Sunday, July 29, 2012

Former Raider Robbins Sentenced

Former Oakland Raider Pro Bowl center Barret Robbins has been sentenced to five years in a Florida prison for violating a drug-related probation.

Robbins, who according to court documents suffers from bipolar disorder, was on probation for a 2005 arrest in Miami Beach in which he resisted arrest and fought with the police. He was shot and wounded during the incident.

The sentencing Friday by a Miami-Dade County judge was the result of an arrest over a year ago near Dallas when crack cocaine was found in Robbins' car after he was pulled over by police for a traffic stop. 

Robbins played for the Oakland Raiders for a total of nine seasons. He is remembered as the Raiders player who disappeared for several days prior to the 2003 Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He showed up the night before the game in an incoherent state and he did not play in the big game. 

Robbins was released by the Raiders the following year for steroid use.


Get it together Barret. We know you're having problems with your bipolar disorder but you gotta leave the drugs alone. You're taking the route of a quick earthly demise if you don't clean up your act.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Al

Wednesday marks a bittersweet day for Raider Nation. On the one hand we’ll be celebrating my favorite holiday of the year. How the NFL hasn’t figured out a way to schedule some sort of preseason scrimmage televised on the 4th of July is beyond me. You can thank me later, Goodell.

But this Wednesday isn’t all fireworks and standing over hot grills. The 4th of July is also a celebrated day for the best fans in all of football because it marks the birthdate of the late Al Davis.

CSN Bay Area reports that there will be a gathering in Las Vegas to honor Mr. Davis on the 4th. It was routine for Davis and his closest family and friends to make the annual trek to Vegas to celebrate his birthday so it’s only natural for those that knew him to do like they always did.

What else is equally appropriate is for every member of Raider Nation to celebrate the life to the Davis in their own appropriate way during the Nation’s Independence Day. An independent thinker like Davis could have only been born in the 4th of July.

So if you want to send out a prayer, take a brief moment of silence, pour out a little of whatever you’re sipping on or just want to sport the jersey of your favorite Raider do so in honor of Davis this Wednesday. No matter how you celebrate his life it will be appropriate. Doing things his own way is how Davis lived his life so honor him and all he’s done by doing things your way.

One more time for Big Al, Just Win Baby!