The sham that is the NFL’s exhibition season mercifully came to an end Thursday night, with the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks throwing their backups and roster long-shots on the field from the outset because, well, there aren’t any financial ramifications to screwing fans out of seeing the players they came to see. In other news,
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."