Oakland Raiders: 10 Observations For Halloween at the Oakland Coliseum

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 8, 2010

Oakland Raiders: 10 Observations For Halloween at the Oakland Coliseum

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  A member of Raider Nation shows his support of the Oakland Raiders as they faced the Denver Broncos during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 3
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    Where would the AFC West be without the rivalry between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders? I'll go one step further and say, what would Halloween be without Raider fan bringing Halloween to the stadium every home game?

    The two teams will be going at it on Sunday up in Oakland, and I just can't help but wonder if there will be more fights in the stands than on the field itself. Do we need MMA officials around just in case one breaks out, so that way we can keep score in the stands as well?

    We know that neither of these teams like each other. Though I think the only reason the Raiders, or their fans, are angry could be because they haven't factored into the AFC West decision in almost eight years.

    Instead of doing observations on the game, talking about players, and predictions, who does what, and how many yards this guy is going to have, I figured I'd have a little fun with this one.

    Here are 10Β observations for what has come to be known as "Halloween" every Sunday at Oakland Coliseum.

No. 10: It Might Be a Slow First Quarter

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    CANTON, OH - AUGUST 06:  A Raider fan gets ready before the Oakland Raiders take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the AFC-NFC Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 6, 2006 in Canton, Ohio.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    The Chargers aren't normally the fastest team off the blocks, and the Raiders are averaging just 5.75 points in the first quarter.

    That will give fans and broadcasters alike a chance to look around and pick the "best costume of the day" award.

No. 9: Halloween Comes Early

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  A fan looks on during  the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raider NFL game on September 9, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    I'm not sure if I really need to write anything on this. The costume, yes I said costume, tells the entire story.

    A picture is worth 1,000 words right? This one might only need one.

No. 8: Over/Under on Fights in the Stands

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    SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 24:  A Raider fan gets decked out in full gear in the Gaslamp District on January 24, 2003 in San Diego, California.  San Diego hosts Super Bowl XXXVII on Sunday January 26, 2003.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    When these two teams meet, so do their fans and not in a good way.

    The Charger and Raiders fans are, shall we say, spirited? When those "spirits" converge on one place, you're almost guaranteed a good fight or two.

    So we'll set the over/under on fights in the stands at six.

No. 7: The Weird Just Gets Weirder

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: An Oakland Raider fan walks around the stadium before the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders NFL game at McAfee Coliseum on September 8, 2008 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Today is a day you'll always remember when you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.

    Couldn't help myself; he just brings up thoughts of Pirates of the Caribbean.

No. 6: ....And Weirder

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 5:  A devoted Raiders fan looks on during the game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs at Network Associates Coliseum on December 5, 2004 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Wow...no words come to mind on this one.

No. 5: No Weapons Are Allowed In the Stadium

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  An Oakland Raider fan walks around the stadium before the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders NFL game at McAfee Coliseum on September 8, 2008 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Security guard to fan: Sir, there are no weapons allowed in the stadium.

    Fan to security guard: This is part of my costume

    Security guard to fan: Oh, well then by all means, enjoy the game.

No. 4: Tales of the Crypt Keeper

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  An Oakland Raider fan walks around the stadium before the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders NFL game at McAfee Coliseum on September 8, 2008 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    How many people are reminded of the character from "Tales of the Crypt Keeper?"

No. 3: Addams Family Re-Lived

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  A member of Raider Nation shows his support of the Oakland Raiders as they faced the Denver Broncos during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 3
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    Uncle Fester? Oh, I'm sorry, sir, thought you were somebody else.

No. 2: Raider For Life

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    SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26:  A fan of the Oakland Raiders wears a skull mask and armor while holding his 'RADR4LF' (Raider for Life) license plate during Super Bowl XXXVII against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego,
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    As his license plate says, "RADR4LF," and even in death as it appears.

No. 1: Gotta Love the Passionate Fans

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 17:  Fans in the black hole cheer for Jerry Rice #80 of the Oakland Raiders at the Network Associates Coliseum on October 17, 2004 in Oakland, California.  It turned out to be his last game in a Raider uniform as he was traded to the
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    Alright, since I've spent enough time bagging on the "colorful" costumes, it's time to praise the "passionate" fans because it's what makes sports that much better.

    While we can laugh at some of the costume choices and while we can bag on the fact that Halloween comes every Sunday during Oakland Raider home games, the fans there are as passionate as any in the NFL.

    While their attire makes us scratch our heads, their love of their team and its players is unwavering and unquestionable.

    So while I'll tip my hat, or mask, to those fans around the NFL, I dare anyone to come up with better costumes than that of Raider fan.

    That being said, you're still gonna lose to the Chargers on Sunday.

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