Before I get into the 2010 team, I would like to extend a special thanks to Ray St. Martin for taking us in like we were one of his own during the Raiders home opener. My friend Evan and I attended our first ever home Raiders game last month. Being from New York and New Jersey, we have only daydreamed about being able to sroll into the Coliseum with Raider Nation right by our sides. With the help of Saint, not only did that come true, we were even able to tailgate with the Black Hole! Honestly, an experience of a lifetime that neither of us will soon forget.
Every Sunday, the same thing has happened for the last 7 years. We put on the Silver and Black, ready to cheer on our team from across the country. What has followed after that is week in and week out of ridicule, laughter and even pity. It hasn't helped to watch the Giants win a title, have the Jets and their fat coach be more brash and arrogant than Ravishing Rick Rude, and watch the continued success of the Walrus Andy Reid and the Eagles down the turnpike. Over the seasons, we've had some great victories along the way, think SeaBass' overtime winner vs. the Jets, the Eagle win last year, etc. But nothing has been sustainable. Until now.
I draw your attention to a well known writer for ESPN. He has written many times about the theory of "No One Believes in Us." The 2007 Giants lived by it. The 1988 Dodgers embraced it. The 2004 Red Sox, after game 3 of the ALCS re-defined it. A team this young, this talented, that can grab onto this way of thinking...is a VERY dangerous team. I think Campbell has settled in, and more importantly, Hue Jackson has realized what his quarterback can and cannot do. The play calling was exceptional and it need to continue down this road. The defense is coming into its own, and the special teams is one of the most solid units in all of football.
The Raiders are young, they are hungry and they showed it Sunday when they ran over, past and through a slow, aging and mentally weak Broncos team. All around this area, no one knows what to make of the Raiders right now because we just dismantled a team that almost too down the self-proclaimed legendary Jets. But the facts are simple...it is NOT a fluke when a NFL team puts up 59 points against a division rival in their building. That locker room knows that no one believes in them. They realize they are the ones that have to PHYSICALLY turn the heads of the media, fans, and critics out there. After what I saw Sunday, I think that's exactly how they want it.