I don't keep football shit around when football isn't happening, so I packed up my Raider gear today. This includes a helmet (signed by Howie Long), my jerseys, my 2 pillows, 2 blankets, my slippers, 4 hats, 3 autographed pics, several shirts, a jacket, and other various Raider paraphernalia (including a Raider gnome and fan calendar) and put it all into my storage unit today. I even packed my Raider zippo.
Sigh. I would have loved to see the Raiders continue on. Every year I say to myself that this is the year, but then it isn't and then I say it again the next year, etc. But after every season I pack up all my Raider gear and put it into storage until the next preseason. It makes me nostalgic for the glory years for sure (I have been a fan since the early 80's), but it also makes me sad that I have to wait 8 months to see them play again.
I already miss them.