Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Why am I such a Raider Hater?!?!

I think one of the most amusing things I have ever done was create the "Official Raider Haters Universe" page on my web site.

It drives Raider fans and web site snobs absolutely crazy.

Unbelievably the majority of the "web site" snob critics are Chargers fans with their own web sites or who spend their days writing on Chargers forums and their criticism is that the "format and style" is not as "professional and attractive" as their sites. ITS SUPPOSED TO BE CRUDE TO MATCH THE THEME DUMMY!!!

It also accomplishes its primary mission of giving a few smiles and chuckles to fellow Raider Haters and stirs up the passion in Chargers fans and fellow Raider Haters world wide.

Who could ask for more?!?!

In spite of the fact that I state on the web page that Raider Fans should not bother to send me emails with rants about how many Super Bowls they have won IN THE PAST, or what their overall record against the Chargers is -- THEY DO IT ANYWAY. That ought to tell you something about their ability to read and comprehend!

They don't seem to realize that their emails simply confirm all of the jokes on the Raider Hater page have them as real life examples. Number one -- they can't SPELL. Number two -- most are Homophobic because accusing me of being gay is a running theme? Number three - they almost always threaten to kick my ass. Number four -- they are so mad that you can tell their rage is going faster than they can type and most of what they say in incoherent, and Number five -- they defend their pathetic football team and organization in spite of the current facts.

Yes, it is easy to see that I do, in fact, hate the Raiders. But the REAL truth of the fact is that I hate the Raider FANS.

Until my retirement a few years ago, I was a Chargers Season Ticket Holder for many years and attended lots of games before buying my first Season Tickets. As a matter of fact, I watched the Chargers play at Balboa Stadium when I first joined the Navy in 1961. Even though I retired in Texas, I still have the DirecTV Sunday NFL package and fly my Chargers flag in the front yard every game Sunday. And thousand of people know about the ChargerTom.com web site and its devotion to MY Chargers.

As far back as I can remember, the Chargers-Raiders games have been just like going inside an out-of-control insane asylum.

My experience has been that Raider "fans" are, for the most part, not "fans" of the Raiders in the football sense, but are "fans of the gang mentality" that has been created. Most of their fans didn't grow up watching the Raiders play football and learning to admire their team and wanting to support them. Instead, most grow up watching the local gang bangers, drug dealers, and other intimidating thugs dress up in their Raider gear. So naturally when they began to grow up and these types of people were their role models, the Raider gear and being a "Raider fan" was just part of the overall persona they took on.

I have been to Chargers games at home, opposing EVERY team in the NFL over the years. I have been to Chargers games in the stadiums of other NFL teams during away games. I have never seen the fans of any other team have a mission to "take over" the stadium -- except the Raider fans. That's because its not about their team, its about maintaing THEIR image as gangsters.

As bad as the reputation of fans in "Philly" is, and as fanatic as the fans of "America's Team" the Dallas Cowboys are, none of them set out to attend a game for the PURPOSE of causing hate, discontent, disruption, and mayhem. The Raider fans do!

See how many fights there are in the parking lot and stands during a Raiders game. See how many innocent families are injured by their fighting. Listen to the language used in the stands in front of women and children. Watch them sneak down to sit in expensive seats when they only paid for nose-bleed. Smell the pot and see the booze being consummed in the stands. Watch that they ALWAYS run in packs. And notice that win or lose, the parking lot will contain broken beer bottles, overturned trash cans, and damaged cars -- all compliments of the Raider "fans."

I have lived all of this, and much much more, for forty plus years and I KNOW what I am talking about and its getting worse.

Now for the punch line ....

I do NOT maintain the "Official Raider Haters Universe" web page because I hate the Raiders -- I do it because I think it is funny and I hope to give others a laugh or too also. ITS FUNNY - thats why!!!

There are pages and complete web sites devoted to poking fun at the President, the Republicans, Celebrities, gas prices, ugly people, beautiful people, and everything in between. I'm just poking fun at the Chokeland Faiders and their band of thug fans.

Lighten up people -- its HUMOR!!!


Raider Nate 75 said...

I grew up a Raider fan, and my first NFL game was in '84 when I was 10. The game, The AFC Championship between the Seahags and the Raiders. I've been to numerous games in LA/Oakland.
Now that I live in Texas, I've been to Cowgirl-Raiders and Texans-Raiders games.
I can understand your sentiment for Raider fan, to a certain extent. I think the difference is, you have dealt with LA Raider fan, more than Oakland Raider fan.
Now I'm not going to say "all" LA Raider fans are gangsters, but there are a lot who are. Does that reflect the team? No, that reflects the wanna be idiots who are not clever enough to come up with their own name/gear/etc, so they have to thief their favorite sports image.
The majority of Oakland Raider fan is comparable to the Dawg Pound in Cleveland. We dress up, we are great people, and are friendly (unless you are a Chief/Bronco). Now, just like in Cleveland and any other arena, there are a few fights, and drunk fans who do stupid things; but it doesn't paint the whole field of fans as "evil" or their team for that matter.
I respect your opinion, and I regret that you've had bad experiences with Raider fans; but I hope you realize that there are decent people who cheer for the Raiders, and have followed them as long as you have followed the Bolts.

Anonymous said...

I hate the Raiders. Bein' a SF 49er fan I hate all east bay fans. Including A's. Most of the crowd in the Oracle arena are wanna be bad asses. My friend bought tickets to sit right in the middle of the "Black Hole", being the only one wearing a Jerry Rice #80 jersey in the middle, they didn't do a damn thing. 49er fans are real. San Francisco gangsters stay on the streets than pretending to be hard asses in a family surrounded football games. Tell a Raider fan to fight one on one....they'll say no and get their peoples back. Pussies. Just don't wear Raider gear in some of the neightborhoods in San Franicso, because they are the ones you should watch out for, espically Hunter's Point. 49er and Raider game in the season in 2006, Raider fans pick on the ones that don't do anything back. Saw one picked on a inncocent, 5-8 49er Somoans beat about 6 Raiders ass and getting beer tossed at them. Parking Lot....Raider fans driving out and 49er fans hollering at them, Raider fan was just staring at there laps. Wanna bes. I HATE Raiders. Proudly wearing a,"Proud to be a Raider Hater" t-shirt throughout east bay and Frisco. Fellas, football season is back and the Raiders lost their first game of the 2007 season the Detroit Lions, HA HA HA.
The team is the reflection of their fans, just stupid.