In this continuing segment, “Ask an Oakland Raiders Fan,” Just Blog Baby had the pleasure of being contacted by William Carlos Sanchez. Carlos Sanchez is from Fontana, CA, via San Gabriel Valley, 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. He grew up a Raiders fan, ever since he was 10 years old. He is fast approaching his 25th year as a fan. Carlos played for the Rowland Raiders Junior All-American team and for the Rowland Raiders high school team. He feels like he has always been a Raider, and he feels that he has bled Silver & Black.
Carlos answered the following questions for me, and these were his responses:
1. How well do you think the Oakland Raiders will perform in 2013? Discuss.
Answer- The Raiders are in the midst of a full-blown organizational transformation. We have a new owner, GM, coaches, scouting department, and players. A new OC, O-line, and with it a new offensive scheme, a new QB, and on Defense we will have 9 new starters. A good year in the NFL is said to be 2 plus,
with improvement from the previous year. So a 6 win season is respectable, especially if everyone is picking our Raiders to be the worst team with the worst roster and the worst QB. But I believe in this team, McKenzie, Coach Allen, the coaching staff, and these players. I am predicting a 7-8 season, and the Raiders will be in playoff contention till the last week of the season. GO RAIDERS!!!”
2. What is your favorite off-season move that was made by the Oakland Raiders? Explain.
Answer- “I really think McKenzie has done a great job signing and drafting solid football players. Charles Woodson coming back to Raider Nation solidifies this organization as a legitimate franchise. His worth will be felt on and off the field. Bringing in Nick Roach to man the middle after suffering with ‘McCrap’ (Rolando McClain) for the past 3 years is huge. Roach, along with basically all new and returning players, have something to prove, and they are hungry to be a part of the resurgence of the Raiders!!”
3. Can Denarius Moore become an elite receiver? If so, what must he do to become one?
Answer- “Moore has shown flashes of greatness. My personal favorite game performance was his rookie year against the Buffalo Bills. Moore & Campbell Soup were clicking and unstoppable, but our ‘D’ couldn’t stop anyone and we lost. I believe he has what it takes to be elite, but it all has to come together, hopefully this year, because if he doesn’t, Streeter & some rookies are gunning for his job and playing time.”
Answer- “My all-time favorite Raider is Bo Jackson. He would’ve gone down as one of the greatest players ever, and not just a running back. He excelled in multiple sports, and he was my hero because of that. I played football, baseball, and ran track and field. Touchdown Timmy Brown is a close second. Of course Jim Plunkett & Tom Flores have to be mentioned. Both are Chicano/Hispanic, and they are the only 2-time Super Bowl Winning QB and Head Coach not in the Hall of Fame. What a shame!!”
5. What is your favorite Oakland Raiders memory, and what is a typical tailgate party like for you at home games?
Answer- “Going to a Raiders game with my dad & godson is always priceless. Going with the boys or my wife is always good times. Tailgating at the Los Angeles coliseum as a kid was awesome and a BBQ of carne asada or hot links and cheeseburgers, and plenty of beers at the south end parking lot in Alameda, can’t be topped.”
“However my favorite memory was from 1994. As a kid with my cousin, we went to a Raiders game against the donkey’s (Denver Broncos) in LA. We scalped two 50 yard line seats for $10, a couple of beers, and some grub, we watched the Raiders stuff the Broncos 4 times on the goal line to win the game. Not only did we get to watch the Raiders cream Elway, but we talked crap to Shannon Sharpe from our seats. That was the best!!”
Nice memory. I especially like the part about John Elway getting creamed, and Shannon Sharpe getting heckled. Great job. I never had the pleasure of attending a game at the LA Coliseum, but you made it sound awesome. Thank you for the memory.
I would like to extend my thanks to Carlos Sanchez for taking the time to conduct this interview. Again, if any of Raider Nation would like a chance to answer a few questions themselves, please contact me via email. I will be continuing this segment through July 25th (The start of training camp).