Dan Quinn doesn’t think first about the offensive possession, about one of the most analyzed and criticized plays in Super Bowl history, about the snap that allowed the New England Patriots to lift a fourth Lombardi Trophy.
If the Raiders ultimately can strike a deal with Goldman Sachs that makes up the $650 million the Adelson family had pledged toward a new Las Vegas stadium, the odds of Oakland getting the 24 votes needed for relocation isn’t at all hurt by the casino executive’s withdrawal.
New England and Atlanta have begun final preparations for Super Bowl LI, and Houston will for the third time act as host to the National Football League’s crowning moment of a current season.
In making official Thursday what has been reported for months by applying for relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the Raiders moved this town one enormous step closer to the sort of national relevancy only those cities housing a National Football League team know.
San Diego might have opened a door much wider for the potential of Sam Boyd Stadium hosting the Raiders should relocation plans be approved by league owners and Oakland fans protest with their wallets.
As much as the truth hurts — the odds of a non-Power 5 ever cracking a Final Four in football rank alongside those of Urban Meyer being satisfied with how Ohio State’s season concluded — a recent suggestion from the not-so-major conferences is ill-advised.