The End of an Era

Posted on December 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

December 15th, 2019 will be known as the day the Oakland Raiders played (and lost) their last game in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas in the 2020 season. We’re sure plenty of the fans have their own memories from catching a game there, us included, but those may have been overshadowed by yesterday’s game. After the Raiders let the Jacksonville Jaguars score an unanswered 17 points, they ultimately lost 20-16. And then things got ugly. QB Derek Carr (you may have heard of him) headed to the infamous Black Hole to thank the fans, sign autographs, and do exactly what you WANT your QB to do after a game – but he was met with nothing but boos. Oh, it gets worse. Fans decided to treat the field as their own personal trash can (RIP to all those nachos) and got into actual fights with security.

Now obviously, we’re not expecting to see this exact same scenario happen in the Fan Controlled Football League with all of our teams playing in one location – but what about the fans’ reactions to losing a game that had a bigger meaning than what would happen in the post season? It’s one thing to suffer a tough loss on a game that probably should have been yours, but we understand when there’s something monumental that makes your loss hurt a little bit more. Whether it’s a player’s last game before retiring, a triumphant return from a player that was out with an injury, or a third-string player’s chance to start their first game, we get why the loss might sting a little more than usual. But enough for the fans to actually fight security or litter the field with trash? We have a really hard time believing OUR fans would do something like that. But if we’re wrong on this and you’re actually a bunch of sore-loser savages, let us know so we can beef up on security and put plastic tarps along the sidelines 😜. In the meantime, we’ll be taking bets on whether or not the fans’ behavior will change once the Raiders kick off in Las Vegas.