Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Pablo Navarro points at the camera before a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Raider Nation: The Best Thing Ever


First off, let me set the record straight.  The Raider Nation is the largest fan base in the entire world.  The San Diego Chargers fan base pretty much starts and ends in San Diego, CA.  There are some stragglers, but those are the stragglers that were with them in the Los Angeles Chargers era.  Maybe if the Chargers moved to Los Angeles they might grow a larger fan base, but that is another doubtful claim.  Plainly put, the only thing that Chargers fans have left to do is slam on the Oakland Raiders and their fans.  I will say one good thing for the San Diego Chargers, they got rid of their Head Coach that couldn’t bring them any championships, Norv Turner.  How many Super Bowl wins do the San Diego Chargers have anyway?  Oh yes, none!

Now, Chargers fans and their blog sites and web sites are jumping on the NFL band wagon.  A recent article that posted on Fansided, “Raider Nation: Nothing but a Third World Country” discussed how poorly the Oakland Raiders will do this year.  Imagine that, Chargers fans believing that the Oakland Raiders will perform poorly.  This is like a bad “B Movie” that keeps getting re-made over and over.  With no Super Bowl wins, how can any team claim that they are better than the other.  Although, the one thing that was true in the article was how poorly Phillip Rivers’ play has been in recent years.  The cry baby of the NFL is just that, a cry baby.  That’s all he will amount to be.  Maybe the Chargers should think about starting Brad Sorensen, the quarterback they selected at the end of the 2013 NFL Draft, to take over for Rivers.  Maybe, just maybe, the Chargers might have a chance to win at least 7 games this year.

Chargers fans want to slam on Darren McFadden and his ability to stay healthy.  All the while, Ryan Matthews hasn’t been healthy since he entered the NFL.  As a matter of fact, Matthews only had one season where he made it 14 games before injury (2011).  The other two seasons (2010 and 2012) he was only able to play 12 games.  The only “Third World Country” I see is Bolt Nation, or Chargers Haven, or what do you call yourselves again?  Chargers, please, talk when you have something to talk about.  I guarantee the Oakland Raiders will beat the Chargers this year.  The Raiders are underestimated this year, and I can’t wait for the regular season to start.  This team is being built the right way, and the Chargers are beginning their rebuilding process.  That’s right Chargers fans, you are rebuilding with a totally new coaching staff.  Phillip Rivers is not your savior, but please keep relying on him.

September 10, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan holds a sign for San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (not pictured) before the game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The Raider Nation is far from a third world country.  We are our own Nation of loyal fans who understand our team.  Every team goes through ups and downs.  Sometimes the downs last longer than the ups, but the Raiders have Super Bowl Trophies in their long storied history.  How many Super Bowl wins do the Chargers have again?  That’s right, zero.  The Raiders have also won more AFC West Division Championships and Conference Championships than the Chargers, but keep believing that the Chargers are better than the Raiders.  Raider Nation knows that there is no contest.  Even sports broadcaster and writer Peter King knows this.  He was interviewed at Raiders training camp and stated, “The Raiders are an intriguing team with a lot of pieces that are going to be the foundation for the future.”

By all means Chargers fans, keep bringing the hate.  All you have left is hate.  At the end of the day, your team has been around as long as the Oakland Raiders, and they still haven’t won a championship.  No offense, but this isn’t going to be the year of the Chargers either.  As a matter of fact, I believe that the Chargers will be 4th in the AFC West and probably competing for the number one 2014 NFL Draft selection.  Raider Nation is the best and all other fan bases can hate on us all they want.  We will be triumphant again, and it all begins this year.

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  • Angel

    Damn good article. Let the war begin. Charger fans will reply with the utmost hate, as usual. Haha. This is gonna piss people off and it will be funny to read the response to this on bolt beat. Raiders have Superbowls which chargers don’t which they already know. Raiders vs. chargers through the decades…. Raiders 58 wins to chargers 47 wins…. Chargers, get mad. We just laugh at it…

  • S&B_Attack

    I love it, their hate coming from nowhere just shows how much nothing they have to talk about and you wouldn’t be talking if u truly thought u were so much better than someone, frickin posers. When was the last time u saw any chargers fans in London, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, or anywhere other than the west coast

  • Mark Shafer

    Oh Charger fan, Oh Charger fan.
    Long may your banners wave in the fair California sun ( for half a season ).
    One must wonder how you do it!
    Year in and year out you start off with dreams so high.
    When your need is dire you team does what it does !!!

    Chokes

    My new favorite quote from a Charger fan:
    We where one play away from beating the Super Bowl Champions. ( what was it 4th and 49!! )

  • Lamont Brown

    The only thing us Raiders fans can say is “We won Super Bowls”…HAHAHA Dolt fans hate that. They feel the last 10 years amounts to an eternity. But what they don’t realize is, in the last 10 years they have gotten just as close to a championship as we did. Win, lose, or tie, the fact of the matter is we were still the last afc team to be in a Super Bowl. They hate that too. All they can say is ” but you lost”, but we were there, In your stadium. There is nothing worst than a Charger fan, well except a Donkey, or a Queef fan. HAHAHA
    Go RAIDERS!!!

  • Luis Hernandez

    Perfectly said… Awesome response to that stupid third world country bs. Raider nation!

  • Cody Young

    Same argument for the last 12 years or so. Yes, the Raiders used to be good. Yes, the Chargers have been a better team for quite some time. What I wonder is: when will the Raiders be contenders again? Probably not this year, but realistically, how long? Here’s something else for Raiders fans to consider: I know you guys love playing the underdog, but which team is really more difficult to support, since the Chargers have no Super Bowl rings? No shit, we don’t have an international following…..we never had a trendy gangster rap group rep our gear, and baby blue isn’t exactly flying off the shelves as the new look. I could make a case that Charger fans are more resilient and dedicated when you look at it this way.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    No hate coming from this Chargers fan. Raiders, definitely have a larger fan base and it will take just a few more season sweeps and divisional championships to have more than the crossbones, but that will come soon enough. I don’t believe that the silver and black will ever be back from its glory years. That died with ex Chargers coach and deceased Raiders owner Al Davis. Karma is a bitch as you have been learning. Chargers don’t need much to contend for a championship except a great commitment to compete. Great rivalries in the west involve the Raiders and I understand that. Bring it on! Soon both sides will find out wich team is the better. Definitely will not be the faiders. Not this year!

  • Alter Ego

    Chargers are 16-4 the last 20…don’t call up stats that were before your pubes turned gray.

  • Alter Ego

    Who you picking with the first pick in the draft next year?

  • Alter Ego

    Were you even alive when you won one or is it just the old stories your so proud of?

  • Alter Ego

    Just remember…Chargers – Winners
    Raiders – losers
    us – winners
    you = losers
    No hate …now you can make a bundle betting your games this year. That’s love baby.

  • Mark Shafer

    That would be Chargers in the but Bob. I don’t spend all day hating on the Chargers. I’m amused by them 50+ years at all no wonder they can’t fill there stadium.

  • Alter Ego

    Not sure what you attempted to say Mark…the typing thing got you all befuddled huh.

  • S&B_Attack

    What in the world is your definition of winning, 7-9 is not a winning record nor is it “winning” in any way shape or form. I’m not saying we’ve been winning but our rebuild is in 2nd gear, yours just got started

  • S&B_Attack

    U dont even have any stories to tell of, lol. Because I’m pretty sure there’s no one alive that’s seen the Chargers win a Super Bowl, because they haven’t!!!!

  • Raider Grant

    Boltless in San Diego! Alter Egos are for confused catfish rookie linebackers, who will probably come out of the closest after having to play in baby blue jersey ! No one has sang or rapped bout cry baby chargers, because the chargers have given nothing for any tru artist to write about. 2014 Silver & Black back on track; 2015 Return to Excellence!

  • Alter Ego

    Yeah…I have to tell the stories about whats actually happening now…and that’s just whipping that Raider ass year after year after year . Do you think the Raiders will score against us this year?

  • Ben Calhoun

    What a bunch of drivel, the Chargers and Raiders are rebuilding yes and will probably be the 3rd and 4th team in the AFC West this year, but if you go off of talent only, the Chargers have more talent than the Raiders as far as we know. What the Raiders have is alot of unknowns, the Chargers have more Vets, more talent and could surprise people if Rivers can stop turning the ball over. The Raiders have McFadden, Flynn who is unproven, and a worse WR group than the Chargers. On Defense, Charger DL is better than the Raiders, LB and Secondary are both average for both teams. It really makes no sense to bash on each other, when neither team will likely make the playoffs.

  • Luis Garcia

    u most likely won’t be alive when the chokers get their FIRST superbowl. get da fucc off our blog foo!

  • Patrick Wilson

    What a worthless piece of writing. Anybody who guarantees victories for a team with Matt Flynn under center automatically discounts anything else they may have to say on the subject of football. The Raiders are not the second or third best team in their division…they are battling with the likes of the Jets and Jaguars as the worst team in the NFL. Please enlighten me as to how this season’s squad is better than last season’s. the team is worse. You actually downgraded at QB! Good luck this season. Raiders fans are so myopic and lacking of football knowledge, they always think their team is better than it truly is.

  • smokey53o

    Charger fans are the biggest front runners ever. Back when they had LT
    in his prime and pushing for a Superbowl birth they were giving out free
    bolt tattoos everywhere and fans decked out in charger gear. Now i walk
    around SD and see no charger gear anywhere, hell last Raider vs Charger
    game here I think the stadium was filled with more Raider fans.

  • Lamont Brown

    Sorry to disappoint you but, Yes I was alive then and I watched it. Were you alive? Been a Raider fan since the day I discovered football. And Yes I am proud of my stories.

  • Lamont Brown

    Who cares if you beat us. I guess when you beat the best franchise in the league, I guess that’s as good as a championship. But us personally, It’s about the Lombardi. If we beat the Dolts great but we have higher ambitions. Maybe if you stop worrying about how many times you beat us, and concentrate on the big trophy MAYBE, JUST MAYBE you will get one. But if you’re satisfied with winning a couple of regular season games have at it. Raiders WILL win another Lombardi before Dolts win one.HAHAHA

    Oh Yea please believe, we will score against you.
    Raiders!

  • Lamont Brown

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lamont Brown

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alter Ego

    Haha…not worried about you guys at all – you’re just another W – glad we have you on the schedule…hell everyone is glad to have you on the schedule.

    The league has past you bye…you are HORRIBLE.

  • Alter Ego

    Yep – The Raiders were once good and scary…not so scary now…everyone punches you in the face on a routine basis. But nobody like the Chargers…we own you – go make me a sandwich.

  • Lamont Brown

    Everything comes in circles. Name one team that has not had losing seasons. You Charger fans let your hate speak for you but don’t see reality. I don’t know about you but when I get knocked down I get up. That’s what Raiders are doing, getting up. Realistically we may not make it all the way up this year but we are on one knee right now.
    As for fan bases……..Like you said a few more sweeps and division championships and you will have a bigger fan base. That’s the difference between your fans and ours. You need wins so your fair weather fans can jump on the bandwagon. Raiders can lose 50 years in a row and we will continue to be worldwide and millions strong every season.

    Win, Lose, or Tie….Raiders til we Die. Our day will come.

  • Alter Ego

    Pffft…Ben turn in your Bolt and stay here. You are not worthy.

  • Alter Ego

    We will have an 11 win season…you…not so much.

  • Alter Ego

    I get a kick out of reminding people about that too.

  • Lamont Brown

    Got jokes huh? Live in your empty world. Blah Blah Blah, still no trophy. HAHAHA. Get over it. Yea you beat us what did you get out of it a Super Bowl? NO! I can live with losing a couple of regular season games, I couldn’t live a lifetime without a Lombardi. Chargers are the 40 year virgins of the league. Never had that Lombardi cherry popped.
    As of now we are 0-0 just like you guys are. The only ones with bragging right are the Super Bowl Champs. It’s not you so Shut Up!

  • Alter Ego

    Testy…you are on a long losing skid that probably will never ever go away. You will be the worst team in the AFC West once again. I guess you will tell the kids …there once was a time…before you were alive…blah blah blah

  • Raider Grant

    Lol, my friend who lives in “boltless in San Diego” told me the same about how many Raiders fans there were compared to chargeless fans at their home game. They can’t wait to play us at home so they can sell Raider Nation tickets.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    You go ahead and keep losing 50 years in a row. Win lose or tie its Chargers till we die, exept that we will be winning. Thanks to Ron Wolfe and his insightful hiring of great football minds like Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy who will win Superbowls with yes cry me a Rivers. What will your fan base have to say when that happens, I don’t know but it will definitely be entertaining!

  • Mark Shafer

    ” Black Out ” in Diego!

  • Htowndimez

    Ben is a prime example of Raider Nation fans in San Diego.. I bet he cant wait until the Riders come to SD so he can war his McFadden jersey and face paint. GO Raiders!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I beg to differ Mr. Wilson. After seeing Matt Flynn first-hand at training camp, I feel very confident in my prediction. You say I am discounted for predicting a Raiders win with Flynn under center. Well, the same could be said of you predicting the Raiders record. It’s just your way of jumping on the NFL’s band-wagon of analysts and pundits who try to evaluate and determine how the season will play out. Good luck to you.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you all for the comments. Once again, the Chargers fans have jumped into the Raiders conversation. Hello Mr. Alter Ego. You seem to be a regular in these discussions. Apparently the Raiders wronged you or your team in a past life. Don’t get down, all teams must lose every now and then. People say that the reason why they predict the Raiders to do so poorly is due to the unknowns on the roster. Well folks, most players are unknown until they become good or great. In any event, the Raiders will be better than what the critics are saying. I am confident in my prediction. I look forward to the first meeting between the Raiders and Chargers in Oakland on October 6th. Rivers better have his flack jacket on that day, because the Raiders defense will come a knocking!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    We won’t have to worry about it, because it won’t happen. Rivers biggest moment in NFL history is when he blew up at Doug Flutie over a nothing comment in front of reporters, and he looked like a baby who had his binkie taken away.

  • John Alton

    This is the kind of crappy articles you get when a team sucks for a decade. These insults are old and tired. Nobody cares about the raiders anymore. Go take your ADHD meds for these desperate attempts for attention.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Your hate for the Chargers makes that moment in time your favorite of Philip Rivers. Your team wouldn’t stink so much if you had a captain as good. Passionate and competitive is the captain of my Blue and Gold Bolts. He has been good enough to demolish da Faiders with no problem. I know that doesn’t say much.

  • Alter Ego

    He is a poser…worse type of fan. I prefer to deal with you guys who are up front about being stupid. Face painting and all that garbage…just silly shit really. If your team could ever turn it around and have another winning season…it possibly could be considered okay – it’s a fucktard deal with grown men doing the Halloween thing every week…when your team is so bad…of course you are going to be picked on…you are begging for attention.

  • Ben Calhoun

    It really is sad when Raider myopia spreads to other teams fans. 11 wins really! Tell you what if the Chargers win 11 games I will bow to your Alter Ego, but when they dont you go away and turn in your bolt because stupid fans are not wanted.

  • Ben Calhoun

    I am not a San Diegan, live much closer to Oakland, and even the Raider fans up here are more realistic than Alter Ego, they know they are not good yet and are rebuilding…that is the smart ones ateast. And BTW I dont have any Raider jerseys, but dont hate on them, just looking at the facts as I see them. i hope the Raiders and Chargers both get good at the same time after Denver and the Manning era, nothing better than the Raiders and Chargers both having good teams battling each other for the playoffs. Now that would be worth watching…unless they black it out up here.

  • Ben Calhoun

    You really are a knucklehead, quit giving true San Diego fans a bad name.

  • Raider Grant

    LOL, that’s good shit! Go Raiders!!!

  • Jon

    You know what this last decade wasn’t kind to us, but I like to look at it in another way. This decade was to give are rivals a chance to play catch up on how division championship’s you can win and you are still behind Oakland 16 , SD 15, KC 8, Den 12. Just imagine that these last 10yrs wasn’t so harsh on the Raiders, how many more winning season or Div Championship’s we could of added to are history. I already know these last 10yrs where better for you Charger fan but unfortunately : ( boohoo your team has current Question mark’s on your team as well as are’s. So go ahead and hate and show your true colors. We will be back, mark my word’s

    and bye the way we still own you we have better W-L series. record against you 57-47-2 I like to go by the all time record.

  • Alter Ego

    Your a stupid person Jon. Football has past the Raiders bye. You will be dead before – if and when they ever make it back to a SB. You can’t brag on what was…that was a looooong time ago. The raiders are awful and no one has punched them in the mouth more than the Chargers this last DECADE…you got zero shot at anything but a high draft pick.

  • Alter Ego

    The Raiders were once a great team…now your not and haven’t been for a while.
    I do get a kick out of watching all the faggots dressed in leather rooting for them though. It’s funny shit.