Like Ravens, I can't wait for Raiders to get here
There's just something about the Oakland Raiders. They're 17-53 since 2004 and their motto is "Commitment to Excellence," which I'm pretty sure was on the short list when Baltimore came up with its "Get in on it!" tourism campaign a few years ago. But if it's any consolation, owner Al Davis was on the short list for that GEICO campaign until they found a cuter lizard.
Okay, maybe that's a little harsh, but I did hear Davis is planning to fire John Harbaugh when he gets to town this weekend. Claims John isn't who he thought he would be when the Ravens hired him.
My only regret going into this game is that Oakland and Baltimore are so far apart, so there's little chance that any of the true Raider fans will be able to make it to the game. Since it's the last game before Halloween I was thinking about giving out a prize for the funniest costume. Don't know about you, but I'm absolutely terrified of anyone in a plastic helmet with horns sticking out of it.
Some Raider sympathizer wrote in the other day and made the point that there also are people at M&T Bank Stadium who dress in funny get-ups for the game. I agree, they're called mascots, and Poe thanks you for your support. There might even be a few purple face-painters in the crowd, but there's still a difference. They don't think a plastic battleaxe actually makes you the second coming of Braveheart.
Last time I looked, getting nine friends together to terrorize some wimpy kid in the wrong jersey doesn't get you the Congressional Medal of Honor, at least not on this coast (except maybe in Philadelphia).
I apologize in advance for seeming like a hater on this, but there is so little to like about the Raiders organization other than the fact that their defensive coordinator is a dead ringer for Rex Ryan.
If you read my last post -- the one about Bob Irsay being only third on a FanNation list of the biggest traitors in the history of sports -- you should also remember that Davis (who inexplicably isn't on the list) was the one who opened the door for the Colts departure when he joined in the anti-trust lawsuit that allowed him to move the team to LA (albeit temporarily) in 1982.