Haka for Napa
On the eve of training camp, I have a motivational idea for Coach Shell. I think that he should kick things off in Napa by having the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team fly in and perform their pre-game “haka” ritual. Have you seen it? If not, click here to check it out on Deadspin.com (trust me, you won’t be disappointed). They’ve been doing it for literally 100 years. I’d like to see Warren Sapp join them, he’s got the moves. McQuistan, too. As you watch the video, keep an eye on the other team. They look stricken. This is what the Raiders of lore talk about, this aura of intimidation, the idea of the other team being beat the moment Oakland walked off the bus in the rival parking lot. Coach Shell knows the feeling. I'm glad he's back to teach it.