Research reveals that the Oakland Raiders team page on the Bleacher Report is one of the most active pages. Articles about the Oakland Raiders are posted often and opinions are set forth in the atmosphere, giving an aroma of life, death, and indifference.
Which position do you take? Is it that your words speak life, death, or is there silence?
On this Sunday afternoon which is a special day for some people, I awakened with a thought in my mind. After reading so many blog entries and BR articles, I realize, too, that words have power.
What is a word? It is a sound or symbol on paper or computer screen that is loaded with meaning. It is even more, but this is sufficient for today's discussion.
Consider this idea. You know that there is an area called "talk therapy." In some cases it helps people. It triggers a thought process that helps them make new choices.
So, if we believe that a certain content, context and sequencing of "talk" can promote health and healing, then we ought to acknowledge that certain content, context and sequencing can promote failure.
Each of us have a choice. We can choose to promote healing which in the case of the Oakland Raiders would be to promote preparation and to encourage those behaviors and thoughts which move the team toward recovery, success and victories.
Which do you choose? Is it life or death? Is it a 'talk" that promotes the type of transformative behaviors to make the Raiders more cohesive and functional?
Now silence, in my opinion, can be a sign of wisdom, indifference or some other words that you may choose to use.
If there is too much silence on BR, this site would wither and disappear. So in order for this site to continue to flourish, we must talk, write, think, comment and debate in this open forum.
If some of you choose to speak "death" then others have a right to speak "life" for this is a free and open forum where each man or woman can write, for the most part, whatever words come to their minds.
In my case and to the extent it is possible, I desire to encourage and to speak life into the atmosphere for those who are my favorite writers, fans, students and others.
Last year, I visited the Professional Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. During that visit Tony Dungy was signing his book. As I looked at him and remembered the era when he played football, I asked him did he remember someone who attended the same university I attended.
Dungy did remember.
He wrote these words seen in a picture that he autographed for me on the book that I purchased. In fact, I purchased six copies of his books in June 2009. The book will be given to the former Oakland Raider at the appropriate time.
The words are simple; they are profound.
I have read the words in Dungy's book. I have also noticed that he continues to mentor some of the active players in the NFL.
Dungy is not afraid to handle the so-called tough cases and situations of the NFL players. He is to be appreciated for his courage to stand up for what he believes can promote change in not just a few men, but millions of men and women who read the message he promotes in his book.
I salute Dungy for writing those simple and profound words for the former Oakland Raider.
Now, as I end this article, I wonder who else with a position similar to Dungy can come forth and encourage the men on the roster of the Oakland Raiders for 2010.
My answer is yes. What is your answer?
Go forward, Oakland Raiders. Give us something to write about that shows that our words of hope and encouragement have impacted you so deeply that we see an onsurge of wins in 2010!