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The Oakland Raiders: Stop Bashing, Start Believing

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIOctober 7, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the Denver Broncos on September 27, 2009 during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

OK. It's my fault. I was traveling by airplane to Washington, D.C. and I could not stay focused during the game between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders.

Can you, too, take the blame?

The reason why I am asking this is because so many people who say they are members of the Raider Nation are bashing their own team.

Now how would you feel knowing that your fans are losing faith in you?

After all, our team is rather young. They need a little more time to "gel" and get it together.

Don't give up, too soon. Hang in there!

Learn from my generation.

No one thought some of us would develop into the hard-working or professional persons that we are today. Some folks, including high school counselors, described the barriers to us, rather than focusing on those things that might help us transcend the barriers.

Some of us were "sassy," stubborn, and rebellious. We had to rebel against naysayers and those who put stumbling blocks in our path.

I would always say, in my mind, "Give us time. We will prove ourselves."

I ask the same for the Oakland Raiders in 2009. Just give them more time.

Here is another example.

Some say that Einstein failed a few classes before he became the renowned physicist.

Some say there were politicians like Abraham Lincoln who lost elections before he won the most important election.

Time is what Einstein needed to develop into the great mind he became.

Time is what Lincoln needed to become a president who altered the destiny of many people by signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Take a good look at a quote about a man who had failures, but he did not give up:

Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House:

  • 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
  • 1818 His mother died.
  • 1831 Failed in business.
  • 1832 Ran for state legislature, lost.
  • l832 Also lost his job—wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in.
  • 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business, and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
  • 1834 Ran for state legislature again, won.
  • 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died, and his heart was broken.
  • 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
  • 1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature, defeated.
  • 1840 Sought to become elector, defeated.
  • 1843 Ran for Congress, lost.
  • 1846 Ran for Congress again, this time he won and went to Washington and did a good job.
  • 1848 Ran for re-election to Congress, lost.
  • 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state, rejected.
  • 1854 Ran for Senate of the United States, lost.
  • 1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party's national convention, got less than 100 votes.
  • 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again, again he lost.
  • 1860 Elected president of the United States.

Where would we be if those two men had given up?

Similarly, we can not give up on our team. We must persevere. We must persist.

Finally, we must stop bashing and start believing in the Oakland Raiders.

I am outta here!

Source on life of Lincoln

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