Is Chickster Delusional Fan Or A Certified Genius?
This entire NFL season, I’ve sat back and let them talk. They called me crazy, they called me a mad man, they called me delusional. But, here we are, after week 18, and the Raiders are 10-7 and in the playoffs. The experts at Vendetta Sports talked down on this Raiders team all year long. Scott questioned the Raiders’ offensive line all year long. Trey had constant hate about Mike Mayock. MULTIPLE people from the site had the Raiders finishing 4th in the AFC West. Yes, behind the Broncos with no QB and the NFL’s darling Chargers. Even the Raiders fans that were at the site and are no longer there doubted them. You know who believed in the Las Vegas Raiders? Chickster.
By Chickster, I am, of course, referring to myself. That is my name at the site, coined by the CEO Trey Daubert. The same person that called me delusional in the end of the year awards at Vendetta. He gave me the award because I defend this Raiders team to the death. As I always will. It evens out because he did make me the 2x defending champion of best shit talker at the site, so it works.
Can we sit here and appreciate what the Raiders have accomplished though? The expectations were not high for the Raiders. With the O/U for their win total was 7.5. I, of course, took that as an insult. Scott and others at the site thrashed their offensive line. Which was shaky, a lot, I will admit. But it was good enough to win games, as I said. The Raiders started off hot with a 3-0 start. A naive me would have started talking shit then about how people doubted the Raiders but I knew better. 2 late season collapses will do that to you. The worst was yet to come. Weeks later, the Raiders lost their coach, Jon Gruden, to a email scandal. Most teams would have folded then, the Raiders responded with a 2-0 start heading into their bye week under interim coach Rich Bisaccia. Then, Henry Ruggs made the stupidest decision of his life to drive drunk and kill someone. His decision affected his whole life and affected the Raiders too. The Raiders would go on to lose 3 straight, including a questionable loss to the Giants.
It seemed to get better after their Thanksgiving thriller against the Cowboys. There seemed to be life within the Raiders once again after two situations that could have tanked the Raiders. But the Raiders lost the next 2 games. Making it 1-5 since coming out of the bye. 3-5 after the Jon Gruden scandal. The Raiders would now sit at 6-7. Needing to practically win out to make the playoffs. Against a tough stretch of opponents in the Browns, Broncos, Colts, and Chargers. Week by week, this Raiders team was resilient, and won each game. They won by no more than 4 in each game, but shit, I will take it.
If you’re wondering what my before-the-season prediction for this team was, it was 10–7 but the Raiders miss the playoffs. So not only was I right on the money for their record, the Raiders even exceeded my expectations (or the other AFC teams failed to meet my expectations). I had to think about how I wanted to celebrate and remind everyone how they were wrong. I thought about saying fuck this person and fuck that person. Which usually would be right up my alley as the defending champion shit talker. Honestly, they should name the award after me now. Now, I am emotionally exhausted from the game and the season. The Raiders are 10-7 and in the playoffs, and no one is talking shit about them now. The Chickster will enjoy the silence. The knowing I can talk shit and just letting the silence be deafening might be the best music to my ears.
I, the Chickster was right, and I am a self-proclaimed genius. (You know, until I am wrong again, let me have this.) Delusional or genius? Probably both, but I am one of a kind. In the wise words of Al Davis “Just win, Baby.”
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