Sorry For Your Loss, Raider Nation.
Image Source San Francisco Chronicle
I’ll be the first to admit – when it comes to sports most people think that I’m geographically confused. Is that a thing? It must be.
My football Sundays are spent cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles, I was heartbroken when Duke lost in ROUND TWO of this year’s Final Four and Derek Jeter will forever be my captain. I’ll even admit to shedding a tear when Lucic returned to the TD Garden as a Los Angeles King. What?! The video montage really got me.
Now, before anyone jumps down my throat because I don’t think that Tom Brady actually walks on water – I’m not going to pretend to know everything about sports. Heck I won’t even pretend to know a little! I do, however, know how much a sports team means to its city and the fans that spent decades supporting it. Literally, decades. If you’ve ever lived in or around Boston, you know what I am talking about.
When I heard that the NFL made the – almost unanimous – decision to take the Raiders to Las Vegas, it was a given that it simultaneously broke hearts across Oakland. As it usually does, the verdict came down to money and the fact that the Raiders desperately need their own stadium. The league was even able to squeeze a supportive quote from Bob Kraft, sharing that “you can’t compete at the highest level if you don’t have a first-rate stadium.” While it’s no secret that the Raiders have had 20 or so losing seasons, this is a tough hit for Oakland, as the franchise is notorious for having some of the most loyal and fierce fans in the game.
So, I’d like to share my deepest condolences, Raider Nation. I am certain that the players and coaching staff will miss you as much as you miss them!
Posted by Cait H