Saturday, April 29, 2006

Rise and Shine, Raider Nation!

The top two jobs in New Orleans this early morning are coffee vendor and telephone technician, because the lines at Saints headquarters are going be lit up like a Christmas tree from darkness through dawn.

Now let me say that I think the Texans are nuts. Freakin’ nuts, I tell you! That sound you hear is David Carr weeping.

Virtually every expert’s mock draft has suddenly been obliterated at the eleventh hour (Stick’Em being a notable exception, as he coolly strutted into my previous take and confidently predicted Williams as Houston’s choice hours before it was announced).

Now, we know the Saints are, if not nuts, at least bewildered. Isn’t it just like the Saints to have this gift dropped in their lap, only to already have a bunch of money tied up in Deuce McAllister? There’s a black cat loose in that franchise, and it’s been loose for decades.

Mr. Benson, it’s Mr. Davis on line one…I mean, how could Mr. Davis not at least make the call, not put out some feelers? This is the Saints! You’ve got to at least try to take candy from that baby.

Even if Mr. Davis isn’t dialing New Orleans, even if the Saints select Bush, things are already looking up for the Oakland Raiders, especially if it’s true that they are in the QB market. The Jets may make a play for Bush in the two slot, trading places with the Saints (who don’t need a QB after signing Brees for top dollar). In which case, either Leinart or Young will almost certainly be available to the Raiders in the seven slot. I know there was already talk about Leinart sliding, but the Jets and Titans could still easily gobble these two guys up—but not if the Jets make a play for Bush (or if the unthinkable happens, and Bush falls to the Jets). And if the Raiders’ sights are already on Mike Huff, then it’s smooth sailing.

Of course, if Mr. Davis is dialing New Orleans, and if he does make a deal for Bush, remember—
you heard it here first.

Now grab the beer and cereal and get this party started. Out.


Blogger Calico Jack said...

RT – With the Texans taking M.Williams, here is one more draft day scenario to consider which seemed next to impossible 1 short week ago.

With the Raiders drafting #7, both Matt Leinart AND Vince Young being available.

If no team trades up for New Orleans #2 pick, I could see the following combination of picks;

1 – Texans – Mario Williams
2 – New Orleans – D’Brick Ferguson
3 - Tennesse Titans – Reggie Bush
4 - NY Jets – AJ Hawk
5 - Green Bay Pack – Vernon Davis
6 - S.F. Whiners – Michael Huff
7 - Leinart or Young (Take your choice Mr. Davis)

Starbucks better be locked and loaded with plenty of Venti sized cups tomorrow morning. Cheers.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Hah! I love it, great scenario, Calico Jack.

Gotta love the Texans. Just when I was about tapped out on this draft business, they lined up a new set of dominoes...The lights are definitely on in Alameda.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ain't much of a strutter, RT, but I definitely do like to think for myself instead of regurgitating the stuff the mediots pass off as 'truth'.

Mediot facts like "Reggie Bush HAS to be the #1 pick," as we've all heard for months. We mock all those bobblehead mocks NOW, don't we?

I've said all along the only player I would trade up for is Mario Williams. Just not sold on the general principle of moving up for a RB.

The question now is, "Who will want Reggie enough to trade up with the Saints?"

Maybe it Al Davis will? Not many predicted the trade of last year's #7 for Randy Moss, so you know anything is possible...but being possible doesn't make it likely.

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least one site (Yahoo, make of that what you will. This John McMurphy guy has "bozo" written all over him) says it IS likely:

"As of late Friday evening, a total of three teams had called the Saints about trading up to two – the Jets, Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders.

The wild card to watch Saturday morning is Oakland, which would love nothing more than to add a weapon like Bush and once again throw a wrench in the league's proposal to find a team or teams to bring into the Los Angeles market.

Bringing the Heisman Trophy winner to the Silver and Black would most certainly send much more national attention back to the rebel franchise by the bay."

So what does trading for Bush have to do with the Raiders throwing "a wrench in a proposal to bring a team to LA," you might ask?

Nothing. Just more mediot nonsense...

Unless there is a 33rd team on the back of a milk carton somewhere - the LA MIAs - who were planning to nab Bush and Al Davis urinated on their parade...

Let's call up LA MIAs now and see what they say about draft day... Sorry McMurphy, it's medication time...medication time...

5:24 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Guys, just a reminder that I'll be hanging in the "Oakland Raiders" chat room on Yahoo around noon if anyone wants to join in. The instructions:

1. Download Yahoo Messenger and install it. As I mentioned before, Yahoo no longer has web based chat rooms, so you can only access them through Messenger.
2. Once you've launched Messenger, click on "Messenger", "Yahoo Chat", "Join a Room..."
3. From the folders listed, choose "Recreation & Sports", "Football (American)", then "Oakland Raiders".

Also, I have one question I've been meaning to ask all you west coasters since my weekend work trip to SF 6 years the heck can you guys begin drinking beers so early in the morning. It's bad enough some games start at 10:00 AM, but todays draft begins at 9 AM!

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to take up all the space, but it's like Xmas for me - get up at the crack of dawn to see what's under the tree. It's not Guiness under my tree, though - LOL!

Just to be clear, I have nothing against Reggie Bush. He's Bo Jackson/Eric Dickerson material - the best RB we've seen out of college in quite a while.

While I certainly would take Bush over last year's #2 overall pick, RB Ronnie Brown (and I realllly liked Brown), I don't wanna see a Ricky Williams moment happen where the Raiders trade their entire lot of '06 picks betting on Bush's success.

Bush could get injured or end up smoking weed in Tibet for all we know. Then there would be NO other picks to have any type of impact for this year. Verily, the draft is a crapshoot, but I'd like to roll the dice at least twice.

I know Reggie can be a RB/WR/KR, but unless he can play OLB, OG, SS, and DT too, the Raider roster will still be shot full of holes like OJ's alibi.

We all know Al will do what it takes if Bush IS his favorite...

We all know Marcus Allen really got to Al Davis and Reggie Bush could change the "Heisman RB from USC" taste in Al's mouth...

With the Raiders selling there own tickets for once, Bush might bring the sellouts...

It could happen...and Santa Al will bring us something soon!

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6pt* says, "Beer, it's not just for breakfast anymore."

Where's the party folks? Doobie's Yahoo site? Here? WSP's mom's garage?

A thought to make RT catch an early-moring woody:

It wasn't that long ago Art Shell had Marcus and Bo in the backfield...

Are Jordan and Bush gonna be Marcus and Bo, Part II?

Will they be hammer and anvil, thunder and lightnin', like Wheatley and Garner were not long ago?

8:04 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Cap'n Crunch? Check. Jim Otto's Special Blend? Check. Anchor Porter? Check. A bunch of Raiders fans with great takes? Check. We are now minutes from the launch of Draft 2006, but the party is well underway across the Raider Nation.

Here's my final wish list: Leinart or Huff at #7, or some sort of favorable deal for Bush.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Looks like the Saints have committed to Bush:

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is everyone at Ricky's getting their grog on?

I'm going to be here, and at Doobie's, and this site:

9:00 AM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

They're saying the Titans are set to take Vince with the number 3. If Al trades up to number 2 you still gotta hold your breath until the name is announced.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Leinart or Huff? Venti Carmel Machiato or Bass Ale? Scrambled eggs with cheese or a huge bowl of cereal?

Quick Recap as of 10:00 am
1 Texans - Super Mario
2 Aints - I love Bush
3 Titans - VY
4 Jets - D'Brick in the big apple
5 Pack - AJ Hawk

10:04 AM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

Gawd - I didn't think Leinart would be here. If Norm Chow couldn't convince Ten to take him, maybe he knows something? I really want D, but Leinart could be the man

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumors of Denver for Leinert are just killing me. I like the kid, but if he ends up in Denver, he goes on my dislike list. I can't believe someone hasn't moved up to grab him. I really though the Raiders would trade back.

10:34 AM  

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