Monday, December 22, 2014

Five Postgame Takes

1. I was there, and it was a blast. As always, the tailgate was the best in sports. The festive energy and unquestioning camaraderie and endless plumes of smoke from smoking meat and kids throwing balls with their dads...I know folks want a new stadium (and the team is essentially demanding one), but be careful what you wish for. This type of open tailgating is becoming extinct, and it will be a shame if the day comes that Raiders game tailgating is scaled back or eliminated.

2. The Raiders came to win yesterday. They were fired up from the start. These players really seem to understand the privilege of playing for such a rabid fan base, and make an effort to fire up the crowd at the right times.

3. I was a little disappointed to hear the home crowd loudly booing Schaub when he came into the game briefly for a hobbled Carr. Schuab may not be a good quarterback anymore, and you can be disappointed in the fact that the Raiders saw fit to sign him for so much, but by all accounts he's been a good soldier, and his sample size this season has been pretty small. Not a guy I would boo for just coming into the game.

4. That 50-yard strike by Carr to Holmes on third down with five minutes left was epic. Carr's arrow is pointed up, and he is a joy to behold. After going to so many games and seeing the likes of Kerry Collins and Andrew Walter and JaMarcus Russell and Jason Campbell and even Carson Palmer, it's nice to see a Raiders quarterback who is visibly jacked up to be out there, and always engaged. 

5. That's three home wins in a row. Beating the Broncos in Denver next week to eke out a 4-12 record is a tall order, but what began as an awful season has become a little more palatable with a dash of minty fresh, thanks to these three wins.


Blogger nyraider said...

Great game!

Beating the Bills has special meaning for Raiders fans in NY. Shame we couldn't accommodate the Jets, who really wanted to lose, earlier in the season.

Carr continues to impress. So does Mack. The maturation of these guys adds to the excitement of a 3-game home winning streak to finish the year.

The stadium thing is a time bomb. Raiders “need” a new stadium but, hopefully, not at the expense of becoming like an expansion team in San Antonio. Raiders have some history in LA but Oakland was always (and continues to be) the best choice, IMO.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you got to be there for a win RT!


9:25 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

My son told me Saturday, "The Raiders are going to beat the Bills tomorrow." I replied, "Oh yeah! What makes you think that?" He said, "Because the Raiders are the best team, and the Bills are not." Made me tear up a bit.
So watching the game yesterday, when they won he said, "I told you so!"

Charles Woodson says Sparano made a case to become next HC. I don't think so. He would have made a case if the Raiders would have won more games under him when he took over. Instead, they went 0-11 before they won a game. Even if they beat the Doncos, I don't think it merits Sparano being HC. We need a top-tier HC. Anything less will be demoralizing for me as a fan.


9:48 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

Great Story about Menelik Watson. Merry Christmas everyone!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

That Watson story is incredible! He donated 6% of his annual income in one fell swoop to help a little girl.

He's obviously a sharp guy, so he knows how short-lived NFL careers can be and that he might not earn THAT much money in the NFL, yet he plunks down $37,000. Impressive.

11:36 AM  
Blogger OakTownBlues said...

I have always believed that this team would be a winning team by 2016. I still do. Glad you enjoyed the game, Take. The Booing home crowd is the fungus among us. Cheers. Carr is promising. 2016

2:12 PM  
Blogger GGRaider said...

For the last seven or eight seasons, my goals for the Raiders have been limited to hoping that by the end of the season, there would at least be indicators that the team had turned the corner.

By my count, this season, 13 players from the 2012-2014 drafts started or got significant playing time this year. The once reviled 2013 draft is looking much better with the passage of time (Hayden, Murray, Moore, Watson, Rivera & Butler). All those young players got a lot of experience and improved with every game. Now,with this nucleus of players going for their third win in December, finally, I believe that the corner is being turned.

2:39 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Watson is a class act.

If winning three home games in a row against teams with winning records is some kind of sign, I'm buying.

Beating the Broncos in Denver would be the icing on that cake. Hope we finish the season with a bang!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If winning three home games in a row against teams with winning records is some kind of sign, I'm buying.".....

What a Flake/fraud

"The Booing home crowd is the fungus among us"....

And so are those who cheer for the Patriots...another Flake/fraud.

Where's all the other flake/frauds who said Reggie can't draft? The team is shit? Where are they? Now they want to buy in.....get the fuck out.

Fence Jumpers

3:07 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

It's not fence jumping to want the Raiders to win.

Suggesting they should tank and rooting for them to lose on the other hand....

Prosac anyone?

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WIN WHEN IT COUNTS, ya dumbfuck. This season was toast a long time ago. Fence jumping is when you say the whole thing is a disaster and then when the same THING starts to turn around shortly after your comments, all of a sudden you are the most rosy guy around....don't work that way, chump.

Fence jumper = u

5:03 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

The continued claim that a team that has won three out of its last five games is "tanking" is ludicrous, and needs to stop.

10:17 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Jones is merely expressing his disappointment that the Raiders have won games since his ridiculous claim they are intentionally tanking the season.

His win or tank “I told you so” rhetoric is laughable on every level. A team that has spent 13 seasons at the bottom of the NFL, including three painful seasons under McKenzie’s watch, has nowhere to go but up.

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does it need to stop? You sound like a little kid trying to get the other kid to stop telling him that santa is a cartoon character...."just make him stop, Mommy"......signs were there, sitting the young players who could have played.....running McFadden and throwing short on long 3rd downs....Carr instructed to checkdown even on 3rd down....I saw what was happening, so I relayed it to these sites and look at the children crying because someone gave them a scenario they can't handle nor understand.

It speaks of the maturity level and the mob mentality of these sites. Instead of having an intelligent discussion about it, it became an attack point for the mentally challenged.

I stuck my neck out there and NONE of you chickenshits would ever do that. I was willing to share what I saw and look how you dopes carried on with that? Go back to reading the mainstream media hit pieces on the Raiders and thinking that they are right. It's all you know.

Frauds are U

10:39 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

So being wrong makes you right? Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not wrong about on the other hand have had a long list of being wrong....don't make me list it.

Have a shitty pagan ritual

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously doubt Jones has ever gotten laid.

Or had a friend for that matter.

In his house only his opinion matters.

He's a good reason abortion should be legal.

This creep absolutely ruins it for the rest of us.

Take, keep up the best blog going.

I'm gonna ignore Jones.


11:59 AM  

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