Raiders Have Lots To Smile About

For years, the motto was, “Just Win, Baby”. Years 1976-1983 to be exact. There wasn’t a lot of winning, baby, in the last 10 years or so. But for this year, I have a new motto. Just win, and move on. I don’t care how it looks, and it isn’t always pretty(then again, neither are babies), but a win is a win. At the end of the season, they don’t say, you know, the Raiders finished 10-6, and although they won their division, they beat the Vikings in Minnesota, and Cleveland at home and neither of those were very impressive.

Ya know what. They still count. Win, and move on. The Raiders lead the AFC West after today’s 27-21 win in Minnesota by a game over the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow. Talk about winning ugly. Tebow’s win are like those pictures of the poor kids on the smile train. The before pictures.

But in the end, it doesn’t matter because Tebow wins. And therefore, the Raiders need to win as well. So if it takes plastic surgery, to fix the smile, and 3 picks beat Christian Ponder so be it. Win and move on.

And that won’t be that easy for the cleft lipped Raiders, because the schedule from hereon is as tough as a stale piece of French bread for a person with no teeth (Why the metaphors in regards to cleft lips, and missing teeth? Have you seen the Black Hole?) Up first, the Bears at home. Talk about teams with an overbite.

The Bears can look like world –beaters one week, and like the world has beaten them to a pulp the next. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Bears have been doing the whooping of late. Just ask the Chargers who got beat with the Norv Turner-ugly stick again today in the Windy City. After Chicago, Oakland heads to South Beach to take on the resurgent Miami Dolphins, winners of three straight.

Problem for the Fish is that they dropped the 7 games prior to their winning streak. Hard to be too scared of a 3-7 team, but hey, Oakland barely survived Minneapolis today and the Vikes are an impressive 2-8.

Then it gets fun. If the Broncos are reminiscent of the smile-challenged children before Dr. Feelgood gets his hands on them, then the Packers are the beauties when the work is done. A perfect 10-0 at this point. In Lambeau. Not feeling too confident about this one. In fact, I think I just cracked a tooth, popped a zit, and have some puss coming out of the corner of my eye. I might need an eye patch–or two– to watch this one.

Home to Detroit in Week 15 before a Christmas Eve date in Kansas City. I’m not saying I’m looking past the Lions, not by any means. We have to take care of business at home by beating up the new bad boys of the NFL. Hey, we’re the bad boys of the NFL. We’ve been beating up fans in our stands since these Lions were cubs. This one will go a full 15-rounds—I’m old school—before we get the decision. Should be fun. And getting revenge on the Chiefs the following week will be even more fun.

That leaves us with the Chargers on New Year’s Day. And nothing fixes a hangover like Norv Turner. A playoff spot on the line? Possibly. Until then, just win, and move on.

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