The Mighty Oakland Raiders: Commitment to Embarrassment

Josh MonteroContributor IIOctober 14, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants sacks JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Raiders 44-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

 Years ago, Al Davis decided that the slogan of the franchise was going to be "Commitment to Excellence." It embodied everything that Davis and the Raiders stood for.

As a young boy, I was infatuated with the swagger of the Oakland Raiders and consequently began a love affair with a team that has never failed to break my heart. After over 30 years of making excuses for a team that has consistently underachieved I find myself at a loss for words for the first time.

I have always been active in every blog, particularly ESPN's AFC West blog on ESPN.com. I have enjoyed battling with Denver, San Diego, and Kansas City fans and explaining why this year is going to be different.

I have fantasized about the turnaround of our once proud franchise, and our return to prominence in the AFC West. But at what point do our fans say enough? At what point do our fans refuse to support the piece of trash that Al Davis calls a football team?

In watching the embarrassing loss to the New York Giants I found myself embarrassed to be associated with the circus that for some reason, remains to be the greatest love of my life outside of my wife, kids, and immediate family.

There was one positive point to make about Sunday's game in New York; we are closer to the end of yet another embarrassing season as faithful Oakland Raiders fans.