The last time the Raiders played at the Coliseum, cheers from their fans cascaded from the upper deck to the field, where head coach Jon Gruden mingled on the perimeter of the Black Hole and players soaked up the adulation after a third straight victory. Anything seemed possible at the time. Heck, the Raiders had
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."