Boston.com – Raiders’ Tavecchio sent Stephen Gostkowski a “piece of history” after Mexico City: Giorgio Tavecchio, the kicker for the Oakland Raiders, didn’t end up getting to even attempt a field goal in Mexico City, as the Patriots’ dominance left him a bystander. However, his New England counterpart kicked a near-historic 62-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Tavecchio made sure Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski got the K-ball that had been used.
There’s two angles you can go on this, maybe the sportsmanship route – or the fact that this is a sad move. This is 100% a sad move, the Raiders kicker didn’t even attempt a field goal in this game, or a XP – the Raiders went for two on their only score. Gostkowski was a bigger story in this game than any Raiders playmaker, this is a game that the Raiders just have to wipe clean.
They have to go to the extreme and get rid of anything that they had during that game. Like in the show Blue Mountain State, when the coaches got drunk and burned everything after a slow start. Coach Del Rio just has to sit down, grab a glass of Jack and set fire to anything that was used during that game. There’s at least a little more petty dignity when you burn the ball rather than send it to the kicker who destroyed you not once, but twice in a blowout loss.