In this continuing segment, “Ask an Oakland Raiders Fan,” Just Blog Baby had the pleasure of being contacted by Cameron Pedro. Cameron is 19 years old and has been a die-hard fan since he was born. He recently moved to Boise, Idaho, where he still supports the Raiders. Even though he’s not in the Bay Area anymore, he continues to show loyalty to the Raiders by doing a YouTube show called, “The Silver and Black Attack.” His YouTube channel is at www.youtube.com/user/ballsmcmeat. He grew up in Livermore, CA, and he is currently a full-time college student. He had season tickets with his Dad and little brother from 2002 through 2011.
Cameron 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- “I believe the Raiders will perform much better than many expect them to. I expect anywhere from a 6-10 record to a 9-7 record for the 2013-14 season. I think Matt Flynn will start, Denarius Moore and Rod Streater will have breakout years, and I believe we will have a top 15 Defense. I believe the running game will be much improved whether Darren McFadden stays healthy or not.”
2. What is your favorite off-season move that was made by the Oakland Raiders? Explain.
Answer- “My favorite, and I’m sure others, favorite off-season move was the pick-up of Charles Woodson. It brought some very much-needed positive attention to the team. It also brought a great leader, a great safety, and a great presence to a Raiders team that is still trying to find its way and its identity.”
3. Do you think the Oakland Raiders should keep Darren McFadden, or let him go in 2014?
Answer- “It all depends on whether or not he stays healthy in 2013. If he can stay healthy at least 15 games, then yes, or resign him, or let him walk in Free Agency. See if the Raiders can start fresh and find a new starting back. Perhaps Latavius Murray will step up to be that guy if the latter situation occurs.”
4. Who is your favorite Oakland Raider of all time, and why?
Answer- “This is such a tough decision. I know many would say Al Davis, he has to be, but for me it has always been Jim Otto. The big Double “0.” He just personifies what it means to be a Raider. To me, he was the original Raider, and his toughness and style of play was, what I believe, the beginning of forming what is known as ‘The Raider Mystique’.”
5. What is your favorite Oakland Raiders memory and what is a typical tailgate party like for you at home games?
Answer- “My favorite Raider memory is from when I was a little kid and my Dad took me to the 2002 Divisional Playoff win over the Jets. After the game, we stood in front of the news van until they started broadcasting, I was 9 at the time, and my Dad lifted me up so my little Die-Hard face could be seen all over the Bay Area as the Raiders had been one win from going to the Super Bowl. That has to be my favorite memory, because it showed me what the Raider Nation was like and how special it can be just attending a Oakland Raider game.”
“A typical Tailgate Party for me is getting up early in the morning and waiting at the gate to get the best spot in the parking lot. After we get in, we pull out the tortillas, the eggs, the sausage, and the skillet to make breakfast burritos. After that, we bust out the radio and start playing rock music to get inspired and pumped up. When lunch time rolls around, the barbecue gets set up and the coals are ready to cook on. We pull out the marinated Tri-Tip and start grilling. When it’s finished, the Francisco Sourdough rolls come out and we prepare them with Mayonnaise, Mustard, and Swiss cheese. After eating, we take a couple of sandwiches for later, pack everything up, buy a program and prepare the most enjoyable event that never gets old, A Raiders game.”
So true, the Oakland Raiders games never get old. I am a fan of the Francisco Sourdough rolls myself, because they are definitely tasty. Jim Otto is definitely one of my all-time favorites too. He only played for the Raiders, and he still contributes to the organization to this day.
I would like to extend my thanks to Cameron Pedro 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).