His call has become a staple in Raider Nation. Each and every one of us has heard the legendary “Touchdown RRAAIIDDEERRSS!” from Raiders announcer Greg Papa. It has become synonymous with the brand and something that many of us look forward to each season.
It would be sad if the voice of the Raiders didn’t follow them to Vegas, and instead chose to take his talents to Santa Clara. That is what Papa is angling for according to The Athletic’s Editor-in-Chief Tim Kawakami.
Kawakami was in a heated debate with fans on Twitter about his coverage on 49ers linebacker Rueben Foster whose alleged domestic violence victim recanted. During that debate he went off-line a little to throw some shade at Greg Papa.
No, I want them to come after me. Especially the team shills posing as commentators. Exposes them for what they are. https://t.co/TS1DYtebAe— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 17, 2018
I get that these guys are praying that they're hired by the 49ers. Sometimes they hide it better than other times.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 17, 2018
I really meant one specific very disappointing host at 95.7 FM -- Greg Papa -- and let that affect something I said about all hosts. That's on me. I should be specific when I do that. I wasn't yesterday. https://t.co/cBkzRRHDfK— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 18, 2018
It is disappointing if true because of how integral to the Raiders Greg Papa has been, especially with how much of an Al Davis guy Papa always was.
It’s worth noting that Papa isn’t just a Raiders announcer, he’s a Bay Area sportscaster. Besides the Silver & Black, he also broadcasts for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. Once the Raiders move to Vegas they will be outside of the Bay, and the 49ers will be the only Bay Area NFL team.
The move to Vegas is a couple years away so you will still get to hear his memorable call of touchdown Raiders plenty more times. Enjoy it while you can though because that might just be another thing the Raiders leave behind in the Bay when they move to Vegas.