Raiders christen the “Death Star”

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The Raiders’ new Black Hole will literally be just that in 2020, with no fans in the stands at Allegiant Stadium. So, apparently, the Raiders need a new nickname for the place where they play.

Owner Mark Davis is going with “Death Star.” Apparently because he never watched any of the Star Wars movies all the way through to the end.

“Welcome to the Death Star, where our opponent’s dreams come to die,” Davis declared to the team as they practiced there for the first time, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “My father always said that the greatness of the Raiders is in its future. Well, today that future really starts. This magnificent stadium was built on the backs of thousands of players, coaches, administrators and fans, who for the past 60 years have proudly worn the Silver and Black.”

Coach Jon Gruden raved about the team’s new home.

“I can’t wait to share this with the city of Vegas and sports fans and entertainment fans from around the world,” Gruden said. “This is a one-of-a-kind joint. We just have to keep pounding this virus into the turf and open these doors so people can enjoy it like we did today. Spectacular. An out-of-sight place. It has everything you can imagine.”

Hopefully, it doesn’t have a thermal exhaust port.

29 responses to “Raiders christen the “Death Star”

  1. Brilliant and on point for the Raiders.
    Nothing says more about the current state of the franchise than naming your stadium after a fictional battle station that’s most famous for always getting blown up by a bunch of scrubs.

  2. If teams were smart they would sweep for listening devices and cameras, that’s the only way the Raiders have any chance of beating anyone.

  3. The Death Star? That might be cool to 12 year old boys but…………everyone else is laughing at it. The Raiders are really into comic book nics I guess.

  4. no the stadium was built on the backs of thousands of tax payers. The losing Raiders tradition just has a new home named after evil.

  5. Raider “mystique” = Raider “mistake”. At least make the play-offs b4 you “act” like you’re good.

  6. What happened to Roomba? Somehow more appropriate, considering it looks exactly like one, and will contain pretty much the same thing.

  7. Not entirely inappropriate, considering they used to have a player from the University of Mars.

  8. Mark Davis has a point, those Star Wars storm troopers weren’t really the brightest guys around, so are the Raiders, it makes sense Death Star, I mean as battle station let’s make sure it has a clear big wide weak spot to destroy it.

  9. Awesome! Nobody lived football more than Al Davis, and now I’m seeing some of that same greatness in Mark Davis. Gruden is building a dynasty, and he and Mark Davis will both be inducted into the Hall of Fame some day.

  10. And they built the Death Star in a different galaxy far far away from the citizens who gave that team their identity.

  11. irishguy12 says:
    August 22, 2020 at 11:03 am
    So if the opposing team throws a football into the exhaust port do they instantly win?

    Best post of the day!

  12. Death Star is the perfect analogy for this franchise. Didn’t it get destroyed by a bunch of rag tag rebels three times?

  13. Honestly the best nickname I personally think is “the poker chip” simple clean and fun

  14. Raiders are one of those teams that are perpetually a year away from being a year away

  15. It’s actually funny how people think when someone calls it the Death Star they believe it looks like it. It just a name man, and it’s the Raiders mystique, and Darth Raider. As for the guy who said the Raiders haven’t won a Super Bowl since Vader told Luke he’s his father. So lame. They have actually won two Super Bowl’s in less than four years after it!

  16. So, who will be filing the copyright lawsuit? Disney? Lucasfilm? Perhaps George himself?
    Davis WILL either pay royalties or he will cease and desist with that “nickname.”
    Lucas don’t fool around.

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