Make the NFL Draft Al Davis-Proof: A Plea from a Weary Raiders Fan

The image still burns brightly in my mind.

There the frog was, sitting in a putrid swamp, strumming a banjo, and singing about how difficult it was to wear his colors. I thought, "What a weak, pathetic creature."

Why not?

I was in the prime of my life, and my favorite NFL team, the Los Angeles Raiders, had won their second Super Bowl.

Life was good. At no time did I question my Silver and Black colors. And yet as I gazed at the TV, this amphibian—much like New England Patriots fans of the '80s—showed little faith in its banner as "people passed them by."

Pathetic creature.

It has been over 20 years since that crowning achievement for the Raiders. Since then, this once-proud franchise has taken its loyal fanbase to new lows.

I now find myself alone on a log, in a putrid media swamp, singing about how hard it is being Silver and Black.

As a Raiders fan, the regular season and offseason have become as pleasant as having jalapeno oil on your finger when putting contacts in.

Even the simplest excitement of an upcoming NFL draft has been systematically squashed by the Raiders' Dark Lord, Al Davis.

Why get worked up over the potential football players who could be drafted, when the owner will be selecting Joe "Track Star" or Barry "Combine Workout Warrior"?

Trust me. It’s not easy being Silver and Black.

So a few month back, while slumped over on my cypress log, munching on 'skeeters and watching the College Senior Bowl, it dawned on me.

The NFL can Al-proof the draft, and bring some excitement back to us loyal Raiders fans—or pathetic creatures, if you prefer.

When you've hit the bottom of the swamp, you have to start somewhere, right?

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