“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Kahlil Gibran
The great Lebanese poet was not a fan of the Oakland Raiders. Gibran died long before he could set foot inside the crumbling, cavernous relic that is the Oakland Coliseum. Nonetheless, Gibran was a lover, who knew the joys of a love fulfilled, and then, finally of a love unrequited. And so, the romanticist would probably have felt quite at home, rubbing shoulders among Raider Nation as they witness what could be the longest goodbye in the history of professional sports.
Late last month, news emerged that the beloved Raiders – Oakland’s first big league franchise – had officially filed papers with the National Football League to relocate to Las Vegas, when the construction of a $1.9 billion, state-of-the-art stadium is finished in 2020…