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Yes, dear, the NFL is back already. The Oakland Raiders kick off the 2009-2010 preseason versus the Dallas Cowboys tonight from Oakland Coliseum in a preview of this year's Thanksgiving Day game. Live coverage begins at 7 p.m. on KTLA-Channel 5.
Despite their relative--ahem--differences in the win-loss columns in recent years, the Raiders always give the 'Boys a good fight.
This also kicks off a new season for the Raiders Boosters of Orange County, which gathers on game days at Larry's Pizza, 926 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-3484. The eatery has added more high-definition, flat-screen televisions since last season for viewers' enjoyment.
It's best to wear silver and black inside, and Mr. "D-Fence" himself, Larry Garcia, will be on hand to pass out and accept Boosters membership applications. Members get new t-shirts, which should arrive in a couple more weeks, Garcia says. Paid members are also automatically entered into a drawing for a grand prize each season. This year, two tickets to sit in Oakland Coliseum's "Black Hole" for the Dec. 13 game against the Washington Redskins will be given away. For more membership details, call (714) 278-8922 or e-mail Larry.Garcia@alcoa.com.