A Black (Midnight) Mass in Oakland

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A great Christmas Eve game in Oakland tonight, with the Oakland Raiders winning 23-20 in overtime against the San Diego Chargers; possibly in the final game played by the franchise in Oakland at the Coliseum.

Things really looked in doubt for a while. But I knew in my heart that the scene would play out with the Raiders sending the legend Charles Woodson out a winner.

With the Chargers up 17-12 and the Raiders completely stagnant, linebacker Malcom Smith forced a fumble; about as I was ready to turn this game off and give up. The Raiders then scored on the first play with a Derek Carr touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. The Raiders hit the two-point conversion to make it 20-17. In overtime, they took it down the field and got a true field goal from Sebastian Janikowski. The Raiders defense held and the Raiders were Christmas winners just after midnight.

And Santa has visited my parents home.

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My first real Christmas with my kid was absolutely amazing.

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