I was reading the Contra Costa Times, the newspaper with the best news in relation to the Oakland Raiders. I wanted to read about the Raiders since they seem to be rebuilding their team.
Unfortunately, an opinion article, “Who’s shaping the Raiders future” was written by Tim Kawakami, a writer who happens to be a big fan of the San Francisco 49ers.
Tim Kawakami wrote:
But it’s something that is real, and it’s pointing in a different direction for the Silver & Black: If you want to ponder an over-riding football philosophy that could steer Raiders owner Mark Davis deep into the future, I’d think I’d focus more on their most famous former coach than anybody else . . .
That would be Jon Gruden, of course.
You know BSP is a huge fan of Coach Gruden. Coach Gruden knows football, and the game isn’t going to pass him by. Coach Gruden could, and would be able to coach winning football into his 60’s. But as Kawakami astutely noted, Coach Gruden isn’t coaching the Raiders. There’s no sign he will be coaching the Raiders, or any other team, in the near future.
Kawakami is like much of the Bay Area’s sports media. They hate the Raiders because they left Oakland, then expected the city and Bay Area to love them like they had before. They were like an ex who has their spouse come back and thinks everything should be exactly like it was before. Despite a small, hardcore fan base, it has not resumed.
But Kawakami’s treatment of the team has been unfair. Granted, the Raiders have been horrible, but comparing them to the niners … ceaselessly … is not cool. Especially since the niners were themselves horrible for a lengthy period of time, and the Bay Area media was much more kind to them when the Raiders were a playoff contender.
And by the way, it doesn’t hurt that Jim Harbaugh piped in his own praise for Manziel during the NFL meetings, saying nobody in college football saw the field like Manziel at Texas A&M.
Jim Harbaugh? Where did that come from? There’s never going to be much love from the Bay Area media for the Raiders. The reality is, there wasn’t that much for them when Gruden was coaching the team the first go-round.
We’re going to contrast that with another view in a minute.