The curtain came down, no sorry, the curtain fell down on the Raiders time in
Oakland this Sunday with a heartbreaking 20-16 loss to the Jags.
Raiders second stint in Oakland came to a disappointing end, despite
into the half 16-3 the Jags rallied to break their 5 game losing streak
and hearts of thousands of Oakland fans desperate for a final win
before their Raiders sailed off to Vegas. The sun was shining down on
the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Raiders Legend Charles
Woodson lit the ceremonial Al Davies Torch and the Raiders streaked off
to an early lead courtesy of a 40 yard pass from Carr to Williams on
the Raiders first drive. All was good in Oakland.
Raiders continued to control the game and lead 16-6 at the end of the
Quarter, que the heartbreak: The Raiders overproducing Defence finally
buckled and Gardner Minshew lead the Jags to two unanswered touchdowns
in the 4th Quarter and two late Hail Mary attempts by the Raiders failed
to give the Raiders faithful a fairytale
farewell from Oakland.
isn’t the first time the Raiders have left Oakland; they spent 13
in LA between ‘82 and ‘94, making the playoffs 7 times and winning 1
superbowl. In their 25 seasons back in Oakland they have reached the
playoffs 4 times, only once reaching the Superbowl in 2002 where they
lost to now head coach John Gruden’s Buccaneers,
the year after he left Oakland. Results have been hard to come by
recently for the Silver and Black; with only 1 winning season in the
past 17 and at 6-8 now that won’t be changing.
April Las Vegas will host the NFL draft, come September they’ll be
the NFL as the Silver and Black continue their journey in Nevada in the
Allegiant Stadium, just West of the infamous Las Vegas strip. The
decision was made in 2017, following a long dispute between the City of
Oakland and the Raiders, with the Raiders wanting
the City to invest in the Colosseum – it’s aging features are long
overdue an upgrade and it’s very outdated to play football on a baseball
field. The cash strapped city of Oakland couldn’t agree and the bright
lights of Las Vegas came calling and the Raiders
will head 500miles East and play in the 65,000 seater, $2Billion brand
new Allegiant Stadium. The A’s, Oakland’s Major League Baseball team
will be the soul tenants of the colosseum and the only top tier
professional team in the West Bay area after the Warriors,
of NBA fame, jumped ship across the bay to San Francisco this summer.
was lucky enough to get to a Raiders game in Oakland a few years ago,
was dilapidated, the surroundings were a little rough but the people
were great and the atmosphere was electric. The loss of the Raiders will
undoubtedly be a huge loss to the city of Oakland and the local Raiders
fans. What’s their loss is Sin Cities gain…
Moving to Vegas is a bit of a gamble, but the Raiders have better odds than what you’ll find on any of the neighbouring Casino tables. Vegas is no doubt a great spot for a visiting fan, but to succeed in the long term the Raiders will have to emulate the success of the Vegas Golden Knights and attract local residents too. As always: winning helps, hopefully for the Raiders another Gruden-Mayer draft and offseason can put the Raiders in position to be more competitive come the 2020 season.