Why the autumn wind is a Raider.

I've gotten quite a few questions about this JOY IS NOW episode. I LOVE mixing psychology with all sorts of things. Space, art, sports. Again, like gravity, psychology is everywhere and impacts every single little thing we do. These THEORY episodes are a real back stage pass to how my mind works and how I see and interpret interpersonal relationships and behavior. When asked about this episode in particular, most people wanted to know where the reference, ""the autumn wind is like a raider"" comes from. So here it goes.

The saying comes from a song/poem, The Autumn Wind, which is an interpretation of the original poem, Pirate Wind, by Mary Jay Carr. The Autumn Wind was created by former NFL Films President Steve Sabol to signal the beginning of the football playoff season. Because the words refer to pirates and raiders, the 1974 adaptation of the poem for NFL Films has become known as "The Battle Hymn of the Raider Nation."

Here are the words:

The Autumn Wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea,
With a rollicking song, he sweeps along,
Swaggering boisterously.
His face is weather beaten.
He wears a hooded sash,
With a silver hat about his head,
And a bristling black mustache.

He growls as he storms the country,
A villain big and bold.
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake,
As he robs them of their gold.

The Autumn Wind is a raider,
Pillaging just for fun.
He'll knock you 'round and upside down,
And laugh when he's conquered and won.

There is nothing quite like being in Oakland and hearing this tear through the stadium sound system before a game. For those interested in the full experience, check it out here.

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