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Raiders fall, and it’s all my fault

Raider fans, I feel your pain.

I was just as shocked at the outcome of Super Bowl XXXVII as no doubt you were.

Coming in, we all knew Tampa Bay had a great defense – although not as good as the 1985 Bears or the Cowboys or Steelers of the 1970s, as some might have you believe – and the Raiders had one of the most explosive offenses in the league.



Man, this was going to be great.

No doubt a repeat of last year’s nailbiter between the Rams and the Patriots.




Not.

Oakland dug a hole early with a bevy of uncharacteristic turnovers and never recovered en route to probably the most embarrassing loss in franchise history.

The question on the mind of every fan of the Silver and Black’s that night, and the rest of the week, had to be: Just what happened?

How did Oakland, which had run defenses ragged all season, drop the ball in the biggest game of most of their players’ lives?

I’ve got to come clean: It was me.

Yep, I admit it, and I’m sorry.

It was close, but I picked the Raiders to squeak out a win and get Tim Brown a ring.

How could a measly sportswriter affect the outcome of the Super Bowl, you may wonder?

Let’s start with a little background.

Being born in Denver, I’ve been a proud Bronco fan from day one.

You older readers may recall that my beloved Broncos squared off with Dallas in the late 1970s for the world championship.

They lost.

I had to wait a few more years to get another shot at the Lombardi Trophy, but it came.

Denver won three AFC titles in the 1980s but were blown off the field by the Giants, the Redskins, and then the 49ers to go 0-4 in the big game.

Ouch.

Broncos quarterback John Elway did get a pair of championship rings in the late 1990s, but I have to admit I had to work those nights and couldn’t focus my full attention on either game.

Need more proof?

I thought the Portland Trailblazers made a great move when they took University of Kentucky big-man Sam Bowie No.1 in the 1984 NBA draft ahead of Michael Jordan.

Bowie, I reasoned, had all of the skills to lead a team to the promised land. He had the long arms, some killer inside moves and he was a great passer,

Sure, Jordan was exciting to watch, but a team needs more than a flashy guard to go all the way to the top.

Those are just a few examples of the bad calls I’ve made over the years.

So, now you know.

Again, my sincerest apologies.

Now, before you Sacramento Kings fans form a mob and storm The Union, don’t worry, I’m pulling for the Mavericks this year.

tion on either game.

Need more proof?

I thought the Portland Trailblazers made a great move when they took University of Kentucky big-man Sam Bowie No.1 in the 1984 NBA draft ahead of Michael Jordan.

Bowie, I reasoned, had all of the skills to lead a team to the promised land. He had the long arms, some killer inside moves and he was a great passer,

Sure, Jordan was exciting to watch, but a team needs more than a flashy guard to go all the way to the top.

Those are just a few examples of the bad calls I’ve made over the years.

So, now you know.

Again, my sincerest apologies, Raider fans.

Now, before you Sacramento Kings fans form a mob and storm The Union, don’t worry, I’m pulling for the Mavericks this year.

Keith Jiron is a sports reporter for The Union. He may be reached via e-mail at


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