Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Big Brick in The Nasty Wall

The selection of guard Paul McQuistan in the third round is looking better by the day. Not only has he already acquired two nicknames—The Irish Giant (courtesy of yours truly) and Malachai (courtesy of Stick’Em, in reference to the Children of The Corn character)—and not only does he have a twin brother who was selected by the Cowboys (for a grand total of 630 pounds worth of McQuistans drafted last weekend), but he is also responsible for the following email received by Raider Take from Josh, a diehard Raiders fan in Oregon:

“I don't mean to brag but the third round draft pick of the Raiders is a local boy here in Oregon. His brother-in-law and sister were at my home when he was drafted by the Silver & Black. Trust me when I say it was utter pandemonium. Anyway, I think that you and all other Raiders fans need to know this kid is nasty and will fit right into the Raider image. Mark my words on this one!!!”

That clinches it for me. I’ve just got a good feeling about this one. How could you not? This dude’s been on our team for a week and he’s already got his own lore. I think we should have drafted the whole McQuistan family, the brother, the sister, everyone. Spread them across the line and our quarterback will be sitting pretty.

It may take Paul McQuistan some time to get acclimated to the NFL, but in the long run, I’ve got a feeling that he’s going to bust some chops, bang some heads and add another big brick to the nasty wall.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

RT, I hope you are right about Malachai,(Stick'em, I've got to brush up on my B movies). I hope all the players drafted by the Raiders will play with, as Al calls it, "A Will To Win". We need this more then anything else. Way back when during the great glory days of the Raiders, Al would seek out just this kind of player. The roster was filled with guys like, Bob Chandler, Mike Davis, Kenny King, Burgess Owens, Bob Nelson, Frank Hawkins, I could go on for days. These guys weren't the greatest athletes, but just die hard, try hard, all heart, football players. We need this back again. Somewhere along the line, Al Davis fell in love with the James Jett/Patrick Bates types. Guys who looked good in the uniform, but couldn't play a lick, and didn't give a damn. I hope Al, perhaps with a nudge from big Art, has snapped out of this spell. We need guys to play with heart, and fire, and determination, next yr. We need blood, and guts. If we can't beat the Donkey's, Chefs, & Charmers next yr, lets at least punish them. Then, maybe in 2 yrs, we'll be able to beat, & punish them. This is my dream.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

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4:26 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Holy crap! With him and Gallery, this line gives the term "big uglies" a whole new meaning! This guy makes me reckon back to that old late 70's-early 80's cartoon character dog named Yuck who was so hideous he wore a doghouse on his head and removed it to scare bad guys away. I think Al should petition the league to let the o-line play without helmets to further terrify the opponent.

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looks like Eric Stoltz in Mask WITH THE MAKEUP ON! We should call him MASK or Stoltz or The Mask of Stoltz.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When they picked him on Saturday I went from "Who the hell is that?" to "I love this pick!" in record time! If you've seen any video highlights of this kid, he really reminds you of Wiz. Especially on one play when he wiped out some poor LB for the sin of standing around a pile!

By the way, I'm all for fun nicknames but I'm not sure we should welcome the kid to Oakland by comparing him to someone with a physical deformity...

5:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we have three linemen not above cleaning a guy off the pile or punching a d-lineman in the fruit [Grove, Gallery, McQ]. Maybe some nasty will rub off on our gentler linemen [Mr Walker, your table's ready....]

5:46 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The O-Lineman who were on our roster last year better take notice. With the drafting of McQ, Boothe, Morris, the FA signing of Garmon, and the hiring of Art, the only 2 O-Line positions that seem secured are LT and C.

Is this our opening day O-Line?

LT - Gallery
LG - Sims
C - Grove
RG - McQ
RT - Slaughter

Finally, what clinched it for me was at the end of McQ's video where there is a reference to his mullet.

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be, Calico. I have no doubt that under Art the meanest and most merciless will start...and everything I read about Boothe says he goes out of his way to smack people in the mouth. Now if Wiz comes back as offensive assitant....

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starting to get excited about this McQuistan guy too, now that I see all the press he's getting. How about the nickname "Irish Thing" for him? It's little more savage-sounding than the soap that bears a similar name - and, obviously, in this case,said in a most respectful, luv-ya-Raiders way. Canadian Raider, Alberta chapter.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

One more knickname to consider for our Irish Giant . . . simply "McNasty"

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McQ was a John Wayne movie, where the Duke hosed down bad guys using a Mac10 with a suppressor on it.

McQ ain't a bad nickname all by itself.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the nick name "Mc Nasty" myself..the kid is a road grader. I truly see this kid eventually taking up one of our Guard spots. Needs to work on his footwork a little bit as he tends to lean foward a bit and will get thrown down to the ground by NFL linemen. With his long arms and strength though, if he gets a hold of you...DONE. I think the guy turns out to be a gem and by next year is a full blown starter. With Slater, Shell and Eatman teaching this kid we may have another "WHIZ." Oh by the way, his nickname in college was "Shrek."

PS...Thomas Howard will be lights out for us. Huff work on the tackling technique (way too high) and I think we have us a solid draft.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some of us have called him the Irish Shrek also! This guy is going to play mean and nasty. With Grove, Gallery and Paul we are going to have a formidable line for years to come!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's only one dude that even looks scarier than this guy, and that's the guy on Happy Gilmore who tackled Shooter at the end, and wore the shirt "Guns don't kill people, I kill people!"

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For everyone who thought Art Shell was having an On Golden Pond moment going on and on about the way the Raiders USED to be nasty and tough...

Art ain't just talkin'. He's DOING something about it.

When Shell talks about linin' up, smiling, punchin' 'em in the mouth, askin' 'em how their wife is doing...then linin' up, smiling, and sockin' 'em in the kisser again...

This is how he played. I saw it. Over and over again. This is how the Raider O-linemen will play - or they will be replaced by someone who will.

Malachai McQuistan - who attacks his man with an aggressiveness rare even amongst O-lineman - is just the first example of this.

Remember, Steve Wisniewski's first year with the Raiders was 1989.

Art Shell's first year as HC? I don't have to tell you it was '89. Coincidence? I don't have to tell you it was not.

Now EXPECTING Malachai to be the next Wiz is asking a bit much of the kid. But here's hoping...

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost forgot, Malachai McQuistan's jersey at Weber St. was, yep, you guessed it, Wisniewski's #76...but don't get too excited, 'cause Gallery is wearing it right now.

But have faith. I'd be willing to bet any one hear a Raider Take T-shirt that Michael Huff will wear Charles Woodson's #24 jersey next year.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

With Art Shell at head coach and the o-line being co-coached by Jackie Slater and Irv Eatman, there can be *no* excuses for the line underperforming this year. None. In fact, I expect this line to be one of the top five lines in the league.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did ya notice the sound of no one bashing the Raider draft?

Well here is SI's resident BOZO
masquerading as a writer with this noise:

"Players in the Wrong Situation -

Michael Huff, SS, Oakland: I hate to see great talents wind up in dysfunctional organizations. Unfortunately for Huff, the Raiders have become a place where even the most gifted of young players can underachieve.

It has something to do with the freedom they get from owner Al Davis, who has a way of letting his favorite players do whatever they want while the head coach, Art Shell in this case, loses all credibility. It happened with Charles Woodson. It happened with Darrell Russell. And those are the people who could actually play.

I'm hoping Huff is mentally strong enough to deal with an environment filled with very few characters worth following."

What? Did Al Davis' Cadillac accidentally run over little Jeffri's shitzu, “Snookims,” when he was a kid?

Let the Chadiha piñata party begin!

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to get off the topic but, I see that Priest Holmes is trying to come back from serious neck injury. Is there any chance he will get waived and picked up by the Raiders ? Speed at running back was not addressed in the draft and a Jordan/Holmes backfield would be interesting, and fun to watch. Anybody think this can happen ?

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or McMongo, like Mongo from the movie "Blazing Saddles"

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let all that red hair make you miss his great big heart, which I've observed since he was 5 years old.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Wow, what a response to Mr. McQuistan! The outpouring has been phenomenal on this take. This dude is going to be legend before his big feet touch Oakland soil.

Now, for any McQuistan friends and family who might be offended by any of the proposed nicknames, please know that quirky, descriptive nicknames are a great Raider Nation tradition. The Mad Stork, The Ghost, etc. These are usually reserved for Raiders legends, so consider it a very good sign that the nickname process is well underway.

I do like McNasty. Has anyone mentioned Bunyon, since his name is Paul? I guess that's a little trite. For McQuistan family and friends who might be getting acclimated to this whole Raiders thing, understand that "nasty" is the new battle cry under Coach Art Shell, so to carry that banner would be an honor in these parts.

So much for the "Irish" Giant. According to McQuistan's sister (geez, I hope that's really her, wouldn't that be cool?), the family name is Scottish. Makes sense, that "Q" is kind of a tip off.

As for Anonymous, who has known Paul McQuistan since he was a wee child, please know that we would never confuse long red hair with a bad heart. In fact, we know that Paul McQuistan has a huge heart because we saw him, in his draft video, blasting guys after the whistle was probably blown. That's the kind of heart we like and need in Oakland.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

It looks like Braveheart McNasty is developing quite a cult following. There is something about this guy that Raider fan's seem to naturally gravitate towards.

With his Scotish roots, warrior mentality, and above all, big heart, the nickname fits. The interest created by our jolly giant is exciting.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"McNasty" is cool, but you should know that's how we refer to food from the Golden Arches here on the east coast [ as in "I'll have two McNasty's with fries, a vanilla shake and an angioplasty to go"]

I agree with Doobie and others who have said with Art and Company and this mix of players, the o-line should punish

7:26 AM  
Blogger Roy said...

My vote is for McNasty. These are exactly the types of players we need. Mean and nasty with small egos. I was really disappointed with our line last year. I thought we had the talent to have one of the top five O'Lines in all of football. Hopefully Art & Slater can instill some toughness into these guys.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, since we're all comparing McQuistan to Wiz, how 'bout "Quiz"? LOL!

LK is right. "McNasty" sounds like Micky D's latest concoction of cr@p. McRib..McTasty...McNasty...

"McNasty" also kinda sounds like a gangsta rapper, which is OK, but doesn't really fit a gigantamous red-headed Scotsman..

12:53 PM  
Blogger frkyraider said...

the response to this kid around these parts is unreal!!! have to admit i'm kinda caught up in it myself. but i must warn, and you all know this, but when your really really hungry and you find a cracker to eat, you take one little bitty bite and think dang this is the best damn cracker i ever had, what kind of cracker is this, i gotta get some of these!!!

i liked Braveheart McNasty (nice one jack)tho the Mc part does sound a bit mcdonalds. alltho i'm sure that mr Braveheart McQ might argue that point.

i had i kid i coached couple years ago that we called shrek, fit him, and it kinda fits our new boy too. big ol' overly strong hulk of a man that he is.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm on the reserved side of the table. how about this for a nockname?


i say let the kid prove himself by FIRST making the team. second, over time and by playing hard he'll have to EARN the respect of us fans before getting a nickname. he hasn't done squat yet and neither has huff or the other draftees for that matter.

i'd like to see where he is in 2 or 4 years. i hope his nickname is mcawesome.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the Wallace name .. how about shorting it to "THE WALL"

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the reasoning behind
this McQuistan naming phenomenon
among my fellow brothers in arms,
The Raider Nation. As one man on
this site rightly put it, the
Raider Nation is in a similar
state as Scotland was in Wallace's
time. In need of a leader, someone
to believe in. Someone who can
bring hope to a downtrodden people.
Someone who could lead them into
battle and help them get back the
glory they had lost over time.

Yes, my brothers and sisters in
arms, I can comprehend the almost
cult-like following the young lad
has attained in such a short
period of time.....

However, knowing the lad as I do
and reading the post about William
Wallace, a thought came to my mind
that there will be no need for the
lad to be anointed with a new
name. The lad is very proud of his
own given name, McQuistan, of this
you can be sure. Just as William
Wallace was proud of his own given
name in his day.

It is very hard to see the end
from the beginning, and I don't
profess to be a prophet of any
kind. Yet knowing the lad as I do,
he will toil, sweat, battle and
bleed until the name McQuistan is
as revered a name to the Raider
Nation as the name Wallace is to
the Scots.

So go ahead, and name him if ya
like..... but when it is all said
and done, the lad will only be
satisfied when his own given name,
McQuistan, can be placed alongside
the names of Otto, Shell and
Upshaw. Raider Hall of Fame
Linemen and Living Legends of the
Raider Nation.

9:51 PM  
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