Spike the Raiders

There are many reasons to hate the Oakland Raiders. There’s hothead owner Al Davis, perhaps the biggest goon in the NFL. There’s fat-ass kicker Sebastian Janikowski, the “Polish Powderkeg,” who always seems to be making news for being a jackass. And then there are the fans. You have to hate those goddamned spikes that make Raiders fans look like two-bit wrestlers. But this year? This year you’ve got to love the Raiders, because the team is one of the few in the NFL expected to do worse than the Chiefs. Today at noon, the Chiefs take on the Raiders in a game that pits two rosters dominated by inexperienced players. Tickets to Arrowhead Stadium run from $41 to $115, but hatred of Oakland is free.

Sun., Sept. 14, noon, 2008