After the decision came down last week to move the Raiders, there has to be some uneasiness in the ‘The Big Easy’ now.
When the official news broke last week that the the NFL voted to move the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas came out, shock hit me. Strangely enough, the other two moves by the Chargers and Rams did not affect me as much. Perhaps, those teams do not have the historic symbolization that the Oakland Raiders have.
Listening to a national syndicated radio show earlier this week really hit home. There was one caller that called and basically broke down in tears. He went on hysterically about how the tradition was passed on from generation to generation. Furthermore, he also was mortified that the news that he had to go tell his Uncle Frank somewhere in Oakland.
That was another clip by some radio host as well. Incidentally, the thought of losing the Saints nearly brought me into panic. Ironically, the Raiders have never been a favorite of mine but my heart did break for them. The fans that have been loyal to that team, who has not been playing well for years. It just sucks. Finally, the Oakland Raiders break through just last year. Unfortunately, the celebration of that playoff run has to sting even more this week.
It can’t happen here right? The thought is haunting me, as the memories of the Cleveland Browns moved years ago. If the Saints need to BITE THE BULLETT eventually and build a new stadium then do it. The Black and Gold just simply cannot have this happen in 5, 10, or 20 years. If Who Dat Nation can survive a hurricane, then make sure that this scenario doesn’t even get brought up EVER.
In addition, the Saints and Tom Benson hopefully have a contingency plan in place now. The past year hasn’t exactly been stable for the future ownership of the Saints going forward. Hopefully, at least that part has been resolved.
Regardless, there can NEVER EVER be another city in front of the Saints. The Black and Gold just cannot ever let the league control its destiny like other teams in the past.
Don’t ever let this happen…