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Silver and Black White-Out on the Competition

I for one am not afraid to go against the grain and shoot what I believe are necessary steps to improving our team. Save for one of my first posts on this site I normally am in the minority of popularity when it comes to what I feel is best for the Oakland Raiders. Last season was considered by some one as our most successful since the Super Bowl run ten years ago. While that may true considering we were one home win away from clinching a home playoff game; I thought we were better the previous season as the majority of our wins were very sound. Whereas last season we laid a few eggs and when we won we usually squeaked by. With a new regime I think it is time to adopt a new tradition. Oakland needs to start alternating home and away jerseys for home games regularly.

I am not talking about changing the uniforms at all. The Silver, Black, and White is as beautiful as any combination of colors in sports. If it ain't broke don't fix it. The reason I say to alternate particularly during the start of the season is to gain an edge whenever it is possible. Here is a thesis study from 2010.


When a color (colored fabric) absorbs light, it turns the light into thermal energy (heat). The more light a color absorbs, the more thermal energy it produces. Black fabric absorbs all colors of light and is therefore warmer than white fabric which reflects all colors. I predict that the colors of the spectrum appearing the darkest and most like black (violet, indigo, and forest green) will produce the most thermal energy. The other colors (red, orange, and yellow), will produce the least thermal energy because they appear lighter or more like white.

Other staffs have been using the approach against the Raiders for years and it's time Oakland steals it back. "Martyball" with the Dolts had success when playing us for years as have the Dolphins most recently by taking advantage of our porous run defense and wearing them out (no pun intended) in their black home unis. Now I am not saying to use this all the time but only during home afternoon games between September and October when the high averages 74 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Night games will not be a factor as will November and December home games when the high averages 65 and 58 degrees.

This philosophy didn't just come about because of a theory on black fabric absorbing light as opposed to reflecting it. The results are also on the field. The team when wearing their away jerseys were 5-2 last season and in their home black were 3-6. They averaged 24.1 PPG in white while allowing 24.6 PPG. That is including a 46-16 drubbing by the defending SB champion Green Bay Packers in Lambeau in Dec. Meanwhile, in their home black averaged 21.4 PPG while allowing 28.7 PPG. That is more than a TD difference per game! I didn't even get to our 3-3 division record in which the team was 3-0 on the road in white but 0-3 at home in black yet. Again I don't want the team to dump their great uniforms that make the Raiders who they are but I think this minor change is worth consideration. Unless it means they use those awesome AFL throwbacks from now then that is the only change I am all for not matter how they play.

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