The enhanced security measures that the Raiders have implemented for their home games havent made the Black Hole a totally peaceful place -- as the photo here of two fans fighting at Monday nights opener demonstrates -- but the NFLs security department says the atmosphere for games in Oakland is getting better.Jeff Miller, the head of NFL security, told the Bay Area News Group that the Raiders as a franchise have done a lot to make their stadium safer, and that the vast majority of Raiders fans want to attend games in a safe environment.One of the first games I worked when I came to the league was here, on a Monday night in 2008, and it was a tough situation, Miller said. Ill tell you what, each year theyve made tremendous improvement and its turned around significantly. A lot of that has to do with the assistance we get from the fans.READ MORE AT ProFootballTalk.com
Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.
"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.
Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August.
"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.
Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans.
Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.
The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:
"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."
No additional information is known at this time.