Derek Carr’s 351 Yards and 3 TD

I was unable to stay up to watch “Hannie Caulder” in the middle of the night because I was too drowsy. I read the news that Jackie Collins had died. I awoke and watched CBS Sunday Morning. They had a Bill Geist segment about washing machines, and another segment about Don Henley. My mother phoned me, and I told her that the afternoon was going to get very hot. I used my computer to buy DVD box sets of The Partridge Family and “The Bold Ones: The Senator,” along with a Blu-ray edition of “Cries and Whispers.” I went out to shop for groceries. I wanted to get some extra drinking water. I listened to the replay of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on the radio as I took the bus over to the Fruitvale BART station. It looked like there was some music and dancing at that station, but I walked past through all of it to get to the Coliseum. I got to my seat very early, which maybe wasn’t the best idea because it was out in the sun. I listened to the 49ers game on the radio. They were having big problems against the Steelers. The radio announcers for the Raiders made me miss the days of David Humm and George Atkinson. The person who lit the stadium torch before the game was Art Thoms. There was an attempted interview with him during a break in the first quarter, but most of us couldn’t hear him. The defense of the Baltimore Ravens was supposed to be very good, but the Raiders would end up scoring a lot of points in this game. Derek Carr threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper for the game’s first score. After a turnover, the Raiders scored another three points. However, the Ravens would come back to tie the score. That would happen later in the game. The Raiders’ pass defense would not perform too well, looking confused and leaving players wide open for catches. I was still an improvement over last week’s horror show with the Bengals. The score was 20-20 at the end of the first half. During halftime, we would see Junior Raiderettes on the field doing a dance routine. I thought for a second about the audition scene at the beginning of “All That Jazz.” The second half was promising because the Raiders would go ahead with a 30-20, but again the Ravens would come back to tie the score. Derek Carr’s interception was discouraging and would have spelled doom for Raiders teams of the past. While this team doesn’t figure to have a championship look, it seemed to have some spirit. A difficulty, as Greg Papa put it, was that the defense was gassed from having to run around on a hot afternoon in which the temperature was reaching 90 degrees. Somehow, the Raiders held the Ravens to a field goal. The Raiders came back with several players coming through. A personal foul penalty helped out the Raiders during their last drive. Carr was having a good game in spite of his terrible interception. A penalty saved his ass when it looked as though he had thrown an interception. Greg Papa said that it was a reprieve from the governor. What Carr did with that second chance was throw a touchdown pass to Seth Roberts, making the score 37-33. With 26 seconds left, it seemed as though not even the Raiders could blow this game. They didn’t. They got an interception to decide things. The fans were ecstatic because they couldn’t stand the thought of starting off with their record at 0-2. The Raiders had won four of their last five home games. We were looking ahead to the next home game, which is on October 11 against the Broncos. Derek Carr finished with 351 passing yards and three touchdowns. I rushed home so that I could listen to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN. He played songs by The Verve, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Waterboys. I’d say that my favorite songs during the hour were “Just Like Honey,” “April Skies,” “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” and “Fisherman’s Blues.” The Columbo episode of the night was “Dead Weight” with Eddie Albert and Suzanne Pleshette. I watched the last 60 Minutes, which was about the intelligence of dogs, especially one that understood 1,000 words. Some of the people who died on September 21 include Virgil (19 BC), Walter Brennan (1974), Jacqueline Susann (1974), Florence Griffith Joyner (1998), and Alice Ghostley (2007). Today is a birthday for Bill Murray (65), Stephen King (68), Fannie Flagg (71), and Leonard Cohen (81). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 21, “Perry Mason” had its television debut in 1957. In 1963, Bobby Vinton was Number One on the singles chart with “Blue Velvet.” In 1968, Jeannie C. Riley had the Number One single, “Harper Valley P.T.A.” In 2004, a plane with Yusuf Islam on board was diverted to Bangor, Maine because his name was on the No Fly List.

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