Raiders fans within the Bay Dwelling know the anticipate all too neatly. “Are you continue to a fan now that the crew is in Vegas?”
I don’t even hold to hold in mind my answer.
Unnecessary to teach, I’m calm a fan.
The answer is easy. It’s the anticipate that I war to cherish. Why would I cease being a fan? Appropriate since the crew packed up and walked away from the Oakland Coliseum – all all over again, for the second time in a generation?
Determined, it may perchance well had been mountainous if the Raiders group and town of Oakland had been ready to work out a deal for a new stadium because, let’s face it, the feeble situation is a dump. Nonetheless it completely didn’t work out that manner, no topic how noteworthy the native fan wrong pleaded and demanded. Politics and money, ya know. That’s what drives these kinds of selections.
Nonetheless why would I let a resolution pushed by politics and money erase a few years of loyalty to this crew when limitless seasons of letdown losses and omitted on-the-discipline opportunities couldn’t sway me?
Why would I withhold it against the players and the coaches and all individuals else down on the discipline who’ve not any deliver or alter over any of these industry selections? Why would I stroll away from an unstated bond that I hold with millions of fans no longer top within the Bay Dwelling but around the enviornment?
For me, the Raider Nation is adore a full prolonged family that shaped its roots in a hometown — Oakland, in this case — but then spread its wings to a new situation seeking the next exchange or a nicer dwelling.
Mediate of a family member or dear loyal friend who left the hometown nest for a nicer, newer, larger dwelling in other locations. Would you disown them and decrease them out of your life thanks to that resolution? Would you cease supporting them and cheering for their success?
No, which that you may perchance wish them neatly, improve them from afar and talk over with as in total as you are going to be ready to. That applies even supposing they amble away, reach assist and amble away all all over again. It doesn’t topic. They’re family. And no topic where they dangle their helmets at the cease of the day, their roots are here and nothing will ever swap that.
Appropriate adore family, the Raider Nation has been thru too noteworthy with this crew to accurate throw within the towel now.
We’re neatly attentive to how the politics of the NFL hold impacted the underdogs of this league – behold no extra than Kaepernick. We’re neatly attentive to how the Bay Dwelling media has preferred one regional crew over the numerous in their coverage – and that goes for baseball, too. And factor in me after I deliver that we haven’t forgotten about blatantly atrocious, sport-altering calls that have not any excusable explanation.
Tuck rule, someone?
Years ago, when comic George Carlin tapped into his brilliant vocabulary to camouflage why he’s a Raiders fan, he bolstered a atrocious-boy image that can potentially pain or in every other case intimidate any visiting fan from Kansas Metropolis, Indianapolis or any numerous piece of the American “Heartland.” Through the years, my tailgate crew and I hold welcomed plenty of visiting-crew fans to our automobile car parking zone parties – and each of them has repeatedly left the stadium at the cease of the day feeling adore they were piece of something particular, adore they were piece of a family.
Through the years, I’ve seen my Raiders brothers and sisters wearing a Raiders hat or a shirt in cities across the nation – at the airport, in a restaurant or accurate walking down the road – and never once hesitated to sing the injurious “Raaaaiders” chant toward them. There’s a sense of camaraderie and belonging that includes being partial to this crew, an opinion that our improve for the Silver-and-Murky is set larger than a city or a stadium.
It’s a dedication to a family that you are going to be ready to never flip your assist on. And that’s why, whether or no longer they’re playing in Oakland or Las Vegas or anyplace else for that topic, I will forever be piece of this Raiders family.
Appropriate Have interaction, Little one.