Not everyone is convinced the Raiders are ready for prime time. But how about bedtime?

At 8:35 p.m. this evening — 11:35 p.m. on the East Coast — when most of the nation is computing its fantasy football points, turning on "SportsCenter" for a final round of NFL highlights or simply kissing someone good night, the Raiders will be lining up for the opening kickoff against the visiting San Diego Chargers.

As far as anyone can tell, it will be the latest kickoff in NFL history. Excluding boxing or MMA fights and baseball rain delays, it's hard to imagine that any major professional sporting event in the continental U.S. has gotten under way at a later hour.

Thanks, once again, to Oakland's quirky Coliseum, the last remaining dual MLB/NFL stadium in America. As if kickers missing field goals off the infield dirt and vast sections of tarped baseball seating weren't indignity enough, now we have this, a game being hailed as the first installment of "Monday Morning Football" along the Eastern seaboard.

The Raiders-Chargers game was originally scheduled for 1:25 p.m., a perfectly sensible hour. But when Major League Baseball scheduled the A's-Tigers playoff game for 6:07 p.m. on Saturday night, it didn't leave enough time to convert the stadium to its football configuration.

The NFL considered asking the Raiders and Chargers to swap home dates — they are scheduled to play in San Diego on Dec. 22. But the league generally tries to give its fan bases about two weeks' notice for such maneuvers. That would have required a decision by Sept. 23. The A's had just wrapped up the AL West at that point, but there was no telling whether they would be seeded No. 1, 2 or 3 in the playoffs, and the NFL didn't want to switch sites without a clear need.

Normally, the league would have bumped Raiders-Chargers to 5:30 p.m., its normal prime-time slot. But the 49ers are hosting the Houston Texans on "Sunday Night Football," and the two Bay Area teams can't go head to head on the airwaves. So voila! The witching hour becomes the blitzing hour.

There isn't much grumbling coming from the affected teams. The players' internal clocks shouldn't be hard to reset, and the coaches get a few extra hours to redraw their X's and O's.

"We've got to tee it up whenever they tell us to tee it up," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday. "I mean, I don't think you can look at that. Let's don't build in any excuses. Let's go play. If they wanted us to tee it up today, we'd tee it up today."

Elsewhere, the 8:35 p.m. start generated an immediate tally of winners and losers. The losers include backers of the Raiders or Chargers living east of the Mississippi, families who planned to bring children to the game or who must get up early Monday morning, and those who were forced to rebook flights when the NFL announced its decision. You'll join the list if you forget your polar fleece on Sunday night. And God bless any unlucky drivers who get caught unaware on I-880 when the clock strikes midnight.

Some also worry about security at the Coliseum tonight. Raiders-Chargers games can be violent events under any circumstances, and with an extra seven hours for revelers to tailgate — civility may be fast asleep by kickoff. To be safe, the Raiders and stadium manager AEG will cut off alcohol sales at halftime, rather than the end of the third quarter.

And the winners? They figure to include night owls, backers of new stadium projects for both the A's and Raiders (who will gain another exhibit in their case against the decrepit multi-use Coliseum) and, especially, TV-football addicts. Today now offers an unprecedented four NFL slots, back to back to back to back. And with the Raiders and Chargers being moved to NFL Network and KRON Channel 4 at 8:30 p.m., local CBS affiliate KPIX was able to replace that game with Broncos-Cowboys, one of the most intriguing matchups of the weekend, at 1:25 p.m.

Oh, and one more winner: Juan Jorge. The Santa Rosa resident and Raiders season-ticket holder traditionally rises at 4 a.m. for a 1 p.m. game, in time to pack his gear, pick up a friend in Rohnert Park and get to the Coliseum just before parking-lot gates open (five hours before kickoff) to be at the front of the line for the Bad Boyz of BBQ tailgate party. This Sunday, Jorge can sleep in.

"I wish every game was a night game," he said. "I hate the heat, especially how I dress."

Known as Bandido, Jorge's game-day regalia includes Raiders knit cap, heavy jersey and gloves, necklace of Raiders-helmet baubles and a face-covering scarf printed like a skull.

Bobby Waidd is not as enthusiastic about this late, late show. The sergeant-at-arms of the Florida Bay Area Raider Boosters usually joins his compatriots for games at Tadpole's in Brandon, Fla. (just outside Tampa), when he isn't flying to live games on the East Coast. One of the managers at Tadpole's told Waidd she would keep the restaurant open late — if the boosters can guarantee a head count of at least 10 for four quarters. A couple days ago, he was still chasing down commitments.

This is no small issue for Waidd, whose love of the Raiders is visually represented on his 1998 Dodge Durango. Once blue and affixed with the usual raised-chrome Dodge emblems, the truck is now uniformly black and gray, with black flame stripes down the hood, windows painted with semi-transparent pirate ships and Raiders logos, and the owner's club nickname — Bobby Spyder Webslinger — written on the driver's-side door. Even the interior is done up in team motif. It might take Waidd until 2:30 a.m. Monday to know whether the Raiders are 1-4 or 2-3, but that's a small sacrifice for the team's most loyal fans.

"We are fired up every game," Waidd said, "no matter what time the game is."

You can reach Staff Writer Phil Barber at 521-5263 or phil.barber@pressdemocrat.com.