The idea of the Las Vegas Raiders becoming a reality was just one topic discussed last week with NFL journalist Alex Marvez on The Jason Fitz Show. But this week the Silver & Black dominated the discussion, with guests Eddie Borsilli and Dr. Death.
Borsilli is an executive producer on SiriusXM NFL Radio, while Dr. Death is, of course, the infamous Raiders fan from the Black Hole. He’s the one with the five knives sticking in his helmet who’s always on TV when the Raiders are playing.
It was all things Raiders on the show, for the most part, since Borsilli and Fitz are known Silver & Black loyalists, and the trio tackled many topics related to the Oakland organization. The big focus of the show, however, was that growing undercurrent of support for the team to move to Sin City.
“I was born in Vegas, and I’ve been saying that Vegas is a future home for the NFL for years,” Fitz said. “I’ve been a Raiders fan since I was born. The difficulty in this conversation is just taking your fandom away and looking straight at it as a business: If [Raiders owner Mark Davis] can get a fancy, brand-new, swanky stadium in the middle of somewhere that costs a boatload of money — and somebody else is picking up the majority of the bill — why do we fault him for taking opportunity as a business owner?”
Borsilli didn’t seem to be concerned about where the Raiders end up, whether they stay in Oakland or move back to Los Angeles or on to Las Vegas.
“At the end of the day, we’re all fans of the Raiders,” he clarified. “We’re going to go where they go; we’re going to cheer for them. Those are our players; those are our guys. If they went to Vegas, would I be mad? Probably not; I’d get over it. It is what it is. We’re still fans at the end of the day.”
However, the local fans — like Dr. Death — don’t want to see the team leave the Oakland area for the second time, because of the hole it would leave in the East Bay and beyond for the fans.
“I am 28 years old: I started going to Raider games in 1995 when I was in kindergarten,” he said. “I got to go to Oakland a lot; I got to know the community of Oakland, and I got to see how the Raiders affect not just Oakland, but the surrounding cities. I’m second generation to where the Raiders are going to leave again. Look, this is bigger than football: We don’t think of the Raiders as just a football team. We think of it as our identity. To us, we feel betrayed. This isn’t a cult; this is a football team we have invested in.”
Beyond the Raiders roundtable, Fitz’s opening comments on his show revolved around the Buffalo Bills general manager, Doug Whaley, who commented earlier in the week to the media about the violent nature of the sport and questioned whether or not human beings should be playing football.
“Doug Whaley, you may be somewhat good at putting together a roster, but you, sir, lack common sense!” Fitz exclaimed at the beginning of his show. “I want you, Doug Whaley, to understand the door you just opened, the Pandora’s Box you just opened. How are you not a moron when you say this? Everything about the NFL is a sales business.”
You can listen to the whole podcast above to hear every word of the 80-minute show this week, because it has something for every NFL fan.
Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering baseball, football, basketball, golf and fantasy sports for CBS Local. He also is an Ironman triathlete and certified triathlon coach. Follow him on Twitter @sxmcp, because he’s quite prolific despite also being a college English professor and a certified copy editor.