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Raiders Opinion: We Need Football And We Need It Now

Raiders Blog: We are entering the dog days of the NFL offseason. The league year has begun, the free agency rush has come and gone, and teams have drafted rookies. All that remains is for football to be played.

The quarantine has affected us all and brought life as we know it to a screeching halt. Baseball hasn’t been played, and spring training never occurred. Basketball stopped midseason and the NBA draft may occur before the season officially ends. A potential screw-up in the making is some players may now be healthy enough to return in time to readjust lottery pick statuses after being originally ruled out.

It is now the month of May and it is time for football activities to start. Pigskin lovers everywhere long for the days of rookie minicamps, mandatory minicamps, veteran minicamps, OTA’s, training camp and the preseason. College football enthusiasts are doing virtual fan days with their favorite teams instead of the annual spring game.

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Raiders Blog: Football Is Good All Around

Many of the professional sports have been impacted and put on hold. Football, is by far, the most missed sport in the United States. The craziest part about it is the season hasn’t even started. The NFL schedule was released last week and has already done wonders for the American economy. Stadiums are selling out, trips are being planned, and people are hoping things return to a point where they can leave their homes to gather and cheer for their favorite teams.

While I can’t speak for anybody but myself, I am feeling football deprived. I need football in my life. Since the quarantine started, I’ve barely felt the need to watch my favorite sporting channels. Kudos to the guys and gals keeping the content flowing with daily debates on revisionist history. Those ladies and gentlemen have been beacons of strength, keeping sports flowing without actual sporting events. Larger kudos to the men and women who blog, write, and or research things to continue producing content.

But, we need football in our daily lives and we need it now. Life is just better when we have football to talk about. Be it college or professional. Football is a unifying activity and pastime. No matter how intense the rivalry of the fanbases is, I think we’re all just ready to see people and football again.

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