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Oakland Raiders Got to Clean Up What They Messed Up

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIJuly 29, 2009

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Justin Fargas #25 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The rhythm was syncopated. The words were simple: "I got to clean up, what I messed up...starting all over again."

I started rocking and rolling in my car, turned the radio up like one of those hip-hop kids who stops at a stop sign and blasts his radio. The radio was so loud, you could feel the vibrations of the bass in the sound system.

An idea came to me—this is exactly the concept we need to share in order to reverse the NFL record of the Oakland Raiders. I felt something special going on.

The topic I was to teach, today, in a college algebra class is connected to the "clean up what I messed up" concept. Let me set up a framework for this discussion.

During the 22 year period the Oakland Raiders were perceived as a dynasty, there certainly was a "formula" to their success. Each component of that formula has to be identified and separated so that the component can be analyzed.

Next, after the variables have been, "separated," there needs to be an assessment of the contribution of each variable or component. Then, as is done in "linear programming," a weight (a type of emphasis) needs to be attached to each variable. In a simple way, a formula is set up and set in place.

Here is my point. For each component, say, "a" in this formula, there should be defined a "not a." The "not a" component is the reversal of "a." Now let's think about the Oakland Raiders training program.

If during those golden years, "speed" was a component, and if in the last few years, "not speed" was in the playing strategies, then reverse from "not speed" to "speed."

If during the golden days, the quarterback made the difference, say, Daryl Lamonica, then find another "Lamonica-type" and put him in place, quickly.

Did you say you need graceful and fast wide receivers, and during the past few years, no one has been able to perform in an outstanding manner. Then reverse that component and find the new "Cliff Branch" and reverse the results.

Step by step, component by component, whatever Oakland had during its golden years, make certain these components are in place for the 2009 season.

Now the dual of the problem. Whatever the formula has been in the past 22 years of struggle, again, identify the variables or components, and select, refine, design and make operational the blend of abilities that reverse the situation.

Clearly, we are asking the coaches and team to clean up, what they messed up. Isn't it interesting that there were 22 years of glory, followed by 22 years of "non-glory"?

Isn't it interesting that 80 means "new beginning" and the song of inspiration that I heard, this morning, while driving, hurriedly, to school to teach inverse functions, contains the phrase, "starting all over again."

It is clear to me that there is a destiny we will miss, if we do not listen carefully, to those inner voices.

I know what you are thinking. I plead the inverse—this is not too deep. It is simple.

The Oakland Raiders need to learn how to construct the inverse formula to regain the Oakland Raiders glory. The entire Oakland Raiders machinery, including the fans, need to sing a new song.

In summary, the Oakland Raiders can and will, "Clean up what they messed up, and start all over, again."

A final example: Have you been criticizing and "bad mouthing" Al Davis and Oakland? Well, do the inverse function, speak victory and success from this time forward.

Have you doubted the ability of Oakland to regain its former glory? Stop. Reverse. Now, begin to proclaim that Oakland has an excellent chance to begin, again, in the 2009 season.

It's simple. Clean up each and everything that has been messed up, and shift your Gestalt from black to the glistening silver, shift from losing to winning, and start all over again, being the Raider dynasty that this B/R writer believes the Oakland Raiders can be.

Afterthought: Now let me swerve, wiggle, and dance my way "outta here." My radio is turned up loud and I am listening and doing my jiggle to the Canton Inspirational song:

I GOTTA CLEAN UP WHAT I MESSED UP

I'M STARTING MY LIFE  OVER AGAIN

I GOTTA CLEAN UP WHAT I MESSED UP

I'M STARTING MY LIFE  OVER AGAIN

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