Sunday, October 30, 2016

23 Penalties - Ridiculous - But We Won!!!!

Fortunately we got the win. 23 penalties is an NFL record and unacceptable.

On the bright side, we're 6-2 and D. Carr throws for a franchise record 513 passing yards (40-59, 513 yards, top 10 passing performance in NFL history). Derek Carr and Amari Cooper are the two players that contributed to the Raiders win, NOT THE COACHING STAFF or the O-LINE (although they protected Carr but you can't have so many procedure penalties).

24 penalties
is the mark of an undisciplined team. If we're playing any other team in the NFL (with the exception of the Browns, Jaguars and the Bucs) we lose the game by a couple of touchdowns.

This type of horrific, mistake-filled football is the mark of poor coaching. All the mistakes the offense made, Del Rio just stood on the sideline as if he was watching a ballet recital. RIDICULOUS!

It's one thing to be calm as a coach because it tends to keep the team relaxed, but when you see your offensive-line playing like the 'Bad News Bears', at some point you've got to start getting in the players faces.

Amari Cooper had 12 catches for 173 yards (career high) and a TD but the drop in OT almost cost us the game.

Oh well, we got the win, 30-24, so this will be a learning/growth experience. I suppose it's not so bad to hold the record for most penalties in a professional football game when you walk away with the 'W'.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Raiders - Chiefs Rivalry

Having been born in Oakland in the 60's and moving away in 1991, I grew up a fanatical Raiders fan.

I remember fondly, guys like "Big" Ben Davidson, Otis Sistrunk, Darryl "The Mad Bomber" Lamonica, Warren Wells, Marv Hubbard (who would run over his own momma), Cliff Branch (could beat anybody deep, if he had better hands would probably be in the HOF), Willie Brown, Lester "The Molester" Hayes (probably not a good nickname today, but he was known as "the molester" because he was a lockdown corner before the appellation became famous), Phil Villipiano, Alonzo "Skip" Thomas, the late-great Jack "Assassin" Tatum; great TE's like Dave Casper, Raymond Chester, and Todd Christensen; Howie, Marcus, Plunkett, Tim Brown and the late-great hall-of-famer, Kenny "The Snake" Stabler (always super-cool under pressure ** see video below), just to name a few.

Any Raiders-Chiefs fans that go back to the late 60's, 70's and early 80's, knows what the battles were like when the Chiefs and Raiders snapped on the chin straps - ALL OUT WAR!

Unfortunately, the NFL doesn't allow the type of hits that took place when my boys took on the arch rival Chiefs. Fighting, brawling, cursing, spitting and hitting were the order of the day.
The figures didn't look this bad,
they did have eyes & some features
There was no other way.

My brother Kent - RIP (he was born in Oakland as well), for some reason (I think for the competition between us) was always a Chiefs fan. When the Raiders and Chiefs would play, we'd play "Electronic Football." This was the "old-school" Madden Football. You plugged in the football field, it would vibrate, and the little plastic men (in team uniform colors) would move forward because of the plastic 'cleats' on the bottom of each individual player. You had to realign your players on every play. To complete a pass, you had to actually throw the little cotton swab, shaped like a football, and hit the receiver (your hand could not pass the line of scrimmage). Hitting the receiver signified a completed pass.

My brother and I would have the most heated arguments on whether or not that little piece of cotton hit the receiver. We'd get angry, and like the Raiders-Chiefs on TV, he and I would get into a fight! That was Raiders-Chiefs football!!

For you Chiefs fans out there, your team cannot compare or live up to the Raiders success. The debate ends with 3 Super Bowl victories to your 1, case closed. When we get in the playoffs, we go deep in the playoffs, having been shunned the opportunity twice by officials; in the 1977 AFC Championship game, when Tatum blasted Denver RB Rob Lytle, he fumbled on the goal-line, Raiders recovered, but the refs gave the ball to Denver.. and again in the infamous, bogus, "Tuck Rule"). Chiefs get in the playoffs and it's usually One and Done!

Be forewarned, on Sunday, October 16, 2016... you got an ass-whoopin coming... Believe that!

*** Ken Stabler was the first NFL QB to lead his team to five consecutive AFC Championship Games, 1973-77.
A look back at the "Snake's" TD passes for the Oakland Raiders in these classic games.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Derek Carr the "Gunslinger" and Crabtree Dominate!

If a team can over-come a late game fumble. If a team can take the ball and drive for the game-winning score in the final 3 minutes. If a team's defense can hold a good team out of the end zone, out of field-goal range, on the road, you have a winner.

For the first time since 2001, the year the Raiders went to the Super Bowl, the Silver and Black have won 3 road games; and that's 3 out of 3 road games! As a lifelong Raiders fan, I'm almost scared to say this but I will... We have a good team!

Our offense can score on anyone and our defense is improving. After the Falcons game and a Raider's lost, I was questioning whether or not Ken Norton was the man for the job of defensive coordinator. That's before I knew that the Falcons were much better than they were last season.

Considering what Julio Jones and Matt Ryan did to the defending NFC Champion Panthers today (10/02/16), Julio with over 300 receiving yards, and what they did to the Saints last week, the Raiders defense doesn't look so bad... and today, they showed up, kept the heat on Joe Flaco, and made a defensive stand when it was needed the most.