A Raiderless Sunday

Seems like it has been a year since Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer split a six-pack in that embarrassing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. But that’s how it goes when you roll into a bye week on a bad note. This Sunday wasn’t like other Sundays. I still watched football. I just so happened to do so without much emotion.

You see, as much as I love the game I’m just not as invested when the Silver and Black aren’t playing. Sure, fantasy football and general interest keep me fixated. But what good is watching without rooting?

I’m more than happy to see Tim Tebow go Tim Tebow against Detroit in hopes he’ll do the same next week in the East Bay. I always enjoy watching the Pats lose even if it comes at the hands of the Steelers. For good measure I just plain love all the NFL action.

Still, it is just not the same without the Raiders.

This next week is going to feel like an eternity. Like most of you I’ve been wondering which Carson Palmer will ultimately be playing for our team. Hopefully a week of work will get him a little closer to being up to speed.

I’ve had about all I can handle of the discussion of that guy that used to wear #2. Thanks for that, Sports Illustrated. As if this bye week wasn’t painful enough you had to go and remind us all of the biggest money pit in sports. The time has come to stop looking backwards. Time to get back to concentrating on our current quarterback.

It is time to get back to getting daily updates on the health of Darren McFadden.

It is time to get back to the business of pushing for the playoffs.

It is time to get back to the Silver and Black.

I won’t lie. I miss my Raiders like how Terrell Owens and Brett Favre miss the spotlight. This time of year I look forward to Sundays as if I were a child staring at the 25th day of December on a calendar.

I love football but what good is that love if you have no team to share it with? Passive fans have never made much sense to me. I guess I’ve just been spoiled by being part of such a faithful fan base.

Thankfully we’ve only got to get through this next work week before seeing the Raiders return to action. Gulp! That is going to be another long week. At least we know there is a pot of Silver and Black gold waiting for us at the end of this rainbow.

Can’t wait!

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Tags: Brett Favre Carson Palmer Darren McFadden Kyle Boller Oakland Raiders Terrell Owens Tim Tebow

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