Oakland Raiders: And the Beat Goes On

Brandon BaytopsContributor INovember 16, 2009

JaMarcus gets benched again. Our coach has an anger issue. And the stadium resembled a rainforest with all the green seats yesterday...

We lost to a team that's clueless, but at least made the effort.

The torture that was yesterday, which is just a spitting image of what we Raider faithful have gotten used to, is sad. I've seen teams struggle like us over the past seven years. The thing that stands out the most to me is our bewilderment and lack of effort.

I, like many, was a high school jock. I played basketball, AAU, baseball (rode the bench), and ran track. I was so "great" that I even took the track part of that to college at a Division II school.

I won't say that I understand what it takes to make it to any professional level sport in this world, but I always did my best to prepare.

However, watching these Raiders, like the Raiders of the past years, we just seem confused.

I often think what the team's practices are like. I drift off wondering if they really care about being productive or if they watch film.

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I would love a Super Bowl contender every year. Even just a great QB and head coach combo would be great. I'm not hard to please. I don't believe most of us are. I would like a team that looks like they take the time to prepare and play hard.

All the while, the losses continue to mount.

We are at the point in the season where we are now fighting for position atop the bottom heap of the league, vying for the first pick in the 2010 draft, which we won't have because we traded for Richard Seymour.

The players will keep coming and going and the coaching staffs will continue to be hand-selected.

Some would say at this point that the players are the ones that are out there, but there is no vehicle that works with only one wheel.

The problem started at the top and has continued down to the people who wear the headsets and the guys who wear the helmets.

I get upset when I hear players like Warren Sapp talk about the Raider experience he had in such a negative light, but the fact that it's understandable is what frustrates me the most. This may be my most scatterbrained piece yet. I'm in a whirlwind of embarrassment and frustration.

As the quote goes, "If you love something, let it go. If it comes back, it was meant to be."

Let us go, Al, and when we come back (as a winner), you will see that you should've left us a long time ago.

Until then, the beat will go on.