Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saints Gameday Thread: Prove It

By my count, this is my 12th straight annual season-opening Raider Take post.

Forgive me if I've grown a bit weary and jaded during that span, but it has been largely a desert devoid entirely of winning seasons, and I've suffered many disturbing hallucinations over those dozen arid years: Norv Turner, Shell II, Lane Kiffin (Lane Kiffin!), Dennis Allen, Imposter Stars (Jerry Porter; Darren McFadden, LaMont Jordan, DJ Hayden, DHB, etc.), insanities (Holdout (!)JaMarcus Russell, Randy-Moss-Turned-Jogging-Alligator-Arms, Done Warren Sapp) and inanities (Tom Cable v. Randy Hanson, anyone)?

And yet, for the first time in that span, the Raiders are now being universally looked at as a legitimate team on the rise, with actual NFL stars on their roster, and so moisture may finally cross my cracked and parched lips, and the cooling waters of winning football may flow down my throat, and out of the desert I will stride into a new era that came a decade too late, but nevertheless still came, and it shall be known as THE RETURN TO GLORY. I saw it last year on the horizon, reachable and attainable, an actual team driven by a core of Reggie McKenzie draft picks, with a sense of cohesion and purpose, and lo it had been so long since I had seen that, and so while while that horizon was not conquered, it is now ever so near.

But forgive me if, after all of these years, I cannot rush headlong toward that horizon on a pureblood horse of giddy optimism. I have seen too many disappointments, as so my optimism must be tempered until...yes...they PROVE IT. I--we--have been waiting so long for the PROVE IT moment, tricked and juked many times before like a woeful Charlie Brown trying to kick that football, only for Lucy to tug it away at the last second.

And so those new cornerbacks must deliver, and opposing running backs must be stuffed, and Derek Car must show growth, and Amari Cooper can't fade this year, and Latavius Murray needs to show something more, and Jack Del Rio must not settle for playoff caliber aspirations, but rather cultivate a championship caliber culture. And when the do, they will have PROVED IT, and those long wandering days in the desert will finally become a memory. and 'Just Win Baby' will no long be a parody of itself.

In other words, the Return to Glory starts today. GO RAIDERS!

12 Comments:

Blogger nyraider said...

Well said. It's time to prove it.

Just Win, Baby!

GO RAIDERS!!

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree RT.

Always painful to revisit the actual list of jokers we have endured... at all levels of the organization.

I'm with you for sure. I'm hoping this can really be the cool drink on our parched lips rather than another convincing mirage for us weary travelers.

I was doing a little walk down history lane this morning and discovered yet another harsh fact in our long stretch of futility... We have only won 1 opener since 2002 which happened to come in 2011 in Den under HuJack.

Yep, 1-12 in openers since the Gannon and Co.

I knew it was bad (which is why I went looking) but didn't realize it was quite to that degree.

Time to change that pattern today.

I want to see what the coliseum will be like next weekend if we come home 1-0.

Here's a little theme from Bob Dillon I hope characterizes the 2016 Season

Come gather 'round NATION
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN'

We're ready. One nation under god.

Just Win Baby

The5er

9:45 AM  
Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

I too want to believe! #proveit

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del Rio is mediocre today and the pass rush sucks.
Sandy

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a doubting fool but a very happy fool. Sorry JDR, you river boat gambling genius.
Yeah Sandy

1:30 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Postgame take is up.

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