Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders 10/16/11

The Cleveland Browns came to Oakland for the Raiders' first home game since the death of owner Al Davis. It was an emotional day at the Coliseum, and in addition to the normal Black Hole crazies, many fans brought homemade signs memorializing Davis. Al Davis shield

Al Davis sign

Young Raiders Fans

Former Raiders head coach John Madden was on hand to light a giant torch. Unfortunately we didn't get any notice or I would have been up on the terrace rather than shooting it from 100 yards away:

John Madden

Just Win Baby x Severed Browns Head

RADR4LF

Whatchoo lookin' at?

Warriors...Come Out and PLLLLAAAYYYYYYYAYYYY

Just Win Baby x Hammer of Thor

The Black Hole

The Raiders have a few celebrity fans, and MC Hammer and Ice Cube were both at the game:

MC Hammer

Ice Cube

The Raiderettes:

Raiderettes

Colt McCoy

I was shooting a bit differently (sticking with the long lens even when there was a good chance that the play would come close to me. I got this picture just at the limit of the close focus:

Greg Little & DeMarcus Van Dyke

Little was involved in another play where he made a catch and then reached for the goal line. He came up a little short. This series would have been better with a wider lens, but an experiment is an experiment:

Greg Little

Greg Little

Greg Little

Good to see the Raiders mixing it up with their receivers:

Jacoby Ford & Chaz Schilens

Denarius Moore

Unfortunately Raiders QB Jason Campbell broke his collarbone, and backup Kyle Bollar was forced into action. And Bollar looked tentative and a little scared:

Kyle Boller

This woman sits in the Black Hole every game and screams at the Raiders whenever they fail to score or give up any points:

The Black Hole

The Raiders defense hassled Colt McCoy all day:

Colt McCoy & Kamerion Wimbley

And I was pretty sure I was going to get a blocked punt here, but it was just a near miss:

Brad Maynard

Dimitri Patterson & Darrius Heyward-Bey

The key play of the game ended up being a fake field goal where punter/holder Shane Lechler threw a short pass to tight end Kevin Boss who ran it in for a touchdown:

Sebastian Janikowski & Shane Lechler

Kevin Boss

After a risky call to go for it on 4th down rather than kick a field goal and go up by three scores, the Raiders let the Browns back into it, before winning by a touchdown. The Raiders fans were glad to get the win, but it shouldn't have been as close:

Raiders Fans