March 9, 2014
A group in Oregon is trying to lure the Oakland Raiders away from Oakland and move to Portland. They even have a petition. I have signed it and you should too.
In a perfect world, the Raiders would leave Oakland and return to Los Angeles, but since the world isn’t perfect, I’d love to see my once beloved team move to Portland. Anywhere would be better than Oakland. If you’ve watched an MLS Portland Timbers home game, you already know the city has some incredible sports fans. Nobody is dressed up like Gene Simmons from 1978, like some fans in Oakland are known to do. Sometimes I watch Raiders games, and I cringe when I see some of these weirdos in the stands. People didn’t dress up like that when the Raiders played in Los Angeles. In LA, when people want to cosplay, they go to a comic book or anime convention, they don’t go to a sporting event.
With that said, I’ve never understood the fascination these dress-up Oakland fans have with skulls. The Raiders logo features a pirate with a leather football helmet, an eyepatch, and two crossed swords. That’s it. No skull. The current Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo has a skull, the Oakland Raiders logo does not. If you insist on turning a sporting event into a cosplay event, make sure you aren’t dressed up using another team’s imagery.
Portland is a cool, eclectic place. Oakland, not so much.
Oakland is one of the worst cities in North America, and that includes Mexico. It’s one of the most dangerous places in the United States.
The stadium the Raiders play in, the O.co Coliseum, is a hellhole. It’s the only stadium in professional sports that hosts both a football team and a baseball team. Early home games for the Raiders are played on a partial dirt field. Not even high school teams have to do this. The aging, poorly maintained plumbing system often results in raw sewage backing up and seeping into places it shouldn’t be, including the locker rooms and offices.
The stadium the Raiders play in is an awful place. The city the Raiders play in is an awful place. At least some of the fans the Raiders play in front of are truly awful people. Could the Oakland Raiders move to Portland?
I sure hope so.
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