Dallas Cowboys 20, Oakland Raiders 17

I watched CBS Sunday Morning and paid attention to the segments on Christoph Waltz, Michael McDonald, and Madrid, New Mexico.  They talked about Tiny Tim’s marriage to Miss Vicki, but they didn’t mention about happened to Miss Vicki.  The last information I had was that she was living in Savannah, Tennessee.  I went out to Target to buy a couple of Star Wars items that were on sale, and I got back to drop off the stuff and head to the BART station.  I went to the Coliseum and took my seat.  There were plenty of Cowboys fans in the stands.  After the national anthem, there was a flyover, and we got a close look.  The Cowboys had the ball first, but Sean Smith came up with an interception.  The Raiders would do nothing in the quarter, while the Cowboys had a 45-yard field goal.  During the break after the score, we saw a military family reunion.  One of the young sons had tears in his eyes.  Derek Carr threw a bad pass to Michael Crabtree, and the team finished the first quarter with 7 yards of offense and no first downs.  One negative from the quarter was the loss of Donald Penn because of a foot injury.  In the second quarter, the Cowboys got a touchdown on a one-yard run to go ahead, 10-0.  The Raiders finally came close to scoring, and in fact, they did appear to have a touchdown with a catch by Jared Cook, but he is called for a penalty.  This would be one of many referee calls that angered the Oakland fans and one of several apparent touchdowns that evaporated for the home team.  Giorgio Tavecchio missed a kick from 39 yards as the halftime score was 10-0.  I wondered what happened to Sebastian Janikowski.  It looks like we may never see him again.  The Raiders cheerleaders were dressed as silver and black elves, and they had to wait until the highlights of other games were shown before they did their annual holiday dance routine.  This crowd booed the Patriots and some booed the 49ers, even though their win helped out the Raiders.  I thought I was going to hear “Santa Baby.”  In the third quarter, Cordarrelle Patterson returned the kickoff 100 yards into the end zone, but the play was negated by a penalty.  Derek Carr ran for 32, and he threw a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree to make the score 10-7.  Sean Smith would come up with another interception a few minutes later, and he returned it for an apparent touchdown, but he was ruled down at the 22-yard line.  The Raiders had to settle for a field goal from Tavecchio from 39 yards with 6:14 left in the quarter, but the score was tied at 10-10.  After the Cowboys got the ball back, they looked like they were ready to punt, but it was a fake, and their punter ran for 24 yards and a first down.  With 45 seconds left in the quarter, a 5-yard run by Dak Prescott gave the Cowboys the lead at 17-10, and that was the second to start the fourth quarter.  The Raiders had a 10-play drive that covered 53 yards, ending with Carr throwing to Crabtree for another touchdown to tie the score at 17-17.  The teams exchanged punts, and on a third-down play, the Cowboys had a first down that was overturned, and the fourth down play was close.  A lot of people thought it came up short, and they were furious when the referee took out a piece of paper and placed it between the football and the marker.  The placement of the ball can never be exact, and you can’t tell if the chains are being placed correctly, but the crowd was furious as the ruling was for the Cowboys and a first down.  A 40-yard pass to Dez Bryant appeared to be a death blow, as the Cowboys moved to the five-yard line.  However, they didn’t score the touchdown, and went for the field goal, going ahead 20-17 with 1:44 to play.  The Raiders looked at a desperate situation with fourth down and ten, but a pass to Crabtree resulted in a big pass interference penalty, giving the Raiders the ball at the 15-yard line with 50 seconds left.  They looked to at least be able to tie the game, but Derek Carr ran and dived for the end zone, fumbling the ball just barely across the goal line and through the end zone for a touchback.  The replay couldn’t save the team, and this confusing and bizarre game was over, and the Raiders’ playoff chances were practically dead.  It was nearly impossible for the Raiders to have another home game, so I said goodbye to the fan next to me, who shook my hand and said, “See you next year.”  I didn’t turn back to look at the players shaking hands or the cheerleaders.  During the second quarter, we saw a Raiders fan proposing to a Cowboys fan.  He got the bride-to-be to change from a Cowboys shirt to a Raiders jersey, which made the crowd happy, although I foresaw a rocky marriage, like Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki.  I listened to the radio as I made my way to the BART station.  I saw the guy with the Biletnikoff jersey and the first down sign waiting for a train in the opposite direction to where I was going.  The Raiders have to face the Eagles and the Chargers over the next two weeks.  I don’t see them winning two consecutive road games, especially one on Christmas Day in Philadelphia.  I had missed “A Christmas Story: Live,” but from the reviews, it seemed that I didn’t miss much.  I had my new Star Wars comforter, but I was too tired to enjoy any music or holiday atmosphere.  I had also missed the arrival of my package of Beatles records.  I looked at the KCSN playlist of what was on the air while I was gone.  The songs on Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times were by X and Los Lobos.  I rather missed the Sunday nights of Kolchak of the past year.  Some of the people who died on December 18 include Mark Goodson (1992), Robert Bresson (1999), Kirsty MacColl (2000), Joseph Barbera (2006), Majel Barrett (2008), and Zsa Zsa Gabor (2016).  Today is a birthday for Brad Pitt (54), Angie Stone (56), Ray Liotta (63), Steven Spielberg (71), Keith Richards (74), and Cicely Tyson (93).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind segment for December 18, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” made its debut on CBS in 1966.  In 1975, the Stanley Kubrick film “Barry Lyndon” was released.  In 1992, the Robin Williams movie “Toys” was released.  In 1998, “You’ve Got Mail,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, was released.

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