The Raiders Still Waiting For Their First Break

SB Report@Raiders_NationCorrespondent IIOctober 5, 2009

I'm going to be a very honest fan. The Raiders should be 0-4. They played well enough to beat the Chargers, but couldn't make plays down the stretch. The Chiefs outplayed the Raiders, but also made key mistakes which cost them the game. The Broncos and Texans games—I would rather not even acknowledge.

With that in mind, I am not here to trash my team. I'll leave that to those who live to do so.

This team is bad right now, but they're bad enough on their own. They do not need to catch the a$$ end of every call for thr rest of the season.

I never questioned about the Murphy "incompletion" in week one until I watched officials uphold two much more debatable calls the following week. In fact, the league—realizing the credibility of grumbling fans across the country—actually issued a statement to clarify the integrity of all three rulings.

Until the time of the statement, I had spent very little time concerning myself with the plays in question. After reading the NFL's explanation of the calls, I began to wonder if the league had any idea what the rule actually says. It's more confusing than ever. I'm watching replays and am lost as to what is and is not a catch.

It's annoying, but as a Raider fan, I've watched the league wipe the dust off never-before-heard-of rules, to shatter my dreams.

Then came the Houston game. I watched Jamarcus Russell get face planted into the ground without penalty and Tom Brady awarded a 15-yard penalty after nearly being grazed by Terrell Suggs.

In the same game, I watched Louis Murphy haul in a great catch along the sideline, which was ruled a catch on the field. After 15 seconds passed the officials convened and found a way to override the official closest to the play.

The Raiders challenged and the replay showed more than enough perspective to make the correct call. No bobble. One foot in and the other foot dragged on the green for at least 12 inches.

Incomplete. No explanation except that the ruling on the field was confirmed.

They could say he bobbled the ball or didn't get both feet in bounds, but neither were true, so they kept it short and sweet.

The Raiders don't need any help losing games right now. We can lose just fine on our own.

I can watch my team get pummelled for four quarters and leave the television on. I've done it for six years.

It we are going to go under one game at a time, the league could at least let us come up for air once in a while.