The Oakland Raiders have had a dismal start to the season, going 0-4, firing head coach Dennis Allen and replacing him with interim head coach Tony Sparano, who is trying to put the past behind with a good old-fashioned football funeral.
Sparano and his staff recently gathered the team around and buried a football to symbolically put the team's rough past behind and focus on the schedule's remaining 12 games.
Burying a football has generated good results before, as the New England Patriots did it early in the 2001 Super Bowl season, and the 2010 Jets did the same before making a trip to the AFC championship game, as NFL.com points out.
Hopefully the team takes Sparano's message to heart or the team may run out of footballs.
- Brendan Maloy