Are the Oakland Raiders Living Up to Ice Cube's Expectations?
Hopefully, you've had the pleasure of listening to Ice Cube's "Come and Get It," which serves as an anthem of sorts. Mr. Cube has also hoped it would be used as motivation.
Sorry, Cube. It doesn't appear that anyone within the organization is listening.
The lyrics truly tell the story of what Ice Cube expected from his beloved Oakland Raiders; but not everything ends similarly to a family movie. Hearts will be broken and dreams will be dashed.
Thus, let's turn to those lyrics to find out how the Raiders have failed their most famous fan.
"Just win, baby"
Not much analysis is required here. Oakland has won three of its first 12 games. No one has ever confused 33 percent with success, except in baseball
Not even Brian Fantana likes those percentages.
Before we pile on the bad news, there is a bit of contentment for Cube in his first verse.
He only speaks about two touchdowns. Considering the Raiders score 19.6 points per game, they have this one covered!
"Let's throw a bomb on first down, let's throw a bomb on every down"
The throw-it-down-the-field-and-let-the-speedy-receiver-go-get-it approach has officially been abandoned in the Bay Area. The current version only averages 7.0 yards per attempt, which is good for 19th in the league.
That's what happens when you trade for a post-knee-surgery Carson Palmer. He occasionally flashes the old talent, but he has been reduced to mostly a dink-and-dunk passer.
"Lose your soul"
With a little imagination and a slight tweak, we can make this lyric work because there is heavy speculation that Dennis Allen will be losing his job. If so, perhaps a deal with the devil for his soul will be enough.
At least give me some credit for trying to be optimistic.
It should be pointed out that perhaps Cube didn't intend for this song to be the motivation he claimed. Perhaps it was merely a tribute to a once proud and successful NFL stalwart. Almost every name that Cube evokes is from decades past, as the last relevant Raider was Tim Brown.
Again, I tried to be optimistic. There isn't much to work with.
After careful review, maybe Cube should just throw on "It Was A Good Day" and forget about this Oakland Raiders motivation business. It's hopeless.
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