Oakland, you have our sympathy

Third NFL franchise relocation in 14 months

It's like deja vu.

Listening to Roger Goodell explain why the Raiders had to leave Oakland for Las Vegas instantly took me back to January. That's when the NFL commissioner used the exact same reasoning to spin the Chargers' move to Los Angeles.

Phrases like "exhausted all options" and "tried for over a decade" and "relocation is painful for fans" weren't just similar to the ones we heard in San Diego -- they were exactly the same.

The only difference is that the NFL is pulling the Band-Aid off slowly in Oakland, keeping the Raiders in the Bay Area for the next two years while a $1.7 billion stadium is built just off the Las Vegas Strip. 

San Diego Chargers fans and Oakland Raiders fans used to be bitter rivals. Now, we all know exactly how bad it feels lose our NFL team.

Oakland, you have our sympathy. 

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