Oakland Raiders defensive end Bubba Smith during the Raiders 1710 victory over the San Diego Chargers on November 17 1974 at the OaklandAlameda...

Oakland Raiders defensive end Bubba Smith during the Raiders 1710 victory over the San Diego Chargers on November 17 1974 at the OaklandAlameda...

The Raider Nation is known for its "black hole", a specific section of the McAfee Coliseum (Sections  104, 105, 106, and 107) frequented by the rowdiest and most fervent fans. No surprise at the fans "outlaw" costumes when the team's 70-80's players included  "The Assassin” (Jack Tatum), “Doctor Death” (Skip Thomas), "Snake" (Ken Stabler) and “The Mad Stork” (Ted Hendricks). (Chuck Noll, former Steeler's coach once described the Raider defensive backs as a "criminal element.")

The Raider Nation is known for its "black hole", a specific section of the McAfee Coliseum (Sections 104, 105, 106, and 107) frequented by the rowdiest and most fervent fans. No surprise at the fans "outlaw" costumes when the team's 70-80's players included "The Assassin” (Jack Tatum), “Doctor Death” (Skip Thomas), "Snake" (Ken Stabler) and “The Mad Stork” (Ted Hendricks). (Chuck Noll, former Steeler's coach once described the Raider defensive backs as a "criminal element.")

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff and quarterback Ken Stabler on the sideline waiting for the defense to get the ball back. 1977 photo by Ron Riesterer

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff and quarterback Ken Stabler on the sideline waiting for the defense to get the ball back. 1977 photo by Ron Riesterer

BIG BEN...FROM PLEASANTON CA.  IT WAS GREAT FOR MY SON TO SEE HIM DOWNTOWN ON WEEKENDS DRIVING HIS VW PICKUP TAKING UP THE ENTIRE FRONT SEAT.  HE WAS ONE MASSIVE MAN....

BIG BEN...FROM PLEASANTON CA. IT WAS GREAT FOR MY SON TO SEE HIM DOWNTOWN ON WEEKENDS DRIVING HIS VW PICKUP TAKING UP THE ENTIRE FRONT SEAT. HE WAS ONE MASSIVE MAN....

Howie Long | Howie Long Oakland Raiders - Helmet Off - Autographed 8x10 Photograph ...

Howie Long | Howie Long Oakland Raiders - Helmet Off - Autographed 8x10 Photograph ...

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