Alameda, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski contradicted a Florida Times Union report that said he roots against the Oakland Athletics so the latter can stop dirtying the infield at O.co Coliseum, which both teams share.
He supposedly told Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee that the sooner the A’s season wraps up, the quicker the dirt infield is gone and keep Janikowski from worrying about kicking on slippery dirt.
“Stupid,” Janikowski said. “Ridiculous. I root for the A’s. We’ve got an advantage here. I root for the A’s. Don’t get me wrong; I go to the games. But whatever (Scobee) says, it just blows my mind.”
Janikowski, who rarely speaks to reporters but was waiting in the middle of the Raiders locker room at the start of the media access period Thursday, said he was “pissed off” with the report. “That’s why I’m talking to you guys. I wanted to get that straight.”
The Raiders are the lone team in the NFL to share a stadium with a major league baseball club.
In fact, the Raiders’ home game against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 6 might be switched to Dec. 22, with Oakland traveling to play the Chargers earlier if the A’s are hosting a playoff game too close to that date.
Janikowski also clarified that the conversation with Scobee never happened.
“I kicked 14 years on it (the dirt). It really doesn’t bother me,” said Janikowski, who set an NFL record for longest overtime field goal of 57 yards on the dirt when they defeated the New York Jets on Oct. 19, 2008.
“I think it’s an advantage for us,” Janikowski said.” Guys come in and they think about it so much: ‘Do I have to plant my foot differently? Or whatever. I’m not going to tell them what to do.”