Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Raiders Thanksgiving

Thanks to the readers and commentators of Raider Take for making this a fun place to hang out, and for inspiring lively discussion and debate about our team.

Thanks to the Oakland Raiders for being a focal point of bonding and entertainment for my family, dating back more than 30 years, and spanning two generations (with Mini Take ready to make it three).

Thanks to Amy Trask and crew for devising a sensible new ticketing program that is packing the house.

Thanks to those local sportswriters who report on both the good and the bad of the Oakland Raiders without resorting to immature cheap shots or sloppy reasoning.

Thanks to my fellow Black Flag Network members, Calico Jack and Stick 'Em, for their continued insights, support and inspiration. Thanks also to RaiderNews.com (aloha AllyOop!), RaiderFans.net (thanks Raiders40!), Raider Nation Podcast, RaiderWorld.net, Raiders Links, Inside Bay Area's Raiders Page, and other forums that spread the good word.

Thanks to the new generation of Raiders players who provide a foundation for good things to come.

Thanks to the veteran players who continue to set a competitive tone amid challenging circumstances.

Thanks to all of the Raiders fans who make the gameday experience fun and familial.

Thanks to John Madden for an incredible pre-game speech prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Thanks to Greg Papa for blessing us with outstanding play-by-play. I listen to other team broadcasts via Sirius NFL Radio, and Greg Papa is clearly the cream of the crop.

Thanks to Jim Otto, Fred Biletnikoff, Tom Flores, Jim Plunkett, Art Shell and other Raiders legends for their unwavering allegiance to the team and the fans. They embody the loyalty that defines both the Oakland Raiders and Raider Nation.

Thanks to Al Davis for fostering the greatest franchise and fan base in the NFL. He is the soul of the Raiders, the originator and innovator of the authentic Oakland Raiders experience.

12 Comments:

Blogger horsecollarjack said...

And thanks to RaiderTake for helping bring us all together and make the Raider Nation feel like the tight-knit community it is, a family gathering..Best wishes to you and yours, RT.

HCJ.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Amen. Now carve the turkey!

4:56 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Thanks to RT for showing us all how this blog thing is done the right way.

Hug Mini-Take and Mrs. Take for us.

Today I am thankful we are not the Detroit Lions. Their fans have to endure a T-day whoopin' every season.

We are the Raiders and I am thankful for our long storied history of great players and great teams.

The Lions got... well, there was a... Barry Sanders... but even he got tired of being a Lion. Once upon a time they had Bobby Layne in the '50s and Night Train Lane in the '60s... uh, kinda hard to find much else to be thankful for when you are a Detroit fan...

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Mad Stork 83 said...

Thanks for your writing, RT. Every time there's a new entry on here, I know it will reflect my optimism, loyalty, and realism as a Raider fan. Long may you write!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

8:23 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Thanks RT for your great insights and perspectives, and Happy Thanksgiving Raider Nation!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

I'm thankful for the Raider defense which plays it's heart out each week.

I'm also thankful Captain Randy hasn't callenged Jim Otto to put on the pads, and try to cover him.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Raider Greg said...

Thank you RT...
....for the wisdom to communicate to the Nation the plain truth;
.....for giving fans a forum to express their thoughts;
.....for being a GREAT fan that welcomes all Raider fans from crazed to casual!!

Happy Thanksgiving Raider Nation!!!

Raider Greg and Family

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Username said...

[Crossing Self] Amen!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Best Holiday Wishes to RT, Stick'em, and the entire Raider community.

I am thankful for being a fan of the Silver and Black. Let the quest to hoist another Lombardi Trophy bring joy to all of our hearts.

9:32 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

How about a belated thanks to the NFL Network for showing a football game and having the announcers just call the game? No silly celebrities or celebrity news, just information and conversation pertinent to the game at hand. I like it.

1:31 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Any chance we could trade for Tony Romo?

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why try to hide information about the team RT? The Raiders are in trouble and it's mostly Al Davis' fault! Read "Raiders anyone" byline Nancy Gay at SFgate also of interest is Ray Ratto's article at SFgate. Raider fans must know what Al Davis is doing to our team and how the rest of the leagues fans see the Raiders.

11:21 PM  

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