Oakland Raiders: Are the Copy Cats and the Humpty Dumptys Hindering?

Is there politics in the rule-making in the NFL? Have some of the rules been designed to hinder the Oakland Raiders? Before you say "no", let's look at history.

Let's develop a framework for this discussion.

Framework: An example

Someone wrote me on Bleacher Report and asked what my heritage was. I answered him in a general way, but I emphasized that in America, I am simply an African-American.

Looking at the census mail today, and thinking about the question on ethnicity or race, I know that in earllier history the classifications and rules for placing someone in one category or another were purely political. This type of labeling occurs in America, and it occurred in Germany, according to a German theologian named Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945).

The Power of Changing the Rules

The phenomena of defining something a certain way has destroyed many men, women, and organizations. Is it attempting to hinder the Oakland Raiders?

For example, if you want to destroy the potency of something, you can dilute it. Years ago, Al Davis was one of the few coaches to select a certain type of talented player. Today, Davis is one of many who do so, and his strategy is diminished or diluted.

If you can't beat 'em, dilute 'em

The Oakland Raiders have been hindered by that dilution. From one perspective, you can say that it is good that the many doors of opportunity opened to give certain guys a "crack at" success. 

Now, however, the one thing that seemed to have strengthened the Oakland Raiders has now been copied by other teams. Is this "copy cat phenomena" sincere or deceptive?

Once upon a time

Some defined the Oakland Raiders greatest era to be between 1976 and 1983. During those years, there were 26 teams, and now there are 32 teams.

In that era, there was no concept called "free agency" or "salary cap." No...

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