Whether it’s Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or any other far-reaching city, one thing is for sure about the Raiders brand. It is one of the most recognizable symbols not just in football, but in all sports.
The Raiders franchise has had tremendous influence in and out of the football world. Whether it is pop culture, fashion and of course, football, the Raiders have remained a magnet in various sectors of business all over the globe. Many of the fans identify with the Raiders because of their toughness, their grit and their commitment to excellence.
As for the Raiders on the gridiron, the last few years have been challenging at best. However, there is optimism in place with head coach Jon Gruden in his second stint with the squad. He and general manager Mike Mayock have injected some optimism into the fanbase that has not experienced with any consistency since the early 2000s. Of course, there was the hope of a Super Bowl appearance in 2016 when Oakland finished the season with a 12-4 record and secured a wild card spot in the playoffs. Those Super Bowl aspirations were broken along with the right leg of QB Derek Carr in a late-season contest with the Indianapolis Colts. Many experts had Carr winning the MVP and favorited the Raiders to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002.
Fast forward the calendar to 2020 when the Raiders changed zip codes again. In the most unforgettable year in the history of our world, the city of Las Vegas with one of the most electrifying venues in all of sports became the Raiders’ new home. Before the season began, the announcement was made there would be no fans in the seats of Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders christened their new digs with a 34-24 victory over the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints.
Raider Nation is as alive and raucous as it has ever been. There are many exciting things to look forward to as Gruden and Mayock continue to build a team worthy of another Super Bowl run. One thing is for sure. Come rain. Come sleet. Come sunshine. Come win, lose or tie; Raider fans are the illest.
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