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Over the River and Through the Woods




Our Week 3 Travel Blog, presented by United Airlines, takes a look at the Raiders trip to New England.

We left Oakland Friday afternoon. Ominous, dark skies threatening the first real rain in months moved across the San Francisco Bay Area sky as the Raiders boarded the United Airlines jet bound for Providence, Rhode Island.

Travelling with legends like Tom Flores, Jim Plunkett and Cliff Branch never gets old. Watching them interact and tell stories is a wonderful reminder of what these men accomplished together and how that bond is just as strong today.

We landed in the black of night at T.F. Green Airport just outside of Providence in Warwick, Rhode Island and our caravan of buses made their way to downtown Providence and the team hotel. Although it was dark, you could see the older buildings and architectural details. The city was founded in 1636 and is the capital of Rhode Island. It is also the largest city in the state.


The region of New England is comprised of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

New England is a beautiful part of the country with both natural and man-made features. The Catholic churches throughout Providence are worth a walking tour.


I ran three miles with a couple of coworkers late this morning. It was a great way to see the city, which is filled with restaurants, bars, pubs and myriad types of buildings – new and old.

Foxborough, Mass., is situated just about halfway between Providence and Boston. Gillette Stadium sits on the site of the old Foxborough Stadium. Although Providence sits right on I-95, it definitely is over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house to get there.

I have been here twice. The first time became the infamous Tuck Rule game during the 2001 playoffs and the second was the 2005 regular season opener. The Raiders and Patriots have a very interesting history that is not devoid of controversy.

One of the stranger features of Gillette Stadium is the location of the press box. Yours truly and's Rebecca Corman will be covering the action from the press box located in the end zone rather than somewhere along the sideline. We will post pictures of the view.

Kickoff is set for 10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET on CBS. Be sure to follow all the action right here on and all of our social networks – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And be sure to log on after the game for complete postgame coverage.  

A few hours after the game, we will be off to London for an International Series game at Wembley Stadium against the Miami Dolphins. I'll check in several times along the way and tell you all about our adventures across the pond.

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