“NFL Fan Missing During Football Game, Finally Found Days Later”

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“NFL Fan Missing During Football Game, Finally Found Days Later”

I have been following the bizarre story of Paul Kitterman.  He was the fan on Sunday that went missing at an NFL game in Denver and wasn’t seen for days.  When someone goes missing, usually it’s only two things; either they were hurt or are abducted, or they went into hiding.  His friends and family were stunned.

Paul Kitterman went to the Denver Broncos game Sunday with his step son Jarod and friends.  In the third quarter as he was waiting for his step son at the bathroom, Paul disappeared.  Jarod thought he went back to his seat or was just walking around.  Eventually when he didn’t return, they looked all over for him late into the night and then called authorities.  Paul lived 200 miles away in Kremmling, Colorado.  He works as a construction worker and farm hand.

A nationwide alert was sent and it was as if Paul had vanished.  His family and friends described him as a responsible, kind, and thoughtful person who was against having credit cards and not much into technology.  He did not have a cell phone with him.  He was a 53 year old Caucasian male who lived alone and who seemed to have a good life. Many felt there was no way he would just leave so the mystery continued.

Four days after he went missing, Paul was found near a furniture store in Pueblo, Colorado; 110 miles away from the stadium that he disappeared from.  A good samaritan had noticed him from television reports and called the police.

The police described him as being physically and emotionally exhausted but in overall good shape.  Paul stated that he was very tired so the police called a local church that housed him so he could rest.  His family though stated that Paul was in a very fragile emotional and physical state and that they would be seeking help for him.

Pueblo police stated that he was coherent and seemed in ok spirits and after a medical checkup, they talked to him.

Kitterman had stated that he threw away his Bronco’s hat so that he would not be recognized. He said that we was tired of being cold and sick of the football game so he just started to walk south.  He slept in the woods and hitchhiked.  He also told the police that he just liked to walk.  At this time his family even states they don’t know exactly what happened and requested privacy.

Some people were very happy he was found but let’s face it; there are some really nasty and demented people and some were very angry and some were not very supportive.

Parody accounts from amateur; and I mean real amateur; comedians began to pop up all over the place on Twitter and Facebook.  It must be hard for a family going through something to have some fool online making fun of them.

Many of us feel sometimes of just walking away from the stresses and pains of life so here’s to hoping that he gets the help and support that he needs and the story has a happy ending.  A very strange disappearance is still writing itself.

“Need Help Twitterverse: Possible Kidnapping of Sarah Leary”

A Raider fan on a site made a passionate plea for help in finding her daughter.  It’s thought that she was possibly kidnapped by an abusive boyfriend and that she’s in danger.  She was in the process of leaving her.  Her Name is Sarah Leary.  She is a young caucasian female. The possible assailant’s name is Jack Wolcott.  I have her mom’s phone number and facebook page below if you’d like to give any information.

They are thought to possibly be in the Willits, California, or Arcata, California area.  She was on her way to San Leandro and disappeared.

I you are afraid, DM me or message me and I will get the information from you and give it myself.  Time is of the utmost importance.  Thanks again for all of your caring support!

Jim

“Below is a picture of Sarah Leary; she was last seen 2-3 weeks ago and has vanished.  Please read the Facebook post written by her mother Rose, for information.  Thank you!”

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Rose Learys Facebook (mom)

https://www.facebook.com/rose.leary.946?fref=nf

Sarah Leary’s Facebook (missing daughter)

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008072716058

My daughter is missing from home. After 10 days police saw her in Willets, CA. She is in trouble. Praise God I know where she is. Banana colored small older truck with small camper on top. Licence plate unknown, but I think Montana. Registration on license plate says it does not need renewal ever. Travelling potentially kidnapped by highly abusive boyfriend. Clear recent picture oh her on Feb Sarahs Good and both of them on Sarah Leary. Her name is Sarah Leary. His is Jack Wolcott. She is homeless (private family reason) and maybe frightened. They have no phone. My phone is (209)292-7703. I am terrified and must contact her! She usually texts me or comes home. Last seen by me early October this year. We are a Raider family. Single mom, only child much loved. Please, family… If you are near there, she may be Willets or Arcata,CA. Police will only tell me where she is because she is legal adult. Reality is she frequently contacts, is barely legal, immature, and travelling to San Leandro, CA. She disappeared on way. Mama needs at least a phone call. She was leaving him, hopped off bus when she saw me to hug and say I love you Mama. She disappeared into thin smoke. Todo mi familia (all family), I ask you please pray for us. Amen

“Oakland Raiders Grades v.s. Cleveland Browns; the Good, Bad, & the Ugly”

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Final Oakland Raider Grades @ Cleveland Browns; Week 8:

Cleveland Browns  23 (4-3)

Oakland Raiders  13 (0-7)

Quarterback:

The Raiders have scored more than 14 points in a game one time all year.  Tony Sparano showed again why he isn’t an NFL head coach.  At Miami he was constantly trying to outsmart everyone when he should have just done what his team needed to do.  Greg Olsen and Sporano called on Derek Carr to throw 54 times against a team that can’t stop the run.  I kept looking for Rod Serling on the sidelines because you can’t make this stuff up.  Carr was 34-54 for 328 yards, 1 meaningless touchdown at the end and no interceptions.  They had Carr doing too much.  He’s jumping around like Peyton Manning and he needs to just run the play.  The coaches need to keep it simple for him.  Several times he rushed a throw when his secondary man was wide open.  He was sacked 3 times which isn’t a huge amount, but this is worrisome.  Carr struggled against good pass rushes in college and he was jittery today.  Experience hopefully will help him.

GRADE:  C

Carr did not go through his progressions and he seemed mixed up at times with clock management.  He took a delay of game as well and he needs to do less and concentrate on the secondary options.

Running Backs: 

It’s hard to evaluate these guys because they rarely got the ball.  As a whole they ran 22 times for 71 yards but McFadden had the hot hand running for 12 carries and 59 yards.  His fumble though totally changed the game and took the wind out of the sails of the Raiders.

Grade C +

McFadden’s fumble was awful and it helped to change the game against the Raiders.  For the most part he did run well though and he should have received 15 more carries in the game.

Offensive Line: 

The offensive line has played well for most of the year and they didn’t play bad today.  They did give up 3 sacks but one of them was on Carr who continues to hold the ball too long at times.  The running game was alright but they rarely got a chance to run block because they threw 54 times.

Grade C+

They weren’t bad today but they’ve had better games.

Wide Receivers: 

I loved that tight end Mychal Rivera caught 7 passes for 83 yards.  It kept the safeties and linebackers honest and set up the run, but unfortunately the Raiders rarely ran.  James Jones and Andre Holmes had their usual good game which is a great sign.  Jones connection with Carr is a good one.  He’s now the go to guy for Carr.

Kenbrell Thompkins made a great catch but I’m shocked he’s playing instead of Butler.  Butler makes things happen; Thompkins numbers at the Patriots were comically bad and they cut him when they are in need of receivers.  Butler should be player.

GRADE:  B

Overall they played well but the Raiders have to make it happen in the red zone and the WR need to step up along with Carr.

Defensive Line:

The Browns are not Joe Montana’s 49ers but the Raiders line did a good job stopping the run.  Against the pass though they only got 1 sack and Hoyer had time to throw and had an amazing 14.5 yard per reception.  The Raiders have to blitz to get a pass rush and that hurts the defense all around.

Grade:  C+

They stopped the run but without a pass rush, the Raiders defensive backs are in trouble.

Linebackers:

The linebackers played very well against the run, especially Sio Moore who seemed to be all over the field.  He’s healthy and his speed is there and it showed.  They had a solid game but the middle of the field was too easy a target for Hoyer.  Some of it was due to them having to blitz but they struggled on passes over the middle.

Grade B

Most of the year it’s the defense that struggles but the offense just could not score today.  This unit had a good but not great game and if they can stay healthy, they are the strength of the defense.   The defense played well enough to win.

Defensive Backs:

These poor guys are playing their hearts out but without a pass rush, they are in no man’s land.  The WR of the Browns averaged 14.5 yards per catch and they had no answer for Browns wide out Andrew Hawkins.  It was a long day for them and the Browns aren’t exactly stellar in the passing game.

Grade C – 

It was a long day for these guys.  They did do well on 3rd down plays but overall it was a tough day.

Coaching:

I’m at a loss for words.  Tony Sparano last week said that the Raiders were going to go back to the run.  Their running backs are now healthy.  The offensive line is coming along.  So what does he do?  He does what he used to do at Miami; he outsmarted himself and tried to fool people by doing the opposite and had Carr throw 54 times.  Unreal.  The Browns can’t stop the run but they have some good players to stop the pass.  I would love to have been in the meeting when Greg Olsen and Tony Sparano thought throwing so much was a good idea.  Again, where is Rod Serling?  Are you kidding me?  The Raiders should have grinded and wore down the Browns defense using the running game.

Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has no defensive line to speak of so he’s very limited on what he could do.  He crowded the line and blitzed a lot and for the most part it worked.

Tony Sporano rolled the dice and the fake kick proved to be disastrous when backup Matt Schaub threw an interception.  A shovel pass or a short pass would have been epic but he threw into double coverage and they had no chance.  This is what happens when coaches over think and over coach.

Grade D

As Doug Heffernan on the tv show King of Queens said while watching a Woody Woodpecker cartoon; “I’m Still not getting it”.  I really don’t know what is going on.

Special Teams:

Sebastian Janikowski had a good day and other than the two punts that went short, Marquette King had a nice game and rebounded well with a nice 53 yarder.  The fake didn’t work out well and nothing special happened in the return game.

Grade C+

It was a strange day for the special teams.

Next Opponent:  @ Seattle Seahawks (4-3); last game, win @ Carolina Panthers 13-9)

Outlook:

Now the “easy” part of the Raiders schedule is over.  If the Raiders can’t beat Cleveland on the road, thinking that they will beat the Seahawks in Seattle is beyond positive thinking.  Seattle isn’t the same team with a lot of egos that are in fighting with a lot of drama, but they still are a solid defense and they have a great, clutch quarterback.

After playing Seattle, the Raiders will play their first game with Denver.  Someone asked me if the Raiders had hit bottom yet and the answer is no way.  An 0-9 start is almost assured and when your fans are talking about the draft and the season isn’t half over, you know things are bad.

If the Raiders were smart the coaches would stop over coaching and they need to evaluate who the players that they want to keep for next years team.

My prescription for Raider fans is lots of wine and beer during Thanksgiving, lots of eggnog during Christmas, and champagne on New Years Eve.  You deserve it because this is going to be a long one.

“Final Oakland Raider Grades v.s. San Diego Chargers; Week 7:”

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Arizona Cardinals  24 (5-1)

Oakland Raiders  13 (0-6)

Quarterback:

Derek Carr had a so so game missing on a few passes that he should have hit.  He also had a couple of drops that hurt.  He was unable to hit many long passes as he did against San Diego.  His weakness in college was handling a pass rush and he had mixed reviews with the blitz happy Cardinals.  He was 16-28 for 173 yards and no TD’s or interceptions.  Arizona is near last in passing defense so this was disappointing.  I HATE the Raiders routes.  The middle so often is wide open and they don’t utilize it.  They have to get the tight end involved to help out Carr.

GRADE:  C+

Carr seemed reluctant to go down deep and when he did he either missed or the Raiders weren’t open.

Running Backs: 

Again, another team that is making the Raiders throw the ball.  For much of the game Arizona had 7-8 men on the block daring Oakland to throw.  They took away the running game and the Raiders were unable to take advantage of this.  McFadden was banged up, and the Raiders didn’t have the injured Marcel Reece which hurt them.  Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t a factor.

Grade C

Arizona’s game plan was to take away the run and they did.  Unfortunately the Raiders were unable to hurt the Cardinals with the pass, which was disappointing.  The Raiders running backs blocked fairly well picking up the blitzes.

Offensive Line: 

They had a lot to deal with today with Arizona doing everything to rush the passer and take away the run.  Arizona blitzed on almost every play and the line overall did well protecting Carr.  With Arizona crowding the line there wasn’t much of a chance to run.  The Raiders line gave up only 1 sack.  Overall not a great game but they also didn’t get much help from their teammates.

Grade C+

They did a good job picking up the blitzes but the Raiders just didn’t have the passing game to win.

Wide Receivers: 

Andre Holmes had his weekly drop which is frustrating because he has so much talent.  He has to concentrate.  Brice Butler had a long 55 yard catch that needs to happen more.  James Jones is Carr’s favorite receiver.  He had 8 targets but caught only 4 for 35 yards.  The Raiders really had chances to go deep and they have to spread the field like they did against San Diego.

GRADE:  B

They had a few more drops and that can’t happen.  Butler and Holmes are inconsistent and Carr threw to the tight end twice all game.  The Raiders have to go to the tight end and utilize the middle of the field with slants as well instead of just fly patterns and deep outs.  I really hated some of the routes today, and the game plan overall.

Defensive Line:

If you take out Khalil Mack out of the DL equation, they really are non existent.  Lamarr Woodley got his weekly 1 tackle and the leading tackler on the DL was Pat Sims with 2.  They are too easily blocked and just aren’t getting to the quarterback.  The Cardinals ran for 123 yards and during two drives, the Raiders literally could not stop the run.

Grade:  D+

The Raiders DL is just not a factor and this has to be fixed this off season.  The Raiders have 5 sacks all year.  Detroit leads the NFL with 20.

Linebackers:

The linebackers played their best game of the year.  Khalil Mack had his best game by far with 11 tackles and 3 for loss.  He still doesn’t have a sack in 6 games and that is troubling.  He got beat twice on passes as well but overall, a very encouraging game.  Sio Moore had a controversial penalty but he also had a good game with 5 tackles with one being for a loss.  Miles Burris had 5 tackles but missed big time on a couple of runs including a touchdown run.

Grade B-

This unit has struggled big time in the past but they are getting healthier and it shows.  Not a bad game and it’s good to see Mack finally making a difference.

Defensive Backs:

These poor guys are playing their hearts out.  They are on an island due to the terrible Raiders pass rush and they are trying to hold their own.  TJ Carrie has his good moments and he has potential.  Usama Young and Charles Woodsen are taking a beating on running plays and they are having  to make too many tackles in the run game.

Grade C+ 

The Raiders struggled at times getting off the field on 3rd down and it killed them.  Several times Carson Palmer hit key passes for first downs.  These guys are not going to last long physically having to make so many plays.  Even though he’s healthy DJ Hayden is not a factor which should tell you something.

Coaching:

Greg Olsen encouraged me last week, but this week it was same old song, different dance.  The Raiders have to start using the middle of the field and start using the running backs and tight ends more.  The offense is too wide receiver heavy.  There are some routes that show the wide receivers just running down the field and I really don’t get it.  Carr needs safety valves for help.

Greg Olsen seemed to go away from throwing deep against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.  The Cardinals were next to last in pass defense but the Raiders could not exploit it.  Arizona is using 3rd stringers so they have to blitz but the Raiders still could not shore up their passing game.

On defense, the Raiders just don’t have a good defensive line and they had another 1 sack game.  There just isn’t much of a scheme that you can use when your defensive front isn’t good.  The Raiders are next to last in sacks in the NFL with only 5 all year and their DL is probably the worst in the NFL.

Grade C

I felt the Raiders were too conservative.  They have to throw deep, if just to keep the defense honest.  Do a no huddle when you get a couple of completions, especially playing against the Cardinals who have a thin defensive line.  The Raiders are limited talent wise on defense, and I didn’t expect them to win, but this was a little disappointing.

Special Teams:

Sebastian Janikowski must really hate Marquette King.  Whenever he misses, King catches flack.  Matt Schaub now holds for Janikowski.  He was 2 for 2 for field goals and hit a 53 yard kick.

TJ Carrie is a good return man.  You wonder if it’s smart having him return though.  He is taking a beating at times trying to stop the run as a defensive back and you wonder how long he can last.  He did have a bone head play that looked like a punt hit him but the refs ruled it didn’t.

Marquette King was solid as ever punting.  Not a great day but he was solid.

Grade B-

Special teams didn’t play a huge factor in this game but the Raiders did a good job.

Next Opponent:  @ Cleveland Browns (3-3; last game, loss @ Jacksonville Jaguars 24-6)

Outlook:

This week was one of those games that the Raiders needed to show their fans that they are really back on the right track.  Unfortunately this loss really makes the mood dark in Oakland; again.  The Raiders are now 53-129.

In their next 4 games the Raiders will play at Cleveland and at Seattle, and then come home to Denver before flying to San Diego.  Not many teams have a tougher stretch.

The weather will be a typical cool, fall day in Cleveland with no rain and temperatures in the 50’s.

The Browns are very inconsistent with big wins at home over the Saints and the Steelers but they’ve also lost big to Jacksonville on the road.  They are playing much better at home than they are on the road.

Brian Hoyer had a terrible game against Jacksonville and so did the defense which gave up 183 yards rushing.

Look for the Browns to play much better at home.  This is a game the Raiders have to win.  From this point on the Raiders play one team that has a losing record, and the rest are at least @ .500.  The Raiders will also have games in Kansas City and Denver in mid to late December respectively so cold weather is ahead; maybe snow.

The nightmare continues and another high pick will probably be seen by the Raiders.  Hopefully the NFL will show mercy and hide defensive backs NFL combine 40 times to help the Raiders pick a good 1st round draft pick.

Azel Grasty, AKA Oaktown Raider; Iconic Raider fan’s Memorial Page

I don’t normally do this but I wanted to give people a chance to donate to iconic Raider fan Azel Grasty St. AKA Oaktown Raider.  Here is his memorial page.  If you are blessed and doing well, please follow this link and show your support to his family.

Thank you so much, Jim

http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/honoring-oaktown-pirate-azel-grasty/248925#.VD_-l_1E-1K.twitter

“A Tribute to an Iconic Raider & NFL Fan Azel Grasty Sr.; AKA The Oaktown Raider”

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Today was just one of those days where not much goes right.  Then I came home tonight and found out news that one of my favorite Hispanic actresses Elizabeth Pena was dead at 55.  What a great career and what a cool lady.  I then got another shocker; one of the all time iconic Oakland Raider fans had also passed.  I couldn’t relax before writing a little about him.  His name was Azel Grasty Sr., AKA the Oaktown Raider.

The Oakland Coliseum; (I’m not calling it that other name) is the most unique environment in the NFL.  I’ve been to other stadiums and what I love about Oakland is the diversity of the fans.  Let’s be real; if you watch a game in places like New England, Denver, and New York; most of the fans are white.  In Oakland, all walks of life are there.  Black, brown, white, red; and with so many that dress up, silver and grey too.

I remember my ex girlfriend was a snooty Denver Bronco fan.  I remember us going to a night game in Oakland once and her telling me, “man there sure are a lot of black and Hispanic people in the crowd”.  I knew then we were doomed.

Raider fans are like no other so when one of the iconic fans passes on, I always remember the glory days.  I love history and the Raiders history is of legend, and in those times there was no place like the Oakland Coliseum.  During the fall the overcast gray skies, the fans dressed in black, and the enclosed stadium made it more like a thunderous tomb than somewhere to play football.  Don Shula and the Dolphins players hated everything Raider; the fans, the players, the colors.  Don Shula once called Oakland hell, and Chiefs head coach Hank Stram said he was going to call the governor of California and make him stop allowing inmates from San Quentin to be released on Sundays so that they couldn’t come to any more games.  Steelers coach Chuck Noll hated the Raiders so much in time he refused to mention them.   He felt the Raiders were the criminal element and evil and so were their fans.  He once called John Madden before a game to complain about rats in their dressing room.  Coach Madden laughed and said, “really?  There are some in our dressing room too!”

I remember many years later being on a business trip in Denver and Cincinnati and wearing a Raider sweater and people by the dozens booing me at the mall.  It was so much fun being hated.  Now I know what Ty Cobb meant.  It was wonderful!

Even though I’m a writer trying to be honest and un-biased, my family’s roots are deep in the tradition of Oakland Raider football.  My father as a young man would go to the Raiders games at Candlestick Park and Frank Youell Field and told me stories of how the Raiders front office staff would go to local restaurants and give away tickets just so people would come.  Their fan base was built from the ground up and in time, the waiting list for tickets was in the thousands.  Many of the players didn’t make a lot of money and most had off season jobs and many became friends with the fans and even work with them.  My dad became friends with a few of them and in his dealings as a Teamster; he had the opportunity to get to know them better.  The bond between Oakland Fan and player was as deep rooted as any sports relationship in history.  The “gatherings” among fans and players in Santa Rosa during training camp still would make a truck driver blush.  It was just a special time.

No place was louder and more intimidating than the Oakland Coliseum.  As the great George Atkinson once said, “you come into our house you better be prepared to fight, and fight all of us”.  No team had a better fan base.

That’s why every year when I hear the news of a great long time Raider fan passing, it really hurts deep.  As the years go by we are losing more and more of them.  Time can be a cruel mistress.

One of those iconic fans was Azel Grasty Sr. who passed away at the age of 57;  much too young of a man to leave us.

Azel was like most Raider fans that dress up; he was unique.  His Raider fan persona was the Oaktown Raider, dressed up in full silver and black pirate gear.  He even had contacts that made his pupils look different.  Many major news outlets like ESPN and Yahoo sports did stories about him and other fans and showed photos of them.  Azel enjoyed kids, and fans of all ages, and loved having a good time.  Azel donated a lot of his time to others and was very proud of his involvement in youth football.  There is a sweet video on Youtube of Azel meeting some youth football players at the Oakland Coliseum.  I met him a couple of times and he couldn’t have been nice and funnier.  He really loved people.

I think what is funny too is that the more menacing, evil, and scary some of the Raider fans make themselves up to be, they usually end up being the complete opposite.  Azel was that way too.  When he was dressed up as the Oaktown Pirate, you would think little kids would be scared of him, but every game kids were coming up to give him high fives, or take a picture with him.  His heart was as big as his smile.

There are so many photos of him on Yahoo, ESPN, facebook and Twitter that you could fill a book.  He never took himself too seriously and loved mingling with others.  He was kind, fun, and showed what being a fan is all about.

I was really appreciative of all of the great things people said about Azel on social media.  Even with the frustration, anger and rants of some Raider fans through all of the losing, they still remain some of the kindest, warm hearted and down to earth people you’d ever meet, especially during bad times.  Azel would be touched I’m sure.

One Twitter follower direct messaged me and said that the Coliseum is going to be a little darker with another one of it’s fun bright lights gone. I thought about it and messaged her and said that she was probably right.  But doesn’t the sky look a little brighter.  Rest in Peace Azel; you were a good Raider fan who made people of all ages smile; but more importantly you were a good man indeed.

“Super Fast and Easy Pumpkin Mousse”

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Super Easy Pumpkin Mousse

Prep Time:

10 min

Inactive Prep Time:

20 min

Cook Time:

5 min

Level:

Easy

Serves:

6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (if you dont have it do 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp all spice, 1/8 tsp nutmeg.  The nutmeg and cinnamon are essential)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Ginger snaps, for garnish (optional)
  • Candied Ginger for garnish (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
  • Whip cream for garnish

Directions

Combine pumpkin, 1 cup cream, sugar and spice in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Cool fully and then put it into the refrigerator to cool completely.

Whip remaining heavy cream and vanilla to soft peaks and fold into cooled pumpkin mixture. Pour into a serving dish and crumble the ginger snaps over top before serving.

Suggestions:

You can also put the ginger snaps on the side and eat them with the mousse.

Top the mousse whip cream and then with candied ginger and/or chocolate.

It also would be great with Amaretto cookies.  Eat it all year long!

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