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Raider Fan.. 4th “worst???” Please….

According to GQ Magizine, Oakland Raider fans are the 4th worst in American sports.. WHAT ?? They just lost MY subscription…If I had one, I mean.. According to the article, Raider fans are “Hell-raisers, gangbangers, and inveterate knife-lickers all of whom firmly believe that skipping town for an away game is well worth the parole violation.”  YIKES.. First off, my parole was up a while ago, so I am good on that.. Secondly, and more importantly, how does passion and pride amount to being a “bad” fan??  

Because of this supposed image problem Raider fans have, the article says it may be causing some of the away team’s fans to stay away from Oakland when their team plays the Raiders. It also may be causing some members of the Raider Nation who have never been to a game to stay away from Oakland as well.  PLEASE.. Has the writer of the article ever been to Cleveland Browns Stadium when the Browns play the Steelers?  It is no different there or at any other NFL stadium when rivals play each other..  Since returning back to Oakland in 1995, the Raiders have had over 60 % of their home games blacked out. Compare that to a team like Buffalo, who have had only two blackouts since 2006. Both teams have struggled to win games, but only the Raiders have struggled to sell out those games.  Somehow this article is saying that McAfee doesnt sell out becasue of RaiderNation..

In 2006, I made the 2457 mile trip to see my hometown Browns play my beloved Raiders.. It was simply the greatest vacation of my life.. I was dressed in my Raider gear from head to toe.. People were asking for my picture.. I walked around outside the stadium for hours before kickoff and was given enough food and drink by total strangers to feed a small army..I met people from as far away as England and Australia.. But, when hometown Raiderfans found out I was from Cleveland, did that change thier opinion of me?  When I admitted I was a Brown’s fan second only to my Raiders, did they want to beat me up?  Hell no, if anything, everyone I met that day was was even more impressed that I travelled so far to see my Raiders.. Did I witness any violence?  Did I see anyone get beat up or stabbed?  no.. Was there heckling?  Sure, but no different than in any other stadium on any given Sunday..

As far as I am concerned, this article is total nonsense.. Just another “writer” bashing the RaiderNation and Raider fans across the world.  Just becasue we are passionate about our team DOES NOT mean that we are  “hell-raisers, gangbangers, and inveterate knife-lickers.”  If anything, my belief is that Raider fans are the BEST fans in American sports and should be damm proud of it!!

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2 Responses to “Raider Fan.. 4th “worst???” Please….”

  1. Me says:

    damn right

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