BANG! POW! KABAM! The Fresh Start For This Oakland Raiders Fan

As an Oakland fan, I come under fire for a lot of questionable calls by other NFL Fans.

From Hue Jackson’s ridiculous play-calling against the Dolphins, to Darrius Heyward-Bey being Oakland’s first pick over more capable receivers such as Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin and Hakeem Nicks but at the end of Week 13, it became all clear—

It was all worth it.

See, my brother has been an Oakland fan forever, he’s 36 years old and he’s been an influence on my sporting preference.

We share a similar liking to Florida State as well as being a fan of Peyton Manning with the same belief that he’s the best quarterback in the NFL. But it was he who lured me to the ‘dark side’ like Vader did with Luke.

See, I must admit I was never a ‘fan,’ but I had favorite players when I was younger. Deion Sanders was a favorite player, I loved him but never cheered for the Falcons, 49ers or Cowboys.

Being a Seminole fan first and foremost, I was huge on Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn so when they were taken by Tampa in the draft within two years (1995 and 1997) I was sold on Tampa.

Plus, I loved Mike Alstott, and at the time I did not have my own NFL Team, as I was drifting, cheering for favorite players over favorite teams; finally, I had a constant team to cheer.

As a loyal Tampa fan from 1995, I went through a lot:

starting with Tony Dungy being removed from the head coaching job despite putting up winning seasons minus a Super Bowl (which leads to the next point) the notorious now known "Bert Emmanuel Rule" in the 1999 NFC Championship game against the Rams which could of gone Tampa's way, putting them in prime position to possibly score Keyshawn Johnson (that says enough) and the organization cutting ties with John Lynch and Warren Sapp after the Super Bowl victory. I rolled with the punches as th...

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