Speaking with some older Raiders fans, I’ve heard that the Raiders lost something when they left town and went to southern California. Perhaps that’s just because they are east bay folks, but maybe they are right? It’s said that Al Davis broke the fan’s hearts by moving the team, and things haven’t been the same ever since.
Then again when you look at history, the LA Raiders won the superbowl, so they must have been doing something right! Fans in So Cal still love the Raiders and mob the Chargers stadium every year to show support.
Seems like ever since the Raiders came back from LA they’ve struggled to regain their rightful position atop the NFL. And since the Bay Area isn’t very football focused, sellouts are hard to find. The Raiders image also got more “gangsta” during the LA years, so many middle class types think poorly of the team.
I think there is something unique about the Nor Cal/So Cal relationship that the Raiders have created. How many things in life connect these two separate universes? Not many! After the Chiefs got clobbered in overtime at the Coliseum last season I was hugging So Cal dudes and shaking hands with bros who I’d never connect with in my normal life. The Raiders united us across regional, class, race, everything. They drove all the way up from LA for the game and I thought that was so awesome.
I thought, maybe the Raiders should play every other year in Oakland and Los Angeles, so both fan bases get in on the action!