LONDON – Wembley Stadium was fully stocked on Sunday afternoon when the Raiders played the Miami Dolphins, with a large sect of Raider Nation.
Some were locals getting into the Silver and Black for the first time. Many were tourists, travelling to London to support the team overseas. Going to the United Kingdom is expensive, as are the tickets to such an event.
Fans did not get what they paid for. The Raiders were humiliated in a 38-14 loss in front of 83,436, which really bothers Marcel Reece.
“It’s embarrassing to us,” Reece said. “It’s embarrassing to the owner. It’s embarrassing to our fans, so many of whom came all the way out here and we didn’t give them anything to be proud of.
"We didn’t give them anything to root for. I feel bad for the fans mostly. They’re so loyal and so deserving. We’re not giving them anything right now.”
It also hurt the conversion process. The Raiders hoped to mine the London market for fans and revenue, but an awful showing hindered that effort.
It’d be hard to root for a team that plays like a blooper reel.
“The team really enjoyed our time in London,” quarterback Matt McGloin said. “I just wish we could’ve put a better product.”