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Documentary - The Oakland Raiders - The Complete History

Oakland Raiders complete history
Number of discs: 2
Rating:Not Rated
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
Run Time: 229 minutes

The Complete History of the Oakland Raiders; the title is self explanatory and to the point, it is the history of a once proud organization and feared team that is now regarded as a feather weight fighter. Of course because this documentary is made by NFL films and the Oakland franchise, it does not highlight Oaklands’s most recent history. These days it would be a miracle for Oakland to win half their games in a season, but enough about sports let’s talk about the DVD.

This documentary highlights all of the great moments in Raiders history. It will remind you of the good ol’ days in Raiders history; their first A.F.L. title, their Super Bowl wins and the Raiders being the first team to defeat the Miami Dolphins after Miami’s legendary1973 season: But weren’t there bad times along the road too?

The two Super Bowl loses, including a humiliating 48-21 rout by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003? The abysmal 2-14 2006 season? Those events are not here this documentary only highlights of the good times.

Only the Raiders can make the Immaculate Reception (which is thought by many to be one of the greatest moments in sports) sound like a bad thing. Yes Oakland lost because of the Immaculate Reception so they can be bitter, but the documentary doesn’t even acknowledge it as a spectacular play rather it is portrayed as an injudicious call by an NFL referee. It is true that, if reviewed under a microscope, the play can be seen as an illegal play, but the Raiders really should get off the cross and start playing football.

The Raiders have actually always been the team who said, “It’s not fair” or “You cheated”. You get a chance to see that blame culture in this documentary. Occasionally they were right in complaining: A perfect example was in a game they played against Denver where a player clearly fumbles the ball but it is called a touchdown. While the Raiders have been subject to some misfortune, they fail to acknowledge the Holy Roller, and the ghost to the post, both very lucky moments in their history. They seem to feel that the bad outweighs the good, even though it is vice versa.

While for the past few years the Raiders have had nothing but bad luck, let’s hope that they start winning soon, so another documentary remembers them. This documentary is definitely an add to the library for football fans who know their football and don’t mind a little “homer” attitude in their documentaries.

James Bernicky

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