Oakland Raiders: Hate Al Davis, Or Just Hate Losing?

Raider Card Addict@RaidercardadictSenior Writer IMay 29, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 25: The Raider Nation in the famous black hole cheer on their Oakland Raiders as the Oakland Raiders host the Detroit Lions at McAfee Stadium on August 25, 2006 in Oakland, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris /Getty Images)

For those of you who feel the Raiders are a divided lot, it is plausible. A lot of people in the Raider Nation have grown tired of being mocked, insulted, humiliated, or have even left the Nation for greener pastures.

For those of you with loyalty, there is a different focal point that exists beyond a single person.

In this day and age, we've grown up used to the here and now, the right now, and I want it now, if not sooner. We believe that, due to past experience, the present and future should hold the same result.

Unfortunately, in football, nothing ever goes exactly according to plan.

Take last year, for example. We went rolling into the season, some in the Raider Nation felt we had a decent chance to win the division. Who thought that O'Neal would be hurt in the preseason? Or Walker would get injured? Curry would become ineffective? Darren McFadden and LT would have the same ailment?

If you did, why didn't you tell me?

Seriously, last season, a lot happened that no one would have imagined. From losing several players to injury for the year to beating Tampa Bay with their playoff lives on the line, it was an odd season.

Can you realistically blame Al Davis for all of it?

Did he call down to Tom Cable and tell him to injure players, Lane Kiffin to self-destruct against the Chargers, or have Rob Ryan continue to be a buffoon?

In a word, no. If you feel that Al Davis has that much control over the team, then you probably also believe in Bigfoot.

To that end, I think what the Raider Nation has done is grow uncomfortable with losing. I don't know a lot of people who like to lose, let alone plan for it. When you are used to winning, as the Raider Nation did in the first three decades, it makes you expect winning to always occur.

When it doesn't, you have to find a scapegoat.

Enter Al Davis. After all, he hires players and coaches, right?

True, but does he walk over to JaMarcus Russell and say, "Go throw three INTs and lose the game by 12"?

No. Davis, like the Nation, wants to win badly. He wanted to win bad enough last season that he paid out a small fortune, hoping to build a team.

When that approach failed, Al went back to the basics...the concept of a team.

He's hoping that this method works.

And the Raider Nation everywhere hopes this puts an end to the losing.


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