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Fifty Raiders for fifty years

Check out Monte Poole’s assessment of the top 50 Raiders of all time at the following links:

Nos. 26-50

Nos. 1-25

And no, Al Davis isn’t on it because it’s a player’s only list.

A few first impressions:

– Offensive linemen rank 1-2-3 (Jim Otto, Art Shell and Gene Upshaw) and that sounds about right, because great Raiders teams were all about the offensive line. All were Hall of Famers, and although Otto may not have been as accomplished as Shell or Upshaw, he represents Raiders toughness.

– Jim Plunkett is No. 5, Ken Stabler No. 9. Plunkett was a great story and a great leader, but I’m a Stabler man from way back. Built-in bias from seeing so many of his games as a teenager.

– Cliff Branch No. 10, Tim Brown No. 25. Absolutely right. Branch, as Monte notes, somehow got underrated nationally. The classic Raider deep threat was easily the equal or superior of John Stallworth and Lynn Swann.

– Marcus Allen at No. 17? Hardly seems possible, but look at the list, factor in the fact that his Hall of Fame credentials weren’t cemented until he finished up at Kansas City, and maybe it’s about right.

– George Atkinson was a smallish strong safety who backed down to no one and delivered more than he took (ask Russ Francis), but No. 22 seems high.

– Chester McGlockton at No. 49. Realize there were some good L.A. years before he got to Oakland and went in the tank over his contract, but my sentimental pick to squeeze in at the end of the list is Tyrone Wheatley, whose unforgettable touchdown in Kansas City to close out the 1999 season served as a springboard to three division titles.

Any problems, Monte anxiously awaits your e-mails at mpoole@bayareanewsgroup.com

– Players had last night off and had their annual dinner with their respective position group coach. Single practice at 3:30 p.m. I’ll post Twitter updates and a post following practice.

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  • DarthPirate

    Thanks 504.

  • Florida Pete

    Garcia should be history…

    the offense this year is going to be good…

    the pass defense will be very good…

    who’s gonna stop the run???

    and yes…

    raider ron is a cockroach…

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    T.O. TIME, MOTHER FUGGERS!!! Bills are one of those teams I’m going to follow while the Raiders continue to suck balls the way Oakglenn sucks Al Davis’s balls. How are all of you, anyway?

  • RaiderRon

    Yep, the offense will go from historically bad to good in one year. Okaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    FloridaPete is a douche

  • DarthPirate

    From David White:
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    Circus catch of day: JaMarcus pass thru TE Foschi’s hands, right to in-charging Schilens for nab.
    ==================================
    Schilens is a beast.

  • RogRaiderFan

    the players say tom cable has been a big difference

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    T.O. will score more touchdowns in the one quarter he’ll play today than DHB will his entire two year career.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    RogRaiderFan, what do you think the players are going to say, that he sucks?

  • DarthPirate

    So is Southwick back, or what? He’s throwing to DHB in a drill by themselves.

    I guess he’s interning?

  • RogRaiderFan

    if we vote i bet you will win the award of biggest douche raiderron wait!! just plain ron

  • RogRaiderFan

    interning

  • DarthPirate

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    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    T.O. will score more touchdowns in the one quarter he’ll play today than DHB will his entire two year career.
    ==============================

    I’ll take issue with that one there, lol.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    # Twocents Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    The Mod should change the warning to “posting too pessimistically” for RaiderRon.

    ……

    Actually, “posting too quickly” is perfect considering the kool aid drinking nonsense that comes out of this comments section. “slow down”. I can just see the looks on your guys’ faces when you’ve posted an entire denial ridden, “Al is great” diatribe only to hit submit, and be told to “slow down”. Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Dick Jauron looks pretty junior. Like he lives with his mom. Oakglenn hasn’t been here. Hmmmmm.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Is Tennessee using the Oiler look permanently, or just today? It had that oiler emblem next to the players pictures when showing the starters.

  • RogRaiderFan

    john madden loves al davis

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Kerry Collins is finally looking like Kerry Collins. Threw the ball where there was nothing but Bills.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Ron,

    I’m here because I enjoy debating with you Talking Monkeys.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    John Madden hates Al Davis, and just gives him props for giving him his shot. Madden avoids Al.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Fake punt for 6! Wow. Nice play.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Why would Fisher reveal that play this early on, though?

  • DarthPirate

    Bills just got punked.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    You guys are being rude. Goodbye.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Alright, I’m back. The thing is, DP, why would Fisher reveal that play in the preseason? That was a great play.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    TO! Already! He’s the best! Fug all haters.

  • RogRaiderFan

    al and john are watching the game together now
    why would he pick al to introduce him in the hall thats love best friends lol

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    John hates Al, Rog. Face it.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Bills’ line is getting no push for Lynch, and Tennessee’s D line isn’t as good without Haynesworth. They’d better just get the ball to TO this year. Edwards just threw the worst past I’ve ever seen. INT.

  • RogRaiderFan

    madden raider stop drinking

  • Norco Bob

    Wtf has Collinsworth done to get these high profile jobs?…is he some gay toy for some old geezer that runs the network or something?

  • Norco Bob

    I never wanted the Raiders to get rid of Collins. With an O line hes decent.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I don’t drink, Rog.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Collins is too slow. I think Russell’s better than Collins. I think Garcia’s better than both of them, for the short term.

  • Norco Bob

    And another thing, Al Michaels always gets praised as best play by play man,..ya ok,..I dont hear anything special from him,…that do you believe in miracles was lame also,..bfd, hockey,..who cares…hes an ex SF Giants radio hack that pretty much sucks and I told him that at a Tahoe celebrity golf event a few years ago.

  • Norco Bob

    Sold my preseason Dallas tix to some Cowboy fans for 125 bucks each. lol…suckers.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Garcia should be our starter. You start your best players, period. Too bad that Russell’s a high draft pick. That’s the fault of the idiot who drafted him. I wish Cable had the balls to just start Garcia. That’s what Madden did with Stabler. You know, Madden, Davis’s best friend and puppet.

  • Norco Bob

    Im already bored with this preseason game,..off to watch Yankees.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Ralph Wilson’s being interviewed in the booth. Says he regrets saving the Raiders, and that he apologizes to Raider fans about Al Davis.

  • DarthPirate

    No touchdowns for T.O. in that quarter.

  • DarthPirate

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    Norco Bob Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    And another thing, Al Michaels always gets praised as best play by play man,..ya ok,..I dont hear anything special from him,…that do you believe in miracles was lame also,..bfd, hockey,..who cares…hes an ex SF Giants radio hack that pretty much sucks and I told him that at a Tahoe celebrity golf event a few years ago.
    ====================================

    I agree with you on that Norco.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Alright, pirate. I was wrong. Guess DHB has a chance, after all. He just needs to hope that teams will give the Raiders the deep pass. Ha.

  • DarthPirate

    That interview they gave Rod Woodson was pathetic. They let Ralph Wilson’s old ass up in the studio, they should have brought Rod in too.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    I remember I was at a game between the Raiders & Patriots. Russ Francis ran a post route, the ball went to another receiver, but after the play George Atkinson forearmed Francis in the nose and broke it. No flag.

  • RaiderNation4Life1

    hmmm if i was T.O. i would be mad right now

  • http://ronebofh.livejournal.com/ rone

    Is my memory clouded or did Greg Biekert deserve to be ranked in there? And while it’s good to see Woodson snuck into #50, why the hell isn’t Lechler in there?

  • NoMoreFargas

    RaiderRon I know exactly how you feel, that why In the offseason I will be opptmistic but another azz whopping to the chargers and beat down on national tv and I’ll be right their with you.

  • DarthPirate

    This game is setting a record for boredom. Chris Mortenson’s lying son is in the game.

  • http://FunnyAsACrutch TVs Anson Williams

    # Raider O Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Marcus Allen went to the HOF as a Chief!!
    A Chief!!!!!
    ********************************************

    You don’t ‘go in’ as anything in football. You’re thinking of baseball, where a player chooses which cap he’ll be wearing. In football, it’s just a bust of the player with a plaque.

  • Dmac20

    The raiders are better than the chiefs. last year we beat them pretty handedly in that 1st (courtesy of dmac 164 yrds). And even the year B4 then we beat them in arrowhead and they stole one from us in oakland. And yes we lost to them last year, but they didnt beat us we beat ourselves. The raiders came out a lil too confident that game if you ask me.

  • Dmac20

    I believe raiderron’s giving matt cassel a lil too much credit. I find it hard 4 you to fail as a qb when you have the patriots line, with wes welker, and randy moss at wr. So dont put it like its a surprise he had a better season than russel. I guarantee you if you jr had the weapons n protection cassel had last year he would had a good season also. And how did thigpen have a better season than jr when his team finished with a worse record than the raiderz?