May 27, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; General view of the Oakland Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Silver and Black are back

In my utter excitement for the upcoming season, I have found myself dabbling in a bit of poetry to show how the Oakland Raiders have risen from the depths to begin anew.  Though not one play has been executed for the 2014 season, I feel a sense of accomplishment in what General Manager Reggie McKenzie has done, and the direction the team has taken.  I am beginning to trust in the coaching staff, and the players on this team are coming together.

It may not be the best poem in the world, but it is what found its way to the keyboard.  It’s a poem that’s meant to bring out the excitement in all of us, and maybe, just maybe, it will be liked by all.  Whether you like it or not Raider Nation, please feel free to share your comments or criticism  with me.  Thank you.  Now without further ado, here it is:


Once a proud and powerful presence,
Feared and challenged by few,
Shoved into darkness and despair,
Due to undeniable disrepair,

Our leader lost to sickness and death,
The team clouded in a fog and sunk to the bottom,
Still waiting for their chance to rise again,
Grasping and clawing for every last breath,

Yet, through the blackness shone a light,
The heir to the throne displayed his might,
Filling in holes and casting aside stones,
Ridding the team of unnecessary drones,

Like a beacon along the shore,
The king guided the team from the deep,
A ship on the move by sail and oar,
Out of its slumber and sleep,

Keeping with tradition while ushering in a new age,
The King’s men have finally turned the page,
Bringing forth a Raider ready for battle,
Many cages this team will rattle,

The Oakland Raiders are here to stay,
And Raider Nation will rule the day,
We have taken enough of your flack,
The Silver and Black are back!

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  • Jose Espinosa

    Great poem

  • BabyGirl49

    That Poem Was Definitely From The Heart…….and this Year We R Definitely off To Anew Start RaiderNation Baby

  • Barack Husain Obama

    The Raiders are a true thug team no doubt about that and I will surely shut them down if they don’t win a Super Bowl this year.

  • O Hernandez

    Its great to see a revitalized raider team and a reinvigorated raider fan base. Good job RM

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Definitely revitalized and reinvigorated! RM is the man!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Yes, most of my writing comes from the heart or an emotion I happen to be having at the time. That’s how I roll.

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  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you!

  • Pridenpoise

    You might have missed your calling, great poem, I can see this catching on a 2014′s version of an Autumn Wind.

  • c.phares

    The second line sounds like they were feared by few too. Could just be me, but otherwise I like it.

  • Jaime Olguin

    Shane your unbelievable and yes I do believe that we will once again rule and be feared upon the league as in
    years pass.taking out quarterback like the 1983 team. because that who this team reminds me of.
    Your awesome Shane you are truly Raider Nation. Win lose or tie Raiders till we die.

  • Lethaniel Davenport

    We are back that’s a fact I love this attitude

  • Paolo X

    Had same thought… ‘Feared,’ would resolve that issue.

  • jzgames11

    Record may not show the turnaround this year because of schedule and travel situation , and totally new roster . But the formula makes sense, and starting to see daylight. Great poem , all love for True Raider fans.

  • KloverJane

    Good job my friend.
    And hear the beats of a new drum with…
    The Autumn wind cometh…

  • Raider Grant

    Some of the greatest thing written, started by someone writing them. Kudos Shane! Fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up! GOOOOOO Raiderrrrrrs!

  • David Kirlin

    Great job Shane. Looking forward to this season greeting under way. I am putting 100 on the Raiders to make the playoffs, and 100 on the over/under at 4.5 games won. Can’t wait to see Mack, Moore, Tuck, Woodly, and Jelly Roll over the quartbacks. Love our Raiders.

  • Angel Becerra

    Wow, Shane! That was awesome! You’ve inspired me to write one of my own…

    Once the greatest warrior on the battlefield,
    Opponents dropped right before the shield.

    Beaten, bruised and left for dead,
    Many have forgotten the great battles he’s lead.

    Old, tired and with one good eye,
    This silver and black monster refuses to die.

    Rising through the envious hatred of the world,
    The Raider once again conquers and slays with his almighty sword.

  • carlos bendix

    thug team? i think the denver donkos have inherited that throne. btw i like the way you are bending over and taking it like a champ to the muslim world

  • carlos bendix

    Go Raiders!

  • Richard C

    I became a 49′ers fan after the greedy Al Davis moved the team to LA, even though he sold out every game in Oakland. So I have been a 49er’s fan since Steve DeBerg used to throw for 300+ yards between the 20′s. It used to be that going to a Raiders game was a fun experience, with quality people in the stands. But what it is now is a disgrace, not being able to wear your team colors without having to have an altercation with a bunch of low life’s is sad. I truly think that if you dropped a bomb on the stadium during a game crime would go down 70% in the Bay Area

  • Mike

    That’s funny, since The Stick was voted the 3rd most dangerous stadium in America. we shall see what happens in Santa Clara. I know that those Nortenos love to go to Niner Games and fly their gang colors. Or maybe you were slow on the uptake.

  • M42

    Yes, he learned it well from his predecessor the Shrub!

  • Howard Ross

    Denver Donkeys shouldn’t stick their head up until season starts…..LMAO !!! Got that butt whooped. ancient history just like the Raiders right ?

  • Howard Ross

    The Raiders, The Black Folks of the NFL…NO LOVE UNLESS YOU TAKE IT …………. Nation Baby !

  • Barack Obama

    Thank You Mr.Bendix. I also hate the Denver Broncos. I personally like all other 28 teams that aren’t in the same division as the donkeys. Also be careful what you say on the internet!

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Thats an awesome poem! Well said!