If you're a Raiders fan and planning a gathering for Sunday's game against the Chargers, you'll probably want to take Monday off, or at least plan to go into work late.
Instead of a 1:25 p.m. kickoff, the Raiders announced Monday that the game will start at 8:35 p.m. because of the time it takes to convert O.co Coliseum from baseball to football.
The A's host the Tigers in the American League Division Series on Friday and Saturday, and the Raiders are the only NFL team that shares a stadium with a baseball team.
For those of us who have lived on the East Coast, the late local start isn't a big deal. We grew up trying to stay awake until the end of Monday night games that almost always ended past midnight.
But how many NFL fans on the East Coast are going to watch the Raiders against the Chargers until nearly 3 a.m., especially the way they've played this season?
Folks in these parts have been spoiled with even the Sunday and Monday night games over well before bedtime for even the earliest risers.
We've been programmed to watch NFL games with our breakfast and lunch for the most part, not hours after the dinner dishes have been put away.
On the plus side, it will be the first time we can think of that fans will be able to watch NFL games for nearly 14 consecutive hours, with the perfect break for an early dinner before the 49ers' 5:30 p.m. kickoff against the Houston Texans.
What to watch
Baseball, N.L. wild-card game, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 5:07 p.m., TBS: The winner travels to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals, who won their last six games to finish with the best record in the National League.
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