Bad Boys 

The Silver & Black vs. Parcells' Posse

SUN 10/2

The Oakland Raiders are easily the NFL's original outlaws, and the recent addition of admitted midnight toker Randy Moss, a plethora of early-season penalties, and the, ahem, off-field troubles of ex-players Barrett Robbins and Bill Romanowski have done nothing to quell that perception. Then again, the Dallas Cowboys have always had a certain swagger about them as well. After a period of relative mediocrity during which they resembled anything but "America's Team," there's a new sheriff in town -- coach Bill Parcells, aka the Big Tuna -- who's borrowed a page from the Raiders playbook by starting a veteran QB once thought to be washed-up (Drew Bledsoe) in a drive to be respectable again. Of course, that's just what the Raiders did with cannon-armed Kerry Collins, the designated rocket launcher of pigskin projectiles to a surprisingly deep receiver corps including Moss, Doug Gabriel, Jerry Porter, Alvis Whitted, and Johnnie Morant. Who'll emerge as the top gun? Find out Sunday at 1:15 p.m., when the Raiders and Cowboys shoot it out at McAfee Coliseum. Info: -- Eric K. Arnold

SAT 10/1

No Hooters

Nocturnal Mission

Hey, sugar, take a walk on the wild side this Saturday in Livermore, when the Livermore Area Recreation Dept. conducts a Night Hike. Meet at the Wetmore Road entrance of Sycamore Grove Park at 6 p.m. wearing sturdy shoes, a warm jacket and hat, and carrying a bottle of water and a flashlight, then prepare yourself to learn about the animals that come out only at night while taking a 1.5-mile hike through the park. One request from Ranger Vickie Eggert: No Boy Scout "hoot owl" groups, please. Reservations are required; phone the ranger office at 925-960-2400. -- Kelly Vance

10/1, 10/2

Three on Two

The Cal men's water polo team is off to a great start early in its fall season. Currently ranked #2 nationally behind the experienced play of junior attacker and captain Brian Bacharach (above) and 2004 first-team All-American center John Mann, the Bears host three teams in two days this weekend at UC Berkeley's Spieker Aquatics Center: Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) rival and all-around nemesis Stanford on Saturday (time to be determined), then UC Santa Cruz (10 a.m.) and Santa Clara (1 p.m.) back-to-back on Sunday. After these matches, coach Kirk Everist's talented squad will know if it's truly in the swim of things or if they'll be washed away by the tide. Visit for more info. -- Kelly Vance


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