There's really nothing that sums up the Oakland Raiders better than this clip.
Raiders fan "Dr. Death," standing up in front of the Oakland City Council, offering a really well thought out and passionate plea to build a new stadium, all while wearing a jersey, shoulder pads and a hard hat with daggers coming out of it. With silver and black face paint, of course.
It's a funny visual, but his points are measured and solid. He brings up Oakland's unemployment rate and crime rate, but says that a new stadium will bring in jobs and tax revenue.
At about 1:25 of the video at the top of the post, he hushes the cheering crowd like a quarterback trying to call an audible at the line. And they all go silent. Dr. Death gets respect.
The Raiders (and baseball's A's) are in need of a new stadium, because O.co Coliseum is showing its age. A development team is working to build up the Coliseum complex, and this week the City Council voted unanimously to extend by a year that team's contract with the city, the Oakland Tribune said. There are hopes this leads to a new stadium in Oakland.
If that happens, there would be a lot of fans – many who dress like Dr. Death on Sundays in the fall – who would be quite happy.
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