SF Chronicle Writer Survives The Black Hole

By Marcus Vanderberg 

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like sitting in The Black Hole at an Oakland Raiders game?

David White of the San Francisco Chronicle sat in Section 103 at the Oakland-Alameda Country Coliseum on Sunday for the Raiders 23-20 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs – and managed to survive:

The fans were so wild, they had to be waved quiet when the Raiders were on offense. They screamed the Chiefs into two false starts inside their 20. They forced Kansas City into using hand signals at the line of scrimmage. A Chiefs third down wasn’t a third down if eardrums weren’t ruptured.

“It feels like the Rich Gannon days,” Dr. Death said. “You just feel the energy. The team has stepped up their game. It’s time for us to step up our game.”

That meant screaming at the officials at every call against the Raiders, and with 15 Oakland penalties for 140 yards, it’s amazing any of them had a voice left for Janikowski’s winner.

Sunday also marked the first Raiders sellout in 12 home games, dating back to the 2009 season opener.

Raider Nation appears to be alive and well … for now.