Some of us educators and counselors have worked with hardcore youth. Many of them have been in jail. When we put our hearts into teaching and counseling, we often get concerned about the rate of falling back, the recidivism.
It is like a revolving door for some people. The definition used in this article is "someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior."
Today's game reminded me of those who fell back into their habits and addictions. I wondered if these things happen because of a lack of a support group or system. I wonder is it because of our doubting and disbelief.
Then I think, "Please help our unbelief." The unbelief comes into the picture when many doubt that a team can change or that a man can change.
Sometimes the battle requires more than one or two committed to excellence. Sometimes it may take as many as 300 as in the case of the historical Gideon. Were there at least 300 who believed that the Oakland Raiders could pull it off and win four consecutive games? I wonder, do you?
Nevertheless, some of us have the kind of love for the team and its mission that we continue to pull for the team. We cannot throw in the towel. The Oakland Raiders are a part of us, a symbiotic part of our own personal struggles to be winners, not losers.
During the game, there are those who taunted. One sat near me at the sports restaurant and he kept messing with the folks at our table while he was overconfident that the Houston Texans were going to defeat the New York Jets.
We took it. It hurt, but we took the belittlement. The next thing we knew, the Texans were tied, and then in the last few moments, the Jets defeated the Texans. That loud-mouthed man left the restaurant scratching his head.
Perhaps, if he had not taunted us, and if he had not gloated in our struggle, perhaps his team's conclusion would have been different.
Yes, many are going to say that the Oakland Raiders are back where they were before they made the dramatic feats of winning three consecutive games. The media will laugh and taunt. Some of the readers of this article may do the same.
I remember the phrase that says, "It's not over until the fat lady sings." Well, don't give up.
Often I use the formula of the "last eight seconds." If there are 40 seconds left in the game, I say to my friends that I saw Lamonica-Wells-Blanda win a game in the last eight seconds and I just believe that anything is possible. They have five chances, each of eight seconds to make it happen.
The timing may not be this year, but I believe the groundwork is being established and it is going to happen.
Never give up, Oakland Raiders. Learn from the seniors to fight to the end. Don't drop your head today.
Also, survey and honestly reflect on what you did and how you thought during bye week. Could those thoughts and behaviors have had an effect on your performance today?
Do introspection and think about it.
Now there is an example I want to share. If the researcher said that "If p, then q" you have got to understand that the hypothesis or the p part of the implication has to be satisfied.
For example, it was written, in other words, "If the Oakland Raiders have the passion for victory, then they will hog-tie and harness the Pittsburgh Steelers."
Did the Oakland Raider demonstrate the passion for excellence and victory today. The answer is "no."
Now the contrapositive of the assertion is, "If the Oakland Raiders did not hog-tie and harness the Pittsburgh Steelers, then the Oakland Raiders did not have the passion for victory." Let's limit the statement to "today."
By the way, in logic the original implication is logically equivalent to the contrapositive which is the statement with "not" in it. Structurally, we would have "not q implies not p."
So, those of us who believed and who did not have "unbelief" are just fine. Why? We know that more growth is needed in the young Oakland Raiders.
Once they truly commit to excellence, discipline and avoid something called "recidivism" which debilitates their focus and energy, then and only then will they begin to be consistent.
I believed that victory was possible. Those victories are somehow attainable if the entire team and coaching staff are committed to excellence.
One day at a time, one step at a time, make a true and unequivocal commitment to excellence.
That's what Al Davis wants.
That's what Tom Cable wants.
That's what the Raider Nation demands.