Without further adieu, let the Jon Gruden-Raider hype begin.
It's probably a good thing that only one week separates the conference title game and the Super Bowl or the hype might be too much. In case you've been living in an igloo for the last year, Oakland traded Gruden to Tampa Bay for draft picks last February and hired assistant coach Bill Callahan to run the show.
Here's what a few people are saying about the matchup:
Oakland fullback Jon Ritchie: "It's a battle of wits. There's that familiarity. I don't know how it's going to play out. It's an extreme situation."
Oakland center Barret Robbins: "I congratulate him for getting there. It's going to be fun because we're going to hit each other in the mouth."
Oakland cornerback Charles Woodson: "It's not about Gruden. The fact of the matter is that he's the opposing coach on the other team but our goal is to win the Super Bowl. It's got nothing to do with Jon Gruden. It's about Bill Callahan. This is his team. We're going out there to play for him and ourselves."
Oakland wide receiver Jerry Porter: "Honestly, if Jon Gruden was going to get on the field and put pads on and play against me, I'd feel real good. All he does is call the plays and it's up to his guys to execute."
Callahan: "I'm going to worry about that later. I honestly want to enjoy what has transpired. I'm not even going to go there tonight."
Gruden: "We're very ecstatic to go to the super bowl. We've just got to win one more game."