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Kyle Boller, the Oakland Raiders, and Lucky Number 7: Fun with Numbers

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIJuly 5, 2010

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Kyle Boller #12 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the Oakland Raiders, and welcome to the Raider Nation, Kyle Boller.

On this holiday, the news media is recognizing Boller's recent marriage, and that alone is bringing positive attention to the Oakland Raiders since he is a part of the team of quarterbacks.

Boller is among the quarterbacks for 2010 which include Jason Campbell, and Bruce Gradowski.

His jersey number is seven, and that number means something to some people. The research says that seven symbolizes "completion and perfection." Let's just say that Boller's addition to the Oakland Raiders completes the cadre of quarterbacks. It is a sign of hope that even if one of the four quarterbacks gets an injury, there will be another one ready to continue the game.

Now to have a little fun with numbers, note that Boller got married during the seventh month of the year. He is in his seventh year as an NFL football player. And, of course, he wears seven on his jersey as an Oakland Raider.

Research shows the historical presence of seven. See the quote:

In Scripture, seven symbolizes completeness or perfection.

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"On the seventh day God rested from his labors and creation is finished (Gn 2:2).

"Samson’s sacred Nazirite locks were braided in seven plaits (Jgs 16:13).

"In the seventh year the Hebrew slave was to be freed (Ex 21:2), having completed his time of captivity and service.

"Every seventh year was a sabbatical year (Lv 25:4).

"In the Year of Jubilee (at the completion of 7 x 7 years = the 50th year), all land is freed and returns to the original owners (Lv 25:10).

"Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks, is seven times seven days after Passover.

"'Seventy,' which is literally "sevens" in Hebrew, strengthens the concept of perfection. 

"'Seventy times seven' (Mt 18:22) reiterates this still further. The Lord was not giving Peter a mathematical number of times that he should forgive another person, but rather was insisting on limitless forgiveness for a brother’s sin."

Finally, let's conclude this article by forgiving the Oakland Raiders for those seven years of confusion and losses. Now we see them moving into a stage of freedom like the Hebrew slave in Exodus who was released and freed. In other words, the Oakland Raiders, too, have completed their era of captivity. The Oakland Raiders are free to win again.

Strength has been restored to the Oakland Raiders. It is similar to the restored strength of Samson and the symbolic braiding of his hair into seven plaits.

The Oakland Raiders have completed a Jubilee so now an expected return to ownership of a glorious rank in the NFL is anticipated.

I could go on and on with the metaphors and analogies. The main thing to remember is that some folks think that numbers matter. Some folks think that numbers symbolize certain things.

No matter what you think, some of us think that now is the time for a celebration. We celebrate the marriage of Boller to Carrie Prejean. We celebrate the "marriage" of Boller to the Oakland Raiders.

We, also, celebrate and anticipate the joy of the positives of all of these new associations and affiliations for the Oakland Raiders.

Go Raiders!

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