Oakland Raiders: Hustling and Pimping The NFL For Money Is Not Acceptable

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IISeptember 18, 2010

NASHVILLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders tackles Bo Scaife #80 of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL season opener at LP Field on September 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Raiders 38-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Sometimes folks use slang that I have never heard. A term popped up today in the comment strand. It triggered the image of a "hustler." The trigger was the phrase "not stepping up in the game."

Here is a definition of hustle:

My question is, Are some of the Oakland Raiders not putting their heart into the game? Playing like they want a championship? If not then are they hustling the Oakland Raiders for the money and personal fame? Rather than making a solid investment in the image and future of the franchise?

Now that you have read the definition of "hustle." Do you wonder if some of the players are hiding their true skills? Are they betting on a situation in order to trick the opponent (or owner) into significantly raising the stakes? And then, and only then, playing at full capability?

These are hard questions, but we need to ask them. Why would the young Oakland Raiders not step up and perform or "goof up" like some of them did on Sept 12?

Another concept is to be examined. Are some of the players just playing well enough to get by, with minimum risks?

The reason why these concepts are being looked at is some folks in the comment strand think that the young Oakland Raiders are just not stepping up.Others think the players are avoiding the most aggressive responses on the playing field in order to just hang in there and to keep getting their paycheck.

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Others may be holding out because of jealousy that others have negotiated a better contract than they have. And so they are not going to do their best, say, for example, to protect the quarterback.

Some of them may see only the short-term benefits of being on the team. They have made more money in the last few months than ever before in their lives. Most of them just came out of college and did not have thousands of dollars to squander.

Whatever the case may be that a guy is not stepping up, then consider this. Make some tough decisions and send his butt home or to the streets. Make sure that the Oakland Raiders that we have are there for the right reason. That they are there to build up a team and to restore the value of the franchise.

I know that there is a blackout tomorrow. But everybody please take a good look at the dynamics on the playing field. Make a "cut" list of those players who are fiddling around rather than playing hard like they mean it.

Go Raiders! Get the job done. We don't want to believe you are running a game and hustling and pimping the NFL only for the benefits.

And not there to win games.

Source of definition: Wikipedia


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