Well, we all know how the game ended, but the play that led to the Raiders lead, and the player who made it, will always remain in my mind, and it all came back to me yesterday with the news that Kenny "The Snake" Stabler died at the age of 69, a victim of colon cancer.
1945 - 2015
As a member of perhaps the Steelers most bitter rival of the 1970's, Stabler epitomized the Raiders, and he remains very vivid in my mind. Transport your mind back to those days and think of the Raiders being involved in a close game, perhaps trailing by a score, a cold day, crummy weather, and two minutes to play. Was there ever a doubt in your mind that Stabler would lead the Raiders up field to win the game? I may not have liked the Raiders (still don't), but I have nothing but great admiration for Stabler, and it is always a sad feeling when someone like that leaves us.
One quote I read today from his old coach, John Madden, says it all: "When you think about the Raiders, you think about Ken Stabler." Indeed.
RIP Kenny Stabler.