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Are The Oakland Raiders Getting Comfortable With Losing?

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IINovember 21, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders looks at a fumbled ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Am I lucky or what? One of my calculus students surprised me with his comments on Wednesday night before class.

He said, "Guess what, Professor? I flew to Oakland and attended the game on Sunday."

I was surprised. I had just read a comment from a neuromuscular dentist and I was surprised at the student's comment about the Oakland Raiders.

He continued by telling me that he and his guest sat in the best seats at the stadium. After the game, he said they went to a fine restaurant.  Yes, they had a party and had a great time.

I asked, "Were any of the team members at that particular party." He said, "No, only some of the coaches."

I then asked him, with an attitude, "Do you mean they were able to party, hard, let us say, after losing that game?"

He quipped, "Maybe they are getting used to losing."

Well, let's "nip that in the bud," right now.

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We don't want anyone to get too comfortable with this losing streak. In fact, I am glad I am so lucky to have had an associate to have firsthand observations of some of the leadership of the Oakland Raiders.

Of course, the young engineer could be misunderstanding what's going on. But, I don't think so. Or maybe they were "self-medicating" because of their pain and disappointment after the loss to Kansas City. Hmm, I wonder.

So, I am making these comments public.

Here is what I have to say. Discipline starts at the top.

If JaMarcus Russell is overweight or too heavy, then is the head coach too heavy, too?

If the folks think that JaMarcus Russell is too laid back, then are the coaches a little too relaxed after a string of losses and a 2-7 record this season, even after bye week?

What's good for the gander, is good for the goose, so the country folks say.

Let's get it straight: the whole organization needs a reality check and something, like a bolt of lightning, needs to shock and jolt them out of their fogged vision of what it means to be a team who aspires to win.

When we were children, there would always be one child who would be the "tattle-tale."

Well, don't tag the young engineer in that way. Rather, let's just say that he let us peep in on the real deal, behind closed doors in the culture of our team, this season.

My response to this is: Shake it up. Get it straight. And, please tell us, how can you celebrate after the Nov. 15 game, and what in Hades were you celebrating?

My opinion is you should have been drowning in your own tears, like some of the fans are doing.

Let's play it again, Sam. Give us a victory on Nov 22. Got it? I hope so!

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