Jon Gruden, the unofficial shot-caller of the Las Vegas Raiders, is adjusting quite well to the Strip. Who wouldn’t?
Vegas will undoubtedly become Gruden’s scene once the Raiders begin their inaugural season and the desert culture begins to transform. While Mark Davis is the owner, Gruden is the face of the franchise for better or worse. How times have changed since the late Al Davis called rough shot over the Silver and Black.
Gruden recently made waves thanks to comedian Frank Caliendo’s recent viral Tweet. In it, the head coach’s enjoying an Aerosmith concert with the comedian, whose imitation made waves during HBO’s Hard Knocks.
— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) February 16, 2020
John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review Journal recently wrote a column in which he talks about on Gruden’s “appearances.”
“Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden is becoming something of a scenester in our city, further expanding our civic image.”
It sounds like not only is Vegas embracing Gruden, but in fact, he’s expanding the image of Vegas in itself. The show at Park Theater was just one example. Both the coach and the owner made an appearance at the Golden Knight’s game on February 13th.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) February 14, 2020
While it’s glamorous to think of Gruden as a sort of “icon” in Vegas, it’s not a stretch to know Raider Nation isn’t too interested in “guest appearances.” Above everything else, they’re sick and tired of the losing.
Chaz Osborne of Silver and Black Today had interesting tidbit in his latest column.
“It won’t be long before “Chucky” is the complete toast of Las Vegas. The city has never had an heir apparent to legendary UNLV Runnin’ Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian, but our bet is Gruden will soon be just that.”
That’s great and all, but Raider Nation is much more than Vegas. So if the Raiders don’t do much winning next season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both Gruden and Davis get booed out these places. It will be interesting to see how this develops over time.
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