Posted on: February 5, 2024, 08:19h.
Last updated on: February 4, 2024, 11:25h.
On Dec. 29, 2017, the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a story about a Kansas City Chiefs fan who buried a flag at the new Raiders stadium, hoping to bring bad luck to the team.
Construction worker and diehard Chiefs fan Chris Scherzer took a photo of a co-worker planting the flag. The photo’s caption declared: “Flag buried in dirt, encased in concrete, with a stadium built on top of it … Chiefs 1, Raiders 0.”
Scherzer had hidden the identity of the man he photographed, trying to protect him from the consequences of his action.
The man supposedly buried the flag as a bad-luck charm for the Raiders, whose rivalry with the Chiefs is one of the NFL’s bitterest.
Since the new home of the Raiders opened on July 31, 2020, Raiders fans have blamed the flag for their team losing all four of their games against the Chiefs at home. Even USA Today ran an article repeating the story on January 29.
The myth was later debunked by KLAS-TV/Las Vegas on January 30.
It turns out, the construction worker’s name was Gerard DeCosta, and he and his friend lied about burying the flag. Local labor union leader Tommy White verified the story.
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