It's November and the Oakland Raiders have a winning record. They will go into their bye week with a winning record for the first time since 2002.
They will have a record of at least .500 until November 28th. They have an opportunity to be over .500 in December also.
This is great for Al Davis, Tom Cable and the coaching staff and the players as well. More importantly this is great for the members of the Raider Nation.
It hasn't been easy being a Raiders fan lately. Those who have stayed deserve to be applauded, those who are coming back will be received with high fives.
This fan base has gone through the worst losing stretch in the history of the NFL. They have struggled to sell out home games in Oakland during that stretch.
Can you blame them? It's like gong to watch your best friend or sibling who sucks at fighting, fight in a MMA match.
Nobody wants to see something they love get beat. Raider fans are passionate, and every year they have hope during the offseason only to be let down time and time again.
The Raiders are only 5-4, and are still a long ways away from finishing the season with a winning record or going to the playoffs.
For Raiders fans, having a 5-4 record at this point in the season is everything. The Raider Nation has only reached the five win mark three times since 2002 prior to this season.
When you go through that tough of a stretch, it's easy to lose the passion and interest that you once had for your team.
The last time we all had smiles on our faces late in a season was before the Super Bowl kicked off against the Bucanneers.
Most of us probably hosted Super Bowl parties and invited all of our friends.
Nothing worse than spending a lot of money on Super Bowl food and beverages for your friends only to watch your team get worked.
To make things worse, you get worked by the coach you once loved.
The seven years of darkness for Raider Fans were too hard. The Raiders are hated by other teams and their fans, so it wasn't easy when everyone and their dog made fun of you.
As a Raider fan you were kicked when you were down and many times you didn't want to get up.
Football season was no longer fun to watch or talk about.
On ESPN and everywhere else the Raiders were the pun of every joke. They were mocked many times that even watching TV was no longer fun.
Raider fans were lost. Losing became part of their culture.
They became numb to losing and no longer expected to win games. Seats were empty, games were blacked out.
The Raiders rich history was nothing but a distant memory. The old generation of the Raider Nation was turning grey and lived on nothing but memory.
The new generation wasn't even alive to watch any big victories. Anyone under ten didn't want to be a Raider fan because they were always made fun of and they never won.
Raider fans couldn't talk back or say anything, how could they? They averaged 11 losses a season or more, what could they say?
Then Sunday happened. The Raider players and coaches asked for a sell out and got it.
The first half couldn't of been any uglier for the Raiders and they looked like the Raiders of the last seven years.
The fans were booing and were upset. The "Here we go again" attitude was coming back.
The Raiders had turnovers and more penalty yards than yards of offense in the first half.
Then the second half started and Jacoby Ford and the rest of the team took the Raider Nation on a trip that no one will ever forget.
With his kick off return and amazing catches late in the game, he revived the hope of everyone in the Raider Nation.
The Raiders may not make the playoffs or win the Super Bowl this year, but today the Raider Nation can boast a winning record and hold their heads up high.
After seven years in the Black Hole, the Raider Nation deserves this more than anyone else.
Keep your heads held high and remember. Win, Lose or Tie We're Raiders Til We Die.
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