The Oakland Raiders used to be a franchise of reclamation projects and redemption. Lyle Alzado. Ted Hendricks. Jimmy Plunkett. Just a small example of guys who were cast offs from other teams who eventually found great success playing for the Raiders. Even recently with guys such as Rich Gannon, Al Davis always had a knack of turning one's trash into his treasure.
Now that has reversed itself. A lot of these revivals have gone belly up, starting with Al's fascination for signing fluke Super Bowl MVPs (Larry Brown and Desmond Howard). There are also the umittigated failures such as Javon Walker, Jeff George, Moss and Warren Sapp (who likes to pretend that he never played for the Raiders). Now it seems that players move on to bigger and better things after leaving the shackles of the Raiders. Moss is only one. There is Charles Woodson and DeAngelo Hall who have thrived. Even Dominic Rhodes is going to get a chance to start for the Colts this week, seeing that Joseph Addai is hurt.
And Raiders fans had better get used to it. Hell, you can only imagine how good Nnamdi Asomugha will be once he leaves Oakland. But now, you just have to settle for watching Moss put up 200 yards on your team this weekend.
And the rest of us can remember when the Patriots were lovable Raiders/St. Louis killers and not the d-bags you see before us.