Oakland Raiders: I Was a Fan, Now Hope to Be Their Beat Writer
As a journalist in training, I’ve been lucky enough to cover the New England Patriots and San Jose Sharks and I even got to interview Joe Nedney, when I covered football for San Jose State University.
But I’ve always wanted to cover the Raiders.
The Raiders are a bizarre franchise—from their history straight down to their owner.
One never knows what Al Davis and the Raiders are going to do.
Ironically, that has a lot to do with the reason I used to be a Raider fan.
I was born to be a Raider fan. They won the Super Bowl in 1984 less than 24 hours before I was born in Los Angeles.
Starting at the age of two, I used to go to Raiders’ home games every Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The Raiders were my team. My father was a season ticket holder. His buddy sold tickets for the organization. We used to go to buffets with the team.
I used to think Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen were the greatest running backs of all time. I thought the Raiders were the greatest team of all time.
Then the Raiders betrayed me.
Al Davis moved the franchise out of Los Angeles and back to Oakland.
I took it personally.
In 1994, I couldn’t find it in my heart to root for the Oakland Raiders.
They betrayed me, I thought.
How could they leave town?
How could I ever root for a team based in Oakland as a Southern California native?
Well, times have changed. I grew up, moved to San Jose for graduate school and I still can’t find it in my heart to root for the Raiders. I follow the Raiders. I just can’t root for them.
Perhaps that’s why I’d like to cover the Raiders. I know I won’t find the need to root for them in the press box.
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