I've been reading Raider articles all day, along with their accompanying comments. I must say Raider fans, I'm a little disgusted by our antics and whining. After all, we could be San Diego fans.
The Raiders are 1-2 for the season and the Nation has seemingly lost hope. It's time to cut the shit Raider fans. I don't want to read about Herrera, Rich Gannon or any other lackey. Last I checked we’re football fans
Essentially the NFL landscape is made up of 32 teams wearing various colors, each team having 53 members, some coaches representing a city that few if any actually care about, all playing on Sunday to get a paycheck.
So why are you Raider fan?
Are you a fan because of their website and the fact in broadcasts more languages than any other?
Are you a fan because you think Al Davis is a good businessman? or like his jewelry?
Are you a fan because they were the first NFL organization to put a woman in a position of authority?
Do you just like Silver and Black?
So why then? Why do we sit every Sunday watching a team of men who we don’t know, chase and throw a inflated pigskin wearing tight pants?
What's a team really, whats lasting about a team, their players? Some of our best wore different colors no less the a month ago. The owner, the PR guy?
No, the real Raiders are the fans. We represent the collective emotion and success of the team. We are responsible for the wins and the losses as much as the players on the field.
Whoa, a little deep for football right? Let me explain.
There was a time not too long ago when being a Oakland Raider fan meant something. It meant being the biggest, meanest kid on the block who didn't give a shit what others thought.
Well I've got news for you, the team hasn't changed. Still the same colors, same owner, same game…
What has changed?
We’ve had a bad couple of years, lost a Superbowl…but worse we began believing the talking heads. Fans starting buying into the anti Raider propaganda, started listening to the poor ex players victimized by the Raiders…fans of other teams dominated by the Raiders for decades now trying to turn the tables.
We play the Texans Sunday which means we have 2 days to prepare for the game. I challenge each fan to get back to the Raider ways by then: the mean, the nasty the I don’t give a shit way and produce a victory for the team.
Don’t let these worthless excuses for fans push us and our team around. Place journalistic integrity on the bench for a few games and let them have it.
The road to redemption starts with us.
Raiders 28 Texans 3 (my prediction as promised)
The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.
You don't adjust, you dominate
"When I played for the Oakland Raiders they were the team people loved
to hate. I don't know if it was a reflection of the cast of characters
we had there or if it all started with Al Davis. I do know that Oakland
was a blue collar town that appreciated our brand of football. We
always had a huge and loyal following in Oakland."
~ Ken Stabler
"I've been to every stadium in the league and I didn't hear anything about "Nation" until I came to Oakland, There is only the Raider Nation."
~ Jarrod Cooper been
"I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault."
~ Jack Tatum
"If me and King Kong went into an alley, only one of us would come out.
And it wouldn't be the monkey."
~ Lyle Alzado
to every stadium in the league and I didn't hear anything about