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Raiders QB Ken Stabler inducted into Hall of Fame

Quarterback Ken Stabler is the 25th Raider inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Quarterback Ken Stabler is the 25th Raider inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Attempts to post this from San Francisco were futile . . . better late than never . . .

SAN FRANCISCO _ Ken Stabler wasn’t around to see it, but the Raiders quarterback was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night at the NFL Honors show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

 

Stabler, who died in July due to complications of colon cancer at age 69, was one of two senior nominees inducted along with former Washington and Detroit offensive lineman Dick Stanfel.

 

The NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, Stabler was a finalist three times in 1990, 1991 and 2003 but never made the final cut. Continue Reading

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Raiders will ‘host’ game in Mexico; Davis not eyeing south of the border relocation

Mark Davis and the Raiders will play the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21.

Mark Davis and the Raiders will play the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Raiders are taking a home game south of the border.

The NFL announced Friday the Raiders will host the Houston Texans for a Monday Night Football game Nov. 21 in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca.

“I’ve always believed in Mexico, Mexico City, the Hispanic fan base of the Raiders and how large it is,” Davis said. “It just makes all the sense in the world.” Continue Reading

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NFL commissioner pledges to help keep Raiders in Oakland

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell believes Raiders owner Mark Davis wants to find a long-term solution in Oakland. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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The first question Roger Goodell faced Friday was a familiar one: what about the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers now that the Rams are back in Los Angeles.

As he’s been saying all week, the commissioner pledged “to do everything possible” to help get new stadiums built in their current cities.

“The league supports both of these teams, but we are working very hard with not only the teams but the communities to try to find a solution that works for everybody,” he said. “This has to work for the communities, and it has to work for the teams long-term”

For San Diego, which has first dibs on joining the Rams in Los Angeles, the path looks clear: come up with a stadium deal (Downtown or Mission Valley) and put a measure on the November ballot for voters to decide whether they want to help pay for it.

Oakland may be a tougher nut to crack considering that polls have shown little voter support for helping pay for a new stadium. So how can the NFL really help?

I asked NFL Senior Vice President Eric Grubman Friday about past reports that the league would consider developing a stadium in Oakland. The NFL had looked into to buying the Inglewood land, which the Rams later acquired.

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J.J. Watt on Khalil Mack: ‘I really respect his game’

J.J. Watt overtook Khalil Mack for the sack title on the season's final day this season. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

J.J. Watt overtook Khalil Mack for the sack title on the season’s final day this season. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Raiders’ Khalil Mack missed out on the NFL’s sack title this season when Houston Texans’ star J.J. Watt overtook with a three-sack effort in the season finale.

Watt said Thursday he knew it was going to take a big effort on the season’s final Sunday to move ahead of the Raiders’ second-year star. Continue Reading

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Stabler supporters file faux legal brief to plead his Hall of Fame case

FullSizeRender 2SAN FRANCISCO — The supporters of Ken Stabler have filed a legal brief arguing for the legendary Raiders’ quarterbacks election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Well, not really, but a faux document was circulated Wednesday to plead the case for Stabler, who died July 8 from complications of colon cancer, as Saturday’s Hall of Fame vote in San Francisco nears. Continue Reading

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Goodell believes Davis wants a long-term solution in Oakland

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell believes Raiders owner Mark Davis wants to find a long-term solution in Oakland. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell believes Raiders owner Mark Davis wants to find a long-term solution in Oakland. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that he’s received indications Raiders owner Mark Davis wants to find a long-term solution for the Raiders in Oakland.

Goodell, appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, said he believes Davis has the same outlook as Chargers owner Dean Spanos, who recently announced plans to remain in San Diego in 2016 and seek a long-term solution for the Chargers in the area. Continue Reading

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Great Raiders moments: RB Marcus Allen recalls making magic on `17 Bob Trey O’ vs. Washington in Super Bowl XVIII

Marcus Allen rushed for 191 yards on 20 carries against Washington in the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/File)

Marcus Allen rushed for 191 yards on 20 carries against Washington in the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/File)

SAN FRANCISCO _ The run as described by NFL Films narrator John Facenda was so moving to the late Todd Christensen that he got choked up just talking about it in an interview for “America’s Game: The 1983 Raiders.”

 

It’s still special to Marcus Allen, whose 74-yard touchdown run helped finish off Washington 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII on Jan. 22, 1984.

 

“It was really sort of time travel, that’s basically what it was,” Allen said Tuesday at the media center for Super Bowl 50.  “Everything slowed down. My awareness was just off the charts, the things that I could see and the anxiety in people’s faces as I ran by. It was just that slow.” Continue Reading

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Former Raiders DT Antonio Smith winds up in Super Bowl with Broncos after being released

Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith sacks Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith sacks Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

SAN JOSE _ No one had to tell Antonio Smith to enjoy himself when the Broncos were introduced on Opening Night at SAP Pavilion. He was the life of the locker room in bad times as well as good in his one year with the Raiders.

Smith, who played in 16 games as a reserve defensive end, is playing in a reduced role for the Broncos after starting 16 games with the Raiders. Still, he managed 2.5 sacks, just a half sack less than he had with the Raiders.

One year into a two-year contract worth $9 million, Smith was released after the Raiders hired Jack Del Rio. His salary cap number was $4 million and he was 34 years of age, but the move had more to do with scheme than anything else.

Rather than simply cut the cord without a word, Smith said he was given an explanation by Raiders management.

“They said in the direction they were going they didn’t see how I would fit in the new defense,” Smith said. “I’m not a big, two-gap style player. That’s not what I do. I’m a penetrator that works off angles.” Continue Reading

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