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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Which football team really started the term, "NATION"?

The Raider Nation is the unofficial name for the fans of the NFL's Oakland Raiders. They are particularly associated with a section of the Oakland Coliseum known as the 'black hole' (sections 104, 105, 106, and 107) which is usually occupied by rowdy fans. The origin of the name is obscure; certainly it was in vogue during the early 1980s, when Raider fans from the San Francisco Bay Area were forced to travel to Los Angeles or elsewhere to watch their team.

The Raider fans were the original fan base to use "Nation" in their title. Since, other professional sports team's fan bases have copied the theme and put "Nation" in their title. One of the first to copy the Raider Nation, were the Red Sox fans, calling themselves the "Red Sox Nation."