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Oakland Raiders: When Things Are Going Right, Not Wrong

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IINovember 17, 2009

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26:  The Oakland Raiders take the field as they walk past Raiderettes before Super Bowl XXXVII against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 26, 2003 in San Diego, California.  The Buccaneers won 48-21.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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I know it is hard to keep cheering a team to victory when there are losses, back to back. But, we have got to keep cheering, hoping, and pulling for our team.

Sometimes we look for signs of progress. Surely, you see some type of progress? Don't you?

When I see some of the guys who I believe really love the team, write about their disgust at the recent performance, it is heartbreaking.

I think of it as I think of dealing with troubled children or persons with addictions. You work with them. They fall down, we pick them up. Again, they fall down and we pick them up, again.

The cycle seems to go on and on. If we give up during that cycle, we will never break the cycle.

So, no matter how difficult it is right now, don't give up.

I have the dual mission of pulling for the current team, while planning to impact the lives of some of the senior players who need someone to cheer them forward during their senior years.

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I have a testimony to share. Yes, I am starting plans for a Center in the Golden Triangle. Before I boarded the plane to Washington, D.C., I actually thought it would be a good thing to meet a politician, say, a Congressman to help me get the project developed. I am in Virginia today, writing this in the Westin Hotel before one of my final meetings.

The government purchased my ticket for this trip as a consultant to an educational agency. They even selected the seat on the plane, 5F.

The two people on the seat with me on Nov. 15, were very polite and were reading books. My intuition said that one of them was an elected official.

When we landed in Washington, I got up enough nerve to ask the tall man if he was an elected official, and he was. I smiled and I asked for his business card.

Well, again, I am experiencing people in the right place at the right time. Here is what I wrote to the United States Senator:

Dear Damali Binta Yael,

Thank you for contacting my offices. Your correspondence has been received, and we will respond to you as quickly as possible. A copy of your message is attached below for your records.

If you need immediate assistance regarding an urgent problem you are experiencing with the federal government, visit the "Help With Federal Agencies" section of the website for details on how to proceed so that your difficulties are brought to my attention as soon as possible.

If you are seeking information or services from my offices that are NOT related to my Legislative duties, please visit my "Services For Texans" section for more information.

Warmest Regards,
U.S. Senator

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Your Message:

I had the pleasure of sitting in a row with you, today, on Continental Airlines. I could tell from your countenance that you were an elected official.

I purchased a lot in Beaumont, Texas, and I have plans of building a home/center there to benefit a retired NFL player who has had many ups and downs in his life.

I am writing a proposal for this project, and I feel like it is destiny to have a chance to meet a U.S. Senator so near to the date of the purchase of the land. I purchased the lot on Nov. 3, Election Day.

I attended college with this gentleman. He is a recovering alcoholic, and he attended college with me more than 40 years ago. I seek your advisement.

Completion of this project in his honor and in the honor of others like him who have had their bouts with living on the streets, will not only bless the ones of us who share our contacts and expertise with them, but it will bless us for having compassion for others who have not negotiated the opportunities in America as successfully as we have.

I do not believe in luck. I believe it was God's will that I had the opportunity to sit in 5F, and to have the discernment that you were an elected official. I am in Washington, DC reading proposals for a government agency. Thank you for your time.

If I had given up, I would not have a good report today. I am meeting people who will advise me on this great project. I did not give up, and things are moving forward.

Finally, I am sharing this example because I believe we can not give up on the Oakland Raiders. Hang in there. It's going to get better, even though it looks dark and dim, the sunlight is going to come through.

I see a gleam of dawn. Do you?

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