The Oakland Raiders have a cult following, a crazy yet loyal fan base. The Raiders have kept their fans as they move from Oakland to Los Angeles, back to Oakland now to Vegas. The Oakland Raiders were originally named the "Oakland Senors" being mocked for their name the team changed their name to the Raiders in 1960. The Oakland Raiders relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 returning home to Oakland in 1995. December 24, 2018, marks an end to the Oakland era. "The Raider Nation" is a crazy mix of gangsters, costume enthusiasts, and families from a wide variety of economic backgrounds. The one thing Raider fans have in common is loyalty. Being a Raider fan is not for the light of heart with many losing seasons and a handful of relocations have put its true fans to the test. This may be the reason why Raider games are like no other sporting event. The fans are out of control. Visiting teams and their fans do not feel the warm welcome as the taunting feels like something out of a horror film or a visit to state prison.
Tonight was one of those historical moments in Raider history as it marked the end to Oakland. What better way to end than on Monday Night Football playing your biggest rival the Denver Broncos....on Christmas Eve. The somber yet exciting moment was met by an extreme rainstorm. It was like Oakland was saying goodbye as the sky cried to see the Raiders go. The energy in the Coliseum matched that of a Super Bowl Game, as the crowd savored the final plays in the Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders were playing for the fans and for the City of Oakland. The first offensive play proved it was the Raiders night, as they returned an unbelievable 95-yard punt for a touchdown. Beating the Broncos in Oakland for their last home game. It was the only way to end in Oakland. It doesn't matter where the Raiders call home...as AL Davis once said... "Once a Raider, always a Raider."