Lasting Echoes of The Autumn Wind
As you know, I haven’t been writing much lately, and for no good reason. I’m as fired up as always about the season, and I even called the team today to check on the status of my season tickets (much to my dismay, they could arrive as late as August 1, which is cutting it a bit too close for my tastes, considering that the preseason begins on August 11). Raider de Coachella, however, shocked me out of my writing stupor by sending an email today suggesting that we take a quick trip down memory lane while we wait for the real action to begin.
It got me thinking not only of the aforementioned epic moments, but my own favorite memories. Sure, we all agree on the big stuff. But what about the less obvious, but equally important, personal moments? Stuff that won’t make a dent in the history books but that, for whatever reason, loom large in our own individual memories?
Following are a few of my favorite moments, and they star some unlikely characters, specifically James Jett and Rick Mirer…What are yours? Maybe it happened in person, or on television, perhaps when you were a child. Maybe it wasn’t even a game, but an off-field encounter with a player. Tell us about your favorite moments in the comments section—and why they personally mattered to you.
I so vividly remember this play for a variety of reasons. A cousin of my wife sent me a pair of his tickets to this game, so it didn’t cost me anything. Better yet, they turned out to be the best seats I’d ever had: Row 5 of Section 127, in the heart of the north end zone, which just happened to be where Mirer went airborne. I thought he might helicopter right into my seat.
The Raider Nation erupted into an ear-splitting roar in appreciation of Mirer’s will to win in the twilight of a lost season. And win he did, joining a masterful defensive effort to help orchestrate one of the few bright spots of the year. I’ll never forget it.
I was atop
Little did I know at the time, but the Raiders were on the cusp of a tremendous run over the next three seasons. In retrospect, this game—with Gannon & Co. gutting out a close victory—was a clear sign of things to come.