Darren McFadden is the face of the Oakland Raiders in every way possible. On his best days he epitomizes everything the franchise has stood for and represents. He’s tough, leaves it all on the field, does whatever it takes to win and is blessed with the kind of talent and ability that makes him among the NFL elite.
On his worst days though, Run DMC is practically invisible.
Unfortunately McFadden’s early season swoon represents everything the current Oakland Raiders are. Underachieving, inconsistent and indifferent.
McFadden’s early struggles already have most of Raider Nation in a panic. But that’s because we love our Silver and Black and expected so much more. For those outside of the Nation their only concern relates to McFadden’s lack of production in the world of fantasy football.
Look, I’m a degenerate fantasy player myself. I’m out of bed at 7am on Sundays setting my lineup. So far be it for me to act as if there is no blood on my hands. Still, I fully appreciate players that have absolutely no love lost for fantasy owners. The game has become so trivialized these days that we almost forget these are men doing their jobs and nothing more.
How would you feel if every time you had a bad day on the job and some d-bag is giving you guff because he bet his best friend you’d land the Stevens account? Odds are you’d tell that dork to take his bet and shove it.
Well, McFadden pretty much feels the same way. He’s far from alone amongst the NFL fraternity of players. Of course Run DMC also knows it’s a big part of the game for the fans. So when he was asked about his struggles as they relate to fantasy owners he gave a poignant and politically correct answer.
“I don’t too much care for fantasy football. I play real football.”
Word. Not much else needs to be said. A middle finger in the most polite way possible by reminding all of us what’s real is what’s on the field. Forget anything else.
Now that’s easy for me to say because I’m not a McFadden owner. I might be singing a slightly different tune if he were in my starting lineup the last two weeks. None the less, I’ve got his back in this no matter what and not just because he’s a Raider.
But whether you own McFadden or not if you’re reading this then you too want to see him get back to his usual form. We’re all waiting to see the best of Run DMC because that will drastically improve the sad state of Oakland football. Oh, and it might make some fantasy honks out there happy too.