Words are powerful. There are words that resound in the minds of men and women when they experience career-threatening or life-threatening experiences. There are words to inspire the Oakland Raiders to rise up and take hold of victory.
There are many ways to experience death. The decline and death of the value of a franchise and of a fine reputation of a team once feared by most teams in the NFL is a slow death.
It is a death that many of us refuse to accept. We seek a resurrection, a revival of those victories and triumphs in the NFL.
Sometimes the words before the demise or death of great men are simple yet powerful.
Here are examples:
Thomas Jefferson--still survives...
~~ John Adams, US President, d. July 4, 1826
(Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day.)
This is the last of earth! I am content.
~~ John Quincy Adams, US President, d. February 21, 1848
See in what peace a Christian can die.
~~ Joseph Addison, writer, d. June 17, 1719
That was a great game of golf, fellers.
~~ Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, singer / actor, d. October 14, 1977
I am not the least afraid to die.
~~ Charles Darwin, d. April 19, 1882
My God. What's happened?
~~ Diana (Spencer), Princess of Wales, d. August 31, 1997
I must go in, the fog is rising.
~~ Emily Dickinson, poet, d. 1886
Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain?
Minutes before her plane crashed.
~~ Jessica Dubroff, seven-year-old pilot, d. 1996
Another viewpoint is to consider the words that inspire men to rise up and walk toward their destiny and to passionately pursue victory.
There is a story of a man who laid by a pool for 38 years. Opportunities for his restoration would show up, but he never made it to the pool to immerse himself and to be restored. One day he was asked if he desired to be made whole.
That question is profound. It assumes that a team like the Oakland Raiders must truly desire to be restored, made whole, and to rise up again in rank in the NFL.
The profound words that must resound in the ears and minds of the Oakland Raiders: Do you desire to be restored and to rise up and walk tall in the ranks of the NFL?
Yes, words are powerful. No doubt the words of coaches like John Madden awakened a spirit of victory in the Oakland Raiders and they rose up, and raced toward victories.
Find the words of inspiration, Coach Tom Cable, and others.
Then, maybe we can expect more victories once more.