After a season unlike any other — truly, unlike any other, this is not an exaggeration — Sabathia’s squad closed the book on their regular season with one more Daniel Carlson kick, vaulting into the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and screwing over their division-rival Chargers in the process.
After all, a tie would’ve sent both teams to the postseason … but where’s the fun in that?
And why would the Raiders bend over and bow to the Chargers, a team they despise?
No. No, there was only one way for this to end for a team that’s lived on the edge all season long. One more kick to reign supreme, win another close-as-hell contest, and send Los Angeles into a long offseason at the expense of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In other words, exactly what CC would’ve done.
In an imaginary world, we could easily envision the lefty barking, “F*** outta here, Chargers!” Luckily, we have a window to his soul thanks to his Twitter account, and we don’t have to imagine his reaction at all.
Yankees’ CC Sabathia had an NSFW reaction to the Raiders’ win
If only we had video…
Sabathia’s been on the east coast following his Yankees tenure, so ideally this means he was up past midnight like the rest of us, living through the almost-impossible late-game choke (15-point blown lead as time expired), then watching the frightening inevitability of the Steelers-screwing tie become an inspiring victory (for John Madden!) and letting out a string of happy expletives.
Oh, and the Raiders victory wasn’t Sabathia’s only moment of joy on Sunday. The Bay Area native also welcomed Klay Thompson back to his streaking Golden State Warriors, and sent out a kind message a few hours earlier before football turned his emotions haywire.
Now, Sabathia can exhale … for a matter of days before Derek Carr’s playoff debut.
Remember, that 2016 team limped into the playoffs after a Carr injury and had to rely on Connor Cook. It did not go well.
Hopefully, for our favorite left-handed beast, this run is far more satisfying.