Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the third quarter at Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Fan Corner

Once in a while, Just Blog Baby has the opportunity to connect with Oakland Raiders fans who really bring a unique perspective to the stories and posts we write.  This is not to say that only some quotes are good and others aren’t, it is more of a connection or friendship (pen pals) through writing.  Let’s face it, the English language is fighting a losing battle to Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media venues.  People like instant gratification, and these sites mentioned bring just that, instant gratification.  However, now and then I receive a comment from a reader that makes me feel like I’m curling up by the fire with a good book.

In a post in which I thanked Raider Nation for the game day experience on Sunday, September 15, at Coliseum, a regular reader of mine, Mark Shafer, commented on his experience as well.  There are times when I am able to give back to my readers in one of the only ways that I know best, and that way is to write about their experience.  Here is my best attempt to share with the Raider Nation Mark’s experience at the on game day:

Mark’s day started at the Comfort Inn on Edes Avenue in Oakland, CA.  He put on his Howie Long jersey, Raiders shorts, and shoes.  He left the hotel about 9 AM PST and headed to the coliseum.  He was excited to see all the cars waiting to park, because knowing it was a sell out makes it more exciting for him.  Mark stopped at the AM/PM market on Hegenberger Road to buy batteries for his camera and throat lozenges.  He brings lozenges to every game to soothe his throat.  As he told DE-Richard Seymour a couple of years ago, “I’m very loud and I will be there for you when you need me.”

He was walking to the parking lot, and he saw that only the vehicles that had Permits were being let into the stadium parking lot.  The people who paid cash were routed into the overflow parking area.  When he got to the parking lot inside the confines of the stadium fencing, he noticed the lot was only half full.  He continued to Raiderville where he got OL-Lincoln Kennedy’s and DE-Otis Sistrunk’s autographs.  Then, he got a little cone from the National Guard to help him be louder (As if he needed any help).  He entered the coliseum early to watch the players warm up.  Seabass (Sebastian Janikowski) hit a 62 yard field goal.  He sat in section 141 for this, his third season opener, but he will be seated in section 110 for the remainder of the season.

Like most of Raider Nation, Mark has his own routine for a home game.  I, myself, ensure that I am only wearing the colors Silver and Black on game day.  Yes, it’s a quirky thing with me, but I truly believe that it will help.  When I’m at the game, I usually lose my voice by half time.  Then, I totally ruin my vocal chords by the end of the game, and I can’t speak the day after.  I will definitely try the throat lozenge idea, it may just help me to keep my voice.

I would definitely like to thank Mark Shafer for providing me with the information on what he did prior to the season opener for the Raiders.  Keep commenting on my posts, good or bad, and you may be the next lucky home game reflection on “Fan Corner” that I write about.  Keep following Just Blog Baby for a unique spin and look at all things relating to the Oakland Raiders and Raider Nation.  Go Raiders!

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