At strike deadline minus five days, the mood on a Raider team famed for providing union leadership is something short of seething.
The Raiders boast two NFL Players Assn. executive committee members (Brian Holloway and James Lofton). A Raider alumnus, Gene Upshaw, is NFLPA director. When Upshaw visited the team in Oxnard last month, Lester Hayes yelled to him, "No strike, baby!"
Said Vann McElroy Wednesday: "I think there are guys who don't want to strike, me included. But at the same time, if the group votes to strike, yeah, I think everybody will go along.
"Are we as angry (as they were before the 1982 seven-week strike)? I wouldn't say we're as angry. I think in '82, the guys were saying, 'Yeah, we'll go on strike.' I think this year is a little decision-process.