My grandson is three years old. He said, "Mimi, I want the Cleveland Browns to win...I am pulling for the Browns."
I said, "Grandson, I am pulling for the Oakland Raiders, so we will talk later, after the game on Sunday."
What happened? Oakland lost to the Cleveland Browns, and the score was two times nine plus five in favor of the Cleveland Browns. It was 9-23, a victory for my grandson's team.
Well, I am humbled because my three-year-old grandson was wise enough to pick a winning team, and Grandmama had to "eat her words."
Now what do you tell the next generation of fans when you see that your team is a "yo-yo," winning and losing, and lately (during the past five or six years), mostly losing?
What will I tell my grandson? Here is what I would say.
When you grow up, remember to prepare for a job that you will grow to love and do the job excellently. Do not expect employers to give you a job because of your ethnicity or physical attributes. Rather, you want the job that you are qualified for, and can perform well, consistently.
If you discover you are not prepared, then resign from the job, without causing trouble. Be honest with yourself and then go and get fully prepared for a job you can really do well.
How do we apply this to the Oakland Raiders? Well, if a man has been hired to do a job and he cannot perform his duties, then he should resign, or he should understand that he should be terminated—or benched.
Race has very little to do with it, in some cases. When a man has had a opportunity to perform the job, and the performance data indicates a lack of competence, then decisions need to be made.
When the man is a part of the team, if he does not do his job well, then the team suffers. Tell me, should the team suffer when one man lacks the passion, work ethic or competence to perform a job effectively, consistently, and efficiently to benefit the whole Oakland Raiders franchise?
Now what will you tell your children about winning and losing?
Yes, there are still structural barriers in some cases. But, when an Oakland Raiders player is already paid to do a job, and he consistently fails to perform in accordance with a specified standard, then he should willingly step away from the job he cannot perform.
That's my lesson for today.
Can you add to the lesson for the next generation of fans in the Raider Nation?
Finally, whoever can do the job to help move the Oakland Raiders from a losing streak to a winning streak, please find him and hire him!
Why? For the sake of our children and grandchildren.