As already posted on the Silver & Black Daily and on Raider Nation Times, Friday’s (July 6) edition of The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio apparently featured Cowherd discussing which teams he would eliminate from each league. Specifically within the NFL, Cowherd said he would eliminate the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Oakland Raiders. To be clear, Cowherd had also stated previously in the show that he would eliminate the Oakland A’s – I believe there is just a general disdain for Oakland as a city, even though they host two sports franchises rich with history and pride.
It might be relevant to add that at no time in this segment did Cowherd question the passion of Raider Nation, but there was comparison of a certain team who has recently won three Super Bowls in five appearances (hmm, guess who?!) to the four teams mentioned with a combined 0-6 record in the Super Bowl over the last few decades. I find this to be unnecessary and like comparing apples to oranges, even if I didn’t hear the segment live. It is no huge secret that Mr. Cowherd is a New England Patriots fan; he makes this quite apparent in almost every episode of Sports Nation during the NFL season.
Might I remind you all that this isn’t the first time Cowherd has used the ESPN stage to bash the Raiders. Check out what he said in spring 2007 around the time that Art Shell was hired back:
Needless to say, it’s another squirt of gas onto an already blazing fire; I expect that Raider Nation will not react pleasantly, whether they listened to the show or not. Because this is a new era ahead in the Oakland Raiders franchise, perhaps Cowherd will change his tune this fall?