Damon's initial thoughts on the Raiders to Vegas

Damon, Ratto & Kolsky
Monday, March 27th
Damon's opening segment after we learn the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas and leaving Oakland behind.

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There's a awfully big difference between grandma's sick and grandma died this morning. That's where we start today. We've been telling you to grandma's been sick for a long time but today today's day and ended. The Los Vegas raiders evoke once this hour we're gonna go width. Let's start with the obvious. I feel so bad for you fans today I can't even. You know it's my job is to verbalize it and am having an out a tough time doing that. This is. The worst kind of sports crime that can be committed to a city to a fan base. 45 seasons in Oakland. Bouncing children on knees. Getting to know your neighbors in sections getting to know your season ticket holders getting to it. Bring your newborn child to that first game and holding that kid up like. So yeah. Never again in the city of Oakland. Our NFL landscape in the Bay Area forever altered today it is a sad day for all football fans in the Bay Area not just raider fans this is a sad day for anyone. Was a fan of tradition. A fan of treating sans writes. There are a lot of people who have been tweeting me all morning who is to blame. There's a lot of blame to go around. But ultimately. There is no team that is ever excelled past. Or fallen underneath its own owners acumen. This is all about your ownership. Not being able to afford rent here anymore. And instead of earning their way. To a new solution. The money that was offered to them by the state in Nevada was the intoxicated. That sent this body to the morgue. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry for your grandfather's memories for the memories he will not be forging with your children for. How will work you know what's Oakland gonna turn around and offer people. Couple years from now. We're gonna CV warriors over in San Francisco. The raiders in Las Vegas. I saw the a's are Smart enough to raise their flag on top of Oakland City Hall today Dave gavel you are good at what you do. If Dave Campbell had been hired I think by the raiders to help solve all of solution. Maybe it would've been done. The wanderlust and looking elsewhere in other cities. It never. Was trumped by whatever Oakland. Gesture. The may hear the powers that be came up with. 3121. The message from the NFL's pretty clear Oakland you are small potatoes. One of the things we will not do today not for a millisecond not for a single second it's the fastest way to get hung up on. Two day on the show. Is it you wanna tout how mayor Libby shaft. Wouldn't give a dollar tax payers money to the NFL. As if she singularly. As an out liar stood up to the bully isn't a single mayor in the state California. Not a single day here in the smallest town in the state of California that would approve taxpayer dollars for a stadium. All she is is doing what every one who has her job. Over the entire state would have done. You get no credit for that. And what drives me nuts is that no consensus. Was able to be reached you don't do you have power can you put Roger Goodell mark Davis and yourself in the same room. And work on things. Damon did I miss the park where you apologize for being so wrong about the raiders moving back in October know you get no apologies for me. I was looking at ways this team could stay I was trying to look for. Positive bouncing balls things that might prevent this from happening things that may be would trump money talking. I guess that was a fool's errand. I'm sorry for looking for solutions that might have kept the raiders here. A lot of people vast what is gonna go on. Would 95 cent in the game. I can tell you this our rader contract. Goes beyond this afternoon. A multi year deal. I can't speak for other posts on this air. I can't speak for anyone else around here. But here's how I'm going to cover the raiders. Professionally. I will do my job. I'll interview the head coach I won't talk to the players. We will follow the product on the field. But not for a millisecond a mind to send or sell an ounce of love loyalty. Stand them this is now. My job to cover the raiders there will be no Rome with the romance is gone it was killed today. The raiders are moving to Las Vegas by the way that's not Elvis that is a fat Elvis impersonator. The raiders will now be impersonating the raiders in Las Vegas. The same way Elizabeth Berkley impersonate and showgirl in the movies showgirls. Dot autumn wind. Is a pirate. Blustering in from C. And then running a renal cart enterprise and driving about 450 miles and winds. Get to the middle of the desert we're now the raiders. Will attach their brands to a town where we don't even know professional sports who work over a long period of time we are entering complete unchartered territory. In terms of will it work or not. The eleventh hour letters. Race sad last ditch effort emblematic of public relations not a real attempt to work. In proper cooperation with the NFL before the by a single thing that the mayor's office is selling you today real remember that all of her efforts literally cut against the grain of what the NFL said to do. Do not work with Floyd Gephardt we gave flight Gephardt exclusive negotiating rights the Palestinian. Do not work with Fortress Investment Group it's the same thing as Floyd Gephardt we gave Fortress Investment Group event that is airing rights to negotiate accounts might. You literally did do two things the NFL says don't do and if you're looking for a solution that doesn't have a 715. Million dollar price tag behind it to your will on throat problem you'd better. Follow the rules. Truth is. This is Mark Davis. Now it's easy to point at Oakland it's easy to place a lot of blame but this is an owners will this is. The NFL's agreed this is a bunch of men who were old enough to not look at life thirty years down the road anymore. I don't know if this is a good move thirty years down the road. It's a great move in the immediate future can. Sydor and all the money that's being offered to you by estate the largest amount of money in the history of the United States it's significant sum. But this is got absolutely nothing to do with the right idea thirty years from now this is an immediate cash grab by old greedy. Well I got to watch my amount that I buy old greedy. Didn't need a notice they got the extra money. Level of wealth. The two of the eighties needed used to be competitive now they needed this to be more profitable they just won twelve and four and a toilet. And by the way that toilet serve them well. That toilet served them well as a home field advantage when the team got better and I don't know of home field advantage is gonna get better. Screw you Damon you said you have no interest in the raiders if they move now all of a sudden you want us to believe you're gonna cover the team fairly. Yeah I will do my job. Without passion. I will do my job I will cover the team that said. We don't love you anymore for you 'cause I'm obligated to I will do my job which is more. Then the mayor did on your behalf which is more than the raiders did on your behalf I would do my job. I will do my job. Look there are. Distinct stages of grief. And I know a lot of viewer gonna be going through them today and you're gonna be looking to assign blame and you're gonna be angry at me. If you're angry at me you might be the dumbest listener out there. You have no idea who to be angry at if you're did you just if you're angry mean you're just admitting your confused. You think I did anything. You think I moved the raiders. You think there was a sentence that I could have materialized on this program that would have accelerated the project or stopped or prevented it. You're the same kind of person who thought that doctor death rally was gonna trump 70615. Million dollars. Grow up. If I were raider fan I wouldn't walk in the stadium again for a game that's me how you deal with this is specifically. Up TU. But the NFL just did to you with your franchise just did TU should mean more to you than it does to me. It's not a draw up a raiders fan. You do what you gotta do to survive this day in your football livelihood you can do whatever you want. I know your team doesn't want you anymore. It's shocking what the NFL just did but it's not shocking. Were sealed saying those who ignore the pastor doomed to see history repeat itself. The same thing that happened in Oakland as happened in Houston. It's happened in LA it's happened in Saint Louis it happened down in San Diego my god it's even happened and Oakland before. You think when the raiders came back getting things right this time around might have been a priority for anyone involved. It was just a war of egos and feckless leadership from Al from the city from mayor Jean Quan. You remember our infamous mayor Jean Quan interview. We do and we dug up our favorite bit for you today. The groups that one but it is colony at the third largest real estate company in the world decade. Are owned primarily I think to do 1%. The city State of Qatar to they have very deep pockets and they partnered. Literally with the prince of Dubai and they have capital. So they are and negotiations that the raiders. They go prince of Dubai got capital Qatar they're coming on and what that's how at a touching clueless she was she then hands the baton to Libby who unfortunately just has no Jews to get the people. Back in the room or the pull back in the donkey if that's the way you wanna look at it this is a series of checklists mismanagement. From every one if you don't know what the word feckless is look it up it's the perfect word to describe this. We're gonna have Jason Cole join us today at 330 we're gonna have Scott Bair raider insider. At 445 Mike silver. At 530 injustice spare us four straight hours of nothing but raider pain we will talk to two Roy. It's 630 after all the Golden State Warriors a role in and they've got two huge back to backs coming up tomorrow. In on Wednesday and we are your proud flagship of state warriors. The Las Vegas raiders of Oakland. What adds. I feel bad for you fans that feel terrible for you feel terrible for your kids will never know. What became tradition to you in your family to your peers were your grandparents handed down to your parents that if he ended down. To you that you will now not be able to hand down to your children. Without incorporating a flight. On southwest. Prince Qatar. I wonder why Mark Davis looked at everybody let stand in just said he could move oaks. Quincy Qatar. Damon feckless in means lacking initiative strength of character. Irresponsible. Ding Ding Ding didn't mean don't those three words describe. Our players. In this perfectly. Now what are you gonna do Mark Davis week I know lot of you wanna bandy him doubt a fool but this guy found millions of dollars in the desert waiting for him that. It is is you know obviously spoke louder than whatever Oakland had impact. I hear it here's one thing I'm sure of Libby shaft has absolutely no idea what shovel ready means. We will hear from her. Got two great sound for you today again Jason Cole. This coming up at the bottom of the hour first question to him I guess needs to be. Regular extra crispy. Because we bet some fried chicken it's and I do believe. Because I hoped. The NFL would. Think this idea. Long term unworthy no matter the short term gain that they might not do it. I was wrong. Here's the thing I am right to be wrong about this I still feel I'm right even though the NFL tells me I'm wrong get back to me in thirty years I wish him good press fast forward and look at the biggest ticket no show in the NFL there'll be nobody go on a raider games. I and I 1 o'clock just had a big Saturday night in Las Vegas when they go back to a four win football team. We said this before one echo what again because it is the honest to God's truth and it's something that Oakland is completely ignoring excuse me summing up the raiders are completely ignoring and the NFL. As they make this move but whatever the coolest restaurant nightclub hooker escort whatever whatever is the number one this weekend in Las Vegas. Three years from now will be old news retired washed up if not closed. That's how Las Vegas works. Show me something new and dazzling I get sick of it now what he got. You get the same thing over and over again see Vegas doesn't do the same thing over and over again because it is a tourist town it's not a tradition town. There's more tradition in Oakland. And there is anywhere to be found. In the city of Las Vegas. 45 seasons in Oakland. Over. Over with. Two more seasons coming up three more seasons here's the deal. If Oakland doesn't turn around now the Oakland a's and say what are you need woody and he doesn't build on the coliseum site you gonna go somewhere else does he wanna go somewhere else and do it like we're excited for that let's get it done. But if you want that coliseum site we will score book we will we will reject and dismiss and evict these turkeys is. Quickly as possible and we'll do that for you make me go play it Sam Boyd stated that the players. Got a lot of people who have been waiting they wanna call in they wanna talk we wanna talk with you this is today for you. I've been talking about this for the better part of three years that I vote come here not 57 game we've been debating what this day might be wooded arise and when it did arrive what would it be like. Purity it's. And I really do feel terrible. Absolutely terrible. For the people who hoped for the best. I know that I. Even embolden you to hope for the best. To the point where. Of people who were insisting that there are gonna move would get angry at me. And then over the last 72 hours the direction the wind done all this absolutely changed the NFL did everything it possibly could to get the word out that this is about to happen. I thought just maybe just maybe just maybe. If they really wanna embarrass mark the single biggest way to do that would beat us. I have every single week in the world say all signs are pointed to their goal and and then pull the rug out from underneath them on my daddy would have been in and fly back here. Would've been the ultimate double barreled middle fingers and I thought that there was a 20% possibility that I might happen this morning I start that in my heart I was wrong and I'm sorry. Apparently 750. Million dollars is enough money to crap on whatever emotion you ever ever had. Any instinct your whole I could've ever offered you. How should. Saw a consent. Go to Joseph in Fremont Joseph who's been waiting since I believe the last show when did to talk about this Joseph you're our first call today our you. Our. Grant it that bag man you know let. Our day. All of writer and you know it didn't turn out all the while we have here are tired now. We will win rate and let let let. Him. Now I think they will instantly they're never gonna see a home field advantage again they're never gonna get. Eight crowd that is fully bears behind him again it'll still feel like hit the simulated get. That's not a real loft that's a real volcano in front of them rush it's a simulation. It's not really the Eiffel Tower. Intent Paris it's a it's a simulation to model. There will now be a model of the Oakland Raiders somewhere in the desert the billion dollars in the small nice stadium picture. I like the authentic thing in the dump. Rader woman. I guess now simply known as woman. Woman you're not a 57 the game how real. I'm I'm sad and angry. That the warming morning crying and pounding on it like that on the wall. The watch that you immediately and the radio a lot for our what you get on I thought. I'd been advance to the early seventy. I'm replant not when the younger people might my sons are greater chance my grandchildren are averaging around. I have my granddaughter dignity and extra treat cancer. Over the raiders in Oakland and selling them and they went to LAI. Said it will excel sailing. When I watched the super ball. An 83 typical eighteen. I've watched market dominant that it wouldn't like they're running back and I demy on market. I I never spent a dime that they were. In LA I watch them on TV and cheer for them to Ricky. But I mean I know responded I'm on merchandise or any. When they don't want to make it can be Saint Louis arch marquee being that'll never at that time and it will never got lots they get to see them. And that Elvis thing is that for him joked. Bet you very much I appreciate your call. We're gonna let a lot of people get the the pain out of them today that's what we can do is we help you through via. Her through the toughest piece in those I think here you know you're you're ever gonna get. Fives. By the way to text line is a living broad reading. Five stages of denial. Right now which. Five stages of grief I should say it's five stages of grief denial. Is the first one. I have been a lot of people as we've been talking about how this could happen wanted to deny it. The dumbest among you were texting me right now how I might be responsible for this then bargaining you'll try to make a deal with yourself how I still going to be a fan. In the depression is gonna set in in that acceptance. Acceptance that. Oakland is an out about to be and that's I mean this forever here is what this does you can thank Marc Davis senior. Your elected Oakland City Council people for all this you can thank them for this. Oakland. Is no more. A great sports town. It'll never be again. The great sports town that was Oakland. Is now forever altered. You're gonna be a baseball only city. A baseball. Only city. That's what you're about to be. Lot of different reasons. Lot of blame to go around. Will be taking your calls all afternoon. And less there is a guest. We look forward to talking deal. 888957957. Know is the number you can reach out on the text line. You can reach out on Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you today raiders therapy. It's mandatory this afternoon and will have for you to 7 o'clock tonight. 8889579570. Jason Cole. A lot of you wanted to say was a bad guy for reporting that this might happen well you know here we are and since he's been sitting on the story for a very very long time we will check in with him next. I'm 957 to get.