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The Future of the Raiders


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Having been born into the Raider Nation, my passion for my beloved Raiders runs deep. The words Commitment to Excellence, Pride and Poise, and Just Win Baby were taught to me at a very young age. For me the 80’s set the tone for what was the start of something special. The words Commitment to Excellence, and Just Win Baby really embodied what this great franchise was all about.

For most Raider fans witnessing the greatness of the Raiders in action was a weekly occurrence in the fall. The Raiders dominance was in effect from the Bay to LA and back. If you’re over the age of 30 you really know what I’m talking about. Fast forward to last week my 12 year old son, who was also born into the Raider Nation, asked me this question. “Dad why do the Raiders still use the motto Just Win Baby”. “They haven’t been winning for the past 9 seasons”.  I paused for a second and had to find a way to explain what the Greatness of the Raiders is all about. I am sure I am not the only Raider fan having this type of conversation with their kids. I had to remind him that all teams go through tough times. And more importantly tough times don’t last.

I began to share a few stories with him of the Greatness of the Raiders. I was re-educating him on the rich history of the past. I quoted Al Davis “The flame that will burn the brightest here is the will to win”. The story telling went on for about 30 minutes. My son stopped me and said “Dad, Just Win Baby.” My son had tears in his eyes and said” Dad, now I know why so many people hate on the Raiders.” Being a Raider fan has been tough for him. I’ve taught him to embrace the past and look forward to the future. And remind him that no matter what Win, Lose, or Tie we will always be Raider fans.

So as a proud and passionate member of the Raider Nation this had me thinking. There are probably hundreds if not thousands of young Raider fans all over the world who have been asking the very same question. This all reminded me of a quote from the late great Al Davis.

“We have young people in very key spots now running our organization while those people can use the past as a guide and can live in the tradition and history of the organization someone has to take this group into the future and make sure they have greatness”.

So Raider Nation it’s up to us, the older generation, to keep the younger generation’s passion for our beloved Raiders deep. Al Davis said it best “The greatness of the Raiders is in its future”. Whether the return to glory happens in 2012 our young fans can embrace the past and look forward to the future. These slogans, The Commitment to Excellence, Pride and Poise, and Just Win Baby will forever be apart of the Raiders. The most imitated the most respected and most feared organization in the world.

Louie Flores

Twitter @LILAL DAVIS

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    The raiders have “the” largest fanbase worldwide, tell your son to keep believing.  Pass this on to him – to this day, the Oakland Raiders remains the only team in the NFL to have a formal grievance for schedule change filed against them – because they were deemed “to rough and unsportsmanlike” by their opposition.  You can’t buy respect like that, at one time the Oakland Raiders were the most feared franchise in the league, and we will be again.
     
    For all of us Raider fans out there – The Autmn Wind is a raider, let the glory of the silver and black ride again on the winds of time.

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    Save Oakland Sports! Help us keep the Raiders, A’s & Warriors (Oakland R.A.W.) in Oakland!!!  Save Oakland Sports (S.O.S.) is a grassroots organization whose mission it is to join all entities that want the Pro-Teams to stay in Oakland into one movement. Some of our high profile members include Clorox CEO Don Knauss, & Oakland Raiders Legends John Villa and Phil Villapiano. Go to http://saveoaklandsports.org/   Check out the section of “Who we are” to see all the members who’ve publicly pledged support to Save Oakland Sports. Then go to the “Show Your Support,” section and pledge your support by signing up for Save Oakland Sports to let the City of Oakland , County of Alameda, the Raiders, A’s, Warriors, the NFL, MLB, and NBA know that YOU want the Raiders, A’s, & Warriors to stay in Oakland. Then like us on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Oakland-Sports/313792838683682 Just that alone would help a lot.If you would like to do more, especially if you  live in the Bay Area or Northern California, become a core member of our group SOS; Go to our meetings every 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month @ 6:00 usually @ the Red Lion Hotel near the Oakland Air Port. Sometimes our meetings will be @ different locations which will be posted on our website. At our meetings you may be able to get a little inside info on the Stadium the Raiders & Oakland are working on. You can also volunteer & donate to our cause! You can also write your own letters to the NFL, MLB & NBA as well as any locally elected official in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties and let them know why it is important to keep the teams in Oakland. Our website gives some explanations why it is important to keep the teams home in Oakland.  Check it out & thank you!