“The Raiders lose Two All Time Greats; In Remembrance”

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I love Raider fans because of the appreciation they have for the past.  The Glory Days of the Raiders was the foundation of the greatness of the franchise. More and more young people are learning just how great and fun these players were and to understand the great connection the city of Oakland and the east bay had with the Raiders and the players.

Yesterday the Oakland Raiders announced the passing of one of the all time fan favorites during the glory years of the Raiders. I wanted to take a moment and remember him and another great Raider who was lost recently.

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Marv Hubbard (1946-2015)

Raider fans were well known during the glory years for their many posters and signs that they would hang up on the walls of the end zones. The two favorite ones for most fans was “speed kills” in honor of the great Cliff Branch; with his #21 in the Raiders shield; and “take it to the cupboard Hubbard” in honor of Raider icon Marv Hubbard. Many also liked the “OL Mutha Hubbard” too.

Many fans reacted on twitter and other social media sites last night to the sad news that former Raiders fullback Marv Hubbard had died at the age of 68.   There is no listed cause of death as of this writing.

During the glory years of the 1970’s, there were few players on the Raiders that were more popular than Marv Hubbard. After a great career at Colgate, the Raiders picked him in the 11th round with little to no expectations. Right away the Raiders were impressed with his tough and aggressive style of running, as well as his great production and vision.

Hubbard had an amazing 4.8 yards per carry during his career. In fact in his 6 years with the Raiders, his LOWEST yards per carry average in a season was an astounding 4.6 yards per rush. He was a good all around player who could catch the ball and block as well. He used tough running and great vision to get every yard he could.

Marv became a fan favorite due to his fun personality off the field along with his punishing running style on it. He was not fast or athletic but he loved contact. He played with little to no regard for his body and he played 6 productive years for the Raiders and one year for the Lions. His shoulder was permanently injured due to his physical play and it cut short his career. Bill King once said the collisions between Hubbard and Kansas City great Willie Lanier was worth the price of admission alone.

He was a 3 time all pro, and was extremely well respected around the league.   During the greatest decade of the NFL in the 1970’s, the Raiders dynamic duo of Marv Hubbard and Charlie Smith were key cogs in the Oakland offense. Fans loved the way that Hubbard squeezed every yard out of his runs, and that he loved to run over people.

Many fans remember him around town where he was like many players of the day who were staples at local pubs and bars around the bay area. He was a funny and outgoing person who was loved by all. Later in life he was at various fundraising golfing events and he never left without making someone smile.

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Art Powell (1937-2015)

On April 6 the Raiders lost one of their classiest players of all time in Art Powell.  He had been in failing health due to heart problems.  One of the first AFL stars, he teamed up with Don Maynard for the New York Titans (soon to be Jets), and they became the first 1,000 yard tandem in football. Powell was a key member of the turnaround for the Raiders, signing with them in 1963, the same year Al Davis arrived.

Originally Art Powell did not want to come to Oakland but he agreed to have dinner with new coach and general partner Al Davis. After he and his wife had dinner with Mr. Davis, he agreed to sign with the Raiders. Al Davis just happened to have a signed contract with him that night so he signed him on the spot.

Powell was a great leader on and off the field. In 1963, Bo Roberson, Fred Williamson, and Clem Daniels joined Art in boycotting an exhibition game at Ladd Stadium in Alabama which still had segregated seating for fans. After meeting with Al Davis, Mr. Davis told the League they would not play the game unless it was moved.  The game was then moved to Frank Youell Field in Oakland instead. Mr. Davis respected their stance and most felt none of the other owners would have ever supported Powell.

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Powell requested a trade to Buffalo of all places because he wanted to start a business there. He later regretted it.  He stated that he always wondered how things would have turned out if he stayed in Oakland but he said you just have to live with decisions and learn from them even if they don’t work out.

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Even though Powell only played 4 years for the Raiders, he amazingly is their 7th leading receiver of all time. He was a 4 time all star and with 17% of his catches being touchdowns, he is one of the all time leaders in that category.

Respected on the field for his amazing talent, and off the field for his great character and leadership, Art Powell takes a rightful place in the history of the Oakland Raiders.

I hope that all Raider fans will think of these players and their families and appreciate all that they did.  May they rest in peace knowing they gave a lot of pleasure to so many fans.

Here is Your Chance To Draft For the Raiders. The Potion of Motion? Everything NFL Draft 2015

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NFL Draft Week is Here! It should be a fun and exciting day as always! Smiles all around.  (P.S. EPIC recipes are below!!  If you are brave enough, add one of your own in the comments section.  Thanks!)

Round 1 will be starting today at 5 pm PST; Round 2-3 will be tomorrow starting at 4 pm PST, and then Saturday Round 4-7 will start at 9 am PST.

The Jim Jax radio show will begin the week of the first exhibition game. I’m working on special guests and experts now but I mostly want to hear from the average fan.   From beginner to long term expert, every voice counts. I hope we all have fun and maybe learn a little along the way. It will be a call in show.   I’ll keep all the sites posted!

Thank you all for the amazing support. One article had readers from 24 different countries!!! At times I’m getting 500-1000 readers an hour with many great comments on Twitter, Facebook and DM and email. Your comments and voices are being heard and many great discussions have been started through your input. EVERY one of your voices matter.

Thank you all also for the comments and questions. I really like to hear especially from new fans that are just learning the in’s and outs of the game. It’s exciting to see energetic and new faces!

MOCK DRAFTS:  

Remember that your guess is as good as anyone’s in regards to the draft. I checked up on mock drafts from last year and the best picks from ANYONE that is supposedly an expert is 7 picks right in the first round.   Todd McShay got 5 picks right, and Mel Kiper Jr. got 4. The year before Mel Kiper Jr. got ONE right in the first round.

I just saw an ESPN report that the Raiders needs were WR, RB and CB.   Um huh? Having the worst pass rush in the NFL isn’t a need? I’m sure they will fix that soon. They are probably drunk over their new found love, the big fight on Saturday.

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My Epic Fast & Easy Hummus Recipe:

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Now You Can Be an NFL GM; Draft for the Raiders:

Here is our challenge. How about YOU draft for the Raiders and then compare how things go in the future.   Please email or DM me directly, or post this on my Facebook or Twitter page and I will keep track of it on a spread sheet. Use any name that you’d like, and then down the road we can see who did the best!  Choose Round 1, or all 7 Rounds.

You can copy and paste the simple form below; take a photo with your phone; or scan and email. All in fun, from beginner to expert!

Raiders 2015 Draft Pick:         Your Draft Pick:

RD 1:

RD 2:

RD 3:

RD 4:

RD 5:

RD 6:

RD 7:

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Here are my fast and easy NFL DRAFT DAY Wraps :)  Make a lot!  They won’t last long! 

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This year will be the first year I’m going to draft all 7 rounds. The key picks to the draft will be #2 and #3.

What Transactions May Happen Today:

Sam Bradford is NOT Chip Kelly’s type of QB. Remember when Kelly said they weren’t interested in Marcus Mariotta a couple of months ago? Yea Right.   Look for Bradford to be moved to either Cleveland or Tennessee. I don’t see Bradford running the show for the Eagles and the Titans may have the worst QB situation in the NFL this side of Buffalo.

I’ve never wavered; I think DL Leonard Williams will be there at #4 and the Raiders should take him. The Jag’s who don’t have a bad defense may go Amari Cooper to get another weapon for QB Blake Bortles.

Remember that pretty much any team that has a high pick have fans thinking of trading down. Only one or two ever do.

Here is to hoping all of the fans are happy and healthy and hopeful on 2015 NFL draft week. And I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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Here is the recipe for my AMAZING and famous super fast Salsa. I’m not allowed to go to parties without it! If you like a different texture, chop the tomatoes and onions by hand.

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The Potion of Motion to WOW Kids and Adults!

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Step outside the box with this Easy and Refreshing Summer Ginger Splash!

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“NFL Draft Strategy & The History of Oakland Raiders Draft Picks; The 16th Annual Draft Party!”

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I have always been fascinated by the NFL draft. As a little kid I remember watching it with my dad and seeing Dr. Z, Paul Zimmerman use his dry humor to predict what each team was going to do. He was funny and was the first to really break the draft down into what it is today.  I also knew how my mom would not be happy about it and my dad and I having to do chores afterwards to keep her happy.  Happy wife, happy life.

Starting in 2000, I started to host a NFL draft party. The first rule was no girlfriends or wives, and that each person had to draft for their own team. We would keep our picks and our notes so the following years we could read what we wrote. We give out awards every year to the best and worst picks of the prior 3 years. I have kept a log full of notes and picks.

First off, I HAVE NO IDEA who the Raiders are going to pick. I don’t know what they are thinking and even if they say they are looking at a player, many times teams leak lies to fool the other teams into trades or other things.

My strategy? I don’t draft for need unless the player warrants being picked that high. For instance if the Raiders need a defensive tackle and there are no defensive tackles that warrant being picked at #4, I’d pick the best player available instead and wait for the next round to pick for a need that I had.

I remember going away from that in 2002 with the Napoleon Harris Pick.   The Raiders were desperate for a middle linebacker and Harris was the best one out there in a draft that didn’t have many good linebackers. In reality he was just an ok player and he never panned out. I’ll never do that again.

Don’t be bullied by people. There are site owners and web pages that practically tell you who to pick, how to think and how to feel and that is a sign of huge insecurity. I remember being kicked off sites when I said DHB was a terrible pick. I was called a 49er fan when I said Jamarcus Russell was a huge mistake. And my friends still laugh at me for falling on the floor when the Raiders passed up on California great Aaron Rodgers to get Nebraska defensive back Fabian Washington.

Some fans will like ANYONE that is picked by their teams, but if you don’t like a pick, it’s ok not to. If you like a guy it’s also cool to say why and go from there. Remember, facts are always greater than opinions, assumptions and hopes.

Here is a list of the Raiders draft picks and my picks. I’m not saying I know more but it is what it is.

2000 Raiders pick: Sebastian Janikowski K Florida St.

Jim’s Pick: Shaun Alexander RB Alabama

(Alexander was a stud at Alabama and is a borderline hall of famer; only Seahawk MVP in a season; most yards rushing in Seattle history. Jano has become a solid kicker but he’s never really had to play on the big stage)

2001 Raiders pick: Derrick Gibson DB Florida St.

Jim’s Pick: Kendrell Bell LB Georgia

(Bell was defensive rookie of the year & a key member of the Steelers but several bad knee injuries derailed his career.   He had to retire after the 2007 season due to his knees. Gibson is one in a long line of DB draft busts)

 

2002 Raiders/Jim’s pick: Phillip Buchanon CB Miami Fla.; Napoleon Harris LB Northwestern

(Neither panned out and were considered busts)

2003 Raiders pick: Nnamdi Asomugha CB California; Tyler Brayton DE Colorado

Jim’s Pick: Nnamdi Asomugha CB California; Boss Bailey LB Georgia

(Aso was very good; Bailey was an average player other than one year and Brayton was a solid backup with spurts of being an average starting player at Carolina)

2004 Raiders pick: Robert Gallery T Iowa

Jim’s Pick: Larry Fitzgerald WR Pittsburgh

(Fitzgerald is a probable hall of famer. Gallery was considered a bust at tackle but became a solid guard. He never became the player the Raiders thought he would be though. Retired in 2012)

2005 Raiders pick: Fabian Washington S Nebraska

Jim’s Pick: Aaron Rodgers QB California

(Rodgers is a future hall of famer. Washington was another DB bust)

2006 Raiders pick: Michael Huff S Texas

Jim’s Pick: Matt Leinart QB USC

(Leinart was a lazy party frat boy, bust. Huff was somewhat soft and was an average player at best; another DB bust. He’s listed as a Denver Bronco but he has barely played in the NFL after leaving the Raiders in 2012, and didn’t play last year.)

2007 Raiders pick: Jamarcus Russell QB LSU

Jim’s Pick: Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech

(Megatron is a future hall of famer. I actually thought about Adrian Peterson who was a monster at Oklahoma.  After Russell was cut, 2 large Raiders web site owners emailed me personally apologizing me for the abuse they and the fans on the Raiders sites gave me about Russell when I said he would be a bust. I accepted their apology and signed up again on the sites but I don’t go on them.)

2008 Raiders/Jim’s Pick: Darren McFadden RB Arkansas

(other than one year he could not stay healthy and never could equal his physical college style)

2009 Raiders Pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland

Jim’s Pick: Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech

(DHB was a bust as I predicted and is pretty much a special teams player at Pittsburgh and rarely plays as a WR. Crabtree has had a fairly good career; time will tell with him)

2010 Raiders/Jims Pick: Rolando McClain LB Alabama

(emotional issues, big bust)

2011 Raiders/Jims Pick: Stefen Wisniewski C Penn St.

(2nd Round; Raiders had no 1st round pick)

(good at guard ok at center; lost to free agency)

2012 Raiders Pick: Tony Bergstrom T Utah

Jim’s Pick: Frank Alexander DE Oklahoma

(Raiders did not have a 1st or 2nd round pick)

(Both are backups; Alexander was suspended for 4 games for substance abuse)

2013 Raiders Pick: DJ Hayden DB Houston

Jim’s Pick: Star Lotulelei DL Utah

(Lotulelei has solidified the Panthers run defense. Hayden has been a bust so far and was a puzzling pick. An athlete with little football instinct and really wasn’t all that great in college)

2014 Raiders/Jims Pick: Khalil Mack LB Buffalo

(Rushed the qb much better in the second half. Solid year with a lot of potential)

These are just some of the players I picked. Could you imagine them as Raiders?

Aaron Rodgers

Calvin Johnson

Larry Fitzgerald

Shaun Alexander

Star Lotulelei

Michael Crabtree

 

Let’s look at some of the trends and reasons why the Raiders have missed on so many picks:

The Raiders defense has struggled mightily in the last 12 years. Do you notice the trend? NO defensive linemen chosen in the first round since 1997!   The Raiders forgot that the most important part of your team after the quarterback is the defensive line. You DON’T build a defense with defensive backs.   You get a DL to stop the run and rush the passer and then go from there.

The main problem I’ve had with Mr. Davis draft picks is that he always felt the team was better than they really were. He seemed to be in denial like some who felt this team was close to winning when they were obviously not. When you lose 11 games year after year you lack talent in a big way.

I feel the NFL combines really ruined Mr. Davis. I don’t pay attention to the combines. He became obsessed with DB’s 40 times in gym shorts and loved weight room junkies like Robert Gallery. Darrius Heyward-Bey who was a ridiculous pick, gained his millions purely from his NFL combine 40 time. Gallery had a great college career but he became a legend due to his amazing NFL combine stats just like New York Jets bust Vernon Gholston.

I saw Larry Fitzgerald play several times and even with him being triple teamed on occasion, he still had huge games. Calvin Johnson was a man among boys. I would love them on the Raiders. And if I heard how far Jamarcus Russell could throw on his knees at the NFL combines one more time, I was going to lose it.

I pointed out to many how he struggled mightily against pro style defenses like Auburn who made him look lost, as well as his lack of accuracy.   Russell made his money in his last bowl game against the 104th ranked defense destroying Notre Dame.

Aaron Rodgers was a no-brainer and every draft expert was shocked when the Raiders went with Fabian Washington. Again, they drafted for need and Washington had the fastest 40 time in the NFL combines of any DB. They forgot to look at how he struggled in coverage at Nebraska, and that he was more of an athlete than a player with football instinct.

My big mistake was Matt Leinart. In College he was a stud, with great accuracy and instinct. Once he got the big money in the NFL though, he immediately was a regular on the party circuit and his lack of work ethic was of legend. Young girls began to put photo’s up of him slobbering drunk in clubs. A total waste.

Who will the Raiders take? If it were me and he is there, I take Leonard Williams the DL from USC. With the present NFL movement, the Raiders probably have the worst pass rush in the NFL and you can’t win without a pass rush.

Our draft parties have been so much fun. Unfortunately it has also been a time where I can tell my fellow Raider fans I told you so on all of the terrible picks from the previous years.   it’s a lot more fun to smile about good past draft picks than head scratching mediocre to bad draft busts.

So cool down the beer and ice tea, get the food out and welcome to the 16th annual NFL draft party! Who are you picking?

“Raider Fans Are Unique; Outrage Over ESPN Sport Reporter Britt McHenry & a 2nd Incident Emerges; and My Own Run In With a Yahoo Reporter”

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“Raider Fans Are Unique; Outrage Over ESPN Sport Reporter Britt McHenry and a 2nd Incident Emerges; and My Own Run In With a Yahoo Reporter”

Raider fans are always there for each other.

From fundraisers, to support with tragedy, to straight up money. Over the years I’ve seen Raider fans do some amazing things for each other.  It’s just a special thing to be a member of the Oakland Raider family; some people will never understand it.  You may have a team but we have a family.

I remember speaking at a conference back east. I was invited to a fancy buffet and after dinner drink party that night with mostly people from the east coast including many from New York, especially Manhattan.

I’ve dealt with a lot of people from Manhattan and they can be rough.  (In fact this isnt a knock on New Yorkers; this could be anywhere in the U.S. really). I blocked a few on Facebook because they were embarrassingly arrogant and self absorbed.  You are seeing more and more people these days with this, “I’m better than everybody else complex”.  Paris Hilton would be proud.

Anyway, one of the doctors and his young female friends were talking about how amazing it was to be a New York Giants fan and how sophisticated the fans were. They asked me who I followed and I said I was a Raiders fan.   Many laughed and said, “don’t you feel uncomfortable rooting for a team that is so ghetto?”. I asked them what they meant and they said it seemed like most Raider fans were middle to lower class, vulgar and they belonged more in a burger joint than in a nice restaurant.

A lack of confidence has never been a weakness of mine so I laughed and said, “First of all I like a burger sometimes; especially with bacon; and second of all what’s wrong with good hard working people who love their families?”

I was kind of taken aback to be real. Many bragged about how rich they were and one even bragged about the Mercedes he just bought. I said that it was a pretty nice car and another young woman quipped, I have one too. I said, “you have one too?”. She laughed and said, “doesn’t everyone?”.

It made me realize that there really is a class warfare going on in our society. It also reminded me why I’ve always enjoyed the diversity in the Oakland Raiders fan base. No fan base has as many different people than the Oakland Raiders.  It doesn’t matter what color you are, or how much money you have, because we all are on the same team. You may think that’s the norm but it’s not.

I remember also at the convention that one of the nurses that bragged about her Mercedes wanted to get together after the last night of the convention. I told her that I didn’t think it was a good idea for a sophisticated Giants fan from Manhattan to be seen with a ghetto low life Raider fan. She laughed. I didn’t.

I’ve been to many games in many cities and its shocking. In some stadiums you can count the minorities in the stands with two hands.  Many stadiums cater to the rich and they’ve priced out middle class fans and especially poorer ones.

On Monday night I remember being at a store at 11:30 pm. I was exhausted from work and was going in to get some snacks and I saw a woman broken down in an old truck. She had two Raider stickers in the back of her cab.  I could see people avoiding her so they wouldn’t have to help her. No one parked near her. She was near tears and was with a kid. I walked up to her and asked what was the problem and she said her battery was dead. I have a starter in my car (an amazing purchase that everyone should have) and I said I’d start the car. In a few seconds we started her car. When she offered me some money I refused and I smiled and winked and said Raider fans need to stick together.  She just started laughing and said Go Raiders!

As a Raider fan I was taught to respect everyone. Doesn’t matter who they are, what color they are or how much money they have. That’s why yesterdays narcissistic rant by ESPN reporter Britt McHenry berating a tow truck employee was so vile. Funny thing is this wasn’t her first rant and she’s still in her 20’s.  More later.

McHenry is the classic new hire you see at ESPN. She’s a very pretty and educated person, who loves the sound of her own voice and loves getting any and all attention she can get, especially from men.   The classic eye candy that ESPN has gone to. At Fox news I think being blond and pretty is in the job description so they are following suit.  Obviously I’m sure she’s had a lot of breaks and a lot of people helping her along the way.

I remember a local reporter being hired by ESPN. She said instead of being trained on how to do a broadcast or interview, she spent the first two weeks of her employment……GETTING A MAKEOVER!   They dyed her hair blonder and gave her highlights. They told her how to dress and how they were going to do her makeup and she looked different. Much more sexier than she was used to, but it was the NEW ESPN that has shown up in the past 5 years.   Look at all the anchors. Some even wear dresses that you see in clubs.

McHenry I’m sure is used to doing whatever she wants in life. She’s obviously very pretty and these days men practically are holding themselves when they see a pretty girl. Watching men stare down women and lose their minds over a pretty face makes me embarrassed to be a man sometimes.  Women begging for attention and men giving it.  A study last year even showed women who are very pretty or big chested, get better paying jobs.  It’s amazing.  Stay classy.

She is like a lot of tv personalities in that they do google and twitter searches on themselves so they can read what people say about them. Well she read a blog with a young female lawyer who was trying to stick up for women, saying that women should be hired for their talents on television and not their looks. For some reason, the clueless McHenry attacked the woman.   She said she was a model, got a masters in 3 years and was pretty much all that. She again, began to berate the woman saying she was pretty much a jealous low life and that perfect women like Britt did exist.

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Britt McHenry is a part of a big problem at ESPN, sports, and our country. People thinking they are just better than others.   When you think you are better, you lose all compassion for that person.  Britt McHenry was not losing it; she just was showing who she really was. It looked like she left her car there overnight after a date or whatever; and they towed the car.  To bully and cut down another human being acting like you are so much better than she is was atrocious. The second you think you are better than someone, you lose all respect and empathy for them.  Other female reporters are coming out saying McHenry loves to play the,”I’m on ESPN and I’m more important than you are” card an awful lot.

Bill Simmons, the famous reporter stated that the NFL brass and commissioner Roger Goodell lied about the Ray Rice situation. He was right; they did lie. They changed their story 3 times and if it wasn’t for TMZ sports, nothing would have ever happened.

The NFL didn’t like that. A call was made to ESPN and Simmons was suspended for 3 weeks; FOR TELLING THE TRUTH. Britt McHenry was suspended for a week for berating another human being like she was a desperate housewives reality show participant, and the tow company attendant was one of her servants.

ESPN has greatly changed like much of our society unfortunately. The shallowness and pettiness of people is beyond measure.   You see people losing their lives over petty arguments due to adults who can’t control their temper. You see the nastiness online with many vile comments when someone is suicidal and the bullying is still a huge problem online and every where else.

Athletes get passes and excuses from fans for terrible crimes against women because they can play a sport; and celebrities can pretty much do what they want knowing that the courts and society will support them because they are good looking and famous.   It’s sheer madness.

McHenry is a narcissistic bully. She’s gotten by in life due to a pretty face and a killer smile which in today’s society will get you far; very far. That or sex tapes. Ask Kim Kardashian.

I had my run in with a very pretty Yahoo tv sports personality last year. I forget her name but she does the Yahoo fantasy sports.   Sometimes she dresses like she’s going to a club, and once on air I saw her twirling her hair……TWIRLING HER HAIR!

She did a story on a poor young Russian athlete who broke her back and was paralyzed.   The girls friends and family were heartbroken.  During the report for some reason she kept giggling. On twitter people ripped on her and couldn’t believe it. I tweeted her and told her that she just needed to be more professional when telling a sad story; television journalism 101 really. She wrote me back that she was a beautiful person inside and out and that people loved her. She shouldn’t have done that because the twitterverse steam rolled her.

To her credit she apologized for her actions after dozens of people blasted her. She said she realized it was unprofessional and that she needed to think about the stories she was doing and not just read them.   I appreciated her apology but wow; it took people on twitter to teach her that?

Britt McHenry is not going to change. That is who she is. But in my world neither will I. I will continue to respect everyone. One of my famous sayings that I use in speaking is “treat the janitors as good as the CEO’s”. If that is what being a ghetto Raider fan is, then I’m proud to be a part of the hood.

“Bored With the Same Old 1st Round Talk? Let’s Look at NFL PIcks Rounds 2-7 For The Raiders”

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Are you bored with the 100000th, “do the Raiders take White, Cooper or Williams” post? Me too.

Now let’s look outside the box at the later rounds, and the players that I like to possibly help the Oakland Raiders quickly.  The emphasis on wide receiver and defensive end positions are up first.

WIDE RECEIVERS:

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Devin Smith, WR Ohio St. (round 2)

I LOVE Devin Smith and he was born to be a Raider. he has a little swagger to his game and he backs it up. The knock on him is that he’s a little short at 6′ 0″. He has amazing football speed and this guy is a big playmaker who played his best games in the biggest games.

Some of the NFL sites actually have a video of his Michigan St. game highlights which should be a teaching video on how to play college WR. Huge blocks on clutch running plays; over the shoulder catches on third downs and taking hits over the middle. He’s ultra fast with NFL speed. He has that rare talent like Cliff Branch did of not losing speed when he makes cuts.

Rumors in Boston have the Patriots drooling over him and they are thinking of taking him in the first round. If not he should be there for the Raiders for an early 2nd round pick.   Leonard Williams and Smith would be an amazing start to the draft.

He reminds me a lot of ex Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith, but he’s bigger.  Tough as nails, and a skilled playmaker willing to do anything to win.

Jaelen Strong, WR Arizona St. (Round 1)

This is a well known name for most and if the Raiders trade down; which I doubt they will because they never do; this would be a great pick. Strong has stud pro player written all over him. Some think he’s the best WR in the draft.  I don’t think he’ll be a Raider.

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Chris Conley, WR Georgia (Round 4)

A speedster who is a freakish athlete. He’s 6′ 2″ 210 and some feel he needs to add a little bulk and strength. He’s a playmaker that may be a better pro than college player.

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Tre McBride, WR William & Mary (Round 3)

I saw many announcers compare him to Pierre Garcon. He’s got amazing instinct and football savvy and rarely makes mistakes. He plays best under pressure and he is a very smart player. He always got the first down when they needed one. I saw him twice and he was obviously the best player on the field. Fast enough for the pro’s but not a track star. Teams really like him.

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Mississippi State vs Georgia Tech

Darren Waller, WR Georgia Tech (4-5 round)

Waller is huge at 6′ 5″ 240 pounds and is a great athlete who ran a 4.45 40 yard dash. The knock on him is no one knows how good he is. Georgia Tech runs the flexbone offense which is a lot like the wishbone; thus they rarely pass. When they did though, Waller thrived. He could be the steal of the draft.

DEFENSIVE LINE:

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Marcus Hardison, DT Arizona St. (3rd round)

I LOVE watching this guy play. He was everywhere. He’s a late bloomer and has been soaring up the ladder in the draft. His numbers last year were ridiculous; 53 tackles, 15 tackles for losses and 10 sacks with 6 forced turnovers. No one in college had those numbers.

He’s big; 6′ 3″ and 310 but he’s quick as a cat. He’s not as strong as his size though and that is the knock on him.   If the Raiders reached and took him in the second round I would still call it a good pick. I think this guys best football is ahead of him and he is just scratching the surface as an inside rusher.

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Alvin Dupree, DE Kentucky (1-2nd Round) 

If you follow college football, you know how good this guy is. Playing in the SEC he still stood out and is a great edge pass rusher that will be better in the pro’s. Kentucky often asked him to drop back in coverage due to the Wildcats bad defense, at 6′ 4″ and 270 lb. and he even did that well.

He’s savvy, and has many different moves. The only knock on him is that he needs to get a little stronger. I think #4 may be too early to take him and he won’t last into the 2nd round so the Raiders may not get the chance to take him.

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Danielle Hunter, DE LSU (2nd round)

Danielle Hunter will be a massive hit or a big miss in my opinion. Is he an NFL combine warrior or a football player.   He is another freakish athlete who wreaked havoc in the SEC with his edge pass rushing skills. He’s long and lean and will have to put on a little weight.

He’s raw but has all the skills to make it as a 3 down defensive end. He caused many hurries and had 14 tackles for losses his last year and played the run very well. His sack numbers are not high but most feel it’s because of the double teams. They also look at the hurries and high tackles for losses. If this guy gets good teaching, he could be special. Reminds me of Jason Pierre-Paul. Will he be Mario Williams, or Vernon Gholston.

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Henry Anderson, DL/DE Stanford (3-4th round)

A tall player at 6′ 6″ and 295 pounds, who has good strength and speed as a pass rusher. He has solid technique as well. The knock on him is that he’s not a freakish athlete like some of the other DE’s but he’s a sleeper. Look for him to do well in the pro’s as do many of the lineman at Stanford.

RUNNING BACK:

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Tevon Coleman, RB Indiana (2nd round)

If the Raiders do draft a running back; which I don’t think they will early on; Coleman would be a stud. He ran for 2000 yards last year and had an amazing 7.5 yards per carry average. He was the Hoosiers offense. Reminds some of Demarco Murray.

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David Cobb, RB Minnesota (3-4th Round)

Cobb is the clone of Marion Barber. Physical, tough, and a good finisher. He’s fast enough to make long runs but isn’t a burner. He was made for the NFL power running game.

TIGHT END:

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Blake Bell, TE Oklahoma (4-5th round)

At Oklahoma, Blake Bell was known for his famous quarterback power runs called the Belldozer. He played quarterback for 2 years but switched to tight end his senior year knowing he couldn’t make it in the NFL as a QB. He’s huge; 6′ 6″ 250 pounds; and is very physical. He’s a good blocker and has great instinct and good hands.   The knock on him is he doesn’t have much experience at tight end but look for his stock to rise.

Offensive Line:

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TCU OT Tayo Fabuluje, G/T TCU (6-7th round)

Try saying this name kids. He is massive; 6′ 6″ 365 pounds. Tayo was born in Nigeria and moved to Texas in high school. He’s only played football in college for two years but wow, was he good at TCU. He demolished people blocking in the run game but needs polish in the passing game.

He’s still raw. The bad rap on him is his lack of experience, weight fluctuations and transferring schools in college 3 times. He is a project that may pay huge dividends for a patient team.

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Andrew Donnal, T Iowa (4-6th round)

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is one of the most popular people with NFL teams and coaches. No one does a better job at teaching offensive line technique than Ferentz and his coaching staff. Donnal played in the shadow of probable top 10 pick, Tackle Brandon Scherff.

He’s not a great athlete but he is a sound tactician who has good size.   He did not give up a sack his senior season as a starter. Some teams frowned on him because he was not as strong as he should be but he’s worked on that and improved his weight lifting numbers in the NFL combines and looks stronger.   Some want more athleticism but others are very high on Donnal being a pro starter thus the difference in draft position.

Players I’m NOT Into:

Randy Gregory, DE Nebraska (1st Round)

In last years preview I stated how Jadeveon Clowney would not be the second coming everyone thought he’d be. Injuries again happened to him but I still think he’s never going to be a great player in the pro’s. Teams in college realized that if you run right at him, he would stand up and struggle. I think the same about Randy Gregory.

Forget the pot conviction, I’m talking football.   In the last 3 games he played for the Cornhuskers, the defense gave up an unreal 1058 yards rushing; again, that’s just in 3 games! Wisconsin alone ran for 583 yards and had two plays; run off left tackle and run off right tackle. Guess who one of these ends was that they ran through. Gregory is a freakish athlete that the NFL combines LOVE but against the run he’s atrocious at times because he stands up so often. He’s very raw and is a project.

Jameis Winston, QB Florida St. (1st Round)

Winston is a winner for sure but he also plays in a bad conference. One thing the scouts don’t talk about is that Florida St. and Winston struggled a lot last year. If teams took away the run, Winston had problems moving the team when they had to pass. I think Winston is better made for the pro’s because of his accuracy but his immaturity and arrogance at times is a bit much. I’d be afraid of putting my billion dollar corporation in the hands of such a guy.   He may be alright but I don’t see greatness in him.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB UCLA   (1st/2nd round)

I admit, I’m a baby bear, go Bruins, all that rah rah stuff but I’m also honest. Owamagbe is a physical specimen but he’s also inconsistent. Some games he disappears and that isn’t what first round picks are supposed to do.

Brent Hurley, QB UCLA (3rd Round)

Another Bruin makes the list. He’s an athlete playing QB and he isn’t a pro quarterback. He’s uncomfortable in the pocket and has poor mechanics.

“What Does the Signing of Michael Crabtree Do To the Raiders Draft & What They May Not Be Telling Their Fans”

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“What Does the Signing of Michael Crabtree Do To the Oakland Raiders Draft”

Michael Crabtree was signed by the Raiders for a one year 3 million dollar deal with various incentives.  It makes for an interesting turn in the direction that the Raiders may go.

Raiders Needs:

When the Raiders started the free agency period, these were their top 4 needs:

  1. A fast #1 Wide Receiver
  2. 1-2 pass rushers to fix the 31st ranked pass rush
  3. Run Stopping DL
  4. Run Stopping MLB

So far in free agency the Raiders have solved the #3 and #4 problem by shoring up their run defense.  A fast #1 WR and the 1-2 pass rushers; which were their biggest needs; are still an issue.  That’s a lot to fix in one draft.  Let’s look at the puzzle further to look into what is happening and what may happen.

First the Pro’s; Why Crabtree Makes Sense

I have to be honest; I really like him.  He’s a great talent who hasn’t had his best games I think.  How the Raiders picked DHB over him is still a head scratcher.  (oh those fast 40 times at the NFL combines that Al Davis loved so much).  Crabtree and the 49ers passing game were limited due to their quarterback situation and their philosophy which was a power running, grind them out offense.  He also played last year after a horrendous Achilles heel injury and many think he’s finally healthy.

I’m sure the Raiders see him as a starting WR at a great price.  They also see in him as a player that makes key plays when they are needed as was seen in the 49ers Super Bowl run.  He’s also tough; many felt he wasn’t healthy all year last year but he insisted on playing the entire season.

The Cons: Why Crabtree Doesn’t Make Sense

With Today’s medical advances, coming back from a severe knee injury is doable. Coming back from a severe achilles heel injury as a wide receiver is rough.  Few regain their speed and agility so Crabtree’s true health remains to be seen until he gets on the field.  The Raiders pretty much have the worst pass rush in football and they’ve done nothing to help it.  It was a major reason they won only 3 games.  Why put so much into Wide Receivers when you can’t win in today’s NFL without a pass rush?

Detractors will also point out to his terrible year last year with 10 drops; some pretty bad ones.  It was obvious his head wasn’t in the game at times.  He also was the rumored leak to Deion Sanders talking about the dissension with Jim Harbaugh as coach, which he vehemently denied.

Bad Attitude?:

Others will talk about his bad attitude, but I laugh at that.  Jerry Rice was a diva personified at San Francisco.  Rice told the press Steve Young’s passes were hard to catch and he would never be Joe Montana.  He also went off in the press because he needed more passes thrown to him; even though he led the league in catches.

Terrell Owens played brilliantly while injured in the Super Bowl on the way to throwing his quarterback under the bus.  Dez Bryant’s temper tantrums on the sidelines and off the field dramas are all but forgotten now that he’s one of the best in the NFL.  NFL Wide Receivers are the blond headed cheerleaders that you saw in the movie Bring It On.

What Does This Do To The Draft:

First of all, no, the Raiders are not going to trade down.  Name all the time’s that they have done that. (crickets)

Also, if the Raiders brass said that they hate ice cream, I’d bet a million dollars that they’d be having hot fudge sundaes at Hooters that night.  DON’T BELIEVE WHAT TEAMS SAY!  Name all of the football teams that are going to run to the press and announce their plans and all that they are thinking.  The only ones that lie more than NFL teams are politicians!

If USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams is there, I think the Raiders pick him because their pass rush was atrocious last year but the Raiders have made some crazy choices in the past so nothing is for sure.

Devin Smith the WR out of Ohio St. will be there in the second round (The Patriots are supposedly into him so he may go late first round) and he’s a stud.  A bigger clone of ex Panther great Steve Smith, this guy had his biggest games against the best competition.  Tough as nails, brash and he has track speed.  He has that rare talent of not losing speed when he cuts.  If you look at old clips, Cliff Branch had that rare talent too.  Separation when they cut; I love Smith.

What the Raiders May Not Be Telling the Fans:   

I said it in a previous article; I think the Raiders may have a two year plan but there was NO WAY that they were going to make that public because of all the years of losing.

If they choose a wide receiver #1 this year, I get it.  Next years draft has at least 6 really good pass rushers, and possibly up to 9.  They are young and are on the verge of really getting good.  I can see the Raiders filling in holes this year, and going for broke in the draft and free agency next year to finalize their pass rush.

Can you imagine the outrage on social media if the Reggie McKenzie came out and said we are looking for a 2 year plan to get good?  If you thought people were wild now. In reality though I think they realize they need another good draft and signings to get the team that they envisioned.

Guarded Optimism:

For fans that pick playoffs and Super Bowl for the Raiders every year, they may FINALLY be right, but it may take a year.  I think a .500 season is realistic but thinking you can fix a terrible pass rush with a second or third round draft pick is naive at best.  I think the Raiders had many holes to fill and they’ve done a good job at filling most of them.  I think they are a year away from really filling them in the way that they want to and being a playoff contender.  Until you do it on the field and win, talk is cheap.

People also need to keep in mind that rookie wide receivers usually struggle some in their first year.  It takes time for them to evolve, even in today’s pass happy world where defenses can’t touch them.

In today’s NFL especially, if you don’t have a pass rush, you can’t win.  No way will you get to the next level if you can’t rush the quarterback and stop the run.  The run defense looks fixed but the pass rush still needs to be addressed.  Fans may need to have a little more patience for the Raiders to become a playoff team again though.  We’ll know for sure after the post draft signings what the team looks like.  It should be fun to watch.

     

“The Passing of an Oakland Raider’s Legend; Defensive Icon Charlie Sumner Dies; Tom Flores Comments”

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“They handed us our asses on a tray and the tray was bent.”

Washington Quarterback Joe Theisman after Super Bowl XVIII loss to the Raiders 38-9.

 

Official Statement of the Oakland Raiders on the passing of Charlie Sumner.

“The Raiders are deeply saddened by the news of Charlie Sumner’s passing. Charlie was an esteemed part of the Raider family and was instrumental in some of the Silver and Black’s greatest triumphs. Our deepest sympathies are with Charlie’s Family at this time”.

“I remember Matt Millen going ballistic yelling at Charlie not to take him out because they couldn’t handle him. Two minutes later I look over and Matt is hoisting up Charlie screaming with joy.”

Raider Coach Tom Flores

 

Here is a great video showing Matt Millen lifting Charlie Sumner.  NFL films also doing a quick tribute to the Raiders Super Bowl team

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“Charlie had a great overview of the whole picture.   He worked on drills and techniques, but his overall input on game day was what I thought was most impressive.  He was unique in that he could find a weakness in an offense and attack it.  He gave players the opportunity to succeed and the hopes were that they’d get it done.  Players loved to play for him and they knew they’d always be supported and prepared.”

Raiders Coach Tom Flores

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Howie Long and Ted Hendricks thanked him in their Hall of Fame acceptance speeches. Raider coaches and players swore by him, and the NFL hated to go against him. Al Davis and Ron Wolf smiled whenever they talked about him.

Another icon in the family of the Oakland Raiders is gone with the passing this weekend of the great Charlie Sumner at the age of 84. His son Colin announced that he had passed away in Maui due to complications from Gall Bladder surgery.  He was a player and a coach who like Ron Wolf always wanted to stay in the background.

In my sports writing, I always try to honor and respect those successful people that many of us may not know.   I think for the most part, Oakland Raider fans do too. I LOVED getting dozens of direct messages on twitter from young Raider fans thanking me for telling them about Ron Wolf. Wolf is now in the hall of fame. I hope that I can do that for Charlie Sumner as well.

The word great is thrown around way too much these days. In regards to true greatness, the Mt. Rushmore of Oakland Raiders leadership was one of the greatest in the history of the game.   You had John Madden; the ultimate motivator and players coach. You had Charlie Sumner, a genius in game management and game preparation. There was Ron Wolf, who was probably the greatest evaluator of talent in the history of the NFL. Then you had Al Davis, the amazing leader who demanded excellence and loyalty, and is in the top 5 most important figures in NFL history.  Three hall of famers and another with hall of fame talent.

Al Davis and Ron Wolf said it constantly in regards to their defensive philosophy; the quarterback must go down and go down hard. Charlie Sumner was more than happy to accommodate them.

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The offensive players in most Super Bowls get all of the attention but in reality if you look at the Raiders 3 Super Bowl wins, their defenses dominated and harassed some great offensive teams and quarterbacks. For two of those Super Bowls; and for many years; the leader of the defense was the great Charlie Sumner.

Sumner started his coaching career when Al Davis came to Oakland in 1963.   He began as the defensive backs coach.   He then went to Pittsburgh and was one of the coaches that helped start the Steel Curtain era. He was fast becoming a hot commodity in coaching and the lowly New England Patriots called him to run their defense.

Within 2 years the Patriots defense greatly improved and they had their first non losing season in 8 years. Within 3 years of Sumner arriving, the Patriots were in the playoffs for the first time in over a decade and they lost a controversial game in Oakland against the Raiders. Mike Haynes who became a star with New England, has given a lot of credit to Charlie Sumner helping him to become a good player. The Patriots were big and physical.

He returned to Oakland and he continued to show a cerebral approach off the field, and a physical one on it. He helped lead an amazing run in 1980 that lead to a Super Bowl win; the first Super Bowl title for any Wild Card team.

At times the Raiders offense struggled that year and the defense kept them in the games that they did. It was during a high scoring era with the San Diego Chargers “Air Coryell” attack leading the way with an electric and explosive offense. The Raiders found ways to win though.

In the playoffs the Raiders stunned the NFL by beating the upstart Cleveland Browns “Cardiac Kids” in a frigid game 14-12. The game was saved by an amazing interception by Mike Davis. “River City” Sam Rutigliano was the Cleveland Browns coach and he was known for taking risks. Sumner had anticipated this and had the defensive backfield play up; ready for the pass; just in case the Browns decided to throw the ball.

The next week the Raiders stunned the NFL again by beating the heavily favored San Diego Chargers 34-27 in San Diego, in what is probably the Chargers greatest team in their proud history. The Raiders seemed destined to win early. On their first drive Jim Plunkett threw a probable interception that bounced off a Chargers players hands and right into the hands of Raiders tight end Raymond Chester who happily coasted to a 65 yard touchdown. The Raiders defense held the mighty Chargers to only 3 fourth quarter points for a 34-27 win.

In the Super Bowl against Philadelphia, the Raiders again were an underdog by 4 points against a very physical Eagles team that had dominated the Raiders and quarterback Jim Plunkett earlier in the year with a 10-7 victory in the city of brotherly love.

In the Super Bowl, the offense was good but the defense was better. Sumner began mixing occasional blitzes and putting pressure on Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. The Raiders pass rush made Ron Jaworski rush many throws and the vaunted Eagles running game with Wilbert Montgomery was stifled to an amazing 69 total yards as a team.

Rod Martin had the greatest defensive game in the history of the Super Bowl with 3 amazing interceptions. Charlie Sumner’s defense was so dominating, the Raiders won 27-10 with Plunkett only completing 13 passes in 21 attempts. Two touchdowns to Cliff Branch sealed the win.

Charlie Sumner’s shining moment was in Super Bowl XVIII. The Raiders were playing the highest scoring offense in the history of the NFL up to that time in Washington. The Raiders had lost to them @ RFK Stadium in week 5 by a score of 37-35 in a classic thriller.

Washington was first listed as an amazing 10 point favorite and many said the Super Bowl was actually played the week before. They had beaten Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers @ RFK to win the NFC title game. Most felt they would handle the Raiders fairly easily and if they did, they would be the GREATEST team in football history.

Charlie Sumner changed up his tactics in the Super Bowl and went after quarterback Joe Theisman. The Raiders would get an amazing 6 sacks during the game, including 3 in the fourth quarter. Washington’s brilliant rushing attack with Joe Washington and John Riggins running behind the famous “hogs” was grounded and held to 2.8 yards per rush.  No one ever dominated Washington’s offensive line the way the Raiders did.

Al Davis hated to blitz but Sumner brought the very rare cornerback blitz as a constant weapon.  He had surprised teams in the post season with it.   Davis had one rule; if it works and you win, then I’ll stay out of it.  He did.

Late in the first half of the Super Bowl, Washington called time out.   They had the ball deep in their own territory. To the amazement of an unhappy and very angry Matt Millen, Charlie Sumner replaced him with backup linebacker Jack Squirek who was good against the pass. Sumner remembered in week 5 that Joe Theisman ran a screen to Joe Washington in the same part of the field late in the half. It went for a long pass play that lead to a late touchdown.

Sumner told Squirek that he was sure that they would run a screen and he told him to shadow running back Joe Washington who was the best pass catching running back in the NFL. Then he grabbed him and said, “Don’t drop the interception”. In true Super Bowl lore, it happened exactly the way Sumner said it would. Theisman lofted a pass to Washington and Squirek jumped in front of the pass and scored a touchdown to put the Raiders up 21-3 at halftime. Matt Millen lost it and grabbed Charlie Sumner and lifted him up in the air screaming with happiness.

Amazingly the Raiders held the greatest offense in history at that time to ZERO points in the final 24 minutes of the game for a 38-9 demolition of the supposed GREATEST team in NFL history.

Charlie Sumner was the greatest defensive mind to ever lead the Oakland Raiders. His defenses were designed to rush the quarterback and stop the run which is a huge key to any team that wants to win the Super Bowl. He was a big part of the success of the Oakland Raiders dynasty and will always hold a rightful place as a key player in the greatness of the Oakland Raiders.

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