This is the first entry of an ongoing series where you, Raider Fan, gets to sound off on all things related to the Silver and Black.
This week’s entry comes to us via r8dercain, a long time east bay resident and one of the most passionate Oakland Raider fans I have ever met. Cain takes on the topic of the Oakland Raiders pending move to Las Vegas and the rift that it has created amongst the fanbase.
To say that this discussion has been polarizing would be an understatement. Some fans are all for the move as they dream of the sparkling lights adorning a state of the art NFL stadium situated smack dab in the adult entertainment center of the world. Others are holding out in hopes that the team can find a solution that would keep them at home in Oakland where the team forged their blue-collar brand of a team composed of castoffs and ragtag misfits.
r8dercain sums a lot of these feelings up when he says:
“I know I might come on here and say s*** to piss people off talking about the local fans versus the national fans but at the end of the day we are brothers and I got your back you’re like family to me, don’t forget that. Also, while you may be pissed at me, when you got banned, who had your back?
So don’t take my comments personally because I’m angry that my team just might be moving. I believe that all of those local guys have every right to be upset with the situation whether it’s a good situation or a bad situation; whether it’s necessary for this move or not, at the end of the day you’re like family to me so I should be able to express my concerns my problems and heartaches because my team IS planning to move.”
Regardless of how you feel, I think it is safe to say that any fan of any team would have very strong feelings about this. Imagine if the local team you were most passionate about were to up and move out of your backyard and relocated to a tourist destination hours away. Also, keep in mind that for many, the Raiders are not just a team, they are a religion. You don’t just relocate the Vatican and expect nobody to bat an eye. Do you? Let us know how you feel in the comments below.