Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders 8/11/11

Preseason football may be sloppy, limited, and short on playing time for starters, but IT'S STILL FOOTBALL. So 7 1/2 months after the last Raiders home game, I found myself disproportionately excited to be back at the newly renamed O.co Coliseum for the Raiders vs the Arizona Cardinals. The announced attendance of 25,699 was probably about twice the actual number, but don't tell that to the denizens of the Black Hole:

Raiders fan - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Raider fans - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

The Raiderettes were of course already at full strength:

The Raiderettes - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

It's good to see Louis Rankin back with the Raiders, especially since I can't say his name without thinking of dancehall emcee and actor Louie Rankin:

Louis Rankin - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Chaz Schilens is ready for some football:

Chaz Schilens - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Larry Fitzgerald only played a quarter...

Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

...but made it count, pulling in this pass with one hand, pinning the ball against his helmet:

DeMarcus Van Dyke & Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Kevin Kolb also only played a quarter, so I'll consider getting a couple of pictures of him a success:

Kevin Kolb - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Kevin Kolb & Tommy Kelly - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

This play was unfortunately called back on a penalty, but was a nice return anyway:

DeMarco Sampson & Denarius Moore - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

A couple of scuffles broke out, not all that surprising when the Raiders are playing:

Walter McFadden & Early Doucet - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

John Skelton & Jeremy Ware - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Beanie Wells - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Despite the early date, celebrations appear to be in mid-season form:

Derek Hagan & Denarius Moore - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Stephen Williams - Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders