On the other hand, what about the Irrational Raider Nation? Which one is bigger? I've already encountered two Raiders fans in my neighborhood, since late yesterday, who think that these latest media reports are all part of a vast conspiracy to bring down the Raiders. Of course, this is exactly what Big Al wants, and that is exactly what he has tried to cultivate over the years--an us against the world mentality, which manifests itself in blaming the officials for always trying to screw the Raiders with bad calls, because the NFL Hates Al Davis.
Those who subscribe to this warped and jaded philosophy believe they have to stick together, and that means always standing behind the Leader of the Cult--Big Al. That's what the Raiders have become--a cult. It's beyond unreal. It's like nothing we've ever seen. This is, without a doubt, the most dysfunctional operation in the history of professional sports.