Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Raider Nation

I don't know why I feel the need to reiterate that I'm a "Bay Area" fan, but it probably has something to do with the fact that people don't seem to think I should be. Like I should choose a side. Sorry, but I'm not sorry that I want to support my Oakland teams as much as my San Francisco teams. So, I don't care how many people tell me that's not "acceptable," but that's just the way I am, so that's the way it's going to be. Even though my pro athlete crush on Colin Kaepernick prompted me to buy a jersey, my heart still mostly bleeds silver and black before red and gold. That said, while I have been to a 49ers game, I have never been to a Raiders game...until this past Sunday.

I acquired a set of tickets and a parking pass and could think of no one I'd rather go with than my dear ol' dad. Thankfully he didn't have plans because it was nice to have a father-daughter day together! I got all dressed up in a mostly black ensemble with a white Raiders tee and I even went so far to paint my nails black, you know, because I'm dedicated like that. I was expecting it to be a bit chilly, but since the seats were facing the sun and it was an unusually warm day, it turns out I could have left a few layers at home.

That didn't stop me from enjoying nearly every bit of the game (except for the numerous interceptions thrown by the home team and Kansas City scoring seemingly effortless touchdowns). Even though the Raiders lost, I still had so much fun with my dad. It was definitely an experience! We didn't tailgate prior to the game or anything like that, but when we got there, the parties were in full swing. It was actually kind of amazing. And I have to say, with the bad rap that many Raiders fans seem to get, they were all very civil and I didn't witness a single altercation. Not even in the beer line.

Before the masses made their way in. 

Despite all the Raiders haters and their uncanny inability to win a game (though they do have a better record than the Texans),  I still remain loyal. You have to be there for your teams through the highs and lows...and let's be honest, it isn't always easy being a Raiders fan. But it doesn't mean I like my team any less. It also doesn't mean I'm a bandwagon fan when the 49ers make it to the Super Bowl and I don my jersey because I'm still cheering for them through the regular season, too. The Raiders have been my team for a long, long time. And what can I say? I look good in black.


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