Los Angeles Chargers 17, Oakland Raiders 16

I watched CBS Sunday Morning, which had a segment on Lincoln’s beard.  I got a phone call from my parents, and my mother didn’t understand what I was trying to say about the wildfires that were making the air smoky.  I sat in the plaza using my computer for a while before I walked over to Trader Joe’s to buy a salad.  I listened to Will Shortz on the radio giving puzzles to a listener, who couldn’t come up with the word “ruling” for a Supreme Court decision.  I listened to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me as I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station.  I got to the stadium just after 11:30, and I headed to my seat.  I fell asleep for a while.  I listened to the 49ers game on the radio.  As an attempt to be sensitive to the wildfire disaster, no one lit the Al Davis torch before the game started.  We saw a video message from Cliff Branch telling us that he had lost his house in the fire.  Jim Plunkett stepped onto the field for the coin toss.  This was the first time I would see the Chargers as the Los Angeles Chargers.  They were supposed to be weak at defending running plays.  They received the opening kickoff but didn’t score.  Derek Carr was back at quarterback after being absent last week because of his injury.  His first pass attempt was an interception, which seemed like it might be an ominous sign.  The Chargers missed a field goal.  The first score of the game would be a 23-yard pass to Michael Crabtree, as he stepped onto the pylon at the end of his run.  Amari Cooper would catch more than one pass in this game, but he wouldn’t gain many more yards than those 23 that went to Crabtree on that play.  Marshawn Lynch would run for 63 yards, but he didn’t have the biggest running play of the day.  The quarter ended with the score at 7-0.  It was late in the second quarter when the Chargers scored their first points on a 7-yard touchdown run.  The Raiders had less than two minutes left on the clock, but managed to give Giorgio Tavecchio a chance to kick for three more points, which he did, so the Raiders were ahead, 10-7, at halftime.  We saw a fan struggle with the trivia challenge, including a question about Jack Del Rio’s time spent in the NFL.  The UC Davis Marching Band went onto the field to perform during the halftime break.  They played for about seven or eight minutes.  The Chargers’ kicker was leaving the ball short on kickoffs, which was how the third quarter started.  Carr passed the ball to Lynch, who tipped it, and it went for an interception.  Neither team scored during the quarter.  In the fourth quarter, the Raiders tried a fourth down play and failed.  Maybe Jack Del Rio heard echoes of the criticism for not trying a fourth down play last week.  The Chargers would go 59 yards on ten plays, ending with a 6-yard pass for a touchdown.  The crowd was quiet as the Chargers suddenly had a 14-10 lead.  As the quarter approached the midway point, Cordarrelle ran the ball 47 yards for a touchdown with one of the most impressive plays of the afternoon.  The crowd was excited and loud, and they had hopes that the home team would pull this one out.  However, Jon Condo’s high snap caused Tavecchio to miss the extra point, which was another of those ominous signs.  The teams exchanged punts.  Marquette King made some good kicks in this game.  The Chargers had some big pass plays to their right side on this afternoon.  They went methodically down the field, forcing the Raiders to use up the time outs.  They kept running the ball and getting first downs.  They set up their kicker’s preferred position and ran down the clock with their last two plays before the kick with three seconds left.  There was no repeat of last year’s mistake, as the Chargers won, 17-16, on that final play.  Raiders fans were distressed, and there was no cheerful chanting after the game.  We didn’t see Marshawn Lynch dance on the sidelines.  I discovered that someone had stolen my plastic game from under my seat.  It was old and coming apart, and so it wasn’t worth much, but I thought it showed the lowlife nature of some football fans in the stadium.  I headed out to the BART station as quickly as I could and caught the Pittsburg/Bay Point train.  I heard Chris Townsend on the radio talking about being in Section 219 and knowing that the Raiders would lose once Tavecchio missed that extra point.  I wondered if he had been drinking much, because he didn’t sound sharp.  It’s hard to believe that so many people expected the Raiders to be Super Bowl contenders, and on this afternoon they were in last place in the AFC West.  They showed highlights of the AFC Championship Game on January 11, 1981, which seemed like ages ago.  I got off the train at the Rockridge station and took the bus home.  I watched a bit of the Giants and Broncos on television, and listened to a bit of the Dodgers and Cubs on the radio.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played live tracks of The Verve and Oasis.  I was too tired to go out and see “Take Every Wave” at ten o’clock.  I fell asleep while watching a Columbo episode.  Some of the people who died on October 16 include Gene Krupa (1973), Dan Dailey (1978), Cornel Wilde (1989), Art Blakely (1990), James A. Michener (1997), Jean Shepherd (1999), Rick Jason (2000), Deborah Kerr (2007), and Barbara Billingsley (2010).  Today is a birthday for Flea (55), Suzanne Somers (71), and Angela Lansbury (91).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for October 16, the members of Creedence Clearwater Revival announced their breakup in 1972.  In 1976, Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” reached Number One on the Billboard album chart.  Also in 1976, Rick Dees’ “Disco Duck” reached Number One on the singles chart.  In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel opened their Old Friends concert tour in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  In 2007, Deborah Kerr died at age 86.  In 2010, Barbara Billingsley, who played June Cleaver in the Leave It to Beaver television series, died at age 94 in Los Angeles.

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