An enjoyable read from Raider fanatic Craig Parker, Football’s Blackest Hole takes you through the entire 2002 campaign from preseason to victory in the AFC Championship game. Full of history, highlights and rants against Raider foes, Parker has a flair for funny comparisons that make it an enjoyable read.
He really helps illustrate what an extraordinary team the Raiders put together that season, and how the veteran players made them an unstoppable juggernaut, demolishing all in their path. He puts a shine on the Raider’s mystique, and gives insights into greats like Jerry Rice, Bill Romanowski, John Parella, Charlie Garner, Tim Brown, Rich Gannon, and so many other awesome Raiders.
I also like his non-stop ripping of Raiders rivals, giving historical and factual breakdowns as to why Oakland will forever soar above other mediocre franchises like the Jets, Titans, Chiefs, and Chargers. So many classic games in a regular season that starts with smashing the Seahawks and ends with shutting out the Kansas City in a stunning, devastating deathblow at the Coliseum.
The greatest AFC West team in recent memory, the 2002 Raiders shall never be forgotten, and serve as inspiration for today’s team. We can only hope that Hue Jackson can inspire this team in the same way Gruden built the old one.