November 7, 2016

Raider Nation

Richard had arranged for us to watch the game at a bar in the neighborhood. We were all on media black out and I was quietly looking forward to it all weekend. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about the The Oakland Raiders. 2004? The year Jay Schroeder threw 4 picks in the AFC championship loss to the Bills when I cried alone at home?

This was it. Ready to take the lead in the AFC West against arch rival and current reigning Superbowl champs? It doesn't get better than this and as every Raider fan knows, this is when we choke. Lose it. Disappoint. But not tonight: Run. Pass. Defense. O-Line. Special Teams. (Those two punts by King?) This team is legit baby. And we are young and hungry and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.

Great way to start the week, now if only Hillary can bring it home on Tuesday and trounce that pile of manure, then maybe 2016 can start feeling a bit more tolerable.

I am off to Jakarta this week for a literary exchange. I am excited and curious about going back to the Big Durian after five years. But in the meantime, pretty big week. Three-Way conference, an election to suffer through and just the everyday grind of making it through the week.

Episode three of The Walking Dead followed by the fitful sleep of a winner. Only other Raider fans out there can appreciate the simply joys of a well played football game, one where you don’t choke, you play well and win. Can’t get over it.

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