In this continuing segment, “Ask an Oakland Raiders Fan,” Just Blog Baby had the pleasure of being contacted by Jason Crigger. Jason is 27 years old and currently resides in Seattle, WA, where he’s lived for the last four plus years. His love affair with the Oakland Raiders began in December of 1985, when he was born into a family of Raider fans. He has been a die-hard fan ever since.
Jason 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’m a bit on the pessimistic side for the 2013 season. I think this team will finish anywhere between 4-12 and 6-10. On offense, the team needs DMC to stay healthy, and I won’t be shocked if Tyler Wilson starts at some point this year. On defense, I think we’ve upgraded in a lot of areas from last year, but I’m worried about the side gelling quickly, due to the new additions. With that said, I believe Reggie has done an unbelievable job getting the future setup, and, by 2014, I expect this team to be competitive year in and year out.”
2. What is your favorite off-season move that was made by the Oakland Raiders? Explain.
Answer- “The best move the team made was giving Greg Knapp his pink slip. Granted, he shouldn’t have been brought back in the first place, but I like that Coach Allen was quick to learn from that debacle. Player wise, I love the moves of bringing in Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett.”
3. Can Denarius Moore become an elite receiver? If so, what must he do to become one?
Answer- “I love me some Denarius Moore, but I don’t think he has the skills to be “elite”. With that said, I think he can be very, very solid if he continues to work on his focus. The knock on him in college (and so far in the pros) was that he was prone to drops. If he can fix that he’ll have a great career.”
4. Who is your favorite Oakland Raider of all time, and why?
Answer- “My favorite Raider of all-time has be Tim Brown. He was the consummate pro and he’s been the greatest Raider during my lifetime. To put up the numbers he did when he had different quarterbacks, speaks volumes about the talent that he had. I will be making the trip to Canton when he gets into the hall.”
5. What is your favorite Oakland Raiders memory, and what is a typical tailgate party like for you at home games?
Answer- “The one that sticks out the most was the comeback in the last game of the year in 1993 vs. Denver. I remember they were down by 20+ points and at that time my 8 year old self couldn’t handle it. I was upset, crying and my parents were threatening to turn the TV off. My mom told me to never give up on the Silver and Black, and, wouldn’t you know it, they came back and beat the Donks in OT. The cherry on top was the whooping they put on them in the playoffs the following week. The 2002 AFC Championship is up there as well.”
“I’ve only made it out to Oakland for a few games, but the few times I’ve been out there I’ve made sure to bring booze and get to the O.Co early. I’ve made some great friends tailgating and everyone is very welcoming, especially when they find out you traveled from out of town.”
Isn’t that the frustration and anxiety we all feel when the Raiders play a game too close for comfort. Then again, sometimes those are the best games, because they do stick in our minds forever. I’m glad that your mom has so much faith in the Raiders. It’s a trait that my mom passed on to me as well. Don’t let those Seattle Seahawks fans get under your skin up there. Remember, a return to glory is on the horizon, and all of Raider Nation will be basking in the success of the Oakland Raiders.
I would like to extend my thanks to Jason Crigger 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).