I've been a Raiders fan since 1981. Sort of. I was 9 years old and didn't really care for football yet. But the local team -- the Philadelphia Eagles -- were in the Super Bowl that year and everyone and anyone I knew or heard was on board the Eagles bandwagon. I didn't care necessarily, I just didn't like that this football team had stolen the thunder of the Phillies, who had just won their first ever World Series a few months earlier. And at the time I was already a Phillies fan and a baseball fan. So out of spite I rooted for the Eagles' opponent in the Super Bowl -- the Oakland Raiders -- and they won. And my lifetime of rejection of anything popular or mainstream began. As well as many years of misery as a Raiders fan.
A couple years later, football became talked about more among my friends and everyone seemed to be a fan of a different team, none of them the Eagles that all our fathers rooted for. Why we all rooted for the Phillies but not the Eagles I'm not sure, but I know my cousin was a Redskins fan, my other friends were Chargers and Steelers and maybe Packers fans, I'm not sure. But even though I still didn't really watch or follow football (I played in organized soccer, baseball, and basketball, not football), I told everyone I was a Raiders fan. So that's what I was. I do remember the 1984 Super Bowl-winning team (mainly Marcus Allen and Jim Plunkett), but only just barely. I don't think I paid much attention during the season but yeah, I was pretty happy with the championship, although it didn't make up for the Phillies World Series loss to Baltimore a few months earlier. Little did I know at the time that it would be 20 years before a team I was a fan of won a league championship again (Syracuse, 2003) and 25 years before a pro team did (Phillies, 2008). But things were pretty good for Raiders fans in the early '80s.