Posted Thu Sep 24th by Monty
If the Oakland Raiders pull out a win on Sunday, but no one is there to see it… does the win really happen?
As excited as Raiders fans seem to be at their team’s tepid start, and with one of the NFL’s most storied rivalries taking another spin, you would think Oakland fans could muster a large enough crowd this weekend to at least fill their stadium.
You’d be wrong.
That’s right, folks — the Raiders-Broncos game for Week 3 is not a sellout, and so the game will be blacked out in local markets. Bay area Broncos fans will not be treated to the televised Raider-thumping.
Frankly, I’m disappointed. I get tired of hearing how weak the division is – as true as it may be – without having to worry about the state of the Broncos-Raiders rivalry.
Few annual matchups in the NFL have been able to match the intensity, loathing and hatred we’ve enjoyed twice a year in Oakland and Denver. If one team is bad and the other good, it never mattered – both sides would show up, year in and year out.
This year, Raiders fans didn’t.
And get this — with a win and Chargers loss, Oakland would sit alone atop the division by the end of the weekend! When’s the last time that was even remotely possible, early in the season or not?
After six years of the league’s worst football, and with things finally looking up, it makes one wonder what it would take for Oakland fans to wake up and start pretending their team is a professional football franchise. Apparently competitive football isn’t enough.
And before Raiders fans come crying about the opponent being responsible for some tickets sales, too, let us remind them: this is Oakland. Broncos fans would be more willing to pony up if A) your stadium didn’t suck, and B) we weren’t afraid of being stabbed. No such luck there, though.
Enjoy your infomercials, Raiders fans. This rivalry deserved better.