"It's all about the quality of bashing, I suppose.
A lot of bashing are 'I told you so's' who almost willed this season to happen like this.
Then again, a lot of bashers are Raider-Maniacs who just need to vent.
"Either way, I ain't giving up on them. I still believe we have not played anywhere near our potential. Still got 12 games...next up Giants...GOOOOOOO RAAAIDEEEEEEEEERS."
- quote from a faithful fan
First of all, there are those who believe in "curses." My research reveals that such a term is used in the Bible.
Here is what I have learned: One scripture says, "like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest."
What does this mean to me? If someone pronounced a curse on the Oakland Raiders, it would not rest or come to pass, if, in fact, the team did not deserve it.
So, I will venture to say, that if the Raiders are experiencing a "curse," then somehow, it may be deserved at this time in history. There may be a greater purpose to this period of struggle.
It could be a time for ridding the team of those who are not totally committed to excellence in the Oakland Raiders.
However, I just don't believe that there is a curse on the Oakland Raiders. Rather, I believe there is a high degree of impatience and desperation to return to a state of glory and high achievement.
Think about it. If you have never achieved a mountaintop experience, how can you know what you are missing.
The Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation miss being on the top in the NFL. They want to return to the top, quickly.
Now that I think about it, "impatience" may be the curse.
There are those who are bold enough to post negative wishes on Al Davis. How can they do that? Have those naysayers considered a popular pronouncement that says, "I am rubber, you are glue. The curse you send to me will bounce off me, and stick to you."
So, beware. The negative pronouncement you send into the atmosphere for others, could very well return to you, and stick to you.
Words are powerful. Words can alter the state of mind of those who listen to those words.
Some people do not exercise "self-determination" successfully. What others define for them becomes their perception of themselves.
A strong-minded and strong-willed team will ignore the negative words, and will buttress up their attitude and win games, no matter what the media says.
Once more, a spiritually mature team realizes that the lack of faith that others have for the team, is a projection of the lack of faith the naysayers have for themselves.
Those who have not experienced a redemption or a restoration in their lives or careers will be less likely to believe that recovery, redemption, and restoration can happen and be sustained.
For example, an alcoholic who regularly relapses into a non-sober state, will be less likely to believe in an alcoholic who remains sober and in a recovery mode.
A team like the Oakland Raiders has had periods of struggle, but they have pulled out of the struggle to enjoy periods of high achievement in the NFL. So, the Oakland Raiders have a historical notion of highs and low, and periods of struggle, followed by periods of recovery and redemption of their fine reputation.
Someone mentioned that we should look at the last 100 games. The Oakland Raiders have existed for 50 years. Approximately, 742 games have been played. Focusing on only the last 100 games is only going to give us a dim view. What about the other 642 games and the history associated with the complete and exhaustive view of the Oakland Raiders?
I argue that the impatience that we are witnessing must be transformed into a passion for excellence and restoration.
The redemption and restoration of our team does not only depend on the team, but it depends on the Raider Nation.
Here is a quote that adds clarity:
"According to the Book of Proverbs, an undeserved curse has no effect (Proverbs 26:2), but may fall back upon the head of him who utters it (Genesis 12:3; Sirach 21:27), or may be turned by God into a blessing, as in the case of Balaam (Deuteronomy 23:5)."
There is the story of Job. Many say that Job's struggle was to illustrate his unfailing faith in God. Although his friends forsook him, and others argued that Job must have done something to deserve his period of struggle, there are those who perceived that the purpose of the struggle was intended to separate Job from faithless friends and doubting associates.
Therefore, Job was, after his struggle, surrounded by new people, new richness, and new glory.
Perhaps the Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation need this type of catharsis so as to separate them from those who have not demonstrated their faithfulness, through thick and thin.
It's a thought. It's a good thought. It is a bit a wisdom that transfers to a larger domain beyond that of just being a member of the Raider Nation.