Criminals and Killers Love/Hate the Raiders, Cowboys and Sooners

During Monday's sentencing hearing for Brian Kerstetter, the 33-year-old white male who was found guilty of targeting a random African-American man at a downtown Houston bus stop, the prison-bound Kerstetter couldn't help himself from blasting a certain loved/loathed NFL franchise.

"I'm not a hater," Kerstetter said inside of a Houston courtroom. "The only thing I truly hate in this world is the Dallas Cowboys."

Though he's not booked for a one-way ticket to Old Sparky or equivalent -- Kerstetter's sentence is 77 months in federal prison -- Kerstetter's last words-esque statement isn't the first time that a convicted criminal has mentioned a sports team (and, a result, has made sports marketing departments cringe).

5. Jesse Joe Hernandez, Cowboys Fan Kerstetter and Jesse Joe Hernandez probably wouldn't have been BFFs. In March, Hernandez, who beat an infant to death during a babysitting gig, was executed by lethal injection in Texas. "God bless everybody. Continue to walk with God. Go Cowboys!" the about-to-be dead man shouted.

4. Robert Charles Comer, Raiders Fan In 2007, Arizona said "peace out" to convicted killer Comer via lethal injection. Before he exhaled his final breath, the warden asked Comer if he had any last words. "Yes," said Comer. "Go Raiders."

3. Jeffrey Landrigan, OU Fan An Oklahoma native who had been on Arizona's death row since 1990, he was executed in 2010 for killing a man during an armed burglary. Before the poison in his veins overwhelmed his body, Landrigan said, "Well, I'd like to say thank you to my family for being here and all of my friends. And Boomer Sooner."

2. John Albert Burks, Raiders Fan Burks, executed by the state of Texas in 2000 for killing a Waco tortilla shop owner, really needed to give it up to the Silver and Black before receiving a lethal injection. "The Raiders are going all the way, y'all!," the man said before his shoulders slumped and his eyes went blank. Burks's rah-rah sis-boom-ba became the subject of a classic rant on The Jim Rome Show.

1. James Filiaggi, Browns Fan Wife-killer Filiaggi, executed in Ohio in 2007, went beyond hyping his favorite team. Dude made a bold prediction. "When the Browns are in the Super Bowl in the next five years," Filiaggi said, "you'll know I'm up there doing my magic." In 2007, the Browns were 10-6. From 2008 to 2011, the team played like hell, going 4-12, 5-11, 5-11 and 4-12.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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