This was an almost-perfect weekend for Oakland Raider fans. The Coliseum sold out and the television blackout was lifted, Richard Seymour reported for duty, and little Lane Kiffin blew his post-Raider coaching debut thanks to (what else?) a terrible play-call.
But there's still neither whipped cream nor a cherry on top of this weekend's ice cream Sunday. Both of those would come with a Raider win Monday night and a tie for first place in the AFC West.
Richard Seymour will play when the Raiders face the Chargers at 7:15 p.m. Monday night. "I'll be the guy on top of the quarterback," Seymour wisecracked to the Associated Press.
The Raiders hope he'll be on top of more quarterbacks than Paris Hilton this season, but Seymour will make his Raider debut on the defensive line with only two days to learn the Raider playbook, coaches, and system. It's a huge adjustment for Seymour on short notice, but I'd take a shell-shocked Richard Seymour over a fully-acclimated William Joseph any day.
Seymour wouldn't tip his hand regarding how he would be used against the Chargers in a Raiders.com interview available on line. "I'm not saying what I'm going to do when I get out on the field," Seymour told Jeanette Thompson, "but I'm going to give everything that I have. And that's 100%"
If you've spent the last week with your lower intestine in knots over this Richard Seymour situation, you might find it therapeutic to watch that video. Seeing Seymour shake hands with Cable and trying on his retro, AFL-throwback Raider helmet should make you feel a lot better.
And you might have fewer knots in your intestine worrying about LaDainian Tomlinson, too.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who has already been tailgating for two-and-a-half hours today.