In this continuing segment, Just Blog Baby was contacted by Rich Mouser who asked to give his take on the questions posed to Raider Nation. Rich stated, “I’ve been enjoying your series when the light finally came on, why not me.”
Rich, a 53-year-old life-long Oakland Raiders fan, has been a fan since day one without any outside influence from family or friends. He is self-employed and was born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon. He and his wife have been married for nearly 20 years. His first dog was named Raider. Of course, his wife was the one who baited him into taking the dog by telling him he could name her Raider. What Raiders fan wouldn’t accept that proposition?
Rich is going to be introducing his wife to Raider Nation by taking her to her first game this year. He has been to Raiders headquarters several times as he has accompanied his bookkeeper and her son to a two-day Raiders youth camp. He was able to tour the facilities which included the workout and locker rooms. Rich’s business, which has been sold recently, was a sports bar in Roseburg. It was Roseburg’s Raiders HQ, and he had made sure that there was no doubt you were in a Raiders bar.
Rich has had Raider greats Jack Tatum (Rest in peace), Raymond Chester, and Charlie Smith as patrons in his bar. He had even put together a fundraiser for Tatum’s diabetes foundation. His wife has been very supportive of his passion for the Oakland Raiders. Their house was painted in Raiders colors, and Rich has his Raiders room. Their Christmas-Tree is a Raiders tree that stands from Thanksgiving through December. Every year it is decorated with a new Raiders ornament.
Rich 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- “Predicting the 2013 season is tough at this stage of the year. With that said I think we will be a better team than last year. There have been a ton of changes made to the roster and coaching staff. I’m happy with many additions, including the draft, but I’m more optimistic about some of the subtraction, mainly Greg Knapp and the bonehead we had at middle linebacker. Knapp wanted to force a round peg in a square hole, and McClain was a locker room cancer, adios to both.”
2. What is your favorite off-season move that was made by the Oakland Raiders? Explain.
Answer- “I’m not sure the draft is considered an off-season move, but I really liked it. I think Hayden can become an elite shut down corner if he can stay healthy and fully recover from his surgery. Watson has huge upside and sounds like he is bright enough to quickly learn the system, and how can you not love a guy like Sio Moore? He believes he was the best linebacker in the draft and wants to prove it, go Sio! I think Murray may have been the steal of the draft and a great compliment to McFadden. With all that said, how can you not be thrilled with the return of C-Woodson? How much he has left in the tank is yet to be seen, but he will be a coach on the field and great mentor to Hayden and the rest of the backfield.”
3. Can Denarius Moore become an elite receiver? If so, what must he do to become one?
Answer- “Moore has all the tools to be great and he showed that as a rookie. Now he will once again be working with a new QB and it’s always hard to guess how that will play out. My guess, it will be Flynn, and I hope they connect early and often. Every QB needs a go to guy and for several years that has been whoever we had at TE. I think a healthy Ford could really help Moore by forcing defenses to not focus so much on him.”
4. Who is your favorite Oakland Raider of all time, and why?
Answer- “While I have tons of favorite Raiders, if limited to one it is definitely Jim Plunkett, and he is such a great story. He was picked up off of the scrap heap of the 49ers and only went on to bring two of our three Lombardi trophies to the Raider Nation. Everyone in the league had given up on this guy, but in typical Raider fashion, we found a diamond in the rough. He is just a great Raider story.”
5. What is your favorite Oakland Raiders memory, and what is a typical tailgate party like for you at home games?
Answer- “In 1992 I opened a sports bar in my home town, so my Sundays have been spent there. When you walked in you had no doubt you were in a Raider bar, tons of memorabilia and it was all Raiders. We were Raider Nation North and always had a fun group of Raider Fans. I’ve recently sold it, so my Sundays will be free and I plan to attend more games and mix it up with the Real Raider Nation! My favorite event was attending Raider Pats game the year after the infamous Tuck Rule game. Our seats were well up Mt Davis, but watching us spank Brady and Co was well worth it.”
I believe it is absolutely awesome that you and your wife have been married for nearly 20 years. The fact that she fully supports your passion for the Raiders is a true testament to your relationship. My wife and I have been together for 8 years, and we have been married for 6. She has always been in full support of my passion for the Raiders. Once I introduced her to Raider Nation, she gained her own passion for the Raiders. I believe the same will occur for your wife this year.
I would like to extend my thanks to Rich Mouser 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).