Our season opener is going to be a "White Out."
Fans are being asked to wear white gear to the game and are being reminded to pick up a white rally towel at the gate upon entry. The players know exactly what this will mean.
"Anything that gets our fans truly involved and engaged in the game, it's truly a blessing," said LB
The organization has never had a white out before, although
"I can remember Rex's first home game against the Patriots, and Rex made a big deal that the fans get into that game early," Harris said as he savored the recollection. "We have great fans. They're going to be loud and passionate."
And, added next-door locker mate
Ryan and many of the players and fans have favored the white/white look (although as Harris observed, "If you've got to wear black shoes, it's not all-white"). This despite the fact that we're 18-18 in all games in double white under Ryan, including playoff games.
But for those special call-out games to the fans and the results are quite different.
■ That New England game in '09? A rousing 16-9 triumph.
■ "Win And We're In" towel game against Cincinnati in the final game of '09? We won, 37-0, and we were in.
■ ""Play Like a Jet" towel game vs. Buffalo to close the 2010 regular season? A 38-7 triumph.
■ Last year's Green Out in Week 7 against the Patriots? The Green Team prevailed 30-27 in overtime.
This is an informal list, but it gives a hint as to why Ryan was fanning the flames in his unusual white wardrobe for Wednesday's news conference.
"Anything white will do," Rex said. "We're calling to our fans, reaching out to our fans to wear white and get that stadium in a whiteout. That will be good."
It'll be good to get the stadium rising as one in a wave of white. But it may also work out that the Raiders will be hot under the collar for this early September game in North Jersey.
"The fact that it's ninety-something degrees out is also a good reason to wear white," Ryan said, "and maybe not black jerseys like the Raiders have to."
As forecasting luck would have it, the temps around these parts are supposed to rise to 90 on Saturday, then fall back to the upper 70s for Sunday. But maybe a little humidity will still make it feel steamy for our visitors from the West. And after all, the Jets under Rex on Sunday afternoon September home games in white jerseys is 4-0.
Ferguson summed it up: "It's a nice little change."