Al Davis is watching. That should be understood. He may be 80 and hurting physically, but nothing gets past him. Including this embarrassing business with his coach, Tom Cable.
We know Al’s philosophy of sport, the idea of just winning. Not that he’s any different from the rest of us. As Red Smith wrote decades ago, you’re not going to field a team of choirboys. Not if you want to be successful. Read More
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- Stephen Jackson is tired of the critics who question his loyalty to the Warriors after his recent trade demands. He says fans should respect him for wanting to win, but he realizes that, “Hey, they threw stones at Jesus, so they can say whatever they want about me.” Jack and Jesus. Yep, those are two names that are easily confused. Read More
So you think you know Bay Area sports? Take the 10-question challenge ...
1. If as Mike Singletary says: “Every work day is critical to building a championship team,” how can longtime holdout Michael Crabtree be ready to play, let alone start in Sunday’s 49ers game in Houston after all of two weeks of practice? Singletary is: A. Delusional, B. Desperate, C. Convinced Crabtree is the next Jerry Rice. Read More
The situation is beyond desperate for the Raiders, but it could be salvaged with one move: Bring in John Madden as a supervisor to hire competent NFL people for the front office and a coach who uses systems that work now instead of the 1969 systems Al Davis prefers. Read More
After driving 250 miles each way to the Oakland Coliseum, a caller to last Sunday’s Raiders postgame talk show said when his beloved Silver and Black played as poorly as they did against the Broncos, they deserve to be booed.
Judging by the barrage of criticism that rained down from the stands with every errant JaMarcus Russell throw, it wasn’t just out-of-towners venting their displeasure with the struggling quarterback. Read More
It’s bad to make a mistake on a No. 1 draft pick. It’s worse to pretend it isn’t a mistake and try to justify it. That’s where the Raiders are now with JaMarcus Russell.
In 2007, when the Raiders had that top pick, they drafted Russell, who had a great college career. He was not a polished quarterback, but he had the strong arm Al Davis loves, and it seemed he could be developed. Read More
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- Suddenly, the powers that be have decided that USC is just the 12th best team in the nation, rather than the third, which they decreed last week prior to the Trojans’ loss to unranked Washington. And still no one sees the folly in declaring the top teams in the country before they’ve even played a few games. Read More
Some quotes and notes from around the NFL last week:
- From Boomer Esiason, the talented analyst from the CBS “NFL Today Show” on stoic Browns coach Eric Mangini: “This guy can take the fun out of a 10-year-old’s birthday party with Big Bird.” You are correct Boomer, Mangini needs to chill and realize players are humans, not robots. Read More
Amazing but true. The NFL’s two most improved teams may very well be sitting on opposite sides of the Bay. Mirroring their respective old school, lunch-pail carrying coaches, the 49ers and Raiders both showcased noticeably tougher and better defenses in their openers. That’s an enormous boost to inexperienced quarterbacks Shaun Hill and JaMarcus Russell, neither of whom is ready to win high-scoring shootouts. Read More