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The Rebirth of the Oakland Raiders

The Rebirth of the Oakland Raiders

What an awful day to be an Oakland Raiders fan, not only were we forced to watch Tom Brady and the New England Patriots play the hated Denver Broncos on the 12th anniversary of the infamous tuck rule, but we also had to watch the cross bay rival San Francisco 49ers duke it out against our former divisional foe the Seattle Seahawks. It’s hard to believe that it has been over a decade since the Raiders have played in a meaningful game. The pressure is now on Reggie McKenzie to bring the Oakland Raiders back to relevance. McKenzie has done a remarkable job in cleaning house and cutting bad contracts, but now is the time to see what he can do with 70 million dollars in cap room this off-season. That’s right Raider Nation, the Raiders will have more money to spend this off-season than any other team in the history of the NFL. Don’t count on McKenzie to spend money on a superstar player like Jimmy Graham, because the Raiders have holes throughout the roster. Not only do the Raiders need a new quarterback, running back and offensive line, but they also need at least seven new starters on defense. Expect McKenzie to bring in solid system guys like Nick Roach and Tracy Porter, who can help change the losing culture that has permeated throughout the Raiders locker room for over a decade. Even though the Raiders have an absurd amount of money to play with, the most important move this off-season will be who the R...

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1914 translation by H.

"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

About Jorge Contreras

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Jorge is the co-founder of footballandfutbol.com and baysportsreport.com. Jorge is a native of San Jose and recently crossed something off his bucket-list by having season tickets to all three of his favorite teams; the A's, Raiders, and Warriors.

2 comments

  1. Hello Jorge, I have watched the Raiders since I was a boy. I am 58 years old now, from Alabama and live in Colorado. And yes, I cannot stand the Denver Bronco’s. I hear all the back talk. I hope Seattle kicks the shit out of their butt. However, I do like them either. It was a hard look watching these play offs. I personally do not want another running QB that cannot hit the side of the barn. Mobile yes, pocket passer yes. I like AJ McCarrons, Johnny football as he is called does not fit the mold. Bridgewater, no thank you. Bortels, I like.
    Clowney we need on defense. Steen or Matthews on the o-line we need. Running backs we can wait on till next year. There will be a better group coming out. I do not like the talk of Al Davis. He got old and did what he thought was right. He built the NFL, and needs to be remembered that way. R.I.P. Now it is Mark’s turn and I like what he is doing. So let’s move forward and draft a QB that knows how to win and wants to, a champion QB. Not a want to be. We need players with attitude.

  2. Hello Jorge, I have watched the Raiders since I was a boy. I am 58 years old now, from Alabama and live in Colorado. And yes, I cannot stand the Denver Bronco’s. I hear all the back talk. I hope Seattle kicks the shit out of their butt. However, I do not like them either. It was a hard look watching these play offs. I personally do not want another running QB that cannot hit the side of the barn. Mobile yes, pocket passer yes. I like AJ McCarrons, Johnny football as he is called does not fit the mold. Bridgewater, no thank you. Bortels, I like.
    Clowney we need on defense. Steen or Matthews on the o-line we need. Running backs we can wait on till next year. There will be a better group coming out. I do not like the talk of Al Davis. He got old and did what he thought was right. He built the NFL, and needs to be remembered that way. R.I.P. Now it is Mark’s turn and I like what he is doing. So let’s move forward and draft a QB that knows how to win and wants to, a champion QB. Not a want to be. We need players with attitude.

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