Oakland Raiders: A View From the United Kingdom

Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu
May 5, 2017; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu (20) at press conference during rookie minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the new season commencing soon, the Oakland Raiders could raise the Lombardi trophy in January. In recent times, success eluded them. Truthfully, the years of losing hurt diehard fans. Yet, what lies after the next couple of seasons is a move to Vegas. The buzz surrounding the move must be very indifferent in certain parts of the USA. However, here the UK, the news has come as a big plus for tourists visiting America.


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Around 400,000 Brits visit Las Vegas each year. With that said, the average British family spends ten days and over two thousand pounds per year. ($2599) We love the sights and sounds of the desert. In addition, the added attraction of a brand new stadium should draw. Las Vegas isn’t like anything we can see in the UK. First, the desert is a foreign concept. Second, the weather is exceptionally warm. Again, not what we find over here with rain and wind. Coupled with gambling, catching a football game seems like a great end to a Vegas vacation.

Due to its heritage and background and popularity in terms of fashion, the Silver and Black exceed most teams in British attention. Granted, Jaguars owner Shad Khan pushes for our own NFL team, many root for the Raiders. Furthermore, speaking with several U.K. fans, the excitement level rose upon hearing of the move. People greeted the news with optimism and joy.

When the McKenzie Era is written, the United Kingdom could play a intriguing role. McKenzie draft Manchester’s own Menelik Watson in 2013. Although the Broncos signed him, seeing a Brit on the Raiders thrilled us. Even though, he sees his former team as the enemy.  Obi Melifonwu replaced Watson as the UK’s favorite son on the Raiders.

Plus, in a weird way, the UK Jinx helped the Raiders in the long run. In other words, on September 29, 2014, McKenzie fired Dennis Allen after a 38-14 loss to the Dolphins. While Tony Sparano buried football and generall y did not have a clue, the hiring of Jack Del Rio after the season changed the franchise.

Lastly, the ongoing relocation bitterness tore the Nation apart. I have a soft spot for the O. co Coliseum. The Raiders just fit right there. My thoughts are with the local fans. Be that as it may, a new chapter begins in Las Vegas. Although I’ve never visited, the atmosphere looks tremendous. Let’s hope it stays the same when they move in 2020.

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