Bad at being bad: A few final thoughts on the Oakland Raiders

It’s been a long, tough year for Oakland Raider fans, so Greg McLeod keeps his comments brief – he’s happy to see 2014 in the rear view mirror.

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Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

Week 14 – San Francisco vs Oakland: When irony comes to town

A week after calling for calm in San Francisco, Josh Slocum is forced to admits there are big problems in the 49er camp. A loss to lowly Oakland will do that.

About Josh Slocum

Born into the red and white of the South Melbourne Swans, I remember being amazed at age 7 to see a team with our colours that actually won something when the 1984 49ers won the Superbowl. I’ve been following the red, white and gold ever since. Of recent times my frustrations at not winning a Superbowl since 1994 can be heard occasionally on the aussieguysnfl podcast.

Week 13 – Oakland @ St. Louis: Normal service has resumed in Oakland

Greg McLeod gets right to the point: there isn’t much to say about Oakland’s 52-0 loss to St. Louis other than some very misleading statistics.

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Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

Week 12 – Kansas City @ Oakland: Raiders’ black hole takes down Chiefs

Hooray! For the first time in 2014, Greg McLeod gets to write about an Oakland win! The Raiders put on a late drive to sneak past the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 and give their home fans something to cheer about.

About

Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

Week 11 – Oakland @ San Diego: Happy one year anniversary of our last win

It’s tough work being an Oakland Raiders fan and once again, Greg McLeod finds very little to get excited about. You know it’s bad when he’s praising the punter.

About

Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

Week 10 – Denver @ Oakland: Hello 0-9

Greg McLeod is finding it harder and harder to write about his Oakland Raiders. They’re now 0-9, with just seven more chances to get that elusive first win.

About

Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

Week 9 – Oakland @ Seattle: At 0-8, is it time for the Raiders to give up on the playoffs?

Oakland fan Greg McLeod facetiously admits that his 0-8 Raiders aren’t going to make the playoffs. But on a serious note, their 14-game losing streak has him quite concerned.

About

Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

Week 8 – Oakland @ Cleveland: Curious minds stay away

Raiders fan Greg McLeod writes that in a week of spectacular NFL numbers, the Oakland/Cleveland game never hit those heights…and the Raiders remain winless.

About

Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

Week 8 – Oakland @ Cleveland: “Just survive, baby”

Ed Wyatt watches the winless Oakland Raiders lose again and can’t help but think about how far this mighty franchise has fallen.

About Ed Wyatt

Ed Wyatt grew up in Halfway, Maryland, following the Baltimore Colts like his football coach father. When he lost his Bert Jones #7 jersey at the Lincolnshire Elementary School playground, he should have taken it as an omen, since the Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis. Ed has managed to avoid full time work by talking on the radio, smiling on the television and tapping on the keyboard of his computer. He won a number of local Emmy awards with the Seattle-based comedy show Almost Live! and hosted the Super Bowl live on Australian television for nine years. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

Week 3 – Oakland @ New England: Welcome to Wilfork Continent

In a mundane game the Patriots get the job done, writes Sam Wilkinson. Their defense is solid, but who’s going to ignite some offensive spark?

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Sam Wilkinson lives in Melbourne, Australia. His appreciation for the New England Patriots sees him awake at some ridiculous hours just to catch their game. Like all Pats fans, he refuses to admit that one day Tom Brady will get old and have to retire.

Week 3 – Oakland @ New England: ‘kowski Bowl in September

Greg McLeod wraps up the Oakland/New England games which includes an extraordinary future trivia tidbit, since all the scoring plays featured players with surnames ending in “-kowski.”

About

Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

Week 2 – Houston @ Oakland: Watt next?

Raiders’ fan Greg McLeod checks in from Oakland, where the home team found themselves in big trouble against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

About

Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.

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