Veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski isn’t a fan of the Oakland Raiders sharing the O.co Coliseum with the Oakland A’s. The veteran kicker supposedly voiced his hopes the A’s would miss the upcoming MLB playoffs so he can avoid kicking on the dirt on the field via CSNBayArea.com:
Janikowski roots against the A’s every year, hoping that they miss the postseason, according to a report from The Florida Times Union.
The report focuses on Josh Scobee, the Jaguars place kicker who is practicing kicking off dirt in preparation for the O.co Coliseum’s two-toned field. Scobee revealed that Janikowski recently told him he roots against the A’s every year so that the O.co Coliseum infield dirt is sodded sooner.
With the A’s three and half games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the AL West, Oakland will likely win the division title and cruise into the postseason once again. More games for the A’s means potentially more games for the Raiders with dirt on the field. It’s comes as no surprise Janikowski wouldn’t be happy about playing more games with dirt in the middle of the field.
Recently, Janikowski signed a lucrative contract extension with the Raiders that will likely keep him in silver and black for the rest of his NFL career.
Despite spending his entire career in Oakland with the Raiders, the veteran kicker was only able to taste success with the team earlier in his career when the Raiders were perennial playoff contenders in the AFC. Now Janikowski is arguably the team’s best offensive weapon in Oakland with the Raiders relying on his leg to put points on the board on a weekly basis.