The hottest Raiders take I’ve read in a long time came from—of all people—Tom Hanks.
Hanks, a Northern California native, is apparently a big Raiders fan. (He wrote a long letter to the family of Ken Stabler after the legendary Raiders quarterback died.) Speaking at a San Francisco fundraiser this week, Hanks lamented the loss of the Raiders in a rant the San Francisco Chronicle said he delivered with “the same Hanks vocal tone/rage level he used when losing Wilson the volleyball in Cast Away.”
“When the Raiders leave, I am going on an NFL moratorium for two years,” Hanks said. “You cannot take the Silver and Black, put them in an air-conditioned dome in the desert, make them play on artificial turf within a stone’s throw of the fountains of Caesar’s Palace, and call them the Raiders.”
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Hanks isn’t just sorry that Oakland is losing its team, he’s also upset that Las Vegas residents are on the hook for 40% of the stadium’s cost and railed against the scam of publicly financed stadiums.
“Here’s the thing I don’t quite understand. And I’m not trying to—this isn’t one of the (many) causes I’m fighting for,” Hanks added. “I’m just thinking as a fan: It’s a billion-dollar industry, they have billion-dollar TV contracts. All the owners are billionaires. And yet when they want to build a stadium they’re going to use for 10 weeks out of the year, they expect the city taxpayers to buy the building.”
If we start a petition to make Tom Hanks the commissioner of the NFL, who says no?