So, this is where the Raiders stand.
How things have changed.
Players don’t want to come and play here any more.
They ignore the great and glorious history and superbad uniforms and instead believe the hate-hype from mediots on ESPN and the like.
Granted, Al Davis has mostly himself to blame for this. For making crap personnel and coaching decisions and putting an inferior product on the field. But I don’t think any other sports organization gets as much negative pub and is the subject of outright attack journalism than the Oakland Raiders. Jealous revenge for all those years when they were among the best, maybe?
Forbes put another nail in the Raider coffin when they recently rated the Raiders the most worthless NFL franchise. They are actually losing money. Hard to do with the popularity of the NFL and income sharing.
If Seymour really never arrives, it will just perpetuate the current image of the Raiders as dysfunctional losers. I don’t know what will turn that around. Oh yeah – winning. But that will be more difficult when you can’t make moves to improve your team because that player will just refuse to play for you. Meanwhile, the mocking and jokes are coming from media outlets everywhere.
Going from the Pats to the Raiders is tough pill to swallow. If given the choice, playing for a winning cheater is much more appealing than playing for a legendary owner turned captain of a sinking ship.
What Seymour doesn’t realize is that if he becomes a part of the Raider resurrection then he’ll be held in reverence with some of the all-time greats that have played for a franchise that is a pillar of the NFL and has a fan base as faithful and dedicated as any in sports.
Here’s hoping that he will realize this and report, but he looks lost for the critical opener v San Diego and I don’t have a very good feeling about this whole situation. The Raiders resigned DT William Joseph who they had cut to make room for Seymour – bad sign.
Worst case scenario (which could very well happen since this is the bad luck Raiders we’re talking about): Seymour announces his retirement which means he basically remains property of the Raiders and they’re still out the #1 pick in 2011. Another free gift for the Patsies. And if he ever does decide to come back and play, he’ll just be older and that much less effective. Or the Raiders can trade him to another team, but who’s going to give a desperate team another #1?
Sad thing is, if this guy can still perform at a high level, he can plug a huge hole in the Raider font four. Trevor Scott is, at best, a situational player and a real weakness at RDE. Seymour can actually make them a fairly formidable line – three top 10 draft picks (Warren was a 3, Seymour was a 6, Ellis was an and Tommy Kelly, who’s being paid like a #1.
(Hat tip to Calico Jack for the inspiration on the play on words for the blog post title)