Sunday, December 29, 2019

Broncos Gameday Thread

In addition to a slim chance at making the playoffs, a win today would ensure that the Raiders don't end the season with the same record as the lowly Broncos. A lot to play for, time to end the season on a solid note. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Jaguars Gameday Thread

I'm sorry, but you can't give up 116 points in three weeks and not get the Clown Car. I've tried to resist busting out this RT original meme in 2019, but now I'm as powerless as the Raiders' secondary. You just can't go on a historic run like that without getting the Clown Car.

The good news is that we're playing a beatable foe today, and it's never too late to right the ship and end the season on a positive run. It starts today, GO RAIDERS!

P.S. To all the resident inmates here, thanks for keeping the fires burning even when the playoff hopes are going up in flames. 00, NY, Nate, Denise and the rest of you. Sandy, stick around if you can, your voice is valued, this place is never easy but we persevere. 5er, have fun today, there's nothing like the Coliseum experience, there'll never be anything like it once it's gone, soak it up and do report back.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Titans Gameday Thread

Let’s be honest, this is a MUST WIN! Do it. Go Raiders!

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Chiefs Gameday Thread

It was hard to resist the request to break out the Clown Car last Sunday, but I'm inclined to give the Raiders a pass (although watching the Bengals take the lowly Jets to the woodshed today makes me wonder...). It was a bad loss for sure, and one that could haunt them in the long run. Gotta rebound against a tough opponent today. If they don't, our playoff hopes will be in peril. The secondary MUST step up! GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Jets Gameday Thread

This is what I would call a cultural "must win." The Jets are a nowhere team. Yes, it's on the road. Yes the Jets are playing better. But if the Raiders plan to make any sort of run this year, this is the type of game they need to dominate. To prove it to themselves. To set the tone and serve notice. I think they will do it. GO RAIDERS! 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Bengals Gameday Thread

Things are setting up very nicely and surprisingly the AFC West. This is no time to faceplant against an inferior team, go Raiders!

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Chargers Gamenight Thread

This has the feel of a potential elimination game.

The sixth seed in the AFC is up for grabs. After this, the Raiders play the Bengals and Jets, and there's no reason for them not to go 2-0 in that stretch.

So if they win tonight, they should be looking at a 7-4 record with five left to play, which would clearly position them to secure a playoff berth.

A loss tonight may not be a nail in the coffin, but it would pin them at 4-5, allow the Chargers to overtake them for second place, and steepen their path significantly.

The Chargers throttled the Packers' passing attack, so they present a worthy foe to Carr & Co. tonight.

Can we get Jacobs more involved in the passing game, get him out in space? He's averaging 9+ yards per reception, yet he's getting just two targets per game.

Regardless, it will probably come down to our secondary. Our secondary ALWAYS makes it interesting. They need to tighten it up tonight and shut Lil' Phil down.

GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Lions Thread

Another late post, it’s all tied up in the fourth  quarter, Got to get the lead and the defense cannot be like a stick of butter surrounded by hot knives at the end. Go Raiders!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Texans Gameday Thread

 I am a little late to this one, but it’s now the fourth quarter and so far so good. Got to hold the line! Go Raiders!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Packers Gameday Thread

Raiders looking legit through one quarter. Make it happen, keep heat on the Chiefs, win the West! GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Bears Gameday Thread

Wow, what a start! Turn the so-called revenge game on its head. Go Raiders!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Colts Gameday Thread

Well, we might already be at a turning point for the 2019 season. Go 1-3 and it starts to feel pretty grim. Make it to 2-2 and you feel like ground could be gained. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Vikings Gameday Thread

Will the real Raiders please stand up!? Let's see what they are made of today. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Chiefs Gameday Thread

A tall order today--and also a massive opportunity to stun the NFL world. The defense will need to be ultra attentive and aggressive, gotta avoid the big chunk plays. Carr and Co. need to bring their A+ game to keep pace. It's going to be fun. GO RAIDERS!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One Postgame Take

What a resounding start to the season. The Raiders looked locked in and fired up. The offense executed with a crispness we haven't seen in a while. Derek Carr was awakened, and Josh Jacobs looked like a revelation. So did Waller. Williams stepped up big time, as if saying, "A.B. who?" The secondary still looks prone to yielding big chunks (something you want to fix before facing the Chiefs) and patty-caking as ball carriers drag them down the field, hopefully Abram's megahit style will start rubbing off. Good thing that surefire TD pass bounced off that Bronco receiver's chest, or this could have gotten uncomfortably close. That said, and despite the score, the end result felt like total domination of the Broncos. Wow, good on Gruden and the Raiders for coming prepared and passionate in the wake of a crazy week. So far, so good.   

Monday, September 09, 2019

Broncos Gamenight Thread

We just got played by a superstar wide receiver--and by a Jaguars practice squad receiver. What a week! But how about that first drive tonight? Winning heals everything. GO RAIDERS!

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Raiders Do The Right Thing

Mercifully, it's over. The circus tent has folded, and Antonio Brown is riding his clown car out of Oakland, destination unknown.

This was necessary, and overdue. Kudos to the Raiders for drawing the line at the 11th hour.


Yesterday, even while Jon Gruden was claiming that the plan was for A.B. to play Monday night, I stated that they needed to cut him. Thankfully, they came to their senses after A.B. thanked them for their kindness by going nuclear.


Enough.


This is the second year in a row that we've been fleeced by a head-case wide receiver from Pittsburgh (hello, Martavis Bryant, goodbye third-round pick).


In retrospect, what were the Raiders thinking with A.B.? What did they expect? Why are we always swinging for the wrong fences? When is the last time a superstar diva wide receiver hoisted a Lombardi trophy? How did a guy like A.B. fit into the cultural vision of the Gruden-Mayock Raiders? What was the risk-reward calculation--two extra wins for a year or two on a middling team vs. the inevitable meltdowns, tantrums and distractions? And that would be if things went as right as could be expected, which they didn't.


Jon Gruden needs to get it together on this front. He's a cool guy and a Raider at heart. I really like him, and would love to see him succeed. But he's been too flighty and emotional in a lot of his decision making. Thank goodness Mayock is there to add some ballast.


There is nowhere to go but up. Truth is, we never needed A.B. Oh, it might have been spectacular at times, and he might have been worth an extra win or two. But not at that cost. This team sucked last year. They're rebuilding. They need to buckle down and BUILD a stable organization with a winning culture.


Due to some fortuitous contract language, they've been given a gift from the football gods. They took the out on the eve of the opener, sent A.B. packing and saved $30 million. Whew, that was close.


Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, Raiders. Learn from it and move on, and quit looking for quick fixes. With all of the draft picks we've amassed, in league geared toward parity, there is NO reason or excuse why this team can't be good verging on great within a few years. Get after it, the right way, the winning way.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Emergency Take: A.B. Edition

I didn't think I got HBO, but when the premiere of Hard Knocks approached, I was about to give in...Then I discovered that I've been getting HBO all along. Will wonders never cease?

(Side note: I've enjoyed my offseason absence and appreciate y'all keeping the lights on as always. I've been at this for 15 years or so now, so perhaps you can forgive me for losing a bit of steam lately)

I enjoyed the first episode of Hard Knocks. One of my main takes from it: Abram better be ready to back up his bluster. Cheeky is one thing, disrespectful is another. He's walking a fine line and he better be ready for his Welcome to The NFL moment once the games count. 

But that's not the real story, nor did Hard Knocks give us the real story on Antonio Brown. Oh, we got a lot of references to "foot problems," but no insight into what they were or how they happened. Now we know, of course. But even crazier is this whole "helmet" issue and "radio silence" news that's breaking today, look it up if you haven't seen it.

I don't know if it's all true, but there's too much smoke there for there not to be a pretty big fire. 

Honestly, I've been bracing myself for something here. Not just only because it's Antonio Brown, but also because it's the Raiders. Randy Moss, Javon Walker, etc. Our history with big splash WR signings is littered with clown show material, and so here we are again. 

That said, if these reports are true, it's gotten nuttier much faster than even the most jaded observer could have expected. 

Let's hope all the nonsense is confined to camp and that A.B. hits the ground running once the season starts, because if he doesn't, it could get real ugly.