It helps to have friends in high places. Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's family "Madden" league is just the latest example of why.
Carr enlisted comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo to impersonate various NFL talking heads for a "preview" the Carrs' "Madden" league. Caliendo paid homage to ESPN's Chris Berman, Adam Schefter and Mel Kiper Jr., shockingly saving (arguably) his most famous impression for last.
Caliendo has impersonated Gruden for years, appearing alongside the coach in parodies of "Jon Gruden's QB Camp." The comedian even broke out the impression last year at the Raiders' training camp, and HBO's "Hard Knocks" cameras filmed Caliendo addressing the team as Gruden in the third episode.
“They may have moved from Oakland to Las Vegas, but for some reason, stuck with this thing. It’s too busy and the colors aren’t anything special. Perhaps if the shield and “Raiders” were removed to showcase the swords and the male figure, it could simplify it. Or get rid of the head altogether. Anything is better than this.”
So, I get what they were saying, but when I think of the Raiders, I like the fact that they’re staying true to the OG logo we’re used to -- it’s iconic. People fear change. After all, they’re now called the Las Vegas Raiders.
They have one of the most unique color schemes in the game and it doesn’t seem too busy despite the detail and reminds me of how fierce the fans are. Despite a few, subtle changes over the years, the logo has stood the test of time.