Since the franchise was founded in 1960, the Raiders and the city of Oakland haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. The Raiders won three Super Bowl titles in a seven-year span, the last coming in 1983 after the franchise relocated to Los Angeles. A brief hiatus in L.A. brought the team back to Oakland, California for the 1994 season, but under the ownership of Al Davis and his son Mark Davis, tensions between the team and fan base continued to rise.
In March 2017, NFL owners voted 31-1 to move the team to Las Vegas, Nevada. The near-unanimous decision was put on hold until the Raiders’ $2 billion home called Allegiant Stadium is finished, and in the meantime, big-time contracts for quarterback Derek Carr and head coach Jon Gruden were meant to soften the blow and prepare for the future.
However, frustrations of one playoff berth in 17 years came to head during the final home game at Oakland Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. The Oakland Raiders allowed 17 unanswered points in the second half, and scored zero themselves, to lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-16.
The scene after Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew’s game-winning touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter was downright pitiful.
Oakland Raiders fans began throwing garbage onto the field. Everything from beer cans to glass bottles were in play, some of which struck unsuspecting fans down below — Yahoo! Sports reporter Torrey Hart said via tweet that one woman “gushed blood from her forehead” after a flying object apparently hit her.
Raiders’ Final Game in Oakland Coliseum
Not everyone held this resentment, however. Signs of “Forever Oakland” and “Oakland is Home” dotted the stadium and parking lot as many loyal supporters bid farewell to their team for the final time.
Derek Carr, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who spent six years leading the franchise, went to “The Black Hole” section of fans and was met with applause and gratitude. A noble effort considering the fan reaction that followed.
A large portion of “fans” booed him and his teammates off the field after their last game.
Some silver-and-black-clad fans even hopped the barricade and tried to rush the field on a day dubbed “Black Sunday.” They were detained by security and police officers in the end zone after failed attempts to takeover the Oakland Coliseum.
Raiders Fans Rush Field
When asked if there was “any nostalgia” knowing this was the final game in Oakland, owner Mark Davis was pretty mum on the entire situation.
“No,” Davis told KTVU’s Cameron Cleveland. “You know, I went through this in ’82. And, uh, you know, that’s… No.”
This was an unfortunate ending to a dying relationship between the Raiders and the city of Oakland. NFL fans want the best from the franchise they support, but the Raiders never delivered that over the last two decades. It was time to go, and these final acts summarize the frustration Raider Nation lived with all these years.