Yes, ESPN, the Raiders’ most notorious media nemesis, the network that turns every NFL Draft into an Al Davis roast by guys in bad hairpieces , the network whose reporters have been dubbed “false rumor-mongerers” by Davis, the network known universally among Raiders fans as “BSPN”.
The gist of the piece is that the title "America's Team" should be allowed to change hands, just like the title "Dallas Cowboys head coach" or "former Miss California". Author Mark Kriedler argues that the Dallas Cowboys no longer deserve the "America's Team" moniker, and that the Raiders would better symbolize where America is right now.
"The Raiders are a living snapshot of America right now," Kriedler writes. "They're a big, sloppy mess. They don't always know what they're doing. They make some lousy choices and some inspired ones, and they often spend futilely. You can question their leadership almost any day you feel like it."
Just when it sounds like typical ESPN Raider-hating, Kriedler makes his point.
"And yet, they're forging ahead, reaching for better days," he says. "They can even see some of those days within their grasp right now. What could possibly be more emblematic of the country that that?"
The Raiders will certainly be emblematic of America this Sunday. They have a bye week, so they'll be on the couch watching football just like the rest of us.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who think you should at least click on that ESPN article to see the Raiderettes picture.