Facebook was abuzz with calls from Oakland Raiders fans to turn the Black Hole into a No Fly Zone effective 1.05 pm, Pacific Daylight Time, on Sunday 25 December 2011.
And by golly, they seem to have pulled it off! In a stunning reversal of the previous week’s heart breaking loss to the Buffalo Bills, in which the Oakland Raiders squandered a significant lead at half time to fall apart in the third quarter, stage a comeback, and then lose with one second to go on the clock, this time around, the Raiders came from behind and held on to their lead, pulling off a decisive 34-24 victory against the New York Jets, who were their arch rivals in the old American Football League.
Football’s Rowdiest Fans
Did those raucous fans – who proudly refer to themselves as “football’s rowdiest” – play a role in grounding the New York Jets? One Raider referred to them as the team’s “12th man”.
After scouring the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, NFL.com, and both team’s websites, I have come up with my Top 10 Post Game Quotes.
I start with a comment from a reporter at the Oakland Tribune and move on with two comments each from the coaches of the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. I conclude with random comments from players from both teams, followed by a nostalgic comment from Joe Namath of the New York Jets.
Best Post Game Quotes in Oakland’s 34 – 24 Win Over New York
- “The crowd was rocking, the team was rolling, and [Hue Jackson’s message] was being delivered to a national audience.” – Monte Poole, columnist, Oakland Tribune (Bay Area News Group).
- “Magic Johnson showed up, The Raider Nation showed up. The players showed up. The coaching staff showed up. It should be like this every week. Our players deserve it.” – Hue Jackson, coach, Oakland Raiders.
- “This is one of the greatest victories I’ve ever been a part of, and I played in the AFC championship game. But it was nothing like today because this is our fans, this is Raider Nation, this is us at our finest. The best we could be today, which is win a game. Our fans were there for us. Hopefully, they’ll continue to be there for us.” – Hue Jackson, coach, Oakland Raiders.
- “Our defense let us down.”- Rex Ryan, head coach, New York Jets.
- “You have to give the Raiders a ton of credit – they played a great game today. On both sides of the ball. I thought they played really well. Obviously, McFadden had a huge game. They made plays, we didn’t. It starts with me. You have to dig down deep, you have to look at yourself.” – Rex Ryan, head coach, New York Jets.
- “We definitely felt the energy. They were the 12th man. Loud … obnoxious … like Raiders fans are. I love ’em to death.” – Kamerion Wimbley, linebacker, Oakland Raiders.
- “I just felt like, this early in the season, this was a statement game, because of the way that we lost last week. To see a rebound this week against a tough opponent and make a statement and win a game like this, it is a statement game for our team, to let us know how far we’ve matured and how far we’ve come in trying to turn this thing around.” – Jason Campbell, quarterback, Oakland Raiders.
- “I just felt that it was in my best interest to run,” Darren McFadden, running back, Oakland Raiders.
- “Embarrassing. It was humiliating for us to have something like that happen to us.” – Sione Pouha, defensive tackle, New York Jets.
- “They outplayed us. The plays they made, you don’t usually see that from us.” – Darrelle Revis, cornerback, New York Jets.
And now, one final quote from the legendary Joe Namath, whose New York Jets in the now defunct American Football League never managed to win an AFL game at what was then known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
“We wanted to beat you,” Joe said of the New York Jets. Then, referring to the Oakland Raiders, he added: “But those SOBs wanted to kill you!”