Saturday, August 19, 2006

Raider Take Express for 8/19

Here is the latest edition of the Raider Take Express, our weekly roundup of input and observations around the turf of Raider Take. Please keep sending your ideas, tips and feedback to

1. Raider Take's favorite columist is already in mid-season form. In this column comparing the fortunes of Aaron Brooks and Alex Smith, we find the following sentence (in the loosest definition of the word), which you should try reading aloud to enjoy the full effect: "Put another way, Brooks is going into Sunday's game having convinced none of the Raider faithful that he's the guy for this thankless job, while Smith has already morphed into Tommy, the deaf dumb and blind pinball wizard from The Who rock opera of the same name who is suddenly cured of his afflictions and turned into a national phenomenon."

Need some clarification? Okay, here's the next sentence: "You know, sort of like Paris Hilton before she first spoke." Thanks, that clears things up.

This guy's editors need to stage an intervention before it's too late.

2. Doobie, who knows an awful blog when he sees one, reported this desperate attempt to trash the Raiders (click on the "Shell not going to panic" link in box at upper right): "We are now avoiding all Raiders and preparing to watch one of the greatest disasters in NFL history. If all of the reports out of Oaktown are valid, the Raiders may well be the worst team in the entire league this season, and one of the worst in the entire modern era."

One of the worst teams in the entire modern era? Hey, chump, get control of yourself. You can get whiplash hating like that.

3. Raiders fans aren't the only ones feeling edgy these days. Here's what a Chiefs blogger has to say about his team in the wake of the second preseason game: "I had a chance to see, up close and personal, the disaster that was the Chiefs. No exaggeration here. It was a disaster...We cannot simply say, 'Oh, it’s just the preseason.' Not with this team. Not with a team that, for the first time in years, may struggle to find an identity on offense, and has not had any kind of good identity on defense."

Music to my ears.

4. Jesse wrote with a link to this story in an online gambling journal, which gives the Raiders some credit. Jesse notes that "the one thing about oddsmakers is that they don't seem to care what ESPN has to say." He adds: "I don't know if I agree with the guy's overall assessments, but he sure doesn't sound like one of the talking heads."

Exactly, because hate and bias don't win jack. You actually have to use your noggin when your money's on the line. I wonder if our aforementioned friend would like to wager on the 2006 Raiders being one of the worst teams in the modern era?


Blogger Calico Jack said...

I never thought I would say this but that Chief fan needs to get off the ledge presently occupied by a large contingent of the Raider Nation.

The distorted amount of emphasis on early exhibition games is way out of wack.

There is a big difference between a reasonable level of concern and making rash, and hasty judgements after a few quaters of pre-season ball.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know its pre-season, but why is it that none of the talking heads has pointed out that the Raiders defense has only allowed 23 pts in two games. They raved about Philip Rivers after one game and he crashed back to earth last night. The bottomline is that we've got something to be positive about and we shouldn't let the nattering nabobs of negativism get us down. By the way, wasn't that the mighty Chiefs offense held scoreless Thursday night?

4:08 AM  

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