Monday, September 04, 2006

For The Record

Yet another writer from Sports "Mothership of The Raiders Haters" Illustrated has predicted the Raiders to win a total of four games this year. He writes: Oakland, 4-12. I can see the headline in the Oakland Tribune on Oct. 9, after the Raiders drop an embarrassing 17-7 game to the crosstown 49ers: "Brooks Throws 5 Interceptions, Benched by Shell.'' It's coming, folks. Don't know when. But Aaron Brooks will break your hearts.

Umm...Didn't the Raiders first team literally blow up the 49ers first team a few weeks ago?

The dire predictions for the Raiders are coming so quickly that I can't keep up with them. We have another writer from Sports Illustrated saying the Raiders are the worst team in the NFL. One site said the Raiders "may well be the worst team in the entire league this season, and one of the worst in the entire modern era."

Please help me out, Raiders fans. For the record, I would like to round up all of these dire predictions and stash them here for future reference. Then, when the Raiders prove them wrong, we can all meet back here for a good laugh.

So if you've got a link to one of these dire predictions, please post it in the comments section. Also, if you can, state the source and paste the relevant excerpt (try to keep it relatively short), just in case the link goes dead at a later date.

The Return to Glory starts now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This very spot is the place to stash this stuff. The internet never forgets...

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam Schein on Fox Sports predicts a 4-12 finish from the Raiders as well, and pens this classic.
"While I think Michael Huff is going to be an impact player right away, a Raiders team led by Aaron Brooks, with too many unhappy players on offense, is destined to fail. Art Shell wants more discipline. I want a cameo in 24. You cannot always get what you want."
The only unhappy player is Pouter. Even though we made a stupid move by trading Gabriel to the Patriots; we still have an outstanding core of Receivers on our team that will make up for the loss. Morant, Curry, Wil Buchanon, and of course, Moss; are all better than Pouter. I think that was the most ignorant comment ever.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Awesome, Raider Nate! Great find. RAIII-DERRRS!

7:29 AM  
Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

NFL Betting Odds

Oakland is 75:1 to win the Super Bowl, 50:1 to win the AFC Championship, and 15:1 to win the AFC West. Their Over / Under win total is 6.5.

"Shell was also a Hall of Fame player with the Raiders. That earns him a lot of respect in the locker room and with Owner Al Davis. The problem Shell has this year is that the team is in transition, and there are three teams ahead of them in the AFC West. A 5-11 record is the prediction."

9:22 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Everyone's favorite Ray Ratto has a week-by-week prognostication in today's SF Chronicle.

"WEEK 11

RAIDERS at KANSAS CITY: Nope. Never. Doesn't happen. This is bigger than all of us. Now it's 3-7, and some of the players are grousing quietly among themselves in true Oakland fashion. Internet voting shows Walter with 30 percent, Tuiasosopo with 12 percent, Brooks with 8 percent, and Daryle Lamonica with 50 percent. "

10:01 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Sporting News 2006 NFL Preview Magazine predicts the Raiders to go 4-12.

Street & Smith's 2006 NFL Preview Magazine says this: “Shell of a team…It is probably fair to say that Art Shell wanted to return to coaching in the NFL in the worst way. It is probably fair to say that he will…The Raiders last won a Super Bowl in 1984, have been back to one once since then and now may permanently drop anchor at the bottom of the AFC West…The Raiders? Keep those slogans coming, Al. That’s all you’ve got left.”

10:20 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Doobie found this one from Gregg Easterbrook on ESPN, in haiku format no less:

Apparel still sells
big. Guess kids don't know standings.
The Oakland Raiders.

Forecast finish: 4-12

12:03 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Here's that Easterbrook link for you.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone's piling on...anybody see any predictions of 8-8 or higher?

A week from now, small plates of crow will start getting passed out, wth major portions served after we get the fifth win [along about week eight, counting the bye].

1:45 PM  
Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

Call me crazy, but I'm telling anyone who will listen that we'll go into Denver 4 & 0. Here's hoping I'm right.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bama 7
I hope they are all wrong but I still don't feel great about this team. We should have snatched up either Ron Dayne or Lee Suggs... both are nothing special but are plenty better than Fargas. Fargas remains an Al pet and the pets get years of "chances" to show something. Fargas makes me very nervous... every time he touches the ball. A fumble that WILL happen. He sux.
No one wanted the HC job cuz Al is the coach. Al is the reason Sam Williams is, and has been, penciled-in as a starter. Sam Williams is not productive, yet we keep him and 86 Clarke (?). We keep Porter but 86 Gabriel. Porter is the biggest Al pet. Porter basically tells Shell to kiss his a%$ he ain't practicing hard and here we sit weeks later with guess who... Porter. Should have long since been traded, FOR ANYTHING. Porter is TO without the production. How lame is that? I'd like to see us trade Porter and a draft pick to Pittsburgh for Deuce Staley. Porter had three moments: one meaningless superbowl TD, one meaningless big game against the Titans last year and a good, but meaningless, game against Denver in '04. Get something for the clown, please.
Brayton is another Al pet. The LB's will be very busy on Brayton's side, as he is a plodder with very average ability. He's a second stringer, nothing more, yet he's penciled in auto-gratis as a starter even though a guy like Irons can play that spot much more pysically and do better. I know Irons is an LB, but he'd be better at Brayton in either spot.
Ashomogue is another Al pet. He'll have us all pulling our hair out at the interference calls by the second game... blaming the refs while we chain smoke and down beers in disgust. He's NOT a CB, he's a safety. Next year I'd like to see Huff move to FS and Bing get a shot at SS. Move Schweigert out... he's decent but I think Huff and Bing would be a tough tandem. And, Huff will get hurt in run support at SS. He'd be fierce at FS, but Schweigert is another Al pet, though one of the better ones.
I think our team is slightly better this year and that's because of the speed at LB, Huff and a mobile QB. We have a very tough schedule. I just don't see Davis' game plan beating Cowhert, Holmgren, Shotty, or Shanashit. That's 6 losses. The rest are tough toss-ups, so say we win half... that translates to 5-11.
We'll get pummeled in Baltimore as Al's long ball just matches up poorly to the Raven's "D", particularly on the road. That game has sackfest written all over for us. Poor Brooks. Here's hoping I'm wrong and I hate to come off as a hater, but I really dislike so many of our personnel moves and Art just seems like the next in a long line of guys that aren't allowed to call the shots. They say Art didn't even know about the George signing until it was done. I believe it because no one, I mean no one, in their right mind would even consider a QB that hasn't thrown a ball in a game in 5 years and has the history Goerge has. I hope that Shell stood up to the old man and that was why he was cut. That'd be a good sign. Al has lost it.... He's still enamored with George's arm! Al so sick it's getting scary.
Why not trade porter straight up for Volek? Hell, throw in Tuiosospo too. Volek would be the best QB on our team. All in all, the biggest concern is a RB to help Jordan.
Unless we get a back in to help Jordan, it's over.
Again I hope I am wrong. That first game is so crucial.. So crucial. We could get lucky and score some big plays, put Rivers in a hole so that Johnstone and Burgess could pin their ears back. We gotta get off fast and take this first one..

5:03 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Well, not every writer at Sports Illustrated thinks the Raiders will go 4-12. Don Banks writes that they will go 5-11:

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox Sports again, has published "Power Rankings" ( by Aaron Schatz. To quote, here is how the ranked the teams. "Each of the Football Outsiders writers ranked all 32 teams based on how they finished 2005 and the off-season moves they've made in 2006, and the rankings below represent the average of our opinions."
They have the Seahags ranked #1 over the Squeelers (who won the SB again?). They have the Donkeys ranked #4, the Chargers #8, and the Chiefs ranked #10 (what off-season moves did they make?).
The Raiders? #23, with this comment: "They may not score more points this year, but all offensive players will receive a free continental breakfast."

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another: Granted, it's a bit tongue in cheek, but still pretty harsh. Scroll down to the pic of Art to read what he has to say

href="">Check it out

4:10 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Unfortunately, Peter King is also the author of the 4-12 prediction and the mocking commentary at the beginning of this take.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's one for your archives, the faidas will be lucky to post two (2) W's this year, you may get to see "tuiawfulsoslow" throwing the rock to "mossey" in game 5 after "your miss brooks" and "andthrew falter" bomb out in the next few weeks. Wake up, what's this bull "proud loud faida nation", "the faida broadcasting networK" you guy suck up all the propaganda that papa, plunk, mushmouth atkinson, and flores, don't forget big al, oh and the dwarf gigantinoooooo, oh and the brick (of shizzle), there are so many that you follow blindly. Wake up and smell the sewer that IS YOUR COMMITMENT TO EXCREMENT" what a joke your nation is. Anonymous, cause I'm scared, your fans are twisted, don't beleive me? take you kids to a game and expose them to the "family friendly nation"

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