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.