It's been more than a decade since the Raiders last made the playoffs and are looking to end that streak this season. Many NFL experts are predicting a losing season in Oakland, but the team and their fans hope to be the surprise team in 2013.
The Oakland Raiders began play in the American Football League in 1960 and joined the NFL in the AFL-NFL merger of 1970. Since Al Davis became Coach and General Manager of the Raiders in 1963 to eventually owner in 1966 until 2002, the Raiders only had seven losing seasons. In 1969, Davis hired John Madden who proceeded to encourage the winning culture of the Raiders by winning six division titles in the 1970s. The Silver and Black Raiders have won 12 division titles and three out of four Super Bowls, winning in Super Bowls XI, XV, XVIII against the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins respectively, while falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.
The Raiders have had numerous Hall of Famers including Madden, Marcus Allen, Dave Casper, Howie Long, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, George Blanda and Jim Otto. The Raiders culture is a unique experience in the NFL, with Davis coining many iconic slogans such as: "Pride and Poise," "Commitment to Excellence," and "Just Win, Baby". Along with the quotable Davis, is the diehard fans referred to as Raider Nation. Raider Nation is not just known for their rowdy behavior, tailgating, facemasks, and black outfits but also for the "Black Hole", a specific area of the Coliseum where the most rowdy and fervent fans sit.