Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Have the Raiders EVER been good? It's very hard supporting a local team when they've been consistently bad for this long.
"Just win baby!"
Yes. You'd have to have been there, but it explains the plethora of 1980s and 1990s dinosaurs who are still diehard Raider Nation. Its not just our collective imagination, we've been a great team, we've won several Superbowls. In the Rich Gannon days we even had a kind of revival going. Ravens beat us in the Conference game 2000 which brought them to their Superbowl. Raiders made in 2002/2003 season and then got clowned by Tampa Bay about as bad the Ravens clowned it last night.. That was a crushing moment for Raider nation.. However, every year the Raiders have had potential, the losses have been "good losses" and rebuilding was actually working (!!). Last season Jason Campbell started the Raiders to 6-2
and then had a season ending injury.. In comes Carson Palmer and now he's been 5-12 (!!!).. The real problem is lack of consistency. Too many coaches, its like a coach season, that is what was killing the 49erz the past few years until Harbough showed up
. Really, I think Hue Jackson was Raiders best shot, and when they fired him last season I knew it was done
Speaking of too many coaches..
Lakers have done this a few times that worked (Pat Riley I'm looking at you) and a few times that memorably didn't (Magic Johnson, Tomjanovich I'm looking at y'all) so lets see what happens now that its Mike D'Antoni to the Lakers. Wow. Imagine what a healthy Steve Nash could do with Howard and Gasol for the pick and roll, and Kobe Bryant to pick up the slack and find shots when that fails? Both Pau and Dwight have been great passers, making other players on their team better, so this could work. Phil Jackson wanted EVERYTHING, he asked for too much, Jerry Buss would only give up so much of Lakers heritage to Phil because too many fans put too much into him. The Lakers are more than Phil Jackson, yes, true, he had SEVEN Finals appearances with LA getting FIVE Championships. Yeah, that it is impressive, but Jerry Buss is thinking his Lakers have had a few more Finals appearances before that, stacking up a few Banners in the process, so Buss knows what he is doing. Haas the whole Jim Buss taking over experiment worked? Not exactly, though the lock out season wasn't bad all things considering. I'm sure snubbing Phil Jackson (!!) was SOLELY a Jerry Buss decision, who else has that kind of basketball courage and foresight? See, since Phil left I've been telling folks, the Triangle is a basketball anachronism, it doesn't work. Its kryptonite is the zone defense, which has had a resurgence. Further, it negates the power of a great PG, and PGs are the new era. The triangle can win Championships with the likes of Derrick Fisher BJ Armstrong, but those 4-5 APG dinosaurs are dying out, its a 10 assists plus game now. I heard some folks suggesting Phil didn't really want to come back, that is why he asked for so much.