. We’re going to continue to pursue that, and we’re still hopeful that that could get approved, but we have to be realistic about where we are with the timelines.”

Many residents are angry at the A’s aggressive stance, especially since the team’s new proposal is vague on details and puts the city and its residents on the hook for nearly one billion dollars in infrastructure improvements plus over $400 million in community benefits the A’s have pledged but instead would be handed off to taxpayers. 

Reflecting the reaction of some residents, Tim Kawakami, editor-in-chief of the SF Bay Area edition of The Athletic,  tweeted, “I just don’t see the municipal validation in kowtowing to a billionaire who won’t spend much of his own money to build a new stadium that will make him many more billions.”

Mayor Libby Schaaf says she is open to the A’s proposal, and Council members  want more details on its financial impact  on the city and its taxpayers, 

Councilmember Loren Taylor told the Oakland Post in an interview: “We know they are looking for alternative locations. It is something that has to be factored in. Our commitment is to  work to keep the A’s in Oakland but to do it in way that protects the interests of the city  and is  the best deal for the people of Oakland.”

Said Councilmember Treva Reid:

“My commitment will always be to the residents of East Oakland and ensuring strong community benefits and economic development.  I appreciate the contribution of the Athletics … However, the Council must have an adequate amount of time to thoroughly evaluate their proposed offer to ensure Oakland residents receive a fair, transparent  and equitable deal.” 

In her statement, Mayor Schaaf, who has long been a backer of the A’s real estate development near Jack London Square,  said, “We share MLB’s sense of urgency and their continued preference for Oakland. Today’s statement makes clear that the only viable path to keeping the A’s rooted in Oakland is a ballpark on the waterfront.

“Now, with the recent start of financial discussions with the A’s, we call on our entire community — regional and local partners included — to rally together and support a new, financially viable, fiscally responsible, world class waterfront neighborhood that enhances our city and region and keeps the A’s in Oakland where they belong.”

Major media outlets,  often  boosters  of super- expensive urban developments, are unenthusiastic about the A’s proposal and the team’s pressure on the city to go along with its demands.  

In an article, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Scott Ostler wrote, “Get the message, Oakland? Vote to approve the A’s plan and commit to kicking in $855 million for infrastructure for the A’s new ballpark and surrounding village around Howard Terminal or kiss your lovable little baseball team goodbye.

“It’s called power politics, folks.”

In an editorial, the Mercury News and the East Bay Times wrote,” The team has thrown down a greedy and opaque demand that the city of Oakland approve a $12 billion residential and commercial waterfront development project that happens to include a new ballpark — and requires a massive taxpayer subsidy.

“If that’s the best the A’s can offer, the city should let them go.”

Ray Bobbitt of the African American Sports and Entertainment Group told the Oakland Post, “These are bully tactics. You either give me the money or I’m leaving. I don’t think that’s the way to work with the community.

“Do it in a way that’s respectful of the people. If you want to play hardball, I don’t think it’s a tactic that works these days.”

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