Thursday, May 03, 2007

JaMarcus Russell Nickname Derby

About this time last year, we hosted the Paul McQuistan Haiku Fest, in which we racked up nearly 70 haikus in honor of our newly drafted warrior lineman with the flaming mullet. I believe that it is our duty to once again embark on some similarly creative post-draft mischief.

In an earlier take, AllyOop said (in haiku, no less) that JaMarcus Russell was "perched on a nickname." Hmmm...The wheels are turning. How to proceed? Wait, I've got it: The 2007 JaMarcus Russell Nickname Derby.

This is no idle exercise. Nicknames play a storied role in the Raider Nation. The Snake. The Mad Bomber. Mad Stork. The Ghost...Raiders fans have long demonstrated a penchant for nicknames that are unique and timeless, and that avoid the obvious in favor of more poetic glory. It is our obligation to nurture this grand tradition.

Allow me to kick things off with a few suggestions:

JaMarcus "The Dagger" Russell

With his deep passes, killer timing and knack for the dramatic, JaMarcus Russell plunges a dagger into the hearts of our AFC West foes...

JaMarcus "Earthquake" Russell

A hulking quarterback who makes the turf shake in earthquake country, with the added tie-in to our Autumn Wind theme song: "The trees all shake, and quiver and quake, as he robs them of their gold..."

So let the derby begin. Here's how it works: (1) Suggest a nickname! You may not leave the premises without suggesting at least one nickname, preferably with some explantory reasoning; (2) While you're at it, vote for your favorite or favorites from those suggested earlier, which will allow a consensus to emerge.

May the best nickname win!


Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I've seen the Bayou Bomber, but I can't take credit for it.

Since he's from Alabama, the Bama Bomber.

Steeling one from a baseball great, Louisiana Lightning.

Open letter to JRuss is now on BlandaRocked

1:16 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Had another idea, since he'll be playing in Oakland, and he's the size of an Oak.

Oakman, as in the Oakman Raider.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jam-Ruckus. Makes perfect sense he is gonna cause a ruckus when he sees the field.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

"The Chosen One" ... he already has it inked up on his left arm plus he was chosen by the Raiders at #1.

"J-Rock & Roll" ... one of his nickmanes is "J-Rock" so add the roll.

"The Mobile Touchdown Maker" ... he's from Mobile Alabama and is a mobile QB.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Or maybe "Jamming" Jamarcus

how about

Jamarcus "The Judge" Russell

1:44 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Gotta add 1 more ...

JaMarcus "The Comeback Kid" Russell

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 supersized

or in recognition of all of Blanda's franchises ..."Burger King"

"Deauxboy"....dough boy for you yankees


2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote to keep it "J Rock" out of respect. In an interview they asked him what his nickname was, he said "J Rock, it's always been from nickname from my neihborhood".


2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Comeback Kid was Brian Sipes' nickname

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:47 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

J-Rock just doesn't do it for me. We're in the land of Snakes, Ghosts and Mad Storks...J-Rock is too plain. The nickname needs to be legendary.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"B-1" or "B-2" depending on jersey number both are long range bombers

2:52 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

How about Slingshot?

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since his most outstanding feature is his powerful arm, how about...

JaRocket Russell.

Another possibility,

JaMarvelous Russell.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juggernaut...unstopable destruction

3:27 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

JaMarcus is a variation of Marcus which means warlike.

However, what about JaMarcus “Maximus” Russell, as if to place him on a level with the Greek gods. Maximus, of course meaning the greatest!

Put it all together and you have the greatest warlike Russell playing quarterback for our beloved Raiders. I just got goose bumps.

4:28 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Maybe, Maximus JaMarcus... it flows better.... or, J-Rock.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...


5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Big Easy

He's laid back, smooth, and makes everything look easy. Plus, Baton Rouge is close enough to New Orleans.

5:12 PM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

Maybe we should let him earn the nickname first? Snake, Mad Stork, Man From Mars, etc, all earned their nicknames. A better one should come up after he wins a few games, makes a few plays, and gives us something to base it on.

5:28 PM  
Blogger roscoe said...

My favorite nickname of all time belongs to mixed martial artist Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva. It's just so funny that his choice of name implies that he uses an axe, when he's trying to intimidate his opponents with his fists. I prefer a little note of irony in any good nickname.

But, I think something to do with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, New orleans, Alabama or someplace is probably best.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JaMarvelous Russell

This is Strangebrew from btw

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about,


Kinda like Jack the Ripper.
Don't know if it works, but sounds pretty good.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


B-1 OR B-2 would do fine with me, not too many words and prescise only a B-2 bommer knows what he is carriying!


7:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

He already has a nick name.... J-ROCK!!!!

Let's not get cute here. He earned that name... you wouldn't re-name the Kenny "the Snake" Stabler now would you? Only Choker fans try aND DO THAT AND USURP nicknames like LaDT calling himself LT... Their is only one LT and Lawrence Taylor would never be caught dead whynning about anything. So give the Kid his due and call him what he came with... "J-ROCK, baby!

My only burning question is... What number is he going to ware?

7:43 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

JRock will be #2. He has a 2 tattoo on his left arm with the words "The Chosen One".

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

End of story.
UNLESS...He develops something else through his actions on the field.
And please, please, PLEASE! Stop the J-Russ! Stop the A-Rod, K-Fed line of bullshit that the mediots just love to tag on to celebrities. It's been done, it's over, let's end it.


9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im with Calico and the others I like JRock.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


a slant on his childhood nick name, with a Raider Nation twist, so during home games we can play Jr.Gong's: WELCOME TO JAM-ROCK!!


10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JaMarcus Allen ??

JaMarcus Welby ???

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Ja-Podium. That's what he'll be doing for the first year. If your an optomist and think he's going to breath life into the offense this year, how about Ja-Petto. Then we could be the Oakland Pinochio's.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll propose a couple, just for fun:

'Junreal' - For his unreal combination of skills.

'JaShaq' - Like Shaq, I think JaMarcus has what it takes to rewrite the position of quarterback in the NFL. He's also very Shaq-like in his humor and camera presence.

However, the nickname I had him perched on in my haiku was none other than 'J-Rock'.

May The Chosen One ever stand firmly upon that rock and lead us back to glory!

Go Big Guy!!


5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"F-22"...because he establishes air dominance and can drop bombs from anywhere

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JaMarcus "Thunder" Russell, he's so big in size and arm strength, when he rolls back and throws the ball, it's like thunder, it will make the earth quake, it will make the defense shake ...

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think J-Rock is already in play and I like it...but just for fun. J_Smooth, the Louisiana Launcher or maybe J-Daddy or Zippo

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nick name is JaMussell.

You love it! Spread it!

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still rolling with "J-Rock" as a last resort. It's hard to give a scary, intimidating name to such a nice, quiet guy. I want to say something like "ChiefKiller" or ?? "Axe Murderer" was a good start, but scary names don't seem to suit him.

We already had the "Mad Bomber" so maybe we can play off of it. Maybe "Stealth Bomber" since he's so calm & quiet? Someone already said B-2.

"Iceman" since he's cool under pressure. Plus if he spends some of that $50 million on more bling, I already saw him comparing a big necklace with Adrian Peterson's at the draft.


7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Is it possible that to bestow the nick name onto J. Russ now would be premature? Most nicknames are indicative to the play of that player.. i.e. "The Snake". Since J. Russ has not even taken a snap yet should this process be extended until a magical performance happens thus the nick name will be obvious?

8:16 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Yes, but how else shall we whittle away the downtime? I just thought it might be fun. We've got a lot of creative folks around here, might as well tap into the talent pool for ideas.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


but really we should wait untill he signs the contract and shows he can read defenseds before we nickname him.

Big Easy is great

J-Rock is so lame

8:47 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Now that one, I really like. The Big Easy. It's perfect. It doesn't demand a performance which he hasn't had the chance to accomplish. It refers to the place we got him from, and it refers to his extraordinary size and easy throwing motion. It's just perfect.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started calling him "JaManChild" after seeing a "spot" of the NFL Network a couple of months ago. After hearing the commentators saying he was a Manchild, the first thing out of my mouth was, no he's "JaManChild".

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about ""Jambo""

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:04 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I agree with some other posters. A nickname shouldn't be so deliberated. It needs to be more spontaneous. We’ll know if and when “it” happens. For now, J-Rock is a little boring, but Russell seems to like it.

I'm anxious to see if Burgess shows up for work today.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is harder than naming one of my kids! Agreed on "Big Easy", it makes a lot of sense.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

That's because we're all going to name our kids JaMarcus.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like juggernaut...that is original and no other nfl player has ever been called that? juggernaut is my vote

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't we wait until we see how he plays prior to giving him a nickname? The one thing that the players with nicknames that you mentioned have in common is that they turned out to be good... We don't know how Russell will be yet. I would prefer to wait.

10:19 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

While I've been participating, I'm falling into line with those who suggest we wait. We did this with McQuistan last season, and look a the season he had.

Not that I'm superstitious, but it's probably best if JRuss earns his nickname, or if the players give it to him. Anything we try and tag him with, isn't likely to stick.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Guamanian Raider said...

Imagining ALL the good feelings of when JaMarcus leads the team to many touchdowns:

"Praise Ja" Marcus Russell

'Cause he can throw the ball high!

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm changing my vote to "JaMama"
And yes RT, I'm naming my next kid JaMarcus. I told the wife "no" to having more, but now I have a reason.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

JaMarcuss "The Savior" Russell
Obvious because Russell is supposedly the saver of the Radier Nation

10:48 AM  
Blogger El Dirty said...

The Sith Lord

11:28 AM  
Blogger spacecapt said...

'Raider Tiger'

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm with you on that one blanda

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone - quiet!!!!!!

don't tell take about the word verification. this is cool without it, shhhhhh!!!!!

oh ahem. hi take.....

12:13 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

First pic of JaMarcus "O-B-won" Russell wearing a Raiders helmet is up on It didn't take them long to show off their new toy... can't blame them.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Penny Distribution said...

I vote for "the big easy". It'll rock whenever we're in the superbowl next time it's in New Orleans!

Otherwise Jamarcus "The Tussle" Russell.

He's always ready for a fight, can squeeze out of a tight spot and can shake of plenty of hits.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Any word on Burgess. How about Russell? Is he signed? Is he in camp?

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

none of the rooks are signed. it's possible russell will be a holdout.

12:57 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Not one first round client of Russell's agent has held out. Both parties agreed to negotiate in good faith. Also, Al doesn't usually balk at paying somebody what they are worth. But don't expect to see Russell signed before mandatory camp.

1:09 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I should add, in regard to Burgess, that you won't likely see Al discuss his demands until all of the rookies have been signed and additional free agents have been examined.

Al will need to know what he's going to have left over.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT simple JaMarcus "The Franchise" Russle. He is the Franchise now.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al also needs to account for Nnamdi in the big picture. Signing the draft pics shouldn't be a problem. I wouldn't worry. We always get it done.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bam Bam or Jam Bam since he's from bama.


1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


According to, Ja-Podium is in camp. I thought players had to get their contracts done before coming to camp, but none of the drafted are listed on the transactions page. However, all of the undrafted players are listed as signed. I don't get it. Can somebody learn me whats going?

2:01 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

This voluntary mini-camp is non contact, and is promoted primarily to bring everybody in to get a limited copy of the playbook and to meet everyone else. Signed contracts are not required until official camps open. However, some players without signed contracts don't like to attend, because if they get injured in a non-contact drill their value goes down.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I also like b-2

2:32 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

From todays camp, Sapp says: "If nothing else we're going to learn to catch with our hands or somebody's going to the hospital for some trauma."

And Doug Gabriel provides, finally, our nickname winner!

"Looks like someone hired a jugs machine and put a torso on it," wide receiver Doug Gabriel said.

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce "Jugs" Russell.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pirate Dr. J-Rock"
"J Rock the Hustle Russell"

I agree. Lets see what his play and the teammates call him... but it's still fun.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

How about "Steve"?

2:47 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

One other question answered. Burgess was asked about his hold out, and said that was the first he'd heard about it. Asked why he wasn't at the voluntary mini camp, he dryly said, "it was voluntary."

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Jolly Russell"

2:52 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

BlandaRocked: Did you see the photo of Jugs on the official site? Text book, over the top mechanics. Jugs ... who doesn't like jugs? :>

3:34 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...


I like Jugs! Or "Steve."

Clasic motion. 6'6" with over the top motion, hitting tall receivers who can jump. I like it!

3:40 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Hey, Michael Bush chose my old high school football number - 43.

4:06 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Wow. Just wow!

"Despite the enthusiasm surrounding Russell's arrival, the Raiders are planning to bring him along gradually and they had him working behind Andrew Walter and Josh McCown in most drills. After almost every throw, one of his coaches or McCown pulled Russell aside to give him a quick piece of advice.

"That speaks to his character. He's a kid who wants to learn," McCown said. "When you get special players like that who have the talent and the will to learn, that's when you get greatness. The sky's the limit for him if he maintains this attitude and continues to learn and be open to grow. I think you'll see him develop rather quickly."

That also speaks to the character of McCown. He just came to the team, hoping to at least be the short term starter, and he's immediately taken Russell under his wing.

4:29 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Alright now... go to RaiderNews and check out the video news report that just got posted.

Toward the end there is a short pass for the RB. The RB runs into the line, and the everything turns into a jumble between Russell and the RB. He does an over the top hook shot (like Kareem Abdul Jabar) and hits the RB in stride.

This is goanna be fun.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

"Steve" is emerging as a dark horse here...There are some promising hybrids as well, such as Jolly Jugs, Slingshot Maximus and Sith Rock.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I like Steve and against my better judgement... Jugs.


(Jugs is so wrong on so many levels)


6:03 PM  
Blogger lbcraiders said...

let me end it for everyone the name is JaMarcus "The Sniper" Russell

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jugs is always better with good Bush!

6:53 PM  
Blogger lbcraiders said...

that name is perfect. he can hit the target from a very long distance and very acurate, just like a sniper rifle. the sniper russell sounds like sniper rifle.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bust" cause it's the raiders

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A "sniper" is usually most effective far from the action and totally concealed.
When Russell eventually takes his shots,I'm pretty sure he be on the front line and in the enemy's face.

7:45 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Jerry McDonald reported a few interesting things:

-Bing is a SS. There may be a push to play Huff at FS.
-Huntley is playing 1st team DE opposite Burgess.
-Brayton is playing 2nd team DT.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Raider67 said...

I've been using JaMonster around the house for the last month or two but I love the Big Easy.

Hopefully the '07 season is as much fun for the Raider Nation as a trip to the same.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm partial to calling him 'The Messiah' as it suggests he is the savior and annointed one. Hopefully delivering the Raider Nation from darkness and despair. The nickname is Biblical, spot on what he means to the franchise and hopefully it becomes an accurate nickname.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I REALLY Like The Big Easy


10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why not combine the best of both ?

Big Easy Jugs Russell

12:12 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I know business is slow and I mean no disrespect, but you guys are throwing darts.... blindfolded.

During the nicknaming fiasco, Sapp showed up for mini-cap weighing 285 lbs. He mysteriously lost 50 lbs during the off-season and appears primed to have a good year. What? Has he taken Anna Nicole’s post at TrimSpa? Will he be adding to his career sack total?

Meanwhile, Lombardi is about to get S-canned. Some of you guys have got to be happy about that. Yet, not a word.

It was more fun berating Tank the Patsy fan, and Nancy “Raider Hater - Al turned off my recorder again” Gay.

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Cus Bus"

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about we remember that nicknames are earned, not just given. Let's see if and how the kid plays this year and let him dictate his own legend and nickname.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope that indeed Huff is moving to FS and schweigert & Bing can battle it out for SS this year. Brayton is being given one last chance to produce... DT. Gallery at LT. This coaching staff is leaning toward Gallery being a capable LT in the new schemes. These are sound coaching moves. I I see we signed a few OLB's in free agency. One of these kids was the division 2 defensive players of the year. His name is Shotwell and he supposedly has a ton of speed and is a great tackler. Played well in the East West shrine game (leading tackler in the game). I'm thinking even HE has to more productive than Sam Williams.
So far so good. Great moves.
Also read in Si (hold the boos please) that once mATT Millen had Stanton at QB in the draft, he called Kiffen about McCown and M. Williams. Called Kiffen... not Al. These draft picks, in large part, are surely Kiffens. Hopefully this is a new Gruden era. And though I've hated every other recent WR move to TE on our team, I think Mike Williams could be an all-pro TE... but good Wr as well.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have heard Bayou Baron but it wasn't actually my idea but I thought it was a really good one.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the crimson cannon


11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If William Perry was the "fridge"

How about Jamarcus being the "Freezer" ?

1:16 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

>Here is the reason
I am glad we took JaMarcus Russell.

Name 'em whatever you want. It sure beats the hell out of the nicknames I have for The Man in Pink.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Sixptstar,

Stick'um, thanks for that last picture. I needed a good laugh. I really wanted Quinn to be our pick, but not as badly as I wanted the Raiders to be right about our pick. So I'm on board, but I'm still calling him Ja-podium until he proves otherwise.

P.S. For everyone else who is as cheap as me. Last year I took my Woodson jersey down to the local sports store and had the name changed to Huff. Not only was I the first kid on my block with the Raiders #1 pick, but it only cost $10. So I'm going to ebay and bidding on the next Brooks jersey that comes up.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If nothing else we're going to learn to catch with our hands" "or somebody's going to the hospital for some trauma."


"The Tattoo Artist"

"or somebody's going to the hospital for some trauma."



12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JaMarcus "The Ark" Russell

Carryin' his team out of the storm...

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with the camp that says we wait for Jruss to earn his nickname, although "Jugs" is my favorite of the bunch so far.

Not sure if anyone read Jerry McDonald's blog today, but it has a good recap of the minicamp. The highlight for me is what he says about our 2nd pick, Zach Miller:

"Remember the days when the Raiders had a tight end could find open areas and make catches for first downs? The Christensen era, perhaps? They've got another one.

'Zach has a really good feel for the game,' Kiffin said., 'That was a big part of picking him because when you watch him he’s a football player that digs in there and grinds away. His coaches called him, the best competitor they ever had. So those are the type of guys you are looking for and at the same time he has great football savvy as well.'"

I remember fondly the Todd Christensen era, when we had a tight end that could be counted on for a quick 6 yards and a first down or a strike over the middle when the defense was soft. I'm really excited about having that kind of a release valve for our QBs- and the kid can block.

I like the reports out of this first camp a lot. It sounds as if the culture has changed in every part of the team for the better.

2:33 PM  
Blogger yo said...

"THE RIFLEMAN", as in Lucas McCain. End of discussion.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamarcus will soon accept his newest and most acceptable nickname and thats "The Newest Loser" on a "LOSER FRANCHISE"!!!
Your team has taken newest to a new high!!! By the end of the season Russell is going to be afraid to high 5 people because he's going to have flashes of being sacked the record amount of times that he will this season.....
cuz your line won't protect him, and he can't throw to anyone cuz all you WR's suck!
Basement Bound again LOSER NATION!!!!

4:08 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Nobody here has too high expectations for Russell. He will have his growing pains.

Are you still mad about the Mandy Moss trade? There's no antibiotic for the disease he brings to the Patsies. First, he's a model citizen... says all the right things and plays well with others. After a few games the grumble will start (win or lose). Have you figured out the "Randy Ratio" yet?

Just remember, we didn't sabotage the Patsies, they did it to themselves.

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this quote from the trimmer, slimmer, quicker warren sapp:
""Over my 12 years in this thing I've learned to temper it right now," Sapp said. "Put yourself in position where each day you get a little bit better, because this is a marathon. Right now is our first step. So far, so good."

6:26 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

1960 to 2001 ... 41 straight f'n years of Patsy ineptitude.

2001 to present ... In the Tank & Polish Weiner Boy change gears from their beloved Soxs to join the bandwagon Patsy "Nation".

How are those QB/C snap exchanges going? Are you guys working on a silent count?

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After all the fumbles in mini camp during QB/C exchange maybe the nickname should be "Snappy"

8:17 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Well... so far I like Russell's practice mentality. Drop the center exchanges during the first mini camp instead of the first game. Too bad nobody ever taught that to Brooks.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Burgess in the practice field?


8:55 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Burgess is in. Someone asked him about the hold out, and he said that was the first he heard of it. He says he wants a raise, but he ain't holding out.

I looked throught the camp photos posted on the Raider website on Saturday, and I saw something I don't remember seeing last year. In fact I remember consistently commenting that I wasn't seeing it last year.

In the photo, Rhodes has just taken a handoff from Russell. All you can see is Russell's back. But from the back, he looks, for all the world, like he's got the ball and is looking downfield to throw. Russell is putting the fake back in "fakes."

9:18 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The QB/C exchange I was referring to was between our boy Tank & Polish Wonder.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Early predictions for your Oakland Raiders starters:

QB: McCown
RB: Rhodes
FB: Crockett
OL: Sims, McQuistan, Grove, Carlisle, Gallery (from L to R)
TE: Miller
WR: Porter, Curry (or Williams if healthy)

DT: Sands, Sapp
DE: Burgess, Huntley
LB: Williams, Morrison, Howard
CB: Asomugha, Washington
FS: Schweigert*
SS: Huff

*assumes bing isn't the SS; then it would be:

FS: Huff
SS: Bing

K: CBass
P: Lechler

Return Specialist: Lee Higgins

Just an educated guess from David White of the Chron.

Hard to believe the first preseason game is basically 90 days away.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

BTW, Derrick Gibson is gone. See last sentence.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Toni, thanks! BTW, I've got a funny feeling that newly-signed Justin Griffith is going to win the starting FB job.

10:25 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Forgive Tank. He had to wait 40 years to have a team to be proud of. And just when he's thinking that he knows what the term "dynasty" feels like, his team has taken the poison pill administered by the Raiders.

Tank, how's that "Randy Ratio" going for you?

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's my early starting crew for the Raiders:
QB: McCown/Russell
RB: Rhodes
FB: Griffith
WR's: Porter, Williams, Curry, Gabriel, Buchannon
TE: Miller
L to R OL: Henderson, McNasty, Newberry, Carlisle, Gallery

DT: Sapp, Sands/Brayton
DE: Burgess, Moses
LB: Howard, Morrison, Thomas Robert
DB: Routt, Asomugha, Washington
SS: Bing/Schweigert
FS: Huff

Here's an idea: since this is "Raider Take" if you don't have any intelligent talk about the "Raiders," how about you get off the site?
I don't mind people's opinions how the Raiders may/may not fail; but to give no reason to it, or to say that because you're a fan of another team; is stupid.
If you would offer up an argument along the lines similar to: "The Raiders aren't going anywhere this year because, again, they have a new coach, new offensive system, new players, etc; they may not do well."
I could accept that. I will also argue that we would win more than 2 games. I would also argue that our defense has had consistent coaching; we have a new coach that actually KNOWS how to run an offense; and put some players in place to run that offense.
You see, to every negative, there's a positive. To every positive there's a negative. It's going to be this way until we get on the field and start punching people in the mouth; earning the respect we deserve.
If your take is, "The Raiders' are losers because I'm a bandwagon Pats fan, who doesn't care about facts, numbers, etc." Get bent, and get off the site. Go to your boyfriends house and eat polish sausages.
Make the world a better place, punch tank and polish wonderlick in the face.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Point taken, here goes:

The Raiders will have a bad season this year because they SUCK. They suck because thier players are not talented enough and turned this into a third rate team. The have no talent because you have a way below average, beyond under achieving front office. You have a beyond under achieving front office because you have a shitty owner. You have a shitty owner because he lives too much in the past and is more concerned with emblazing stupid slogans (new one being "WE DO NOT ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE...EVER!") around your stadium. Your franchise will continue to suck until he's finally convinced to step aside or he dies!

Call the Pats and the Pats fans what you want but when you look at "Current Stats" not 20 something years ago like you like'll see that in every category we're better than you EXCEPT for one area........................................................................................................................................LOSING!!!!!!

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:05 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Check out the minicamp interview videos on

Remember the "coach the coaches" speech at Kiffin's introductory press conference? He emphasizes some aspects of that in Sunday’s interview. Also, all players get “first-team” exposure so the coaches can evaluate them more effectively.

Kiffin is clearly a micro-manager (in the mold of Gruden or Gannon)... something we desperately needed.

Does anyone know if Lombardi has left the building?

12:18 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

you must have something better to do.... like therapy!

12:20 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Hey, Tank...

If Gabriel fails to make it as a starter for us again this preseason, will you be willing to float us another draft choice in order to use him until we need him again?

Al Davis wanted me to ask you that. He noticed how excited you guys were to give away a fifth rounder. Maybe this year you guys want Whitted?

12:36 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

P.S. Don't send Moss back. He's yours to keep. We're just glad you didn't want a fourth rounder in order to take him off of our hands.

12:39 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I'm more convinced by the day that we made the right pick in Russell. Latest is this article...

I think the problem that many rookies have coming into the NFL is the desire to achieve the expected results of a given play rather than to simply run the play as it should be run. If there is a miscommunication (in camp) between the QB and the WR, the rookie QB will attempt to throw where the WR is rather than to throw it to the expected location. It's best, though, to run the play as it's designed. If the QB winds up throwing to an empty spot on the field, the coaches will straighten out what the mistakes were.

The attached article suggests to me that Russell is listening and attempting to learn above all else. He knows that he's already proven he has the tools, but he also knows that now is the time to learn how to make those tools effective.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raider nate:

Don't waste your time bro, bitches like "tank" don't have a man to set them straight. she will always be a noncontent bitch, she is what she is and will never understand what a specialty site is, she probably thinks that this is a place to meet real men, she is playing hard to get but at the end she will be beggin for some Raider loving.


2:03 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Tank ~
Here is a current stat the Raiders are better than the *Patriots in.

It is called "Defense."

Your rhetoric is boring.

3:20 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

You find things...

For those of you who griped about Davis' hard on for speedsters during Gruden's time here, even if they had no football talent.

I've always said that wasn't Davis, that was Gruden.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Sports Irritating is reporting that the Raiders are seriously interested in Keyshawn. I question the veracity of that report, but I know one thing: We need more receivers. Load us up. There's no such thing as too many receivers. I want to create a human pyramid of 18 receivers in Napa this summer.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

There has been great news coming out of this first mini-camp, but for me this is the absolute best so far:

"We'll be one of the best lines in the NFL this year," center Jeremy Newberry said. "(We) have a ton of talent, as much as any I've ever played with, and (we) have one of the best coaches I've ever played for here. So, with the combination, we'll be in the top five in a lot of categories in offensive line play this year."

Of course it could be a case of hyperbole... but still awesome news.

(hope the linking works)

And I hope the SI rumor is false, didn't we just rid ourselves of one selfish sob primadonna receiver?

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, some nobody named Marquise Cole was running around Raiders mini camp wearing # 18 !!!!!

Now that's the ultimate slap across Captain Randy's quitter face !!!!!

I love it !!!!!!!!

8:03 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I have mixed feelings about Me-shawn Johnson. I agree we need receivers, but not at the expense of hiring another Mandy Moss. On the other hand, Johnson is without question a very knowledgable and talented receiver. I was impressed by his commentary before and during the draft this year.

The Raiders are clearly interested in provided our QBs with quality WRs... that's why we dumped Moss.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think our o-line has always had the talent to be the best. i read an interesting article on foxsports where they question "who is going to keep russle standing upright on the raiders front line?" then they spew out the past few years of how terrible they were.
i think the difference they are not considering is the coaching. i've always said it, from the first time i was here, that the problem with our o-line is mostly coaching and a lack of a veteran center. i feel we have some great offensive coaches on our team that is going to shock everyone with the talent we've always had.
my only question at this point is concerning gallery/sims. how are they going to play out this year? are they going to continue their stupidity with false starts? i think we will see what gallery is going to bring to the table this year, if he was worth the 2nd pick. he's finally got the coaches he needs to succeed, now it's on his shoulders to succeed, and be the lineman we drafted him to be.
raidercoachella, don't worry about me, even when i called him out, he still doesn't make an intelligent argument. he presents no facts to his incoherent rambling, and i hope they go away. i still think she's dunder dolt tom, who "flew" the coop and jumped on a patsies bandwagon.

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raider Nate ...I think you answered your own question about the Sims/ Gallery false start stupidity.
Both were victims of bad line schemes/coaching and probably looking for a jump on the play to maintain their assignments. I think the new scheme and no nonsense coaching approach of Cable will solve both of their problems.

8:31 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Raider 00:

It's even better. Apparently there are two players in camp wearing No. 18, both hoping to earn a better number.

8:38 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Both Holland and Cole are wearing 18. A 7th rounder and an undrafted free agent. And if both were given the same playing time that Moss had last year, both would have better numbers than Moss' 2006 numbers.

Of course, both Holland and Cole would have the simple understanding that the better they played, the more chance the team has of winning.

Frequently teams have fans who are bandwagon riders. Fans who only show up when the team is winning. Moss is the only player bandwagon rider I know of in the NFL. Moss only shows up to play if the team is already winning.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a few. "Zeus" or "D-Bow" ??
I still like "JaMama" for entertainment purposes. I'm waiting to see what Chris Burman calls him though.

Just curious, why "Steve"? That happens to be my name so of coarse I'm all for it! Just wondering why? I think because I'm so unbelievably talented maybe?


12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nickname Derby:

Jamarcus "Rocket" Russell.

Nope, I ain't talking about Raghib Ismail good ole #86

Raider Rick

1:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

why not J-Rock, the name he was called while he was growing up...

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how 'bout the "j-hey kid"

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes, and I mean no disrespect toward Mr. Holland, or Mr. Cole.
I'm sure they are playing hard, doing their best, trying to make the team.

That's more than could ever be said about Captain Quitter.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me as one who feels he should earn a nickname. But . . . if we must, how about this:

JaMarcus Russell
Needs a nickname, how about


Peter . . .

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. The x-factor down in ATL sure has himself in some doggie doo. All the Raiders troubles ride on the arm of The BIG-FACTOR! Jamarcus "big-factor" Russell.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok folks, it took me a couple of days to accept the russell pick. but i do trust kiffin and his coaching staff so i'm ok with it. i guess if this were shell or turnip face, i'd have a hard time with it. the kid still needs to prove his massive salary and his potential. in watching russell and his family on TV on a "documentary" after draft day and knowing he comes from a solid Christian family and a humble background, it seems he has the right character. BUT i do hope he becomes a student of the game, stays in shape and becomes a franchise QB. NO-ONE can say that he is that franchise QB right now. this will take time. perhaps even years for him to develop if at all. i do hope that the money he'll be getting doesn't change this kid's humility and values.

so with that, i think i have a possible nickname for the derby: jamuscle russell.....

ummm you know, big dude, strong arm...

nah? thought so.....

11:45 PM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

I was reading Jerry Mac's report on rule changes. Apparently it is now a foul to hit the QB low. So now it's a foul to hit the QB high and low.

Next year they'll change it again to where you have to walk up to the QB and politely ask him to fall down.

We can expect a lot Raider sacks to be called penalties this year.

8:55 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Last season has been removed from the records...

Lombardi's gone.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say call him what he'll be in 1 (one) season, "j-rust the choker", you fanatics can't be serious, the faidas WILL BOMB, you will never see the chokeland faidas in a super bowl again! Just lose baby, keep defending the "nation" ... The dagger, ha ha ha ha hahaha....

8:50 PM  
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10:58 AM  
Blogger r8der4life said...

I say we call him the russbus cus i'm going to ride his ass all the way to the superbowl

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