Oakland Raiders a Work in Progress: Smart, Strong, and Strategic

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIAugust 14, 2010

The Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation are a learning community. We study. We work. We play hard. We strategize. We think.

We learn from each other. I learned from outstanding writers like Leroy Watson, Raider Card Addict, David Wilson, Brent, Bret, and others. That's what it's all about. Learning is what makes the difference.

As I learn, I impart my knowledge and inspiration to others. One example is that a young artist, with a B/R name VeeCee, has started a piece of artwork that just may be a masterpiece.

The articles we post on B/R are intended for the Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation. We are learning together to draw a masterpiece on the canvas of NFL history.

We study each other. We talk, we laugh, we cry, together. We seek to understand the experiences of the Oakland Raiders using words, pictures, numbers, and symbols. We seek to awaken the spirit of victory, determination, and courage.

Are we getting there? Where?

Yes, we are moving up. We are growing. We can do it!

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One example is that I started writing for B/R in April 2009, although I signed up in Aug. 2008.

I studied the site. Then, I jumped in deep water and started my swim to higher levels of understanding the Oakland Raiders and the NFL.

As of today, the B/R Article Likes page has Damali Binta YAEL ranked No. 2 out of more than 9,700 writers. That demonstrates the value of hard work and staying on task.

And if you look at the Oakland Raiders B/R page today, you see that Damali Binta YAEL's rank is No. 2 among some very powerful male sports writers.

It is encouraging to also see that YAEL ranks as the top writer on the NFL history page.  

Now, ladies in the Raider Nation, be awakened and join me in this challenge to have a voice on B/R and in the Raider Nation. Ladies, you can do it too.

As the presence of the Raider Ladies increases, I conjecture that the rank and standing of the Oakland Raiders will increase.

I just believe there is a connection between what we say, what we do, and the impartations we share through our writings and sincere desire for more victories for the Oakland Raiders.

There are examples in history of what women add to the quest for power and to the desire to conquer or to attain a goal.

I am impressed with the life of Deborah, the Judge, who made her contributions to history. The list is long when I think of the women in history and in sports who have impressed me.

So as VeeCee continues her work-in-progress, drawing the hands of one of the Oakland Raiders most intense wide receivers who delivered and got those touchdowns back in 1969, we will strive with our work-in-progress of getting more Raider Ladies to speak up and out.

Meanwhile, we expect the Oakland Raiders to rise up in rank in the NFL. We expect the Oakland Raiders to study and learn what it takes to be transformed into one of the greatest NFL teams in the NFL history.

We realize that the Oakland Raiders are a work-in-progress. Go Raiders!