The Autumn Wind to Vegas

I have never, ever been a Raider Fan.  Becoming a Broncos fan in high school made that an impossibility.

I’ve rooted for some of their players, like Bo Jackson and Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott.

I like their theme song from NFL Films.  I think they’re the only team to have a theme song from NFL Films.

But I’ve had a dislike, bordering on hatred, for the Raiders for as long as I can remember.

That said, I am genuinely sad that they are moving to Las Vegas.  Screw the fans.  The business of businesses is to make money, and that’s exactly why they’re being moved.

I remember how upset folks were around here when they first moved to Los Angeles.  The simple fact that they were a Los Angeles team probably added to my lifelong animosity toward the team.

When they moved back, not everyone up here in NorCal welcomed them back.  Most of the folks I knew did, but there were a handful who had a feeling that this would happen again.

And it did.

This is why people have trust issues.

All joking aside, I feel bad for the Oakland Raiders’ fans, especially the ones who now see their team leave home for a second time.  The San Francisco Giants almost moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, after 1992, but didn’t, but I remember how gut wrenching that felt at the end of that season.

And with the Golden State Warriors moving to San Francisco in a couple of years, Oakland will be left with the A’s, unless they end up moving as well.

Movies – Books

Before every baseball season, there’s a list of movies that I try to watch to psych myself up for Opening Day.

  • The Natural
  • Field of Dreams
  • 42
  • Major League

This season I’m going to try to get through the books that 3 of those movies are based on.

Stay tuned!

How Many is Too Many?

I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately: how many game systems are too many?

I have a large number of baseball games, yet only play 3 of them with any regularity.  Another two are currently slated for small projects that I started.  And then I have a couple that I’ve never even learned how to play, yet have them sitting on my shelf, alongside the 3 grandaddies: APBA, Strat-O-Matic, and Statis Pro.  I have yet to find a system that I disliked playing.

My simple answer is that there’s never too many, if you have a desire to play them.  Which I do.  I’ll play when I get to play them, which may be later rather than sooner, but there’ll be play time for everything.

Or not.  We’ll just have to see where the future leads for this hobby of mine, among all the others.

Like the other sports games.

And non-sports games.

Stay tuned!


So instead of Winston Cup 1979, I decided to go back to one of the 2016 fictional series that I started…

The Stock Car Racing America (SCRAM) Pepsi Cup Racing Series.  TRUCK RACING!

Event #4: Windows 10 400 from the Northwest Empire International Raceway.

On the pole: Kelly Wiley in the #22 Honda Ridgeline.

The Facebook favorites:

  • David Loutitt starts 5th in the #12 BMW Modified X5
  • Chris Saguisag starts 31st in the #24 Honda Ridgeline
  • Turbo Gayle starts 35th in the #3 Chevy Silverado

Stay tuned!