Think of it as a silver and black exorcism, the faithful’s way of expunging from their minds any trace of Antonio Brown as the team beats Denver 24-16 to open its season.
It was March of 2017, inside a swanky Phoenix resort, where Mark Davis’ team received well above the 24 votes needed to approve the team’s relocation from Oakland to Southern Nevada.
For nothing else, beating Denver on Monday night would signal a positive first act to move past the drama that was Antonio Brown.
One step forward is yet again three steps back, the latest example being a 43-17 blowout loss to Arkansas State before an announced gathering of 18,742 on Saturday night.
Winning in pro sports — or at least the opportunity to do so, however slight those chances might be for the Raiders this season — is more important than anything not named breathing.
Wherever the truth lies within the silver and black cauldron of nonsense created by the Raiders trading for Brown, the conclusion should be obvious.
If it isn’t encompassing every thought of those around Las Vegas, the idea that 2020 will officially make Southern Nevada one of 32 coveted NFL destinations is undoubtedly on the minds of most.
How can a guy like the Pro Bowl wide receiver, who works so hard on his craft — more committed and diligent and driven than anyone, says head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr — also be so contentious about something like which helmet he wears?
It was a tepid beginning overall to the HBO series this season, not compelling by most any standard, with some punchy one-liners and the much publicized hot air balloon ride.
Banks died in his sleep early Sunday morning at the age of 57, alone in a hotel room in Canton, Ohio, having attended the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies and earlier filing his first story for the Review-Journal.