I'd like to start out by saying thank you to all those who participated in the poll, or by commenting on the last article. It was quite successful racking up 1044 reads so far, 45 comments, and 139 votes on the poll. That being said let's move on to phase two of the project which is actually picking the new Tag for Oakland's backfield.
I received a lot of great ideas for names. I also received some that had already been used, or were a little silly, like "McFarBush" LMAO! Below I've listed some of the crowd favorites, including a description of why the name makes sense, and also who was responsible for coming up with the Tag.
Be sure to vote when you've finished reading, and be sure to help the true fans Tag become a household fixture in the Raiders vocabulary. This is a good way to show our support for our team this year, and for the future.
I'll start with the top two from the poll, because the vote was very close. Coming in first place on the poll, was "The Big Bang" with 24.5% of the vote. I think what "The Big Bangs" represents is a re-birth of the franchise. In Space, the big bang refers to the beginning of time and space. In Raider Nation, it could stand for the beginning of a new era of Raiders football. With all of the young talent on this roster, this could represent what we can expect to see this team develop into in the future.
Next on the polls top vote getters is "The Oakland ObliteRaiders" coming up with 23% of the vote. The dictionary definition of 'obliterate' is: to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely. This very well could be used to describe what the Oakland halfbacks could be capable of doing to the opponents defense in 2009. This ground game is capable of rendering the defense, tired, injured and on their heels throughout games, thus obliterating their opponents chances of winning.
Our first reader suggested Tag that comes up in the comment section is "Hammer Time." Thrown into the mix by BIG RAID 4 LIFE. BIG RAID said that my tags were "creative (but) leave much to be desired." He described his Tag as the culmination of his thought processes, going from "Legion of Doom," and "Bounty Hunters,'" ultimate led him to the "Hammer Time" Tag. He went on to say, "Looking at their skillz, and really wanting this squad to identify itself as a swift, powerful and destructive force of Nature, with the ability to change the course of any game at any time. Running backs that play like Linebackers. MEAN, NASTY, taking yards, taking TD's... IT became simple."
The next suggestion came from Sean Chisick. He said that Rain+Thunder+Lightning= "The Perfect Storm." Being that thunder and Lightning used to refer to the New York Giants tandem of Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs, I'd like to put my own spin on this one if I may. Instead of Rain+Thunder+Lightning, what if we called them Hurricane(Fargas)+Tornado(McFadden)+Earthquake(Bush)= "The Perfect Storm"
The next came from one of my favorite Bleacher Report writers, Brent. He recommended we should call them "The Black Death." As a Raiders fan, you just gotta love that one. But, i had to take it up a notch and call them "The Silver and Black Death." He recommended we come up with an equally dark nickname for each individual back like "pestilence, disease, lesions" and followed that up with "nah, wouldn't catch on, too medieval." LOL @ Brent. I like the Tag, not sure about the nicknames, but if your recommendation comes through, we'll have to work on the nicknames!
Following the above tag, we had this old school, but very catchy Tag that is befitting of the trio donated by Vic Quinn. Vic said we should call them "Shake, Rattle, and Roll." "Shake" would be Darren McFadden, "because it only takes one move and he is gone." "Rattle" refer to Justin Fargas, "because he bounces off defenders like a pinball." And "Roll" is Michael bush who can "Roll any defender over." Vic went on to say that he asked Espn's blog AFC West blog writer Bill Williamson what he thought of the Tag and bill said he liked it. several others commented on the Tag and said they liked it too.
Chase Wright gave up this insightful lingo to refer to the trifecta. He said "The War Machine," and called for Mash (Fargas) Dash (McFadden) Slash (Bush). I thought about this for a moment and I thought I would rather see it be Smash (Bush) Dash (McFadden) and Crash (Fargas). Of course it is up to Chase what the final verdict is, for it is from his hand, and I don't want to get caught up in trying to play his cards. Chase also tossed out "Snap, Crackle, and Pop" but I'm not sure that we want our halfbacks referred to as Rice Crispies. So, sorry chase I gotta go with "The War Machine."
So there you have it folks. We snagged over 1,000 reads, almost 50 comments, and the seven finalists to be the new TAG for the Oakland tripod. I will tally the votes (DON'T FORGET TO VOTE) and I will ask the winner to write an article pertaining to what they think the Tag should represent. The winner will be able to announce the new Tag as voted on by the fans, and hopefully we can get this thing into national attention. This is an important time for the fans, we have to show our full fledged support for our team, and it starts with this small task.
I hope we all have had fun participating in the polls, and I hope this can bring the start of a once again UNIFIED Raider Nation that will once again be ONE Nation, and not a divided Nation. This could be history in the making, don't miss out on your chance to be a part of it!