It might come as a shock to some, but there was once a point in time when the Raiders and Chargers actually had a rivalry. Sure, the Silver and Black beat the Bolts more often than not, but that didn’t stop both fan bases from exchanging verbal jabs throughout the week leading up to the game.
To this day, Jim Rome still references those two weeks out of the year when his talk show was high jacked by Raider Nation and Bandwagon Bolties who ran more smack than the host himself.
These days the trash talk is minimal. Not that it doesn’t exist. It’s just irrelevant.
Naturally you’ll get some heated exchanges on message boards. The stands are still ripe with the fruits discontent no matter the venue. None the less, when a team has won 12 straight contests over their “rivals” it is hard to call the game meaningful.
Ignore the last six years of double digit losses in the East Bay. If the Raiders managed to stick it to the Chargers at least once a year, you’d still hear a sense of excitement among the most infamous fans in football.
Instead, all you get is recycled material devoid of imagination.
Raider fans remind Charger fans that they still have an empty trophy case. Charger fans remind Raider fans that they might have three Lombardis, but those things are as dusty as the Billy Joe Tolliver jerseys hanging in closets throughout San Diego.
In 2009, Tom Cable has his team half way to yet another year of 10 or more L’s. Meanwhile, Norv Turner is setting his misguided fans up for yet another season of mediocrity.
Talking trash is what makes football great for fans. The freedom to polish off a case of beer before noon and lighting up every dope who strolls by in a powder blue Tomlinson jersey used to be enjoyable.
Now it’s just pathetic.
You can’t really get under the skin of a fan base that takes your team about as serious as JaMarcus Russell does his job.
Again, it’s not even about how terrible my Raiders have been the last six years. It’s about how terrible my Raiders have been against the Chargers the last six years.
Some things are eternal.
If you live in Columbus and only win one game a year, it had better be against Michigan. If your beloved Cowgirls only taste victory once, it had better be at the hands of the Redskins.
Not saying that what the Raiders and Chargers have is on par with the above mentioned clashes. Most Raider fans would sooner see the Silver and Black defeat the Steelers, Broncos, Jets or even 49ers. It’s just that the jeers of bandwagon Dolt supporters have grown exponentially in recent years and the time has come to shut their fair-weather mouths.
Consider the fact that Philip Rivers has never lost to the Raiders. That’s right. The most arrogant brat in the NFL not named Cutler has something in common with Al Davis. He owns the Raiders.
Cable might have his team on a direct flight towards drafting Taylor Mays, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take a little Bolt booty en route.
This team has a long way to go before it can be considered a relevant franchise again. After this year, who knows what the future holds. All I know is that after Sunday, I’d better be able to run some trash come this time next year.
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