Why Does the Raider Nation Enjoy the Past? We Have One!

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Published: July 7, 2009

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... into the distance. Their trophies, three in Oakland, one as an AFL winner, and one for LA, are part of a long-ago heritage. Many also like to think that this present darkness, to borrow a phrase, will go on for some time.

Probably the biggest problem with the present mindset is that the Raiders live in the past. We can spout stats like the best of them but little can translate into the present day team, consisting of some of the players who were not even born.

Why is it then, that so many of us hold onto the faith so tightly, like a long lost friend?

Because we have a history....and one we're very proud of.

Some clubs weren't even in existence when the Raiders dismembered of the Redskins in 1983. Teams like the Panthers, Jags, Texans, and even the Titans, who would have to rewind to the Oilers, still haven't won a Super Bowl ring.

Look at back what the Patriots had, before Tom Brady, and you'll find a dysfunctional franchise, with 0-2 Super Bow...

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