Friday, September 30, 2005

A Raiders Family

Why bother with Raider Take? Why care so much about the Oakland Raiders? Here’s my personal take:

My father came to the United States from northern England, but he embraced American football and the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs, Broncos and Steelers were bad words around our place. The Heidi, Sea of Hands and Holly Roller games became part of our household lore, mystical events that proved the greatness of the Raiders.

My brother broke into tears of outrage when the ball illegally bounced off Frenchy Fuqua into the thieving hands of Franco Harris for the so-called Immaculate Reception. Today, my brother lives in Oklahoma, but he still belongs to the Raider Nation. My cousin belongs, too. He is my gameday co-pilot. We both love a righteous tailgate on the Coliseum ashphalt.

More than 30 years have passed since my first memories of those loud autumn Sunday afternoons in our home. My father passed away 15 years ago, but his love of Raiders football helped strengthen family bonds that endure today. Like family, the Raiders organization is timeless and loyal. Like family, Raiders fans don’t blow with the prevailing winds or hop on the nearest bandwagon. We remain rock solid in our dedication.

I am proud to belong to a Raiders family, and to the Raiders family.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Take,

I am a Lifer. For whatever reason, I believe it was in my blood from the beginning, I have lived and died with the Silver and Black nation. I celebrate Al's bday more than my own. My family was not a big sports family, included my father, however, I have a picture of me when I was 3 wearing a raiders t-shirt. I'm sure mom picked it up at a yard sale or something, but after 38 years, it is one of the few pictures I have of me when I was a child. Now later in life, I have all the memorabilia a man could ask for. I still crave my Sundays. Funny thing is, born and raised in Illinois, live in North Carolina now, and excluding boot camp, have never been west of the Mississippi for longer than a couple of days to KC to watch us beat up the Chefs.

You are correct, we are a genus... we deserve our own place in the study of man. Because I truly believe, the hard core Raiders fans will always bleed silver and black no matter our record. We'll get pissed, we'll say what the hell, but we will be there Sunday after Sunday, unlike the fans of other teams who will not sport their colors unless they are winning.

Thanks for the Take....

BW

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