Charles Woodson is Retiring – Long Live the GOAT

Back in 1998, I was into the Raiders, but not super-into them like I am nowadays. Back then, Jon Gruden had just become our head coach, we had Jeff Hostetler as our QB and well, I wasn’t paying attention much to the draft or free agent pickups or anything. But we drafted the Heisman Trophy winner, Charles Woodson as our cornerback. By the time I was paying attention two or three years later when Gannon was the QB, Woodson had already established himself as a very talented but partying player. So when he left for the Packers when his rookie…

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This Year’s Raiders Aren’t This Last Decade’s Raiders

Yesterday, I kept exclaiming after the game, “Raiders won! Against Denver! In Mile High!” After each exclamation, Westina nodded in understanding. For 12 years she witnessed my frustrations, my depression after Football Sundays, especially after the bi-annual Broncos games. You see, I had developed a very healthy (actually it’s unhealthy but let’s not go there) hatred for the foes in orange and blue. Back when I was teaching myself the fine art of US football, my education was handed to me by the Raiders and the 49’ers. While the 49’ers showed me what ease and finesse looked like, the Raiders…

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2015 Raiders – Different or Same Ol’ Raiders?

Before the start of the home opener versus the Cincinnati Bengals, I would rattle off all the differences. We have Cooper & Crabtree, Whole new coaching staff. Look at our training facilities! Oooh and we scored Aldon Smith. We’d been clamoring for playmakers and it looks like we have four or five now! Today, less than 24 hours after kickoff yesterday, it certainly feels like more of the same. All those differences above? They added to a stinking loss made worse still by Hue Jackson’s smirking face and manicured feet. It’s only the first game says a ton of fans…

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Open the Floodgates! Chapter 9 Here I come!

For almost two weeks, I’ve been stuck. All because there’s parts of an outline that is covered by a general statement instead of specific events. So when you get to that part of the outline, it’s like hitting a brick wall. The climax of Part 1 is the 1st Critlings encounter. I’ve known that since the last book. But saying Critlings encounter and sitting down to write it are two different matters. When writing, you must know the characters, more or less what’s going to happen, and what the outcome of the event is and where you’re going with the next…

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Predictions for 2015 Raiders

You knew this was coming right? Sooner or later, I had to write about the Raiders. This year, my excitement is higher than it’s been in recent years but it’s more tempered. I think the experience of the past 12 seasons has made me leery of high expectations but this year, there’s a tangible foundation from last year upon which, expectations can be piled upon. What’s that tangible foundation? It’s Derek Carr, Kahlil Mack (featured in photo – Thanks Raiders.com), Gabe Jackson, Sio Moore, Justin Ellis, Latavius Murray, and Keith McGill. (DJ, I’d love to include you but you need…

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2015 Raiders Rookie Class

Last year at this time, I was raving about Derek Carr and Khalil Mack. This year, not so much. I guess I’m in a wait and see kind of mode with the Raiders this year. This year Amari Cooper was our first pick and while I’m happy that D. Carr has a WR, I’m a little upset that Cooper didn’t seem enthused about playing for the Raiders. Furthermore, I’m disappointed with the NFL’s cheating behaviors. I guess as a Raiders fan, I shouldn’t be but when I see Tom Brady and his Patriots blatantly cheating and then getting a slap…

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An Imagining of the Future as in What’ll Happen to the Raiders after Mark Davis

I’ve been missing football a lot lately. The draft is almost two weeks away, there’s been some good moves (not great) made by the Raiders and I have their three wins from last year still on my DVR. So, I’ve been watching the games after Westina goes to bed. Why? So I could see how effective Khalil Mack is. While watching the SF 49’ers/Oakland Raiders game last night, I started thinking about Mark Davis, his unmarried status and his no-offspring status. What’s going to happen to the Raiders when Mark Davis dies, assuming that his mother went before him? If…

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NFL Thoughts to Close Out the 2014 Season

I’ve been excited about the Raiders coaching hires. Enough to have me glued to the media for free agency, the draft, into pre-season. Suh to the Raiders? Sure wish he can lose the dirtiness, but that’s what makes him Suh, right? Mixed feelings about this which will continue even if we start winning. Mack sure did ok without dirty plays like stomping. Tom Brady = cheater in my eyes. Ever since the Tuck Rule, I’ve found him shady. Of course, I’m biased but how was that not a fumble? Hope the Seahawks win their 2nd SB in a row. Need…

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