1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Tuesday ‘CHARGERS-RAIDERS…NOT WHAT IT WAS”

Posted by on December 12th, 2023  •  1 Comment  • 




They play on Thursday Night Football.
Neither is having a good season.
Both could be looking for head coaches again.
Neither is playing infront of its real home fans

The Chargers are in Los Angeles.  The Raiders in Las Vegas
Neither have had any success in their new venues.

It used to be a great rivalry.
Close your eyes and remember Dan Fouts-vs-Ken Stabler.
Marcus Allen-Bo Jackson
Junior Seau-Kellen Winslow
Air Coryell vs Al Davis

Powder Blues-vs-Silver and Black.

Both have fallen on hard times, both owners under siege, Dean Spanos-Mark Davis.

Both coaches could be gone at the end of this messy season, Brandon Staley-Antonio Pearce.

Both have had big name coaches, who exited, Jon Gruden who self destructed, Marty Schottenheimer-Bobby Ross, who were dismissed by ownership.

It’s been a miserable run by the Raiders.  All those high draft pick quarterbacks who failed, led by J’Marcus Russell to the acquisition of Jim Garoppolo.

Derek Carr was allowed to leave. Justin Herbert has been allowed to take a beating and is now hurt again.  The eras of Fouts and Philip Rivers are in the rear-view mirror.

The Raiders, despite Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs, have continued to struggle.

The Chargers have Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler but are still found wanting in how to go up and down the field.

The Raiders OL has been in disarray for years.  They have never found components to put around Kolton Miller.  The Chargers have all these high draft picks and yet they cannot run the ball and their pass blocking is lacking.

On the defensive side the Raiders burned thru so many draft pick failures, it’s like Maxx Crosby by himself out there.  The Chargers have drafted so many athletes on that side of the ball, and there they are rated 30-31-32 in virtually every category on defense despite waiting for a breakthrough season that never came.

The Raiders have always signed the shiny new objects in free agency, Mark Davis trying to emulate his father Al Davis.  It’s a disaster.

Team Spanos, calls itself the 1st Family of Football, the ones buried in last place in the AFC West heading into Thursday’s game.

The Raiders fans follow the team and it’s national brand.  But they never win.
Chargers fans sell their tickets to out of town fans which is why the Chargers play more road games than anyone else, because fans wearing their team’s colors over-run So Fi Stadium more Sundays than not.

The days of the Holy Roller, the Mad Stork, the Mad Bomber and Fouts-Winslow-Joiner-JJ-Chandler seem like another lifetime ago.

The Chargers-the-Raiders-Thursday Night.  Only the historians remember how great, how important these rivalry games used to be.

Mark Davis-the Spanos Family have destroyed what used to be so special.





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One Response to “1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Tuesday ‘CHARGERS-RAIDERS…NOT WHAT IT WAS””

  1. Chris says:

    TJ Simers penned the phrase “Spanos Goofs” to describe the Bolts owners. They live off the goodwill of Kronke while the SD market has become a wasteland. Meanwhile, Oakland has devolved into a pit of progressive politicians losing 3 teams. Financially, Davis has built a legend in Vegas. He has two WNBA championships and seems to have a clue about the future. Time will tell if these teams can rebuild.The loser on Thur is actually the winner.

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