My dad is a sports fanatic. Growing up in Mexico his favorite sports were soccer, boxing, and eventually American football. Although there wasn’t much American football being played in Mexico, they would occasionally air Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raider games. Coming from a tough neighborhood in Mexico city, the rebellious nature of the team from Oakland, along with having a coach and quarterback of Mexican descent made it an easy choice of who to root for.
We were there…watching. Hell, the whole world was watching…
It was loud. REALLY REALLY LOUD. If you were there, there was a feeling of confidence and swagger that began in the parking lots, poured into the stadium, and spilled all over the field. The decibel level was palpable from the opening kickoff to the final kneel down. Not only did the Oakland Raiders show, but their devoted Nation of plundering piratic zealots did too. What ensued was nothing short of a demonstration of violence and strength that left their opponents ragged and sitting alone in 3rd place in the toughest division in football. The pirate ship is back, and the crew is pissed off.
My how the wait for this seasons kickoff seems so distant ago. For months in the offseason we spend time with fellow fans, both on social media and in our daily lives, debating everything possible from who the team will target in free agency, to everyone and their mom producing mock drafts that often have as much accuracy as a skeet shooter in a micro-burst. Several short weeks later and here we are at the halfway point of the season preparing for a home match up against a division rival for first place in the restored AFC West.
Last week nobody guessed the score exactly, but who would’ve thought the game was going to be THAT crazy? The Raiders? Making things interesting? C’mon!
Here we are again. Take a look at the this week’s prediction poll results.
With nearly each and every game this season, the 3rd year Quarterback for the Oakland Raiders has made his case as the league’s MVP. In what would be a nail biter game featuring the Carr-diac kids, #4 put a stamp on his MVP legitimacy.
In our second installment of Raiders Sound-Off r8dercain shares his thoughts about the most recent developments in the Vegas saga:
So here we have another knot in the Mark Davis / Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas stadium deal…
Last week some of you came close, but only one was perfect (JesusRAI ERjim). This is your chance to get after it once again as the Raiders take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in game 2 of this east coast double-header.
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.
Oakland Raiders (33) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (16)
We had over 70 entries this week. Many from familiar faces and a few from some lurkers (I see you). Without further ado….let’s see how you did!