Just win, please

The gang in Oakland is creaky, confused and, worst of fall, well-behaved. This isn't only bad for those crazies in the black hole -- it's a disaster for Raiders haters everywhere.

Updated: September 27, 2006, 7:29 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine
Editor's Note: This story appears in the Oct. 9 edition of ESPN The Magazine. Click here to subscribe to the magazine.

Don't do this to us, guys. Please.

We're just not ready for this. Don't take the fun away, the joy derived from pure, unadulterated Raiders hatred. Every NFL fan save yours needs it, you know. And it has nothing to do with Raider Nation, those freaky face-painters for whom happiness comes from turning McAfee Coliseum into some S&M gang war9colored in Randy Moss jerseys, of course. It's a self-esteem thing, as pure and ugly as the basic human need for superiority. No one hates the Texans or Packers or Lions or Titans the way they do the renegade, outlaw, overpaid, overlitigated, "Just sin, baby" Oakland Raiders.

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ESPN The Magazine senior writer
Seth Wickersham joined ESPN The Magazine after graduating from the University of Missouri. Although he primarily covers the NFL, his assignments also have taken him to the Athens Olympics, the World Series, the NCAA tournament and the NHL and NBA playoffs.