There is a mystery in the Raider Nation.
The lesson to be learned is "You can't keep a good man down."
This lesson is deep and profound. And, here I go, again, with my perceptions, connections and ongoing research.
Sometimes, I believe, something is trying to tell us to wake up. I watched the game, and my heart was saddened. Then, I thought: It is just not our time, yet. Not yet!
Still something hit me, like a brick, when I saw the score 38-0.
Take a look at the picture of a picture that I took when I accompanied a retired Oakland Raider to a research library (above). I showed the former player the proclamation that a mayor of his area made when his region was producing so many fine NFL players.
As he looked at the book, I noticed, when I studied the picture, that the number "38" was emblazoned on his hat. As always, I took out my camera and I took the above picture.
This happened in 2008.
I asked him when he got it and he told me. I asked, "Why the No. 38?" He did not answer.
Now what is weird is that this senior NFL player is the same one I sought counsel with on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.
Now, I did not make direct contact with him on Friday, but I did think of him again today when I saw that number 38, as in the number of points the Raiders allowed.
When my son and I would visit him, I would tell him the story of the man who laid at the pool for 38 years. The man laid there and said that he could not get to the pool in time to be healed or restored.
Apparently, this lesson was learned by the senior NFL player. He said that when he went shopping with his relative, he selected the cap with the No. 38 on it. And, he is doing so much better these days.
I was inspired to leave him a message that Oakland has been struggling and we need some advice, some help, some wisdom, or better some of what his generation of players had when he was active.
This connection is a rare probability. There is no doubt about it.
A lesson needs to be learned.
I have said it before and I am saying it again. Perhaps there is something beyond the understanding of the natural eye that is going on. Maybe some deeper things are unfolding right before our eyes.
I do research. I document everything. If I had not taken this picture and stored it, I would not have been able to make the connection of the 38 on this NFL retiree's cap and the 38-0 score at the end of the game on Oct. 25, 2009.
When it all becomes clear, you will have this article and you, too, will be amazed at what is going on in another realm, as I will be.
Be encouraged. Don't be dismayed. Just remember that the man at the pool of Bethesda was restored after the 38th year.
So, see today as the first day of a new era in the history of the Oakland Raiders.
It is a thought, a very powerful one, if I may say so.
The lesson we can glean from this is "You can't keep a good man down."
We can generalize the theorem to say, "You can't keep a good Oakland Raiders team down."