Raider Fans

We all are fans of something.  Be it sports, tv, music, food, technology or whatever, we all are drawn to SOMETHING!

My son has a new blog.  Its because he’s grown into an awesome fan of the Raiders.  In fact, Raider Fans are ALL awesome fans. 

Its because they have chosen to relate somehow to not only the game of football, but to some attribute that they find in the Raiders, that they also recognize in themselves.

Now not everyone can relate to the outlandish, ghoulish costumes, but some of you do.

More of you probably relate to the cast off,  washed up rebel that somehow redeems himself in a new environment.  Even more of your probably long for the good old days, much like the Raiders of old.

But most all of you relate to something that is not as visible as the costumes, the rebels, the cast offs, the cheaters, or maniacs. 

Its hope.

We ALL long for that feeling that something better is coming.  That feeling of a glimmer of hope that somehow we will persevere, and even succeed. 

So what kind of fan are you?  One that is faithful only during victory?  Or one that stays loyal through thick and thin?

Jesus is that friend that stays closer than a brother, in fact, He will never leave us or forsake us.  It sounds like He is a great fan…..of us.



Skylar Loves Football

March 11, 2008


1.With Roy Williams of the Lions

2.Hall of Famer Harry Carson

3. Asking Shawn Alexander a question

4. Adam Vinatieri

5. Bob Sanders from the Colts

6. Gary Brackett from the Colts

7. Brant Gumbel- Announcer

8. Adam Schefter- Announcer from the NFL Network

9. Coach Dungy

10 and 11. Skylar Running for a touchdown!

After Further Review

November 10, 2007

At halfway through the season here are some things that I thought (or hoped) would be different.

1. I thought that Brett Favre would be embarrassing himself in his last season.

2.I hoped that Lane Kiffin would have the Raiders at least at a competitive level.

3. I thought that the Patriots scheme of hiring a bunch of stars would backfire on them and ruin their “team” concept.

4. I thought that Peyton Manning would make my fantasy team a “shoe in” for first place.

5. I thought that Randy Moss would stink as bad as he did with the Raiders.

6. I thought that Ladanian Tomlinson would be in every highlight show.

7. I thought that Trent Green was going to be that quarterback that reminded Miami of the glory days.

8. I thought that when I bought my tickets to the Thanksgiving day game in Atlanta, that Micheal Vick would be up against Peyton Manning.

9. I thought that Adrian Peterson was going to be a bust  due to his lingering foot injury that was bothering him around draft time.

10. I thought that Jamarcus Russell would be well on his way to becoming the best quarterback in Raider history.

Oh well…..what do I know.

Two Touchdown Day

October 5, 2007

QuarterbackSkylar scored two running touchdowns on Wednesday night against the Buccaneers.  Both were about 60 yds.  He capped off the first with a perfect dive into the endzone.  Arms outstretched…..just like the Daunte Culpepper dive this past weekend.

My voice is still not back in shape from screaming.

I love that kid.

A Day At The Game

October 1, 2007

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October 1, 2007

daunte-touchdown.jpgI was at the game.  I saw it with my own eyes.  The Dolphins should have gotten a clue with the type of thunder and lightning and rain that started the game. 

Jordan was the thunder.  Fargas was the lightening.  Culpepper reigned supreme over the team that discarded him like a drenched towel.

It was glorious.   It was the most fun that I’ve had a Raider game in a long, long, long, long time.  It was Skylars first non preseason game that he’s been to, and he enjoyed every second.  (Except for a brief moment of Dolphin exuberance as they chanted “Raiders Suck”, that really bothered him.)  The kid has loyalty to his team like I haven’t seen.

They are 2-2 and tied for the lead in the AFC west.  Its a tough road, but Ill take my moment of satisfaction when I can get it.

Punt, Pass, and Kick

September 26, 2007

Skylar got an awesome opportunity last night go get some excellent instruction from some current Dolphin players at their “bubble”.

Jay Feely-Kicker, Cleo Lemon-Quarterback, John Denney- Long Snapper, and Brandon Fields- Punter were on hand to provide a quick class in each of their specialties to about 100 kids.

It was great opportunity, and he had a blast, and so did I.