I am acutely aware of the nature of words and phrases and how they’re used; how they tend to permeate and matriculate across different cultural boundaries. This function is most commonly referred to as “co-opting”.
So when I say that if your favorite football team isn’t the Oakland Raiders, it sounds stupid when you refer to your fanbase as a “Nation”, please know that I understand fully that you don’t really put much thought into it when you do so. You simply needed an all-encompassing phrase to identify with fellow fans of your shitty football team, and you chose the easiest way to do so, as opposed to coming up with something clever and creative and original.
Make no mistake — the “Nation” qualifier lives and dies with the Raiders and the Raiders only. Many others have tried to lay claim to the title over the years, but it speaks volumes that the one true officially recognized signifier is associated with the Silver & Black.
Thankfully, in recent years, the tendency to refer to non-Raider fan bases as “Nations” has died down significantly — mostly due to the NFL’s non-stop advertising machine issuing a mandate to all other 31 teams to come up with their own thing if they hadn’t already. As such, these trendy little hashtags mostly take care of the riff raff.
Even still, every now and then you’ll get a dipshit or two that’ll break out the #CowboysNation hashtag on your timeline. Don’t let this fly, Nation. Own your title and defend it with pride.
Below are a list of well-thought out and scientifically-researched reasons that the names of the other 31 teams sound stupid with “Nation” behind it. Please share with those fan bases for awareness.