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Bend Gets Its Own Oakland Raiders Fan Club 


Oakland Raiders fans have a pretty terrible reputation.

Fights are common at games—so much so that even home fans are choosing to stay away, which is affecting ticket sales. There was that terrible stabbing incident from a few years back, in which a Raiders fan knifed a Chargers fan during a scuffle. Still, the Raider Nation remains defiantly proud. "Football's Most Notorious Fans," boasts the Raider Nation banner hung at home games. An Outkick the Coverage post lists Raiders fans among their "Ten Dumbest Fan Bases in America" (No. 7).

But a group of local Raiders enthusiasts are changing that negative perception. For years MC Mystic (Aaron Chambers), a local DJ and silver-and-black blooded Raiders supporter, has been looking for a place his fellow Bend Raiders fans can call home and has found one in Volcanic Theater Pub. Their group, Bend Oregon Raiders Nation (BORN) has gathered at VTP in droves for the last two football games. And though they like to scream and shout at the big screen TV, they're a sweet and peaceful bunch. They're inviting any and all Raiders fans to join them at the next VTP-hosted game (1:30 pm Sept. 29 vs. Redskins) and keep in touch via their Facebook page.

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