There’s great irony in using a song most often associated with the Oakland Raiders franchise to show highlights of the Nicollet Raiders. One is a big money NFL franchise, built on intimidation and disorder in the mind’s eye of longtime owner Al Davis. The other is a 9-man team, built on tough nosed and fair competitors set in a town of under 1,000 residents in rural Minnesota.
Minnesota has been blessed with overly fair fall weather and temperatures hovering in the 70s for most of October, including some 80 degree days. In the last few days fall weather has arrived complete with lower temps and high winds. I knew the warm days were ending when last Fri, 10/7, the wind was in full effect along the southern plains along with the rest of Minnesota.
The wind presented early problems for the Raiders and the return of quarterback Sean Murphy and their pass oriented offense. The Raiders got on the board first late in the first quarter and never looked back in winning 33-14. Battling rust and windy conditions Murphy was back on track by games end finishing the night 28-59 passing for 385 yards and five touchdowns. KEYC-TV Athlete of the Week Jamie Fischer finished the night with 12 catches for 189 yards and three touchdown.
With the passing of legendary owner Al Davis over the weekend I’m hopeful the end of one Raiders era will lead to a new championship era for the other. The run continues tonight for Nicollet on what will be a cold Friday night under the lights.