Do you need some fresh fruit in your life, Raider Nation? What about a few more victories in 2011 for the Oakland Raiders?
So much time and attention is being spent on selecting the right combination of talent for the Raiders. The expectation, once this selection process is complete, is more victories, an increase in rankings in all categories, and any other sweet outcomes we can garner this year.
Improvements were evident in 2010, we just want the rate of improvement to increase. One former Oakland Raider said on Feb. 28, "An 11-5 would be okay, but 12-4 would be better for 2011." That's a good thought.
The beautiful fruit known as the pomegranate once grew in the Fifth Ward in Houston, Texas. No doubt these trees were planted by early immigrants from the Middle East. During my childhood, my friends and I would jump up and grab those gorgeous fruits and crack them open to smell and consume the juicy seeds.
We would sit "Indian style" under the tree and chew the seeds to get the sweet juice. It was symbolic of the preparation and pressure that is needed to develop a situation to a higher level of excellence.
Today is another day of thinking about what could possibly change the course of events for the Oakland Raiders. One friend named Moses reminded me that we are getting close to Passover season in 2011, and so I started doing research this morning.
Here is what I found, and it certainly is an interesting fact:
"Interestingly, the Hebrew word for Egypt is Mitzrayim (or Mizrayim), and means either 'constriction' or 'narrow straits.' This is in reference to the Hebrews being in a state of constriction while toiling as slaves in the land of Goshen, an area of ancient Egypt. As slaves, the Hebrews were building cities such as Pithom and Ra'amses [not to be confused with the Pharaoh (King) Ramses] which were used as supply centers for the Pharaohs of Egypt."
Now, to set up a metaphoric discussion:
These past seven years or so have been our "Egyptian slavery" years. The Oakland Raiders have been in a place of "constriction" or "narrow straits." The Raiders have been under the bondage of many losses, and few victories. The 8-8 win-loss record was at least an indicator that positive change is possible.
We want and need an "exodus", a move out and up to more victories and fruitfulness.
Once the 2011 roster is set and the 2011 season begins, we will again anticipate the sweet victories that are like sweet pomegranates, symbolizing both "resurrection" and "fruitfulness".
We anticipate a resurrection of glory and respect for the Oakland Raiders.
We expect an increase in the value of the franchise, as per the Forbes rankings.
Once roll call is made for the 2011 roster, who will make us proud by catching passes, running to the end zone, defending and covering our quarterback and scoring those touchdowns we all so passionately desire to see?
Which draft choice, free agent or veteran player will usher us toward those sweet victories?
Which choices will help us raise up the banner of love for victories, and help to symbolize the healing power of the pomegranate in this season.
Our hope for both the resurrection and the return to victories and to a fruitful franchise depends on the improved ability of Al Davis to make excellent draft choices and of the coaches, too, as they construct the 2011 roster.