Gutierrez: Black Hole Halloween

October 31, 2010, 8:34 pm
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OAKLAND Every Raiders home game is Halloween on Hegenberger, so there doesnt seem to be a whole lot different in how fans are coming dressed up today for the game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Black Hole has long been deemed a huge homefield advantage. But check this out: the Raiders are only 1-2-1 at home on Halloween.In 1971, the Raiders tied the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-20. In 1976, they beat the Denver Broncos, 19-6. In 1993, in Los Angeles, the Raiders fell to the San Diego Chargers, 30-23. And in 1999, back in Oakland, the Raiders lost to the Miami Dolphins, 16-9.Overall, the Raiders are just 1-4-1 on Halloween, getting outscored by a combined 141-79, with their most ignominious showing the 42-14 beatdown they endured at San Diego in 2004.Anyone check out the NFL Networks show last night naming the Top 10 Raiders of all time? Lets just say there were some curious choices. Following then, their list:10) Marcus Allen
9) Willie Brown
8) Jim Plunkett
7) Cliff Branch
6) George Blanda
5) Tim Brown
4) Ken Stabler
3) Fred Biletnikoff
2) Howie Long
1) Art Shell and Gene Upshaw
00) Jim OttoInitial thoughts? Where, in the name of all that is holy in Silver and Blackdom, is Ray Guy. Also, Plunkett is too low, Long too high and where is Jack Tatum? Oh yeah, Tim Brown?Raiders inactives WRs Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee), CB Chris Johnson (concussion), RB Michael Bennett (hamstring), LBs Travis Goethel (back) and Thomas Howard (knee), DT John Henderson (foot). Bruce Gradkowski is the 3rd QB.Among the Seahawks inactives cornerbacks Kelly Jennings and Walter Thurmond and rookie left tackle Russell Okung.Raiders captains were RB Darren McFadden, DE Matt Shaughnessy and RB Rock Cartwright.

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